FIFA Confederations Cup  – Ronaldo scores his 75th European  international goal as Portugal crush New Zealand 

GROUP A 

New Zealand  0 – 4 Portugal 

​Portugal coasted to a 4-0 win over New Zealand in St Petersburg to secure their place in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

The win, however, came at a cost as Manchester City-bound midfielder Bernardo Silva was substituted because of an ankle injury.

With hosts Russia losing against Mexico in Kazan, Portugal progressed as Group A winners, while the All Whites finished bottom following a third straight defeat.

Captain Cristiano Ronaldo put Portugal ahead from the penalty spot on 33 minutes,  his 75th goal for Portugal, bringing him level with Sandor Kocsis in second place on the list of Europe’s highest international goal scorers.

Bernardo Silva swiftly doubled the lead with a close-range finish, but landed awkwardly on his ankle and was taken off at half-time.

Andre Silva wrapped up a comfortable victory with a fierce angled finish on 80 minutes, and Nani added a fourth in stoppage time.

FIFA Confederations Cup – Mexico edge Russia to go through to Semis

GROUP A 

Mexico 2 – 1 Russia

Mexico advanced to the Confederations Cup semifinals as Group A runners-up by rallying for a 2-1 win over hosts Russia, who were eliminated.

Needing a victory to advance from their difficult group, Russia took the lead with a goal by Alexander Samedov in the first half, but the experienced Mexicans equalised through Nestor Araujo before half-time and secured the victory early in the second with a goal by Hirving Lozano after a blunder by Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

The hosts wanted a penalty after Yuri Zhirkov fell inside the area in the sixth minute, but he was barely touched and the referee let the play continue. Zhirkov then nearly opened the scoring for Russia, but his low left-foot shot missed just wide.

Russia appealed for another penalty about 10 minutes later when striker Fedor Smolov went down in the box after getting tangled up with Araujo, but no penalty was given despite help from video. Play had continued for about 30 seconds before the game was stopped for the review.

Smolov then struck the post with a long-range shot and Zhirkov had his shot saved by Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Mexico will next face the winners of Group B in Sochi on Thursday, when Andres Guardado will be suspended because of yellow card accumulation.
Russian players gathered in the middle of the pitch to salute fans after the final whistle and were applauded by the crowd of 41,585 fans at Kazan Arena..

Latest Football News 

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  • Arsenal have held further talks with Lyon about 26-year-old striker Alexandre Lacazette, who would be a club-record £49m signing.

  • The Gunners have made a £44m bid for France international Alexandre Lacazette and his arrival could mean compatriot Olivier Giroud, 30, leaving the club.
  • Lyon have lined up Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Real Madrid’s Mariano Diaz as possible replacements for Lacazette.
  • Paris St-Germain are preparing a bid in excess of £60m for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 29.
  • Manchester United are making progress in their pursuit of 24-year-old striker Alvaro Morata but have yet to agree a fee with Real Madrid.
  • United have received a Renato Sanches transfer boost with Bayern Munich slashing his price-tag from £30.5m to £23million.
  • Wayne Rooney, 31, is struggling to find a new club, with suitors unwilling to meet his transfer fee or salary demands.

  • Bayern Munich want to sign Atletico Madrid’s 23-year-old Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco, who is valued at 50m euros (£43m).
  • Borussia Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter is a Tottenham transfer target, but Hoffenheim have also made a bid for the 23-year-old.
  • Cologne striker Anthony Modeste’s proposed move to China may fall through as his agent has asked for too much money.
  • Zenit are on the verge of splashing out €70 million for Kostas Manolas and Leandro Paredes as the club looks to pull off a double swoop of the Roma stars.
  • Brazil midfielder Paulinho has revealed that his agent is in talks with Barcelona over a potential move to the Catalan club.
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  • Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko is set to undergo a medical at Chelsea next week.
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  • Dani Alves has tried to convince Paulo Dybala to join him at Manchester City.
  • Jesus Navas’ return to Sevilla has hit a stumbling block in contract negotiations. The Andalusian side have offered a three-year deal, but the former Manchester City winger’s representatives want a year more.
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  • Brighton are the first team to move for Middlesbrough midfielder Stewart Downing, 32, who has been told by Garry Monk he can leave the Riverside.

