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England will face their old foes Germany in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship after a Federico Bernardeschi goal also sent Italy Bryce Petty Womens Jerseythrough to the last four. On a night of head-scratching calculations with only the group winners and best runners-up guaranteed to progress, a mistake from the usually reliable Hertha Berlin defender Niklas Stark settled the match and ensured both Czech Republic and Slovakia are heading home having started the night in contention. Paul Simpson on top of the world and tips England Under-21s for glory Read more Whether Uefa chooses to stick with this labyrinthine format for the next edition in two years’ time remains to be seen, although England will be encouraged that they can overcome opponents who failed to live up to their previous performances in this competition against an impressive Italian team. Aidy Boothroyd’s side will now be quietly confident of adding to their success at the Under-20 World Cup when they reconvene on Tuesday night, having enjoyed two extra days to prepare. Germany came into the game having scored five goals without reply in victories over both the Czechs and Denmark. Despite some of their best young talent including Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich and Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen not being here due to the senior side’s participation in the Confederations Cup in Russia, the coach Stefan Kuntz – who scored the equaliser against England in the Euro 96 semi-final – was still able to call on the new Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mahmoud and the former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry, who will move to Bayern next season after an impressive season for Werder Bremen. In contrast, Italy fielded five full internationals in their starting lineup, with Milan’s teenage sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal. Their surprise defeat to the Czech Republic in their second match meant Luigi Di Biagio’s team were more in need of the result. Yet it was Germany who made the more positive start as Marc-Oliver Kempf’s header was ruled out in the sixth minute after a pinpoint free-kick from the captain Max Arnold. Replays suggested that the Freiburg player was not offside, with Stark instead deemed to have been interfering with play. Watford sign England U-21s’ Will Hughes from Derby on five-year deal Read more Gradually, though, Italy grew into the game as Marco Benassi and then Bernardeschi went close with a curling free-kick. A few minutes later, the Fiorentina forward was on hand to pounce after Dahoud lost possession following a poor pass from Stark to give Italy the lead with a simple finish. An angry confrontation ended with Domenico Berardi lucky Chris Conner Authentic Jersey to only be shown a yellow card for grabbing an opponent by the neck. That rules the Sassuolo striker out of the semi-final, where Italy will now meet the favourites, Spain. Germany knew that another goal would allow Slovakia to leapfrog them as best runners-up in this complicated qualification scenario, with Denmark surprisingly ahead in the group’s other match at half-time. An equaliser for the Czechs early in the second half made the calculations even more confusing but Italy seemed intent on taking care of their own fate as a surging run and shot from the edge of the box by Berardi was pushed wide by Julian Pollersbeck. A second goal for Denmark’s Cardiff striker Kenneth Zohore at least took the Czechs out of the equation, with Group A runners-up Slovakia emerging as the most likely beneficiaries of a goal from either side. In the end, both sides appeared to settle for their fates to hand England the chance to gain revenge for their 4-0 defeat in the 2009 final under Stuart Pearce
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The line between genius and insanity can be wafer thin. When the Socceroos coach, Ange Postecoglou, made six changes to his starting line-up to face the South American champions, Chile, many critics thought he was deluded. The embattled manager left two of his best attacking players – Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic – on the bench, for an encounter Australia needed to win by two goals to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup semi-finals. On a warm Moscow evening Postecoglou’s surprising team selection proved inspired. Australia played with vigour and dynamism, matching and at times even outplaying a Chilean side 44 places above them in the Fifa rankings. Following two insipid performances in recent days the Socceroos were outstanding on Sunday. Chile 1-1 Australia: Confederations Cup – as it happened Martín Noah Hanifin Jersey Rodríguez struck a second-half equaliser after James Troisi opened the scoring in Moscow as Chile secured passage to the last four Read more But a first-half goal from James Troisi was later cancelled out by Chile’s Martín Rodríguez and the 1-1 draw was not enough for Australia to progress to the knockout phase of the tournament. Despite one of their best performances in recent years the required two-goal win was elusive. After playing their earlier matches of the Confederations Cup at sparsely attended stadiums in front of disinterested spectators the atmosphere finally arrived for the Socceroos. While the recently constructed Spartak Stadium was not nearly at capacity, vocal Chilean fans, patches of Australian support and enthusiastic Muscovites provided an apt setting for the match. Not intimidated by a rousing rendition of the opposition’s national anthem, the Australians began with an aggressive attacking style. But the Chilean threat was ever present. Mat Ryan in Australia’s goal was forced to make an impressive double-save in the seventh minute and Ryan McGowan later blocked a dangerous attempt by Eduardo Vargas. As the half progressed, Chile began to exert their dominance on the match. The controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR) then threatened to intervene. Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez was through on goal when the veteran Australian defender Mark Milligan deftly extracted the ball from behind, Sánchez falling in the process. Almost a minute later the Italian referee, Gianluca Rocchi, called play to halt and, while the decision ultimately came back in Australia’s favour, the frustration among the Socceroos during the delay was palpable. Advertisement The physical Australian approach took its toll and by the 32nd minute three of Postecoglou’s players had received bookings. But there was far more to the Socceroos game plan than simply knocking the Chileans off their feet. Throughout the first half Australia were composed in defence and measured when bringing the ball forward. The Socceroos were taking the game to the world No4 ranked Chile with considerable success. Their efforts were rewarded in the 42nd minute. Australia sent numbers forward with slicing build-up play before a shot from Robbie Kruse was deflected into the path of Troisi. The mercurial playmaker – who qualified the Socceroos for this tournament with his winning goal in the 2015 Asian Cup final – calmly lobbed an onrushing Claudio Bravo. Against both Germany and Cameroon this week Australia conceded in the shadow of the half-time interval. When Arturo Vidal met a Sánchez cross with a powerful header that sailed towards the netting, it appeared the trend was to continue. But a last-ditch intervention from Trent Sainsbury prevented a certain La Roja equaliser, and the Socceroos entered Jahri Evans Womens Jersey the break with a lead. They returned from the tunnel in a similar fashion, looking the better team at times in the early minutes after the break. But Chile hit back, the substitute Rodríguez putting a shot past Ryan after the South American was played onside by the Australian back three. They could have had another three minutes later but Vargas misconnected with a header as the goalmouth stood unguarded. There were hints of a handball in the clearance of the Socceroos’ defender McGowan, but the referee Rocchi declined to review. Neither side really threatened in the final stages, the fatigue of three games in a week clearly showing in players from both sides. Try as they might, Australia was unable to find a winner, let alone the two goals they needed to keep their competition hopes alive but the normally reserved Postecoglou was outwardly disappointed afterthe draw. “I didn’t come here to sightsee,” Postecoglou said . “I came here to achieve something and we have fallen short. So I will pack my bags and be on my way [back to Australia].” The former A-League coach has been involved in tense exchanges during the past week with the travelling Australian media pack and even the hint of vindication offered by his side’s performance did not placate him. “At some point in time I will be replaced by ‘John the pragmatist’ and you can all be happy and revel in it,” he said. “But I will stick true to what I have started doing in this job. We will play a certain kind of football, take it to opposition teams and see where it takes us.” Tim Cahill collected his 100th cap, leaving him nine appearances short of Mark Schwarzer’s all-time record, and in contrast to the attitude of his manager, the veteran forward was enthusiastic about the draw. “We dominated large parts of the game,” Cahill said. “If you see how Chile played they just lumped the ball long. We tried to play every situation we could. We got the goal and we should have had a lot more. Chile is one of the best teams in the world, so it was great to have an opportunity to play against the best and stand level with them.” Postecoglou can take heart from an overwhelmingly positive showing, as he now starts preparing for vital World Cup qualifiers in late August and early September. If Australia can replicate this performance when they face Japan and Thailand, the Socceroos will be returning to Russia in 2018
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After all the meticulous planning that has gone into this World Cup, it was on the field that things went awry. England opened their campaign with defeat to India by 35 runs, put to the sword by expansive batting but put to bed by their own mistakes. India beat England by 35 runs in Women's Cricket World Cup opener – as it happened India stunned England by racking up 281 after being sent in, then hunting the hosts in the field Read more On paper this was a shock. On the pitch, especially in the first innings, it looked a mismatch. Despite England’s record since the 2013 World Cup of winning 11 and losing three after batting first, they opted to bowl in overcast yet, ultimately, benign conditions. India reached 281 for three, beating their highest score against England by 30 runs and subsequently ending a run of six consecutive ODI losses, stretching back to July 2012. Smriti Mandhana’s 90 in her first World Cup match set the tone, while Mithali Raj’s 71 finished it with style, but it was Punam Raut’s 86 that smarted the most. She was dropped three times, on 20, 21 and 79. Without question, this was England’s worst spell in the field since Mark Robinson took over as head coach at the end of 2015. That they got within 35 runs is solely down to a remarkable 81 from Fran Wilson. Usually, you can set your watch by the bowling changes, but the fact that Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt sent down 13 overs between them shows just how India’s approach shocked a usually strong-willed unit. Mandhana, player of the match, was the pick of the bunch. England worried too much about her drive and ended up feeding her cuts through point and some outstanding shots over midwicket. She raced to 40 from 25 balls, with seven boundaries including a six that cleared the leg-side fence. An elegant drive through cover brought up her half-century from 45 balls. With Raut, she put on 144 inside 27 overs for the first wicket, which set India up for the rest of the innings. Mandhana looked unbothered by her knee, which she injured badly during a stint with Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League. A torn anterior cruciate ligament during defeat by Melbourne Renegades in the middle of January put her place in this India squad in doubt. To the credit of her franchise and Cricket Australia, they helped with the initial Authentic Clark Griswold Womens Jersey part of her recovery in cooperation with the Indian board. Even Heather Knight, a frustrated bystander as Mandhana waltzed all over