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UEFA Nations League – Scotland 2-1 Ireland: Hendry, Christie goals secure comeback victory

Ryan Christie celebrates after scoring to make it 2-1 Scotland during a UEFA Nations League match between Scotland and Republic of Ireland at Hampden...

Second-half goals from Jack Hendry and a Ryan Christie penalty saw Scotland recover from behind to overwhelm Ireland at Hampden Park, returning top of Nations League Group B1 ahead of their final group game against Ukraine in Poland on Tuesday evening. As for the Irish, they’ll be hoping for more incisiveness when playing host to Armenia in a must-win clash. Continue reading “UEFA Nations League – Scotland 2-1 Ireland: Hendry, Christie goals secure comeback victory”

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UEFA Nations League – Scotland vs. Republic of Ireland: Can Saturday’s hosts avenge summer loss?

Scotland's Lyndon Dykes celebrates making it 2-0 during a UEFA Nations League match between Scotland and Ukraine at Hampden Park, on September 21 in...

After a 3-0 midweek win over Ukraine, Scotland sit atop Nations League Group B1 and host the Republic of Ireland at Hampden Park in tomorrow’s 7.45pm kick-off, aware they can’t rest on their laurels. Can they build on that victory by avenging another summer defeat here, or will Ireland get their own international break off to a winning start against familiar opposition? Continue reading “UEFA Nations League – Scotland vs. Republic of Ireland: Can Saturday’s hosts avenge summer loss?”

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Spain 1-2 France: Les Bleus seal Nations League title the hard way after nailbiting finish

Hugo Lloris of France lifts The UEFA Nations League Trophy following their team's victory in the UEFA Nations League 2021 Final match between Spain...

World champions France recovered from another deficit, for the second time in four days, to be crowned the 2021 UEFA Nations League champions with a 2-1 win over Euro 2020 semi-finalists Spain. Just like their comeback win over Belgium, goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe saw them storm ahead in a frenetic second-half packed with chances for both sides.  Continue reading “Spain 1-2 France: Les Bleus seal Nations League title the hard way after nailbiting finish”

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Belgium 2-3 France: Benzema, Mbappe key as Les Bleus earn second-half comeback win

Karim Benzema of France gives words of encouragement to team mate Kylian Mbappe before taking a penalty to level the scoreline at 2-2 during the UEFA...

In a week where he addressed the Real Madrid rumours and mother Fayza provided an update on her son’s future, Kylian Mbappe produced his best display since May to help propel France into the UEFA Nations League Final, where they play Euro 2020 semi-finalists Spain on Sunday.
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Nations League – Portugal 4-1 Croatia: Player Ratings as Santos’ side cruise to victory

Wolves' Diogo Jota netted his first Portugal goal before Felix made it three with 20 minutes to play

Goals from Joao Cancelo, Diogo Jota, Joao Felix and Andre Silva in stoppage-time sealed an impressive 4-1 victory for Nations League winners Portugal – but they could have easily put Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia to the sword by half-time. Which individual players impressed while others struggled in Porto? Continue reading “Nations League – Portugal 4-1 Croatia: Player Ratings as Santos’ side cruise to victory”

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Ballon d’Or 2019: Lionel Messi pips Virgil van Dijk to win record sixth title

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Lionel Messi pipped Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to win a record sixth Ballon d’Or title on Monday night, with the Barcelona superstar’s achievements celebrated on an evening packed with awards and surprise top 30 placings too. 

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Gerry Taggart endorses Stoke-bound Michael O’Neill as speculation intensifies

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Following Nathan Jones’ dismissal last Friday, Stoke were linked with a whole host of managerial candidates. However, former Northern Ireland and Potters defender Gerry Taggart has endorsed Michael O’Neill with his compatriot poised to take charge this weekend. Continue reading “Gerry Taggart endorses Stoke-bound Michael O’Neill as speculation intensifies”

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Portugal 1-0 Netherlands: 5 Hits and Flops

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the Nations League trophy aloft after their 1-0 win over Holland

Here’s a look at five hits and flops after Portugal’s slender 1-0 win against the Netherlands saw them lift the inaugural Nations League trophy in Porto overnight..

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3 reasons why PSG must go all out and sign Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt remains undecided about his future but Paris-Saint Germain must do all it takes to sign him

With the teenage centre-back still undecided on his future, here are three reasons why Ligue 1 champions PSG must go all out to sign him this summer…
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Netherlands 3-1 England: 5 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis

Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and super sub Quincy Promes (far left) celebrate during their SF win

Here’s a look at five talking points, as the Netherlands earned a 3-1 (AET) win over England to book their place in Sunday’s Nations League Final against Portugal…
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Portugal 3-1 Switzerland: 5 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis

Portugal players wheel away to celebrate with talisman Ronaldo after his hat-trick in their semi-final win

Here’s a look at five talking points, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s 53rd career hat-trick powered Portugal into Sunday’s Nations League Final after a frantic finish against Switzerland in Porto last night. Continue reading “Portugal 3-1 Switzerland: 5 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis”

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Gareth Southgate praises Harry Kane, calls him world’s best goalscorer

England manager Gareth Southgate had special praise for captain Harry Kane, after his winner secured a semi-final spot ahead of next summer’s Nations League Finals. Continue reading “Gareth Southgate praises Harry Kane, calls him world’s best goalscorer”