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Manchester United boss Jose impressed with 3-0 win over Young Boys

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Jose Mourinho continues to be impressed by his players' character after Manchester United secured a third successive away win to kick off their campaign in style. United beat Young Boys 3-0. Paul Pogba netted twice and assisted Anthony Martial for the other. "At half-time I told the players this is the third time in a row that we arrive at half-time winning 2-0," United boss Mourinho said. "Against Burnley, we didn't finish it off, but we didn't concede. Against Watford, we conceded, and we were in trouble. And today, we could have more of that or go in the other direction. In the sUnited beat Young Boys 3-0. Paul Pogba netted twice and assisted Anthony Martial for the otherecond half, the players were responsible, they were ambitious, they tried to score the third goal to kill the game, so I like that." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syn..
                 

Champions League: VAR would have saved Ronaldo, says Juventus boss

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Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri led calls for the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR)in the Champions League after Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off during the win at Valencia on Wednesday. Ronaldo was sent off on his first Champions League appearance for the Italian giants as a couple of penalties from Miralem Pjanic gave Allegri's side a 2-0 victory. The Portuguese, the Champions League's all-time leading scorer with 120 goals, was dismissed after just 28 minutes following an off-the-ball incident. He appeared to put his hand on the head of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo, who fell to the ground. Referee Felix Brych gave Ronaldo a straight red card after discussing the incident with his assistant behind the goal. Massimo Allegri Ron may miss United tieRonaldo looked baffled and kept protesting his innocence, briefly laying on the ground to express his disbelief. He was clearly distraught as he left the pitch, still shaking his head. It was his first red car..
                 

Neymar Jr backs Brazil legend Romario to be Rio de Janeiro governor

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Brazil's football star Neymar is getting involved in politics and has given his backing to former fellow international forward Romario in the upcoming gubernatorial elections next month. "I'm here to say I support you. To you and all those that are with you," Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain striker, said in a message circulating on the internet. Romario, who helped Brazil lift the World Cup in 1994, is running for governor of his native Rio de Janeiro in the October 7 elections. The former Barcelona forward is currently a senator for Rio. "I hope you can improve Rio de Janeiro a lot. I go there and love this city," said Neymar. Having retired from his playing career, Romario was first elected a Rio deputy in 2010 and then became a senator in 2014. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility o..
                 

Champions League: Isco, Gareth Bale star in Real Madrid's 3-0 win

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Isco stepped into the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo as Real Madrid began their quest for a fourth consecutive Champions League crown with a 3-0 victory over Roma. On the same night that their former talisman Ronaldo was given his marching orders in Valencia in his first European outing for Juventus, Isco curled home a magnificent free-kick on the stroke of half-time at the Bernabeu. Up to that point, Real had been frustrated by a combination of poor finishing and some fine saves from Robin Olsen but second-half goals from Gareth Bale and substitute Mariano gave them a winning start to the defence of their crown. This was their first major test since his departure against a side that reached last season's semi-finals, but the visitors were barely given a sniff. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts ..
                 

Ronaldo sent off but 10-man Juventus ease past Valencia

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Juventus believe they can win the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo, but they had to start by beating Valencia 2-0 without him after he was controversially sent off on his debut in the competition for the Italian champions on Wednesday. A tearful Ronaldo left the pitch in disbelief in the 29th minute, having aimed a petulant, but seemingly harmless, kick at Valencia defender Jeison Murillo, prompting referee Felix Brych to brandish the red card. Ronaldo dropped to the floor like the entire tournament was lost but Juve showed more composure, Miralem Pjanic scoring twice from the penalty spot to clinch a comfortable win. Valencia were even awarded a third spot-kick of the match deep into injury-time but Daniel Parejo missed. It remains to be seen how UEFA judge Ronaldo's offence, and dissent, but he is set to miss the next European game at home to Young Boys on October 2. After that comes the more threatening double-header against Manchester United. Valencia's fans celebrated Ron..
                 

Champions League: Lyon stun favourites Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola had to watch on in horror from the stands as Manchester City's Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start in a 2-1 home defeat by Lyon on Wednesday. Guardiola was serving a touchline ban for being sent-off in last season's quarter-final exit to Liverpool and the competition favourites failed to live up to their billing. Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir fired Lyon into a 2-0 half-time lead and despite Bernardo Silva pulling a goal back, City slumped to their first defeat of the season. A decade into their stewardship, winning the Champions League for the first time may remain the holy grail for City's Abu Dhabi owners. But it seems City's fans still need to be convinced with plenty of empty seats dotted around the Etihad and the Champions League anthem again booed before kick-off. That flat atmosphere transferred into City's first-half display as Guardiola could only sit and watch a performance riddled with uncharacteristic basic errors from the Premier L..
                 

Champions League: Benfica old boy Sanches stars in Bayern win

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Renato Sanches received a standing ovation from Benfica fans after he scored against his old club to inspire Bayern Munich to a 2-0 win in their opening Champions League fixture on Wednesday. Sanches, who has endured a torrid few years since leaving Benfica for Munich as an 18-year-old in the summer of 2016, capped a fine performance in Lisbon with the first goal of his Bayern career. "I'm so happy to have had a night like this in Lisbon, and I want to thank the Benfica fans," Sanches told Sky. "It was a very special moment for me and I enjoyed it a lot." The young Portuguese's second-half goal crowned a perfect Champions League debut in the dugout for Bayern coach Niko Kovac. Bayern took the lead after just ten minutes. Franck Ribery's cross found Robert Lewandowski in the box, and the Polish striker whipped the ball into the bottom corner. Ribery and James Rodriguez both snatched at chances to make it 2-0, but Benfica slowly found their way back into the game, and Eduardo Salvio for..
                 

CL: I told Firmino he's good enough to play with one eye, says Mane

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Roberto Firmino is such an important cog in the Liverpool machine Sadio Mane was texting him 24 hours before their match against Paris St Germain urging the Brazil international to declare himself fit for the Champions League opener. Firmino sustained an abrasion to the cornea in his left eye in the weekend win at Tottenham after a clash with Jan Vertonghen and did not train on Sunday or Monday as a result. Even manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he thought Firmino, 26, had "no chance" of playing when he saw him on Monday, but Mane was not prepared to give up on his teammate. "I think Bobby doesn't need his eye to play so I told him," said the Senegal international after the thrilling 3-2 win over PSG. "I sent him a message on Monday saying, 'Hey Bobby, come on, we need you'. Liverpool's Roberto Firmino after scoring a winner against PSG on Tuesday. Pic/Getty Images "You've all seen the 'no look' goals so I think he doesn't need his eye to play. I texted him saying, 'You don't need ..
                 

Fellaini's flirty messages to Tina Stinnes draws boyfriend's ire

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Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini's efforts to flirt with former Love Island star Tina Stinnes landed him in trouble. Her boyfriend Matthew Mawhinney, son of British politician Patricia Scotland, warned him and asked him to stay away from her. Mawhinney caught the Belgian footballer making a direct approach to his girlfriend as Fellaini sent two messages to Tina on Instagram and wrote: "Hey. How are you?" Mawhinney was not impressed with his move and he uploaded the chat messages sent by the footballer to his profile and said: "Fellaini get out of my girlfriend's DMs." Matthew Mawhinney and Tina Stinnes This is not the first time Fellaini got flirty. In 2015, Fellaini sent a naked picture of himself to model Eglantine-Flore Aguilar. Fellaini's ex-girlfriends include Russian Playboy model Victoria Bonya, former Miss Belgium Lara Binet and porn star Roxanne Jeffers, who is also the ex-girlfriend of footballer Ashley Cole. Meanwhile, Fellaini, who played a crucial role in Satur..
                 

