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Woman injured, brother and friend killed by WW1 bomb during wedding party
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Woman injured, brother and friend killed by WW1 bomb during wedding party

A WW1 bomb which exploded during a honeymoon celebration in Ukraine has injured a woman, killing her brother and friend. The explosion occurred after 31-year-old Lidiia Makarchu travelled to the Carpathian Mountains for a belated honeymoon after marrying Norbert Varga, 43, near their home in Bracknell, Berkshire. The party of 11 family and friends including two children, had gathered around a bonfire in a forest clearing telling stories and drinking tea when the bomb detonated. Mr Varga, a radio operator and keen photographer who has lived in Britain since 2018, had briefly left the bonfire to retrieve his camera before the explosion which was triggered by the fire occurred. He told Daily Mail; “While I was packing my equ...
Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Usyk officially confirmed
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Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Usyk officially confirmed

Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has confirmed that he has triggered his rematch clause with Oleksandr Usyk. The fight is expected to take place in March next year. Usyk has already said he would like to defend his newly-won titles in Ukraine. However,h Hearn has claimed that the rematch will take place in the UK. Joshua lost his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts to Usyk via a unanimous decision last week. “Today we officially triggered the rematch for the Oleksandr Usyk fight, which we’ll see early next spring. “Back in the game and we’re looking for him to become three-time world champion. “A few niggles in camp for AJ, Usyk had a bad cut, it’s officially triggered, we’ll sit down with K2 Promotions and I think March is when you’ll see that fight. “This was a...
Injured Mbappe withdrawn from France duty following calf complaint
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Injured Mbappe withdrawn from France duty following calf complaint

The PSG forward will not be available for his nation in their next World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Finland France and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is heading home after sustaining an injury while on international duty, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Thursday. The striker played almost all of his nation's 1-1 draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina before being taken off in injury time. But subsequent examinations revealed he had suffered a calf problem and will not be available for Les Bleus' next World Cup qualifiers.  
EPL: Tuchel refuses to give Chelsea player squad number
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EPL: Tuchel refuses to give Chelsea player squad number

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has not approved a squad number for Ross Barkley, according to SportsMail. Barkley spent the last campaign with Aston Villa, where he helped the Midlands club to an 11th-place finish. However, after returning to Stamford Bridge this summer, the 27-year-old was preparing to go out again on loan. A return to Villa Park wasn’t on the cards, but Newcastle and West Ham were keen on taking the midfielder. His huge £100,000-a-week wages have proved to be a stumbling block to possible suitors and forced them to look elsewhere. With the transfer window closed, Barkley’s future is up in the air. He can either stay and play with the Under 23s before trying his luck again in January or seal a move to Ukraine, Russia or Turkey in the coming days, given ...
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BREAKING: 10 Nigerian Athletes Disqualified from Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Ten Nigerian athletes have been disqualified from participating in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This was contained in a statement in a statement from the Athletics Integrity Unit obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday. The Athletics Integrity Unit is an independent body created by World Athletics that manages all integrity issues – both doping and non-doping. The statement showed that a total of 20 athletes were ineligible with Nigeria being the most affected. Other countries affected are Belarus, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, and Ukraine. The athletes were disqualified for not meeting the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 governing National Anti-Doping Federation. The statement titled, “20 athletes not eligible for Tokyo 2020 as minimum testing requireme...
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.
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.”
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...
England star Saka will be fit for Euro 2020 semi-final vs Denmark, Southgate confirms
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England star Saka will be fit for Euro 2020 semi-final vs Denmark, Southgate confirms

The Arsenal winger missed out on the Three Lions' quarter-final win over Ukraine England manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Bukayo Saka will be fit for Wednesday's Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark. Saka was forced to miss Saturday's 4-0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-final with a slight knock he picked up in training. But the England boss has said the 19-year-old will be ready to go as England look to book a place in the European Championship final for the first time.
Denmark Solid Even Without Eriksen – Mourinho sends strong warning to England
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Denmark Solid Even Without Eriksen – Mourinho sends strong warning to England

