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Wolverhampton Wanderers to beat Arsenal to centre-back deal?

Wolverhampton Wanderers plan an £18m bid for Olympiacos centre-back Pape Abou Cisse, according to a report. Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly preparing an £18m bid for Olympiacos defender Pape Abou Cisse. The 23-year-old, who has made 50 appearances for Olympiacos since a 2017 move from Ajaccio, is believed to be a transfer target for Arsenal ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. Indeed, the Gunners have been credited with an interest in the centre-back amid suggestions that his Greek club could be prepared to sell for £10m in this summer’s transfer window. According to Gavros.Gr, though, Wolves are on the verge of launching an £18m offer for the towering defender, who was a part of the Senegal squad that competed at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations. Nuno Espirito Santo‘...

Result: Harry Kane scores last-gasp halfway line winner as Spurs beat Juventus

Harry Kane scores a last-gasp winner from the halfway line as Tottenham Hotspur beat Juventus 3-2 in their International Champions Cup clash in Singapore. Harry Kane scored a sensational 93rd-minute winner from the halfway line to fire Tottenham Hotspur to a 3-2 victory over Juventus in their International Champions Cup clash in Singapore this afternoon. An entertaining contest looked set for penalties after Lucas Moura had equalised following quickfire goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo, which had cancelled out Erik Lamela‘s opener. However, Kane produced a moment of magic with the last meaningful kick of the game to lob Wojciech Szczesny from inside the centre circle as Spurs made a winning start to their pre-season campaign. © Reuters Maurizio Sarri named a strong te...

Result: Wolves beat Manchester City on penalties to win Premier League Asia Trophy

Wolverhampton Wanderers win the Premier League Asia Trophy by seeing off Manchester City on penalties, with Saturday’s final in Shanghai having ended goalless. Wolverhampton Wanderers have won the Premier League Asia Trophy courtesy of a penalty-shootout victory over Manchester City in Shanghai. After Saturday’s final had ended goalless, Rui Patricio saved from Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Lukas Nmecha as Wolves prevailed by a 3-2 scoreline. Conor Coady and Max Kilman both missed for Wolves, although goals from Ryan Bennett, Taylor Perry and Ruben Vinagre proved enough to guide Wolves to glory on their first appearance in the tournament. City went straight onto the front foot at the Hongkou Stadium as Raheem Sterling forced an early save out of Patricio, while Kevin De Bruyn...

Result: Aymen Souda stars as Livingston beat Ayr United

Aymen and Ricki open goal accounts in Betfred Cup success. Aymen Souda and Ricki Lamie netted their first goals for Livingston as the Lions claimed a 2-1 Betfred Cup win over Ayr. Souda illuminated the first half with a dazzling display, opening the scoring with a fine low drive, striking the post and tormenting the Honest Men with tricks, flicks and direct running. The French-Tunisian front-man faded in the second period – as did Livi, with Andy Murdoch restoring parity for the visitors seven minutes after the restart. However, a last-gasp strike from the unlikely source of Lamie was enough to send the Almondvale outfit to the summit of Group G. Livingston were the first to threaten when former Ayr favourite Nicky Devlin, making his debut following a summer switch from Walsall, produced a...

Result: Hearts beat Dundee United on penalties in League Cup opener

Hearts earned a Betfred Cup bonus point after prevailing against Dundee United in a penalty shoot-out at Tynecastle. The sides could not be separated in an action-packed 90 minutes and Nicky Clark‘s missed spot-kick proved decisive for Ladbrokes Championship club United. Lawrence Shankland handed the Tangerines a ninth-minute breakthrough before Andrew Irving cancelled it out with his first goal for Hearts, making it 1-1 in the 44th minute. Irving was later sent off, with just six minutes remaining, after appearing to handle on the edge of his own box as he prevented Clark from driving through on goal on the break. And, with open play failing to find a winner, Hearts’ 100 per cent success rate from the spot earned them an extra point. At a rain-lashed Tynecastle it did not take...

Result: Algeria beat Ivory Coast on penalties to reach AFCON semi-finals

Les Fennecs will face Nigeria in Sunday’s semi-final. Wilfried Bony missed from the spot as Algeria edged past the Ivory Coast in a dramatic penalty shoot-out to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals. Sofiane Feghouli had fired Les Fennecs into a 20th-minute lead and then saw team-mate Baghdad Bounedjah squander a second-half penalty before Jonathan Kodjia levelled in a tight encounter in Suez. But substitute Bony and skipper Serey Die both failed from the spot to send Algeria through 4-3 on penalties to set up a last-four clash with Nigeria in Cairo on Sunday. Kodjia failed to make the most of two early chances and Algeria took full advantage when Amir Bensebaini found space on the left with 20 minutes gone and crossed for Feghouli to sweep a shot past keeper Sylvain Gbohouo. ...