England, could not begrudge her return: “She is one of the best young players around at the moment.” Advertisement On the eve of this match Raj spoke of the novelty of arriving in England early enough to pack in two warm-up matches, in the first of which, against New Zealand at Derby, Mandhana returned to competitive cricket after her lay-off. It clearly paid off. Raj also hammered home the point that batting sides need to push 250 to give themselves a chance. Fittingly, she became the first to call for the decision review system in a women’s cricket match when, after consultation with the bowler, Deepti Sharma (three for 47), and the wicketkeeper, Sushma Verma, she checked to see if Nat Sciver had been caught behind down the leg side. Raj’s call was successful. Her words over the past few days are having a profound effect. England were under the cosh early in their pursuit of 282, reduced to 67 for three in the 18th over, as Shikha Pandey accounted for Tammy Beaumont, caught at slip, and Sarah Taylor, at mid on. Knight’s rebuilding job got as far as the 32nd over before she became the first of four needless run-outs. Then Wilson took over. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage Read more Her talent was evident early on, with her first two ODI caps coming in November 2010. In the six years it took to collect a third, she worked away at the England Academy. A move to Middlesex from Somerset in 2015 was followed by a full central contract at the end of the season, despite carrying drinks rather than churning runs for England. She was recalled last summer but still arrived here with just six ODIs under her belt, a highest score of 30 and an average of 10.25. Whatever you might garner from those three statistics – inexperience, inability and inconsistency – were thrown out the window as she passed 50 for the first time in an England shirt. That she thought she could pull off such a chase, striding to the crease at 67 for three, spoke of a bloodymindedness that will take her far at this level. Her fitness was evident for her first 52 runs from 57 balls, which featured only two fours but 10 twos. Then she showcased her hitting power, standing more upright and allowing a backlift that grazes her right ear to come through with precision. A couple more fours, crunched through midwicket, took her into the sixties, before she and Brunt took Pandey to the cleaners with 17 from the 40th over. That ended the second power play with a flourish, one that began with England needing 123 from 15 overs and left them with a very gettable 76 from the final 60 balls, with five wickets in hand. That will frustrate England the most. Even with the errors, the drops, the loss Christian Hackenberg Womens Jersey of early wickets and inability to effectively work India’s slower bowlers, this game was within their grasp going into the final straight. They saved their most costly errors for the end: a collapse of three for 13 in 19 balls, two of them – Brunt and Wilson – run-outs. With that, the game was gone
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Warren Gatland has accused the All Blacks of illegally targeting his scrum-half Garrett Grayson Authentic Jersey Conor Murray and warned that the British & Irish Lions will hit back hard in the second Test this weekend. Having reviewed footage of Saturday’s first-Test defeat, Gatland is calling for more scrutiny on players who launch “dangerous” lunges at the standing legs of kickers rather than seeking to charge the ball down. The Lions management concede their team were outgunned physically during their 30-15 defeat but were aggrieved by several incidences of Murray being tackled or pushed after launching box-kicks. “From my point of view, if someone pushes him afterwards, that’s fine but diving at his leg … I know other teams have used that in the past,” Gatland said, referring to the Glasgow v Munster Champions’ Cup game in January when similar complaints were made. Family of All Blacks star Rieko Ioane offer Lions fan a room for the night Read more “It’s just a safety issue for me. I’d hate to see someone dive at his leg and have him blow a knee and then wreck his rugby career. There were also a couple of times where he’s kicked and they’ve just pushed him to the ground after he’s box-kicked so I don’t know if it was a tactic. We’ll probably get some clarity from the referee later in the week. It’s just making sure he’s being looked after and protected and not harassed after he’s box-kicked. I thought that was a little bit dangerous.” However, the All Blacks’ coach Steve Hansen hit back when he told New Zealand’s Radio Sport on Monday: “It’s predictable comments from Gatland, isn’t it? Two weeks ago it was we cheated in the scrums, last week it was blocking and now he’s saying this. It’s really disappointing to hear it, because what he’s implying is that we’re going out there to intentionally injure somebody and that’s not the case. We’ve never been like that and as a New Zealander I’d expect him to know the Kiwi psyche.” The Ireland coach, Joe Schmidt, also spoke up in support of Murray this year, although there is no suggestion from the Lions that foul play affected the outcome of Saturday’s game. “We can’t complain about the referee in terms of the way he controlled the match,” said Gatland, who will also be seeking clarification about the way in which the All Blacks stopped the Lions’ driving maul. “They’ve done a good job in terms of negating that aspect of our game and we need to look at that.” Advertisement Above all, though, Gatland is demanding more physicality from his players in the second Test, stressing the All Blacks taught his side a few lessons on that front. “They were pretty brutal in that breakdown area and we need to match fire with fire if we’re going to do well on Saturday night,” Gatland said. “Sometimes at the top level it’s not about playing pretty rugby and we’ve seen the All Blacks be prepared to be pretty physical in the past. “You have to challenge the players mentally for that physical challenge and on Saturday that’s one area they got the better of us, I’ll be frank about that. We need to make sure we’re a lot more physical in the contact area in both attack and defence. If we get that right the transfer to other parts of the game will be