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Pogba not bitter about media treatment, says teammate

June 21,2018 by squawka.com

France defender Raphael Varane says teammate Paul Pogba is not bitter about any perceived negativity towards him in the media. The 25-year-old midfielder, who is currently representing Les Blues at his second World Cup finals, recently stated that he is the most criticised footballer in the world. Varane, though, suggests Pogba is not letting anything written or said about him impact on th...

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Marcus Rashford hails England team spirit at World Cup

June 21,2018 by Skysports.com

Marcus Rashford says England have taken huge strides since their loss to Iceland in 2016 Marcus Rashford says the England squad are relishing the opportunity to show people how far they have come since Euro 2016. Harry Kanes late heroics in Volgograd saw England start the World Cup with a victory for the first time since 2006. The spirit, patience and camaraderie displayed in the 2-1 defeat ...

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Arsenal complete signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen

June 21,2018 by squawka.com

Arsenal have completed their second summer signing with the recruitment of Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Leno, 26, has moved to north London for a fee in the region of £20m and becomes the second signing of the Unai Emery era after Stephan Lichtsteiner was brought in on a free transfer. The German international represented Bayer Leverkusen on more than 230 occasions during a ...

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Tabarez hails ‘crucial’ Suarez after Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia to advance

June 21,2018 by PA

Oscar Tabarez hailed the importance of match-winner Luis Suarez after the striker fired Uruguay into the knockout stages of the World Cup.Suarez celebrated his 100th international cap with the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena.Uruguay struggled to assert their authority on the game but the slender victory means they join hosts Russia in the last 16, while eliminati...

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Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia: Luis Suarez winner seals World Cup last-16 spot

June 21,2018 by Skysports.com

Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his teams first goal Uruguay booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup after a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday afternoon. The victory, which also confirms Russias place in the knockout stage and eliminates both Saudi Arabia and Egypt, was secured through a close-range goal from Luis Suarez (23) on his 100th appearance for ...

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Experts criticise Morocco for playing ‘warrior’ Nordin Amrabat after concussion

June 21,2018 by PA

Concussion experts have heavily criticised Morocco’s decision to let Nordin Amrabat play against Portugal on Wednesday, only five days after he sustained a concussion in their match against Iran.The North African side lost 1-0, despite outplaying the European champions, and now have no chance of progressing to the knockout stage.The 31-year-old Amrabat, who spent last season with Spanish s...

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Fernando Hierro urges Spain to take nothing for granted after narrow Iran win

June 21,2018 by PA

Spain coach Fernando Hierro has warned his players to take nothing for granted despite a 1-0 win over Iran which puts them on the brink of qualifying for the World Cup knockout stages.Diego Costa’s fortuitous 54th-minute strike proved enough to see off the Iranians and means Spain will guarantee a top-two finish in Group B if they take a point off already-eliminated Morocco.But Hierro insi...

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Iran 0 Spain 1: Costa goal breaks stubborn resistance

June 21,2018 by Goal.com

Spain have moved level on points with Portugal at the summit of Group B after edging past a spirited Iran side at the Kazan Arena. A fortuitous Diego Costa goal helped Spain overcome a dogged Iran to secure a 1-0 win in their World Cup Group B clash in Kazan. Carlos Queirozs side produced a defensive masterclass to reduce Spain to nothing more than half-chances during a hugely frustrating o...

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Neymar returns to Brazil training ahead of Costa Rica match

June 21,2018 by Skysports.com

Neymar will be fit to face Costa Rica in Brazils second Group E match Neymar has returned to training two days before Brazils World Cup group game against Costa Rica. The Brazilian star joined the rest of the squad in a training session in Sochi on Wednesday, just a day after he limped out of practice because of a pain in his right ankle. The session was closed to the media but the Brazilia...

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Bale needs Real Madrid assurances, says agent

June 21,2018 by fourfourtwo.com

His future has been in doubt since the Champions League final, but Gareth Bales agent has shed light on what the Welshman desires most. Gareth Bales agent says Real Madrid must assure the Wales star he will feature more regularly next season if they are to keep him. Bale threw his future at the club into doubt after last months Champions League final win over Liverpool, expressing his unh...

