USA v Chile: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!


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32 min: Yep, another look at the second US goal and it was NOT a corner. Chile are right to be angry at conceding from the (non) corner. They do have a corner of their own now though – their first of the game. Naeher comes out to claim the cross cleanly.

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29 min: Ertz thrusts out an arm and catches – accidentally – her marker in the face. Chile win a free-kick around the halfway line but it comes to nothing. I still haven’t seen a replay of the corner that led to the second goal so I’m not sure if Chile are right to claim it should have been a goal kick.

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‘You can feel this surge’: how France has caught Women’s World Cup fever


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Whether at the stadiums or in front of the television, enthusiasm for the host team is exceeding expectations

France has seen a huge surge in enthusiasm for women’s football, with TV viewing figures for the World Cup double what was predicted, national-team games packing stadiums, France shirts selling fast and players swiftly becoming household names.

As France prepare to face Nigeria on Monday in Rennes, sponsors and TV commentators have revelled in the increased interest. More than 10 million French TV viewers have tuned in for each of France’s matches. The top TV channel TF1, the main broadcaster of the tournament, had expected up to five million viewers for the first match. It got around double.

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Linda Sembrant strikes early to steer Sweden past spirited Thailand


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Sweden produced a breathtaking display of attacking football to thrash Thailand 5-1 in Nice and book their place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.

Thailand, who had fallen to a record 13-0 loss against USA in their opener, conceded twice in the opening 20 minutes as they struggled to win aerial battles against a much taller Swedish team.

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Maurizio Sarri: a look back at the Italian’s highs and lows at Chelsea – video


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Maurizio Sarri has joined Juventus on a three-year contract after securing his release from Chelsea. The 60-year-old had a turbulent tenure as manager, winning the Europa League in a comfortable 4-1 victory over Arsenal and suffering the Blues’ worst ever Premier League defeat, at the hands of Manchester City. Chelsea are eyeing up club legend Frank Lampard as his replacement

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Sweden v Thailand: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!


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The last meaningful kick is from Anvegård, who produces a solid save from Boonsing, who has surely repaid her coach’s faith in her.

So what shall we talk about at halftime?

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44 min: Hurtig drops after a rough challenge from Dangda. Our referee plays the advantage. Sweden is not inclined to take it. Dangda receives a yellow and will miss the next and surely final game of this Cup for Thailand.

I believe we had a new Laws-mandated one-way drop ball, but the TV cameras declined to show us.

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Tough World Cup start for England has set them up nicely for latter stages | Eni Aluko


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Phil Neville has been making all the right decisions but it is important he brings Millie Bright back to face Japan

Thanks to a brilliant performance from Vanina Correa in the Argentina goal England’s task on Friday turned out to be more difficult than they might have expected when the draw was made, and I think they should be very pleased that it was. It was the perfect time to have quite a difficult game, and England will be a stronger team in this World Cup for having faced it and prevailed.

There have been more impressive scorelines: USA beat Thailand 13-0, Italy beat Jamaica 5-0 and France put four past South Korea. Those results are great and definitely build confidence but the danger is that they can lull you into a false sense of security, especially in a tournament where you will inevitably face tougher opposition later on. Continue reading “Tough World Cup start for England has set them up nicely for latter stages | Eni Aluko”

Chelsea confirm Maurizio Sarri’s exit and will ask for Frank Lampard talks


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• Sarri leaving to become Juventus head coach
• Chelsea want Lampard from Derby to replace himChelsea have confirmed that Maurizio Sarri has left the club after one season as head coach and joined Juventus. The club will now approach Derby for talks with Frank Lampard in the hope of appointing him.

Related: Chelsea make Frank Lampard their No 1 target to replace Maurizio Sarri

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‘It could be a good time for a new challenge’: Pogba hints at move from Manchester United – video


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Manchester United midfielder and former world record signing Paul Pogba says the time may have come for a move away from the Premier League club. The Frenchman told reporters in Tokyo that now ‘could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else’.

The 26-year-old, who moved to Old Trafford from Juventus for a then-world record transfer fee of £89.3m in 2016, has been linked with a possible move to Real Madrid to work with Zinedine Zidane, or with a return to his former club Juventus.