Champions League: Pressure on Real Madrid boss Lopetegui

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Julen Lopetegui is ready to embrace pressure head on trying to guide Real Madrid to a fourth successive Champions League success. Los Blancos open their title defence at home to Roma, last season's semi-finalists. Lopetegui took over following the departure of Zinedine Zidane, and accepts he has a tough act to follow. "It makes me feel proud, responsible and very excited about a competition which I don't need to explain what it means to us," he said at a press conference. "You can only take your hat off to the players and their coach (for winning three successive Champions League trophies). Now, I'm going in with the desire, enthusiasm and confidence that we will win. It's normal that there's pressure at Real Madrid." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependabi..
                 

India U-19 lose to Serbia again

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The India U-19 team suffered yet another defeat to hosts Serbia, going down 1-3 in the second match during its exposure tour to Europe to prepare for next year's U-19 Asian Championship. Coach Floyd Pinto's boys had earlier lost 0-2 in first of the two friendly matches. India started off on the positive foot, putting some early pressure on the Serbians. An early corner by captain Amarjit Singh saw midfielder Jeakson send his header wide. Despite this early pressure, it was the Serbians who broke the deadlock via a brilliant solo effort from Bojic Bojan, who intercepted the ball in the attacking third, dribbled past three defenders and slotted it past India goalkeeper Prabhsukhan Gill. Gill was in action again in the 30th-minute when he carefully smothered a corner but his pass to Jeakson was intercepted by Ognjenovic Marko, who coolly proceeded to slot the ball into the net. This was followed by a third Serbian goal, following yet another defensive lapse by India. After a couple of f..
                 

Champions League: Icardi sparks Inter's late comeback to stun Spurs

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A stunning Mauro Icardi volley sparked a thrilling late Inter Milan comeback as the Italian side beat Tottenham 2-1 on their return to the Champions League after a seven-year absence on Tuesday. Christian Eriksen's deflected strike gave Spurs a 53rd-minute lead at the San Siro, and the visitors looked comfortable for much of the second half. But Argentinian striker Icardi hammered home a magnificent volley in the 86th minute to draw Inter level, and Matias Vecino took advantage of some slack Tottenham defending at a corner to nod in a dramatic injury-time winner. "It was a spectacular evening, we did what we needed to do," said Icardi after his first goal of the season on his Champions League debut. Inter Milan -- who last won the trophy in 2010 under Jose Mourinho -- were returning to Europe's elite event for the first time since 2011-12, with Tottenham eliminated last season in the knockout rounds by Juventus. "This is exactly what the fans want to see," said Inter coach Luciano Spa..
                 

CL: All eyes will be on Mo Salah and Naymar in tonight's clash

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Mohamed Salah outshone Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on the Champions League stage last season, but as Paris Saint-Germain's star duo head to Anfield today seeking to make amends, the Egyptian is struggling to match the heights of his debut campaign at Liverpool. Salah's failure to hit top form dates back to his last Champions League appearance four months ago. Back in May, Salah was on the crest of a wave as his 44-goal campaign had carried Liverpool to the Champions League final and ensured qualification for this season's competition. Shoulder injuryHowever, he lasted just 30 minutes in Kiev after injuring his shoulder when wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and the Spanish giants went on to lift the trophy in a 3-1 win. That started a difficult few months for Salah as he was also robbed of being 100 percent fit for Egypt's first World Cup in 28 years. Without their talisman, the Pharaohs were beaten by Uruguay in their opening game and his goals against Russia an..
                 

Piece of my heart will always beat for Kerala Blasters, says Sachin

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Sachin Tendulkar yesterday said "a piece of my heart will always beat" for Kerala Blasters, after selling off his stakes in the franchise before the start of the new Indian Super League football season. Tendulkar has always been an integral part of the Blasters set-up and was often seen cheering the team from the stands in home and away games. "In its fifth year, it is important that the club puts the building blocks for the next five years and beyond. It is also a time for me to reflect on the role that I should play. After reflecting and much discussion with my team, I have decided to exit my association with Kerala Blasters as a co-promoter," Tendulkar said in a statement. "I strongly believe that Kerala Blasters is in very good shape and on its path to attain many more successes with the backing of its fans offering unconditional support. I am very proud of Kerala Blasters and a piece of my heart will always beat for the club. "Over the last four years, Kerala Blasters Football C..
                 

La Liga: Boss Lopetegui wants Real to be more clinical after 1-1 draw

4 days ago  
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Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui conceded his side were "not clinical enough" after they lost their 100 per cent start to the new La Liga season in a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. Real were up against it for much of the match, with Iker Muniain sliding the home side in front in the 32nd minute at the San Mames before substitute Isco saved Real's blushes in the second half. Lopetegui said: "We were not clinical enough in taking our chances. All we were lacking was that final goal. We created a lot of chances and had double the amount of attempts as the opposition." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (witho..
                 

Serie A: Finally, Ronaldo opens his score sheet for Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first competitive goals for Juventus yesterday, with a second-half double by the Portuguese star giving the Italian champions a 2-1 Serie A win over Sassuolo to make it four victories from as many games. Ronaldo, 33, tapped in from barely a yard out after a goalmouth scramble on 50 minutes, and added a second 15 minutes later following a counter-attack orchestrated by Emre Can as the defending seven-time champions moved three points clear of Napoli. 'Worked hard for this'"I'm happy. I worked hard and I knew that the goals would come," said Ronaldo. "I thank my teammates who really helped me and allowed me to adapt to Italian football." Ronaldo showed his frustration, however, kicking the post as he missed two more chances. "This is football. The important thing is that the team wins. I was a little tense with all the talk after my move from Real Madrid and not scoring, so there were a lot of expectations, but I thank my teammates for supporting me througho..
                 

Chris stars in St. John the Evangelist's win

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MSSA U-16 Div IV: Goalie Manas, skip Sujal save the day for Dolours

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Goalkeeper Manas Chogale's match-winning effort enabled Our Lady of Seven Dolours (Marine Lines) score a narrow 1-0 win against Rosary HS (Mazgaon) in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised boys' U-16 Div IV knockout first round match of the inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. Manas showed good anticipation by moving to his left to block Abhijith Singh's shot from the penalty spot late in the match to deny Rosary an equaliser. With three minutes remaining for the final whistle, Dolours defender Asif Shaikh handled the ball in the area and referee Irfan Shaikh awarded the Mazgaon school a penalty, which they were unable to convert and paid dearly, as they made an exit. Super SujalEarlier, Dolours captain Sujal Shinge scored the decisive winner by converting a penalty in the fourth minute on resumption to give Dolours the lead. Referee Avinash Kanajia awarded Dolours the penalty when Sanket Arekar was tripped by Rosary's Aseem Shaikh inside the box. From..
                 

I love David Beckham's money, says Robo-Victoria Beckham

8 days ago  
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Former England captain David Beckham's singer-turned-fashion-designer wife Victoria is embarrassed after her marketing strategy backfired. To mark 10 years of her designer brand, she came up with a robotic chat app with Facebook that allowed the app to answer questions via her profile. When people asked on her chatbot (left) whether divorcing David would make her happy, the automated Victoria replied, "Very". To a question on whether David's money make her happy?, the reply was, "Very". Recently, Victoria posted a video on Twitter and wrote: "I'm so excited to announce my partnership with @facebook celebrating 10 years of my brand! Together we've created the VB Messenger Experience which is now LIVE! I have a lot of exciting news to share with u all — look forward to chatting! x VB #VBSince08." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

SAFF Cup: India beat Pakistan 3-1 to enter final

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Manvir Singh struck twice in the second half before Sumeet Passi headed home a clinical pass as defending champions India breezed past Pakistan 3-1 to sail into the final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup, here on Wednesday. After a goalless first-half, Manvir scored his first in the 49th minute only to double the score-line twenty minutes later. Substitute Passi sealed the fate of the match in the 83rd minute. For Pakistan Hassan Bashir reduced the margin in the 88th minute. India will now meet Maldives in the summit clash on Saturday. Maldives made short work of Nepal 3-0 in the first semi-final. The first goal came off a brilliant counter-attack. Ashique Kuruniyan ran past everyone down the left and unleashed a low cross which was gleefully tapped in by Manvir to set the Indian fans berserk. If that was good, the second goal was even better. Lalliazuala Chhangte who replaced Nikhil Poojary in the 68th minute made an immediate impact as India doubled the lead. The super-sub made a blistering..
                 

