World Cup 2022: Pulisic excited, determined to change the way the world sees US soccer

Christian Pulisic of United States poses during the official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 portrait session at on November 15, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.

Although he’s struggled for regular minutes and consistency at club level with Chelsea, Christian Pulisic still represents the US’ big hope – alongside Gio Reyna and Brenden Aaronson – to surprise their critics and exceed expectations in Qatar, having failed to qualify altogether four years ago. Will they progress from a tough Group B which features England and Wales? Continue reading

Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan: Gareth Bale heads winner, caps whirlwind week for club and country

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Gareth Bale’s timely header kept Wales’ Euro 2020 qualification hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Azerbaijan, capping a whirlwind week both for club and country after a forgettable summer packed with dramatic developments predicting his potential Real Madrid departure.

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Wales 3-1 Belgium: Williams, Robson-Kanu and Vokes seal semi-final spot for Dragons

Wales 3-1 Belgium: Williams, Robson-Kanu and Vokes seal semi-final spot for Dragons

In one of the most unpredictable and exciting matches of this year’s tournament, Wales came back from a goal down to prevail 3-1 against Belgium – sealing their place in the semi-finals against Portugal.

In what was billed as the most exciting quarter-final ahead of kick-off on Friday evening, Wales and Belgium met with a place in the last-four up for grabs. The game didn’t disappoint either – as Wales came back from a goal down to seal a famous victory, becoming the first team to reach the semi-finals on their Euro debut since Sweden in 1992.

Gareth Bale and the rest of the Dragons have embraced the European Championships thus far – whilst Marc Wilmots‘ side have only ignited their spark as the tournament’s dark horses with a convincing 4-0 victory over Hungary in the last-16. A chilly evening in Lille, where rain began to fall just moments before kick-off – everything was in place for an intriguing encounter with Portugal awaiting the winner.

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England 2-1 Wales: Player ratings as Sturridge nets late, dramatic winner

England 2-1 Wales: Player ratings as Sturridge nets late, dramatic winner

It was billed as the battle of Britain, and late drama saw bragging rights firmly fall to substitutes on a frantic afternoon in lEns.

Having managed to somehow squander a one-goal lead against a Russia side who, on the evening, were very poor, England knew they needed to win against Chris Coleman’s Wales side. They did just that, and as a result, leapfrog their opponents into top spot in Group B.

How did the England players fare individually? Read below, for the Three Lions’ player ratings.

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