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Spain hammer Germany 6-0 to reach Nations League final four

Wednesday, 2020-11-18 08:15:20
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Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - Group D - Spain v Germany - Estadio La Cartuja, Seville, Spain - November 17, 2020 Spain's Alvaro Morata scores their first goal. (Photo: Reuters)
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Sparkling Spain crushed hapless Germany 6-0 at home on Tuesday (Nov 17) to storm into the final four of the Nations League in style as forward Ferran Torres scored a first career hat-trick.

Germany were powerless to stop Luis Enrique’s relentless side as the visitors suffered their worst defeat in a competitive game and the most humiliating since losing by the same scoreline against Austria in a friendly in 1931.

* Mali and Tunisia added their names to the list of countries qualified for the next Africa Cup of Nations finals on Tuesday, joining holders Algeria and 2019 runners-up Senegal who had booked their berths over the last two days. Mali made sure of a top two finish in Group A after a 2-1 win in Namibia, where Sekou Koita and Moussa Doumbia scored in the first half, while Tunisia's 1-1 draw in Tanzania was enough to ensure they will finish in the top two in Group J.

* Portugal's Ruben Dias scored his first two international goals to help the European champions to a 3-2 win at 10-man Croatia in their Nations League clash on Tuesday, stretching their unbeaten run against the hosts to seven games. The result left outgoing holders Portugal second in League A, Group 3 on 13 points from six games, three behind world champions France, who beat Sweden 4-2 at home having previously wrapped up their final-four berth in the competition.

* Colombia conceded six goals in a World Cup qualifier for the first time since 1977 on Tuesday as they went down 6-1 to a superb display from Ecuador in Quito. The six goals were as many as Ecuador had scored in their previous 16 games against their neighbours.

* American Bill Haas has withdrawn from this weekend's RSM Classic in Georgia after testing positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour said on Tuesday. Haas, who won the FedEx Cup in 2011, returned a positive result for the novel coronavirus during pre-tournament testing ahead of the Nov 19-22 event at Sea Island Golf Club.

* Austria’s Dominic Thiem produced a fearless display of attacking tennis to beat Rafa Nadal 7-6(7) 7-6(4) in a high-quality duel to book his place in the last four at the ATP Finals on Tuesday. The world number three struck 37 clean winners to claim his second round-robin victory and reigning champion Stefanos Tsitsipas’s narrow defeat of Andrey Rublev later guaranteed the Austrian a semi-final spot with a match to spare.

* Lionel Messi must stay at Barcelona so he can lead the team for the remainder of his career and play a strategic role when he retires, the club's presidential candidate Victor Font told Reuters.

* Saturday's Ligue 1 game between Olympique de Marseille and Nice has been postponed following a string of COVID-19 cases within the Nice team, the French professional league (LFP) said on Tuesday. The LFP said in a statement that more than 10 Nice players had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, meaning that according to its health regulations, the match could not take place.

* The FIFA Club World Cup, originally planned for December, will now be held from Feb 1 to Feb 11 in Doha, Qatar, organisers FIFA said on Tuesday. The tournament brings together the six continental champions from across the world, with European Champions League winners Bayern Munich the first to have qualified.

* Ukraine's Nations League game against Switzerland on Tuesday has been cancelled after the entire Ukraine team was placed in quarantine following positive COVID-19 tests within the squad, the Ukraine Association of Football said on Tuesday. Three Ukraine players - Eduard Sobol, Yevhen Makarenko and Dmytro Riznyk - tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday.

* The Autumn Nations Cup game between Fiji and Italy on Saturday has been called off following 29 positive COVID-19 cases within the Fiji team, tournament organisers said on Tuesday.

* Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera is set to miss Saturday's La Liga clash with Barcelona after sustaining a thigh injury. The 30-year-old sat out Mexico's friendly against the Republic of Korea last week and returned to Spain to undergo tests, where it was confirmed he had suffered an injury to a muscle in the upper leg.

* Finn Mika Kallio will replace KTM Tech3 MotoGP rider Iker Lecuona for this weekend's season-ending race in Portugal, after the Spaniard tested positive for COVID-19, the team said on Tuesday.

* Next year's Paris marathon will be held on Oct. 17, six months later than scheduled, amid the COVID-19 crisis, organisers said on Tuesday. This year's event had already been cancelled because of the pandemic, and the 2021 race was initially scheduled to take place on April 11.

* La Liga has slashed spending limits for its clubs by €610 million (US$724.25 million) for the 2020-2021 season due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Spain's top soccer league said on Tuesday.

* Argentina scored twice in the first half and were unfortunate not to score more in a dominant second as they comfortably beat Peru 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Lima on Tuesday. The win extended Argentina’s unbeaten run to 11 games under coach Lionel Scaloni and means they stay second in the 10-team South American qualifying group for Qatar 2022, two points behind leaders Brazil.

Reuters