UEFA to launch third competition

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European Club Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli has said that UEFA are clearing the way for the return of a third club competition, two decades after the disappearance of the Cup Winners' Cup. Agnelli, who is also on UEFA's club competitions committee as well as being chairman of Juventus, said at the ECA's General Assembly in Split, Croatia, on Tuesday, that "the 'green light' has been given to introduce a third competition...as of the 2021/22 season". The move would have to be validated at a future meeting of UEFA's Executive Committee, with the ECA later saying they expected a decision to be reached "before the end of the year". In a statement sent to AFP, European football's governing body confirmed only that it is "constantly reviewing the format of its competitions and is looking at a variety of options in this respect". "UEFA is discussing various ideas within its club competitions committee before any decision on potential changes would be made," it added. Agnelli ind..
                 

I suffered physically, says France's Olivier Giroud

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France match-winner Olivier Giroud admits he was aware he was about to be substituted before he scored his landmark goal in the 2-1 Nations League victory over The Netherlands on Sunday. In addition to ending his 10-match international drought the 75th-minute strike took him past Zinedine Zidane to third on France's all-time list with 32 goals. "I thought I was going to be taken off. The game against Germany was my first of the season as a starter and the coach took me off, which was normal," said the Chelsea forward, who extended his stay on the pitch by 14 minutes with his goal. "I suffered again physically today and I realised I didn't have many minutes left. I know Benjamin Mendy's ability to cross to the near post and I went for it and it worked out well for me and the team. I'm happy for everyone." Ryan Babel looked to have spoiled the World Cup winners' homecoming party on their first appearance in Paris since the summer success in Russia after his first competitive internatio..
                 

Zinedine Zidane says he will return to coaching soon

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Zinedine Zidane has paved the way for a return to management by admitting he expects to take another coaching job soon. Zidane made the surprise decision to leave Real Madrid at the end of last season, five days after leading the club to a third consecutive Champions League title. The Frenchman said he believed change was needed for the team to keep winning but, despite a disappointing final La Liga campaign, he left with his reputation sky-high. Manchester United have been linked with a move for Zidane, with Jose Mourinho's position at Old Trafford increasingly uncertain. "Surely I am going to return to coaching soon," Zidane said. "Because I like it and [football] is what I have done my whole life." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthin..
                 

Diego Maradona seeks rebirth in coaching second-division Mexican club

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Argentine legend Diego Maradona described his decision to coach second-division Mexican club Dorados as a rebirth after years battling addictions, as he officially became the team's new manager Monday. Maradona has raised eyebrows with the decision to accept a job in the heart of Mexican drug cartel country -- the rough-and-tumble state of Sinaloa. But in his first press conference for Dorados, he described the job as a healthy new beginning after a long "sickness," alluding to his very public struggles with drug addiction, alcoholism and obesity. "I want to give Dorados what I lost when I was sick," he told the 200 journalists who packed the hotel conference room in Culiacan, the state capital, where he was officially presented as Dorados's new coach. "I was sick for 14 years. Now I want to see the sun, I want to go to bed at night. I never even used to go to bed. I didn't even know what a pillow was. That's why I accepted the offer from Dorados," he said. Mexico was the scene of M..
                 

Referee bottled it in England's 1-2 loss to Spain, says Kane

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England captain Harry Kane complained Dutch referee Danny Makkelie wasn't strong enough to allow Danny Welbeck's goal deep into stoppage time as the Three Lions lost 2-1 to Spain on Saturday. In their first game since reaching the semi-finals at the World Cup, England were denied a point to begin their UEFA Nations League campaign when Makkelie awarded a foul in favour of Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea for minimal contact with Welbeck. "In the big moments you need the referee to stay strong, but unfortunately he has bottled it," Kane said. "Big moments you need a firm referee who don't, under the pressure, get wrong decisions, basically. Danny stood there, De Gea went up, he caught the ball but, as he went down, he fell on Danny, no foul or anything, and the ball has dropped." Kane picked up his Golden Boot for finishing top scorer at the World Cup before kick-off at Wembley. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps..
                 

Diego Maradona: Genius as a player but misfit as a coach

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As much as he was a genius with the ball at his feet, Diego Maradona's coaching career has been far from distinguished and took a curious turn when he joined Mexican second-division outfit Dorados. The man who led Argentina to just their second World Cup crown -- according to many almost single-handedly -- and whose brilliance inspired Napoli to the only two Serie A titles in their history, has ploughed a less succesful coaching furrow. With a cultured left foot and mesmerising dribbles he was twice signed for a world record fee, first by Barcelona and then Napoli. He played for some of Argentina's biggest and most prestigious clubs: Boca Juniors, Newell's Old Boys and Argentinos Juniors, while also representing his country 91 times and scoring 34 goals. "If I die, I want to be born again and play football to give the people joy," he once said. Father time has long caught up with the 57-year-old, though, as he wryly notes: "I have shorter legs than a picture frame, if I want to train..
                 

Brazil overcoming pain of World Cup exit, says coach Tite

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Brazilian coach Tite said his players are getting over the pain of their World Cup exit after securing a 2-0 win against the USA in a friendly on Friday. The Selecao were dumped out of the tournament in Russia at the quarter-final stage by Belgium, with Neymar scoring twice in five matches. Tite But he rolled home a soft penalty just before the break after Roberto Firmino had given Brazil the lead in the 11th minute. "It was above my expectation, it did not have brilliance at all times, but the offensive opportunities are there," Tite said. "We are getting back on top of a pain and frustration of elimination." Looking forward to the side's next friendly against El Salvador on Tuesday, he said: "In the second game, there will be a greater opportunity for others to start. Opportunity of some, responsibility to perform for others." Brazil held firm despite the USA trying to find space in their opponent's half and saw out a comfortable win. Catch up on all the latest sports news and up..
                 

Selfless Pamela Anderson lets Adil Rami go

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Former Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson, 51, has reportedly split with her footballer beau Adil Rami, 32, as she felt that their relationship was the reason the World Cup-winning star could not see much of his sons Zayn and Madi, two. Rami's ex-girlfriend Sidonie Biemont is the mother of the twin boys. Pamela was dating Rami for over a year and they were planning to get married and even have kids. But, now Pamela, who is set to appear on France's version of Dancing With The Stars, has called off the wedding and is preparing to move out of the house she shared with the Marseille star in the French Riviera. Pamela Anderson "After spending this past week with Adil's cute twin sons… it broke Pam's heart that he doesn't see them enough, as he should, so she's moving out. Pamela feels she is the reason Adil doesn't spend enough time with his children. She is removing herself from his life so that he can be with his kids. It's a selfless move. She is a true romantic, and is heartbrok..
                 

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri found about his sacking as Napoli coach on TV

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New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri revealed yesterday that he found out he was sacked as coach of his previous club Napoli on television. Sarri had two years left on his contract after leading his hometown club to challenge champions Juventus for the title last season. But after Sarri asked for more time to consider his future, former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as new coach of the Serie A runners-up. Sarri, 59, said: "We were having dinner... discussing whether or not to stay. We turned on the TV and we saw Ancelotti entering Filmauro [the headquarters of Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis]. "I had some doubts, that's fair, but there was a clause in the contract and it wasn't something I had asked for. The timing wasn't respected. Now, I hope that Ancelotti can achieve what I came so close to." Napoli won their last Serie A title during the days of Diego Maradona in 1990. Sarri – who took over from Antonio Conte at Chelsea – has won his fi..
                 

