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Dortmund crush Frankfurt 4-0 to claim Bundesliga top spot

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Borussia Dortmund cruised past Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0, with two goals coming from Donyell Malen, on Saturday to take over the lead in the Bundesliga from Bayern Munich with five matches left in the season.

Dortmund scored three times in the first half to make sure of a club-record ninth straight home game win that lifted them to 60 points, one ahead of Bayern, who slumped to a 3-1 loss at Mainz.

For Frankfurt, last year’s Europa League winners, it was their eighth league game without a win and they dropped to ninth, out of contention for a European spot.

Jude Bellingham opened Dortmund’s account in the 19th minute after picking up the ball at the edge of the box, turning on the spot and firing in.

Their second goal, five minutes later, was far easier, with keeper Gregor Kobel kicking the ball deep in to the Frankfurt half and Malen slotting in after the ball was headed on twice past a clueless Frankfurt backline.

Mats Hummels made it 3-0 with a well-timed header from a Raphael Guerreiro cross before Karim Adeyemi’s solo effort set up Malen for his second goal of the evening in the 66th minute.

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Argentina beat Colombia 1-0 to win Copa America

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Argentina beat Colombia 1-0 to win Copa America

Lautaro Martinez scored an extra-time winner as Argentina beat Colombia 1-0 to win a record 16th Copa America title at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.

A poor game which had been marred by security and crowd issues, forcing a 82-minute delay, was decided by a quality finish from Martinez — his fifth goal of the tournament.

The win was the third straight major tournament title for Argentine following their 2021 Copa victory and their triumph in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

There were tears before the celebrations though with Argentina captain Lionel Messi going off injured in the 66th minute watching the rest of the game distraught on the bench, while there was an emotional farewell for Angel Di Maria in his final game for the national team.

For Colombia, whose only title came in the 2001 Copa America, it was a disappointing night when little seemed to work for Nestor Lorenzo’s team.

There was chaos around entry to the stadium for fans, with organisers blaming supporters for trying to enter without tickets while fans blamed the lack of an efficient entry system to the venue.

The scenes were alarming with some fans needing medical attention for heat exhaustion but after the decision to suddenly throw open the gates, with no checks on those entering, the situation was largely resolved and the game finally went ahead.

Colombia’s Jhon Corboba hit the bottom of the post with a speculative shot in the seventh minute but neither side were able to find their flow in the early stages.

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Di Maria found Messi in the 20th minute with a low ball into the box and Messi’s left-foot shot was saved by Colombia keeper Camilo Vargas.

Colombia had looked the more lively in the opening period and they went close in the 33rd minute when Jefferson Lerma tried his luck from 25 yards out and his low drive forced Emiliano Martinez into a diving save.

There was concern for Messi in the 36th minute when he dribbled to the byline but was halted by a sliding challenge from Santiago Arias which was ruled fair left the Argentine captain needing treatment.

Messi, who now plays his club football in Miami, then curled a free-kick in from the left flank but Nicolas Tagliafico’s header was just off target.

It had been a disappointing first half and it didn’t improve much after the break, when the fans had at least received some entertainment from Colombian singer Shakira.

Argentina failed to deal with a James Rodriguez corner and the ball looped to Davinson Sanchez but he was unable to keep down his header which floated over the bar.

There was finally some of the expected quality when Di Maria produced one of his trademark runs in from the left and forced Vargas into action, the Colombia keeper turning the ball wide of the post.

Then came a major blow for Argentine hopes when Messi went down, without contact, as he ran in midfield, and clearly in pain he went off to be replaced by Nicolas Gonzalez in the 66th minute.

It was too much for Messi, in what may have been his last major tournament, as he sat in tears on the bench, unable to hold back his emotions.

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The Argentine fans thought they had grabbed a winner in the 75th minute when Tagliafico found Gonzalez in the box, who beat Vargas with a low drive but the effort was ruled out for offside.

Little changed in extra-time with a half-chance from Miguel Borja after a flick from Jorge Carrascal but the game was settled by a worthy winner.

Source: The Punch

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Alcaraz beats Djokovic to win second consecutive Wimbledon title

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Carlos Alcaraz has defeated Novak Djokovic to win a back-to-back Wimbledon men’s singles title.

Alcaraz eased past a surprisingly subpar Djokovic to retain his crown at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, London, on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Spaniard dominated with serve and longer rallies and dusted the Serbs in three straight sets.

The match was starkly different from the previous Wimbledon final, where Alcaraz had to come from behind to defeat the veteran.

This time, he took the first two sets with shocking ease, ending in identical 6-2.

The third set proved trickier and was decided by a tie-breaker, which ended 7-6 in favour of the Spaniard.

The victory earned Alcaraz his fourth Grand Slam title.

He became the ninth man in the Open Era to retain the Wimbledon title. He is also the sixth man in the Open Era to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year.

As the 2024 Wimbledon champion, Alcaraz will go home with prize money of £2,700,00.

Djokovic’s attempt to equal Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon men’s titles was halted for another year.

The 24-time major winner was also trying to surpass Margaret Court and clear on the log for the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles.

Source: The Cable

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Spain defeat England to win record fourth European Championship

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Spain have won the 2024 UEFA European Championship. The La Roja defeated England 2-1 in the final at the Olympiastadion, Berlin, on Sunday.

Substitute Mikel Oyazarbal was the hero, netting the winning goal late in the game as Spain clinched their first trophy in 12 years.

