Egypt powerhouse Al Ahly are into their first CAF Champions League final for four years after overwhelming Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel with a stunning semi-final second-leg showing in Alexandria on Sunday.
After suffering a 2-1 away loss, Al Ahly drew aggregate scores level just two minutes after kick-off when Ali Maaloul scored with a smart free-kick.
Walid Azarou then scored three goals in a row as Ahly constantly cut holes in the visitors’ defence in front of 40,000 spectators.
An own goal and a fine strike from Rami Rabiaa did further damage after the break, before Etoile collected two consolation goals for a 6-2 scoreline (7-4 aggregate).
Al Ahly will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca who claimed a 3-1 aggregate win over Algeria’s USM Alger on Saturday.
It will be an eleventh continental final for Al Ahly, who will be seeking to extend their record number of victories to nine.
The final will also be a two-legged affair, with the first instalment taking place on 27 October and the return a week later.
The winner will represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017.
Scotland were denied a place in the 2018 World Cup playoffs after a 2-2 draw against Slovenia on Sunday evening that confirmed Northern Ireland’s spot.
After a tense opening period, Leigh Griffiths pounced on a ball over the top by James McArthur and the Scotland striker hammered a low shot into the net to give his side the lead on 32 minutes.
However, Slovenia got back on level terms early in the second half as a free kick was met by the head of substitute Roman Bezjak to make it 1-1.
And it was Bezjak who put his side ahead as he coolly slotted home after a corner fell to him inside the box. Darren Fletcher missed a great chance to equalise with a shot over the bar, but Robert Snodgrass did brilliantly to control a cross and level the scores with a hooked finish.
In the end, though, it was not enough as Scotland could not find a winner even after the late dismissal of Bostjan Cesar.
As a result, Slovakia moved up to second place after beating Malta 3-0 — thanks to two goals from Adam Nemec and one from Ondrej Duda — but the result may not be enough to seal a spot in the playoffs as they are currently UEFA’s worst runner-up and can only qualify if Wales or Croatia draw.
In Group F’s other game, already-qualified England gave debuts to Harry Winks and Harry Maguire and came away from Lithuania with a 1-0 win.
Harry Kane converted a penalty in the 27th minute after Dele Alli was brought down in the box. And, with Jack Butland forced to make a fine save to keep them ahead, England created little else yet rounded off the qualifying group unbeaten.
In Group E, Poland ensured their place at the World Cup with a nervy 4-2 win against Montenegro.
Poland went ahead early on with a goal from Krzysztof Maczynski in the sixth minute and Kamil Grosicki doubled the lead shortly afterwards.
But a remarkable comeback saw Stefan Mugosa and Nikola Vukcevic hit back before Robert Lewandowski struck and a Filip Stojkovic own goal made sure of all three points.
Already qualified Germany finished a dominant march to Russia with a 5-1 win against Azerbaijan.
Jogi Low’s team won all of their 10 Group C matches, scoring 43 goals in the process while conceding just four times.
Leon Goretzka opened the scoring for Germany in the eighth minute, and while the next four goals didn’t come until the second half, they came in bunches when they did.
Sandro Wagner, Antonio Rudiger and another from Goretzka came in a 12-minute flurry to start the second period, and Liverpool’s Emre Can added the fifth with the game far out of reach already for the visiting minnows.
Northern Ireland’s joy at reaching the playoffs was tempered by Chris Brunt’s wild own goal in Norway ensuring the likes of Portugal could stand between them and a place in Russia next summer.
Michael O’Neill’s players knew their place in November’s playoffs was guaranteed less than an hour before kickoff in Oslo as Scotland’s draw with Slovenia guaranteed the Northern Irish one of the playoff berths on offer.
A victory over Norway was still important if they wanted to stand a chance of being seeded for that draw, yet Brunt’s bizarre own goal 19 minutes from time, in which he hacked an attempted left-footed clearance into his net, essentially scuppered those hopes as they lost 1-0.
Michal Krmencik’s first-half double, Jan Kopic’s effort before the break and further goals from Filip Novak and Vaclav Kadlec helped Czech Republic to a 5-0 home win against San Marino.
The result had no bearing on qualification as both teams had already been eliminated before the match.
Denmark took their place in the playoffs after a 1-1 draw against Romania ensured they finished second on 20 points.
Christian Eriksen continued his fine form with a penalty and, shortly after, Cristian Ganea was handed a second yellow card. But Ciprian Deac struck with an 88th minute leveller.
In the final group game, Kazakhstan drew 1-1 with Armenia — with both sides long since out of contention for a place in the finals.
Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan got himself on the scoresheet with a delightful chip but Bayurzhan Turysbek struck a 61st minute equaliser.
