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Belgium's striker Romelu Lukaku vies with Scotland's defender Kieran Tierney (L) and Scotland's midfielder John McGinn (R) during the International friendly football match between Scotland and Belgium at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland on September 7, 2018.

Glasgow: World Cup semi-finalists Belgium capitalised on a series of Scotland mistakes with goals from Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and a Michy Batshuayi double to thrash the hosts 4-0 in a friendly at Hampden on Friday. Roberto Martinez's men showed their class and no hangover from their exertions in finishing third in Russia to warm-up for their Nations League opener against Iceland on Tuesday.

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Portugal's defender Pepe celebrates after scoring a goal during a friendly football match between Portugal and Croatia at the Algarve stadium in Faro, on September 6, 2018

Faro: Portugal and Croatia drew 1-1 in a friendly match that the hosts faced without captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite the absence of the superstar striker, more than 26,000 people turned out for the contest at Algarve stadium in Faro on Thursday.

The Portuguese made the brighter start, but the first goal belonged to the 2018 World Cup runners-up, who took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute on a strike by Ivan Perisic, reports Efe news.

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Abuja: Nigerian football authorities on Wednesday confirmed a ban has been placed on national team coach Salisu Yusuf over a recent bribery allegation against him.

Yusuf, who was banned from all football-related activities for one year with immediate effect, has also been directed to pay the sum of $5,000 as a fine to the Nigerian Football Federation within three months, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Zagreb: Still riding the wave of their historic World Cup run, Croatia are heading for a potential reality check as their new season starts with a friendly against Portugal in Faro on Thursday.

It will be the tiny Balkan nation's first match since the side led by star midfielder Luka Modric succumbed to France in the World Cup final in July -- a loss celebrated like a victory by underdogs who had never made it so far on the world stage.

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Rome: It's been a frustrating week for Cristiano Ronaldo. First, he was edged out by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric for UEFA's player of the year award.

Then he again failed to score in Juventus' 2-1 win at Parma extending his goal-less start with his new club to three matches.

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Milan: AC Milan defeated AS Roma 2-1 here, thanks to a stoppage-time goal by Patrick Cutrone in the opening match of the third-round action in Serie A.

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Ashgabat (Turkmenistan): Carles Cuadrat's Bengaluru FC bowed out of Asian football competition after a 0-2 loss (2-5 agg.) to Turkmen club Altyn Asyr FK in the second leg of their AFC Cup Inter-Zone semi-final at the Kopetdag Stadium here on Wednesday.

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New York: Clint Dempsey, whose 57 goals as a member of the United States' national football team put him in a tie for the first place on the all-time list, has announced his retirement from the sport.

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New York:   A US judge jailed the 86-year-old former boss of Brazilian football for four years, branding him a "cancer" on the world's most popular sport in the sweeping FIFA corruption scandal.

Jose Maria Marin was found guilty on December 22 in connection with nearly USD 6.6 million in bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for contracts to broadcast major tournaments like the Copa America and the Copa Libertadores.

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Madrid: Gareth Bale led Real Madrid to an easy 2-0 win over Getafe on Sunday in their first match of the La Liga season.

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