‘This is the reality’: Brazilian women’s football team sleep in hotel lobby


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  • ‘This is the respect people have,’ says Santos coach
  • Team were travelling to play Iranduba two days later

The coach of Santos women’s team has criticised the Brazilian Football Confederation after her players were forced to spend part of the night in a hotel lobby before a crucial first division game.

“This is the respect that people have for women’s football in Brazil,” said Emily Lima, as she recorded on video the players curled up on hotel sofas. “Goodnight to everyone who’s going to sleep quietly in their own beds before working the next day.“

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Clarence Seedorf sacked as Cameroon coach after Africa Cup of Nations exit


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• Defending champions knocked out in the last 16
• Seedorf’s assistant Patrick Kluivert also leavesCameroon have sacked Clarence Seedorf after their disappointing performance at the Africa Cup of Nations, with his departure coming after the country’s sports minister had demanded his exit.

Related: Riyad Mahrez strike sinks Nigeria and puts Algeria in Afcon final

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Dylan Bronn own goal sends Senegal through to Africa Cup of Nations final


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A bizarre own goal in extra time handed Senegal a 1-0 victory over Tunisia in the drama-filled first of Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals, securing them a place against either Algeria or Nigeria in Friday’s decider.

A terrible mistake by goalkeeper Moez Hassen in the 100th minute saw the ball bounce off the head of defender Dylan Bronn and into the net for the only goal of a game in which both teams had second-half penalties saved.

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Barcelona sign England Under-16 striker Louie Barry from West Brom


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• Barry will be part of Barcelona’s Under-19 squad
• West Brom receive £235,000 in compensationBarcelona have beaten Paris St-Germain to the signing from West Bromwich Albion of one of England’s brightest talents in the 16-year-old striker Louie Barry.

Barry reportedly had a medical with PSG before Barcelona stepped in at the last minute and convinced him to join the ranks at La Masia, the club’s famed academy.

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Nigeria into Africa Cup of Nations semis after late winner against South Africa


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• William Troost-Ekong’s 89th-minute goal seals 2-1 win
• Idrissa Gueye strike earns Senegal 1-0 win over BeninNigeria have reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals but left it late to overcome a gallant South Africa as the tournament served up more drama on Wednesday.

Defender William Troost-Ekong turned the ball in from a corner in the 89th minute to snatch a 2-1 win, just as Nigeria seemed to be in danger of throwing away a game they had dominated.

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‘They’re icons’: US women’s champion team take victory parade in New York


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Africa Cup of Nations: Ivory Coast punish Mali, Tunisia edge past Ghana


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• Wilfried Zaha clinches quarter-final spot against run of play
• Tunisia to face Madagascar after shootout winWilfried Zaha secured a 1-0 win over Mali for Ivory Coast with a late goal in their Africa Cup of Nations last-16 clash in Suez while Tunisia also advanced with a penalty shootout victory against Ghana – and are in the quarter-finals despite having drawn all four of their matches so far.

In the day’s first game Zaha – who had barely featured until his goal – took advantage after the Mali defence got into a terrible mess from a free-kick deep in the opponents’ half in the 76th minute to earn his side a barely deserved win and a quarter-final tie against Algeria.

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Lionel Messi gets controversial red card but Argentina beat Chile


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Lionel Messi was sent off before half-time as Argentina beat Chile 2-1 to win a scrappy and bad-tempered Copa América third-place play-off in São Paulo.

The match was 34 minutes old when Chile’s captain, Gary Medel, shepherded out a ball near his own goal. Messi challenged him from behind and Medel reacted angrily, pushing the Argentinian and raising his hands.

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Africa Cup of Nations: Nigeria roar back to dump out holders Cameroon


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• Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi hits winner in thriller
• Nigeria score twice in three minutes to stun CameroonNigeria ousted the holders and their bitter rivals Cameroon from the Africa Cup of Nations, scoring twice in three minutes to come from behind and win a thrilling last-16 match 3-2 on Saturday.

Odion Ighalo gave Nigeria a 19th-minute lead but Cameroon hit back with two goals in quick succession before half-time from Stéphane Bahoken and Clinton Njié.

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Atlético Madrid accuse Barcelona and Griezmann of agreeing deal in March


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  • Atlético hit out at ‘disrespect’ shown by club and player
  • French forward ordered to report for pre-season training

Atlético Madrid have accused Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona of showing them a lack of respect by agreeing a move in March. The La Liga side have also ordered the French forward to report for pre-season training.

In a strongly-worded statement on their official website, Atlético claimed that Griezmann and Barcelona began discussing a move to the Camp Nou as early as February. The club also claim that the two parties agreed a deal in March.

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Fifa’s Gianni Infantino wants 32-team Women’s World Cup finals for 2023


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• President calls for increase from 24 in current tournament
• Infantino also proposes doubling prize money to £48mThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has said he wants to expand the Women’s World Cup finals to 32 teams from 24 for the next edition in 2023 and double the prize money to $60m (£48m).

