FIFA Confederations Cup – Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo the hero as he saves three penalties to send Chile to final

Portugal 0 – 0 Chile (0 – 3 Penalties)

Chile reached the final of the Confederation Cup after Claudio Bravo saved three penalties as Chile edge Portugal on a 3-0 shoot-out.

The Chile captain denied Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani to send his team into Sunday’s final after the game in Kazan ended 0-0 after extra time.

Chile, who scored all three of their spot-kicks taken by Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez, will face the winner of Germany against Mexico.
Nani missed the decisive penalty as Portugal did not call on Cristiano Ronaldo, who likely was scheduled to take the fifth.

Chile created the better opportunities and were unfortunate not to win the game in extra-time when they struck the woodwork twice in quick succession through Vidal and Martin Rodriguez.

New Manchester City signing Bernardo Silva overcame a foot injury to start, while Cristiano Ronaldo captained his country and Jose Fonte replaced the suspended Pepe. Alexis Sanchez and Claudio Bravo featured for Chile.

Bafetimbi Gomis joins Galatasaray from swansea

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has agreed a permanent transfer to Turkish giants Galatasaray, the Welsh club confirmed on Wednesday.
Gomis leaves Paul Clement’s side for a fee believed to be in the region of £2.5million after spending last season on loan in with Marseille.

The 31-year-old joined Swansea on a free transfer from Lyon in 2014.

Gomis, capped 12 times by France, had a limited impact during his time in south Wales after beginning his Swansea career as back-up to Wilfried Bony.

After Bony’s departure to Manchester City in January 2015, Gomis established himself as Swansea’s main striker and scored 17 goals in 71 games.

But he spent last season on loan at Ligue 1 club Marseille, where he scored 20 goals in 31 league games.

Before leaving for Turkey, he posted a farewell to the club’s fans on Instagram, saying: “I had come with a very specific goal, to help the club qualify for Europe and score 20 goals, and this happened.

“Today a page turns for me. I have made the choice to leave for a new experience, I leave with a heavy heart because I leave friends, brothers, a stadium, a city, a family, great men.”

Swansea are set to replace Gomis  by signing Chelsea’s England Under-21 striker Tammy Abraham on a season-long loan.

Abraham spent last season at Bristol City – scoring 23 goals in the Sky Bet Championship – and Chelsea were keen for the 19-year-old to gain further loan experience in the Premier League.

The deal should be formally completed following England U21’s departure from Euro 2017, where Abraham scored in normal time before missing a penalty in the semi-final shoot-out defeat to Germany.

Swansea also hope to conclude the signing of Las Palmas midfielder Roque Mesa for 13million Euros (£11.5m) in the next 48 hours.

The 28-year-old central midfielder had a pass completion rate of 91.4 per cent last season, the fourth highest in LaLiga in the campaign just finished.

Swansea have began clearing the decks for Mesa’s arrival by parting company with Franck Tabanou.

The former France Under-21 defender joined from Ligue 1 club St Etienne in June 2015, but made only three appearances for Swansea, all in cup competitions.

Former Chelsea, West Ham, Spurs midfielder Scott Parker retires from football 

Former England international Scott Parker has officially announced his retirement from football.

The 36-year-old began his career at Charlton, before playing for Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham, Tottenham, and most recently Fulham. He was capped by England on 18 occasions in a career which spanned two decades.

Parker was also named the Footballer Writers’ Player of the Year in 2011 during his four-season spell at West Ham.

“The decision to retire has not been an easy one for me but having thought long and hard over it, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” Parker said in a statement released to Sky Sports on Wednesday.

“When I started my career at Charlton Athletic all those years ago I could only have dreamt at that time just what was to follow over the next two decades.

“I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career that I have and I’ve loved every moment of it.”

Parker made 31 appearances for Fulham last season, with his last professional outing coming as a second-half substitute in their 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the Championship season. He was an unused substitute in both legs of Fulham’s play-off defeat against Reading.

Parker made his professional debut as a teenager for Charlton in 1997. He made nearly 150 appearances for the east Londoners before Claudio Ranieri took him to Chelsea for £10million in January 2004, shortly after Roman Abramovich had taken over the Stamford Bridge outfit.

The midfielder however, found opportunities at the Blues hard to come by and was sold to Newcastle the following year. Parker captained the Magpies after Alan Shearer retired -but following 55 Premier League appearances on Tyneside he headed back to London to sign for West Ham.