Victoria Beckham once cancelled Germany trip because she missed her kids

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Former England captain David Beckham's singer-turned-fashion-designer wife Victoria travels the globe, but one trip was memorable. She recalled how she once went to Germany for a detox weekend but took a flight back to the United Kingdom (UK) the very next day as she missed her four kids — Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and Harper, 7. Victoria, had planned to pamper herself at the Villa Stephanie resort that specialised in body and mind detoxes. The exclusive spa in Baden-Baden concentrates on taking care of medical, emotional, detox, fitness and beauty needs. David Beckham with his kids "When I first got there, I was really emotional. I sat on my bed and cried. I skyped David and said, 'What am I doing here?' I'd never been away from the children unless it was a compulsory work trip. Even me and David never go away – just the two of us. We're always present with the children," she told Vogue magazine. In the latest issue of the magazine, Victoria spoke about the impo..
                 

CL: Pogba propels Man United to victory against Young Boys

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Paul Pogba was the driving force with a brace as Manchester United recovered from a shaky start to record an ultimately convincing 3-0 win away to Young Boys in their opening Champions League game in Bern on Wednesday. Skipper Pogba's superb opening goal cut down the Swiss champions in their prime, and he then doubled the English side's lead from a penalty just before the break. The France star also set up the third goal for compatriot Anthony Martial in the second half, as Jose Mourinho's side safely negotiated this fixture on the synthetic surface at the Stade de Suisse. Mourinho said after the game that he did not expect Pogba to score in every match, but added: "If he starts arriving in possible scoring positions that can be a plus for the team, so I am happy with that. "The team had good stability in midfield, and allowed him to go to these kind of positions." Seemingly a club in crisis at the end of August following their 3-0 home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, this was Unit..
                 

Jash Gandhi guides SVKM International to 3-0 win

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Dashing centre forward Jash Gandhi scored two opportunistic goals which highlighted of SVKM International (Vile Parle) 3-0 win over Podar International (Powai) in the MSSA-organised boys' U-16 Division-IV quarter-final match at Azad Maidan yesterday. Podar International, who had maintained a clean sheet till this match, defended well in the first period and denied the SVKM attackers from scoring initially as the first half was locked goalless. The SVKM lads returned a rejuvenated lot after the interval and hit the target in the first minute on resumption. Jash unmarked inside the rival area chested down Abeer Pandit's long throw-in from the right and took a shot which was blocked by Podar custodian Shivam Bhardwaj. Fortunately, the ball came back to Jash who deftly flicked it home to put his team in front. Adarsh scores own goalFive minutes later, Jash intercepted a weak defensive clearance on the edge of the Podar box and took his time to essay an angular grounder past the valiant e..
                 

CL: Harry Kane's not a machine, says Spurs' Lamela after 1-2 loss

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Harry Kane is not a "machine" and it is only a matter of time before he is back among the goals, according to Tottenham teammate Erik Lamela. The under-fire striker endured another frustrating night on Tuesday as Spurs slumped to a late 1-2 Champions League defeat at Inter Milan. The England captain and has now gone five games for club and country without scoring. But Lamela insists Kane should not be the only player to carry the scoring burden for Spurs. "Harry is not a machine. He scores a lot. He always scores," Lamela said. "Here he didn't and for two or three games he didn't. But he will score again. "It's not like Harry needs to score every single game. Christian [Eriksen] scored, I scored in the last game. All the pressure is not on Harry. "All the attacking players need to score. And that's it." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party synd..
                 

Champions League: All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo!

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No player owns as many Champions League titles as Cristiano Ronaldo but a sixth with Juventus would surely be his best. Ronaldo led in all the five previous triumphs, from his towering header for Man Utd against Chelsea in 2008 to the tie-clinching, 97th-minute penalty against Juventus last season in the quarters. Goals galoreIn between, there were 17 goals he scored in every game but one, en route to the trophy in 2014, the title-winning penalty against Atletico in 2016 and the hat-trick against the same opposition, this time in the last four, a year later. He also scored twice against Juventus in the final. Seeing this Juve seemingly decided last summer that the only way to win the Champions League before Ronaldo retires is to have Ronaldo on your team. They begin that assault today, when Ronaldo, 33, will kick a ball competitively in Spain for the first time since his dizzying 100 million-euro move from Madrid. Valencia are the obstacle at the Mestalla, where he scored twice, both..
                 

Champions League: Plastic pitch won't trouble Manchester United

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Man United will have to deal with a plastic pitch at the Stade de Suisse here in their Champions League opener, but Young Boys boss Gerardo Seoane does not expect it to pose too many problems for them. "We can't change the pitch," coach Seoane said. "It's clear they are not used to pitches like this, so in the beginning, it will be a special feeling, but with training tonight [Tuesday], I think they'll be all right. They have the quality, speed and technique to play on this pitch, so it shouldn't be a problem." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason wh..
                 

Fazlani girls register convincing 3-0 win

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Fazlani HS (Mazgaon) worked well as a team and managed three strikes to prevail over JJ Academy (Mulund) in a Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised girls' U-16 Division II league match at Azad Maidan yesterday. The Mazagon school girls showed better understanding and combined well to put pressure on the Mulund team Fazlani took the lead when Kareena Sheth converted a penalty awarded by referee Viraj Makwana in the seventh minute, after the Academy defender handled the ball inside the box. Fazlani doubled the lead when Malikka Chhowala intercepted a weak clearance and shot home in the additional period of the first half before Zahabiya Tinwala scored the third goal midway through the second half to complete the win. Meanwhile, Swami Vivekanand (Borivli) found their scoring touch in the second half and scored twice to overcome Podar International (Powai) 2-0. Vedika, Sameeksha shineBoth Swami Vivekanand and Podar International tried their best to gain the upper hand but they..
                 

Firmino hands Liverpool flying Champions League start over PSG

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Liverpool left it late but showed Paris Saint-Germain have plenty of work to do if they are to challenge for a first-ever Champions League title as Roberto Firmino struck in stoppage time to seal a 3-2 win at Anfield on Tuesday. Despite the late drama, victory was well deserved for last season's finalists who dominated throughout and bounced back from blowing a 2-0 first-half lead to take the early advantage in Group C. Daniel Sturridge and a James Milner penalty put the hosts in command before Thomas Meunier reduced PSG's arrears. Having kept Kylian Mbappe and the world's most expensive player Neymar quiet for almost the entire match, Liverpool seemed set to pay a heavy price for one poor pass by Mohamed Salah as Mbappe swept home seven minutes from time in front of a stunned Kop. But Firmino, who started on the bench due to an eye injury suffered against Tottenham on Saturday, had the final say as he twisted and turned before firing into the far corner to stretch Liverpool's perfect..
                 

CL: Inter Milan coach Spalletti wary of Harry Kane threat

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Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti believes Harry Kane will be the man to watch but hopes the enthusiasm of returning to 'the Disneyland of football' will spur on his Italian side in today's Champions League tie against Tottenham. Inter host the English club at a sold-out San Siro in what is their first Champions League match since the 2011-2012 season. Both teams are coming off weekend league defeats — Inter losing 0-1 to Parma in Milan and Tottenham falling 1-2 at home to Liverpool. "Harry Kane tired? I don't agree, we have seen Tottenham matches and we have seen him working in any situation. Tottenham rely a lot on this player," Spalletti told a pre-match press conference, adding that the game could be a "turning point" for his side, who have just four points from four games in Serie A. "With the period we're going through this is the game we needed. It's one of those matches you wouldn't swap for anything," added Spalletti. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updat..
                 

