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Tokyo Olympics: US women’s soccer team misses out on gold after Semifinal Loss to Canada
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Tokyo Olympics: US women’s soccer team misses out on gold after Semifinal Loss to Canada

The US Women's National Team have lost to Canada in the Olympic semifinal, a major upset for the US team ranked number one in the world for female football. The  1-0 which occurred on Monday, August 2, in Japan, from Jessie Fleming's penalty ends the US' bid for the gold medal. The game was scoreless at the half. The U.S. team's goalie, Alyssa Naeher, had to come out of the game in the 30th minute after colliding with U.S. defender Julie Ertz. They were both trying to stop a Canada ball right in front of the U.S. goal. Naeher was down on the turf for at least four minutes as medical staff treated her. She stayed in the game, but only for the next few minutes. Naeher felt pain the next time she kicked the ball and raised her hand up to be substituted. She was replaced by ba...
Tokyo Olympics: Japan Eliminate D’Tigress to Qualify for Quarter-finals
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Tokyo Olympics: Japan Eliminate D’Tigress to Qualify for Quarter-finals

Japan have reached the quarter-finals in the women’s basketball, following a 102-83 win over Nigeria on Monday in the final pool play game. Saki Hayashi scored 23 points as the Asians outclassed the D’Tigress. Yuki Miyazwa added 19 points for the hosts, bringing it up to a total of 19 3-pointers in the game. Japan were up 30-22 after the first quarter, but Nigeria cut its deficit to 38-36 before Japan scored 13 straight points to take control. Japan led 51-38 at half time and didn’t take off their foot off the pedal in the second half as the West Africans failed to get back in the game. Nigeria (0-3) became the latest African country to not win a game in the Olympics. They were the last team from the continent to be victorious in the Ol...
Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 in Pre-season Friendly
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Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 in Pre-season Friendly

Chelsea have defeated Arsenal in their pre-season charity friendly at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. In the game, Kai Havertz gave Chelsea the lead in the 26th minute. Granit Xhaka brought Gunners level in the 69th minute while Tammy Abraham restores Chelsea’s advantage after Héctor Bellerín’s error in the 71st minute. Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham are competing in a mini pre-season round-robin tournament called The Mind Series. Funds raised from the three games will be split between mental health charity Mind and the clubs’ respective foundations. Chelsea have played two friendlies so far this summer, beating Peterborough and Bournemouth, and saw their training camp in Ireland disrupted by a positive Covid-19 case. Also, Arsenal have had their preparations hampered b...
Four Footballers Killed in Bomb Blast in Somalia
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Four Footballers Killed in Bomb Blast in Somalia

Four local footballers in Somalia have been killed when an explosion believed to have been caused by a bomb ripped through their bus on Friday, July 30. According to local media, ten players from the Jubaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry club were heading off for a game at the Kismayo city stadium in southern Somalia when the blast hit. "The players were riding in a bus when the explosion went off, presumably inside the vehicle. There are investigations going on but we presume the device was planted onto the bus," said police officer Mohamed Sadiq. He said four football players were killed and five others wounded. "The blast was huge and it caused devastating fire which burned down the bus, people rushed to remove the dead bodies and wounded players," said witness Ibr...
Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s D’Tigers lose again, occupy bottom spot
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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s D’Tigers lose again, occupy bottom spot

Nigeria’s D’Tigers on Saturday lost their third Group B game against Italy in the men’s basketball event at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. D’Tigers lost 71-80 to Italy on Saturday to finish bottom of their group. The defeat against Italy was their third loss at the Olympics. Recall that D’Tigers lost their first game against Australia a few days ago. They also fell apart in the fourth quarter of their second game at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to Germany in the early hours of Wednesday. D’Tigers lost 92 – 99 against the German side.
Survive and advance: USWNT reaches Olympic semi-finals after gritty win over Netherlands on penalties
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Survive and advance: USWNT reaches Olympic semi-finals after gritty win over Netherlands on penalties

The U.S. were pushed all the way by a game Dutch side, but Alyssa Naeher's penalty heroics helped send her side to the last four Survive and advance. That is the mantra in any knockout tournament and it was undoubtedly personified by the U.S. women’s national team on Friday. The USWNT battled through 120 minutes of their Olympic quarter-final against the Netherlands, managing to stay alive and take the game to penalties after a 2-2 draw. In the spot-kick period, Alyssa Naeher cemented her status as a USWNT goalkeeping legend by saving two penalties after she had already stopped a late penalty in regulation.
UEFA Super Cup: Only 13,000 can attend Chelsea vs Villarreal in Belfast
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UEFA Super Cup: Only 13,000 can attend Chelsea vs Villarreal in Belfast