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has warned England to expect a ‘difficult’ Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark when both teams clash on Wednesday. Mourinho believes the Denmark team is solid despite playing without their number 10, Christian Eriksen. Denmark booked their place in the Euro 2020 semi-final on Saturday after beating Czech Republic 2-1, while England thrashed Ukraine 4-0. “Denmark are solid. They also found a way to play different than the way they started,” Mourinho told talkSPORT. “They started, of course, with Christian Eriksen as a no.10 and with a back four. They are now playing with three at the back, a solid team, good players playing in the best leagues with lots of experience. “They are very positive in spite of what happened to Christian an...
Chelsea striker, Timo Werner reveals country to win Euro 2020
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Chelsea striker, Timo Werner reveals country to win Euro 2020

Chelsea star, Timo Werner, has revealed the country to win the Euro 2020. Werner said England will win the European Championship this year. The Germany international was unable to save his country when Gareth Southgate’s side defeated them 2-0 in the round of 16 last week. England are now in the semi-final at the ongoing Euro 2020 after thrashing Ukraine 4-0 in the last-8 on Saturday night. Asked whether England can win the Euros this year, Werner told Sky Sports: “Yes, I think so! After yesterday, of course. “They played a brilliant game against Ukraine and I think in the end they were the better team in the game on Tuesday [against Germany]. “So they have all they need to win the Euros and I wish them all the best.”
Euro 2020: Mourinho names England player who is not Southgate’s favourite
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Euro 2020: Mourinho names England player who is not Southgate’s favourite

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has said Jack Grealish is not Gareth Southgate’s favourite. Mourinho was reacting to the Three Lions’ 4-0 win over Ukraine in their quarter-final of Euro 2020. Southgate started Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount in attack behind Harry Kane. Despite the clamour among fans for Grealish to get more minutes on the pitch, Mourinho believes the Aston Villa man is not someone Southgate is ready to make a regular starter. “Raheem Sterling and Kane are clear and there are two places in my opinion that are open. Gareth has to make the best decision. “Jadon Sancho played well, Phil Foden started the tournament, the same with Mason Mount. Jack Grealish – it looks like he’s not the favourite player of Gareth but every minute he’s on ...
England set clean sheet record after beating Ukraine 4-0 to reach Euro 2020 semi-finals
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England set clean sheet record after beating Ukraine 4-0 to reach Euro 2020 semi-finals

The Three Lions matched both personal and international feats in their commanding rout at Stadio Olimpico, in another superb knockout performance England set new compeittion and individual records with their Euro 2020 quarter-final clean sheet against Ukraine on Saturday evening, as Gareth Southgate's side secured consecutive semi-finals at major tournaments for the first time in half a century. The Three Lions made both personal and international history in their rout at Stadio Olimpico, as Harry Kane snatched a double and Jordan Henderson finally scored his first senior goal for his country on what was his 62nd cap in the 4-0 triumph. Harry Maguire provided another famous last-eight finish to add to the one he netted against Sweden at Russia 2018 three years ago, but it was anot...
Euro 2020: All Countries that Qualified for Semi-final Confirmed [Fixtures]
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Euro 2020: All Countries that Qualified for Semi-final Confirmed [Fixtures]

  The last four countries standing at the European Championships were confirmed on Saturday night. They are England, Spain, Denmark and Italy. Before today, Spain and Italy booked their places in the semi-final, where they face each other. Denmark became the third team to progress, following their 2-1 win over Czech Republic. Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg gave the Danes a two-goal lead, before leading scorer Patrik Schick pulled one back. In the last quarter-final, England thrashed Ukraine 4-0 with Harry Kane netting twice in the rout. The Three Lions will now face Denmark for a place in the Wembley final.
It’s coming home’ – England fans dreaming of Euro 2020 glory after 4-0 thrashing of Ukraine
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It’s coming home’ – England fans dreaming of Euro 2020 glory after 4-0 thrashing of Ukraine

England supporters are dreaming of Euro 2020 glory after watching their side demolish Ukraine 4-0 on Saturday. Gareth Southgate’s side will return to Wembley on Wednesday to face Denmark in the semi-finals of the competition, with their opponents travelling from Baku for the fixture. Ukraine v England - Southgate's to lose? As such, England stand a strong chance of progressing to the final, also at Wembley, on July 11.
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.
Ukraine vs England: Southgate reacts as Mourinho names players to be benched
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Ukraine vs England: Southgate reacts as Mourinho names players to be benched

