Manchester City 2-1 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points as Citizens sting Real, into quarter-finals

Manchester City players celebrate with Gabriel Jesus after his second-half strike sunk Real Madrid

Raphael Varane’s catastrophic defensive errors will dominate headlines, but Manchester City were rewarded for their intense pressing from the front against La Liga champions Real Madrid. What were five talking points here, as Pep Guardiola’s men booked their place in next week’s Champions League quarter-finals?

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England are through Group G, but can Three Lions roar in knockout rounds?

England, for all the quality within their ranks, have been consistent underachievers on the international stage. Despite this though, there is a surge in belief across the country. The Three Lions are finally starting to justify their hype. Led by a manager in Gareth Southgate who is providing them opportunities to play freely, they have responded by becoming a collective unit. 

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England 6-1 Panama: Clinical Lions record biggest ever World Cup win

 

June 24, 2018 - Nijni Novogorod, Vazio, Russia - Jesse Lingard scores goal during World Cup 2018 England vs Panama valid for the 2nd round of Group G held at the Níjni Novgorod…

Despite an early scare, England racked up the goals in a 6-1 thrashing over Panama – sealing their place in the last-16 while simultaneously sending the south Americans home. 

Harry Kane netted a hat-trick, there were two for a surprise goalscorer while Jesse Lingard also got on the scoresheet. All eyes are focused toward Belgium next week, with top spot in Group B still up for grabs. Continue reading