Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Manchester United are preparing a £60m bid to take Willian from Chelsea this summer.
  • Norwich midfielder Ben Godfrey is attracting interest after a breakthrough season with Shrewsbury Town.
  • Gerard Pique has fired back at critics who claim he “betrayed” Barcelona by producing Antoine Griezmann’s Nou-Camp snub video.
  • Mario Balotelli would suit Marseille but a deal is far from confirmed, his agent Mino Raiola has said.
  • England face a huge fight with Spain and Ecuador for Charlton whizz-kid Jeremy Sarmiento.
  • FIFA had to send helicopters to spray insecticide on plagues of midges where England will play Tunisia in Volgograd.
  • Ilkay Gundogan says he will commit his long-term future to Manchester City.
  • Watford will complete the £8million signing of Adam Masina from Bologna this week.
  • Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson will offer Jack Wilshere an escape route from Arsenal this summer.
  • Spain legend Xavi believes the ‘Pep Guardiola effect’ could help England to exceed expectations at the World Cup finals.
  • Crystal Palace have joined the chase for Arsenal’s unsettled midfielder Jack Wilshere.
  • West Ham must meet Lazio’s £35million valuation of Felipe Anderson if they want to sign the attacker.
  • Former Celtic man Liam Henderson is set to sign for Fiorentina from Bari.
  • The Sweden coach Janne Andersson has played down a spying row with one his coaches and South Korea.
  • Liverpool have agreed a professional contract with Rhian Brewster, understood to be a five-year deal.
  • Ashley Young faces a fight with Danny Rose to make the England left-back spot his own.
  • Leicester are close to signing James Maddison in a £25million deal from Norwich.
  • Arsenal have brought in Newcastle’s goalkeeper coach Chris Terpcou.
  • Chelsea transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly is not for sale this summer, according to Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis.
  • Sergio Aguero claims Argentina are rallying around Lionel Messi after his penalty nightmare against Iceland.
  • Rangers boss Steven Gerrard claims last season’s squad were not fit enough to take on Celtic.
  • Callum Davidson is set to quit St Johnstone for a coaching job at Stoke City.
  • Jason Holt has skipped Rangers’ pre-season trip to Spain to hold talks with former Ibrox team-mate Joey Barton over a move to Fleetwood.
  • Steven Gerrard is ready to run his Rangers side ragged in Spain to get them fitter for next season.
  • New Stoke boss Gary Rowett wants to bring St Johnstone number two Callum Davidson to the Potters.

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Raiola On Pogba Criticism: The French Love To Criticise Their Heroes

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Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola believes his match-winning performance against Australia has cemented his greatness, as the midfielder has been caught under the spotlight again.

The former Juventus man faced heavy criticism at Manchester United, where his importance to the squad was under a cloud more than once. The noise followed him to Russia.

However, he responded in resounding fashion, hitting the goal that secured all points for Les Bleus, however, it has been reduced to an Aziz Behich own goal. Raiola hopes his detractors will not fail to hail him when he impresses.

The so-called ‘super agent’, who manages the midfielder’s career away from the field, told RMC Sport: “Paul confirmed once again what a great player he is and the importance he has in the team. He is a true ambassador for France.

“France ought to be proud to have him in the side and not always criticise, but then the French do love to criticise their heroes and it’s not just Pogba.

“I also think [Blaise] Matuidi coming off the bench changed the game and the whole energy of the team, as he is a winner and an amazing guy. That’s how he conquered Juventus and Italy too.

“I don’t know why the coach [Didier Deschamps] decided to leave him out of the starting XI, but he came on and everyone saw what he could do. I’m proud of him.

“I think in France they don’t like heroes, as there is so much envy and jealousy. I don’t see why they are criticised so much when they can write football history.

“Pogba in particular always stays positive, works hard and has nothing to prove. He does what the coach wants and is a perfect ambassador on and off the field.

“France have the quality and strength in depth to win the World Cup. If the media can be a little more positive, that won’t hurt.”

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Rohr: Nigeria Can Qualify If We Beat Iceland

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Coach Gernot Rohr of Nigeria is not giving up hope of making it to the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, despite losing 2-0 to Croatia in their first match.

