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Iran squeeze past Qatar 1-0 in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Iran edged past Qatar 1-0 in a Group A fixture of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.

Both teams went through ups and downs in their attempts to open the scoring, but were not able to produce a goal in the first half on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency.


China keep World Cup hopes alive with 1-0 win over South Korea

China's hopes to qualify for the 2018 football World Cup have been rekindled as Italian head coach Marcello Lippi's wards registered a 1-0 home win over South Korea here on Thursday.

Yu Dabao headed in the Wang Yongpo corner in the 34th minute to give China the first win in six matches in the third phase of the World Cup Asian Zone qualifiers.


Canada hold Scotland to 1-1 draw

Fraser Aird scored his first international goal in Canada's 1:1 away draw at Scotland. The Scarborough, Ontario midfielder opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Steven Naismith equalised for the hosts in the 35th minute of the 22 March Men's International Friendly match in Edinburgh.

It was a positive performance for the boys in red as they continue to build towards this summer's 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada Soccer's Men's National Team now has eight wins, five draws, and six losses in 19 international matches since the last edition in 2015. Canada are undefeated this year with a win and a draw.


Podolski strike the difference between Germany and England

Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski ended his long international football career in a fine style, scoring a tremendous goal to lead Germany to a 1-0 victory over England in a friendly here.

The 31-year-old on Wednesday boosted his goal tally for Germany to 49 in 131 matches, including the side's triumphant 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign.


Spain squad announced for games against Israel and France

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Spain chief coach Julen Lopetegui on Friday recalled key footballers to his squad for the forthcoming 2018 World Cup qualifying game at home against Israel and the friendly with France away.

Defenders Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, who were both injured for the last internationals in November, return to the side, along with Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who were also unable to play four months ago because of physical problems.


Teenage striker Kylian Mbappe called up to French national team squad

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Teenage striker Kylian Mbappe got the nod from France's football squad for the first time as head coach Didier Deschamp named a 24-member squad.

Mbappe, who scored 11 goals in his last 11 appearances for Monaco, on Wednesday helped the Ligue 1 club eliminate Manchester City in the Champions League last 16 with his opening goal.


Brazil squad announced for World Cup qualifiers

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Brazil football team head coach Tite has recalled forward Diego Souza and midfielder Diego for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay later this month. Souza, who netted 31 goals for Brazil's Sport Recife last year, on Friday replaced injured Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus while former Atletico Madrid player Diego was rewarded for his outstanding form with Flamengo.

Both players impressed during Brazil's 1-0 victory over Colombia in an unofficial friendly in January to raise money for the Chapecoense air crash.


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