Two-month wait to get Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus jersey

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F1: Lewis Hamilton shines under the lights in Singapore Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton pulled further clear at the top of the championship standings after delivering a crushing victory in yesterday's Singapore Grand Prix which title rival Sebastian Vettel finished a distant third. The Mercedes driver crossed the line 8.9 seconds clear of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who jumped Vettel at the pitstops, after Ferrari's strategy compromised the German and left him to crawl home nearly 40 seconds adrift of his triumphant rival. Yesterday's win, Hamilton's seventh this season, lifts him 40 points clear of Vettel in the overall standings with just six races to go. If he scores just one more win, the 33-year-old will be far enough ahead to be able to wrap up the title without needing to finish on the top step of the podium again this season. "What a day, what a weekend, I'm super blessed," said an exhausted Hamilton, kneeling next to his silver car. "I'm spent," he added. Lewis Hamilton and his machine at the Singapore GP Hamilton, who had started on pole after p..
                 

Did Peter Crouch hint that his wife Abbey Clancy is a gold-digger?

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Former England striker Peter Crouch, 37, is not one of the greatest lookers and the lanky footballer is the first to admit it. In fact, he was even booed and groaned at on his England debut a few years ago. So, how then did he manage to get a wife as stunning as Liverpool-based model Abbey Clancy, 32. It's his football that helped him find the woman of his dreams, says Stoke City striker Crouch, who is convinced that had he been in a normal job, he could never have got a woman like Clancy. And in a recent interview with British tabloid The Daily Mirror, 6-foot-seven Crouch had no hesitation in admitting this. "Would I have ended up with a wife as attractive as Abbey? I'd like to think I'd have done OK. Maybe not that well, but I'd have done all right," said Crouch, going on to explain how he faced severe criticism in the past for his looks. "I've heard every insult under the sun but it's made me a more resilient character. The jokes about how I look have actually made me stronger," ..
                 

Inter Milan stunned at San Siro by lowly Parma

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On-loan Parma defender Federico Dimarco stunned his parent club Inter Milan with a brilliant winner in a 1-0 victory at the San Siro on Saturday, just days before the hosts meet Tottenham in the Champions League. Inter fell to their second league defeat this season and have only four points from as many Serie A games ahead of their return to the Champions League. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Jose Mourinho defends Marcus Rashford amid criticism

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho turned on the media once more yesterday as he launched a detailed defence of his use of England international striker Marcus Rashford. The forward, 20, impressed for the Three Lions over the international break as he started, and scored, against both Spain and Switzerland. That led to questions over whether Mourinho was making the most of Rashford's abilities as he has struggled to hold down a regular place in the United side where he faces stiff competition from Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial. Jose Mourinho Rashford will definitely be missing when Mourinho's men travel to Watford today, though, as he begins a three-match ban after being sent-off against Burnley before the international break. "I think I can expect that on Sunday I'm going to be highly criticised for not playing him [Rashford] because some of the boys are really obsessed with me and, some of them, they have I think a problem with some compulsive lies," said..
                 

Jamal Blackman owns label for taller men and curvier women

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Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, who is 6 feet 7 inches tall, has always struggled to find clothes that fit him. To tackle the issue, he decided in 2016 to have his own clothing line, Prodigieux. He started with snapback caps and within two years, his company ventured into T-shirts, sweatshirts, bikinis and jackets, that fit and look good on bigger people, tall men and curvier women. "There are quite a lot of designers out there that don't make clothes that fit big people. I'm 6'7" and it was always a problem for me finding clothes I liked that would fit my body. If I found a top I wanted, often the arms would be too short or I'd lift my arms up and it would look like a crop top," Blackman told The Sun. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

I made a mistake, says France's Lloris after drink-driving arrest

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English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and France captain Hugo Lloris yesterday admitted to making a mistake after he was arrested on drink-driving charges last month. “Just like every man, I have a private life. I made a mistake and I have to accept it,” Lloris said. “I have to stay focused on what is the most important thing, in my mind -- that's the pitch. I have the support of my family and my friends. And I still want to go out onto the pitch to enjoy myself and continue improving,” he added. Lloris is scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today on charges of drunken driving. The France World Cup winner was stopped by police in central London on August 24 where he failed a breathalyser test. . Lloris added that he intends honour his contract at Tottenham, which is through the 2021-22 season. “You don't control everything. I'm focused on what I do daily with Tottenham. The most important thing for me is to enjoy myself ev..
                 

I've not had a spray tan, retorts Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah

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Former England striker Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah has slammed a British tabloid for commenting on her tanned look. Rebekah wore this yellow dress (right) for the TV Choice Awards at The Dorchester in London on Sunday and The Daily Mirror reported: 'The clinging bright dress clashed with Becky's Fake tan making her one of the night's fashion fails.' Rebekah tweeted the screen grab of the report and wrote: "Hi @DailyMirror I don't mind if you didn't like my outfit but what I do mind is that you have commented on my skin colour AGAIN. I am half Portuguese and naturally tanned, I am just back from a holiday and my skin goes much darker in the sun. I HAVE NOT HAD A SPRAY TAN. "This is the third time in a year that you have knocked me for my skin colour and the third time I am letting you know that I find it offensive that you continue to complain about my natural skin colour. It is unacceptable. You have been told this before so why have you slated my skin colour again? I would really lik..
                 

Denmark loss a learning experience for Wales youngsters: Ryan Giggs

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Ryan Giggs felt Wales' defeat to Denmark was a learning curve" for his young players. Christian Eriksen scored in each half as Denmark ran out comfortable 2-0 UEFA Nations League winners in Aarhus on Sunday. "It wasn't easy after the highs of Thursday to get back up again," Giggs said, referring to their 4-1 Nations League win against Ireland. "Against a good team and physically with the quick turnaround we found it difficult. But the lads kept going and for the young players it's a learning curve. I tried to freshen it up as much as I could and also keep that rhythm of playing. "But you had a team who played two competitive games in a short space of time and a team that didn't – and it showed in the end." Ryan Giggs Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its depe..
                 

Marseille to play Europa tie behind closed doors

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Marseille are no longer at risk of being kicked out of European competition but will have to play their next Europa League game behind closed doors, UEFA said on Monday. The French giants had appealed to European football's governing body against a threatened ban from competing in continental competition that was handed down in July. The ban, suspended for two years, was related to numerous crowd incidents in last season's Europa League in games against RB Leipzig and Salzburg as well as in the final against Atletico Madrid in Lyon. But instead of that they will now have to play their first home game of this season's Europa League group stage, against Eintracht Frankfurt on September 20, in an empty Stade Velodrome. The threat of having to play a second home game behind closed doors will hang over them for a two-year probationary period, although Marseille will also have to shut the stands at both ends of their ground for their other two Europa League group games, against Lazio and Ap..
                 

Ex-footballer Jermaine Pennant's life story to be a Hollywood flick

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Controversial footballer Jermaine Pennant's turbulent life story which included wild nights with women, partying and his football career is being turned into a Hollywood film. According to British tabloid, The Sun, the former England star will be a consultant on the film based on the real life of footballers. Running Films, the production company behind the project, are looking to have rapper Tyga to play the lead in the film. Tyga "Jermaine has already began working with the film company on the movie that will be loosely based on his life. It's early days yet but they would love Tyga to get involved as they think he looks like Jermaine with all the tattoos. There will be women, partying and scandals on and off the pitch. As a consultant on the film, Jermaine will be telling them real life stories from not just his life, but that of his A-list footballer pals too. It won't be for the faint-hearted," a source told the tabloid. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here...
                 

SAFF Cup: India beat Maldives 2-0 to set up semis clash with Pakistan

11 days ago  
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India to beat Maldives 2-0 and book a semifinal spot in the South Asian Football Federation Cup here on Sunday. Maiden international goals from Nikhil Poojary (36th minute) and Manvir Singh (45th) helped India defeat Maldives and finish on top of Group B with six points. India play Pakistan in the semifinal on Wednesday. Nikhil could have scored the opener in the 11th minute itself but despite getting all the power behind his header off a Anirudh Thapa cross, it sailed over the Maldives crossbar. Nikhil and Lallianzuala Chhangte were constantly swapping positions on the wings and that stretched the rival defence. India eventually surged ahead in the 36th minute. After playing a one-two with Farukh Choudhary, Nikhil pounced on a loose ball and sent it past the rival side goalkeeper Mohamed Faisal. Manvir doubled the lead at the stroke of half time. Thapa, a bit off-balanced with a rival midfielder shadowing him, managed to essay a gem of a pass for Manvir who sidestepped the onrushing..
                 

