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Manch­ester City boss Pep Guardi­ola says he will not pick Yaya Toure un­til the mid­fielder’s agent, Dim­itri Seluk, apol­o­gises for crit­i­cis­ing the de­ci­sion to omit the 33-year-old from the start­ing line-up.

Borus­sia Dort­mund make it 17 goals in their last three games with a 5-1 win at Wolfs­burg.

The niece of Span­ish Football As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent An­gel Maria Vil­lar is found dead af­ter she was kid­napped in Mex­ico. Maria Vil­lar Galaz had been miss­ing since Septem­ber 13. n the first round of Euro­pean qual­i­fiers for the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia, there were some no­table re­sults for a num­ber of newly ap­pointed coaches, as well as em­bar­rass­ment for re­cently crowned con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­ons Por­tu­gal.

For their open­ing group game against Switzer­land, in Basle, the Por­tuguese were with­out in­jured cap­tain Cris­tiano Ron­aldo for their first com­pet­i­tive game since beat­ing France in the Fi­nal of Euro 96.

First-half goals from Breel Em­bolo, a header fol­low­ing Rui Pa­tri­cio’s parry of a Ri­cardo Ro­driguez free-kick, and a curl­ing shot from Ad­mir Mehmedi into the top-right corner were enough to give the Swiss a com­fort­able vic­tory, although Nani did strike a post for the visi­tors in the 82nd minute with a header.

Por­tu­gal’s de­feat was their first in 15 com­pet­i­tive games un­der coach Fer­nando San­tos, who took over in the autumn of 2014 af­ter Paulo Bento was fired fol­low­ing a 1-0 loss at home to Al­ba­nia in the side’s open­ing Euro qual­i­fier.

Else­where in Europe, there were wins for the new men in charge of Spain, Italy, Bel­gium and Eng­land.

Sam Al­lardyce’s first game as man­ager of Eng­land proved to be his last, although the 1-0 win in Slo­vakia, thanks to Adam Lal­lana’s in­jury-time goal, meant he left the job with a 100 per cent record. The vic­tory in Tr­nava came in what is ar­guably the most dif­fi­cult fix­ture of Eng­land’s qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign, and care­taker boss Gareth South­gate will now take charge of the next four games: qual­i­fiers against Malta, Slove­nia and Scot­land, plus a friendly with Spain.

Spain’s new coach Julen Lopetegui over­saw the 8-0 thrash­ing of Liecht­en­stein in his first com­pet­i­tive game in charge, with a hat-trick for David Silva and two apiece for Diego Costa and Al­varo Mo­rata. Goal­keeper Iker Casil­las was omit­ted from Lopetegui’s first squad, while their were re­calls for Juan Mata and Paco Al­cacer, and first call-ups for Real Madrid’s Marco Asen­sio and West Ham United keeper Adrian.

Spain, with two goals from David Silva, also beat Bel­gium 2-0 in a friendly in Brus­sels, where Roberto Martinez took charge for the first time, along with his sur­prise choice as as­sis­tant, Thierry Henry. Five days later, Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Les Di­ables Rouges won 3-0 in Cyprus in a World Cup qual­i­fier, with Yan­nick Fer­reira Car­rasco adding the third goal.

Italy kicked off a new era un­der Gi­ampiero Ven­tura with a 3-1 friendly loss to France in Bari but won their open­ing World Cup qual­i­fier, in Is­rael, in im­pres­sive style, tri­umph­ing 3-1 with goals from Graziano Pelle, An­to­nio Can­dreva and Ciro Im­mo­bile.

Other new­com­ers were not so suc­cess­ful, as Karel Jarolim’s Czech Repub­lic drew 0-0 with North­ern Ire­land in Prague, Christoph Daum’s Ro­ma­nia were held 1-1 by Mon­tene­gro in Cluj, Swe­den drew 1-1 un­der Janne An­der­s­son with Holland in Solna, and An­driy Shevchenko’s Ukraine drew 1-1 with Ice­land in Kiev.

Other Euro 2016 fi­nal­ists who suf­fered dis­ap­point­ing re­sults in­cluded Hun­gary, who could only draw 0-0 away to Faroe Is­lands, and France, who were held to a goal­less draw in Be­larus.

Kosovo made his­tory with their first-ever World Cup

Beaten...Por­tu­gal keeper Rui Pa­tri­cio in Switzer­land

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