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Ukraine victorious in emotional World Cup qualifier



Ukraine has defeated Scotland 3-1 in their first competitive match since Russia’s invasion

Ukraine is one win away from securing a spot in the 2022 World Cup after beating Scotland in Glasgow.

The nation will face Wales on Sunday, with the winner progressing to the finals tournament in Qatar.

Artem Dovbyk sealed his sides win with the last kick of the match, after goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk set up the victory.

The majority of Ukraine’s starting 11 hadn’t played a competitive match since December, as the country’s national league was suspended due to the ongoing conflict.

Following the final whistle, Ukrainian players celebrated with a 3,500 strong group of fans.

Earlier in the emotion-packed evening, Scottish fans cheered and joined in with the Ukrainian anthem before the match.

Ukraine’s head coach, Oleksandr Petrakov, dedicated the victory to people at home in Ukraine.

“This victory was not for me, was not for the team, it was for our country,”

UkrainE’S head coach, oleksandr petrokov

“We played for those who fight in trenches, who fight with their last drop of blood. We also play for people at home who are suffering every day,” he says.

The result is a blow to Scotland who have once again failed to make the World Cup. The football-mad nation’s last appearance in the tournament was 1998.

Bryan Hoadley contributed to this report

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Fans swamp Argentine restaurant to see Lionel Messi



The footballer needed a police escort to leave the venue

A steakhouse in Buenos Aires was mobbed by hundreds of fans who wanted to get a glimpse of their favourite football megastar.

People rushed to the exclusive Don Julio restaurant eager to get a glimpse of the man who led Argentina to its third World Cup title.

Messi eventually needed a police escort to leave.

Fans on the street corner chanted his name as police officers accompanied the 35-year-old to his vehicle while keeping fans at bay.

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World Athletics bans transgender women in female category events



Any transgender athlete, who has gone through male puberty, won’t be allowed to compete in female world ranking competitions

World Athletics has banned transgender women from competing in the female category at international events.

Any transgender athlete, who has gone through male puberty, won’t be allowed to compete in female world ranking competitions.

The governing body’s President says the decision was guided by the principle to protect the female category.

“Decisions are always difficult when they involve conflicting needs and rights between different groups, but we continue to take the view that we must maintain fairness for female athletes above all other considerations,” said Lord Coe.

“We will be guided in this by the science around physical performance and male advantage which will inevitably develop over the coming years.

“As more evidence becomes available, we will review our position, but we believe the integrity of the female category in athletics is paramount.”

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Goalkeeper Leandro Requena scores longest range goal of all-time



The ball travelled 101 metres, if it is ratified by Guinness World Records

Argentine goalkeeper Leandro Requena has scored one of the longest-range goals of all-time.

With his Cobresal team leading 2-0 in the 77th minute against Colo-Colo in the Chilean football league, Requena took a goal kick.

Colo-Colo goalkeeper Brayan Cortes was well outside of his penalty area, and the ball bounced over his head and towards goal.

Cortes stumbled as he tried in vain to chase the ball as it crossed the line.

If the goal is ratified by Guinness World Records, it would break the record for the longest range goal in history.

The current record is 96.01 metres, set by Tom King in 2021 during a match between Newport County and Cheltenham Town in England’s fourth tier.

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