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Ramos: In Argentina they know Maradona is lightyears behind the best-ever Argentine, Messi

June 21,2018 by Marca.com

Lionel Messi is hardly the most popular figure within the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, however Sergio Ramos has sensationally hit back at Diego Maradona by suggesting people in Argentina know Lionel Messi is the best player in the nations history. Messi stuttered in the Albicelestes 1-1 draw with Iceland in their opening World Cup match and he missed a penalty, leading to criticism back in Ar...

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Sampdoria chief confirms Torreiras €30m Arsenal transfer

June 20,2018 by Goal.com

The Serie A club have confirmed that their 22-year-old midfielder will leave for the Premier League once the World Cup has finishedSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has confirmed that Lucas Torreira has left the club to join Arsenal for €30 million (£26m/$35m). The midfielder is currently in Russia as part of the Uruguay squad for the World Cup, and is expected to complete his tr...

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Manchester United expected to confirm Fred deal this week

June 20,2018 by Skysports.com

Brazil midfielder Fred is expected to be confirmed as a Manchester United player later this week, Sky Sports News understands. The club have been waiting on a work permit for the Shakhtar Donetsk star but that is expected to go through imminently. Earlier this month United announced they had reached an agreement with Shakhtar and that a further announcement will be made in due course. Fre...

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Portugal 1 Morocco 0: Record-breaker Ronaldo sends Renards men out

June 20,2018 by Goal.com

Cristiano Ronaldo scored after four minutes to become the leading European international goal-scorer of all time as Portugal beat Morocco.Cristiano Ronaldo took just four minutes to score the goal that made him the top-scoring European in international football as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in Moscow to dump Herve Renards men out of the World Cup. One the tournaments star performers so far p...

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Portugal star Ronaldo becomes second leading international scorer with Morocco goal

June 20,2018 by Goal.com

The Real Madrid man is now only behind Iran legend Ali Daei in the rankings after finding the back of the net once again Cristiano Ronaldo has become the second leading international goalscorer of all time after finding the back of the net against Morocco. The Portugal superstar, 33, netted inside the opening five minutes of his sides World Cup clash at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday. ...

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Iniesta: Lopetegui sacking unsettled Spain players

June 20,2018 by Tribalfootball.com

Vissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta admits Julen Lopeteguis sacking unsettled Spains players. Fernando Hierro took over the reins of the team ahead of the first match in Russia after Lopetegui was sacked three days before the start of the tournament after deciding to join Real Madrid. It was a moment that we want to put behind us, it was not comfortable for anyone and we are concentrate...

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Hierros main doubt against Iran: Nacho or Carvajal?

June 20,2018 by Marca.com

Spain have completed their last training session before they face Group B leaders Iran and Fernando Hierros main concern heading into this match will be whether to play Nacho or Dani Carvajal at right back. Nacho played well against Portugal and scored a stunning goal, but the coach himself confirmed in a press conference that Carvajal would be available for their upcoming match against the...

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Roberto Firmino is Like a Defender, Says Sadio Mane

June 20,2018 by squawka.com

Sadio Mane has lauded his Liverpool teammate Roberto Firminos teamwork and compared his work-rate to that of a defender. The Brazilian striker scored 27 goals in 54 games last season, as well as attributing 17 assists, but it is his defensive qualities that leave Mane the most impressed. Speaking on Liverpools official 2017-18 end-of-season DVD, the Senegalese winger says: Hes a hard wor...

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc hints at Conte frustration over positional switch

June 20,2018 by Tribalfootball.com

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has taken a veiled dig at manager Antonio Conte. Cesc has hinted he was played out of position last season. While doing punditry for the BBC, he compared his role to that Kevin de Bruyne has been asked to play for Belgium. Especially for Belgium now, [De Bruyne] plays a little bit deeper, Cesc said. I am not a big fan of this because he is so good and he...

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