  England manager, Gareth Southgate, has brushed off the clamour to rest England players, Harry Maguire, Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips and Phil Foden when they face Ukraine tonight at risk of suspension for a potential Euro 2020 semi-final. DAILY POST reports the four England players have all picked up a booking at the tournament so far. Roma manager Jose Mourinho had led calls for the likes of Rice and Maguire, others to be left out at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, given Southgate has plenty of alternative options available within his 26-man squad. Reacting to the development, Southgate said at his pre-match press conference that looking beyond Ukraine would be a ‘big error’, insisting that picking a strong team capable of beating Ukraine was his main ‘focus’. “I don’t re...
England star Saka an injury doubt for Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine
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England star Saka an injury doubt for Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine

The Arsenal winger picked up a knock in training ahead of Saturday's match England's Bukayo Saka is an injury doubt for Saturday's Euro 2020 quarter-final clash with Ukraine after the Arsenal winger suffered a slight knock in training. Saka has started each of England's last two games: a win over the Czech Republic to close the group stage and a memorable triumph over Germany to begin the knockout rounds. But he'll have to pass a late fitness test if he wants to feature in Saturday's match in Rome.
Footballer, Marcus Rashford Sends Eight-year-old Fan a PS5 and ‘Thank You’ letter after he helped Set up a Food Bank in his Local community
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Footballer, Marcus Rashford Sends Eight-year-old Fan a PS5 and ‘Thank You’ letter after he helped Set up a Food Bank in his Local community

Manchester United and England footballer, Marcus Rashford has sent a young fan a PlayStation 5 after the kid helped set up a food bank in his community. Rashford was awarded an MBE last year for his fantastic campaign to ensure free school meals for disadvantaged kids. Joshua, an 8 year old Barrow AFC supporter, helped to set-up the 'Barrow United' foodbank initiative in 2020. The scheme enabled around 50 hampers to be given out to the local community for those who needed it most during the festive period. After all of his efforts, Joshua has now been given a gift by Rashford. Rashford surprised Joshua with a PS5 console and a personal letter from the United star. Joshua took to social media to praise Rashford. He wrote: “I just want to say a massive thank you to M...
Cesc Fabregas tells Harry Kane club to join
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Cesc Fabregas tells Harry Kane club to join

Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, has urged Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, to join Real Madrid. Kane has already informed Tottenham he will leave the club this summer. But Fabregas believes the England captain would be ‘perfect for Real Madrid if they need to replace Karim Benzema. Kane has drawn the interest of many European clubs including, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea. “For a long time, I have felt that Harry Kane would be the perfect replacement for Karim Benzema at Real Madrid,” Fabregas wrote in a column for the Daily Telegraph. “Of course, Benzema showed again at the European Championships that he is not going anywhere and that he is playing very, very well, but the fact I even think Kane is capable of taking over from hi...
Euro 2020: Mourinho names three England players to be benched against Ukraine
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Euro 2020: Mourinho names three England players to be benched against Ukraine

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has advised England manager, Gareth Southgate, to rest Harry Maguire, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips for their Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine on Saturday. The Three Lions trio, along with Phil Foden, have all picked up a booking at the tournament so far. They would be suspended for the semi-final at Wembley, should they receive another yellow card and England qualify for the last four. Mourinho told talkSPORT: “I think for Maguire it would be perfect to rest. It would mean the yellow card would not stop him playing in the semi-final but also not (cause an) accumulation in fatigue for someone who did not prepare well. “Maguire is an important player for the team (but) Mings is playing so so well. Maguire didn’t have a good preparation for t...
EPL: Man Utd Finally Confirms transfer deal for Jadon Sancho
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EPL: Man Utd Finally Confirms transfer deal for Jadon Sancho

