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Costa still has Del Bosque's backing

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Amri Yahyah goal gives Malaysia first WCQ win over Timor Leste in Group A

JDT winger Amri Yahyah opened the scoring for Malaysia against Timor Leste. Photo credit:

Malaysia secured their second straight victory under interim coach Ong Kim Swee by defeating Timor Leste 1-0 in an AFC World Cup qualifier in Dili on Tuesday.

A 10th minute goal by evergreen forward Amri Yahyah proved the difference between the two nations as the Malaysians picked up their first win in Group A in the second round of qualifying.

The positive result came five days after Harimau Malaya broke their winless streak for 2015 by beating Laos 3-1 in a friendly in Bangkok on Thursday.


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David De Gea tight-lipped on Man United contract release clause

ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Spain's goalkeeper dilemma, with head coach Vicente del Bosque stating that Iker Casillas is the first choice over David de Gea.

David De Gea has refused to confirm whether his new Manchester United contract contains a release clause following his failed move to Real Madrid.

De Gea saw a transfer to Madrid break down on transfer deadline day and subsequently signed a new four-year deal at Old Trafford

However, it was reported soon afterwards that the new deal included a release clause in the region of €40 million that would allow the former Atletico Madrid keeper to move to the Bernabeu at the end of the current...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Swastika could cost Croatia automatic qualification to Euro 2016

A swastika on the pitch has cost Croatia the point they earned in the draw against Italy.

A swastika marked on the pitch during one of Croatia's qualifiers could mean they lose out on an automatic berth at Euro 2016.

The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) was docked one point because of the racist behaviour of their fans during the 1-1 draw with Italy in Split in June. Television pictures of the game showed how a swastika had been drawn in the middle of the half Italy were attacking in the first half.

The match against Italy was itself being played behind closed doors as punishment for...

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus defender Patrice Evra ageing 'like a bottle of wine'

Patrice Evra signed for Juventus from Manchester United in 2014.

Patrice Evra says he feels as strong as ever as he sets his sights on winning more trophies with Juventus and the national team rather than bringing his career to a comfortable conclusion.

The Juventus defender is not afraid of the competition he faces for his place both on club and country level with France, saying instead that this is inspiring him to bring out the very best as the years go by.

"I thrive on healthy competition," he told Radio Monte Carlo. "I feel like a bottle of wine -- as the...

Argentina's Sergio Aguero hopes to return for Brazil clash

The ESPN FC crew say that the injury Sergio Aguero sustained during the international break will have a crushing effect on Manchester City, as well as Aguero's recently renewed confidence.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner talks about the long list of notable inuries that the International Break has left us with and the debate of Nation vs. Club play.

Sergio Aguero has said he hopes to be fit for Argentina's World Cup qualifier with Brazil on Nov. 13.

Manchester City striker Aguero suffered a grade-two hamstring injury while playing for his country against Ecuador last week.

He said afterwards that he hoped to be back in four weeks, but there were reports he could be sidelined for up to two months.

However, the 27-year-old has set his sights on playing a part in a World Cup qualifier on Nov. 13.

"I hope I can be there against Brazil, but the...

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Danny Welbeck eyeing Arsenal injury return in New Year

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol discuss whether Arsenal will be able to cope without Danny Welbeck after failing to sign a striker during the transfer window.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is hoping to return from his long-term injury around the New Year.

Welbeck, 24, underwent surgery on his left knee at the beginning of September with the club saying he will be out for "a period of months."

The England international, who signed for the Gunners from Manchester United in 2014, is on the road to recovery and is optimistic of making his comeback in around two months' time.

He told Sport360: "It's difficult to put an exact date on it, around the New Year....