Nigeria conceded both goals from poor defending of corner kicks, as Oghenekaro Etebo put the ball in his own net from a diving Mandzukic header. Troost-Ekong fouled Mandzukic in the box, in an attempt to get at a corner kick. The resulting penalty was duly converted by Modric.

Rohr admitted his fault at the poor set piece defending of his squad, and is hoping to get a win against Iceland in their next group fixture.

“We are disappointed. We recognise that Croatia had the better team tonight and my young players made mistakes, again on the corners,” Rohr said after the game.

“The first goal was a corner, the second goal a penalty from a corner. There were also many fouls in the other box, they could have also given a penalty for us. Now we have to win against Iceland. If we win the next game, all is possible for qualification.”

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Rohr: Nigeria Can Qualify If We Beat Iceland

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Coach Gernot Rohr of Nigeria is not giving up hope of making it to the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, despite losing 2-0 to Croatia in their first match.

Nigeria conceded both goals from poor defending of corner kicks, as Oghenekaro Etebo put the ball in his own net from a diving Mandzukic header. Troost-Ekong fouled Mandzukic in the box, in an attempt to get at a corner kick. The resulting penalty was duly converted by Modric.

Rohr admitted his fault at the poor set piece defending of his squad, and is hoping to get a win against Iceland in their next group fixture.

“We are disappointed. We recognise that Croatia had the better team tonight and my young players made mistakes, again on the corners,” Rohr said after the game.

“The first goal was a corner, the second goal a penalty from a corner. There were also many fouls in the other box, they could have also given a penalty for us. Now we have to win against Iceland. If we win the next game, all is possible for qualification.”

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#WorldCupWith360Nobs: Rose Says, England Ready For World Cup After Iceland Blip

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England international, Danny Rose, says the Three Lions are better prepared for the World Cup, thanks to their embarrassment at the hands of Iceland at Euro 2016.

England starts their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign on Monday, facing Tunisia, as they hope to go all the way.

Rose was not regular in the Tottenham squad and is competing with Ashley Young for a spot in the starting XI.

“I can only speak about the Euros and what’s happening now,” he said.

“But some of the preparation for the Euros I would have liked to do differently, especially for the Iceland game.

 

“That was… well. What we were doing in training was completely different to how Iceland played in the game.

“I can say now everything we’ve done in training is exactly what we’ve seen in the videos from Tunisia.

“So there can be no excuses, no arguments. The gaffer has given us the right tools to be ready for Monday.”

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#WorldCupWith360nobs: Iran Players Have Strong Words For Nike After They Took Away Their Football Boots

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Two Iran players Karim Ansarifard and Alireza Jahanbakhsh had strong words for kit supplier Nike following their team’s 1-0 win against Morocco

Nike withdrew the squad’s supply of boots earlier this week due to global economic sanctions against the Asian country ahead of the tournament in Russia.

“What Nike did to us was very wrong,” Ansarifard said after the match: “I don’t want to comment too much on it. But I can tell you, as a footballer, we don’t compare diplomatic and political problems to sports.”

Iran won their group opener after Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal in second-half stoppage time to give Carlos Queiroz’s team the three points and top spot in Group B thanks to a draw later on Friday between Spain and Portugal.

The team’s star winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh went further in his criticism of the American brand, saying: “To be honest we didn’t care actually. What they have done is a little bit disrespectful.

“In my opinion — and we spoke with the other players in the team as we had a meeting about this — politics has nothing to do with sport and with football, such a beautiful game. You don’t have to involve this kind of thing with this game.

“That is something that unfortunately this brand did and, well, it’s their responsibility to do such a thing but the image they have [projected] at least for 80 million people in Iran is not a really nice image.”

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Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu ‘Pissed Off’ By Antoine Griezmann Snub- Gerard Pique

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says club president Josep Maria Bartomeu was left “pissed off” by Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico Madrid

Gerard Pique also defended his involvement in the documentary which saw Griezmann confirm he was staying at Atletico Madrid on Thursday. Pique’s company Kosmos Studios produced the documentary — titled “The Decision” in a nod to Lebron James’ 2010 ESPN television special of the same name — which charted the past few months of Griezmann’s life as he decided what to do next season.