Manchester United have finally confirmed a transfer deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. The Premier League giants, in a statement via its website on Thursday, confirmed that Sancho’s signing is subject to contractual terms and a medical. The statement read, “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Jadon Sancho. “The signing is subject to contractual terms and a medical, which will be completed after Jadon’s involvement in the UEFA European Championship.” Sancho, 22, is currently at the ongoing Euro 2020 with the England national team. The winger will hope to feature for England when they tackle Ukraine in the quarter-final this weekend.
Haaland reacts to Sancho leaving Dortmund for Man United
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Haaland reacts to Sancho leaving Dortmund for Man United

  Alf-Inge Haaland, father of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, has reacted to Jadon Sancho’s Manchester United transfer. DAILY POST recalls that Sancho is set to join Man United after the Premier League club agreed a £72.6million transfer deal with Dortmund for the winger. The 22-year-old star is set to undergo a medical at Old Trafford. Reacting to the development, Haaland wished Sancho all the best on his impending move to Man United this summer. According to him, the England international will be missed by Dortmund. In a tweet via his Twitter handle on Wednesday night, Haaland wrote, “F*ck. But all the best, Sancho, you will be missed.” Sancho is currently at the ongoing Euro 2020 with the England national team. He will hope to feature for England whe...
Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop
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Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop

  Ukraine attacking midfielder, Oleksandr Zinchenko, has named Raheem Sterling as the England player his team needs to “stop” when both countries clash in the Euro 2020 last-8 Saturday in Rome. Ukraine and England booked their place in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals on Tuesday. Andriy Shevchenko’s side defeated Sweden 2-1 after 120 minutes, while the Three Lions won Germany 2-0. “It is really difficult to score against England, they are really well organised,” Zinchenko told reporters at his post-match press conference after Ukraine defeated Sweden. “They have a really good set of footballers and the substitute bench probably costs [the same] as three Ukrainian teams. “This should not be really scary for us, this should motivate us. We need to give ourselves the hi...
Euro 2020: Full Quarter-final fixture list
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Euro 2020: Full Quarter-final fixture list

Following the completion of Tuesday’s round of 16 games at the European Championship, the last eight countries have been confirmed. They are Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Ukraine and England. The quarter-final ties will be played on July 2 and July 3 respectively. Spain take on Switzerland, Belgium face Italy, Czech Republic play Denmark, while England will battle Ukraine for a place in the last four. JULY 2 17:00 Switzerland vs Spain 20:00 Belgium vs Italy JULY 3 17:00 Czech Republic vs Denmark 20:00 Ukraine vs England
Ukraine Stun Sweden to Set up England Clash
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Ukraine Stun Sweden to Set up England Clash

Ukraine set up a Euro 2020 quarter-final clash with England as Artem Dovbyk's dramatic header in stoppage time of extra-time secured a 2-1 victory over 10-man Sweden at Hampden Park. After a lacklustre extra-time period, it looked like the two sides would have to settle for penalties, but substitute Dovbyk popped up to convert Oleksandr Zinchenko's stunning cross and secure a dramatic victory for Andriy Shevchenko's team. Zinchenko's powerful strike (27) had sent Ukraine on their way in the first half, but Emil Forsberg's deflected effort (43) - his fourth goal in as many games at Euro 2020 - brought Sweden level just before half-time. Both sides had chances after the break, Serhiy Sydorchuk struck the post for Ukraine before Forsberg was denied by both the post and the cr...
New Real Madrid ace Alaba is world-class in every position – the only problem is where to play him
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New Real Madrid ace Alaba is world-class in every position – the only problem is where to play him

The 29-year-old is actually something of a problem player for his country because he is capable of playing anywhere in defence or midfield In David Alaba, Austria have their only world-class player, but national team coach Franco Foda hasn't yet settled on his captain's best position. Right now, amid numerous formation changes, Alaba is being shifted around. Over the last few months alone, he has played as a centre-back, left-back, central midfielder and left midfielder. Nonetheless, Alaba helped Austria advance to the knockout stage of a major tournament for the first time by keeping Andriy Yarmolenko quiet in Monday's 1-0 win over Ukraine, which set up a Euro 2020 last-16 showdown with Italy at Wembley on Saturday.
Euro 2020: All Round of 16 Matches Confirmed [Full fixtures]
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Euro 2020: All Round of 16 Matches Confirmed [Full fixtures]