Before Sunday’s final between the USA and the Netherlands, Infantino said he would take his proposals to the Fifa council and member associations for approval.

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Arjen Robben retires at 35 after conceding injuries have taken toll


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• ‘I’m no longer 16 with no idea what injuries can do to you’
• Dutchman won 12 titles, including eight at Bayern Munich

Arjen Robben has retired from football aged 35 following a trophy-laden career at club level and having earned 96 caps for his country, which included playing in a World Cup final.

Related: Transfer window 2019 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues

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USA beat Jamaica to go into Gold Cup final after lightning delays play


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  • Jamaica 1-3 USA
  • Nicholson 69; McKennie 9, Pulisic 52, 87

The United States will face Mexico in the Gold Cup final after two goals from Christian Pulisic helped the hosts to a 3-1 win over Jamaica on Wednesday.

The home side got the perfect start after eight minutes when Weston McKennie stormed into the box to pick up a cut back from Reggie Cannon and sidefooted home from six meters.

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Peru set up Brazil clash in Copa América final after resounding win over Chile


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  • Chile outclassed by quick and eager Peru side
  • Peru lost 5-0 to Brazil earlier in the tournament

Peru advanced to the final of the Copa América and a date with hosts Brazil after beating double defending champions Chile 3-0.

Chile were outclassed by a quick and eager Peru side, who looked a different outfit from the one that scored just three goals in four games on their way to the semi-finals and lost 5-0 to Brazil earlier in the tournament.

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Atlético Madrid sign teenager João Felix from Benfica for €126m fee


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• Nineteen-year-old signs on seven-year contract
• Arrival expected to hasten exit of Antoine Griezmann

Atlético Madrid have signed 19-year-old striker João Felix from Benfica for €126m (£112.9m), making him the fourth most expensive player of all time.

Both clubs announced the deal, with the Spanish La Liga team saying they were taking him on a seven-year contract and Portugal’s Benfica confirming the amount of the transaction.

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Brazil 2-0 Argentina | Copa América semi-final match report


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Brazil advanced to the Copa América final with a 2-0 win over their old rivals Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday thanks to a goal in each half from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.

Jesus gave Brazil the lead in the 19th minute when Firmino sent in a low cross for the unmarked striker to side-foot home from close range. The two combined again on the counter-attack after 71 minutes to make it 2-0 after good work from Jesus left Firmino with the simplest of tap-ins.

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Africa Cup of Nations roundup: Madagascar shock Nigeria to top Group B


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• Madagascar 2-0 Nigeria; Burundi 0-2 Guinea
• Tournament debutants finish first in Group B in EgyptMadagascar pulled off one of the great shocks of the Africa Cup of Nations finals when they upset Nigeria 2-0 on Sunday to finish top of Group B and advance to the knockout stages.

A horrific defensive mistake and a wicked deflection from a free-kick allowed the Indian Ocean islanders, making their tournament debut, to finish unbeaten ahead of both Nigeria and Guinea in the standings.

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Switzerland forward Florijana Ismaili missing after swimming accident


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• BSC Young Boys women’s team captain declared missing
• Footballer had been swimming on Lake Como

The Switzerland forward Florijana Ismaili has been declared missing after a swimming accident on Lake Como in Italy, her club said on Sunday.

Ismaili, 24, has played for the BSC Young Boys women’s team since 2011 and is the club’s captain.

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Copa América: Luis Suárez misses shootout penalty as Uruguay exit


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  • Uruguay 0-0 Peru (Peru win 5-4 on penalties)
  • Suárez also had goal chalked off by VAR

Luis Suárez missed in the shootout as fifteen-times Copa Copa América champions Uruguay suffered a galling quarter-final exit on Saturday to Peru, losing 5-4 on penalties after they had three goals ruled out in a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes.

Suárez spurned the first penalty in the shootout as his shot bounced off the chest of Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, completing a frustrating evening for Uruguay’s all-time top scorer, who also had an effort ruled out for offside.

Every other player converted their spot kicks and Edison Flores sealed unfancied Peru’s place in the last four by blasting past Fernando Muslera.

Peru will face neighbours Chile in the last four, with tournament hosts Brazil meeting arch rivals Argentina in the other semi-final clash.

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Africa Cup of Nations: Cameroon and Ghana play out dour Group F stalemate


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  • Mauritania 0-0 Angola
  • Cameroon 0-0 Ghana

Cameroon and Ghana, two of the most successful teams in Africa Cup of Nations history with nine titles between them, cancelled each other out in a forgettable 0-0 draw in their Group F match .

Ghana nearly snatched the points in the 88th minute when Kwabena Owusu intercepted a dreadful Jean Armel Kana Biyik pass, charged forward and fired a ferocious shot against the bar.

But that would have been an unfittingly generous end to a match which featured too many misplaced passes, poor first touches and wayward finishing on another searing evening at the Ismailia stadium – while there were some unusual decisions from the referee.

Holders Cameroon top the group with four points from two games while Ghana have two points after drawing both their matches.

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