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Manchester United’s Harry Maguire chase ‘very much alive’

A report claims that Harry Maguire is still a target for Manchester United, despite Leicester City upping their asking price to £70m. Manchester United are reportedly still confident of reaching an agreement with Leicester City for central defender Harry Maguire. The Red Devils are believed to be the only side in the running to sign the England international following Manchester City’s decision to look elsewhere. Leicester apparently increased their asking price for Maguire to £70m, which City were reluctant to pay. Sky Sports News reports that United remain keen to sign the 26-year-old, though, and a source close to the negations has described their pursuit as “very much alive”. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have already signed two British players this summer, with A...

Result: DR Congo brush aside Zimbabwe to keep hopes of progress alive

Replacement goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze was at fault for three of DR Congo’s goals. DR Congo put themselves in the hunt for a place in the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 4-0 thumping of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s problems at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo began just before kick-off when goalkeeper George Chigova was injured during the warm-up, with Elvis Chipezeze stepping in for the Group A match, which proved to be one to forget. Chipezeze’s first meaningful moment after just four minutes was calamitous as his poor save in touching a relatively innocuous free-kick onto the crossbar allowed Jonathan Bolingi to score DR Congo’s first goal of the tournament. Eight minutes before the interval Cedric Bakambu fired home a precise finish before adding his second and his side’s...

Result: Tunisia keep Africa Cup of Nations hopes alive with Mali draw

Wahbi Khazri’s 70th minute strike ensured the points were shared in Group E. Tunisia came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations Group E. Wahbi Khazri‘s deflected free-kick levelled the scores with 20 minutes moved Tunisia second in the group and ensured they have a chance of qualifying for the latter stages of the tournament. In a relatively even game which saw 32 fouls committed, Mali retained their position at the top of the group after two games played. Tunisia started brightly, as St Etienne’s Khazri had a shot saved and another which hit the bar during the opening 10 minutes. After a goalless first half, Mali led on the hour when Diadie Samassekou’s corner was fumbled into his own net by goalkeeper Mouez Hassen. The advantag...

John McGinn: We showed character to keep qualifying campaign alive

John McGinn admits Oli Burke’s late winner against Cyprus at Hampden Park kept Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign alive. Steve Clarke’s first game in charge of the national team on Saturday night was loaded with pressure after the Scots had lost to Kazakhstan in their opening Group I fixture, before beating San Marino. Skipper Andy Robertson gave the home side the lead in the 61st minute with a superb strike from 20 yards but with three minutes remaining Cyprus defender Ioannis Kousoulos stunned the Tartan Army in a decent crowd of 31, 277 when he headed in from a corner. Oliver Burke scored a late and crucial winner against Cyprus (Jeff Holmes/PA) It threatened to be another dismal result for the Scots but two minutes later Burke, on for debutant Eamonn Brophy in the 73rd minute,  g...

Result: Liverpool keep title hopes alive with last-gasp winner at Newcastle

Liverpool ensure that the Premier League title race will go down to the final day courtesy of a thrilling late 3-2 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Liverpool have ensured that the Premier League title race will go down to the final day courtesy of a dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park this evening. The Reds twice let a lead slip during an action-packed and topsy-turvy affair, with goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah being cancelled out by Christian Atsu and Salomon Rondon. However, Divock Origi came off the bench to score a crucial 86th-minute winner which sees Liverpool move back above Manchester City at the top of the table until at least Monday, when the champions host Leicester City. © Reuters Liverpool were once again without Rober...

Lee Johnson hails “unbelievable character” as Robins keep playoff hopes alive

Lee Johnson hailed the character of his Bristol City players as they kept alive their hopes of snatching a play-off place with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at Millwall. The hosts went in front five minutes before the break through Lee Gregory’s acrobatic volley from Steve Morison’s knock-down, but roared back into the contest after Max O’Leary saved Shaun Williams’ penalty midway through the second half. Jamie Paterson’s pinpoint free-kick and Famara Diedhiou’s low drive sparked wild scenes in the away end. Should Derby fail to beat Swansea on Wednesday, the Robins will have the chance to leapfrog both the Rams and Middlesbrough on the final day at Hull, and Johnson was delighted with his side’s late response. “We did our job tonight,”...

