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Qualifier clockwatch: Lithuania v Northern Ireland, Sweden v Spain and more – live!


It’s another big day of World Cup qualifying action in Europe … but before we get into that, let’s have a gander at some interesting results from elsewhere in the world today. For starters, get a load of this:

Japan 0-1 Oman

That’s a sensational result for Oman, who secured their first ever win over Japan thanks to an 88th-minute winner by substitute Issam Al Sabhi. And it was no fluke, as Oman were the better side throughout the game, leaving Japan with plenty of work to do if they are to reach a seventh consecutive World Cup. β€œIt wasn’t good at all,” admitted the Japan captain, Maya Yoshida. Their next match promises to be a belter: against China next Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, Australia and Vietnam are also in the same group with top two teams after a six-team round-robin earning automatic qualifications for the World Cup in Qatar.

Meanwhile, today’s biggest exploits from the early kickoffs in Africa belonged to the mighty squirrels of Benin, who won in Madagascar thanks to another goal by Stev

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