“I spoke with Bartomeu [on Friday] morning, he called me, everything is fine,” he added. “He’s pissed off because he wanted Antoine Griezmann to sign and thought he would end up coming.

“But Barca are much bigger than one player. If one player doesn’t want to come, he will have his reasons, be that sporting or financial, but there are others that will come.”

Pique has hit back at suggestions that his involvement in the documentary displayed a lack of respect towards his club.

However, Pique says he’s been shocked by some of the reviews and explained that he, too, only found out on Thursday that Griezmann was staying at Atletico.

“It’s surprising to hear doubts about my commitment towards the club,” Pique told reporters after Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal at the World Cup on Friday.

“Obviously, at the end of the day, it’s one of my companies, but that’s it. Griezmann told me months ago there was the chance he could come to [Barca] and he didn’t know what to do. I proposed the documentary and my team got to work.

“We thought it was a good idea, a way to show people how these important decisions are made. From there, I completely disconnected myself from it, obviously.”

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#WorldCupWith360nobs: France Have To Do A Lot Better – Dider Deschamps

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France coach Didier Deschamps has acknowledged that his team must improve significantly after they laboured to a 2-1 win over Australia in their World Cup Group C opener at the Kazan Arena.

France benefited from the competition’s first use of VAR technology when they were awarded a debatable second-half penalty, which was converted by Antoine Griezmann.

Uruguayan official Andres Cunha initially played on after Josh Risdon‘s challenge on Griezmann before pointing to the spot, having consulted video replays at the side of the pitch.

“It was not easy, but winning the first match is very important,” Deschamps told L’Equipe. “It was complicated today with a team who gave us a hard time. It’s hard to explain everything. We missed a change of pace, a little juice

“At the end of the match, we had a few more opportunities. It’s hard for everyone, apart from the first match of the Russians against Saudi Arabia. We did the job. But we can do better, do a lot better.”

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#WorldCupWith360nobs: Mohamed Salah Fit To Play Egypt’s Second World Cup Match Vs Russia

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Liverpool have confirmed that Mohamed Salah is now fit to play for Egypt in their World Cup Group A second game against tournament hosts Russia.

Although Mohamed Salah was included in Egypt’s World Cup squad, he did not take part in the Pharaohs’ opener against Uruguay, which finished 1-0 to the South Americans.

An update on the official Liverpool site has now claimed that the Egyptian Football Association has declared Salah ready for Tuesday’s game in St Petersburg.

“He was fit to play against Uruguay but the coach did not want to take the risk,” the EFA is quoted as saying.

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Argentina Deserved To Beat Iceland – Lionel Messi

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Argentina captain Lionel Messi has claimed that they were better than  Iceland in their World Cup opener and deserved to get more out of the Group D encounter than a 1-1 draw.

Argentina took the lead in the first half through Sergio Aguero, but the tournament debutants hit back at the Otkrytiye Arena through Alfred Finnbogason.

Messi had the chance to put Argentina ahead from the penalty spot, but his tame effort was easily kept out by Hannes Halldorsson as the spoils were shared in Moscow.

“We had a hard time creating chances,” Messi is quoted by Mundo Albiceleste as saying. “We’re going to go out there to beat Croatia [on June 21].

“We were superior [to Iceland]. We tried but it wasn’t to be. Missing the penalty hurt.

“Worried? No, I’m angry and it hurts because I missed the penalty. I feel responsible for not having the three points. It would have changed everything.

“We are calm. We don’t have to go crazy. We just started and we know it won’t be easy. It hurts because we deserved to win.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossip This Morning

