• Minus-Messi, Argentina loses another World Cup qualifier

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Hours after Lionel Messi was suspended by FIFA for four World Cup qualifying matches, Argentina lost 2-0 to Bolivia in the altitude of La Paz on Tuesday and heightened its risk of missing a spot at Russia 2018.

    Updated: 6:48 pm

  • Technology lends a hand as Spain beats France 2-0

    SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Spain ended France’s seven-game unbeaten run as substitutes David Silva and Gerard Deulofeu scored second-half goals to secure a 2-0 win over the European Championship runner-up in a friendly at the Stade de France on Tuesday.

  • Ronaldo scores on return home as Portugal loses to Sweden

    FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his emotional return home, but Portugal squandered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Sweden in a friendly on Tuesday.

  • Messi faces FIFA action for insults in World Cup qualifier

    GENEVA (AP) — Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina’s next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him.

    Updated: 10:58 am

  • New Zealand beats Fiji 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand advanced to the final stage of World Cup qualifying in the Oceania region by beating Fiji 2-0 Tuesday.

  • After late goals broke Panama’s hearts in 2013, US returns

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — With Panama about 90 seconds from reaching a playoff against New Zealand for a World Cup berth, Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson scored in second-half stoppage time four years ago to give the already qualified United States a 3-2 win and eliminate the hosts.

  • Defoe scores on return for England in front of ill friend

    LONDON (AP) — Jermain Defoe was struggling to contain his emotions even before scoring on his return from England exile in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania.

  • Danny Blind fired as coach of Dutch football team

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch football association fired national coach Danny Blind on Sunday, a day after his team’s humiliating 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia.

  • Andorra ends 58-match losing streak in WCup qualifier

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rarely has a scoreless stalemate in front of the home fans tasted so sweet.

  • Europe Qualifiers: Bosnia hammers Gibraltar 5-0

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Bosnia and Herzegovina sealed its third World Cup qualifying win by hammering Gibraltar 5-0 in Europe Group H on Saturday.