FIFA Suspensions and Ecuador's Victory in the Best of the Week

  • Scandals, Surprises & More
    1/13 The suspensions to Joseph Blatter and Michel Platini and the surprising victory of Ecuador at Argentina at the beginning of South American Qualifiers for Russia 2018 stole the show.
  • Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini relieved of all FIFA duties
    2/13 Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini relieved of all FIFA duties: Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and Jerome Valcke have officially been handed 90-day bans by the FIFA Ethics Committee. Along with the powerful trio, Chung Mong-joon, a South Korean official who has served as vice president of FIFA, has been banned for six years and fined £67,924. "The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee chaired by Hans Joachim Eckert has provisionally banned FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, UEFA President and FIFA Vice-President Michel Platini, and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke (who has already been put on leave by his employer FIFA) for a duration of 90 days," a FIFA statement reads.
  • Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini relieved of all FIFA duties
    3/13 Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini relieved of all FIFA duties: Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and Jerome Valcke have officially been handed 90-day bans by the FIFA Ethics Committee. Along with the powerful trio, Chung Mong-joon, a South Korean official who has served as vice president of FIFA, has been banned for six years and fined £67,924. "The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee chaired by Hans Joachim Eckert has provisionally banned FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, UEFA President and FIFA Vice-President Michel Platini, and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke (who has already been put on leave by his employer FIFA) for a duration of 90 days," a FIFA statement reads.
  • Mexico National Team confirm Juan Carlos Osorio agreement
    4/13 Mexico National Team confirm Juan Carlos Osorio agreement: Juan Carlos Osorio has agreed terms to coach Mexico, the Mexico Football Federation (FEMEXFUT). Terms of the agreement were not disclosed but the Colombian, who will be presented on October 14th, is tasked with leading Mexico to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
  • Argentina 0-2 Ecuador
    5/13 Argentina 0-2 Ecuador: Visitors stun Copa America finalists in World Cup qualifying: A pair of goals in barely a minute stunned Argentina as Ecuador claimed a remarkable 2-0 victory in World Cup qualifying. Ecuador had chances throughout in the Argentine capital but only managed to break the deadlock in the 81st minute, when center back FricksonErazo headed past Sergio Romero. Felipe Caicedo then sealed the three points just seconds later, capping a swift counter-attacking move with a side-footed effort beyond Romero as Ecuador triumphed in Argentina for the first time in its history.
  • Colombia 2-0 Peru
    6/13 Colombia 2-0 Peru: Gutierrez and Cardona sink Incas: Colombia’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign got off to the perfect start as goals from Teo Gutierrez and Edwin Cardona sealed all three points for Jose Pekerman's side against Peru. Gutierrez was on hand to direct Cristian Zapata's header past Pedro Gallese, amid calls for offside, and Cardona's scooped effort in stoppage time secured victory as Peru's winless streak away from home in World Cup qualifying extended to 24 games - a run spanning back to 2004.
  • Chile 2-0 Brazil
    7/13 Chile 2-0 Brazil: Vargas, Sanchez help host to win: Second-half goals from Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sanchez saw Chile to a 2-0 win over Brazil in their World Cup qualifier. Vargas side-footed in a 72nd-minute goal at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos in Santiago before Sanchez sealed it late for the Copa America champion. Chile had looked the more likely to score throughout, with Sanchez and Mauricio Isla hitting the post.
  • Paul Aguilar wonder strike lifts Mexicans past USA and to Confederations Cup
    8/13 Paul Aguilar wonder strike lifts Mexicans past USA and to Confederations Cup: Paul Aguilar struck with two minutes remaining in extra time as Mexico overcame United States 3-2 to book their spot at the 2017 Confederations Cup. After a frenetic start to proceedings, Javier Hernandez combined with Peralta and scuffed his shot past USA goalkeeper Guzan for his 42nd international goal. USA eventually found their feet and levelled the match within five minutes. Penalties looked likely after Bobby Wood and Oribe Peralta exchanged goals in either half of extra time in California. But Aguilar popped up with a memorable volley from an acute angle in the 118th minute at Rose Bowl as Mexico claimed the winner-takes-all CONCACAF Cup play-off and a trip to Russia two years from now.
  • Spain 4-0 Luxembourg
    9/13 Spain 4-0 Luxembourg: Alcacer and Cazorla at the double in routine win: Paco Alcacer and Santi Cazorla both scored twice as Spain cruised to a 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Luxembourg. Cazorla had hit the crossbar but made no mistake shortly before half-time when he smashed home after Pedro's shot had been parried. Substitute Alcacer converted with an impressive finish midway through the second half and then struck again late on with a tap-in, before Cazorla wrapped up the victory with a second of his own - an impressive strike from the edge of the box.
  • Azerbaijan 1-3 Italy
    10/13 Azerbaijan 1-3 Italy: Conte's men through to Euro 2016 after comfortable win: Former European champions Italy made certain of their place at Euro 2016 with a 3-1 win over Group H rivals Azerbaijan at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium. Antonio Conte saw his side lead early on courtesy of Eder's second international goal as he finished off a Pirlo-esque pass from Marco Verratti. Dima Nazarov levelled for Azerbaijan, but El Shaarawy put Italy back in front before half-time. Italy's bold formation resembled a 4-2-4 at times, Antonio Candreva and El Shaarawy often occupying advanced roles on the flanks, but it was full-back Darmian who sealed the result with his first international goal shortly after the hour.
  • Germany 2-1 Georgia
    11/13 Germany 2-1 Georgia: Kruse secures top spot for world champions: Germany had Max Kruse and Manuel Neuer to thank as they edged through to Euro 2016 in their final qualifier after a nervous 2-1 win over Georgia in Leipzig. Thomas Muller appeared to have settled nerves with a penalty early in the second half, only for Jaba Kankava to equalise within four minutes. Neuer then proved his quality with a pair of stunning saves to prevent Georgia from going ahead, before substitute Kruse settled a tense win by scoring within three minutes of coming on.
  • Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix
    12/13 Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of the Formula One world title after easing to another victory at the Russian Grand Prix as a throttle issue effectively ended Nico Rosberg's championship hopes. Vettel claimed second, while Sergio Perez took third for Force India. Hamilton now leads Vettel by 66 points and Rosberg by 73 with just 100 points left to race for and can seal a second successive title at the United States Grand Prix.
  • Novak Djokovic seals sixth China Open title by beating Rafael Nadal
    13/13 Novak Djokovic seals sixth China Open title by beating Rafael Nadal: Finally, Novak Djokovic continued his dominant 2015 season with an emphatic straight-sets victory over Rafael Nadal in the China Open final. The world number one sealed his eighth title of a year that has seen him lift three of the four grand slams courtesy of a 6-2 6-2 success despite a valiant effort from Nadal.