huge.” The Lions, meanwhile, are contemplating changes to their pack for the second Test on Saturday, with Sam Warburton and Maro Itoje in line to start. “We might have to shake it up a little bit,” Gatland said. “I think someone like Maro Itoje made an impact coming off the bench and was very physical. I thought Sam Warburton was excellent as well at the breakdown when he came on. The All Blacks were very direct in the way that they played and we may have to be the same. Sometimes it’s an attitude thing – getting off the line and winning collisions. It’s just a mental thingNew Zealand will be without their full?back Ben Smith and midfield back Ryan Crotty for the second Test. Hansen said Crotty could be out for anything from two to four weeks with a hamstring injury, while Smith has concussion issues. The exciting Chiefs back Damian McKenzie has been called up as cover but Gatland does not believe the All Blacks are certain to win the best-of-three series. “Look, they were good last night, but having gone back and looked at the tape we were in the game at 13- 8. “I think the players were frustrated at the breakdown. I spoke to Sean O’Brien afterwards and he felt they were getting three seconds’ opportunity on the ball defensively while [New Zealand] were being given a lot more chance to clear it.” Kieran Read spearheads enigmatic New Zealand’s latest surprise against Lions Read more The players are also determined to finish the tour in style, whether it be the midweek or the Test team. “We don’t want to go into that final week having lost the series,” the Harlequins prop Joe Marler said. “You’ll see a reaction this week.” The Lions face the Hurricanes tomorrow in their final midweek fixture with Gatland Nathan Gerbe Authentic Jersey confirming that the six extra cover players summoned to bolster the squad will shortly be leaving again after just a week’s involvement
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Mauricio Pellegrino has expressed his excitement after being appointed Ben Ijalana Womens Jersey Southampton’s new manager and the Argentinian is confident his way of working will help the club be successful. Pellegrino has signed a three-year contract at St Mary’s having been confirmed as Claude Puel’s successor on Friday. Puel was sacked after guiding Southampton to the EFL Cup final and eighth in the Premier League. Pellegrino chose to leave Alavés in May after a campaign with similarities to Southampton’s: he led the Spanish club to the Copa del Rey final and ninth place in his only season. “I am really happy to become the new coach of Southampton Football Club. The club has a great reputation for having a strong and stable structure, competing in the Premier League and playing attractive football,” said the former Argentina centre-back, who has previously been in charge of Valencia, Independiente and Estudiantes, and coached under Rafael Benítez at Liverpool and, later, Internazionale. “I think my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together. We have to be a team on and off the pitch; I want to make the supporters proud of the players and to feel part of the game every week. I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100 per cent and supports each other. “I am excited and passionate about what the future holds for us and look forward to meeting the players and beginning our preparation for the new season.” The 45-year-old was also under consideration by Crystal Palace before they offered the job to Frank de Boer, the Dutchman who is expected to be confirmed as Sam Allardyce’s successor at Selhurst Park next week. Southampton’s vice-chairman Les Reed said: “We had an impressive list of candidates and went through a comprehensive interview process. Mauricio impressed us throughout with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, communicating this in a professional and passionate way. He has an excellent understanding of the Southampton way, and his style of play and aspiration matches the philosophy, culture and ambition of the club. Advertisement “We firmly believe Mauricio is the right person to help us take the next steps. He knows our current players and believes we have a great squad that with some fine-tuning will be able to deliver continued success. “Mauricio believes with the quality we have we can play exciting, attacking football, taking the game to our opponents by playing a high-intensity game. He will continue to develop and introduce young players whilst building on the core of experience that we have in the existing squad.” Among Pellegrino’s challenges at Southampton will be to determine the future of the defender Virgil van Dijk, who is coveted by Chelsea and was targeted by Liverpool until they withdrew their interest amid tapping-up claims earlier this month. In that regard it is perhaps noteworthy that as well as assisting Benítez at Liverpool, Pellegrino played under the Spaniard there during a brief spell in 2005. Given that link, officials at the Merseyside club may feel emboldened enough to approach Southampton about completing a move for Van Dijk. That is unlikely to happen any time soon, however, given the Premier League is awaiting observations from Southampton and Liverpool before determining whether it should open a tapping-up investigation into the latter’s conduct. Southampton have also been insistent that Van Dijk will not be sold during the current transfer window. Pellegrino, who also played for Vélez Sarsfield and Valencia, and had a brief spell at Alavés prior to taking over there in 2016, will join up with Southampton next week. His first competitive match in charge comes against Swansea City at St Mary’s on the opening day of the new Premier League season – Saturday 12 AugustAnd finally, here’s Tim Hoult’s hearty voice. “You thought David Nugent or Francis Jeffers were unlucky never to play again after scoring a goal for their country?” asks Tim. “England have had a grand total of five players manage three goals in their solitary appearance, never to play again. Seeing as the most recent of these was in 1908, it’s understandable that there was probably less backlash from the fans that they never appeared again. Scotland, meanwhile, had two players who went one better with four goals in their only appearance in the 1880s. Advertisement “Back to the question in hand though, which definitely mentioned something to do with clubs. Step forward Newcastle United in 1939. With official league matches suspended shortly after the outbreak of the second world war, and many players enlisting in the armed forces, regional leagues were formed to keep up morale at home. With many sides losing players to the war effort, guest players regularly featured to more than make up the numbers. On 28 October, Newcastle hosted York in the NE Regional League, featuring three such guests. Two of them, Don Howe (no, not that Don Howe) and England international Raymond Westwood, were registered with Bolton. Howe opened the scoring for Newcastle on this, his first appearance for the side, as the two teams went in level at half-time a goal apiece. Shortly after the interval Westwood himself scored to match his fellow club-mate, soon followed by another from one of Newcastle’s regular players. “After this, it seems to all have got a bit out of hand. Westwood scored another two to register a hat-trick on his first appearance for Newcastle. York managed a reply somewhere before a late burst from Howe saw him Amos Youth Jersey add another four goals – he’d hit five on his debut. The Magpies ran out 9-2 winners. Howe and Westwood appear to have moved on without appearing for Newcastle again. Between them they notched up more than 600 appearances for Bolton, as well as serving their country in the 53rd Field Regiment in France
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Tony DiCicco, who led USA to victory at the 1999 Women’s World Cup and the 1996 Olympic Games has died at the age of 68. “Today we mourn the loss of one of the most influential coaches in US Soccer history,” said the US Soccer president, Sunil Gulati. “Tony’s passion for the game as a coach, administrator and broadcaster was always evident and his relationships with everyone in the soccer community distinguished him as a compassionate and much-loved man. US Soccer will forever be thankful to Tony for his vast contributions to the game and we extend thoughts and condolences to his family and to the many people who were positively impacted by him during what was a remarkable life.” DiCicco was goalkeeping coach for the first US team to win a World Cup, the women’s champions of 1991. He took over as head coach in 1994 and led the team to 103 victories and just eight defeats before stepping down after the 1999 World Cup. He still holds the record for most wins by a US women’s coach. Away from his coaching career, he was a lively presence in the broadcasting booth and helped describe the US’s victory at the 2015 Women’s World CupTributes were paid by former US internationals on Twitter. “Great coach, amazing man! We were so fortunate to have him be our teacher/leader. His lessons and love will never leave us,” wrote Mia Hamm, who won the World Cup and an Olympic gold medal with DiCicco. Julie Foudy, who captained the US during DiCicco’s time in charge, said: “Tony was one of the finest to grace this planet.” DiCicco had a fine playing career before stepping up to coaching. He played once for the US national team, as well as a five-year spell in the American Soccer League with the Connecticut Wildcats and Rhode Island OceaneersFifa has been accused of further undermining the credibility of its anti-corruption reforms after it issued a statement reporting that the new chair of its ethics committee had effectively Drew Brees Womens Jersey leared the president, Gianni Infantino, of being under investigation. Gianni Infantino faced investigation by Fifa ethics committee for alleged malpractice Read more Fifa released that statement on Monday in response to the Guardian’s report that Infantino was under investigation for more than one allegation of malpractice when he organised the removal of the two then ethics committee chairmen at the Bahrain congress last month. One of the investigations followed complaints from some football officials in Africa that Infantino and the Fifa general secretary, Fatma Samoura, sought to improperly influence the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections in March. A witness who had been scheduled to meet Cornel Borbély this month, the former chairman of the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber, is understood to have been told not to fly to Zurich because the investigation had been suspended now Borbély has been removed. Fifa’s statement reported that María Claudia Rojas, the Colombian lawyer appointed to replace Borbély, “has confirmed that all files have been handed over to her and that there are no open preliminary or investigation proceedings involving the Fifa president”. The statement was immediately criticised for blurring the separation between Fifa and the ethics committee, which constitutionally should be independent of the organisation as it investigates its officials. There were also questions over how Rojas had been able to authorise such a categorical statement, having been appointed only one month earlier with, according to Borbély, hundreds of investigations to deal with. No transition or handover process has yet taken place for Rojas and the only contact she has had with Borbély since her appointment has been a letter from her suggesting they have a meeting. Fifa declined to say how Rojas had been informed about the nature of the continued investigations, or whether she had been to Fifa’s Zurich offices in person to visit the secretariat of the ethics committee and see the files. A spokesperson said: “She has been provided access to the files and the official records of the ethics committee. Therefore she is aware of what investigations are ongoing.” Advertisement However, it is understood that not all ethics committee files are held at the secretariat within Fifa’s headquarters. The organisation’s code of ethics gives the committee chairman the power to conduct some sensitive investigations, such as inquiries into the conduct of the president, using outside offices or law firms. Without talking to Borbély, it is not clear how Rojas can have satisfied herself that “all files had been handed over to her”. Borbély has declined to discuss Fifa matters since his removal, when he protested that Fifa’s reforms had been “neutralised” and set back, because it would take a long time for a new chairperson to absorb the detail of the cases in hand. Deborah Unger, of the campaign group Transparency International’s corruption in sport initiative, said: “It is not convincing; there is no evidence of how the new chairperson can have reached this conclusion so quickly. It also does not show real independence for a statement to be issued Jordan Staal Womens Jersey on her behalf by Fifa itself.” Fifa, asked about the basis for the statement that there were no investigations into Infantino, and whether some sensitive files were held outside its offices, said: “Fifa will refrain from commenting any further on baseless speculation
