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FIFA Men's World Ranking: Senegal soar as top five hold firm

The concluding 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifiers have left their mark on the latest FIFA World Ranking, with Senegal and the winners of the European zone play-offs among the biggest climbers.

The Lions of Teranga have, in fact, risen to 23rd – their highest-ever position on the global ladder – on the back of securing their first World Cup place since 2002. They are now the top-ranked African nation, having leapfrogged fellow Russia 2018 qualifiers Tunisia (27th, up 1) and Egypt (31st, down 1).

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Milan eyeing Europa League progression, Arsenal target top spot

theo walcott2There's still plenty to play for in the Europa League, with just five teams securing their places in the round of 32 so far.

Steaua Bucharest, Dynamo Kiev, Arsenal, Lazio and Zenit St Petersburg are definitely through to the next stage, while the likes of Villarreal, AC Milan and Marseille are amongst the teams still aiming to qualify.

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Martial nicks it late on for Man United against Spurs

Anthony Martial came off the bench to keep Manchester United on the coattails of local rivals Manchester City as the Red Devils came out victorious in the battle between the Premier League's second and third placed teams, 1-0 at Old Trafford.

While the absence of Tottenham star striker Harry Kane dominated the pre-game headlines, it was the way team that enjoyed the better of a poor first half that saw virtually no goal mouth action.

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Sarachan to Guide USA against Portugal on Nov. 14

U.S. Men's National Team assistant coach Dave Sarachan and the remainder of the current technical staff will guide the MNT for the final match of 2017, a friendly against third-ranked Portugal on Nov. 14 in Leiria.

Kickoff at Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa is set for 7:45 p.m. local time (2:45 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on FS1 and the Univision Networks.

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USA rout South Korea 6-0 in International Friendly

The U.S. Women's National Team completely dominated from start to finish in front of a near-sellout crowd at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on Sunday evening to shutout Korea Republic 6-0 in the second game of a two-match series.

Five different players scored for the U.S. with midfielder Samantha Mewis tallying her first career brace by the 20th minute in the home stadium for her club team, the North Carolina Courage. Shortly after, Christen Press continued the party and made it 3-0. Julie Ertz also continued her fantastic goal-scoring form and added one in stoppage time to make it 4-0 at the half.

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Brewster hat-trick takes England past USA in FIFA U-17 World Cup Quarter-final

The impressive run by U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup came to an end in the Quarterfinal after a 4-1 loss to 2017 UEFA U-17 runners-up England. Josh Sargent's strike gave the USA hope late in the game and also tied him with Freddy Adu as the USA's leading all-time scorer in youth World Cups with seven goals.

A quick-fire brace from England's Rhian Brewster midway through the first half gave the USA a mountain to climb, and the U.S. didn't shy away from the challenge. Led by Sargent, Tim Weah and Ayo Akinola up top, the USA went about carving out numerous opportunities to get back in the game either through possession or, more often, in transition, where the team's lightning quick counters gave the England defense all it could handle. 

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Pugh Out, Sullivan Returns to Stanford, Zerboni Called Up for USA vs. KOR in N.C.

U.S. Women's National Team forward Mallory Pugh will not travel with the U.S. team to North Carolina for the second leg of a two-game set against Korea Republic due to a right hamstring injury suffered at the end of the first half in the 3-1 victory yesterday in New Orleans.

Midfielder Andi Sullivan, who started the match at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and played the first half to earn her fifth cap in her first WNT action in almost a year, will return to Stanford University to play in her college game on the weekend.

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