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Cyriel Dessers scores again as Rangers battle to victory

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Cyriel Dessers again showed his growing importance to Rangers with the only goal in a narrow 1-0 win over St Mirren.

The 29-year-old striker was not initially a popular figure among the Rangers fans in his early months at Ibrox following his summer move from Cremonese.

However, he has slowly worked his way into the supporters’ good books, especially since the arrival of boss Philippe Clement in October, and he pounced after 14 minutes of the cinch Premiership game in Paisley to score for a third successive match.

The crucial strike took his tally to the season to 12 and keeps the Light Blues in pursuit of league leaders Celtic.

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Cyriel Dessers scores again as Rangers battle to victory over St Mirren
It was a tough afternoon for the Govan side in difficult conditions against a determined Buddies outfit who pushed them all the way.

Following the convincing 3-0 win at Hibernian on Wednesday night, Clement made four changes with defender Connor Goldson back from suspension and Dujon Sterling, Scott Wright and Dessers coming back in while Stephen Robinson returned captain Mark O’Hara and forward Lewis Jamieson.

The swirling wind was a difficult opponent for both sides but the visitors started better without unduly troubling Zach Hemming until Dessers struck.

Midfielder John Lundstram’s perfectly-weighted pass from the middle of the park allowed Dessers to run clear of the Saints defence and round the hesitant Buddies keeper before rolling the ball into the net and taking the acclaim of the travelling fans.

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St Mirren were forced out of their shell and the response, led by striker Jonah Ayunga, was impressive.

In the 20th minute midfielder Kwon Hyeok-kyu, on loan from Celtic, blazed the ball over the bar from 12 yards to the groans of the home support.

Moments later, at the other end, Gers skipper James Tavernier clipped the outside of the post with a powerful drive from 20 yards.

However, the Ibrox side were struggling to build on their lead.

Light Blues keeper Jack Butland blocked a Jamieson drive with his foot after the Gers defence was breached again, albeit the offside flag went up.

And in the 37th minute Butland pushed a drive from Kwon round the post but the corner was defended.

St Mirren had edged the first half notwithstanding the goal and the visitors brought on Tom Lawrence and Ross McCausland for Scott Wright and Todd Cantwell at the start of the second half and it re-energised the Govan side.

Sterling headed a Tavernier cross over the bar in the 54th minute before Dessers smacked the base of the post with a left-footed drive.

Robinson needed another avenue towards the leveller.

Ayunga and Jamieson were replaced by Mikael Mandron and debutant James Scott, who signed initially on loan from Exeter in midweek with the deal becoming permanent in the summer.

In the 79th minute there was a VAR check for a possible St Mirren penalty for a handball in the Gers box following a corner but no action was taken.

A terrific block from Ibrox defender John Souttar denied Alex Gogic a strike on goal and, from the resultant corner, James Bolton headed off the post.

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Celtic stun Man City in seven-goal thriller

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Nicolas Kuhn celebrates scoring against Man City

Manchester City suffered a shock 4-3 defeat in their first pre-season friendly in the United States to Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

Pep Guardiola handed Erling Haaland the captain’s armband and gave starts to academy graduates Jahmai Simpson-Pusey and Nico O’Reilly along with first-teamers Stefan Ortega, Rico Lewis, Kalvin Phillips, Oscar Bobb and Jack Grealish.

Brendan Rodgers named a strong Celtic side with new signing Kasper Schmeichel in goal, a midfield of Matt O’Riley, Callum McGregor and Reo Hatate with Daizen Maeda, Nicolas Kuhn and Kyogo up top.

Kuhn’s first-half double sandwiched Bobb’s leveller before Kyogo gave Celtic a 3-1 lead heading into the break.

Maximo Perrone pulled one back within the first minute of the season half and then Haaland equalised before the hour mark.

But Celtic’s winner came when Hyeok-Kyu Kwon broke the offside trap and squared for Luis Palma to tap in

Source: Sky Sport

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Paris Saint-Germain interested in signing Manchester United forward

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Juventus remain interested in Sancho

Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Manchester United forward Jadon Sancho.There has been no formal approach yet but the Ligue 1 side have explored the conditions of a deal.

Juventus and Borussia Dortmund remain keen on signing Sancho although, as things stand, they can’t meet United’s valuation. An unnamed Premier League club has also shown tentative interest.

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United are also interested in PSG midfielder Manuel Ugarte.

Initial talks have highlighted a gap in valuation, with PSG unwilling to sell the Uruguay international for less than €70m (£58.9m).

They want to make a profit on what they paid for the 23-year-old last summer – reportedly around €60m (£50.46m).

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Sancho is back training with the United first team and is expected to be part of the squad that flies to the US for the club’s pre-season tour.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag held a positive meeting with Sancho at Carrington earlier this month with the the focus now on the player taking a full part in pre-season.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag praises Jadon Sancho after his recent performances for on-loan Borussia Dortmund but won’t be drawn about his future at the club next season.
During the conversations, the pair reflected on past issues, and both agreed to draw a line and move on.

