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Tallinn/Budapest:  Germany thrashed Estonia while Hungary defeated Azerbaijan in the respective matches of the ongoing Euro 2020 qualifiers.

In Tallinn, at Estonia's national stadium, Germany won 3-0 against Estonia in Group C on Sunday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

In the 14th minute of the first half, German defender Emre Can was dismissed with a red card by the referee for a foul on Estonian player Frank Liivak.

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Riyadh: Saudi football fans are delighted about their national team's historic match Tuesday against their Palestinian "brothers" in the occupied West Bank, but dismiss suggestions it marks a gradual normalisation of ties between the kingdom and Israel.

Arab clubs and national teams have historically refused to play in the Palestinian territories -- occupied by the Jewish state since 1967 -- as it requires obtaining entry permits to Israel, a country most of them do not recognise.

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London: Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp has been named the Premier League Manager of the Month for September.

This is the second month Klopp has been awarded the prize after also claiming it in August, stated Liverpool FC on their official website.

The Liverpool boss ensured his side maintained their flawless start to the top-flight campaign by presiding over victories against Newcastle United, Chelsea and Sheffield United.

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Paris: England missed an opportunity to qualify for Euro 2020 as they slid to a 2-1 loss in the Czech Republic, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 699th goal in a routine Portugal win over Luxembourg.

Harry Kane converted a fifth-minute penalty in Prague after Raheem Sterling was clipped by Lukas Masopust, the Tottenham striker taking his qualifying tally to seven goals.

But Czech Republic, humbled 5-0 by England in the reverse fixture last March, levelled shortly after as Jakub Brabec bundled in from a corner for his first international goal.

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Germany's Robin Koch and Germany's midfielder Sebastian Rudy (R) embrace after a friendly football match between Germany v Argentina at the Signal-Iduna Park in Dortmund on October 9, 2019.

Dortmund, Germany: An experimental Germany team leaked two second-half goals as a weakened Argentina side, minus superstar Lionel Messi, earned a 2-2 draw in a friendly in Dortmund.

Germany flew into a 2-0 lead thanks to first-half goals by Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz, but Lucas Alario turned the game in the second-half when he came on for Argentina on Wednesday.

The Leverkusen striker pulled a goal back, then set up Lucas Ocampos for the late equaliser against a German team which included four debutants.

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Thimphu: India defeated Nepal 4-1 to start its campaign on a positive note at the SAFF U-15 Women's Championship at the Chalimithang Stadium here on Wednesday.

Striker Lynda Kom Serto (38th, 56th minutes) scored a brace, while winger Sumati Kumari (7th) scored one and assisted another.

Priyanka Sujeesh (66th) scored the remaining goal for India, while Man Maya Damai (62nd) netted the consolation goal for Nepal.

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Tehran: Thousands of Iranian women fans are to attend a football match freely Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial male-only policy.

The Islamic republic has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, with clerics arguing they must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.

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Bayern Munich's German midfielder Serge Gnabry celebrates with teammates after scoring their seventh goal, his fourth during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London, on October 1, 2019

Paris: Serge Gnabry scored four second-half goals as Bayern Munich came from behind to hand last season's runners-up Tottenham Hotspur a stunning 7-2 home defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday after Real Madrid escaped with a 2-2 draw against Club Brugge.

There were routine wins for Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid, while Cristiano Ronaldo netted in a comfortable Juventus victory, but most of the drama was in north London.

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London: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Paul Pogba to make his return from injury against third-tier Rochdale in the League Cup on Wednesday.

The French international midfielder has been sidelined for three weeks by an ankle injury, but Solskjaer is confident he will definitely be fit for Arsenal's visit in the Premier League on Monday.

"He'll probably get some minutes against Rochdale," said Solskjaer on Tuesday.

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Barcelona: FC Barcelona are keen on roping in US women's national team star forward Megan Rapinoe.

According to an ESPNFC report, Barcelona - who have invested a lot in their women's team since turning professional in 2015 - are in a position to sign Rapinoe, who on Monday night took home the women's award at the Best FIFA Football Awards at a glittering ceremony at Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

"I think we're in a position to be able to sign that level of player," director Maria Teixidor was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.

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