With a mixture of European qualifiers and international friendlies, the last week of football had plenty to keep us occupied.
Netherlands 6 – 0 Latvia (European Qualifying 2016)
The Netherlands put six past Latvia with both Robben and Huntelaar scoring braces. Manchester United’s Daley Blind limped off after 18 minutes and is a doubt for Saturday’s game against Arsenal.
England 3 – 1 Slovenia (European Qualifying 2016)
England gained some much-needed momentum after going one nil down to come back and score 3 against Slovenia. The pick of the bunch was this nice team goal between Gibbs, Welbeck and Sterling.
Scotland 1 – 0 Republic of Ireland (European Qualifying 2016)
Maloney scored the only goal in a well-contested game after nice teamwork from a corner.
San Marino 0 – 0 Estonia (European Qualifying 2016)
San Marino ended a 61-game losing streak to earn a point against Estonia. The San Marino players, only one of whom is a full-time professional footballer, looked overjoyed at the final whistle.
Spain 3 – 0 Belarus (European Qualifying 2016)
Isco scored the best of 3 as Spain dispatched Belarus.
Belgium 0 – 0 Wales (European Qualifying 2016)
Wales got a well-earned point away from home against Belgium. Post-game, talk focused on the collision between Fellaini’s elbow and Joe Allen’s face.
Uruguay 3 – 3 Costa Rica (Copa Antel Cup)
Luis Suarez scored Uruguay’s first with this tidy finish, though Costa Rica won the game 7 – 6 on penalties after it finished 3 – 3 in normal time.
Netherlands 2 – 3 Mexico (International Friendly)
Carlos Vela scored twice in his first international game since 2011, but Sneijder scored the goal of the game with this fine strike.
Best of the Rest
Giuseppe Sole curled this free kick perfectly into the top corner for Woking.
Elton Martins’ showboating earned him a few kicks and a stern telling off from opposition players.
Messi has already achieved pretty much everything in football at 27.
Zidane brought on his own son for Real Madrid B.
That’s all for now. Tomorrow we’ve got international friendlies including Spain v Germany (7.45pm KO) and Scotland v England (8pm KO), and then the Premier League pick of the weekend is Arsenal v Man Utd at 5.30pm on Saturday.