Next month’s European Super Cup match between Chelsea and Villarreal in Belfast can be attended by up to 13,000 fans, the European continent’s football ruling body UEFA said on Friday. UEFA said ticket applications for the Aug. 11 game at Windsor Park have started. It added that all ticket-holders require a negative coronavirus test to enter the stadium and supporters from abroad are subject to local coronavirus regulations. The curtain-raising Super Cup brings together winners of the last Champions League (Chelsea) and Europa League (Villarreal).
Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s D’Tigress Lose again
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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s D’Tigress Lose again

The hope of Nigeria’s senior women basketball team, D’Tigress, advancing in the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo is now slim. The women basketball team, on Friday morning July 30, lost to their French counterparts in their second Preliminary Round Group B fixture. D’Tigress lost 62-87 against France’s senior women's basketball team at the Saitama Super Arena. Recall that D’Tigress lost 81-72 in their first game against the United States on Tuesday. France also lost their first game, 74-70 against the host nation, Japan on Tuesday. D’Tigress will now face Japan in their last game on Monday, August 2.
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Mexico to face South Korea in Olympics quarter-finals after beating South Africa

El Tri beat France to a place in the final eight, while Brazil will take on Egypt in the next round Mexico will play South Korea in the quarter-finals of the Olympics after beating South Africa 3-0 in their final group game. El Tri's victory on Wednesday saw them finish second in the group behind Japan, who claimed top spot after beating France. France's 4-0 defeat by Japan was the second time they had conceded four goals in the tournament, while Argentina and Germany also failed to make it through to the knockout stages.  
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Wayne Rooney, Derby manager Apologises to Family and club over Online images

Wayne Rooney has apologised to his family and Derby County over images that surfaced online of him at a private party The pictures garnered attention on social media on Sunday, appearing to show the Derby County manager asleep in a hotel room surrounded by a group of young women. Cheshire Police confirmed on Tuesday they would not be taking action against a complaint of blackmail made regarding the images, after Rooney's representatives believed there had been an illicit attempt to entrap him. "I made a mistake," Rooney told Sky Sports News after his side's friendly victory against Real Betis on Wednesday evening. "I went to a private party with two of my friends and from me, I'd like to apologise to my family and the club for the images which were going round and I want to m...
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Man Utd squad vs Brentford: Solskjaer’s Squad Confirmed [Full list]

Manchester United’s squad to face Brentford in today’s pre-season friendly tie has been revealed. According to Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has named a 24-man squad to tackle Brentford at Old Trafford. Man United head to the game following a 4-2 defeat to QPR in their last pre-season friendly fixture. The kick-off time for Man United vs Brentford is 8 pm. Below is Man United’s squad against Brentford; Goalkeepers: Heaton, Grant and Kovar. Defenders: Dalot, Mengi, Tuanzebe, Fish, Williams, Wan-Bissaka. Midfielders: Garner, Levitt, Hannibal, Galbraith, Mata, Pereira, Van de Beek and Matic. Forwards: Lingard, James, Shoretire, Elanga, Greenwood, Pellistri and Hugill.
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USA Thrash Iran in Olympic Basketball

The USA easily beat Iran 120-66 in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday to bounce back from their shock opening defeat — and players and coaches from the geopolitical rivals chatted afterwards. The Americans had their 25-game Olympic winning streak snapped by France in their first game but Damian Lillard scored 21 points and Devin Booker had 16 points in a straightforward win against the Iranians. Kevin Durant had another low-key game with 10 points but he was one of six Americans in double figures in Saitama. Hamed Haddadi and Mohammadsamad Nik Khahbahrami each scored 14 points for Iran, against the team of NBA stars. US coach Gregg Popovich spoke with his Iranian opposite number Mehran Shahintab after the game and said: “People generally get along an...
They didn’t treat me as a footballer’ – Barcelona blasted by Matheus Fernandes over shock contract call
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They didn’t treat me as a footballer’ – Barcelona blasted by Matheus Fernandes over shock contract call

The Brazilian midfielder was released by La Liga giants in June after seeing just 17 minutes of competitive game time for the club Matheus Fernandes has slammed Barcelona for ripping up his contract without warning, with the Brazilian midfielder claiming that La Liga giants "didn't treat me as a footballer". The 23-year-old, who was snapped up by the Blaugrana in January 2020, was informed of his release at Camp Nou back in June after taking in just 17 minutes of competitive game time. He had been firmly frozen out by Ronald Koeman, much to his surprise, but claims no warning was given that his deal would be ended during a cost-cutting summer in Catalunya.
QPR vs Man Utd: Solskjaer suffers shock 4-2 defeat after signing new deal
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QPR vs Man Utd: Solskjaer suffers shock 4-2 defeat after signing new deal