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Paul Pogba: ‘It could be a good time to have a new challenge’


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• Manchester United midfielder suggests he wants transfer
• Pogba has been linked with Real Madrid and Juventus

Paul Pogba suggested on Sunday that he could be open to a move away from Manchester United, telling reporters in Tokyo that now “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else”.

The midfielder is wanted by Real Madrid, where he would work with Zinedine Zidane, and by his former club Juventus.

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How Real Madrid snatched Takefusa Kubo from under the noses of Barcelona


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The Japanese prodigy is one of a new generation of players who have been scooped up by Real MadridTakefusa Kubo joined Barcelona when he was 10, spent four years at the club and was singled out as a future star but that future now belongs to their greatest rivals after Real Madrid announced the signing of the Japan international.

Just 18, Kubo was forced to leave Barça in 2015 after the club was investigated for breaking Fifa regulations on signing young players, returning to Japan and joining FC Tokyo’s youth system. Barcelona had hoped to bring the attacking midfielder back when he came of age but instead it is Madrid who have agreed a €2m deal with Tokyo and handed Kubo a six-year contract believed to be worth €1m a season. He will initially join the club’s B team, Castilla, but the plan is he will be incorporated into Continue reading “How Real Madrid snatched Takefusa Kubo from under the noses of Barcelona”

Copa América Group B: Colombia 0-2 Argentina


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  • Copa América Group B: Colombia 0-2 Argentina
  • Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata see off rivals
  • Brawl breaks out after Lionel Messi is fouled

Roger Martinez scored an outstanding goal as Colombia beat Argentina 2-0 in an exciting finale to a Copa América Group B opener on Saturday that burst into life after a sluggish start.

Just as Colombia looked like being overwhelmed by a dangerous-looking Argentina side, substitute Martinez controlled a cross-field ball on the left wing in the 71st minute before cutting across the area and smashing it into the far top corner. His fellow substitute Duvan Zapata made sure Colombia would record their first win over Argentina since 2007 by pouncing from close range to knock in a cross from Jefferson Lerma 15 minutes later.

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One that got away for Maradona and Napoli remains wrapped in suspicion | Tim Lewis


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Late-season collapse was accompanied by strange events off the field as Napoli sought a second successive title in 1987-88When Napoli beat Juventus 1-0 in November 1985, thanks to a Diego Maradona free-kick, five people fainted in the stadium and two had heart attacks. On the television news that night, a stern-faced presenter announced: “So quite literally by scoring this goal, Maradona made a big mess.” A year and a half later, Napoli were champions of Italy, their first scudetto in a long, underwhelming history. The party went on for two months. Hundreds of newborn boys were named Diego, the girls Diega.

These are details from the riveting, immersive new documentary Diego Maradona, made by Asif Kapadia, whose previous films have traced the extraordinary lives and premature demises of Ayrton Senna and Amy Winehouse. Much of Diego Maradona is preoccupied with the crazy tale of how the best Continue reading “One that got away for Maradona and Napoli remains wrapped in suspicion | Tim Lewis”

Canada book last 16 place as Nichelle Prince caps win over New Zealand


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Canada booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over New Zealand at the Stade des Alpes. Captain Christine Sinclair had hit the crossbar during the first half before Jessie Fleming broke the deadlock soon after the restart in Grenoble.

Nichelle Prince capped an impressive individual display when she knocked in a second late on from close range after Sinclair’s header came back off the post.

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England’s Karen Bardsley says mixed teams at academies is the way forward


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England’s No 1 believes the goals should remain the same size and wants more respect for all keepers

If Karen Bardsley had collected a pound every time a man told her female goalkeepers are rubbish she would be very rich indeed. “Whether it’s people feeling threatened by women’s football, I don’t know,” she says in her distinctive Californian accent. “I don’t know why some people can’t praise when they see something done well – even if it is by a woman. I’m not here trying to burn a bra or anything and say: ‘We need to take over,’ but give credit where it’s due.”

