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France 4 Netherlands 0: Lemar, Mbappe score in rout of disappointing Dutch Rob Lancaster 04:46 9/1/17 Getty Images Didier Deschamps’ side recorded a fourth straight win over the Netherlands to move ahead of Sweden in the standings. Thomas Lemar scored twice and Kylian Mbappe also found the net as France thrashed 10-man Netherlands 4-0 at the Stade de France, moving them to the top of Group A in the race to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring, slotting through Jasper Cillessen’s legs after 14 minutes, before Kevin Strootman saw red for the Dutch early in the second half in Paris.Lemar then took centre stage, cutting across a bouncing ball to send a left-footed volley beyond the overworked Cillessen in the 73rd minute to record his first international goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Monaco winger didn’t have to wait too long for his second though, Griezmann unselfishly squaring the ball for his team-mate, before Mbappe broke his France duck on the same day he officially signed for Paris Saint-Germain with the fourth in injury time.The result, coupled with Sweden losing 3-2 in Bulgaria, means Didier Deschamps’ side move three points clear in the standings, while the Dutch now sit six points adrift in fourth place.#WCQ | FTGroup A🇱🇺Luxembourg 1-0 Belarus🇧🇾🇫🇷France 4-0 Netherlands🇳🇱🇧🇬Bulgaria 3-2 Sweden🇸🇪 https://t.co/SpQDWJq93q pic.twitter.com/t52GnyYzTA — #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) August 31, 2017 Lemar – who started the game after his name had been heavily involved in transfer speculation during the day, with both Arsenal and Liverpool linked with a move – was one of several home players to dazzle the crowd.His appearance on the team sheet effectively ended talk about his future and he looked unperturbed as he helped France seize control right from the kick-off.The hosts had already gone close through Olivier Giroud before Griezmann broke the deadlock.Having worked a one-two with Giroud to get in behind the Dutch defence, the Atletico Madrid striker cleverly opened up his body as he ran clear, allowing him to pass the ball with his favoured left foot through Cillessen.The goalscorer picked up a booking soon after for a crude lunge on Quincy Promes near the touchline, although the French had few alarms at the back.As if Dick Advocaat’s side didn’t have enough trouble with 11 against 11, their hopes of getting back in the game were dealt a severe blow when Strootman was dismissed, picking up two bookings in the space of six second-half minutes for late tackles.Stefan de Vrij stopped N’Golo Kante from converting Kingsley Coman’s low cross with a crucial block before Robin van Persie was summoned from the bench to make his first international appearance since October 2015.However, not even the introduction of their leading scorer could inspire the Netherlands.While Cillessen denied Paul Pogba from close range, there was little the goalkeeper could do to stop Lemar’s sweetly-struck effort from outside the area finding the net.The same player tapped home a third before substitute Mbappe rammed home a low shot from a tight angle just 15 minutes after replacing Giroud. read more
Spurs captain Lloris: We’re not built for UCL successby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris does not believe that his side is built to win the Champions League.Spurs made the final of last season’s competition, but suffered a 2-0 loss to fellow Premier League side Liverpool.While they will be aiming to go far in this season’s competition, Lloris does not believe they are of the profile necessary to win the Champions League.”I think with a lot of humility there are some clubs that have the profile to win Champions League every season – historically and with the talent they have in the squad,” Lloris said to reporters.”They put a stamp on this competition. That’s not the case for Tottenham.”But as we saw last year, everything is possible if you have the belief, the talent and the discipline. Why not be back again?”But obviously we have a different profile to that type of club – Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich. That type of club.”It’s not a lack of ambition. When we go on the pitch, it’s to win, whoever is the opponent in front of us. We don’t want to look too far forward.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
WARMAN, Sask. – A man who dresses up as the Incredible Hulk at Saskatchewan Rush lacrosse games says he’s been banned from this weekend’s game in Calgary against the Roughnecks.Known as Rush Hulk, superfan Kelvin Ooms had organized four busloads of fans from Saskatchewan and started getting ready for the road trip to Calgary when he got a message on social media from a Roughnecks supporter saying he might not be allowed into the building.“I wasn’t quite sure if he was pulling my leg and trying to create more of a fan rivalry,” Ooms told The Canadian Press Tuesday.He checked into it and said he was told he couldn’t attend the game as Rush Hulk due to safety and security concerns. No one from the Roughnecks immediately returned calls for comment.The self-described superfan said he’s worn a Hulk costume to games in Saskatchewan and to one in Calgary last April without incident.“When I was there last year, we had a blast,” said Ooms.Saturday’s game is also a “Star Wars” theme night, so other fans attending the lacrosse game are being encouraged to wear costumes.“They are a great bunch of fans, but maybe they should be more worried about some of their fans that are going to be in costume dressed up as Chewbacca, Darth Vader, wearing capes,” said Ooms. “It doesn’t make sense.”Officials with the Saskatchewan Rush said in a statement that they respect the move by the Roughnecks organization.“It’s an unfortunate decision, based on how much work Kelvin has put into organizing the trip,” said Rush spokesman Brandon Urban. “I can’t emphasize enough, how awesome of an ambassador he is for our team and fanbase.“Ultimately, this is an opposing team’s building and they have their own set of rules.”Urban added that they’ve never turned fans away from Rush home games “regardless of who they cheer for and how they dress.”— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton
For this group of seniors in the past three seasons, the story remained the same. A bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals and nothing more. In the 2010 semifinals, the Stanford Cardinal overpowered the Ohio State men’s volleyball team in three straight sets (30-25, 30-26, 30-17). What followed was a long flight home. At that time, coach Pete Hanson told his players to write down their goal for the next season. “Each kid said his goal was to win the National Championship,” Hanson said. Now, a little more than a year later, the mission has been accomplished. All-American outside hitter Jeff Menzel jumped up for a kill on Championship point, but a wall of Steven Kehoe, Kevin Heine and Jason Tobkin stopped him in his tracks. Kehoe connected on the block as the Buckeyes defeated the California-Santa Barbara Gauchos, 3-2, for the program’s first national title. “Our coaching staff told us if we blocked him once in the last five points, we would win the match,” Kehoe said. “I think deep down we believed we earned the right to be here,” Hanson said. “It’s really cool how that came to fruition.” The Scarlet and Gray outplayed the Gauchos in about every aspect of the match, but OSU’s 26 service errors kept UCSB, which had just six service errors, in the match. “I definitely came out tense, and I think a lot of the guys did, especially from the service line,” Kehoe said. Hanson agreed. “It was clearly frustrating,” he said. “(OSU) never panicked. It’s like when a pitcher can’t locate his fastball. It will come, and it did.” Hanson said it was key to isolate Menzel and force his supporting cast to win the match. “I think when you hold an All-American to 12 kills on 40 swings and he hits .025, you’ve done a pretty good job,” Hanson said. Junior Shawn Sangrey led OSU with a match-high 32.5 points and 30 kills. His career-high 30 kills are the most by any Buckeye this season. Kehoe added a season-high 65 assists and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “For our seniors, it was their last collegiate volleyball game ever,” Sangrey said. “We wanted to go out on top, and that’s what we did.” Kehoe, Sangrey and John Klanac were named to the All-Tournament team. OSU overcame its serving woes with a strong offensive effort. The Buckeyes outhit UCSB .329 to .198, had a 74-45 advantage in kills and led the match in assists, 70-42. The Buckeyes are the third team outside the West to win the title. Penn State won in 1994 and 2008. OSU holds a 1-2 record in national title games. The Buckeyes lost, 3-1, against USC in 1977 and, 3-0, to UCLA in 2000.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) embraces head coach Chris Holtmann on senior night prior to the start of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor
Real Madrid are looking set to return to their pursuit of David de Gea this summer with the club confident that they can sign him for £100m, reports the Manchester Evening NewsLos Galacticos have made it no secret for their admiration for the Manchester United goalkeeper and came close to signing De Gea back in 2015, but a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the summer transfer window ultimately meant that the Spaniard stayed at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho is understood to be strongly against allowing De Gea to leave in the summer and Real are resigned to the fact that they will very likely have to pay for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper in order to sway United.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Red Devils have set themselves the aim of securing the 27-year-old’s long-term future at the club, but Real are hopeful that the appointment of Julen Lopetegui will help with them.The new Real boss worked with De Gea during his spell in charge of Spain, before he was shockingly fired on Wednesday.Currently, De Gea has another 12 months on his contract at United, but the club does have the option to renew it by another year if they are unable to reach an agreement with their prized asset.
Preston’s boss Alex Neil said that his side’s 4-3 victory over Brentford did not come easy but was one they had to compete hard for, although they had a three-goal lead in the opening 23 minutes.Having such narrow victory, Neil insists that his side should keep their focus throughout the 90 minutes, as the Lilywhites have been unbeaten in four matches.“I think we’ve been involved in a lot of high scoring matches this year, not by design really,” Neil said, according to Sports Mole.“I think once we go 3-0 up, we’re hoping to then go and try and make it an easier night for ourselves.”“But Brentford are a good side, they pose you a lot of questions and a lot of problems.”Mephan joins Bournemouth from Brentford Manuel R. Medina – January 22, 2019 The 21-year-old defender has joined the English Premier League club after two years with the Championship team.English center-back Chris Mepham has joined AFC Bournemouth…“Then the second goal’s a really bad deflection so it carried a little bit of fortune with it.”“I think conceding three goals is naturally concerning, we need to make sure we try and tighten up. I thought we simplified things in terms of not really risking it at the back, turning the ball forward earlier and then playing in their half.”“I thought that worked really well for us, we scored four goals and to be honest, could have probably scored more.”
Chelsea star player Eden Hazard has revealed who he believes is the greatest player of all-time.The Belgian international says he reckons one player stands alone as the best to ever step onto a football pitchThe Belgian International keyed into the debate surrounding who is the greatest footballer of all-time between Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi.Hazard says he considers Messi to be the GOAT after playing against him in 2017/2018 Champions League campaign where Barcelona won 4-1 on aggregate.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“There aren’t two GOATs, there’s only one and it’s him,” Hazard told Belgian publication HLN via The Mirror when asked about Messi.“My two matches against Barcelona were far from my favourite memories of 2018, but I was happy to face Barcelona and Messi.“It didn’t turn out how I wanted, though.“I was disappointed.”