Gordon Strachan bemoaned Scotland’s genetic make-up after his side lost out on a World Cup playoff on goal difference following a 2-2 draw in Slovenia.
Two set-piece goals from Roman Bezjak overturned a first-half strike from Leigh Griffiths, and Robert Snodgrass could not convert a headed half-chance in the dying seconds after he had levelled with two minutes remaining.
Bezjak’s movement allowed him a free header from a Josip Ilicic free kick and he had yards of space to slot home from 12 yards following a corner from the same player.
Strachan refused to discuss his own future after Scotland missed out on second place in Group F to Slovakia, who beat Malta 3-0. And he declared himself honoured to work with a group of players who he feels are battling against the odds.
The likes of Ikechi Anya, Griffiths, Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney and Barry Bannan were up against bigger opponents and Strachan claimed that had taken its toll, at the Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana and elsewhere.
“Genetically we are behind,” he said. “In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain.
“We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do.
“But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else.
“Nobody can tell me their technique, apart from one player, is better than any of ours. But physically we have a problem. We seem to be able to battle it and get through just with sheer determination and skill and work-rate. And that takes a lot out of you.”
Scotland were unbeaten in their final six qualifiers, but ultimately could not make up for an indifferent start, with a home draw against Lithuania arguably the most damaging result.
Strachan said: “Over the 90 minutes and the last year, it’s been an honour to work with these guys. At this moment it’s obviously disappointment, but my disappointment is nothing compared to the players’.
“When you see them at the end of the game, I don’t think I have seen a group of players that exhausted and disappointed.
“As I said to them, you can go away and be really proud of yourselves because you pushed yourselves to places some maybe didn’t think they could go, because we were against a physically stronger side, a side that has never conceded a goal here.
“Against a physical side, we knew set-plays would be a problem and they scored from two set-plays. We can’t change genetics and just can’t play the biggest people in Scotland.
“Technically we are fine, but our lads have got to work harder on the ball than bigger lads who are 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3.”
The former Celtic boss added: “They have done fantastically well. It’s an honour to be their coach.
“I have been successful with other teams and, with all due respect to all those lads, and they will know who I am talking about because they are my mates now, this group is as good as anything I have worked with.
“This group do it for nothing, they come and do it for the country and their families and the fans. They are hurting badly.
“They gave it a right good shot and left nothing in the dressing room. We have just been beaten on goal difference by Slovakia, who are excellent, and that was a right good side tonight.”
Slovenia boss Srecko Katanec said: “I’d like to congratulate my boys. We were clearly the better team for the whole game.”
So all of the brand new card designs in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team have been leaked online by Fifanomicsnet on Twitter. Some of the cards look beautiful but most players think that there are far too many in the game which is true. Still though, you can check out the full list of designs below in the video we did on our YouTube channel.
If you’ve been playing FUT for quite a long time then you can probably guess most of them from start to finish. There will be World Cup cards at the end of the game as well in the summer so they will be cool to look out for closer to the time.
Let us know what you think using the comments box at the footer of this page in regards to which cards are your favourite and if you think there are far too many in FUT.
Liverpool ripped apart woeful Arsenal in a 4-0 Premier League thumping at Anfield.
Goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane before the break and Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge after it secured a thoroughly convincing win against disjointed and disheartened opponents.
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Victory continued Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season, moving them on to seven points, two off leaders Manchester United.
But Arsenal have lost their last two games and Sunday’s shambolic performance will have made for ugly viewing for Arsene Wenger.
Goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata saw Chelsea run out 2-0 winners against Everton at Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League champions started their title defence in disarray, losing 3-2 to Burnley, but have since recovered to record impressive victories against Tottenham and now Everton.
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Fabregas fired Chelsea ahead in the 27th minute, sidefooting past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after Alvaro Morata had created the chance.
Then, with five minutes remaining until the break, Chelsea added a second as Morata headed Cesar Azpilicueta’s perfect cross beyond Pickford.
Chris Wood grabbed a dramatic late equaliser to earn Burnley a 1-1 draw as Tottenham suffered more problems at Wembley.
Tottenham’s sorry record at their new temporary home now reads just one win from their last 11 matches.
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Dele Alli’s strike early in the second half had looked like easing that particular hoodoo — but Wood had other ideas.
The striker, signed from Leeds for £15 million last week, stunned Spurs in added time with his first Burnley goal to secure a 1-1 draw.
Substitute Peter Crouch took advantage of a terrible defensive mix-up to earn Stoke a 1-1 Premier League draw at West Brom.