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  • Manchester United’s Anthony Martial is wanted by Tottenham and Chelsea.
  • Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid career has been given a lifeline because Julen Lopetegui can speak English whereas Zinedine Zidane could not.
  • West Ham believe they can complete the signing of Jack Wilshere.
  • Southampton are on the brink of pulling off the shock signing of Norwich City’s highly-rated 15-goal midfielder James Maddison.
  • Callum Wilson wants a £60,000-a-week package to stay with Bournemouth.
  • Daniel Sturridge is set to start pre-season at Liverpool – and attempt to fight his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
  • Manchester United have slapped a £75m price-tag on unhappy striker Anthony Martial to scare off rival clubs.
  • Harry Kane has revealed he wants to be a captain to be remembered – just like David Beckham.
  • Roberto Firmino admits he is finding it difficult to forget the Champions League final – but hopes World Cup glory can put that right.
  • England’s bid to go far in the World Cup will include the players wearing battery-powered heated trousers throughout the tournament to combat injury-threatening changes in temperature.
  • Jack Wilshere fears he will not be a key player under Unai Emery and is giving serious consideration to leaving Arsenal.
  • Maurizio Sarri is growing increasingly confident agreement will be reached between Chelsea and Napoli to smooth his appointment as head coach at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian likely to be joined by his compatriot Gianfranco Zola in some capacity at the club.
  • Boca Juniors are making an impassioned plea to Wilmar Barrios to postpone a move to Tottenham until the January transfer window after Spurs stepped up their interest in the Colombia midfielder.
  • Slaven Belupo’s sporting director Zvonomir Simunovic reckons new Rangers signing Nikola Katic can become the next Dejan Lovren.

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Germany Vs Mexico: Match Preview, Team News, Prediction, Statistics, Head To Head #WorldCupWith360nobs

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World Cup – Gp F

  • Germany vs Mexico
  • 4:00 pm Sunday 17th June
  • Luzhniki Stadium  

World Cup defending champions Germany will be looking to put a rocky pre World Cup build-up preparation behind them when they face Mexico in their opening Group F game in the Luzhniki Stadium

Germany will feel the need to make a statement of intent as they begin the defence of their trophy off the back of a bad year of results, and Mexico may well feel that this is the best time to go all out and defeat Germany

Mexico were the first CONCACAF side to qualify for the World Cup, topping their fifth round group table.  Hirving Lozano top-scored for Mexico in qualifying, scoring three goals.

Head to head

Germany and Mexico have faced each other 11 times, with the former winning six times. Mexico have won just once – back in 1985, against West Germany.

The last time the teams met, Germany defeated Mexico 4-1 in the Confederations Cup in June 2017.

Team news

Mesut Ozil has fully recovered from a minor knee injury, Germany coach Joachim Low said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Boateng is expected to be fit to start after returning from a groin injury.

His Bayern Munich team-mate Manuel Neuer could also start in goal after making his comeback from eight months out in Germany’s 2-1 defeat to Austria on June 2.

Mexico have no injury concerns.

Possible Lineups

Germany: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Goretzka; Muller; Draxler; Werner

Mexico:: Ochoa; Salcedo, Layun, Moreno, Araujo; Reyes; Herrera, Guardado, Lozano; Vela; Hernandez

360nobs prediction

Germany 2 Vs 1 Mexico

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Brazil Vs Switzerland: Match Preview, Team News, Prediction, Statistics, Head To Head #WorldCupWith360nobs

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World Cup – Gp E

  • Brazil vs Switzerland
  • 7:00 pm Sunday 17th June
  • Rostov Arena  

Brazil are the favourites this year to win the World Cup and will be hoping to add a sixth World Cup title to their trophy cabinet. 

Thet have had an excellent form, losing only one game out of 21 games and conceding a mere five goals in the process. 

Switzerland, on the other hand, are looking to give the Brazilians a challenge, after only losing one out of 17 games since the Euro 2016.

Brazil maintained their strong form since qualifying for Russia, with their 3-0  victory over Austria last week

Head To Head

 Brazil and Switzerland have played each other three times and both teams have won one, drawn one and lost one.

Their first meeting was a 2-2 draw at the 1950 World Cup and their most recent encounter was a 1-0 win for the Swiss nation in 2015

Brazil’s win over Switzerland was a 2-1 friendly triumph in November 2006.

