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Argentina 1 Iceland 1: Finnbogason makes history as Messi fluffs his big chance

June 16,2018 by Goal.com

Lionel Messi missed a second-half penalty as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland in an eventful Group D opener.Hannes Thor Halldorsson was the hero for Iceland as the goalkeepers penalty save from Lionel Messi secured his side a sensational 1-1 draw against Argentina. With Diego Maradona watching on from the stands, Messi failed to convert from the spot in the second half ...

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Didier Deschamps: France can do a lot better

June 16,2018 by PA

Didier Deschamps admits France can improve significantly after they scraped a controversial 2-1 victory against Australia in their World Cup opener.Les Bleus benefited from the competition’s first use of video assistant referee technology when they were awarded a debatable second-half penalty, which was converted by Antoine Griezmann.Uruguayan official Andres Cunha initially played on afte...

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Messi talks up Salah signing with Barcelona chiefs after Griezmann snub

June 16,2018 by Tribalfootball.com

Lionel Messi has discussed the prospect of Barcelona moving for Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah with club chiefs. The Sun says sources in Spain claim the Argentina superstar wants his club chiefs to pursue the Premier Leagues Footballer of the Year as an attack partner for him and Luis Suarez. It is understood Messi has enough clout with the clubs top brass to discuss a list of targets for nex...

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France 2 Australia 1: Historic Griezmann goal and Pogba secure slender win

June 16,2018 by Goal.com

A late Paul Pogba goal and a VAR-assisted penalty from Antoine Griezmann helped France to a scarcely deserved 2-1 win over Australia.Antoine Griezmann scored the first penalty given by VAR in World Cup history as France edged past Australia 2-1 in their Group C opener. France were a long way from their best at the Kazan Arena, with their heralded attacking trio of Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and...

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Man City ace Bernardo Silva sorry Fabinho joining Liverpool

June 16,2018 by Tribalfootball.com

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva is sorry to see Fabinho move to Liverpool. The pair played together at AS Monaco. The normal choice is (Kylian) Mbappe, Silva told LEquipe. In coming years, he can become one of the best in the world. But I cant decide between him and Fabinho. Fabinho still has 10 years ahead of him and I really enjoyed playing with him. Hes very intelligen...

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PSG ace Mbappe: Arsenal move was close. I met Wenger

June 16,2018 by Tribalfootball.com

PSG ace Kylian Mbappe admits he was close to joining Arsenal last summer. Mbappe eventually left AS Monaco in August for PSG. He told Canal+ show Au Tableau: I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach. He has a great reputation here in France, hes well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me. We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of al...

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Loftus-Cheek ready for England start

June 16,2018 by Skysports.com

Ruben Loftus-Cheek says he will be ready to play in Englands first World Cup match against Tunisia if manager Gareth Southgate calls upon him. The Three Lions begin their campaign on Monday with a tricky test in Group G against Tunisia in Volgograd. Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek - who has just four caps for his country - feels the squad are in good shape. Training has always ...

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Egypt ready to bring back Mohamed Salah after World Cup setback against Uruguay

June 16,2018 by PA

Egypt manager Hector Cuper expects talisman Mohamed Salah to be fit for their second World Cup match against Russia on Tuesday.The Liverpool forward was left on the bench during the Pharaohs’ 1-0 defeat by Uruguay in Ekaterinburg on Friday as he continues to recover from the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final last month.In quotes reported on fifa.com, Cuper said: &ld...

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Carlos Queiroz hails Iran’s opening World Cup win over Morocco as ‘beautiful’

June 16,2018 by PA

Carlos Queiroz hailed a “beautiful” World Cup win for Iran as a stoppage-time own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz gave them a Group B victory over Morocco.Iran had not tasted a win at a World Cup since France 98 but secured a 1-0 success in St Petersburg courtesy of Bouhaddouz’s mistake.Morocco started the game on the front-foot but were lucky to go in level at the break as Rubin Kaz...