The England and Manchester City goalkeeper – who was rested from Friday’s 1-0 victory over Argentina – sometimes suspects that patronising comments about the supposed limitations of her female counterparts are really a form of shorthand for dismissing the entire women’s game. “It’s just a Continue reading “England’s Karen Bardsley says mixed teams at academies is the way forward”

Jodie Taylor earns plaudits as England seek World Cup momentum


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Manager Phil Neville admits he needs to work on improving service to his striker, who was top scorer at Euro 2017

Jodie Taylor’s first goal in an England shirt for 14 months served as a reminder of the adage about form being temporary but class permanent. It was the Seattle Reign striker’s second goal from open play since Phil Neville became England manager but it was enough to consign Argentina to a 1-0 defeat in Le Havre on Friday, guaranteeing the Lionesses a place in the knockout rounds.

Injuries have played their part but Taylor, winner of the Golden Boot at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands, has frequently seemed possibly the biggest casualty of Neville’s continuing switch from the more direct, counterattacking style used by his predecessor, Mark Sampson, to a possession-monopolising, patient passing game.

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Aidy Boothroyd backs England Under-21s’ hard work to excite


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• Coach out to enhance home reputation in Euros
• Boothroyd’s team face tricky French test on TuesdayRoaring lions and motivational lines from figures such as Raheem Sterling and Gareth Southgate decorate the walls of England’s training base but the home of Sammaurese provides none of the comfort of St George’s Park for the under-21 squad. There is no luxury here, nor a stand of any description on any side of a ground flanked by the A14 Autostrada, and final preparations for the hard shift of winning a European Championship are better for it. Minds must be focused when France are the first date.

“I love the training ground, especially the old Rocky Balboa-style gym with its punchbag,” says the head coach, Aidy Boothroyd, who worked his squad for three weeks at St George’s before their arrival in Italy on Friday. “It is the sort of place that lets Continue reading “Aidy Boothroyd backs England Under-21s’ hard work to excite”

West Ham fear missing out to Valencia in race for Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez


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• 22-year-old striker has £45m release clause in contract
• West Ham tell Manchester United Issa Diop is not for saleWest Ham face an uphill battle to convince Maxi Gómez to choose them over Valencia after lodging a £25m bid for the Celta Vigo striker.

Manuel Pellegrini is determined to continue improving his squad after signing Pablo Fornals from Villarreal on Friday and has long been an admirer of Gómez. However, West Ham fear they will miss out on the Uruguayan to Valencia, who can offer the 22-year-old Champions League football.

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Canada 2-0 New Zealand: Women’s World Cup 2019 – as it happened


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Women’s World Cup diary: the Murder Basement, trains and dodgy loos


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Covering a World Cup involves a lot of travelling, insalubrious accommodation and hotel fittings that misbehave

When the day starts off watching an Australian and American play Game of Thrones pinball in a bar in Reims something has either gone very wrong or very right with your night. It was the afters of Norway v Nigeria and failed to prepare me for the next 24 hours. I got the first train from Reims to Paris, rushed back to my Airbnb (or, as it has been dubbed on Twitter, the Murder Basement) and left again for the airport. On track to make my flight until the train stopped, the garbled message from the conductor was enough to get me off and order an extortionate Uber. I made the flight and the match by virtue of a delay. Back in the centre of Nice after England v Scotland I made for my Continue reading “Women’s World Cup diary: the Murder Basement, trains and dodgy loos”

Ahmed ‘Kouka’ Hassan: ‘Salah is a brother. He is a role model for me and all Egyptians’


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After missing out on last year’s World Cup the Egypt striker Ahmed ‘Kouka’ Hassan is looking forward to lining up alongside Mohamed Salah on home turf in the Africa Cup of Nations

Ahmed Hassan has made a career out of bouncing back from disappointment and this summer he hopes to use those negative experiences to inspire Egypt – the hosts and favourites – to Africa Cup of Nations glory.

The Braga striker, affectionately known as Kouka due to a childhood love of Coca-Cola, was in a very different position last summer when he was surprisingly cut from Egypt’s World Cup squad by then manager, Héctor Cúper, despite being part of the group throughout qualification and his close friend Mohamed Salah struggling with the shoulder injury the Liverpool man had sustained in the Champions League final.

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