My family received death threats after Salah incident, says Ramos

11 days ago  
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Spain and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has revealed that his family received "death threats" in the aftermath of the Champions League final against Liverpool where he fouled Liverpool star Mohamed Salah. Ramos, 32, was jeered throughout Spain's 2-1 victory over England at Wembley in a UEFA Nations League game. In the Champions League final, which Real won 3-1 in May to claim their third successive crown, Salah was forced off with a shoulder injury midway through the first half following a challenge by Ramos. "One tries to evade (the boos). In the end you feel it, but I stay out of everything. It doesn't affect my game," Ramos was quoted as saying by ESPNFC on Saturday. "I would have liked another reception because people only remember the action of the final, and nobody remembers the death threats that my family and my children received. "It is a very sensitive issue that people maybe take as a joke about and (that's why they) whistle in a great stadium like this. My conscience ..
                 

Leroy Sane welcomes baby girl with partner Brook

12 days ago  
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There was speculation ahead of the weekend as to just why Manchester City striker Leroy Sane had suddenly quit the Germany squad and the answer is - to rush to his girlfriend's side for the birth of their daughter. The winger who missed out on World Cup selection and who has been criticised by senior members of the German squad recently met with coach Joachim Loew on Friday and then sparked a Twitter avalanche when he quit the squad. German daily Bild reported Saturday Sane's partner Candice Brook had given birth late Friday, with reaction from Sane's father. "My grandaughter was born yesterday (Friday), her name is Rio Stella," he said. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day..
                 

Brazil beat USA 2-0 with goals from Firmino, Neymar

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Brazil went up against the United States in a FIFA friendly tie and won 2-0 as both teams began their preparations for the Qatar World Cup 2022. Brazil maintained its strong tradition with an easy win on Friday, thanks to the goals by forwards Roberto Firmino at the 11th minute and Neymar converting a penalty at the 43rd. Brazil's midfielder Douglas Costa came in from the right to make a cross at Firmino in a perfect center allowing the latter to send the ball past US goalkeeper Zack Steffen, reports Efe news. With Brazil, under coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, dominating the field the young US team under the guidance of coach Dave Sarachan, showed the spirit of struggle but were no match for the football titans. Before the end of first half came Brazil's second goal when defender Fabinho cut into the penalty area, an action that led referee Fernando Guerrero to call foul. Neymar, who now plays for France's PSG, converted the penalty with a soft shot to the left as Steffen lunged to the..
                 

Netherlands' veteran footballer Wesley Sneijder retires

13 days ago  
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Wesley Sneijder turned out for the Netherlands for the 134th and final time on Thursday as Memphis Depay's brace secured a 2-1 friendly win over Peru in Amsterdam. On an emotional night at the Johan Cruyff Arena, Dutch coach Ronald Koeman handed over the captain's armband to Sneijder, 34. Sneijder, the former Real Madrid and Inter playmaker who moved to Al Gharafa of Qatar this year, took the microphone and encouraged fans to join him for a beer on their way out of the stadium. A star of the Dutch team that got to the 2010 World Cup final, Sneijder received a warm ovation from the fans at the home of Ajax, the club where he began his career. The most-capped Dutch player, who won his first cap in 2003, leaves behind a team trying to rebuild after failing to quality for Euro 2016 or the last World Cup. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicat..
                 

Manchester United star Sanchez breaks up with girlfriend Mayte

14 days ago  
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Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez took to social medai to announce that he has broken up with hir girlfriend and actress Mayte Rodriguez. The Chilean star posted an emotional message on Instagram recently to reveal the news and described the good times during their relationship. "I wish you the best of the world. It was beautiful to have met you and to share nice moments with you, but we decided that each one should follow their own path to seek our dreams. I do not usually do this, but I ask respect from all those who speak without knowing to do harm because behind everything, there is family and children. Respect," wrote Sanchez. Mayte too spoke about the split. "With a lot of love and respect, we decided to end our relationship and take different paths, desiring all the happiness and the best for our lives. Mayte and Alexis," she wrote on Instagram. Reports of their split first emerged a few months ago when the couple deleted pictures of each other from their personal socia..
                 

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India beat Pakistan 4-0 in AFC U-16 Women's Championship qualifier

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The India U-16 girls football team beat arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0 in the ongoing AFC U-16 Women's Championship Qualifier at the MFF Stadium here on Wednesday. While Avika Singh (22nd minute) opened the scoring for India, the Pakistani goalie Ayesha (43rd) conceded an own goal at the stroke of half-time. Sunita Munda (82nd) added another to get herself on the scoresheet, whereas skipper Shilky Devi (88th) wrapped it up in style. Following the win, India are firmly seated at the top of Group B, having collected six points from two matches. Sunita, Shilky and Avika combined well to wreak havoc on the arch-rivals but the Pakistani defenders soaked in the pressure until the 22nd minute when Avika notched the opening goal for India. Sunita breezed past the left-back to deliver a low cross for Avika, whose well-timed tap-in earned India the lead. Pakistan were happy to sit back in their own half and defend. Goalkeeper Ayesha made some exquisite saves during the course of the game but a misc..
                 

Lionel Messi makes the extraordinary look routine, says Barcelona boss

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Lionel Messi makes the "extraordinary seem routine" according to Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, who watched him score his eighth Champions League hat-trick to sink PSV on Tuesday. Messi surpasses RonaldoMessi moved ahead of his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo's tally of trebles in the competition after paving the way for a 4-0 win with a stunning 32nd-minute free-kick. The Argentinian scored twice more after Ousmane Dembele had got his name on the scoresheet with a brilliant solo strike, prompting Valverde to sing Messi's praises in the post-match press conference. Valverde said: "He does extraordinary things and makes them seem routine. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde "Today it was three goals, and he unlocked the match with his free-kick. The strike was masterful and he simply doesn't tire of scoring hat-tricks." Valverde was pleased with the way his players responded after their gruelling weekend win over Real Sociedad, but he acknowledged it was far from easy until Messi broke..
                 

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Europa League: 'Keeper Bernd Leno set for Arsenal debut against Vorskla

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Unai Emery could hand goalkeeper Bernd Leno his Arsenal debut as he is expected to ring the changes for the Europa League opener at home to Vorskla Poltava. The summer signing has yet to feature for the Gunners with Petr Cech playing every minute under Emery to date — but he is likely to get his chance to impress tonight. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

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CL: We've got the best side in the world, says Man City's Arteta

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Mikel Arteta has hailed Manchester City as the best side in the world as he prepares to fill in for suspended manager Pep Guardiola in the Champions League this week. Guardiola must serve a touchline ban during tonight's Group F opener versus Lyon at the Etihad Stadium as a result of his sending-off in last season's quarter-final against Liverpool. That will leave Arteta to direct affairs from the bench and the Spaniard was given chance to warm up for managerial responsibilities as Guardiola asked him to carry out the pre-match press conference. Arteta, 36, spoke confidently in the media centre at the City Football Academy, praising the squad that powered to Premier League title glory last season. "For me, we have the best players in the world and I look at our players as if they are the best," said Arteta. "I wouldn't change my players for any others. They are absolutely fantastic, the hunger in this group is incredible. People talk about money to spend but people have to look insi..
                 