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Cristiano Ronaldo confident of Portugal progress after hat-trick against Spain

June 16,2018 by PA

Cristiano Ronaldo is confident Portugal will progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup after his hat-trick stunned Spain in an astonishing 3-3 draw in Sochi.Ronaldo – at 33 years and 130 days – became the oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick, twice putting Portugal ahead before his 88th-minute free-kick secured a precious point.It was the 51st treble of Ronaldo’s...

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Portugal 3 Spain 3: Brilliant Ronaldo hat-trick earns thrilling draw

June 16,2018 by Goal.com

Spain looked set to beat Iberian rivals Portugal thanks to a Nacho wondergoal, but Cristiano Ronaldos hat-trick shared the spoils. Cristiano Ronaldos stunning hat-trick earned Portugal a dramatic 3-3 draw in their Group B opener against Iberian neighbours Spain. Spain led with three minutes to go after Nacho Fernandez hit a wonderful 25-yard drive but Ronaldo was determined to steal the head...

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£78m for Alisson? Let Liverpool buy him, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez

June 16,2018 by squawka.com

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has laughed off reports that the club are going to sign AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson for £78 million. The talented Brazilian shot-stopper has attracted attention from a host of Europes biggest clubs in the last year, with real interest coming from Liverpool. However, Madrid president Perez laughed off claims his side are set to spend a vast amount o...

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Neymar offered to Barcelona

June 16,2018 by Marca.com

Florentino Perez has long sought Neymars signature, however, the Brazilian forward has been offered to Barcelona as the drama surrounding his future continues to intensify. Its turned into an annual saga, with the end result of either the former Santos star earning a new contract or a move away. The summer of 2017 saw the former Blaugrana leave the Camp Nou to move to Paris Saint-Germain f...

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Mourinho: De Gea is my boy, it hurts me to say but he knows its a bad mistake

June 16,2018 by Marca.com

David de Gea had a night to forget for Spain against Portugal as his error on the stroke of half-time gifted Portugal the lead against the run of play. Post-match, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho did his best to stick by his man but accepted that it was a poor mistake to make. Its my boy, it hurts me to say but he knows its a bad mistake, he told RT. Its a mistake he doesnt mak...

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Cristiano Ronaldo accepts two years of prison and to pay 18.8 million euros

June 15,2018 by Marca.com

An agreement has been reached with the State Bar to end the judicial process in which Cristiano Ronaldo was immersed. The Real Madrid forward acknowledged four fiscal offences before the Tax Agency, meaning a two year prison sentence and a fine of 18.8 million euros. According to information from El Mundo, with this accord, which only needs to be rubber-stamped by the new director of the T...

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Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay: Gimenez winner spares Suarezs blushes

June 15,2018 by Goal.com

Jose Gimenez spared the blushes of Uruguays all-star forwards with a 90th-minute winner to see off Egypt 1-0 in their World Cup opener. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani each passed up opportunities to clinch the points against a Pharaohs side who kept Mohamed Salah on the bench, but it was centre-back Gimenez who proved the hero. After the excitement of Group A rivals Russias goal frenzy a d...

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Chelsea open Juventus talks for Rugani - independent of manager plans

June 15,2018 by Tribalfootball.com

Chelsea are prepared to sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani - independent of their managerial situation. The Mirror says Chelsea are lining up a move for Rugani. The Blues have added £26million-rated centre-back Rugani to their list of summer targets as they push ahead with their transfer plans, despite continuing doubts over who will be in charge of their team next season. And their...

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Emery to blow Arsenal transfer budget on 3 signings in days

June 15,2018 by Tribalfootball.com

Arsenal could wrap up their entire summer signing campaign by the weekend. Unai Emery is looking to reshape the Gunners squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger earlier this summer. The Spaniard has already secured the signing of former Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer, but is now looking to strengthen the team further. Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastat...

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Real Madrid will test Man Utd resolve with world record De Gea offer

June 15,2018 by touchlinetalk.com

Real Madrid intend to test Manchester Uniteds resolve with a world record offer for David de Gea. The Manchester Evening News says Real are ready to test United by offering £100million for De Gea. The 27-year-old goalkeeper saw a move fall through to join Los Blancos in 2015, with the La Liga giants remaining a firm interest in the Spaniard ever since. De Gea has just one year left on...

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