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World Cup Qualifiers: USA held to 1-1 draw by Panama

The U.S. Men's National Team went on the road to the hostile confines of Estadio Rommel Fernandez and earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw against host Panama thanks to Clint Dempsey's MNT-best 18th career World Cup Qualifying goal.

Now sitting fourth in the Hexagonal standings, the away point gives the U.S. four total after four of 10 Hex matchdays and sees the team securely in the race for CONCACAF's three automatic berths to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Lionel Messi handed four match international suspension

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee – in application of articles 77 a) and 108 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) – has reached a decision in relation to the case of Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi following an incident that occurred during the match between Argentina and Chile on 23 March 2017 as part of the qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia:

Footballer Lionel Messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the FDC for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee.

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World Cup Qualifiers: Australia battle past UAE 2-0

Australia earned a 2-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates in a 2018 football World Cup qualifier on Tuesday evening at the Allianz stadium.

In the opening few minutes, the Aussies looked shaky turning the ball over twice in front of goal to Gulf League superstar Omar Abdulrahman. But a seventh-minute goal from the header of Jackson Irvine after a corner, helped ease the nerves of Australian fans.

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World Cup Qualifiers: France, Portugal impress, Dutch beaten

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18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe made his international debut for France in a 3-1 victory over Luxembourg, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to earn Portugal a 3-0 home win against Hungary in the 2018 World Cup European qualifiers.

Mbappe came off the bench for Dimitri Payet in the 78th minute on Saturday, one minute after Olivier Giroud scored his second goal of the match with a header from Benjamin Mendy's cross. The Arsenal striker opened the deadlock with a low shot for Les Bleus before the half-hour mark.

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World Cup Qualifiers: Germany, England continue winning ways

Germany kept their perfect record with a 4-1 victory over Azerbaijan, while England eased past Lithuania 2-0 in the 2018 football World Cup qualifiers.

Thanks to Andre Schuerrle's brace on Sunday, along with goals from Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez, Group C leaders Germany joined Switzerland as the only two teams with five consecutive wins. However, the reigning champions conceded their first goal, when Azerbaijan midfielder Dimitrij Nazarov found the back of the net.

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World Cup Qualifier: Croatia edge Ukraine 1-0

Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic scored his second goal in the 2018 football World Cup qualifying campaign to help Croatia beat Ukraine 1-0, and give the hosts their fourth victory in five matches in front of a sellout crowd at Maksimir Stadium.

For two years, since beating Norway 5-1 at the same Maksimir Stadium, the Croatian national team waited for a chance to play an official home game in front of their supporters.

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World Cup Qualifiers: Spain and Italy register important wins

Spain and Italy eased past their opponents to stay unbeaten in Group G of the 2018 football World Cup European qualifiers, with Italian veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon playing the 1,000th game of his career.

Spain have extended their unbeaten streak in World Cup qualifiers to 58 matches with a 4-1 home victory over Israel, as David Silva, Vitolo, Diego Costa and Isco all found the net, while Thiago Alcantara and Silva himself saw the ball hit the woodwork. Lior Refaelov scored a consolation goal for the visitors in the 76th minute.

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