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Neuer and Boateng top kicker rankings

At the end of every season, specialist magazine kicker publishes its closely-observed “German football rankings”. In the latest edition of the roll of honour, the World’s Best Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer earns the “international class” label and leads the list of Bundesliga keepers ahead of Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno and Gladbach’s Yann Sommer. Among the centre-backs, Jérôme Boateng is also top of the ranking with an “international class” tag. The 26-year-old world champion finished ahead of Naldo, Martin Stranzl and Ömer Toprak.

Narrow victory for Bernat and Spain

European champions Spain remain on course for the Euro 2016 finals in France thanks to a narrow 1-0 victory away to Belarus on Sunday night. David Silva pounced on a mistake by the home keeper shortly before half-time to seal it for the Iberians, with FCB man Juan Bernat coming on in place of the goalscorer for the closing stages. With six matches played, Spain lie second in Group C on 15 points, three off leaders Slovakia.

Pizarro an unused sub for Copa opener

Claudio Pizarro and his Peru team-mates have lost their opening match at the Copa America. In their first Group C fixture, Pizza and his national team fell 2-1 at the death to Brazil. The Blaquirroja took a third-minute lead through Christian Cueva, but Neymar levelled just two minutes later. The contest seemed destined for a draw but Brazil sub Douglas Costa struck a stoppage time winner for A Selecao. Pizarro spent the 90 minutes on the bench.