  The group stage of this year’s European Championship ended on Wednesday night. This means all the 16 countries left in the tournament have been decided. The knockout games have also been confirmed. On Saturday, Wales face Denmark and Italy play Austria. Netherlands will take on Czech Republic for a place in the quarter-finals, while Portugal clash with Belgium in what is the tie of the round. Croatia play Spain on Monday, before France square up against Switzerland. The last set of matches in the stage will see England take on Germany and Sweden face Ukraine.
Gyasi: Ghana midfielder reveals team he backs to win Euro 2020
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Gyasi: Ghana midfielder reveals team he backs to win Euro 2020

The European continental competition is currently ongoing and the 29-year-old West African has opined on who might claim the trophy Ghana midfielder Edwin Gyasi believes the Netherlands can lift the ongoing Euro 2020 title. The Oranje have made it to the knockout phase from Group C after picking up maximum points from their two matches against Ukraine and Austria. They started the continental finals with an impressive 3-2 win over the Andrey Shecnchenko-led charges before silencing the Boys with a 2-0 victory after Memphis Depay's brace.
Netherlands Cruise Past Austria and into Last 16
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Netherlands Cruise Past Austria and into Last 16

Goals in each half from Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries saw Netherlands cruise past Austria 2-0 in Amsterdam to book their place in the last 16 of Euro 2020 as Group C winners. The hosts took an early lead from a penalty, given after the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee who spotted that Austria captain David Alaba had caught Dumfries in the box, with Depay converting from the spot. And it was Dumfries who doubled the Dutch lead midway through the second half with a simple close-range finish after the visitors' offside trap malfunctioned badly, the PSV Eindhoven right-back's second goal of the tournament. As a result, Frank de Boer's side have joined both Italy and Belgium in the knockout phase having won Group C with a match to spare, while Austria c...
Netherlands Edge Five-goal Thriller Against Ukraine
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Netherlands Edge Five-goal Thriller Against Ukraine

Denzel Dumfries' late header rescued three points for the Netherlands in their Euro 2020 opener with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Ukraine in Amsterdam. The Netherlands had held a comfortable two-goal lead through strikes from Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst within six minutes of one another shortly after half-time, in a chance-laden game at the Johan Cruyff Arena. But Ukraine, who had impressed early on before fading badly, sprang back into the game through an Andriy Yarmolenko stunner 15 minutes from time, before shocking their hosts as Roman Yaremchuk headed home Ruslan Malinovskyi's free-kick four minutes later. That looked like getting Frank de Boer's tournament off to a disappointing start less than a year into an uncomfortable reign as Netherlands boss, before Dumf...
Mario Balotelli peaked at the Euros – and his Monza spell could help him rediscover a lost spark
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Mario Balotelli peaked at the Euros – and his Monza spell could help him rediscover a lost spark

In his frantic, frenetic career, Euro 2012 was the high point. Nine years on, he's spent half a season in Serie B - and enjoyed some success In the frantic, frenetic career of Mario Balotelli, Euro 2012 was the high point. Having just helped Manchester City to the most dramatic of Premier League titles – providing his only assist for the club to set up "Aguerooooo" – he was the outstanding forward in Poland and Ukraine. At the tournament, he super-charged an Italian side which had flopped at the World Cup two years earlier as reigning champions. They outplayed new world kings Spain in the opening group match, before beating Croatia and Republic of Ireland to reach the knock-outs.
Aribo: I’ll never forget my first game with no. 10 shirt for Super Eagles
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Aribo: I’ll never forget my first game with no. 10 shirt for Super Eagles

The 24-year-old talks up his feeling after wearing the iconic shirt number on his debut appearance for the three-time African champions Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo said he will never forget the international friendly match against Ukraine where he wore the no. 10 shirt on his Nigeria debut. In September 2019, the London-born star made his international debut for Nigeria at Dnipro Arena and it did not take long for him to make a statement as he scored the opening goal in the 2-2 draw with the European country. A month later, the 24-year-old scored his second goal for the Super Eagles in another friendly outing against Brazil in Singapore which ended 1-1.
Chelsea midfielder, Kante Picks up Injury on International Duty
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Chelsea midfielder, Kante Picks up Injury on International Duty