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Alex Richman’s hand flew straight up. “An answer I knew off the top of my head,” he exclaims. “Step forward teenage prodigy Jermaine Pennant, whose only goals for Arsenal weren’t just a hat-trick, but a first-half hat-trick on his league debut, against Southampton. He was never going to top that, really … ” Which football champions generate most Labour and Conservative governments? Read more Alright, alright but what about some more recent fun and games. “This actually Jacob Schum Womens Jersey occurred as recently as 21 May as teenage striker Scott Wright scored a hat-trick in Aberdeen’s 6-0 win at Patrick Thistle,” tells Ali MacManus. “A product of the Dons’ youth academy, these were Wright’s first and only goals for the club in only his second start after a handful of substitute appearances.” Step forward Tom Colyer with another tale. He references “the deadly former Arsenal man Yaya Sanogo”, as he bagged his only three goals for Charlton while on loan in a 4-3 defeat by Reading in 2015-16. “What a man,” he indulges. Further north Nick Moore has more. “David Ferrère has done this for Motherwell, scoring a hat-trick against Hibs in February 2002,” he says. “What made it even more incredible was that he came on as a second-half substitute and it was his debut. So all were scored within his first 45 minutes on the pitch.” “Former Slovenia international Robert Koren scored a hat-trick against Newcastle Jets in his first start for Melbourne City, and failed to score (or do much of anything, really) in any other game of his underwhelming stint in Australia,” argues Ciaran Hannigan-Purcel. “Twenty-six games in all, and just those three goalsWe have all heard the stories of the failed next big thing. Zakaria Bakkali still has time to readdress his rapid descent but Sean DeLoughry remembers him becoming “the youngest ever hat-trick scorer in the Eredivisie”. He was 17. “He scored three for PSV in a 5-0 win over NEC Nijmegen,” he recalls. “He soon fell out of favour and failed to find he net again before departing for Valencia in 2015.” The Belgian has scored just three goals since. Advertisement Here are a few more curious cases. Antonio Marreiros suggests Carlos Bueno, the former Paris Saint-Germain striker who went above and beyond the perimeters of this question in 2006-07 on loan at Sporting Lisbon. “In the time he spent at the club he scored four goals in 14 appearances, all the goals in the same match, a league game against Nacional da Madeira,” he offers up. “Weirdly enough, he scored all four goals in just 20 minutes.” An honourable mention must go to the former Norway international K?re Ingebrigsten, who struck three for Manchester City against Leicester City in 1994, courtesy of Steve Doohan. “A lightweight and underwhelming midfielder who only made six starts, he was part of a team who had been outplayed by their then-second tier visitors in a goalless opening 45 minutes,” he recalls. “However, he rattled in a second-half hat-trick to help his team win 4-1 in a game also memorable for a stunning 40-yard chipped strike by the similarly maligned Alan Kernaghan. They were to be Ingebrigsten’s only official goals during his brief stay in England. He had also scored against Ipswich Town in the Premier League five days earlier but in a classic outbreak of ‘Typical City’ the match was abandoned before half-time due to a waterlogged pitch with the Manchester club leading 2-0. That meant his ‘goal’ was expunged from the records.” More? “Chris Templeman marked his debut for Dumbarton with a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory away to East Stirlingshire on 18 September 1999,” writes Robin Paxton. “Then 19, Templeman went on to become a prolific goalscorer in the Scottish lower leagues (he was banging them in for Montrose in the season just ended). But these three goals at Firs Park were his only strikes for Dumbarton.” Here’s Duncan Monro. “I was in attendance for diminutive Frenchman David Ferrer’s debut where he came on as a half-time substitute for my beloved Motherwell,” he says. “He proceeded to bang in three practically identical goals, cutting in from the right wing and bending it around Hibs’ goalie, helping us to a 4-1 win (one of very few that season, where we finished bottom and were only spared relegation because the SPL deemed Falkirk’s stadium inadequate). Ferrer went on to make only a few more appearances, where I don’t recall him coming remotely close to scoring again, and he left not long after, following our descent into administration. Fortunately for the Fir Park faithful, it wasn’t all doom and gloom – it was James McFadden’s breakthrough season, and as such I remember it fondly.” Are Chelsea champions of the year-on-year football points swing? Read more Luca De Angelis, meanwhile, is back for round two. “Since I am a Bologna FC 1909 fan, I can remember this feat being accomplished by a young striker who played the game of his life against us,” he remembers. “In the last match of the 2010-11 Serie A season, Francesco Grandolfo – a promising 18-year-old forward, who had debuted two weeks earlier and had only played for a total of 45 minutes in two Amos Youth Jersey appearances as a sub before starting the match against Bologna – scored three goals for Bari in less than an hour (in the 28th, 46th and 54th minute). This was his third game of the season, and he played only six more Serie B matches for Bari in the 2012-2013 season, without finding the back of the net. Since January 2013, he has only played in the third and the fourth tier of Italian football.”
