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Lukaku at the Double for Belgium vs Switzerland
Romelu Lukaku ended a six-game competitive dry spell with both Belgium goals in a late 2-1 home win over a stubborn Switzerland in the Nations League on Friday.

On target twice in a 3-0 defeat of Iceland last month, Manchester United striker Lukaku repeated the heroics as he scored either side of Mario Gavranovic's surprise 76th-minute equaliser.

The 25-year-old looked to have played the part of villain when he blazed over a golden opportunity to restore the hosts' lead late in proceedings, but he regained composure to tuck away a chance instigated by Eden Hazard six minutes from time and send the Red Devils top of Group A2.

The result may provide Thierry Henry with a winning farewell in what could be his final match as Roberto Martinez's assistant - the France great closing in on the vacant Monaco post.

Monaco Appoint Henry as Manager
Monaco have appointed Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as their new manager. Henry will take his first steps into management at the club where he began his professional career, and has signed a three-year contract.

The Frenchman obviously went on to greater heights, joining Juventus, then the Gunners and then Barcelona, but he spent six years with the Principality club and is delighted to be making a return.

“In the first place, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club which is so special to me," he said.

"I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I can not wait to meet the players to start working together.”

Henry had worked alongside former Everton boss Roberto Martinez in the Belgium set-up, and helped the side to a third-placed finish at the World Cup in Russia.

Sancho Makes Modern England History with 1st Cap
Jadon Sancho continues to impress and the 18-year-old made a bit of history for England on Friday. The Borussia Dortmund youngster made his full debut for England in a 0-0 Nations League draw with Croatia, coming on in the 78th minute in front of an empty Stadion HNK Rijeka.

At just 18 years and 201 days old, Sancho became the youngest player to make his debut in a competitive match for England in over 60 years, and the second youngest ever.

Duncan Edwards is the only England player to make his debut in a competitive match at a younger age, playing against Scotland in 1955 at 18 years and 183 days old in what was known as the British Home Championship, an annual competition between the United Kingdom's four national sides that was abolished in 1984.

Sancho also became the first outfield player to play for England while plying his trade outside of the UK since 2009, when the LA Galaxy's David Beckham played against Belarus.

Netherlands Inflict Record on Germany
Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum all scored to earn Netherlands a 3-0 win over Germany and left Joachim Low's men still without a win or a goal in the Nations League.

Liverpool defender Van Dijk pounced to nod home the loose ball on the half-hour mark after Ryan Babel had struck the crossbar with a header following a corner from Depay. Germany had chances to grab a leveller after the break, with substitute Leroy Sane steering a glorious opportunity wide.

They were also denied what appeared to be a clear-cut penalty in the final 10 minutes when Arnaut Groeneveld tripped Matthias Ginter.

However, Depay added an 86th-minute second on the counter-attack and Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum rifled in a third in stoppage time, securing Oranje's biggest ever win over Germany.

It leaves Low's side in danger of relegation in League A Group 1, of which they are bottom, having drawn 0-0 with France in their first game.

Gibraltar Wins First Ever Competitive Game
Gibraltar won a competitive game for the first time by beating Armenia 1-0 in the Nations League - and received an apology from the hosts after the wrong national anthem was played beforehand.

The anthem of Liechtenstein was mistakenly used instead of Gibraltar's.Gibraltar's FA said its Armenian counterpart had apologised.

Joseph Chipolina's second-half penalty then gave the visitors, who became a Uefa-affiliated team in 2013, a first competitive victory in 23 matches. It was also their first points in any competition, as they lost all of their Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

Their two previous victories - against Malta and Latvia - had come in friendly matches. Armenia, who had Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in their side, are above bottom-placed Gibraltar on goal difference in Group D4.

In what was an eventful day for Gibraltan footballers, goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim scored from his own half for English National League South club Dartford.

‬ Low Sets Record for Managing Germany
Joachim Low has broken the record for most matches as Germany manager by taking charge of Saturday's game against the Netherlands.