Team news

Neymar is back to fitness having played and scored in two warm-up matches for Brazil

Switzerland will have to do without thier striker Admir Mehmedi, who is ruled out by injury

Possible Line-ups

Brazil: Alisson, Marcelo, Miranda, Silva, Danilo, Coutinho, Casemiro, Paulinho, Neymar, Jesus, Willian

Switzerland: Sommer, Rodriguez, Djourou, Schar, Lichtsteiner, Xhaka, Behrami, Embolo, Dzemaili, Shaqiri, Seferovic

360nobs prediction

Brazil 3 Vs 0 Switzerland

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Costa Rica Vs Serbia: Match Preview, Team News, Prediction, Statistics, Head To Head #WorldCupWith360nobs

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Serbia and Costa Rica begin their World Cup campaigns on Sunday in what is expected to be a very tight match between two countries with limited resources

In Group E Brazil will be favourites to win the group, but all three other nations will think they are capable of finishing second in the table to reach the last 16.

Serbia will approach the match on the back of a morale-boosting 5-1 win over Bolivia.  Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a hat-trick, with Adam Ljajic and Branislav Ivanovic also netting. Ivanovic’s goal (below) was a thing of real beauty.

Costa Rica lost two and won just one of their warm-up matches prior to the World Cup. Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell and Francisco Calvo scored in their 3-0 win over Northern Ireland before they were beaten 2-0 and 4-1 by England and Belgium respectively.

Kick-off time

Costa Rica will play Serbia at Samara Arena, Samara, with kick-off scheduled for 1pm BST on Sunday, June 17.

Head to head

This will be the first time that Costa Rica and Serbia will play each other

Recent Form

Last Six Matches:

Costa Rica: LLWLWL

Serbia: WLWLDW 

Costa Rica probable starting lineup:
Keylor Navas; Gamboa, Gonzalez, Acosta Johnny, Oscar  Duarte, Bryan Oviedo; Bolanos, Guzman, Urena, Borges, Joel Campbell; 

Serbia probable starting lineup:
Vladmir Stojkovic; Rukavina, Branislav Ivanovic, Aleksandr Kolarov,Tosic ;  Nemanja Matic, Milinkovic-Savic; Tadic, Ljajic, Kostic; Mitrovic

360nobs Prediction

Costa Rica 1 Vs 1 Serbia

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Croatia 2 Vs 0 Nigeria: Super Eagles Under-perform As Croatia Are Off To A Perfect Start #WorldCupWith360Nobs

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Croatia defeated The Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-0 in a game which, overall, lacked quality.
Croatia had been the better side and kept the ball more but didn’t give an excellent performance.

It took an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo to give Croatia the lead

The ball, unfortunately, struck Etebo following a Mandžukić header and rolled into his own net.

Luka Modrić put a second goal in the bottom left corner after sending the keeper diving the other way, which effectively spelt the end for Nigeria.

Kelechi Iheanacho, on a substitute, got clear down the left, but Ahmed Musa’s shot was bravely blocked by Strinic.

Croatia moved to the top of Group D ahead of the showdown against Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod on June 21st.

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Vrsaljko, Vida,  Dejan Lovren, Strinic; Rakitic,Modric; Rebic (Kovacic, 78 mins), Kramaric (Brozovic, 60 mins), Perisic; Mandzukic (Pjaca, 85 mins). Booked: Rakitic,Brozovic.

NIGERIA (4-2-3-1): Francis Uzoho; Shehu, Balogun, Ekong, Idowu; Ndidi, Etebo; Moses, Mikel (Simy, 88 mins), Iwobi (Musa, 62 mins); Ighalo (Iheanacho, 73 mins). Booked: Troost-Ekong.

Referee: Sandro Ricci

MATCH GALLERY

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#WorldCupWith360nobs: Argentina Coach Jorge Sampaoli Frustrated By Draw Vs Iceland

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“It was an uncomfortable match because Iceland were playing very defensively, blocking all spaces.”

Sampaoli said that Argentina started slowly and wasted too much time passing the ball around innocuously in midfield — although he may have played a part in that by fielding two defensive players, Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia, in front of the defence.

“In the first 20 minutes, we didn’t move the ball around quickly enough to worry our opponents and they had a lot of people in the penalty area,” he said.

“We were very slow on the ball and we didn’t use our numbers on the left side of the pitch.

“Maybe we needed to be more creative in the first half – perhaps we needed some more through balls from midfield such as the one which led to the penalty.”