Manchester United lost 4-2 to Queens Park Rangers in a preseason friendly on Saturday. The game was played 24 hours after Red Devils boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, signed a new three-year deal with the Premier League side. United took an early lead in the third minute through Jesse Lingard. However, QPR plundered in four goals through Charlie Justin, Lyndon Dykes (brace) and Moses Odubajo. Anthony Elanga reduced the deficit for the Old Trafford side. United have three more friendlies to come after facing QPR. They will play Brentford, Preston and Everton, before their Premier League opener on August 14 against Leeds at Old Trafford.
Giovani: ‘The Brazilian Sancho’ being linked with Man City
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Giovani: ‘The Brazilian Sancho’ being linked with Man City

The 17-year-old impressed during his first appearances for the Palmeiras first team and has since had an €80m release clause added to his contract When fans think of Brazilian football, they tend to imagine the beautiful game being played at speed with great technique and a fair amount of dribbling. Carrying the ball at pace has, though, fallen out of the modern game somewhat, with heavy pressing and quick passing becoming the cornerstones of football over the past decade or so. That is why when a player emerges who is willing to dribble with the ball while carrying an air of unpredictability about their game, they tend to excite both coaches and supporters alike.
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Richarlison makes Premier League history at Olympics 2020 as Everton star hits hat-trick for Brazil

The Toffees forward has hit the ground running in Tokyo, with a treble recorded in his country's opening game against Germany Everton winger Richarlison has made history at Tokyo 2020, with the Brazil international becoming the first Premier League player to hit a hat-trick at the Olympic Games. The Toffees forward has burst out of the blocks with an impressive treble against Germany. Richarlison has etched his name into the record books as a result, with the 24-year-old achieving what no other English top-flight star has managed before him.
‘Harvey looks in proper shape’ – Klopp says Elliott well placed to break into Liverpool first team
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‘Harvey looks in proper shape’ – Klopp says Elliott well placed to break into Liverpool first team

The Reds head coach has been impressed by the midfielder's physical condition since his return from his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers Jurgen Klopp says Harvey Elliott is well placed to break into Liverpool first team after reporting for pre-season "in proper shape". Liverpool snapped up Elliot from Fulham as a 16-year-old in 2019, and he has since appeared in nine senior matches while becoming the youngest player to ever start a game for the Reds. The midfielder, who spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Blackburn Rovers, was handed a new long-term contract after turning 18 earlier this year and Klopp is confident he is now ready to establish himself as a key member of his squad.
LaLiga: Why Barcelona has Cristiano Ronaldo’s Posters at Training ground
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LaLiga: Why Barcelona has Cristiano Ronaldo’s Posters at Training ground

Barcelona has pasted news reports about Cristiano Ronaldo’s positive COVID-19 test, as a warning to their players to stay in line, AS reports. Ronaldo was the most high-profile player to contract Coronavirus after he was infected while on international duty with Portugal last October. It caused Ronaldo to miss Juventus’ Champions League group stage game in Turin, a match the Barca won 2-0 thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi. Although the walls of Barca’s training ground are covered with pictures of Messi, there is also a small dedication to his eternal rival. It is understood that in one of the dressing rooms at their Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper facility, a story relating to his positive test is pinned up. It is placed to serve as a warning to Ronald Koe...
Germany’s Olympic football team walks off the pitch over ‘racial abuse’ from Honduras player in warm-up tie ahead of Tokyo 2020
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Germany’s Olympic football team walks off the pitch over ‘racial abuse’ from Honduras player in warm-up tie ahead of Tokyo 2020

Germany's Olympic soccer team walked off the pitch during a friendly match against Honduras after one of the German players was racially abused, according to the German Football Association (DFB). "The game has ended 5 minutes early with the score at 1-1. The Germany players left the pitch after Jordan Torunarigha was racially abused," tweeted the DFB. Torunarigha, who is Black, plays as a defender for Germany. The Honduran Football Federation did not respond to CNN's request for comment via email and phone, but the organization said in a tweet that the "alleged racial insult" had been a "misunderstanding" on the pitch. The match against Honduras took place in Wakayama, Japan, and was the final practice for the German side before their first Olympic match on July 22, acco...
Nigerian Ofoborh missed Arsenal game with heart problem – Rangers boss Gerrard
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Nigerian Ofoborh missed Arsenal game with heart problem – Rangers boss Gerrard

