France 4-1 Australia: World champions rally from early scare to earn big win in World Cup opener

Adrien RABIOT and Olivier GIROUD of France during the FIFA World Cup 2022, Group D match between France and Australia on November 22, 2022 in Al...]

Four of the last five World Cup winners have gone on to crash out in the group stages at the subsequent tournament, a statistic beginning with France themselves back in 2002. For a 20-minute spell in their Group D opener against Australia, you could be forgiven for thinking history would repeat itself. Now though, they’ll be expecting to build on a display highlighting some strengths while lluminating weaknesses with tougher challenges in the days to come.
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Juventus 2-1 Lazio: Player Ratings as Ronaldo’s brace edges Juve closer to title

Ronaldo netted a quick-fire second-half brace as Juventus edged closer to another Serie A title vs. Lazio

Juventus increased their Serie A lead to eight points with a narrow 2-1 win over Lazio. Cristiano Ronaldo’s quick second-half brace helped Maurizio Sarri’s men earn an important victory, though there were nervy moments for them to endure during an action-packed affair. How did players individually fare in Turin?

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Real Madrid 3-1 PSG: Ronaldo steals the show as wasteful PSG rue their luck

In what could’ve been this season’s UEFA Champions League final, Real Madrid ran out 3-1 winners over PSG after a spirited second-half display. Marcelo and a Cristiano Ronaldo brace ensured the hosts travel to Paris in a fortnight with a two-goal advantage, but it arguably should have been a completely different story had Unai Emery’s men taken more of their goalscoring opportunities on the evening. 

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