The 36-year-old was gifted the easiest of chances in the 77th minute when Baggies defender Ahmed Hegazi seemed to fail to heed a call from Ben Foster and sliced his clearance almost out of his goalkeeper’s hands.
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It was a comical way for the home side to concede their first league goal of the season, and one which had not looked like coming as Tony Pulis’ men kept their opponents at arm’s length, with Gareth Barry typically effective in his holding midfield role.
Jay Rodriguez’s first league goal for West Brom had earlier looked like maintaining their 100 percent start to the season, the summer signing from Southampton heading home smartly in the 61st minute to break the deadlock.
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Spain win Women’s U-19 EURO after three successive final defeats
Patricia Guijarro tournament top goalscorer with five
Four nations book U-20 Women’s World Cup berths, joining hosts France
Spain put their UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship final heartbreak to rest on Sunday after twice battling back from a goal down to defeat France in an action-packed final in Belfast, Northern Ireland. La Roja had tasted defeat in three successive finals going into their clash with Les Bleuettes; against Netherlands (2014), Sweden (2015) and France (2016).
Another defeat looked to be on the cards for Pedro Lopez’s side when they were trailing 2-1 with five minutes of normal time remaining. But two late goals from set-pieces – Damaris Egurrola grabbing the equaliser before tournament top goalscorer Patricia Guijarro bagged a dramatic injury-time winner – ensured La Roja were crowned continental champions.
“The key behind our victory is the union of this team,” head coach Lopez told FIFA.com. “There is a real strong bond amongst everyone and it’s why we’ve won this tournament. The U-20 Women’s World Cup will be another chance for our team to grow and we’ll prepare for that tournament as best as we can.”
Both sides played out the Women’s U-19 EURO final knowing they would already be at the FIFA U-20 Women’s Cup next year. As host nation of the tournament, France were already assured of their berth, while Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and England had also booked their places.
In a lively first half, Mathilde Bourdieu got Les Bleuettes off to the perfect start by opening the scoring on four minutes, converting Emelyne Laurent’s delivery with a cool, close-range finish. Spain soon grabbed an equaliser when Paula Fernandez’s corner found Guijarro in the centre of the box and the prolific No8 levelled the scoring.
Laurent, a livewire going forward, fired France back in front on 71 minutes after racing onto the end of Julie Thibaud’s through-ball, showing great composure to lift the ball past Ramos.
Just as it looked like France were going to retain their title, Spain equalised with five minutes remaining when Egurrola headed home Carmen Menayo’s free-kick. Things went from bad to worse for France when they were reduced to ten players after Pauline Dechilly was shown a second yellow card, before Guijarro bagged a dramatic injury-time winner through yet another set-piece, her fifth goal of the tournament, after heading home another Menayo free-kick.
¡Sonrisa y medalla de ORO como CAMPEONAS DE EUROPA! #WU19EURO pic.twitter.com/kZPstewPiV
— Selección Española (@SeFutbol) August 20, 2017
Four secure France 2018 berths
At the eight-team competition, winners Spain, the Netherlands and Germany booked their tickets at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after progressing to the semi-finals of the Women’s U-19 EURO.
With France also reaching the final four and already assured of their U-20 Women’s World Cup place as hosts, England and Scotland – the two third-placed teams at the group stage – went head to head in a play-off to decide the final berth. The Young Lionesses ran out 2-0 winners against their neighbours, with Zoe Cross and Mollie Rouse registering themselves on the scoresheet, ensuring a fifth U-20 Women’s World Cup appearance for England.
Oceania champions New Zealand are currently the only other team outside of Europe to qualify for France 2018, which will run from 7 to 26 August.
Spirited hosts While Northern Ireland may not have progressed beyond the group stages of the Women’s U-19 EURO, it was nevertheless a tournament to remember for the hosts. Alfie Wylie’s side kicked off their campaign in front of a bumper crowd at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, in a spirited 2-0 defeat against eventual winners Spain. It was in their next match that they would go on to record a little bit of history, however, scoring their first goal and recording their first point at a major international women’s tournament.
Louise McDaniel ➡️ Goal ⚽️
First ever goal & first ever point in a major tournament for a Northern Ireland women’s team #GAWA #WU19EURO pic.twitter.com/SxlczBoB1q
— Official Irish FA (@OfficialIrishFA) August 11, 2017
Seventeen-year-old Louise McDaniel bagged a dramatic late equaliser to secure Northern Ireland a point against Scotland, much to the delight of the home crowd at Lurgan’s Mourneview Park. With Wylie also in charge of the senior team, those that impressed for Northern Ireland at this tournament could very well be appearing in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ qualifiers, which commence in Europe next month.