The West African will be out of the Gers pre-season matches until he gets the green light from the specialists Rangers head coach Steven Gerrard has revealed Nigerian Nnamdi Ofoborh missed the build-up game against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon as a precaution after a red flag regarding his heart. The 21-year-old is not expected to be involved in the pre-season for the Scottish champions as he is still undergoing medical examinations before the next course of action is known. The former Liverpool skipper went on to confirm the midfielder is scheduled to see specialists in the next few weeks.
Rangers vs Arsenal: Gunners fail to win another pre-season match
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Rangers vs Arsenal: Gunners fail to win another pre-season match

Arsenal on Saturday failed to beat Rangers in their second pre-season friendly tie at Ibrox. Rangers took the lead in the first half through a header from Nigerian defender Leon Balogun following a brilliant delivery from James Tavernier. Arsenal, however, levelled through new signing Nuno Tavares after he capatilised on a Tavernier’s mistake. Jermain Defoe was a casualty for Rangers as he came off with a muscle injury in the first half of the encounter. Rangers were under pressure for large parts of the second half but they took the lead again from another set piece. Glenn Middleton delivered a brilliant ball into Arsenal box that was met by the head of Cedric Itten who powered the ball into the back of the net to give Steven Gerrard’s men a 2-1 lead. But Eddie Nketi...
EPL: Chelsea sell defender to London rivals for £20m
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EPL: Chelsea sell defender to London rivals for £20m

Chelsea have agreed a £20million deal with Crystal Palace for Marc Guehi, Goal reports. The England U21 defender spent the 2020/2021 season with Championship side, Swansea, which allowed him to get regular game time. Guehi is undergoing a medical with Palace and will sign a five-year contract with the South London club. Chelsea are willing to let the Ivory Coast-born star go, as they are already well-stocked at centre-half. The Blues have, however, included a sell-on clause within the terms agreed with their domestic rivals. They also have the option to match any offer tabled in future transfer talks.
Basketball: Australia defeat Nigeria 108-69 in exhibition game
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Basketball: Australia defeat Nigeria 108-69 in exhibition game

Australia trounced Nigeria 108-69 to win their third game in a row at the Las Vegas exhibition series on Wednesday as both teams continue their preparation for the Olympics. The loss is Mike Brown’s first since taking over as coach of D’Tigers in 2020. The efficient Aussies displayed grit and technical prowess as they swept D’Tigers apart in the first quarter taking a 13-point lead to end 26-13. The third ranked nation in the world continued their dominance in the second quarter ending with a comfortable 20-point lead – 49-29. The Australians opened a 38-point lead to end the quarter 84-46, then clocking the 100-point mark to win by 39 points ending the game 108-69. The Australians made it three wins in a row with Chris Gouding scoring 21 points, three rebounds and four ste...
Euro 2020 final: Pogba sends message to Saka, Rashford, Sancho after racist abuse
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Euro 2020 final: Pogba sends message to Saka, Rashford, Sancho after racist abuse

  Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has sent a heartfelt message of support to three England players, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, after they were subjected to racist abuses following the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy on Sunday night. Saka, Rashford and Sancho, who came on as substitutes during England’s defeat to Italy, lost their spot-kicks against Roberto Mancini’s side at Wembley Stadium. England lost 3-2 on penalties against Italy after the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes. Immediately after the game, Saka, Rashford and Sancho were racially targeted on social media. Reacting, Pogba, in a post via his Instagram account on Monday, said, “I am proud of you. You win some, you lose some. “You took the courage to take ...
Nigeria Basketball Federation dedicates D’Tigers wins over US & Argentina to the late Sound Sultan
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Nigeria Basketball Federation dedicates D’Tigers wins over US & Argentina to the late Sound Sultan

The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has dedicated D’Tigers victories over Team USA and Argentina to the memories of Sound Sultan. The late musician, a well known basketball fan, helped develop the game in Festac area of Lagos. He died in the early hours of Sunday, July 11 while the Nigerian basketball team was registering a historic 90-87 victory over Team US in an Olympic friendly. He died following a 4-year battle with angioimmunoblastic t-cell lymphoma. Following the Nigerian basketball team's comfortable win over Argentina on Tuesday, the fourth-best team in the world, the NBBF took to its verified Twitter page to dedicate the two massive wins to the late singer. “We dedicate the victories against the US & Argentina to the late Olanrewaju Fasasi (Sound Sul...
Euro 2020 final: Mourinho criticizes one England player after 3-2 defeat to Italy
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Euro 2020 final: Mourinho criticizes one England player after 3-2 defeat to Italy