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Maradona wins on Mexico debut

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Diego Maradona won big in his Mexican coaching debut Monday, as the Argentine legend's new club, Dorados, routed fellow second-division side Cafetaleros 4-1. Maradona has raised eyebrows with his decision to coach the struggling team from Culiacan, Sinaloa, in the heart of Mexican drug cartel country. But he was all smiles as Ecuadoran forward Vinicio Angulo -- wearing Maradona's old number 10 -- scored a hat trick to give the new coach the win. "We played a great match," he told a packed press conference afterward. "Some people said Maradona's useless. There were a lot of stupid people going on television to fill up the time. I hope they'll come to the pitch now and look at my record and see what we're actually doing, see that I know how to do this," he added. Still, it was hardly a monumental win: Dorados were 13th in their league heading into the match, and Cafetaleros 15th. With their newly earned three points, Maradona's team doubled their previous total and leapt to 10th place...
                 

Champions League: Messi scores hat-trick as Barcelona thrash PSV

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Lionel Messi pictures the Champions League ending with him hoisting the trophy and it began with him scoring a hat-trick on Tuesday as Barcelona put four goals past PSV Eindhoven. An early kick-off at Camp Nou meant that before most of the tournament's teams had even named their line-ups, Messi was up and running, his sumptuous free-kick from the edge of the area nestling in the top corner, exactly where it was intended. Messi would have his second and third before the end, and a record eighth Champions League treble, but the game was up by then thanks to a superb strike from the excellent Ousmane Dembele. Only when Barca were three ahead was Samuel Umtiti sent off for a second yellow card, meaning he will miss the trip to Wembley to face Tottenham next month. Even with 10 men, Messi completed his set for a 4-0 win. Dembele's goal was worthy of deciding any match but this was Messi's night. After a miserable World Cup trying to retrieve the irretrievable Argentina, Barcelona's now-cap..
                 

Champions League: Griezmann and Costa combine as Atletico undo Monaco

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Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Monaco 2-1 in their Champions League Group A opener on Tuesday with star strikers Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann detonating the fightback. The visitors had fallen behind against the run of play in the 18th minute when winger Samuel Grandsir forced the ball home in a goalmouth scramble after good work from Radamel Falcao. But Costa then ran onto a wonderful flick-on from Griezmann to fire a snap-shot low and hard past Monaco's onrushing Swiss stopper Diego Benaglio to level the scores on the half-hour. Jose Maria Gimenez -- remembered for crying on the pitch when France beat Uruguay 2-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals in Russia -- then headed home a corner in first-half stoppage-time to take the wind out of Monaco's sails at a key moment. "It's always difficult to win the first match of the Champions League away from home," said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. "Griezmann is growing every game. He's a decisive player. He did well in the right m..
                 

Krisha Seth strikes twice for Jamnabai

3 days ago  
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Krisha Seth's twin efforts helped Jamnabai International (Juhu) make a winning start to beat CNM High School (Vile Parle) 2-1 in a Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised Girls' U-16 Division-II league match at Azad Maidan yesterday. The spearhead of the Jamnabai attack Krisha, 14, after picking up Pooja Gupta's pass, controlled the ball before firing in a left-footer for the first goal in the seventh minute. CNM cancelled out the lead when Natasha Bhansali scored four minutes later. Krisha, who received good backing from Pooja and skipper Kyra Sabharwal, scored the winner in the 22nd minute. Jamnabai coach Meenakshi Agarwal though was unhappy with the team's performance. "The girls seemed over-confident today. We must fare better in the remaining games," she said. Meanwhile, in a boys U-16 Div IV match in Parel, Narayana ET (Borivli) beat Panbai 1-0 with the lone goal scored by Vedant Sawant. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day..
                 

EPL: Mourinho hails Man United's spirit after 2-1 win vs Watford

4 days ago  
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Jose Mourinho hailed the spirit of his Manchester United team after they withstood intense late pressure from early Premier League pacesetters Watford to win 2-1 and relieve the pressure on his shoulders. United have endured a miserable start to the season, losing two of their first four matches and slipping well off the searing pace set by Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford themselves. But two goals in three first-half minutes from in-form Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling gave them valuable breathing space at half-time and ultimately paved the way to a victory that ended Watford's perfect record. Rocked by United's strong finish to the first half, Watford pulled a goal back midway through the second period through Andre Gray but failed to find an equaliser. A relaxed-looking Mourinho singled out Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini for praise. "I'm very happy with the points," he said. "I'm very happy with the spirit, I'm very happy with something that represents for me the spirit of the team -..
                 

Barcelona midfielder DBarcelona midfielder Denis Suarez recovers from l

4 days ago  
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Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez of Spain was given the green light by the team's doctors to take part in competitive matches, the La Liga club announced on Sunday, having fully recovered from a left thigh muscle injury. Suarez picked up the injury on July 29 during a pre-season clash with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and had been sidelined since, reports Efe news. With Suarez allowed to compete, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has only two players out due to injury: Spanish midfielder Sergi Samper and Brazilian forward Malcom. The rest of the squad is available for Barcelona's clash on Tuesday in their 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League group-stage opener against Bundesliga club PSV Eindhoven. Having come from behind to defeat Real Sociedad 2-1 on Saturday, Barcelona built up a two point advantage in the La Liga standings over second-placed Real Madrid, which played to a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download..
                 

Premier League: Hazard 'tricks, Chelsea on top

5 days ago  
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Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick as Chelsea continued their perfect start under Maurizio Sarri to move top of the Premier League with a 4-1 win over Cardiff at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Sol Bamba's opener shocked Sarri's men into life, but the Belgian was too hot for Cardiff to handle with a quickfire double just before half-time. Hazard completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot before Willian's stunning strike completed the rout seven minutes from time. Victory moves Chelsea above Liverpool on goal difference at the top of the table, whilst Cardiff remain without a win on their return to the top flight. Meanwhile, Liverpool showed their credentials in targeting a first title since 1990 are for real and such was the Reds' dominance the scoreline did not do Jurgen Klopp's men justice in winning 2-1 at Tottenham. City remain just two points back and looked back to their best in tearing apart Fulham 3-0 thanks to goals from Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling. Catch up on ..
                 

Barcelona fight back to beat Real Sociedad

5 days ago  
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Barcelona came from behind to beat Real Sociedad on Saturday as Atletico Madrid lost further ground in the La Liga title race by drawing at home to Eibar. Seven points is now the gap between Atleti and Barca, who were in danger of slipping up themselves when Aritz Elustondo put Real Sociedad in front at Anoeta. But the hosts missed a series of excellent chances and paid the price. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Paris St Germain sign ground-breaking agreement with Jordan Brand

7 days ago  
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French football giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on Thursday became the first club to have signed an agreement with the iconic Jordan Brand. The two powerhouses of sport and style have created a world exclusive collection of over 90 performance, training and lifestyle products, and the Jumpman will make its UEFA Champions League debut, featuring on the Paris Saint-Germain home and away jerseys during their European campaign this season, reports Xinhua news agency. "The collaboration between Paris Saint-Germain and Jordan underlines the ambition of both brands to combine performance, innovation and style. It is a logical next step in our project to make Paris Saint-Germain one of the biggest global sports brands, capitalising on the avant-garde approach of our Parisian roots," said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman and CEO at Paris Saint-Germain. "Jordan Brand and Paris Saint-Germain share a distinct position in sport and style, so to partner with the club is a natural fit. We're excited t..
                 

France captain Hugo Lloris avoids jail, gets fine for drunk-driving

8 days ago  
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France's World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris avoided jail, but received a 20-month driving ban and a £50,000 ($65,000) fine yesterday for drunk-driving in central London. The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper had earlier called his behaviour unacceptable and received a lighter sentence from a judge who could have locked up the star for six months. "On July 15, he was the proudest man of the planet," attorney David Sonn said in reference to the day Lloris and his France team lifted the World Cup trophy in Moscow. "Forty days later, he was arrested in central London," said the lawyer. "Today he apologises to the court." Lloris Porsche was pulled over for a routine stop in central London at 2:20am on August 24. Lloris registered 100 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath in a police check. The legal driving limit in England in a breathalyser test is 35 microgrammes. Lloris spent seven hours in a cell that night before returning home on foot. His lawyer said Lloris kne..
                 

