Germany beat Australia in Sochi to get their first Confederations Cup campaign since 2005 off to a winning start.
The Socceroos were 3-1 down when Tomi Juric’s goal was allowed to stand despite a suspected handball after a review by the video assistant referee.
Lars Stindl had put the world champions ahead before Celtic’s Tom Rogic equalised.
Julian Draxler’s penalty made it 2-1 after Leon Goretzka was fouled before Goretzka got the third.
Tomi Juric ensured an exciting finish to the game when he pulled one back in the 56th minute – the goal awarded following the latest Video Assistant Referee (VAR) referral – but Australia lacked the individual quality to genuinely worry an experimental Germany.
Germany were denied a fourth goal in Russia when Timo Werner hit the post.
Joachim Low has named seven uncapped players in his Confederations Cup squad after resting experienced keeper Manuel Neuer, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, defender Mats Hummels and forward Thomas Muller.
Germany’s next Group B game is against Chile, who beat Cameroon 2-0 on Sunday,on Thursday
New proposals by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) could reduce the duration of a match to change to 60 minutes from 90 with the clock stopped every time the ball goes out of play, and allow players to take a free kick or corner to themselves.
Other changes include permitting free kicks to be taken with a moving ball, penalties being given if a goalkeeper handles a backpass and a penalty goal being awarded in the instance of a goal line handball, a law similar to one already practiced in rugby union.
There are also ideas for teams whose players mob referees to be docked points and for defenders to be allowed to receive the ball from a goal kick within the penalty area.
A goal kick would follow a penalty kick, meaning there would be no opportunity for players to follow in and score from a rebound. This is proposed to stop the issue of encroachment, with the kick being given as missed if an attacking player encroaches and a retake being allowed if a defending player encroaches on a missed penalty.
IFAB says the “Fair Play!” document has three aims — to improve player behaviour and increase respect, to increase playing time and to increase fairness and attractiveness.
“Many people are very frustrated that a typical 90-minute match has fewer than 60 minutes of effective [actual] playing time i.e. when the ball is in play,” IFAB said. “The strategy proposes measures to reduce time-wasting and ‘speed up’ the game.”
IFAB said some of the proposals could be implemented immediately and require no law changes, while some are “ready for testing/experiments” and some are “for discussion”.
The document says match officials should be stricter on the rule which allows goalkeepers to hold the ball for six seconds. IFAB also suggests match officials should be stricter on time-keeping, stopping their watch from a penalty being awarded to the spot-kick being taken, from a goal being scored until the match resumes from the kick-off, and from the signal of a substitution to play restarting.
Former Premier League referee David Elleray, the technical director of IFAB, told The Times that the plan is “a radical document.”
“You could say that it is a quiet revolution aimed at getting football even better,” he said. “My starting point was to look at the laws and say ‘what are they for?’ and if there is no particular reason then would changing them make the game better.”
Allowing goalkeepers to pass the ball to defenders within the penalty area from a goal kick has already been trialled in European youth matches in order to test whether it would encourage more passing rather than a long kick upfield.
The use of video assistant referees (VARs) at the Under-20 World Cup was deemed a success, Elleray added.
“Overall the trials are going extremely well,” he said. “Out of 52 games in the Under-20 World Cup in Korea there were only 12 decisions which were decided by the VAR so it is not disrupting the game.
“Referees are saying to players at corners and free kicks ‘remember, the cameras are watching you.’ Players know they cannot get away with things such as violent conduct and bad tackles.”
IFAB is made up of world football’s governing body, FIFA, and the four British home football associations and is responsible for making the final decision on law changes. The “Play Fair!” document will be discussed at various meetings before decisions are taken on whether to develop ideas further or discard them.
Chelsea and Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 24, is seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid.
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is increasingly concerned about Hazard burning out at Chelsea and would welcome him moving to the Bernabeu.
Former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho “looks like he’s begging for the sack”.
John Terry says everyone is behind Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and he would “take this squad over any” after the draw in Dynamo Kiev.
Reds owner John Henry will get his first glimpse of life under new manager Jurgen Klopp when he attends Thursday’s Europa League tie with Rubin Kazan at Anfield.
Italian reports suggest new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is eager to push through a deal – said to be worth €18m – for Inter centre-back Andrea Ranocchia.
Klopp is said to be a big fan of Ajax’s Anwar El Ghazi and could make a January swoop for the 20-year-old winger.
Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United to go all-out to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The Dutch coach is concerned by his striking options and plans to bid again for the England forward after a summer advance was rejected.
United have been handed a blow in their mission to sign Brendan Galloway, as the left-back is said to be on the verge of signing a new deal with the Toffees.
Arsenal are preparing a €45 million (£33m) offer for Real Madrid midfielder Isco.
Inter have opened talks with Valencia over a move for Sofiane Feghouli.
Paris Saint-Germain have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane. United have also been linked with a swoop for veteran centre-back Pepe.