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho has criticised England midfielder, Mason Mount for his underwhelming performance after the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday night. England lost 3-2 to Italy on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes at Wembley Stadium. Leonardo Bonucci had netted an equaliser for Italy in the 67th minute after Luke Shaw had fired England into an early lead. With the score at 1-1, the game went to extra-time, and Mount ended up being replaced by Jack Grealish in the 99th minute during the encounter. Italy eventually won on penalties after Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed their spot-kicks. But Mourinho believes Mount didn’t perform well for England against Italy. Mourinho was quoted as saying b...
England vs Italy: UEFA Receives Petitions to Replay Euro 2020 final
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England vs Italy: UEFA Receives Petitions to Replay Euro 2020 final

  Some England fans have started a petition, asking that UEFA order a replay of the Euro 2020 final. They feel the defeat to Italy on penalties was “unfair”, according to the Daily Mail. Italy have been accused of playing “dirty”, after their captain Giorgio Chiellini pulled on Bukayo Saka’s collar, dragging him onto the pitch in the latter stages of the game. While some fans have taken to social media to insist he deserved a red card for the move, he eventually got away with a yellow. The refereeing decisions have been widely disputed since and a number of England fans have taken it upon themselves to start up petitions. One petition, in its description, outlines: “Bukayo Saka was mistreated during the match between England and Italy as he was dragged down by hi...
Pitch invader interrupts Euro 2020 final as crowd troubles continue at Wembley
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Pitch invader interrupts Euro 2020 final as crowd troubles continue at Wembley

A tense second half between Italy and England was briefly interrupted as a fan ran onto the field of play Sunday's Euro 2020 final between England and Italy had to deal with a momentary delay after a pitch invader rushed onto the field in the second half. With just a few minutes remaining of the 90 minutes, play was briefly halted as a fan ran onto the field of play. The incident continues the theme of crowd trouble at Wembley on Sunday as onrushing crowds breached security before kick-off before disrupting ticket-holding fans during the game
It was my fault – Southgate reacts to England’s penalty shootout defeat to Italy
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It was my fault – Southgate reacts to England’s penalty shootout defeat to Italy

  England manager, Gareth Southgate has taken responsibility for their Euro 2021 final defeat to Italy on Sunday. Southgate insisted after the game “it was my fault”, as he defended the three players who missed during the decisive shootout. The two sides could not be separated after 120 minutes of action, after Leonardo Bonucci cancelled out Luke Shaw’s early opener. Andrea Belotti and Jorginho saw their kicks saved by Jordan Pickford, while Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed for England. Southgate has experienced his own penalty, having missed the crucial spot kick in the Euro ’96 semi-final against Germany at the same stadium. He moved to console Saka immediately after the shootout and was keen to protect the youngster from any blame as he...
Euro 2020: Rooney issues warning to England ahead of final clash with Italy
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Euro 2020: Rooney issues warning to England ahead of final clash with Italy

England legend Wayne Rooney has warned the Three Lions to avoid allowing Italy to dictate the tempo of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final. According to Rooney, England must do this if they are to emerge victorious and end 55 years of hurt at Wembley. Italy boss, Roberto Mancini, will rely on the experience of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorginio Chiellini in defence in a bid to nullify the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. Italy also have a midfield laden with technical ability and boundless energy controlled by Chelsea star, Jorginho. “I think we’re favourites,” ex-skipper Rooney told The Times. “Quality wise, England have enough and mentally you can see the players are in a good place. “My one warning would be that we can’t get caught up in how Italy play, the way they’ll try a...
England hit with £26,000 UEFA fine for laser pointer shone at Schmeichel in Euro 2020 semi-final
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England hit with £26,000 UEFA fine for laser pointer shone at Schmeichel in Euro 2020 semi-final

The incident happened as the Denmark No.1 was preparing to face Harry Kane's extra-time penalty England have been fined £26,000 by UEFA after a laser pointer was shone at Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel by someone in the crowd during Wednesday's Euro 2020 semi-final. The laser was shone in the face of the Leicester City goalkeeper as he prepared to face Harry Kane's penalty in extra-time. The fine is also related to the booing of the Danish national anthem from sections of the England fan base before the game, along with the setting off of fireworks following the 2-1 extra-time win.
Euro 2020 final: Ex-Chelsea manager, Conte tells Italy how to beat England
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Euro 2020 final: Ex-Chelsea manager, Conte tells Italy how to beat England