  Chelsea have been dealt a big injury blow, after N’Gole Kante picked up a hamstring injury, while on international duty with France. Kante will now return to Stamford Bridge early, although the issue is not thought to be serious. The 29-year-old played 90 minutes on Wednesday evening as Les Bleus were held to a 1-1 draw by Ukraine. He did not appear to be carrying an injury when he left the pitch at full-time. But further examinations on Thursday have revealed that he has suffered a small injury to his left hamstring. A statement from the French national team read in part: “N’Golo Kante will not take part in the next two matches of the French team on Sunday in Kazakhstan and three days later in Bosnia-Herzegovina. “The Chelsea midfielder felt a pain in the h...
2022 World Cup Qualifying Matches Round-up from Wednesday
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2022 World Cup Qualifying Matches Round-up from Wednesday

  The road to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar began on Wednesday, in the UEFA and Concacaf zones. France were held 1-1 at home by Ukraine. Antoine Griezmann opened scoring for Les Bleus with a stunning finish, before Serhii Sydorchuk equalised after his shot took a massive deflection off Presnel Kimpembe. Portugal secured a narrow 1-0 win over Azerbaijan, thanks to own goal in the 36th minute. World highest-ranked country, Belgium fought back from a goal down to defeat Wales 3-1. Croatia lost to Slovenia and Turkey edged a six-goal thriller; 4-2 against three-time World Cup runners-up, the Netherlands. There were also important wins for Serbia and the Czech Republic against Ireland and Estonia respectively. Finland were held to a 2-2 draw by Bosnia and Herzeg...
Griezmann on target as France draw with Ukraine in World Cup qualifying
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Griezmann on target as France draw with Ukraine in World Cup qualifying

Antoine Griezmann scored a superb goal but holders France were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ukraine on Wednesday as their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar got off to a stumbling start. Barcelona star Griezmann curled in the opener in the 19th minute before Andriy Shevchenko's Ukraine drew level courtesy of an own-goal by the unfortunate Presnel Kimpembe just before the hour mark at an empty Stade de France. It is a result that immediately puts the defending world champions on the back foot, with only the group winners automatically qualifying for next year's finals. France make the long trip to Central Asia to play Kazakhstan on Sunday before stopping off in Sarajevo for another game against Bosnia and Herzegovina next Wednesday. Les Bleus will also face...
Ndombele returns to France squad for World Cup qualifiers
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Ndombele returns to France squad for World Cup qualifiers

The midfielder is back in the international fold for the first time since his big-money move to Tottenham two years ago Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been rewarded for his upturn in form with a recall to the France squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The 24-year-old hasn’t featured for Les Bleus since the summer of 2019 but now has the chance to add to his six international caps in matches against Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Other notable returnees include Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar, who hasn’t featured since November 2019, while Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, a member of their 2018 World Cup-winning squad, is back for the first time in two-and-a-half years.
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Will Atalanta play into Salah & Mane’s hands?

Given the bold man marking style employed by the Italian side, they leave themselves at the risk of being torn apart by Liverpool's African frontmen As the dust on this season’s Champions League draw settled, groups B and D stood out as the 'Groups of Death'. Indeed, that query is undoubtedly subjective but Group D — comprising Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta and Midtjylland — seemed more exciting than the former — containing Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach….just. While it’s played out differently in reality so far, with the Ukraine and German side respectively sitting in first and second place, Atalanta vs Ajax last week finally saw Group D come alive...which has whet the appetite before the Serie A side host the Reds on Tuesday.
‘You Can’t Question A Player Like Griezmann’ – Lloris Hits Back At Criticism
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‘You Can’t Question A Player Like Griezmann’ – Lloris Hits Back At Criticism

Hugo Lloris insists Antoine Griezmann's importance to France goes far beyond the goals he scores. Hugo Lloris has defended Antoine Griezmann from critics and insists the Barcelona forward remains a crucial player for France. Griezmann has been scrutinised for his form for much of the past 15 months since he completed a €120million move from Atletico Madrid to Barca. The 29-year-old has not looked fully at ease in the Catalans' forward line, his last goal in LaLiga – one of only nine he scored last season – coming in the 4-1 win at Villarreal on July 5. Griezmann, who got a goal in the 7-1 friendly thrashing of Ukraine, also scored in the 4-2 Nations League win over Croatia but, ahead of Wednesday's rematch in Zagreb, he again finds himself facing accusations of poor form ...
17-Year-Old Eduardo Camavinga Scores Insane Overhead Kick In First Start For France
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17-Year-Old Eduardo Camavinga Scores Insane Overhead Kick In First Start For France

