Bale to continue playing for Wales after World Cup

Captain Gareth Bale said he will continue playing for Wales for “as long as I’m wanted” after defeat by England sealed their World Cup elimination. A 3-0 loss at Doha’s Ahmad bin Ali Stadium means Wales end a disappointing World Cup campaign bottom of Group B. Bale, 33, says he will be back for international duty when Robert Page’s side begin Euro…

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Koulibaly on target as Senegal reaches knockout stage

Kalidou Koulibaly scores a nerveless volley sent Senegal into the World Cup’s knockout stages for only the second time in their history as they eliminated Ecuador at a rowdy Khalifa International Stadium. The win means Aliou Cisse’s side finish second in Group A, setting up a last-16 meeting with Group B winners England on Sunday. All three goals came from…

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Juventus entire board announces resignation

The entire board of Italian club Juventus, including president Andrea Agnelli, have resigned. The Serie A club finished fourth in the league last season and made a €254.3m (£220m) loss – a record in Italy. Last November, Juventus said they were co-operating with police after an investigation was launched into the club’s transfers. The investigation concerned “revenues from player registration rights”…

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Kolo Toure appointed as Wigan Athletic manager

Wigan Athletic have appointed former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure as their new manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal. The 41-year-old replaces Leam Richardson after he was sacked by the Championship club earlier this month. The Ivorian has spent the past five years coaching at Celtic and Leicester City under Brendan Rodgers but this is his first role in…

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Fullkrug scores to rescue a point for Germany against Spain

Niclas Fullkrug gave Germany a precious point against Spain as they fight for World Cup survival. Germany’s hopes of reaching the knockout phase had been given an unlikely lifeline earlier on Sunday when Costa Rica beat Japan when any other result would have meant defeat by Spain would send them out. Hansi Flick’s side still need to defeat Costa Rica in…

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Croatia knocks Canada out of the World Cup with 4-1 victory

Croatia crushed any hopes Canada had of progressing in Qatar, with the 2018 finalists fighting back after Alphonso Davies got his country off to a flying start by scoring their first ever World Cup goal. Bayern Munich winger Davies put Canada ahead after only 68 seconds, darting into the box and meeting Tajon Buchanan’s cross with a towering header in…

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Costa Rica register shock win against Japan

Japan failed to take another step towards the World Cup knockout rounds as Keysher Fuller’s late goal earned Costa Rica a smash-and-grab Group E victory. Following their shock win over Germany, Japan were frustrated by a tight defensive unit, before Fuller struck with Costa Rica’s first shot on target at the tournament. The result leaves both teams on three points…

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Robert Lewandowski fulfills World Cup dream

An emotional Robert Lewandowski says he knew time was running out to fulfil his dream of scoring at a World Cup finals, after netting in Poland’s 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Saturday. The Barcelona striker, 34, ended a run of four World Cup games without making the scoresheet by scoring Poland’s decisive second goal at Education City Stadium. Visibly emotional, Lewandowski…

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Neymar to miss Brazil’s next two group games with ankle injury

Neymar has been ruled out of Brazil’s next two World Cup games after sustaining ligament damage in his right ankle, says their team doctor. The 30-year-old forward was replaced in 80th minute of Thursday’s 2-0 win over Serbia after a heavy tackle by Nikola Milenkovic. Neymar sat with his face covered while receiving treatment and pictures showed his right ankle was…

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Senegal knocks Qatar out of World Cup with 3-1 victory

Hosts Qatar should not be called a “failure and disappointment” after being eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup, says manager Felix Sanchez. The Middle Eastern side battled valiantly before Senegal condemned them to a second straight defeat – and subsequently became the first country knocked out of the competition after the Netherlands drew 1-1 against Ecuador. But African…

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