Result: Celtic come from behind to beat Sarajevo in Champions League qualifier

Celtic came from behind to convincingly beat Sarajevo 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League first qualifying round clash at the Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium. The Scottish champions were stunned in Bosnia and Herzegovina when Mirko Oremus opened the scoring for the home side in the 29th minute following a corner. However, Neil Lennon‘s side were soon back level as 20-year-old Mikey Johnston thundered in a leveller from 25 yards six minutes later. French striker Odsonne Edouard started this season with a classy finish in 51st minute before substitute Scott Sinclair, on for James Forrest, added a third with a cheeky finish. It was the first qualifying game of a potential four rounds to make the group stages and the Glasgow club clearly have the upper hand. The return game is at...

Result: USA beat Netherlands to win fourth Women’s World Cup

The United States won the Women’s World Cup for a fourth time, beating Holland 2-0 in Lyon. After being thwarted by a series of excellent Sari Van Veenendaal saves in the first half, the US took the lead in the 61st minute when Megan Rapinoe coolly converted a penalty awarded via VAR. Rose Lavelle doubled the lead eight minutes later as the holders made sure of a successful defence of the title. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Congrats, @USWNT! #LaGrandeFinale | #USANED🇺🇸🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/YgrovxrBAa — FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 7, 2019 They become the second team to win the competition twice in a row, matching the feat of 2003 and 2007 champions Germany. Both US successes have been achieved under the management of Jill Ellis, who was born in England. Rapinoe’s spot-kick saw her finish alongsid...

Leicester City ‘beat Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur to Youri Tielemans’

Youri Tielemans is reportedly in advanced talks with Leicester City and is close to signing a long-term deal, despite interest from other Premier League clubs. Leicester City are reportedly confident that they have beaten Premier League rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans. The Belgium international impressed during his half-season loan with Leicester last season, scoring three goals and bagging four assists in 13 league matches. Tielemans’ form has gained him plenty of admirers, with Man United and Spurs both showing an interest, but The Sun claims that Leicester are closing in on a permanent deal for the 22-year-old. The report indicates that Tielemans jetted into the East Midlands on Friday to finalise terms on a five-yea...

Result: Peru beat Chile to set up Copa America final with Brazil

Peru book their spot in the 2019 Copa America final courtesy of a 3-0 win over defending champions Chile. Peru booked their spot in the 2019 Copa America final courtesy of a 3-0 win over Chile in the tournament’s second semi-final on Wednesday night. Competition hosts Brazil overcame Argentina on Tuesday to advance to the final and the Selecao have now been joined by Ricardo Gareca‘s side, who will be bidding to win the competition for a third time. Defending champions Chile were seen as the favourites to progress from last-four tie, but goals from Edison Flores, Yoshimar Yotun and Paolo Guerrero saw Peru triumph in impressive fashion. © Reuters Peru had made the final four despite winning just one of their four matches in normal time, but it was the third time in the last four...

Result: Netherlands beat Sweden in extra time to reach World Cup final

Holland booked their place in Sunday’s World Cup final after a 1-0 extra-time win over Sweden. A goal from Manchester United’s Jackie Groenen eventually gave the European champions the breakthrough in the ninth minute of added time, breaking Swedish hearts and sealing a place in the World Cup final for the first time. They will play the United States on Sunday. Both teams struck the woodwork in normal time after fingertip saves –  but neither were able to find the net. Groenen eventually found the first goal in the 99th minute, firing into the bottom corner to give her side the lead after the game went beyond regulation. #LaGrandeFinale is confirmed! ➡️ @USWNT vs @oranjevrouwen➡️ Sunday – 17:00➡️ #USANED 🇺🇸🇳🇱 YES! pic.twitter.com/s3KGlG7QdW — FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFA...

Result: Brazil beat Argentina to book place in Copa America final

Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fire host nation Brazil into the final of the 2019 Copa America at the expense of bitter rivals Argentina. Brazil have booked their place in the final of the Copa America for the first time since 2007 courtesy of a 2-0 victory over bitter rivals Argentina in Belo Horizonte. Premier League duo Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino were on the scoresheet as the host nation inflicted more major tournament misery on Argentina, who have lost four of the last five Copa America finals and are still without a trophy since 1993. The final scoreline was harsh on the visitors, who hit the woodwork through Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi, but Lionel Scaloni‘s side ultimately went unrewarded for arguably their best performance of the tournament to date. Bra...

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