Eduardo Camavinga wasted no time in making an instant impact on his first start for France after scoring a sensational overhead kick against Ukraine. The 17-year-old midfielder made his debut for France last month when he replaced N'Golo Kante in the second half of his side's 4-2 win against Croatia in the Nations League. And now Didier Deschamps handed the highly rated Camavinga his first start for France in their clash with Ukraine at the Stade de France. During the opening 10 minutes of the match, Olivier Giroud managed to connect with a cross and brought the ball down for an onrushing Camavinga. The Rennes star still had his work cut out for him as he managed to connect with a superb overhead kick to loft the ball over a Ukraine player on the line. According to OptaJ...
Ukraine includes 45-year-old retired goalkeeper in squad to face France after three other stoppers tested positive for COVID-19
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Ukraine includes 45-year-old retired goalkeeper in squad to face France after three other stoppers tested positive for COVID-19

Ukraine has included 45-year-old retired goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy in the squad for Wednesday's friendly against France after three other keepers tested positive for COVID-19.  Shovkovskiy, who made around 90 appearances for Ukraine before his retirement in 2016, is currently assistant to head coach Andriy Shevchenko. The country's football federation (UAF) said in a statement that he is in “good physical shape” and will provide emergency backup to Georgiy Bushchan, currently, the team's only fit goalkeeper. A statement from the Ukraine FA said: "Oleksandr Shovkovskiy ended his professional career as a player in December 2016, but keeps himself in good physical shape, constantly conducting individual training.     ...
Missing Nigerian Student In Ukraine, Obari Mark, Found Dead
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Missing Nigerian Student In Ukraine, Obari Mark, Found Dead

Nigerian man Caleb Obari, 21, who has been missing for nearly three weeks has been found by Ukrainian police in Odesa Oblast. Mr Obari, a graduate of a Ukrainian university, disappeared since August 20 while taking a boat trip in Odesa. Police said they found his body on September 12 near the coastline in Chornomorsk, a port city in Odesa Oblast. The cause of death is yet to be ascertained, although police are treating it as an accident. A volunteer group known as Rescue Platform 911 had said Obari was invited to a party on a boat by Vera Topalova, owner of a BDSM-themed bar Iznanka in Odesa. MCI reports that head of Rescue Platform 911 Alexander Sopelnik said the Nigerian was the only foreigner out of about 10 passengers on the boat. The boat sailed for some kilometr...
Ukrainian church leader who blamed COVID-19 on gay marriage, tests positive for the virus
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Ukrainian church leader who blamed COVID-19 on gay marriage, tests positive for the virus

A prominent religious leader in Ukraine who blamed the Coronavirus pandemic on same-sex marriage has tested positive for the virus, his church announced.   Patriarch Filaret, 91, the leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyiv Patriarchate, contracted COVID-19 and was subsequently hospitalized, the church confirmed a statement shared on its website and on Facebook over the weekend. In a follow-up statement released on Tuesday September 8, the church said its leader’s health is “stable” as “treatment continues.” "We ask you to continue to pray for His Holiness Patriarch Filaret, so that the All-Merciful and Almighty Lord God will heal the Patriarch," the statement continued.   Back in March, Patriarch Filaret in an interview with a local Ukrainian TV station r...
Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova arrested at Ukraine border
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Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova arrested at Ukraine border

Maria Kolesnikova, one of Belarus’s leading opposition figures, has been detained while trying to cross into Ukraine. Kolesnikova was detained while attempting to cross overnight with two other members of the opposition’s Coordination Council who were able to pass through to Ukraine, Anton Bychkovsky, a spokesman for the State Border Committee, said. She and the two other council members, press secretary Anton Rodnenkov and executive secretary Ivan Kravtsov, had disappeared on Monday. Bychkovsky said Rodnenkov and Kravtsov were able to cross into Ukraine, and the Ukrainian embassy in Minsk has confirmed they were in the country. Kolesnikova was being held and “an investigation is under way to legally assess the situation,” Bychkovsky said. State news agency Belta quoted ...
Nigerian Student Missing After Yacht Party In Ukraine, Parents Cry Out (Video)
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Nigerian Student Missing After Yacht Party In Ukraine, Parents Cry Out (Video)