The buildup to the final was all about Lamine Yamal. But Nico Williams and relatively obscure Oyarzabal broke the Three Lions’ hearts on the final stage.

Luis de la Fuente’s side hugged possession in the first half but could not break down a stubborn England defence that double-marked Williams and Yamal on the flanks, and Gareth Suothgate’s side had no shot on target in the first half.

Spain, however, sprinted into attack after the interval and had the ball in the net before England could settle in, Yamal putting it on a plate for Williams to slot in on 46 minutes.

Both sides exchanged chances, with Dani Olmo and Yammal going close, while Jude Bellingham’s shot was a rare attack for England.

Southgate brought on the duo of Ollie Watkins and Cole Palmer, who combined to revive England in their semi-final win.

The trick again worked, with Palmer shooting low into the far corner from 22 yards to restore parity.

Spain regained composure and deservedly bagged the winning goal in the 86th minute. Oyazarbal stretched to poke in Marc Cucurella’s cross for the late winner.

England, beaten finalists at Euro 2020, have never won the tournament, and a flurry of late changes couldn’t engineer another comeback as Spain held on to claim more glory.

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The victory sealed Spain’s record-setting fourth Euro title, making it the country with the most Euro titles.

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Spain beat England 2-1 to lift Euro 2024

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Gareth Southgate’s side were sunk by Mikel Oyarzabal’s late winner to leave England heartbroken again and unable to end the long wait for success for the men’s team.

Spain’s young star wingers combined to give them the lead two minutes after the break as Lamine Yamal’s pass opened up space for Nico Williams to beat England keeper Jordan Pickford with a powerful low finish.

Substitute Cole Palmer raised the hopes of another dramatic comeback with a composed left-foot strike after 73 minutes.

However, it wasn’t enough to hold the Spanish side who came roaring back and snatched the win four minutes from time as Oyarzabal slid home Marc Cucurella’s cross to leave England the nearly men once more.

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President Bola Tinubu seems to be increasingly dissatisfied with the performance of the sports ministry and the Nigeria Football Federation.

President Bola Tinubu seems to be increasingly dissatisfied with the performance of the sports ministry and the Nigeria Football Federation.

This discontent is largely stemming from the uncertain prospects of the Super Eagles’ participation in the 2026 World Cup.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are currently in fifth position in Group C, having not won a game and only securing a disappointing three points from four matches.

The presidency is concerned that the Super Eagles’ failure to participate in the 2026 World Cup could negatively impact the Renewed Hope agenda for the youth. This situation has put pressure on both the Sports Ministry and the Nigeria Football Federation to find a solution for the team’s must-win games.

Although, sports minister, John Enoh has said that the team still has a decent chance of qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, but will need to win the remaining six games in the group to put themselves in a position to qualify for the Mundial.

According to ThePAPERS source, President Tinubu is interested in seeing the Super Eagles participating in the 2026 World Cup having given all the necessary support to the sports ministry.

“The president is not happy with Super Eagles result, he’s not at all. Football is one of the tools to promote peace and unity in Nigeria and the president is keen in uniting the country,” the source within the presidency disclosed authoritatively.

“The best way to salvage such body language is to ensure a maximum resolution and deliver the ticket as part of President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda for the youths.

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“The situation now is more or less like an executive order, I felt for the minister because he’s seeing the body language of the presidency, and I think the same message must have been passed to the football authority,” he concluded.

The Nigeria team will face Rwanda when the 2026 World Cup qualifiers resume in March 2025.

They will also face the Warriors of Zimbabwe in the same month.

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Marcelo Bielsa defends Uruguay players after Copa America brawl

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Marcelo Bielsa defends Uruguay players after Copa America brawl

Uruguay coach Marcelo Bielsa defended his players involved in a clash with Colombian fans after Wednesday’s Copa America semi-final, saying “anyone would have reacted like that” to protect their families.

An angry Bielsa criticised tournament organisers for not doing enough to protect the families of players seated behind the Uruguay bench and he justified players taking matters into their own hands to protect their loved ones.

His side reached the semi-finals but were eliminated by Colombia via a 1-0 defeat.

He said: “You know whose responsibility it is to protect the fans in the stands. You have to ask me whether the players have received an apology from those responsible for safeguarding security,” the former Leeds United manager told reporters on Friday. He did not fear possible sanction, he added.

“The players reacted as any human being would have done if they saw that there was no escape or prevention and they were attacking their wife, mother, a baby.

“What should they do?… Nobody wants to see a violent reaction, but you have to look at what a reaction is in response to.”

Meanwhile, Canada manager Jesse Marsch has lambasted the way the tournament has been organised in the USA, from logistics, to security, to pitch quality.

Marsch, also a former Leeds boss, said: “For me, this tournament has not been professional. There are too many gaps in treatment, in the overall experience from a day-to-day perspective.

“I watched what happened after the [Uruguay/Colombia] match, and certainly I didn’t know all the details, but certainly we wouldn’t want anyone’s families or any player’s families to be put in harm’s way.

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“But I know if Team Canada, if our team would have responded like this then there would be heavy sanctions, because of the treatment that we received from in this tournament the whole time.

“We’ve had our players be headbutted, we’ve had racial slurs thrown at our players – live and through social media, and not just the situation with Moise [Bombito], but the entire tournament, from opponents’ fan bases whether it’s live or in social media.

“We’ve been treated like second-class citizens. And in the entire time I’ve challenged our team to stay disciplined and stay focussed on our task at hand, and to make sure that we represent ourselves and our country.”

Source: Sky Sport

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