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Sancho was not with the squad that travelled to Norway for the friendly against Rosenberg on July 15 having resumed training a few days later than other players, but the England international did play 45 minutes in his side’s 2-0 win over Rangers last time out.

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Manchester United will start their 2024/25 Premier League season with a home fixture against Fulham, live on Sky Sports, and face Liverpool in the opening month of the season.

The opening game of the new campaign will be played on Friday August 16, with kick-off at 8pm.

United then travel to Brighton before their first big derby of the season at home to Liverpool with the game currently scheduled for Saturday August 31.

The reverse fixture will be played at the start of 2025 with a trip to Anfield on January 4.

Fans will have to wait until December for the first Manchester derby of the season, away at Manchester City on December 14. The reverse fixture at Old Trafford will be played on April 5.

Boxing Day will see Man Utd travel to Wolves, and they will finish the 2024/25 campaign at home to Aston Villa on May 25

Source: Sky sport

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Paris 2024: Wakama unveils D’Tigress final roster

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Paris 2024: Wakama unveils D’Tigress final roster

D’Tigress head coach, Rena Wakama has released her final 12-player roster for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Four players were dropped from the initial 16 that made it to Germany for a training tour.

The 12 players include team captain Amy Okonkwo, Elizabeth Balogun, Nicole Enabosi, Promise Amukamara, Murjanatu Musa, and Ifunaya Okoro.

Others are Pallas Kunayi, Blessing Ejiofor, Ezinne Kalu, Olaoluwatomi Taiwo, Lauren Ebo, and Adebola Adeyeye.

The four players who did not make the final 12 are Solape Amusan, Rita Igbokwe, Christeen Iwuala, and Lucy Ibeh.

D’Tigress are drawn in Group A with host nation France, Australia and Canada.

Source: Daily Post

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EPL: De Bruyne ‘isn’t leaving’ Man City – Guardiola

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EPL: De Bruyne ‘isn’t leaving’ Man City – Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said influential midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will stay at the club.

De Bruyne has been heavily linked with a summer move to Saudi Arabia.

He has one-year left on his Blues contract and said last month he would have to consider an offer from the Saudi Pro-League because of the “incredible money” available.

However, Guardiola is unconcerned.

“Kevin isn’t leaving,” he told reporters before his side’s opening pre-season game against Celtic in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Wednesday (00:30 BST).

De Bruyne helped inspire City to the Premier League title last season, the club’s fourth in a row and his sixth in total at the club.

Crystal Palace’s England Euro 2024 squad member Eberechi Eze has been linked with a move to City, while Brazil goalkeeper Ederson has also been the subject of interest from Saudi Arabia.

But Guardiola feels it is more likely he will have the same squad as last season.

“If someone leaves, we are going to talk about that and, of course, until the last day [of the transfer window] we have chances,” he said.

“I don’t rule out new players as an option, but I think there is an 85, 90, 95% chance we will have the same squad.”

City begin their Premier League title defence at Chelsea on 18 August

Source: The Nation

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Maresca to offload six Chelsea players before new season

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Maresca to offload six Chelsea players before new season

New Chelsea manager, Enzo Maresca, has left six players out of his US pre-season tour, amid uncertainty over their futures, according to the Daily Mail.

Discounting the five players that had their international breaks extended and the injured Djordje Petrovic, at least 43 other players have been left out of the squad for varying reasons.

But the omissions of Romelu Lukaku, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Trevoh Chalobah, Cesare Casadei, David Datro Fofana and Malang Sarr will continue to fuel the speculation that they could leave Stamford Bridge permanently this summer.

Maresca travelled with 28 players, ahead of the Blues’ first game against Wrexham in California on Wednesday.

Chelsea will then play Celtic, Club America, Manchester City, before concluding the tour against Real Madrid on August 7.

Source: Daily Post

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9 months after his second child birth, Neymar welcomes 3rd

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Brazilian star Neymar has announced the birth of his third child, with model Amanda Kimberlly, less than nine months after

Brazilian star Neymar has announced the birth of his third child, with model Amanda Kimberlly, less than nine months after the arrival of his second.

The 32-year-old, who is now contracted to Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal, has revealed on Instagram that he his the proud father of two girls. The latest of those was welcomed into the world on July 3, with Neymar sharing images of baby Helena.

The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain forward was joined at the hospital by his 12-year-old son Davi Lucca, who he had with ex-partner Carolina Dantas. Neymar also had a little girl, named Mavie, with Bruna Biancardi in October 2023 – with their relationship confirmed as being over a matter of weeks later.

Brazilian model and influencer Kimberlly has now made Neymar a father for the third time. She has also posted images on social media, alongside the message: “My favourite month, July. A special thank you to my doctor who went beyond the professional side, welcomed me and gave me a lot of strength during these 9 months. And my support network, thank you for EVERYTHING!”

Having had plenty to celebrate off the pitch of late, Neymar will be hoping to do similar on the field over the coming months. He has worked his way back from a serious knee ligament injury and will be ready to make his mark for Al-Hilal in 2024-25 having been restricted to just five appearances for them so far.

 

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