Parents of a Nigerian student in Ukraine, Caleb Obari-Mark, have solicited help from Nigerian and Ukrainian authorities over their missing son. A Ukraine-based news website, Kyiv Post, reported that Caleb “disappeared while taking a boat trip in Odesa”. It noted that Nigerians in Ukraine are alleging racism after the Nigerian graduate got missing. 20-year-old Caleb was said to be a fresh graduate from Ukraine’s Sumy State Agrarian University. The platform reported on Wednesday that Caleb attended a yacht party at the invitation of a woman in the southern city of Odesa on August 20. The Ukrainian police are said to be investigating the circumstances surrounding his disappearance. According to reports, two private divers have been engaged to explore the Black Sea, in c...
Trump Denies Tellling Bolton to Pressure Ukraine
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Trump Denies Tellling Bolton to Pressure Ukraine

President Donald Trump denied Friday a new report that he instructed his then national security advisor John Bolton to get directly involved in a secret plot to pressure Ukraine’s president for personal political gain. According to The New York Times, quoting from an as-yet-unpublished book by Bolton, Trump ordered his advisor to set up a meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his own private lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The previously unreported order was delivered in May 2019, two months before the July phone call Trump made to Zelensky, asking him for a “favor,” that triggered impeachment in Congress for alleged abuse of power. The purpose of the meeting, according to Bolton, was for Giuliani to pressure Zelensky to help Trump in digging up dirt on one of his mai...
Photos From the Historic Trump Impeachment Trial Currently Ongoing at the Senate
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Photos From the Historic Trump Impeachment Trial Currently Ongoing at the Senate

This afternoon, the US Senate started the impeachment trial of US president Donald Trump based on charges from the House of Representatives that he Abused his office and obstructed Justice by holding off military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into his political rival, Joe Biden.                                       The Senate controlled by Trump's republican party will have a major say in determining how the proceedings go, with many political analysts believing the charges against Trump will be dismissed/discharged. Trump is being represented by his lawyers while the House of Reps is represented by House Impeachment managers. See more photos of the senate impeachment trial currently going on.                                    ...
Nigerian Medical Student In Ukraine Commits Suicide After School Expelled Her
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Nigerian Medical Student In Ukraine Commits Suicide After School Expelled Her

Nigerian student, Badmus Ololade Rafiat in Ternopil State Medical University in Ukraine has committed suicide after she was expelled from the school for failing to pass the mock exam ahead of her final MBBS. Following her death, the school mourned her and put up a notice on a wall in the school with her photo. They expressed their condolences to her friends and family. The school added that she killed herself because she was depressed and suicidal. Deceased friend, Pemisire, however, has planned a protest as she said the deceased wasn't suicidal or depressed as the school claim. They said she was only frustrated at having to start all over again after studying up to her 6th year in medical school. Friends of Pemisire blame the school authorities and they have planned a meeting t...
Ukraine Demands Iran Punish Those Guilty Of Shooting Down Airliner Killing 176 People
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Ukraine Demands Iran Punish Those Guilty Of Shooting Down Airliner Killing 176 People

Ukraine has demanded that Iran punish those guilty for the shooting of a Ukrainian airliner and compensate victims after they admitted they accidentally downed the Ukraine International Airlines plane, killing all 176 people. 'We expect Iran to bring the guilty to the courts,' the Ukrainian leader wrote on Facebook, calling also for the 'payment of compensation' and the return of remains. Ukrainian president Volodomyr Zelensky was due to discuss the incident with his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani at 5pm local time, his press office said. This comes after Iran admitted on Saturday that it accidentally downed the Ukraine International Airlines plane, killing all 176 people on board on Wednesday, shortly after launching missiles at bases hosting US forces in Iraq. ...

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