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Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring for France in the UEFA Nations League Group Stage game at Stade de France. June 2022.

Wales stole the headlines over their weekend by beating Ukraine 1-0 and qualifying for their first World Cup since 1958.

Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace for Portugal and Lionel Messi managed to outdo him by scoring all five goals in Argentina’s 5-0 win over Estonia.

We’ve rounded up the best of the action on and off the field.

Karim Benzema

Nobody can deny that Benzema is the best player in the world right now.

Lionel Messi

After a mixed season at PSG, Messi is saving his very best for Argentina.


A historic moment for Wales.

Wayne Hennessey

Hennessey did his best Thibaut Courtois impression to take Wales to the World Cup.


Not a bad way to score your first senior international goal.

Sadio Mane

It’s easy to see why Mane is an absolute hero in Senegal.

Jarrod Bowen

England may have lost to Hungary but a dream came true for Bowen.

Bukayo Saka

Arsenal and England have a very special talent on their hands.

Lorenzo Pellegrini

Ths is just rude.

Alejandro Garnacho

Garnacho will be taking free-kick duties off Ronaldo soon. Well, he’ll try to.

Anthony Elanga

It may have been a late consolation but what a strike from the Manchester United youngster.

Virgil van Dijk & Thierry Henry

We’d have loved seeing these two play against each other.

Alou Kuol

Olivier Giroud, eat yer heart out.

Nguyen Van Toan

We feel sorry for him but we also can’t stop laughing at this.

This tackle

Defenders will definitely try and learn how to do this.

John McAtee

Forget about media training, this is what everyone wants to see.

Ken Hirst

No matter who you support, this is well worth seven minutes of your time.

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