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Kidnapped Mexico footballer Pulido freed

International football player Alan Pulido has been rescued in north-east Mexico hours after his kidnapping, officials say. Pulido, 25, appeared with a bandaged hand and told reporters he was “very well”. Officials said the rescue operation was carried out on Sunday night, without giving more details. The striker plays for the Greek team Olympiakos and

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Italy 1-0 Scotland

Scotland were comfortably beaten by Italy, with the only saving grace that the margin of defeat could have been greater. Southampton’s Graziano Pelle scored the only goal of the match, which Italy dominated from start to finish. Scotland offered little as an attacking force and struggled to keep possession on an unforgiving surface in Malta.

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England Under-21s win Toulon Tournament

England Under-21s won the Toulon Tournament for the first time since 1994 after beating hosts France 2-1 in the final on Sunday. Gareth Southgate’s side went ahead in Avignon through Lewis Baker’s looping header after eight minutes, his fourth goal of the tournament. Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek then doubled the lead with a composed finish from

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Germany lose to Slovakia in friendly

Germany suffered a third defeat in four games as they were beaten 3-1 by Slovakia in the final match before their Euro 2016 squad is finalised. Joachim Low’s world champions went ahead through Mario Gomez’s penalty after 13 minutes. But Slovakia, who are in the same group as England and Wales in France, hit back

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Leicester in talks with keeper Zieler

Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler is having talks about joining Premier League champions Leicester City, says his club Hannover. Zieler, 27, joined Hannover in 2010 from Manchester United, where he failed to make a senior appearance. “He will complete a medical while in England,” added the statement on the German club’s website. Zieler, who played two League

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Barnsley 3-1 Millwall

Barnsley sealed promotion to the Championship as two goals in the first 19 minutes set up their League One play-off final win over Millwall. Ashley Fletcher slotted home after just 88 seconds, before Adam Hammill’s 25-yard curling shot doubled the lead. Both had scored for Barnsley in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final win over Oxford

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Simeone questions future with Atletico

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he will “start thinking” about his future with the club after Saturday’s Champions League final defeat. Atletico lost 5-3 on penalties to Real Madrid after the match at Milan’s San Siro finished 1-1 after extra time. It is the second time in three seasons Simeone’s side have lost to

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Real's experience counted – Ronaldo

Real Madrid had more “experience” than their defeated Champions League final opponents Atletico Madrid, said match-winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal forward scored the decisive penalty in Real’s 5-3 shootout win after Juanfran missed for Atletico. The win – after the match had finished 1-1 – brought Real’s 11th European title and their second in three

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Hull City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

A Mohamed Diame wonder strike was enough for Hull City to secure victory in the Championship play-off final against Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley. The midfielder’s curling right-footed shot from 25 yards sealed Hull’s immediate return to the Premier League. Steve Bruce’s side dominated what was a tense affair at times, midfielder Diame striking a post

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Sakho cleared to play at Euro 2016

Mamadou Sakho could play for France at Euro 16 after Uefa opted against extending a provisional 30-day suspension for a failed drugs test. European football’s governing body confirmed in a statement that Sakho would be free to play from Sunday. The Liverpool defender, 26, was banned as a result of a test taken after his

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