The draw left Argentina in an uncomfortable position in Group D with matches against Croatia and Nigeria still to come.

“The major problem is that we didn’t win and get the three points we wanted,” said Sampaoli. We will learn from what happened and we have to have the strength to win the next game.”

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Argentina 1-1 Iceland: Messi Misses Penalty In Group D Opener

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The first timers at the World Cup, Iceland held their own against two-time winners, Argentina, with goalie Halldorsson saving a Messi penalty that could have sealed all points for Albiceleste.

The opener of Group D between Iceland and Argentina ended in a surprising draw at the Spartak stadium in Moscow.

The Albiceleste attacked in waves and held most of the ball, however, with Messi having an off day, the Icelanders embraced the pressure and attacked on the back foot.

It took Argentina 19 minutes to open the scoring, thanks to a brilliant finish from Aguero. However, four minutes later, parity was restored thanks to Finnborgason, who found the net after a sloppy clearance from the South Americans.

The first half ended with Argentina seeing their chances saved by Halldorsson. Messi must have felt he was going to get his first goal, when a penalty was awarded. Unfortunately for the Barcelona star, he found his shot saved with ease.

The game ended with a frustrated Albiceleste and a happy ending for the Icelanders.

Photo gallery

Enjoy the images from Iceland’s memorable 1-1 draw with Argentina in their FIFA World Cup debut.

“This is a great success for Iceland. I firmly believe that Argentina will go far in this World Cup, so it’s a fantastic result for us. We could not give them too much space, knowing the talent they have. But although they had some good opportunities, so did we. We wanted to use the space behind them more than we did – but it’s difficult when you don’t have the ball!”

Heimir Hallgrimsson, Iceland coach

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“Messi was in a very uncomfortable situation because Iceland played very defensively. He couldn’t find the space he needs. But we still believe in ourselves and we know that we have all the tools to succeed.”

Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina coach

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Pogba Scores As France Edge Out Australia #WorldCupWith360nobs

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Paul Pogba scored the goal that proved the match-winner as a stuttering France started their World Cup campaign with a win over Australia on Saturday, June 16, in Kazan in a match featuring two penalties and significant interventions from technology.

Antoine Griezmann also made World Cup history by winning and scoring the first-ever penalty to be awarded by VAR before Mile Jedinak equalised from the spot.

Didier Deschamps’s men, who were the runners-up on home soil at Euro 2016, flattered to deceive for much of the game before Pogba spared their blushes with eight minutes remaining, his deflected strike ensuring they began their Group C campaign with all three points.

Up next for France will be a match against Peru in Ekaterinburg on Thursday, immediately after Australia play Denmark in Samara.

The group finishes on Tuesday 26 June, with Denmark playing France at the Luzhniki in Moscow and Australia playing Peru in Sochi.

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Transfer Rumour: Neymar Offered To Barcelona

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It is no secret that Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Neymar, but reports have it he has been offered to his former club Barcelona.

It was a shocking event when the Brazilian decided to leave Barcelona for Ligue 1 capital club, Paris Saint Germain for a world record fee of €222 million.

His father, who is also his agent, Neymar Sr, played a key role in engineering that move and it is reported he has offered the forward to a host of clubs, to test the probability of him leaving France.

Barcelona will definitely be keen on taking him back, after their attempt to sign Griezmann fell through. The Catalans were prepared to pay the France international’s buyout clause, only for him to commit his future to Atletico.

All in all, the possibility of a return to Barcelona is not too bleak for Neymar, who is also wanted by Real Madrid.

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Peru V Denmark: The Preview, Team News, Head To Head And Prediction #WorldCupWith360Nobs

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The Preview

 

It is a combined 40 years since Peru and Denmark last played the World Cup. Peru making it to the competition in 1982, while the men from Denmark missed out on Brazil 2014

The second game of Group C kicks off at 17:00 WAT at Mordovia later today.

Both teams will be hoping for a win, as they are paired with red hot favourites, France, who play Australia at 11:00.

Peru came alive in the closing stages of qualifying, going six games without a loss and will rely heavily on the attacking trident of Guerrero, Farfan and Flores. They boast a young side full of hunger and eager to display.