Former Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte, has advised Italy on how to beat England when both teams clash in the Euro 2020 final tie on Sunday. Italy will, on Sunday night, face England in the Euro 2020 final at the Wembley Stadium. Conte said for Italy to beat England, they have to target two Three Lions players, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips, who brings balance to Gareth Southgate’s side. “There are two very physical midfielders like Rice and Phillips, who bring balance, but very few vertical passes, often going for the simple option,” Conte wrote in his column for La Gazzetta dello Sport. “A weak spot for England is that if their defence is pressed when building out from the back, they are not as good as Spain at escaping the press. However, if you are ultra-attacking in you...
FIFA 22 cover star: Mbappe confirmed as PSG star continues as face of EA Sports game
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FIFA 22 cover star: Mbappe confirmed as PSG star continues as face of EA Sports game

The Frenchman will be on the cover once again after previously serving as the face of the game's most recent release Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe will once again serve as the cover athlete for the latest iteration of EA Sports' FIFA series. Mbappe will be on the cover of FIFA 22 when the game is released later this year, having previously been on the cover of FIFA 21. His selection makes him the first player to repeat as a cover athlete since Cristiano Ronaldo, who fronted both FIFA 18 and FIFA 19.
Argentina vs Brazil: Messi warns team mates about Neymar ahead of Copa America final
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Argentina vs Brazil: Messi warns team mates about Neymar ahead of Copa America final

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has warned his teammates over the threat posed by Brazil forward, Neymar Jr, ahead of the Copa América final on Sunday. Messi and his teammates qualified for the final following a nervy penalty shootout against Colombia. The game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes and Emiliano Martinez produced three saves in the ensuing shoot-out. This weekend’s game represents another opportunity for Messi to finally win a major trophy with his country But standing in their are hosts and Brazil and Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Neymar Jr. “Brazil, with Neymar, are going to be very difficult. “We know his potential, what he does individually,” Messi said according to Sport. The final will take place at Maracana at 1am UK time (2am Spanish time) on Sun...
Euro 2020 final is ‘one game too much’ for Saka as Neville calls for Sancho or Rashford to start for England
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Euro 2020 final is ‘one game too much’ for Saka as Neville calls for Sancho or Rashford to start for England

The former Manchester United defender believes the exciting Arsenal youngster should be left out of Gareth Southgate's starting XI against Italy The Euro 2020 final may be "one game too much" for Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka claims Gary Neville, with the former Manchester United defender looking for Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho to fill the starting berth against Italy. Gareth Southgate has shown faith in the 19-year-old Gunners youngster at this summer's European Championship, with Saka making his starting XI on three occasions. Two of those outings have been in the knockout stage, against Germany in the last-16 and the semi-final showdown with Denmark, but Neville believes more experience and direct running will be required against the Azzurri with silverware on the line. ...
Euro 2020: You won’t sleep well for awarding penalty – Mourinho blasts England v Denmark ref
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Euro 2020: You won’t sleep well for awarding penalty – Mourinho blasts England v Denmark ref

Former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho has expressed shock over the penalty awarded to England in their Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark on Wednesday night. Mourinho said the referee, Danny Makkelie won’t sleep well after awarding the penalty in extra-time but insisted that England fully deserved to advance to the final. It was the first major final for the England men’s national team since 1966. The referee pointed to the spot judging Joakim Maehle to have clipped Raheem Sterling. It was clear Maehle only made minimal contact with the Manchester City forward, but VAR did not overrule the decision of the referee. Harry Kane’s penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but he converted the rebound to seal a 2-1 win for England and end the...
Euro 2020: UEFA Receives Petition to replay England vs Denmark over controversial penalty
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Euro 2020: UEFA Receives Petition to replay England vs Denmark over controversial penalty

  An angry fan, Cris Pinto, has decided to set up a petition to UEFA with change.org in a bid to get the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark replayed. The game was settled in the first half of extra time by a controversial penalty incident. Joakim Maehle tried to get the ball and was deemed to have made contact with Raheem Sterling’s leg. Dutch referee Danny Makkelie pointed to the spot and after a VAR review, the decision was upheld. Harry Kane buried his effort at the second time of asking, after Kasper Schmeichel saved his initial kick, making it 2-1. The ‘Rematch England vs Denmark’ petition started by Pinto reads: “We wish to overrule the penalty decision against Denmark. It was a wrong call, there needs to be contact for a penalty and there was...
England vs Denmark: It shouldn’t have been a penalty – Hjulmand
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England vs Denmark: It shouldn’t have been a penalty – Hjulmand