UEFA Nations League: Italy showed desire in 0-1 loss to Portugal, insis

9 days ago  
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Roberto Mancini remains defiant his strategy will reap rewards after a 0-1 defeat to Portugal in the Nations League piled pressure on the Italy coach as the country craves a victory to ease the pain of their World Cup absence. An Andre Silva strike just after the break ensured Portugal went top of their Nations League Group 3 with three points from their first game in Lisbon. "We must grow," said Mancini. "If a young player doesn't play at a high level then it's clear that they'll struggle in the first few games. I didn't enjoy the defeat, but I did like the team's desire to keep trying right until the end, even if they were at risk of conceding a second goal. "This was the right attitude to have. We don't want to be relegated and we still want to finish among the top teams in the group." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, ag..
                 

Morgan Schneiderlin credits wife for turnaround in Everton fortunes

10 days ago  
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London: France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin says his wife Camille helped him revive his career at Premier League side, Everton, after his popularity with the fans plumbed the depths last season. Schneiderlin, 28, who joined Everton from Manchester United in 2017 for a reported £20 million ($25.8 million), became a focal point for fans' anger as despite millions being spent under manager Ronald Koeman they failed to spark. However, Schneiderlin — who had flourished under Koeman at his first English club, Southampton — told The Times on Monday that Camille gave him some sound advice after he was roundly booed by the Everton fans when he was sent on as a substitute against Crystal Palace in February this year. "My wife is very supportive of me," Schneiderlin said. "You have to show them who you are. 'Maybe it was a time to look at myself in the mirror and say, 'Why? Why did this happen?', " she said. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also down..
                 

Germany coach Joachim Loew says team deserved 2-1 win over Peru

10 days ago  
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Manager Joachim Loew insisted Germany did enough to warrant their 2-1 victory over Peru, despite admitting Nico Schulz's winner was fortuitous. Debutant Schulz's low drive crept under Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese's body and into the net as the hosts edged to victory in Sinsheim. Luis Advincula put Peru ahead with a crisp finish before Juliant Brandt levelled for the hosts before half-time. Loew believes Germany were worthy winners as his side fight to rebuild their reputation after the humiliation of failing to pass the World Cup group stages. "I am pleased that we won the game, you got the sense during the game that the team really wanted to get the victory," Loew said. "The winning goal was slightly fortuitous, but we also missed plenty of chances in the first half. At the end of the day, the goalkeeper should have saved the winning goal. But I'm still really pleased for Nico Schulz." Joachim Loew Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-..
                 

Police chief pleads not guilty for manslaughter during football match

10 days ago  
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The police commander at the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster pleaded not guilty on Monday on the first day of his manslaughter trial over the death of 95 Liverpool supporters. David Duckenfield, 74, was the match-day commander at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground. He faces 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter following the fatal crush in the Leppings Lane end allocated to Liverpool fans. The former chief superintendent appeared via videolink at Preston Crown Court on Monday, confirming his name and entering his plea. England's state prosecutor, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), had applied to lift a historical stay -- an order preventing him being tried -- on Duckenfield, which was put in place in 2000. Former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, 68, also pleaded not guilty to one charge involving the stadium safety certificate and one health and safety charge. Catch up on all..
                 

Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez's 'lovely' day

11 days ago  
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Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez posted this picture of her Monaco holiday with her footballer beau and his son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, eight, on Instagram. She wrote: "I cannot love you more #happyDay #@cristiano" Born and raised on the Portuguese island of Madeira, Cristiano Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart at age 15. He underwent an operation to treat his condition, and began his senior club career playing for Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United at age 18 in 2003. He helped United win three successive Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League title, and a FIFA Club World Cup. By age 22, he had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations and at age 23, he won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. In 2009, Ronaldo was the subject of the most expensive association football transfer when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer worth €94 million (&po..
                 

Olivier Giroud gets winner as France celebrate World Cup homecoming

11 days ago  
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France finally celebrated winning the World Cup with their home fans on Sunday after Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud both scored in a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in Paris. Giroud swept in the winner from a Benjamin Mendy cross in the 75th minute for his first goal in 11 games in a France shirt, after the Chelsea striker went through the entirety of his country's triumphant campaign in Russia without scoring. On their first appearance on home soil since the World Cup, Mbappe had earlier put France ahead in an explosive performance from the 19-year-old, before Ryan Babel briefly restored parity in the second half. The Stade de France exploded in celebration at Giroud's winner in a game that had a competitive edge as part of UEFA's new Nations League. However, this match on a balmy evening was really just a prelude to World Cup victory celebrations on the pitch in front of almost 80,000 fans at the national stadium after the final whistle. "The victory was the most important thing, so ..
                 

UEFA Nations League: Italy lacking in confidence, says Mancini following Poland

12 days ago  
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Roberto Mancini believes that only confidence is needed to turn a mediocre Italy into a world class team again after Jorginho rescued a point for the new-look Azzurri in a 1-1 draw against Poland in their UEFA Nations League opener here on Friday. Jorginho's penalty 12 minutes from time made amends after the Chelsea midfielder's blunder had allowed former Napoli teammate Piotr Zielinski's opener for Poland. "I knew it was going to be difficult. They are a team that, at this moment, have more confidence than us," said Mancini. "In the first half we made some technical mistakes, but then in the second half the guys were good," Mancini added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-d..
                 

Martinez lauds clinical Belgium after 4-0 hammering of Scotland

12 days ago  
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World Cup semi-finalists Belgium capitalised on a series of Scotland mistakes with goals from Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and a Michy Batshuayi double to thrash the hosts 4-0 in a friendly at Hampden on Friday. Roberto Martinez's men showed their class to warm-up for their UEFA Nations League opener against Iceland on Tuesday. However, the visitors were handed a series of gifts by a Scotland side that slumped to a fourth defeat in five games since manager Alex McLeish was appointed for a second spell in charge. "We were very clinical in front of goal," said Martinez. "The players were well focused overall and for us it was a good exercise for Tuesday." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day mana..
                 

It's not me who's talking, says Paul Pogba regarding his Manchester United stint

13 days ago  
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Paul Pogba admitted there will always be talk about his future at Manchester United, but said it is not him doing the talking. Speaking to reporters after France's 0-0 Nations League draw with Germany in Munich on Thursday night, Pogba said it was always good to meet up with his World Cup-winning teammates again. Tiring situationAsked if he was fed up with all the speculation in England about his relationship with United manager Jose Mourinho, midfielder, 25, said: "It's not me who's talking. I'm trying to work on myself physically. I got back late [from the World Cup], so I'm trying to perform as well as possible. I'm just trying to do my job and for the rest there'll always be talk." These comments, however, came after an earlier interview he gave to Sky Germany that did add to the uncertainty surrounding his happiness at Old Trafford. "My future is currently in Manchester," he said. "I still have a contract. I'm playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the ne..
                 

England must improve, says coach Gareth Southgate

13 days ago  
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England manager Gareth Southgate knows his young squad have come a long way since paper aeroplanes were thrown onto the Wembley pitch – but warned the World Cup semi-finalists must continue to improve. Southgate's side face Spain in their opening UEFA Nations League clash tonight. "Over the summer [at the World Cup] you are looking for results, now it is about developing the team and improvement, looking at how we play, the tactical detail and testing ourselves against some really top teams," the England manager said. "It is great we have got a full house [at Wembley] and we can step out in front of our fans, and feel the appreciation – but now it is about the next challenge. The summer is finished, we've got to move forward. Sport doesn't stand still and you have to improve." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, ag..