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Two months af­ter chang­ing his mind about re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tional football, Lionel Messi scores the only goal as 10man Ar­gentina beat Uruguay 1-0 in a World Cup qual­i­fier.

Roberto Martinez’s first game as Bel­gium coach ends in de­feat and his side are booed off in Brus­sels as they lose 2-0 to Spain.

Swiss prose­cu­tors re­veal they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing Franz Beck­en­bauer as part of a cor­rup­tion in­quiry into Ger­many win­ning the rights to host the 2006 World Cup.

Manuel Neuer is named Ger­many cap­tain fol­low­ing Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger’s re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional duty.

Gian­nis Gian­nio­tas gets the win­ner as Greece come from be­hind to win 2-1 and beat Holland for the first time.

At 17, Gian­luigi Don­narumma be­comes the youngest player to be capped by Italy for 105 years – and the youngest goal­keeper ever – as he re­places Gian­luigi Buf­fon at half-time in the Az­zurri’s 3-1 loss to France. The game makes his­tory as the first in­ter­na­tional to use video as­sis­tant ref­er­ees. League semi-fi­nal op­po­nents El Jaish of Qatar are awarded a 3-0 first-leg win as it is re­vealed the 27-year-old, who was born in Brazil, is reg­is­tered on fal­si­fied doc­u­men­ta­tion. Slo­vakia to set a new record for an Eng­land out­field player.

Yaw Arnol scores twice as Bechem United beat sec­ond-tier Ok­w­sawu United 2-1 to win the Ghana­ian Cup for the first time and book a place in next year’s CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

Ni­co­lae Stan­ciu misses a penalty in the sixth minute of in­jury time as Ro­ma­nia are held to a 1-1 draw at home by Mon­tene­gro.

Robert Sn­od­grass gets his coun­try’s first hat-trick in a World Cup qual­i­fier since 1969 as Scot­land win 5-1 in Malta.

Af­ter an ab­sence of 38 years, Uganda are back in the fi­nals of the African Na­tions Cup, thanks to a 1-0 win over Co­moros.

Hat-trick hero... Robert Sn­od­grass

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