Wales secured qualification for Euro 2020 as Aaron Ramsey marked his return to the team with two goals to inspire a joyous 2-0 win over Hungary.

Ramsey, starting for the first time in this campaign, headed in from Gareth Bale’s first-half cross to fuel a carnival atmosphere at a heaving Cardiff City Stadium. A superb double save from Wayne Hennessey kept Hungary at bay and then, 90 seconds into the second half, Ramsey calmly controlled the ball in the penalty area before stroking it into the top corner. Bale came close to adding a third with a fierce free-kick which fizzed narrowly over, while Ramsey was denied a hat-trick by Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. But nothing…

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Virgil van Dijk: Netherlands captain out of Estonia qualifier for personal reasons

Virgil van Dijk will not play in the Netherlands’ final Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia in Amsterdam for personal reasons. He played the whole game as the Dutch drew 0-0 in Northern Ireland on Saturday to qualify for the finals. But the captain left their training camp and will not feature on Tuesday. A statement released by the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said Van Dijk’s absence for the Estonia game was due to “personal circumstances”. The 28-year-old Liverpool defender has not missed a minute of Premier League football this season,…

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England concluded their successful Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a victory over Kosovo that ensures they will be among the top six seeds in next summer’s tournament.

Despite the emphatic scoreline, it was an unconvincing performance by Gareth Southgate’s side but they were still able to end as comfortable winners in a remarkable atmosphere in Pristina. It was a celebratory occasion where the visitors’ received a heroes’ welcome as icons in this country and for the part the United Kingdom played in its 1999 liberation following the Kosovo war. Needing to avoid defeat to make sure they are in the top pot when the draw is made, England took a first-half lead as Harry Winks produced a…

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Cristiano Ronaldo vowed to break the world record for men’s international goals after scoring his 99th Portugal goal in a 2-0 win over Luxembourg to clinch their place at Euro 2020.

He is 10 behind Iran legend Ali Daei’s tally of 109, after his most prolific year for Portugal with 14 goals. “All records must be broken and I will beat that record,” he said. Bernardo Silva’s ball over the top allowed Bruno Fernandes to fire them ahead and Ronaldo scored a late second. Holders Portugal needed to beat Luxembourg to make sure of a place at next summer’s tournament. Fernando Santos’ 2016 winners finished second in Group B, three points clear of Serbia who drew 2-2 against Ukraine. Ronaldo must…

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