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Per-Mathias Hogmo resigns as Norway Head Coach

Norway's football team chief coach Per-Mathias Hogmo announced his resignation on Wednesday after three years in charge amid disappointing results of the side, which holds the penultimate position in Group C of the UEFA qualifications for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Hogmo took the decision in agreement with the Football Association of Norway, according to a statement by the latter, explaining that he resigned to alleviate the pressure on the team following the recent disappointing results.

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World Cup Qualifier: Ecuador bounce back with 3-0 demolition of Venezuela

Ecuador dominated Venezuela 3-0 to move closer to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and demolish whatever hopes the visitors still harboured of making the trip to Russia.

Arturo Mina opened the scoring for the hosts in the 51st minute in Quito on Tuesday. Miller Bolaños and Enner Valencia added goals in the 82nd and 84th, respectively.

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World Cup Qualifiers: Jesus, Coutinho set up comfortable Brazil win

Gabriel Jesus scored his fifth goal in six international matches as Brazil extended their lead at the top of the South American zone World Cup qualifying standings with a 2-0 victory over Peru here.

Jesus struck just before the hour-mark at the Estadio Nacional on Tuesday with a cool finish after Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho's piercing run into the penalty area. The 19-year-old Manchester City-bound striker then unselfishly set up Renato Augusto, whose angled low shot left Pedro Gallese with no chance.

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Qatar held to 0-0 draw by China in World Cup Qualifier

Newly-appointed coach Marcello Lippi improved China's performance but failed to bring the team a desperately-needed win over Qatar in the last stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Zone qualifiers in Kunming on Tuesday. The goalless draw kept China at the bottom of the 6-team Group A which includes South Korea, Iran, Uzbekistan, Qatar and Syria, with only two points from five games.

The top two of the group will advance to Russia 2018 directly after home-and-away round-robin group league matches and the third finisher will have a play-off against their counterparts in Group B.

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World Cup Qualifiers: Messi, Sanchez keep Argentina and Chile in the hunt

Lionel Messi scored a goal and set up two others as Argentina brought their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 3-0 victory over Colombia. Messi opened the scoring in the 10th minute at the Bicentenario stadium on Tuesday with a curling free kick that left Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina clasping at thin air.

Lucas Pratto made it 2-0 soon after when he met a pinpoint Messi cross with a header that flew in at the far post. Messi put the result beyond doubt when he dribbled into the box and picked out Angel Di Maria, who rifled his shot passed Ospina from close range.

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Egypt beat Ghana 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

Mohamed Salah and Abdullah al-Saeed were on target as the Egyptian national men's football team defeated Ghana 2-0 in a FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying match in Alexandria.

Salah, a forward playing for AS Roma in the Italian Serie A, scored the first goal from the penalty spot three minutes before the end of the first half while Egypt's Al-Ahly midfielder Abdullah al-Saeed scored the second a few minutes before the end of the match on Sunday evening.

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Brazil call up Santos as Marcelo replacement

Brazil coach Tite has called up Atletico Mineiro left-back Fabio Santos for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Peru in Lima on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old was drafted into the squad on Friday to replace Marcelo, who is suspended after receiving a yellow card in the Selecao's 3-0 victory over Argentina on Thursday. Santos has been capped three times for Brazil since his international debut in 2012.

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