  • Newcastle are closing on Benfica and Greece midfielder Andreas Samaris in a £17.5m deal.
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  • West Ham’s Michail Antonio had to book an extra seat on his Las Vegas stag do this month. He was forced to invite a physio along to help him recover from a hamstring problem.
  • Swiss-based analysts have come up with an algorithm to produce estimated player transfer fees. But Swansea City fans won’t be happy – Gylfi Sigurdsson is apparently worth less than half of his club’s price tag.

Manchester City  trio make loan switch to NAC Breda

With their path blocked at the Etihad Stadium, the trio will head to the Netherlands looking to get important minutes under their belt.Manchester City have allowed Thierry Ambrose, Paolo Fernandes and Pablo Mari to link up with NAC Breda on loan for the 2017-18 season.

Ambrose is a 20-year-old forward who was tipped for big things at City before injury stunted his progress.

Fernandes is another exciting prospect, with the 18-year-old having contributed 13 goals and seven assists to the City cause in Premier League 2 and UEFA Youth League competitions last term.

He too will be getting his first taste of senior action in Holland


Mari will be seeking to kick-start his career.

The Spaniard took in time with Girona FC in 2016-17, but was afforded few opportunities.
All three City starlets will be gracing the Dutch top-flight next season after NAC secured promotion back to the big time with a play-off victory over NEC Nijmegen.

Watford  complete the signing of Will Hughes from Derby 

Watford have completed the signing of midfielder Will Hughes from Derby County for £8m on a five-year deal.
The 22-year-old, currently in Poland with the Young Lions Hughes made his Derby debut as a 16-year-old in 2011, and went on to make 190 appearances for the Rams.
He is the first signing made by the Premier League club since Marco  Silva was appointed manager on 27 May.

Huddersfield sign striker Laurent Depoitre from Porto  for club-record fee

Huddersfield have completed the signing of  Belgium striker Laurent Depoitre from FC Porto for an undisclosed club-record fee.
The 28-year-old, who has played once for Belgium, joins on a two-year deal with an option for a further season.

Depoitre, who joined Porto from Belgian side Gent in 2016, is the club’s first signing since winning promotion to the Premier League last season.

Depoitre played 13 times for Porto in all competitions last season – including one appearance in the Champions League – scoring twice and providing one assist.

Manager David Wagner described Depoitre as “a proper striker”.

He added: “He scores goals and is a real worker too, so he will fit the ‘Terriers Identity’ very well.

“I am very happy that we have made Laurent our first signing of this summer window.”

During his time at Gent, with whom he won the Belgian league in 2015, he scored 30 goals in 90 matches and was part of the side that reached the Champions League last 16 in 2016.
They broke their previous transfer record last week when they agreed a £10m  deal with Manchester City to sign 26-year-old Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy.

Alvaro Arbeloa retires from football

​Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa has announced his retirement.

The 34-year-old former Spain full-back made three Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season before being released.

He spent three years with the Reds before returning to Madrid, for whom he made his senior debut, in 2009.

Arbeloa won one La Liga title and the Champions League twice at Madrid before signing for West Hamlast August.

“It’s time to say goodbye,” he said. “Physically I was OK to keep playing.”

“I always thought I would play until my legs held out, but in the end it was a head and motivation issue,” he told Marca.
Many times you consider life in a way or see the future in a way, but life has other things prepared and you have to know how to accept them and face them.
“Things this season did not come out as I had dreamed. I am being honest with myself when I say goodbye.” 
He added: “It has been complicated. It’s something that when it comes to my mind I try not to think much about.
“At a professional level it has not been an easy year and that also has a personal impact, of course.”

He made more than 200 appearances in total for Liverpool, Madrid and West Ham between 2007 and 2017 and was capped 56 times by Spain.

He was part of his country’s World Cup-winning squad in 2010 and helped them win the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.