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often proud history, featuring the collection of six English league titles, Sunderland have variously been dubbed “the team of all the talents” and the “Bank of England club”. These days the latter – attached in the 1950s – seems something of a sick joke. After a decade spent in the Premier League, the newly relegated Wearside club somehow find themselves at least £110m in debt, up for sale and managerless. With 12, mostly out-of-contract, players having departed since the end of last season, the squad is looking skinny before the start of pre-season training next week. A humiliating miscalculation dictated that rather than rubber-stamp the installation of Derek McInnes as David Moyes’s successor last week, Aberdeen’s manager had an Adidas Dale Hawerchuk Womens Jersey 11th-hour change of heart, opting to remain at Pittodrie. Toxic mood at relegation-threatened Sunderland is helping nobody Read more With Martin Bain, Sunderland’s chief executive, having spent weeks courting McInnes it was an embarrassing rebuff but the latter’s camp maintain that, rather then merely playing a game to secure enhanced terms at Aberdeen, the Scot was concerned that any prospective new owner might not have wanted him at the Stadium of Light. It means that while Short continues to talk to both an unnamed German consortium and another fronted by representatives of Fulwell73 – a TV production company run by fanatical Sunderland supporters which envisages offering the former England defender Tony Adams a key role at the club – the football operation remains in limbo. Sunderland were so confident of recruiting McInnes and his backroom team that they parted company with Paul Bracewell, Moyes’s former assistant, last week. His departure leaves Robbie Stockdale, the first-team coach, preparing to take the players to Austria for a pre-season training camp. Significantly, Stockdale is one of only three senior support staff –the others are the goalkeeping coach Adrian Tucker and academy manager Elliot Dickman – still in post. There are shades of the chaos at Hull City last summer when fevered talks about takeovers which never materialised prompted a recruitment freeze which, in turn, prefaced Steve Bruce’s resignation as manager and ensured Adidas John Wensink Youth Jersey only nine first-teamers clocked on for a pre-season trip to Austria. Advertisement Short, who has been wanting to sell Sunderland for quite a while, appreciates the potential to cause enduring damage and has set a deadline – thought to be early July – by which time a purchaser must have reached an agreement in principle. Should no deal be on the table by then the American financier will abandon talks and accept he is stuck with the club for the foreseeable future. This deadline, intended to determine whether the consortiums are serious, could fire the starting gun for due diligence. A routine process likely to take some weeks, it would involve the would-be buyer going through Sunderland’s books with the help of forensic accountants. Should there be no nasty surprises, the new owner would then have to be approved by the Football League before completion, suggesting that, realistically, nothing is likely to be signed and sealed until early autumn. More immediately, a price has to be agreed. Short – who has invested around £200m of his personal fortune in Sunderand since 2008 – is understood to have rejected a £50m bid from the German consortium and remains resolute that he will not sell for less than £85m, a significant reduction from last season’s £170m asking price. Fulwell73’s interest is believed to be bankrolled by wealthy American backers and they, too, are said to value Sunderland at around £50m. If Short, who has hired the renowned football takeover specialist Dr Keith Harris to assist him, stays on, he is currently minded to allow Moyes’s successor no more than £15m-20m to invest in the squad. Considering Sunderland have just sold Jordan Pickford to Everton for £30m and will receive £47m worth of parachute payments this season alone, it seems a bit penny-pinching. Short, though, has become fed-up of the transfer calamities his club specialised in as he worked his way through seven managers in five largely chaotic years. The latest example features last week’s court of arbitration for sport ruling that Sunderland must pay Internazionale £9.2m for Ricardo álvarez. álvarez, signed by Gus Poyet, joined Sunderland on a season-long loan in August 2014. Ill-equipped for English football, the Argentinian winger made only made five Premier League starts but his contract stipulated the club would have to sign him permanently providing they avoided relegation. Sunderland claimed the clause became void, citing a knee problem which they said Inter had neglected to address, but CAS effectively dismissed that argument. Advertisement Even so, it seems hard to credit precisely how Sunderland are in such a mess after 10 years in the world’s wealthiest league. As their Sweden Under-21 striker Joel Asoro recently put it: “Sunderland received £93m for finishing bottom of the Premier League. It’s crazy. Why don’t they have the money?” The answer resides amid a catalogue of appalling buys by assorted managers. Damningly, Sunderland sold no player on for a profit between August 2011 and January 2017 and have made money on only five of the last 48 they have traded. As Asoro added: “Sunderland have had a lot of money, it’s just they haven’t used it properly.” Repairing the resultant mess at a club where attendances somehow remained above the 40,000 mark last season seems daunting. At least the takeover talks-induced hiatus has bought Bain time to consider the candidatures of, among others, Preston’s Simon Grayson, Nigel Clough of Burton, Barnsley’s Paul Heckingbottom, Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder and the unattached Paul Lambert. Those names may Adidas Keith Yandle Authentic Jersey fail to excite Sunderland fans in the way that the former CSKA Moscow and Russia coach Leonid Slutsky has enthused their Hull counterparts or the newly appointed Garry Monk is galvanising Middlesbrough. Indeed the suspicion is that Bain – advised by his fellow Scots Walter Smith and Graeme Souness – lacks imagination in the recruitment sphere. The former male model turned chief executive of Rangers and Maccabi Tel Aviv is smooth and suave but needs to demonstrate that his undoubted style is underpinned by the sort of substance urgently required to rebuild Sunderland
