Panama’s physical approach was beyond the line – Courtois

Panama’s physical approach was not surprising according to Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois but the player has lashed out at their unnecessary tackles. Belgium opened their campaign with a 3-0 victory thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s brace and Dries Mertens’ stunner in Sochi, though they were made to work for it by…

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Salah to face late fitness test before Cuper makes final decision

Mohamed Salah will face a late fitness test before Egypt boss Hector Cuper makes a final decision on his involvement against Russia in World Cup Group A. The Egyptian Football Association declared Salah fit to face Uruguay in the tournament opener – a verdict Cuper concurred with pre-match before opting against risking…

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We shall leave Mohamed Salah shackled – Cherchesov

Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov has pledged to leave Mohamed Salah shackled when the World Cup hosts take on Egypt in St Petersburg on Tuesday. The Liverpool star has been declared fit to return from the shoulder injury he sustained during last month’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real…

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Hierro insists he has full confidence in David de Gea

Spain coach Fernando Hierro has insisted he has full confidence in David de Gea. The Manchester United goalkeeper fumbled an effort from Cristiano Ronaldo from distance in Friday’s 3-3 draw with their Iberian rivals and made a similar mistake in a warm up match against Switzerland earlier this month. “I…

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Di Francesco signs contract extension at Roma

Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has signed a contract extension to keep him with the Serie A club until 2020. Di Francesco took charge of the Giallorossi in June 2017 on a two-year deal and enjoyed an impressive first season in charge. Roma finished third in Serie A under his…

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Pogba is a ‘natural leader’ for France – Blaise Matuidi

Paul Pogba is a “natural leader” for France despite the criticism received by the midfielder, says team-mate Blaise Matuidi. Matuidi defended the star after he claimed he is the “most criticised player in the world” after France started their World Cup campaign with a fortunate 2-1 defeat of Australia. “For me,…

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