Two second-half penalties in the space of just four minutes saw this fixture explode into life, as France were made to work hard for an important group stage victory – only their fourth in World Cup history.
It took only four minutes for Cristiano Ronaldo to open his goalscoring account at this year’s World Cup – from the penalty spot – during an enthralling affair as two European heavyweights went head-to-head in their maiden Group B clash.
Who, if anyone, will prevail in Group C’s intriguing curtain-raiser on Saturday morning? The answer might not be as straightforward as it looks.
On Saturday, England won an international youth title for the sixth time in the last two years. The Under-21s, managed by Aidy Boothroyd, claimed the Toulon Tournament for the third successive year after coming from behind to defeat Mexico 2-1. Of the youngsters involved in the Three Lions’ matchday squad, 14 are currently contracted to Premier League teams. If recent reports are to be believed, that number will rise this summer.
La Liga champions Barcelona appear to always be on the lookout for fresh acquisitions, quality players that can provide world-class ability on a consistent basis. After all, their domestic achievements in recent seasons have been somewhat overlooked by rivals Real Madrid and Los Blancos’ Champions League dominance – which is widely regarded as a more impressive feat.
Real Madrid are eager to pay over the odds to secure Neymar’s signature this summer, according to reports. That is covered in this PSG transfer round-up, as well as much more! Continue reading
After suffering a heartbreaking extra-time final defeat by Portugal at Euro 2016, the onus is on France’s golden generation to step up and justify why they’re all so highly-rated.
This summer will be a busy one for Nabil Fekir. The creative midfielder, 24, has been named in Didier Deschamps’ France squad with the World Cup campaign looming. Les Bleus have an immensely talented squad. They’re expected to go deep into the competition.