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Alexis Sánchez became Chile’s all-time leading scorer when he scored an early Jake Bean Youth Jersey goal in a 1-1 draw against Germany at the Confederations Cup on Thursday. Lars Stindl equalised for the world champions just before half-time to leave both teams level at the top of Group B with four points each from their opening two games, although Chile have the better goal difference. Australia and Cameroon have a point apiece after their 1-1 draw earlier on Thursday. Socceroos and Cameroon draw to leave both close to Confederations Cup exit Read more The top two teams go through to the semi-finals and there is one round of matches in the group on Sunday, with Germany facing Cameroon and Chile playing Australia. Both Germany and Chile only need a point apiece to reach the semi-finals. Sánchez’s goal was his 38th for Chile in 113 appearances as he overtook the previous scoring record held by Marcelo Salas. Germany, now unbeaten in 12 games since their Euro 2016 semi-final exit, gifted Chile a sixth-minute lead when Shkodran Mustafi attempted to play the ball out of defence. He sent a pass straight to his Arsenal team-mate Sánchez, who played a one-two with Vidal and toe-poked the ball in off a post. The referee interrupted Chile’s goal celebrations by appearing to call for a video reply, possibly to look at the scything tackle by Mustafi on Vidal, although the goal was quickly confirmed. Matthias Ginter made a similar mistake soon after but was let off the hook as Germany struggled to cope with the South American side’s high pressing and quick passing. Chile came close to a second when Eduardo Vargas rattled the underside of the bar with a long-range drive and Sánchez continued to pester them with his runs down the left. But Germany equalised against the run of play four minutes before half-time when Stindl turned the ball home from close range after Emre Can’s diagonal pass had released Jonas Hector down the left to fire a low cross into the middle. Advertisement Germany’s goalkeeper, Marc-André ter Stegen, then had to make a one-handed save at his near post to block a low drive from Sánchez just before the interval. The second half was much quieter with Stindl producing Germany’s best effort, a low shot saved by Johnny Herrera. Their head coach, Joachim L?w, praised his team for recovering from conceding the early goal. “It was a very intense match, a match that was marked by strategical play and it was very demanding in that sense,” L?w said. “We lived up to expectations and we were very disciplined for the entire 90 minutes. The key was to have a well-structured defence. “Even though we conceded a goal we were able to come back and even though this is an inexperienced team, they still played at a high level. Our players were perhaps a bit nervous in the first 10 minutes and perhaps had some difficulties and we made a mistake for the goal and that’s how they scored. But we recovered immediately and our goal was excellent, it was a Gerald Green Womens Jersey model goal scored from a couple of passes. Chile have been consistently playing at a very high level over years so our defence was excellent
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Celtic will not take up their ticket allocation for next month’s possible Champions League at Linfield. Uefa confirmed the first-leg tie in Belfast will take place on Friday 14 July should the Northern Irish champions make it past the San Marino club La Fiorita. Celtic and Linfield face prospect of Champions League clash on marching day Read more The original dates would have taken Celtic to Belfast at the height of the marching season on 11 or 12 July. That sparked fears of trouble among the club’s supporters and Linfield’s loyalist fans. After talks with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, it has been decided to move the match to 14 July, with a 5pm kick-off. But Celtic have decided the potential for disorder is still too big a risk and will not invite their travelling support to attend. Celtic said: “Following security concerns raised by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Celtic has taken part in discussions with Linfield and the PSNI over recent days. While there can be an option to reverse the fixtures if both clubs agree, during discussions Linfield made it clear that they did not wish to reverse the tie and they wanted to play their home leg first. “In addition, as is often the case in football, Celtic’s football management team wished to play our away leg first so that we could benefit from the advantage of playing the second leg at home in front of our supporters at Celtic Park for this crucial European tie. “Following Chris Harris Jr Womens Jersey the discussions, it was agreed among the clubs and PSNI and has now been confirmed with Uefa that, should Linfield progress to the second qualifying round, Celtic’s Uefa Champions League match against Linfield will take place at Windsor Park on Friday, 14 July, with a 5pm kick-off. “No tickets will be available for Celtic supporters. The safety and security of all Celtic supporters travelling and attending matches is of paramount importance to the club. “Should La Fiorita of San Marino qualify for the next round, the first leg match would take place on 11 or 12 July. “Regardless of opposition, Celtic’s home leg of this qualifying round will take place at Celtic Park on Wednesday, 19 JulyAntonio Conte is pushing for Chelsea to secure Leonardo Bonucci or the unsettled Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk to boost the title winners’ defensive strength before next season’s return to the Champions League. Securing the arrival of either player would be far from straightforward, despite reports from Italy that Bonucci, whom Conte targeted last summer, could be permitted to leave Juventus. The Italy centre-half would cost in excess of £50m along with a hefty long-term contract and given that he is 30, his signing would represent a shift in Chelsea’s transfer policy if the board sanctioned a move. John Terry weighs up Aston Villa move as he waits on Premier League interest Read more The Premier Bryce Petty Womens Jersey League club offer only one-year contract extensions to players in their 30s – a long-established policy that was not bent even for stalwarts of the calibre of Frank Lampard and John Terry – and would need to be persuaded in the logic of spending a club record fee on a player who entered his fourth decade early last month. Van Dijk, at 25, would represent a signing more in keeping with Chelsea’s strategy but Southampton’s intransigence in dealing with Liverpool over the Holland defender suggests the London club’s negotiating skills may be severely tested. The Merseyside club apologised to Southampton this month “for any misunderstanding” regarding their interest in the player and the Premier League is awaiting observations from St Mary’s and Anfield before determining whether it should open a tapping-up investigation into Liverpool’s conduct. Southampton, who are expected to appoint the former Alavés manager Mauricio Pellegrino as Claude Puel’s successor, are intent on resisting interest in Van Dijk, although the player may yet agitate to leave. Chelsea’s interest in the centre-back is long established and there had been a level of surprise at Stamford Bridge when he apparently made so clear his priority was to move to Liverpool. Yet they are unlikely to offer more than £50m for a player with only 12 caps, albeit Van Dijk’s compatriot Nathan Aké could potentially be part of any move. Chelsea are hopeful of securing Alex Sandro from Juventus, with the Italian club confirming they have received a substantial offer for the Brazilian wing-back from an unspecified club. Tiemoué Bakayoko should join from Monaco in a deal worth up to £40m and interest is retained in the Everton forward Romelu Lukaku, who could cost a world record fee
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