Parker became an integral player for the Hammers, making more than 100 league starts, before he handed in a transfer request following their relegation to the Championship. Tottenham would be Parker’s next stop. He enjoyed two seasons at White Hart Lane but signed a three-year deal at Fulham in 2013 which expired this summer.

The midfielder played every match of England’s Euro 2012 campaign under Roy Hodgson and featured for the Three Lions at all age levels. His last international appearance was as a second-half replacement for Frank Lampard in England’s 8-0 World Cup qualifying victory at San Marino in May 2013.

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  • Monaco have turned down Arsenal’s €35million offer for Thomas Lemar and declared he is not for sale.
  • The Gunners have also failed in their bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette 
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    • Aston Villa will complete the signing of defender John Terry, 34, this weekend when his Chelsea deal runs out.
    • Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is expected to complete his move to Bournemouth this weekend.
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    Chelsea legend Frank Lampard holds talks with Oxford United over vacant manager position

    Frank Lampard has spoken to Oxford about their vacant manager’s position.

    Lampard is just one of a number of candidates along with Pep Clotet, who was Garry Monk’s assistant at Swansea and Leeds, and more interviews are scheduled.

    But it is understood the League One club are seriously considering offering the former England midfielder a first job in management.

    Oxford are looking for a new boss following Michael Appleton’s departure for Leicester, where he will work as Craig Shakespare’s assistant.

    Lampard announced his retirement from playing in February after a career which brought three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League with Chelsea.

    The 39-year-old also won 106 England caps and scored a club record 211 goals during his time at Stamford Bridge.

    Another former Chelsea player Hasselbaink, who has been out of work since his sacking at QPR in November, is understood to have held talks with Oxford United last week.

    Daniel Alves bids emotional farewell to Juventus fans ahead of next move

    Dani Alves has taken to social media to confirm his departure from Juventus and pen a heartfelt goodbye to the club’s supporters.

    “I would like to thank all the Juventus fans for the year I’ve had, to my team-mates who welcomed me like the professionals they are, for a club that wins and reaches finals.

    “I think that my respect for this club and its supporters was my dedication, my passion and all my effort to make the club greater every single day.
    “I apologise to the Juventus fans if sometimes they thought I had done something to offend them. I never had that intention, I just live very spontaneously and few people understand it. Even though it appears that I am not perfect, my heart is pure.

    “Today our professional relationship ends and I will carry with me all of those who with love and a true heart make Juve a great club.”

    Alves also thanked Marotta and said that money never plays a part in his footballing decisions.
    “As everyone knows, I always say what I think and feel, so I feel that I should say thank you to Mr Marotta for the opportunity he gave me, he’s a great professional and someone who loves his job like few others,” he added.

    “I don’t play football for money, I play football because I love the profession and those who are part of it. I leave it up to you to judge what I have done and worked for. I love football and money will never take me to any other place.”

    Torino signs goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu from PSG 

    Torino have signed PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu on a free transfer, therefore ending any chances of Joe Hart returning to Turin.

    Sirigu spent the first half of last season on loan at Sevilla, but having made only three appearances for the club he joined Osasuna in January for the second half of the campaign.

    Sirigu has 17 Italy caps to his name, and will link up with Torino boss Sinisa Mihajlovic in a bid to try and get his career back on track.

    Sirigu told Torino’s official website: ‘I am very happy to be part of this club. I chose Toro because they wanted me strongly and have a sound project in place to grow over the coming years.
    ‘The club and the president made me feel important and I thank them for that. I am honoured to be part of a club that has a unique story.’
    Club president Urbano Cairo added: ‘Salvatore Sirigu is a goalkeeper of international calibre, with considerable experience in European and world competitions and an enviable list of honours.

    ‘He is 30 years old, in the prime of his career for a goalkeeper, and still has many years ahead of him as a leader. We are pleased to warmly welcome Salvatore Sirigu.’
    Sirigu won four Ligue 1 titles, two Coupes de France and three Coupes de la Ligue with PSG but lost his place to Kevin Trapp last season, spending much of the campaign on loan at Spanish sides Sevilla and Osasuna.
    PSG, confirming the news on their official website, writing: ‘The club thank ‘Salva’ for his great professionalism and wish him the best for the new challenges that await him in his country.’ 

    For Hart, the future looks uncertain as he looks set to be out of Guardiola’s plans again, after the club announced the £35m signing of Ederson from Benfica earlier this summer.

    With the World Cup taking place next summer, he will need regular game time in order to convince England manager Gareth Southgate he is worthy of a place on the plane.