Denmark were consistent throughout the qualifying, scoring 22 goals and conceding nine in ten games. Their play will be centered around Eriksen, who scored half of their qualifying goals. Premier League winner, Kasper Schmeichel will take up the role between the sticks, mirroring his father.

Did You Know

  • Both teams qualified for Russia via the playoffs
  • Both teams have never passed the quarterfinals stage
  • Peru have reached the quarterfinals twice
  • Denmark reached the quarterfinals just once

Possible Line-ups

Peru: Pedro Galesse, Luis Advincula, Alberto Rodriguez, Christian Ramos, Miguel Trauco, Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yoton, Edison Flores, Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan, Paolo Guerrero

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel, Jens Stryger Larsen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard, William Kvist, Tomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Pione Sisto, Nicolai Jorgensen, Yurary Poulsen

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Croatia Vs Nigeria: Match Preview, Team News, Prediction, Statistics, Head To Head #WorldCupWith360nobs

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World Cup – Gp D

  • Croatia vs Nigeria
  • 8:00 pm Saturday 16th June
  • Kaliningrad Stadium  

Croatia and Nigeria meet for the first time in Kaliningrad on Saturday in a World Cup clash that could prove crucial to their chances of making it out of the group stage.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are the lowest-ranked side in the group, reached the last 16 in Brazil four years ago but come into this tournament having failed to win any of their last four friendlies, with manager Gernot Rohr hinting he will revert back to previous formations to help the Super Eagles seal a victory.

Croatia boasts the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in their ranks but failed to progress from the group stage in Brazil and needed a play-off to reach Russia.

Since qualifying for the World Cup, the Croats have registered two wins and as many defeats in international friendlies, keeping only one clean sheet during that run and finding the net three times.

Since beating Poland in Wroclaw thanks to a Victor Moses penalty, Nigeria have gone four matches without a win, a run which includes a 2-1 friendly defeat to England at Wembley Stadium.

Team news

Question marks remain over Croatia’s left-back position, though Ivan Strinic is being tipped to get the nod, as well as how best to deploy versatile forward Andrej Kramaric.

An injury forced Moses Simon to pull out of the Nigeria squad ahead of the tournament, although Leicester midfielder Wilfried Ndidi is fit to play despite some concerns over his inclusion.

Croatia possible starting lineup:
Subasic; Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Strinic; Brozovic, Rakitic; Kramaric, Modric, Perisic; Mandzukic

Nigeria possible starting lineup:
Uzoho; Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Abdullahi, Idowu; Ndidi, Onazi; Iwobi, Mikel, Moses; Ighalo

Head To Head

This will be the first time that Croatia and Nigeria have faced each other.

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Croatia 1 Vs 2  Nigeria

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France vs Australia: Match Preview, Team News, Prediction, Statistics, Head To Head #WorldCupWith360nobs

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World Cup – Gp C

  • France vs Australia
  • 11:00 am Saturday 16th June
  • Kazan Arena  

France will kick off their 2018 World Cup campaign against  Australia at the Kazan Arena on Saturday in Group C’s opening match

France are one of the favourites to win the tournament, but head coach Didier Deschamps faces tough choices over his front three.

He started Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud with the substitutes team in training on Wednesday, suggesting 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele could start in the Group C clash against Australia along with Antoine Griezmann.

Australia could drop Mile Jedinak but head coach Bert van Marwijk might play Massimo Luongo in central midfield. 

Since qualifying, Australia have been in good form, scoring six times during impressive victories over the Czech Republic and Hungary this month, and heading to the finals on a run of only two defeats in six.

Team news

France are sweating on the fitness of full-back Djibril Sidibe, who has been battling to recover from a knee injury.

Benjamin Pavard, who has played mostly as a centre-back for Bundesliga side Stuttgart, could replace Sidibe. Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is also an injury worry.

Australia have no injury concerns, with Andrew Nabbout, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill and Jamie Maclaren all bidding to start up front.

France possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Mendy, Varane, Rami, Pavard; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso; Mbappe, Lemar, Griezmann

Australia possible starting lineup:
Ryan; Risdon, Sainsbury, Jedinak, Behich; Luongo, Mooy, Leckie, Kruse, Irvine; Juric


Head To Head

Australia and France have met four times, with the Aussies winning once, Les Bleus twice and the other game finishing all square.