  Denmark manager, Kasper Hjulmand, has criticized the penalty decision that saw his team eliminated by England from Euro 2020. The Three Lions won 2-1 in extra time, after the game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. Mikkel Damsgaard opened scoring with a terrific free-kick, before England equalized thanks to an own goal from Simon Kjaer. The decisive moment of the game came in extra time, after Gareth Southgate’s men were awarded a penalty. Harry Kane’s spot-kick was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but the Tottenham striker scored from the rebound. “We’re very, very disappointed, and it’s hard for me to talk about. “Maybe it will [be] easier for me to say how I feel in a few days,” Hjulmand said after Wednesday’s loss at Wembley. Raheem Sterling won the penalty, when he...
Euro 2020: England to Play Italy in final
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Euro 2020: England to Play Italy in final

  England booked their place in the final of Euro 2020, with a nervy 2-1 victory over Denmark on Wednesday night. Three Lions boss, Gareth Southgate, made only one change to the team that crushed Ukraine 4-0 in the quarter-final, with Bukayo Saka replacing Jadon Sancho. But it was the Danes who took the lead in the first half through Mikkel Damsgaard’s stunning free-kick. Saka then crossed in the ball for Simon Kjaer to divert it into his own net for 1-1. The game ended that way after 90 minutes and subsequently went into extra time. England were awarded a controversial penalty after Raheem Sterling went down in the box and Harry Kane converted his rebound after Kasper Schmeichel saved the initial effort. They will now face Italy at Wembley on Sunday.
England vs Denmark: Why I started Saka ahead of Sancho – Southgate
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England vs Denmark: Why I started Saka ahead of Sancho – Southgate

England manager, Gareth Southgate, has revealed that he opted to start Bukayo Saka ahead of Jadon Sancho in his side’s Euro 2020 semi-final tie against Denmark on Wednesday night because the Arsenal winger offers ‘balance’. Saka was a surprise inclusion in Southgate’s squad prior to the Euro 2020, but he won the man of the match award in the final group game against Czech Republic. The 19-year-old also featured in England’s victory against Germany in the round of 16. But he sustained an injury in training ahead of England’s 4-0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-final last weekend., Explaining his decision to start Saka ahead of Sancho, Southgate told ITV: “What he’s done in the previous matches, he’s really embraced that challenge. We were very pleased with Jadon at the weeke...
Euro 2020: Jurgen Klinsmann names country to win title
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Euro 2020: Jurgen Klinsmann names country to win title

Former Germany striker, Jurgen Klinsmann, has named England as the ‘favourites’ country to win Euro 2020. Klinsmann said this ahead of England’s Euro 2020 semi-final tie against Denmark on Wednesday night. According to him, England has a very good defence and scoring power. The Three Lions head to the game after eliminating Ukraine from the European Championship last weekend. Speaking to Goal, Klinsmann said: “For me, England were favourites for the title right from the start. “They have a very good defence and the mix is right, and upfront, they have that scoring power and greed to score goals.”
Toughest game I ever played’ – Bonucci hails Italy heart after Azzurri ‘suffer’ through win over Spain
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Toughest game I ever played’ – Bonucci hails Italy heart after Azzurri ‘suffer’ through win over Spain

The defender helped his country move into the Euro 2020 final against either England or Denmark Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci admitted that Tuesday's clash with Spain was the toughest game he ever played as the Azzurri booked their place in the Euro 2020 final. Bonucci's side outlasted Spain in a shootout, earning a place in the finale against either Denmark or England. After a back-and-forth match that saw Spain equalize in the 80th minute on an Alvaro Morata goal, Bonucci was beaming with pride as he said his team showed exactly what they're made of to move one step closer to a major trophy.
Eriksen and medical staff who saved him invited to Euro 2020 final
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Eriksen and medical staff who saved him invited to Euro 2020 final

It is unknown if the Inter playmaker, who collapsed during his country's opening game of the tournament, will attend the festivities this weekend Christian Eriksen, his wife and the half-dozen medical staff who attended to him following his cardiac arrest have been invited to the Euro 2020 final by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin. The Denmark playmaker collapsed during the first half of the Group B opener against Finland and was rushed to hospital after resuscitated on the field at Parken Stadium. It is currently unknown whether Eriksen will make the trip to Wembley Stadium from his home country, where he continues to recover, though the six medics are expected to attend as guests on Sunday. Editors' Picks
Arsene Wenger names country to reach Euro 2020 finals
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Arsene Wenger names country to reach Euro 2020 finals