Result: Bristol City come from behind to keep playoff hopes alive

Famara Diedhiou‘s late winner kept Bristol City‘s play-off hopes alive as the Robins came from behind to beat Millwall at The Den. After a relatively quiet first 40 minutes, Lee Gregory opened the scoring in what looks to be his final game in SE16 with a perfectly executed volley after being set up by Steve Morison. Neil Harris’ men had the chance to put the game to bed when the pair combined again and the Lions’ goalscorer was clipped by visiting goalkeeper Max O’Leary for a penalty. However, Shaun Williams’ resulting spot-kick was saved and Lee Johnson’s charges responded in clinical fashion, with Jamie Paterson and Diedhiou turning the contest on its head. Bristol City were fifth and four points clear of seventh after a 3-2 win over West Bromwic...

Steve Bruce “very pleased” as Sheffield Wednesday keep playoff hopes alive

Bannan scored one and made the other. Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce hailed his side’s performance in their 2-0 win against Bristol City and praised Barry Bannan’s match-winning performance. Bannan opened the scoring in the 17th minute with stunning strike into the top corner from 25 yards that left Max O’Leary with no chance. The Owls doubled their lead in the 39th minute when Bannan clipped a delightful ball behind the City defence to Lucas Joao, who calmly lifted the ball over O’Leary and into the back of the net. The Robins fought hard in the second half but could not pull a goal back. Famara Diedhiou and Josh Brownhill came close, but both saw their efforts stopped by Cameron Dawson. Bruce said: “I couldn’t wish for anything more from them. Th...

Neil Warnock: “We’re alive and kicking”

Neil Warnock declared Cardiff’s Premier League survival bid “alive and kicking” after securing a vital 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Brighton. The 18th-placed Bluebirds arrived at the Amex Stadium five points adrift of their opponents and with many bookmakers and pundits writing off their chances of avoiding an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship. Goals either side of half-time from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison reduced the deficit to two points with four fixtures remaining. Despite facing title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday and finishing the season at Manchester United, City manager Warnock retains hope of pulling off an unlikely great escape. “There were so many pundits this morning said it would be our last game in the Premier League. We’re...

Result: Marco Matias brace keeps Sheffield Wednesday playoff hopes alive

Marco Matias struck twice as Sheffield Wednesday kept their play-off ambitions alive with a 3-0 Sky Bet Championship victory over Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough. All of the goals came in 20 frantic second-half minutes as Forest, who gave as good as they got in the opening period, fell apart under sustained pressure. The 29-year-old Matias grabbed his first Owls brace either side of George Boyd’s fine effort as the hosts bounced straight back after suffering their first defeat of the Steve Bruce era on Saturday. The result continues Forest’s awful away record – they have not won in 13 on the road – and leaves their own promotion ambitions hanging by a thread. Both teams made wholesale changes after losing at the weekend, with Bruce’s decision to bring in Matias and Mart...

Result: Newcastle Falcons beat Sale Sharks to keep survival hopes alive

Newcastle’s Premiership relegation battle is set to go right down to the wire after a 22-17 win over Sale. The Falcons went into the match at St James’ Park – billed The Big One – seven points adrift after Worcester won 27-25 at Bristol. The Falcons clawed that back to three with a rousing second-half show in front of a crowd of 27,284 in which they came back from 10-6 down at half-time to win 22-17, with scrum-half Sonatane Takulua kicking five penalties and converting a Toby Flood try. The Sharks were quickly out of the blocks, forcing the Falcons onto the back foot, and they dominated for much of the first half. Despite an early missed penalty scrum-half Faf De Klerk sparked a sixth-minute try with a sweeping run and a lovely offload to Tom Curry who sent Denny Solomona care...

Result: Mullin strikes late to keep Staggies alive in the cup

The winner of the replay will face Dundee United. Josh Mullin hit a stoppage-time equaliser to keep Ross County in the William Hill Scottish Cup and deny Inverness a first Highland derby victory in eight games. Caley Thistle twice led through goals from Aaron Doran and Brad McKay but substitutes Ross Stewart and Mullin both netted for the hosts in a 2-2 draw. Inverness had the better of the fifth-round tie but they were left sickened by another draw – they have had 12 in the Ladbrokes Championship this season. Scott Fox pushed away a Joe Chalmers free-kick but was beaten moments later by Doran’s powerful strike on the turn from 20 yards in the 13th minute. Michael Gardyne was at the heart of a decent spell of pressure as the hosts tried to hit back. The midfielder dragged a shot well wide ...

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