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England became the first team
to qualify for the 2016 European
Championship by crushing San
Marino 6-0, while defending
champion Spain avenged a rare
loss to Slovakia with a 2-0 victory
Wayne Rooney s opener from the
penalty spot was his 49th interna-
tional goal, tying him with Bobby
Charlton as England s all-time lead-
While England secured first place
in Group E, Spain pulled level on
points with Slovakia and took the
lead of Group C on head-to-head
Spain got early goals from Jordi
Alba and Andres Iniesta to deal Slo-
vakia its first loss in qualifying for
next summer s tournament. Last
year, Slovakia ended Spain s 36-
game unbeaten run in qualifiers.
Also, Sweden lost star striker Zla-
tan Ibrahimovic to injury in a 1-0
defeat to Russia in Group G.
Here is closer look at yesterday s
Rooney set England on its way
to a seventh straight win in Group
E by converting a 13th-minute
penalty to move to 49 international
goals, the same total as Bobby
An own goal in the 30th was fol-
lowed by second-half goals from
Ross Barkley, Theo Walcott (two)
and Harry Kane, ensuring England
a top-two finish in the group with
three games to spare.
Rooney was surprisingly substi-
tuted in the 59th, denying him the
opportunity to break Charlton s
record against San Marino s part-
timers. The next chance for Rooney
to hold the record outright should
come at Wembley Stadium on
Tuesday, when England hosts
"It s a proud moment to equal
Sir Bobby Charlton s record,"
Rooney said. "My aim is to push
on and try and help the team win
on Tuesday and break the record."
Switzerland scored three times
in the final 14 minutes, the last goal
coming in the fourth minute of
stoppage time from Josip Drmic, to
rally to a 3-2 win over Slovenia and
tighten its grip on second place.
The top two teams qualify from
each group, and the best third-place
team also qualifies automatically
for next year s tournament in
Estonia was third, a point ahead
of Slovenia, after beating Lithuania
1-0 on Konstantin Vassiljev s 71st-
Nearly 12 years after scoring his
first international goal, Rooney was
gifted the opportunity to move
alongside Charlton s haul when
England was awarded a penalty for
handball --- even though England
defender John Stones appeared to
be the player to make contact with
the ball with his hand.
There was a look of bemusement
on the faces of both sets of players
but Rooney did not mind, stepping
up moments later to send the goal-
keeper the wrong way. He was
mobbed by teammates, then waved
to family members in the crowd.
Rooney was playing his 106th
game for England, matching the
total number played by Charlton
--- another Manchester United great.
It was like a practice session at
times for England against oppo-
nents who included a barman, a
lawyer, a pharmacist, and a student,
and it was a laborer --- Cristian
Brolli --- who headed in the own
goal to make it 2-0.
Barkley headed in the third for
England just 15 seconds after the
restart, Walcott scored in the 68th
and 78th minutes and Kane grabbed
his first goal of the season for club
or country in the 77th.
Last year s shock defeat at Slo-
vakia on the heels of Spain s poor
showing at the 2014 World Cup
had many wondering if it was time
for coach Vicente del Bosque to
And although he promised to
rejuvenate his side, a starting lineup
of 11 veterans from the Brazil World
Cup played like two-time European
champions and could have won by
a wider margin.
"Objective accomplished," Iniesta
Alba headed in a well-placed pass
from David Silva to get Spain going
in the fifth minute. Iniesta then
converted Spain s dominance into
a second goal after Diego Costa
earned a penalty kick a half-hour
in.Elsewhere, Ukraine eased past
Belarus on goals from Artem
Kravets, who opened the scoring
in the seventh minute, followed by
strikes from Andriy Yarmolenko in
the 30th, and a penalty from Yevhen
Konoplyanka in the 40th. Belarus
Sergei Kornilenko scored from a
spot kick in the 62nd before
Ukraine s Denys Garmash was sent
off with two yellow cards.
Luxembourg debutant Sebastien
Thill scored in stoppage time to
give the tiny nation a win over
Macedonia, whose Besart Abdrahi-
mi had a penalty in the 85th saved
by goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert.
Russia moved back into con-
tention for an automatic qualifying
spot with the win over Sweden,
while group leader Austria won its
sixth game in a row.
Artyom Dzyuba s 38th-minute
strike ended Russia s 11-month wait
for a competitive goal before a hectic
end to the match saw both teams
fail to convert good chances.
Russia, in its first match under
new coach Leonid Slutsky, stayed
in third place but was only one
point behind Sweden, which holds
the second of the automatic qual-
Ibrahimovic was replaced by Ola
Toivonen at halftime after com-
plaining of a leg injury. Coach Erik
Hamren said it was not clear if
Ibrahimovic would be able to play
against Austria on Tuesday.
"It s a big difference if he s playing
or not, because he s a world-class
player," Hamren said.
Austria needs just one point from
its last three games in order to qual-
ify after beating Moldova 1-0 at
home thanks to Zlatan Junuzovic s
Also, fourth-place Montenegro
won 2-0 at home against Liecht-
enstein with goals from Fatos Beciraj
and Stevan Jovetic.
MADRID---Real Madrid is donating 1
million euros ($1.1m) to help refugees
"taken in by Spain."
The 10-time European champion says
it made the decision "with the aim of
supporting men, women and children
who have been forced to leave their
homes in order to flee from war and
The Spanish giant is also considering
other measures to help the "youngest"
Tens of thousands of migrants have
arrived in Europe recently, many fleeing
the war in Syria.
Over 80,000 fans
turn up for Dede's
DORTMUND---More than 80,000 foot-
ball fans attended a testimonial for for-
mer Borussia Dortmund left back Dede
News agency dpa reports 81,359 sup-
porters turned up to see "Dede s world
selection" beat "Dede s national team"
13-11 at Dortmund s Westfalenstadion,
a record attendance for a player s farewell.
The game was officiated by Babak
Rafati, who quit as a Bundesliga referee
following his suicide attempt before a
game in November 2011.
Dede, whose full name is Leonardo de
Deus Santos, remains a firm favourite
among Dortmund fans and players after
13 years at the club.
The Brazilian joined from Atletico
Mineiro in 1998, scored 12 goals and set
up 45 more in 322 Bundesliga games,
and helped Dortmund to league wins in
2002 and 2011 before leaving for Turkish
Fekir faces long spell
out after rupturing
PARIS---Rising Lyon star Nabil Fekir
faces a long spell on the sidelines after
rupturing his right knee ligaments play-
ing for France in a friendly against Por-
tugal on Friday.
The French Football Federation con-
firmed the injury, calling it "terrible news."
The 22-year-old Fekir was voted the
French league s best young player after
scoring 13 league goals for Lyon last sea-
A technically gifted and mobile for-
ward, he scored four goals in four games
this season and his hat trick away to
Caen last weekend earned him a first
start for France in Lisbon.
After just 14 minutes, he twisted his
knee when under no apparent pressure
and was replaced by Atletico Madrid for-
ward Antoine Griezmann.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas
tweeted "my thoughts are with Nabil,
who is stronger than you imagine." (AP)
England qualifies for Euro 2016
...Spain avenges Slovakia loss
England's Wayne Rooney
kicks the ball during the Euro
2016, Group E qualifying
soccer match between San
Marino and England, at the
Serravalle stadium in San
Marino, yesterday. England
became the first team to
qualify for the 2016 European
Championship by beating San
Marino 6-0 on Saturday, with
Wayne Rooney's opening goal
tying him for first place on
the country's all-time scoring
list. AP PHOTO
1 million euros
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