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has backed England to reach the Euro 2020 final. Wenger said this following England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final 4-0 victory against Ukraine over the weekend. England will play Denmark in the European championship semi-final on Wednesday. “It was the perfect night for English football, a perfect night for England,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “They didn’t concede a goal, they qualified easily and they could rest important players. “Ukraine conceded three poor goals and the second goal killed the game. It became an easy game for England but they did it well and what was important for them tonight is that they didn’t concede a goal. “That will be an important quality to go to the final and win it. They look more stable, defensiv...
Awoniyi edging closer to Liverpool exit
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Awoniyi edging closer to Liverpool exit

Liverpool are close to offloading Nigeria striker Taiwo Awoniyi on a permanent deal, according to Liverpool Echo. The Reds are set to cash in on the 23-year-old who is attracting interest from a number of clubs this summer. Since he moved to Anfield in August 2015, Awoniyi has not played a competitive game due to work permit issues, and he has been loaned out seven times.
Nigeria vs Mexico: Rohr is difficult to impress – Pinnick warns players
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Nigeria vs Mexico: Rohr is difficult to impress – Pinnick warns players

  The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has told players selected from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to play their game when they face Mexico in an international friendly. According to Pinnick, the head coach of the team, Gernot Rohr, is hard to please. The game will be played in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. However, Nigeria will be without foreign-based players. Rohr had initially decided not to take charge of the team, but he has now made a u-turn and will be in the dugout. Given how Rohr has depended heavily on players abroad since he arrived, the NPFL players would have to step up to impress the 68-year-old gaffer. “Rohr is difficult to impress, I want you all to ...
‘What a man, what a coach!’ – Yaya Toure reacts after Roberto Mancini takes Italy to Euro 2020 semis
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‘What a man, what a coach!’ – Yaya Toure reacts after Roberto Mancini takes Italy to Euro 2020 semis

The former Elephants midfielder impressed with the Azzurri who have not tasted defeat in the competition Ivory Coast legend Yaya Toure has lauded his former coach Roberto Mancini for guiding Italy to the semi-finals of Euro 2020. On Friday night, the Azzurri advanced to the last four with an excellent 2-1 victory over Belgium, in a game full of opportunities. Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne got on the scoresheet for Italy, both producing superb finishes to fire their team into a 2-0 ahead, but Romelu Lukaku pulled one back just before the break from the penalty spot.
Babangida: Tough Louis van Gaal is my best coach – Ex-Nigeria winger on Ajax legend
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Babangida: Tough Louis van Gaal is my best coach – Ex-Nigeria winger on Ajax legend

The 47-year-old had a successful stint in the Netherlands where he won the league with Ajax Nigeria legend Tijani Babangida has lauded coach Louis van Gaal for the influence he had in his game. The two worked together at Ajax after the former Super Eagle joined them in 1996 and was part of the squad that won the 1997/98 Eredivisie title. He left after making 77 appearances for the Dutch side, scoring 20 goals in the process. "Louis van Gaal is a very principled manager. He never hides his feelings no matter the situation," Babangida said as quoted by TribalFootball .
England vs Ukraine: Southgate reveals injury concern ahead of Euro 2020 quarter-final
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England vs Ukraine: Southgate reveals injury concern ahead of Euro 2020 quarter-final

  England manager, Gareth Southgate, has admitted that they are sweating on the fitness of Bukayo Saka ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2020 quarter-final clash with Ukraine. The Three Lions have arrived in Italy ahead of the game in Rome. Southgate’s men go into the game as favourites, looking to book their place in the last four of a major tournament for only the fourth time since 1966. However, Southgate might be without Saka, who picked up a knock in training. The Arsenal youngster who started the last two wins against Czech Republic and Germany, will now undergo a late fitness test. “We’ve just got to check on Bukayo, who had a slight knock today (Friday). “Other than that everybody is available,” Southgate said.
Euro 2020: Finidi George Snubs England, predicts winners of tournament
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Euro 2020: Finidi George Snubs England, predicts winners of tournament

Former Nigeria international, Finidi George, has tipped either Spain or Italy to win the ongoing European Championship. The quarter-final of the competition began on Friday evening. Spain eliminated Switzerland via penalties, while Italy beat Belgium 2-1. They will now face off in the last four. George feels the winner of the tournament will be decided in that game. “That’s a tough one but I tip Spain or Italy for the title. “They have won it in the past and the experience is there – which I believe will play a key role in terms of determining the winner. “However, any team can spring up surprises and win. You can never tell because this is football,” George told Goal.

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