The Hard Tackle brings to you a roundup of the last batch of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers from Europe
Udinese fullback Silvan Widmer has emerged as potential summer target for Barcelona, as they look to fill the void left as a result of Dani Alves' departure.
Subjected to the cruel lottery of a penalty shoot-out after settling for a stalemate at the end of normal time, new Arsenal man Granit Xhaka fluffed his penalty to send Switzerland out of the Euros and eventually became the centre of all jokes on social media.
Xherdan Shaqiri scored a belter for Switzerland in their Round of 16 game against Poland. The goal sent the game to extra-time, but the Swiss side eventually fell short in penalties. With a one-goal lead, Poland looked to have been going away with the game before Switzerland attacker Xherdan Shaqiri spoiled the party for them. The Stoke City player stepped up to the occasion and scored a scorching bicycle kick from the edge of the 18-yard-area. This is one goal you could watch over and over again: The footballing world on Twitter reacted to what was probably the best goal of the Euro 2016 so far: That bike from Shaqiri😱😱 — Cameron™ (@C_SAW_MORTON) June 25, 2016 I’m glad shaqiri has been watching me in training 😉 — Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 25, 2016 Fair play to Shaqiri too. Asked in MOTM pc to describe ‘best goal of career’, said; “you don’t know me so well. I always score nice goals” — […]
France ended their last group stage match with a 0-0 draw against Switzerland. However, Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps was all praise for star man Paul Pogba as the Juventus midfielder put in a markedly improved performance. Pogba was dropped from the starting XI for the Albania match after failing to impress in the opening game against Romania. However, the 23-year-old improved his game after being reinstated to the starting lineup. “Paul [Pogba] was the game’s life force during the first half – he’s got a great shot on him, he was our heart and soul,” Deschamps was quoted as saying on UEFA’s official website. “He didn’t get forward as much in the second half but he’s a player with huge potential and I’ve got great faith in him. We need Paul Pogba at the top level.” Although they would be disappointed not to get the win against Switzerland, France merely needed a draw to secure their position at the top of […]
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.
France effected yet another late heart-break on their opponents with Albania suffering a cruel double blow in the dying minutes of the game to seal the hosts passage through to the knockouts. Elsewhere Slovakia earned their first points with victory over an insipid Russian side. The Swiss meanwhile were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw in a Group A clash with Romania.
Hosts France have been pooled alongside Switzerland, Romania and tournament debutants, Albania in a group that has the balance tipping in the favour of Les Bleus, who won the competition the last time they hosted it in 2000.
Arsenal are confident of securing a summer deal for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, according to reports. Arsene Wenger is in search for a defensive midfielder to help strengthen his squad's midfield options for next season and Xhaka is a top target.
An emotional Wayne Rooney became England's all-time leading goal-scorer after netting his 50th international goal in a historic 2-0 victory over Switzerland at Wembley in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday.