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Result: Tunisia end Madagascar run to reach Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals

All three goals came in the second half. Wahbi Khazri inspired Tunisia as they powered their way into the semi-finals at the Africa Cup of Nations by ending Madagascar‘s unlikely dreams of glory. Goals from Ferjani Sassi, skipper Youssef Msakni and substitute Naim Sliti secured a 3-0 quarter-final win in Cairo to set up a showdown with Senegal on Sunday, but it was Khazri who led the way with a fine individual display. Tunisia enjoyed the better of a keenly-contested first half, but were unable to make the pressure count. St-Etienne’s Khazri came closest to breaking the deadlock with a curling 32nd-minute free-kick which Melvin Adrien clawed away, and the Malagasy keeper had to get down well to turn away Ghaylen Chaaleli’s well-struck effort 10 minutes later. Khazri thoug...

Result: Algeria beat Ivory Coast on penalties to reach AFCON semi-finals

Les Fennecs will face Nigeria in Sunday’s semi-final. Wilfried Bony missed from the spot as Algeria edged past the Ivory Coast in a dramatic penalty shoot-out to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals. Sofiane Feghouli had fired Les Fennecs into a 20th-minute lead and then saw team-mate Baghdad Bounedjah squander a second-half penalty before Jonathan Kodjia levelled in a tight encounter in Suez. But substitute Bony and skipper Serey Die both failed from the spot to send Algeria through 4-3 on penalties to set up a last-four clash with Nigeria in Cairo on Sunday. Kodjia failed to make the most of two early chances and Algeria took full advantage when Amir Bensebaini found space on the left with 20 minutes gone and crossed for Feghouli to sweep a shot past keeper Sylvain Gbohouo. ...

Niko Kovac: ‘Bayern Munich could still reach Ousmane Dembele agreement’

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac believes that securing Ousmane Dembele’s signature could hinge on Neymar returning to Barcelona. Bayern Munich will reignite their pursuit of Barcelona‘s Ousmane Dembele if the Spanish giants succeed with a mooted attempt to sign Brazil striker Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, manager Niko Kovac has revealed. Barca were reported last week to have turned down a £62m bid from Bayern for the 22-year-old French flyer, who could solve Kovac’s quandary following the retirements of longstanding wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Speaking at the unveiling of new signing Jann-Fiete Arp, Kovac called Dembele “a great player” and added that he has not given up on signing Manchester City hotshot Leroy Sane. The Bayern boss said: “...

Report: Tottenham Hotspur reach agreement for Dani Olmo

A report claims that Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Dani Olmo, previously linked with Manchester United and Manchester City, could be on his way to Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly set to beat Manchester United and Manchester City to the signing of Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Dani Olmo. The 21-year-old impressed for Spain at the Under-21 European Championships this summer and has emerged as a £35m target for the Manchester giants. Spanish outlet Muchodeporte claims that Tottenham have jumped straight in with an offer of their own, meanwhile, and Zagreb are believed to have accepted their bid. Spurs have already signed two players this week by bringing in Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke from Lyon and Leeds United respectively. The same report suggests that the Lilywhites are also ...

Result: Netherlands beat Sweden in extra time to reach World Cup final

Holland booked their place in Sunday’s World Cup final after a 1-0 extra-time win over Sweden. A goal from Manchester United’s Jackie Groenen eventually gave the European champions the breakthrough in the ninth minute of added time, breaking Swedish hearts and sealing a place in the World Cup final for the first time. They will play the United States on Sunday. Both teams struck the woodwork in normal time after fingertip saves –  but neither were able to find the net. Groenen eventually found the first goal in the 99th minute, firing into the bottom corner to give her side the lead after the game went beyond regulation. #LaGrandeFinale is confirmed! ➡️ @USWNT vs @oranjevrouwen➡️ Sunday – 17:00➡️ #USANED 🇺🇸🇳🇱 YES! pic.twitter.com/s3KGlG7QdW — FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFA...

European champions Holland reach World Cup final four

Holland reached the Women’s World Cup semi-finals for the first time after second-half headers from Vivianne Miedema and Stefanie Van Der Gragt earned a 2-0 win over Italy. Prolific Arsenal striker Miedema glanced home Sherida Spitse’s free-kick to break the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining in the sweltering heat of Valenciennes. Defender Van Der Gragt secured a deserved Dutch success 10 minutes later, nodding home another Spitse set-piece. Italy were second best at Stade du Hainaut and twice saved by the woodwork while the game remained goalless. In the build-up to the match, Holland’s request to push back the afternoon kick-off because of the heatwave in France was turned down by tournament organisers. The searing temperatures resulted in scheduled drink breaks and contributed to a dra...