The last time they faced each other, the French obliterated the Socceroos 6-0 in a friendly in October 2013.

Australia’s only victory over their Group C opponents came in the summer of 2001 at the FIFA Confederations Cup, a game they won 1-0 thanks to Clayton Zane‘s goal.

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France 3 Vs 1 Australia

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Hierro Hails A Committed La Roja

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New Spain gaffer, Fernando Hierro has lauded the commitment shown by his men in the 3-3 draw against Portugal.

La Roja came from behind twice to take the lead in the 58th minute, after Ronaldo’s brace was canceled out by one from Diego Costa and a thunderbolt from Nacho.

Spain showed no signs of instability, after replacing Lopetegui on the eve of the competition. However, an 88th minute freekick from Ronaldo sealed his hattrick and a draw for Portugal.

“We’ve all had to adapt very quickly to the new circumstances,” Hierro said.

“We’ve had very little time before our opening match, so I really wish to express my heartfelt thanks for their commitment.

“It wasn’t an easy situation, but when you have this extremely good group of young players, and the staff, these excellent professionals, they make your life a lot easier.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossip This Morning

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  • Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to make Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah their big summer signing.
  • David de Gea is set to commit himself to Manchester United with a new five-year contract.
  • Steven Gerrard has revealed England boss Gareth Southgate sent him a congratulatory text after he was appointed Rangers manager.
  • Premier League clubs are planning a FIFA video game championship, with all 20 expected to be involved.
  • Maurizio Sarri is on the brink of replacing Antonio Conte at Chelsea and is set to bring Gianfranco Zola with him to Stamford Bridge.
  • England Under-21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd believes there is a shortage of high-quality defenders coming through the system.
  • Newcastle United are facing competition from Leicester City in their attempts to re-sign Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace this summer.
  • Wayne Rooney could make his DC United debut on July 14, as the Everton forward edges closer to his MLS move.
  • Hector Bellerin has revealed he left Barcelona to join Arsenal as a teenager because he couldn’t see a path to the Nou Camp first team.
  • Patrick Vieira believes N’Golo Kante is the key to France getting the best out of Paul Pogba at the World Cup.
  • FA technical director Dan Ashworth believes England are on the right path under Gareth Southgate.

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Argentina Vs Iceland: Match Preview, Team News, Prediction, Statistics, Head To Head #WorldCupWith360nobs

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World Cup – Gp D

  • Argentina vs Iceland
  • 2:00pm Saturday 16th June
  • Otkrytie Arena

Argentina will get their 2018 World Cup campaign underway in Group D as they come up against Iceland, who are making their debut in the tournament.

After four years on from heartbreak in the 2014 World Cup final in Rio, Argentina’s journey of redemption begins in Moscow

Iceland’s form since qualifying doesn’t make for happy reading. They’ve won just once in their last seven matches, and that was against Indonesia. They’ve recently lost to Mexico, Peru and Norway, conceding three goals in each game.

Argentina have won four of their last six matches, one of which was the victory over Ecuador that sealed their place at the finals. But the two defeats have exposed huge weaknesses in the team which didn’t exist four years ago.

They lost 4-2 to Nigeria in Krasnodar last November, less than a month before being drawn against the Super Eagles in the World Cup group stages

Team news

Aguero will start up front for Argentina after Sampaoli confirmed his side’s starting XI for the game against Iceland during his pre-match press conference.

Argentina team to face Iceland: Caballero, Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico, Meza, Mascherano, Biglia, Di Maria, Messi, Aguero.

Aside from thwarting Messi, Iceland’s main concern is the fitness of captain Aron Gunnarsson. The Cardiff midfielder has been recovering from a knee injury sustained back in April.

Iceland (4-4-2): Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, R Sigurdsson, AF Skulason; JB Gudmundsson, Hallfredsson, G Sigurdsson, Bjarnason; Finnbogason, Sigurdarson

Head To Head

The Group D clash represents the first meeting between the two nations at international level.

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Argentina 2 vs 0 Iceland

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