USA will hope to dream run on home turf in the first ever Copa America Centenario but face a daunting task of overcoming strong tournament favourites Argentina led by Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain in Housten on Tuesday June 21st.
Monday night’s showdown at the Parc de Princes in Paris will be between two teams that came into this tournament amidst whispers of doubt. Surprisingly, the one team that still has to shoulder those doubts are the world champions Germany. Following a professional but nervy win over Ukraine and a drab draw against Poland, Germany find themselves at a very similar position to the one after the 2-2 draw with Ghana at the 2014 World Cup. That time, they laboured through till the QFs, recalled Miroslav Klose, and coasted to World Cup victory on the resulting second wind. It seems a similar epiphany needs to be at hand for Joachim Low if his charges are to progress beyond the semi-finals. For Northern Ireland, a fitful start can turn into a fairytale finish if they manage to take points from Germany and directly qualify for the knockout stages. A sobering defeat against Poland was followed up with a defiant backs-against-the-wall performance […]
As England take on a resurgent Slovakia in this final group B match in picturesque Saint-Etienne, both sets of fans descend into the city hoping for a clear path into the knockout stages of the tournament.
France and Switzerland play out a lively goal-less draw to become the first 2 teams to secure qualification in the round of 16. Armando Sadiku scores historic goal to help Albania beat Romania 1-0 to give them a shot at qualifying for the knockout rounds.
In other Manchester United related news, Man City captain Vincent Kompany says that Mourinho's rivalry with Pep Guardiola will not overshadow the Manchester derby and Carlo Ancelotti has some words of praise for incoming striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Belgium manager Marc Wilmots will be looking for a strong response to the Italy defeat when his side take on the Republic of Ireland in their second Group E game on Saturday.
Colombia advanced to their first Copa America semi final since 2004 after winning 4-2 on a tiebreaker against a doggedly determined Peruvian side which refused to yield to Colombia's attacking threat till the 90th minute in New Jersey's Metlife Stadium.
It was an eventful night at the Euros as Spain delivered a power packed thumping performance against a lacklustre Turkish side that failed to deliver the goods, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic fails to register himself on the scoresheet against Italy. Croatia on the other hand may have jeopardised their qualification hopes by squandering what looked like an unassailable lead.
The United States took a step closer to the Copa America Centenario final after they edged past Ecuador in their quarter-final at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes scored for Jurgen Klinsmann's men while Michael Arroyo grabbed a goal for Ecuador.
England climbed to the top of Group B after Leicester City's Jamie Vardy and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scored to complete a brilliant comeback victory over neighbours Wales.