Messi, Aguero at the double in Bolivia rout

Houston (AFP) - Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero stole the show as Argentina warmed up for the start of World Cup qualifying next month with a 7-0 thrashing of Bolivia.

Record-chasing Rooney accepts goal scrutiny

Serravalle (San Marino) (AFP) - Wayne Rooney accepts that his return of goals will always be used to judge him even as he goes in pursuit of England history against San Marino on Saturday.

Valbuena nets free kick as France beat Portugal

LISBON (Reuters) - France's late substitute Mathieu Valbuena scored a rare free kick goal to earn a 1-0 win away to Portugal in a friendly on Friday, their 10th victory in a row against the …

Keane double helps Ireland rout Gibraltar 4-0

(Reuters) - Ireland striker Robbie Keane struck twice while defender Cyrus Christie and substitute Shane Long were also on target in a 4-0 win over Gibraltar in their Euro 2016 qualifier as they …

Northern Ireland go top after beating Faroes

(Reuters) - Defender Gareth McCauley scored twice from set pieces and Kyle Lafferty added a third as Northern Ireland beat the Faroe Islands 3-1 on Friday to move of Group F and stay on course for a …

Goetze goals help beat Poland, send Germany top

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's World Cup hero Mario Goetze again put his club woes behind him to score twice as the world champions beat Poland 3-1 in an entertaining Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday …

Del Bosque wants Spain to be patient against Slovakia

MADRID (Reuters) - Holders Spain must be patient in Saturday's clash with Euro 2016 qualifying Group C leaders Slovakia who are likely to play defensively and will be tough to break down, coach …

Air Leckie eyes central Socceroos role

Mathew Leckie could emerge as Socceroos superstar Tim Cahill's long-term successor after earning warm praise from coach Ange Postecoglou.

Scott wants apology from Roos doubters

North Melbourne created controversy with their decision to rest nine players this week but Brad Scott feels vindicated by the Roos' fighting effort.