Result: Below-par Argentina overcome Venezuela to reach Copa America semi-finals

Argentina see off Venezuela 2-0 at the Maracana through goals from Lautaro Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso to book a place in the semi-finals of the Copa America. Argentina are into the semi-finals of the Copa America for the fifth time in six attempts thanks to a 2-0 win over Venezuela at the Maracana. La Albiceleste scraped through the group stages with just one win from their three matches and they were again below-par in Rio on Friday night. Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring 10 minutes in with an improvised flick and substitute Giovani Lo Celso killed off Venezuela with a second goal 16 minutes from time to set up a last-four clash with hosts Brazil in Belo Horizonte next week. © Reuters As he did against Qatar in Argentina’s last group outing, Lautaro Martinez scored an early go...

Daniel Arzani confident Celtic will reach Champions League group stages

Daniel Arzani has backed Celtic to advance to the Champions League group stages and join the cream of Europe. The Hoops will again have to do it the hard way after being handed a tough draw against Bosnian side Sarajevo in their opening qualifying tie. Neil Lennon‘s side will take on a side managed by former Hearts striker Husref Musemic as they seek to reach the group stages for a third time in four years. On-loan Manchester City winger Arzani believes it is harsh that the Scottish champions still have to take such an arduous route to the group stages given their recent achievements. 🌍 #CelticFC have been drawn against FK Sarajevo in the @ChampionsLeague First Qualifying Round. 🏆🍀 Full fixture confirmation to follow. #UCL pic.twitter.com/AGagUNb6Q9 — Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC)...

Result: England defeat Argentina to reach last 16 of World Cup

England secured a place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup as Jodie Taylor‘s second-half finish earned them a 1-0 win against Argentina in Le Havre. Euro 2017 top-scorer Taylor turned the ball in at the back post just after the hour mark as she met a Beth Mead delivery at the end of a good move. It had been a frustrating game up to that point for the Lionesses, with Nikita Parris seeing a 29th-minute penalty saved by Vanina Correa. WE’RE THROUGH. The #Lionesses progress through the @FIFAWWC group stages! pic.twitter.com/ypVi8z3iYS — Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 14, 2019 The goalkeeper thwarted Phil Neville’s side with further impressive stops to keep out strikes from Mead and Parris before Taylor’s goal broke Argentina’s dogged resistance. Having sea...

Phil Neville reflects on “emotional day” after England reach last 16

England boss Phil Neville expressed his pride in his players at the end of an “emotional day” after the Lionesses sealed a place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win over Argentina in Le Havre. Jodie Taylor scored in the 61st minute as England, who had earlier seen Nikita Parris’ penalty saved by Argentina goalkeeper Vanina Correa, made it six points from two matches in Group D. At the end of the game at the Stade Oceane, Neville comforted an emotional-looking Fran Kirby. When asked about that afterwards, Neville spoke about how Friday would have been the birthday of the forward’s mother, who died when Kirby was 14, and also made reference to Carly Telford, the goalkeeper who made her World Cup debut in the match. Telford lost her mother to c...

Neville proud after England reach Women’s World Cup last 16 on ’emotional day’

England boss Phil Neville expressed his pride in his players at the end of an “emotional day” after the Lionesses sealed a place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 win over Argentina in Le Havre. Jodie Taylor scored in the 61st minute as England, who had earlier seen Nikita Parris’ penalty saved by Argentina goalkeeper Vanina Correa, made it six points from two matches in Group D. At the end of the game at the Stade Oceane, Neville comforted an emotional-looking Fran Kirby. When asked about that afterwards, Neville spoke about how Friday would have been the birthday of the forward’s mother, who died when Kirby was 14, and also made reference to Carly Telford, the goalkeeper who made her World Cup debut in the match. Telford lost her mother to cancer last year. Thank you for...

England reach Women’s World Cup knockout stages with win over Argentina

Jodie Taylor scored the game’s only goal. England secured a place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup as Jodie Taylor’s second-half finish earned them a 1-0 win against Argentina in Le Havre. Euro 2017 top-scorer Taylor turned the ball in at the back post just after the hour mark as she met a Beth Mead delivery at the end of a good move. It had been a frustrating game up to that point for the Lionesses, with Nikita Parris seeing a 29th-minute penalty saved by Vanina Correa. WE’RE THROUGH. The #Lionesses progress through the @FIFAWWC group stages! pic.twitter.com/ypVi8z3iYS — Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 14, 2019 The goalkeeper thwarted Phil Neville’s side with further impressive stops to keep out strikes from Mead and Parris before Taylor’s goal broke Argentina’s dogged resi...

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