Low was at the helm of Germany for the 168th time in the UEFA Nations League clash in Amsterdam, breaking the record previously held by Sepp Herberger. The 58-year-old was Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant at the 2006 World Cup, helping Germany to a third-place finish at home.

Following the World Cup, Low took over from Klinsmann as Germany's manager, and has led Die Mannschaft to several notable achievements during his 12 years at the helm.

Most notably, Low helped Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, while also leading his nation to second place at Euro 2008, third place at the 2010 World Cup, and the 2017 Confederations Cup title.

Low handed Schalke forward Mark Uth his Germany debut against the Netherlands, making him the 100th player to earn their first Germany cap during Low's reign.

Salah Returns to Liverpool After Muscle Injury
Mohamed Salah is to return to Liverpool after he suffered a muscle injury while playing for Egypt on Friday night.

The 26-year-old was forced off in the closing stages of Egypt's 4-1 victory over Swaziland in their African Nations Cup qualifier in Cairo, having scored directly from a corner earlier in the game.

Salah was due to travel to Swaziland with his international team-mates for the return fixture but the Pharaohs have now confirmed he will instead head back to Merseyside.

A statement from the Egyptian Football Association read: "Javier Aguirre [Egypt manager] has decided to let Mohamed Salah return to his club and not participate in the Swaziland match on Tuesday to give him more rest.

"During the previous match against Swaziland, Salah complained of stress in the musculoskeletal muscle.

"He was examined medically and radiation was performed on the area of complaint after the game."

My Game Hasn't Dipped
England captain Harry Kane believes he is still at his best, saying questions about his form were only being asked because of his prolific recent seasons.

Kane has now gone six games without a goal for his nation, last netting for England in a round-of-16 win over Colombia at the World Cup.

The 25-year-old has five Premier League goals for Tottenham this season as he looks for a fifth straight campaign of 20-plus strikes. Amid questions over his performances, Kane dismissed any suggestions he had gone backwards.

"It's been tough after the World Cup, not getting much rest, but I think I've dealt with it well," he said.

"I've stayed fit and stayed healthy. That was my main priority at the start of the season. Now it's building on that and pushing forward over the winter. "I set a standard for myself and I want to reach that standard every game I play. I don't think my game has dipped."

Man City Refute Triple-Salary Claim for Messi
Manchester City have refuted claims that they offered to triple Lionel Messi's salary in a bid to sign the Argentina international from Barcelona.

The Premier League champions say there is no truth to the suggestion, which surfaced in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, that Pep Guardiola tried to persuade Messi to move to the Etihad Stadium on a deal that would have been worth more than £1 million per week.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak was asked at a recent Q&A event which transfer near-miss he most regrets from his 10 years with the club. A video posted to Twitter shows he replied, while laughing, "Messi".

On Saturday, however, Mundo Deportivo ran an updated story, including quotes supposedly made by Al Mubarak, that revealed further details of City's unsuccessful attempt. City insist they "absolutely refute" this version of events, stating that Al Mubarak provided no extra information.

Sadio Mane Sends Over 100 L'pool Jerseys to Malawi
Liverpool star Sadio Mane has donated over 100 jerseys to orphans in Malawi. Before the start of the season, the 26-year-old was given Philippe Coutinho no. jersey 10 after the Brazilian moved to Barcelona earlier this year.

However, prior to the announcement, the Merseyside club have sold the 2018-19 replica shirt with the attacker’s no.19 but then offered supporters who purchased the old jersey number a like-for-like exchange for 'Mane 10'.

The returned shirts have been assembled for Malawians and Mary Woodworth, founder of Friends of Mulanje Orphans in Malawi disclosed that the Senegalese's gesture will go a long way 'as a dream come true' for the children who struggle to get a shirt.

"It's like a dream for the children in the villages, getting a t-shirt that they never thought they would get.- It’s just magical basically," Woodworth said. "Sadio Mane is from Africa, his name is just everywhere. To see the t-shirt of Sadio Mane will just be overwhelming."

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