5 – the number of times Patricia Guijarro found the back of the net at the Women’s U-19 EURO, making her the tournament’s top scorer. Former recipients of the Golden Boot at the competition include notable names such as Vivianne Miedema, Sofia Jakobsson and Anja Mittag.
The final France 2-3 Spain Goals: 1-0 (Mathilde Bourdieu (4’), 1-1 Patricia Guijarro (18’), 2-1 Emelyne Laurent (71’), Damaris Egurrola (85’), Patricia Guijarro (90’)
VÍDEO | La @SeFutbol Sub-19 femenina abandona Windsor Park con 18 CAMPEONAS DE EUROPA cantando en el autobús #WU19EURO ▶️ pic.twitter.com/NvwIT8UVDj
A court in The Netherlands ruled late last week that Riot must compensate retired Dutch footballer Edgar Davids after determining that a League of Legends champion skin infringed on his personal rights.
The skin in question is Striker Lucian, whose combination of dreads, eyewear and the fact he’s based on a footballer sure look a lot like Edgar Davids, a guy who was famous for his dreads, eyewear and the fact he was a very good footballer.
Dutch site Het Parool report that while Riot argued that fans would recognise the skin—made ahead of the 2014 World Cup—as Lucian first and not Davids, the court did not agree.
Riot must now show Dutch authorities how much money the skin has made in the country, with Davids’ compensation to be made as a percentage of it.
The lawsuit has upset some League fans, who point out that Davids has long been aware of the skin, and in 2014 even tweeted out this thanks for the homage:
So there were a lot of tweets like this going around over the weekend:
The FIFA 17 EA SPORTS FIFA TOTS is finally here! The FUT Ultimate Team of the Season features the very best players from all the previous Team of the Season squads that have been released up until now. The FIFA 17 Ultimate TOTS squad will be available in Ultimate Team packs starting 6pm UK, on June 23rd, running up until 6pm (UK time), on June 30th, 2017.
FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Of The Season
Starting Lineup (11)
GK: David De Gea – Manchester United (England) – Spain
CB: Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid (Spain) – Spain
CB: Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus (Italy) – Italy
CB: Thiago Silva – Paris St-Germain (France) – Brazil
CM: Toni Kroos – Real Madrid (Spain) – Germany
CM: N’Golo Kanté – Chelsea (England) – France
CAM: Radja Nainggolan – Roma (Italy) – Belgium
LW: Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid (Spain) – Portugal
RW: Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona (Spain) – Argentina
ST: Robert Lewandowski – Bayern München (Germany) – Poland
ST: Luis Suarez – FC Barcelona (Spain) – Uruguay
GK: Manuel Neuer – Bayern München (Germany) – Germany
LB: Marcelo – Real Madrid (Spain) – Brazil
CM: Marek Hamšik – Napoli (Italy) – Slovakia
CAM: Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur (England) – England
RM: Arjen Robben – Bayern München (Germany) – Holland
ST: Dries Mertens – Napoli (Italy) – Belgium
ST: Alexandre Lacazette – Olympique Lyonnais (France) – France
ST: Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur (England) – England
As you can see this is an amazing set of players and the developers have hand picked the worlds best superstars for this epic TOTS release. There are players from the English Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, German Gundesliga and many more.
Let us know in the comments box below if you manage to pack any of these rare blue cards in packs over the course of the next week or so as we’d be interested to know who you get and from what type of pack as well.
Here’s yet another FIFA 17 Cheap under 10,000 coins squad builder and this time it’s for the Italian Calcio A league. Watch the full HD video below to learn all the players that are included and after i also go into a Division 1 match to showcase this amazing team in action.
Players included are Stephan El Shaarawy, Gary Medel and Luis Muriel to name just a few with all in the team costing around the 10K mark. When i have gone through the starting lineup and formation used, i then give out the player instructions, player roles and custom tactics.
The Division One game is then played and i was coming off the back of a loss on the opening day of a brand new season which was a 3-1 defeat. The second match is the one i go into with this OP Serie A side. This is a fantastic team to assemble if you’re a little low on coins in FUT and can be put together on the lowest of budgets.
I will have more leagues covered for you in the coming weeks ahead for U10K squad builders so make sure to subscribe to the official YouTube channel to stay right up to date and also check back here at the website to see more added over time.
AC Milan have continued their summer recruitment drive by signing Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia from Lazio.
The 31-year-old has moved to San Siro on a three-year deal, the club said in a statement on their official website.
He is Milan’s ninth signing of the summer, the Rossoneri‘s new Chinese owners having already funded the purchases of Andre Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez, Hakan Calhanoglu, Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessie, Fabio Borini and, most notably, Leonardo Bonucci.