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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Netherlands out of Euro 2016 as Turkey and Croatia qualify

Despite a late rally, the Netherlands failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in Group A with their 3-2 loss to Czech Republic.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol breaks down the Netherlands' poor performance and believes they didn't deserve to qualify with the way they played.

The Netherlands' miserable European Championship qualifying campaign came to an end with a 3-2 defeat to the Czech Republic on Tuesday, meaning the nation who finished third at the 2014 World Cup will not take part in Euro 2016.

Pavel Kaderabek opened the scoring in the 24th minute after cutting down the right flank, and 11 minutes later Josef Sural made it 2-0 with a goal from close range.

There was hope for the Dutch as Marek Suchy was sent off for the Czechs shortly before half-time, but it was...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

South Sudan's World Cup dreams end in African qualifying

South Sudan's first World Cup qualifying campaign ended early following a 4-0 defeat at Mauritania on Tuesday.

Moulaye Khalil and Boubacar Beyguili had already scored for the hosts before Aluck Akeuch Deng's 79th-minute red card for the new nation, and Moussa Samba Moussa and Ismail Diakite completed the rout.

Mauritania won 5-1 on aggregate and advance to face Tunisia in the second round of qualifying in November.

Chad advanced on away goals despite a 2-1 defeat at Sierra Leone, a team 54 places...

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North Korea, Qatar win to stay in first place in World Cup qualifying groups

Singapore triumphed over Cambodia in World Cup Qualifying as Faris Ramli and Fazrul Shahul's goals propelled Singapore to a 2-1 win.

North Korea, Qatar, Thailand and Jordan all won on Tuesday to maintain their group leads in the second round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup.

Jong Il Gwan's 12th-minute penalty gave North Korea a 1-0 win over Yemen in Group H.

The North Koreans opened a four-point lead over Uzbekistan, who have a game in hand.

In the other Group H game, Ismail Abdul-Latif and Sayed Adnan both scored early in the second half to give Bahrain their second win in qualifying, 2-0 at home against the Philippines.


 By Ben Gladwell

AC Milan deny wrongdoing in Gabriel Paletta transfer

While many are quick to blame AC Milan manager Sinisa Mihajlovic for the squad's recent troubles, ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti says he may not be completely at fault.
Milan snapped their five-match winless streak with Saturday's 2-1 win over Roma.
AC Milan say there was no foul play in the transfer of Gabriel Paletta from Parma in February.

AC Milan have released a statement refuting any wrongdoing in the transfer of Gabriel Paletta from Parma in February.

The Parma Tribunal have opened an investigation into what they believe could be fraudulent activity in the sale of the Italy international from the debt-ridden and now defunct Parma FC to the Rossoneri.

The 29-year-old was signed for a sum of €2.5 million,...

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Gladbach say Fabian Johnson injured, contradicting U.S.' Jurgen Klinsmann

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Alejandro Moreno preview the United States' friendly against Costa Rica, where he feels Fabian Johnson was humiliated by being sent home.
The EPSN FC team discuss Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to drop Fabian Johnson for the U.S. match against Costa Rica and claims that Johnson did not need to come off due to injury in the match against Mexico.

Borussia Monchengladbach say Fabian Johnson returned from international duty with a thigh injury, one day after United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann said the right-back was not hurt.

The Bundesliga club announced on their website that Johnson had already returned to Borussia Park and was undergoing treatment on his thigh after Klinsmann dismissed him from U.S. camp.

Johnson played 110 minutes on Saturday as the U.S. lost 3-2 to Mexico in extra time in a Confederations Cup playoff, but Klinsmann...