Carlo Ancelotti has been backed to be successful as manager of Bayern Munich by Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos amid reports linking the Italian with the Bundesliga giants.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has cooled speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool to be reunited with Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool and Serbia winger Lazar Markovic says he “did not have a good relationship” with former manager Brendan Rodgers although the 21-year-old is unable to cut short his loan spell with Fenerbahce and return to Anfield.
FIFA has confirmed that Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and senior vice president Angel Maria Villar have been investigated for wrongdoing and their cases have been passed to the adjudicatory chamber for a verdict by the ethics judge.
Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon has accused world football’s governing body of sabotaging his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter after its ethics committee banned him for six years.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, is set to be offered the chance to end his career in America’s Major League Soccer – with their sister club New York City.
Meanwhile, City are in discussions over a potential deal for 15-year-old midfielder Victor Moura, who’s nicknamed Vitinho. from Brazilian club Corinthians.
City and Spain winger Jesus Navas, 29, has played down the possibility of a return to his former club Sevilla.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino plans to rest 22-year-old England striker Harry Kane during a hectic run of fixtures to avoid adding to his injury list.
Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed that his brother is likely to be working as a policeman at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on Thursday where Spurs face Anderlecht in the Europa League.
Tim Sherwood could be a key factor in Emmanuel Adebayor’s next move, though the Villans manager’s own future may need cleared up first.
Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish took time out from the club’s difficult start to the season to attend Disney On Ice in Birmingham. He posted a picture of the action on his Twitter account with the message “At Disney On Ice with my little sister and cousin.”
Swansea City responded to speculation that manager Garry Monk had not turned up to training by joking on Twitter that the 36-year-old’s doppelganger must have been working with the players instead.
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho took his children to an indoor play centre along with the families of team-mates Lucas and Philippe Coutinho. Sakho posted a picture of himself on Twitter as he went down a slide.
Liverpool have parodied American President Barack Obama’s ‘Hope’ poster from his 2008 election campaign with their programme cover for Jurgen Klopp’s first home game in charge against Rubin Kazan.
New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says he holds no grudge against Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley – despite being sacked after just eight months in the job at St James’ Park.
Jose Mourinho has been given a boost in his wish to add to his squad in January with new that Juventus could offer £16m to make Juan Cuadrado’s loan move permanent.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would be keen to bring in Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola if the Blues part company with current boss Jose Mourinho.
Barcelona have no intention of selling Brazil forward Neymar, 23, to Manchester United even if they bring in Paris St-Germain frontman Ezequiel Lavezzi, 30.
Spanish reports claim Barcelona will sent more scouts to watch Robin van Persie play in the Europa League, but will also be keeping tabs on a total of five Ajax youngsters.
Former Brazil international Lucio has told “good friend” and fellow countryman Philippe Coutinho, 23, to stay at Liverpool and reject Barcelona.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is considering whether to recall winger Lazar Markovic, 21, in January from his season-long loan at Fenerbahce.
Manchester United are watching 19-year-old Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, who is also being monitored by Chelsea
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his side will be at a disadvantage for Sunday’s derby with Manchester City as they are in Moscow in the Champions League, with their rivals at home.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is considering making Paul Bracewell his assistant after failing to persuade Southend boss Phil Brown to take the role.
Tottenham playmaker Erik Lamela, 23, says he has never wanted to leave the club, despite being consistently being linked with a move away.
Bournemouth failed to land Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe in the summer but a loan move for the 33-year-old in January could be a possibility.
Raheem Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward says the 20-year-old forward should “probably” still be a Liverpool player, but adds there was an “underhandedness” and “sly remarks” during contract negotiations before his summer move to Manchester City.
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has forgiven Arsene Wenger for calling him a diver, and believes the Arsenal manager is “unique” in world football given all he has done in London.
Bayern’s team bus was involved in a minor crash when it reversed into a parked vehicle at their London hotel during their preparations for the Arsenal game. QPR’s Loftus Road costs more than 30% more to run than neighbours Fulham’s Craven Cottage.
Sepp Blatter’s authorisation of a payment to fellow FIFA executive Michel Platini without a written contract was a “classic conflict of interest,” FIFA’s financial compliance head Domenico Scala told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has reached a verbal agreement with Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain to take over at the Etihad Stadium next season.
Bayern will try to renew their coach’s contract, but have also approached Jurgen Klopp as a contingency plan.
Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Kluivert and Michael Ballack could be among the star names signed up to play each other in tournament action in 2017 after plans for a new Legends World Cup were announced.
Mexico will stage the tournament, open to retired players between the ages of 35 and 45, with proceeds going to charities in the host country.
Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and Jérôme Valcke suspended for 90 days.
FIFA’s ethics committee has made the recommendation to suspend president Sepp Blatter for 90 days.
The suspension has to be confirmed by Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee.
UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Dinamo Zagreb player Arijan Ademi after the midfielder failed a doping test following his team’s shock Champions League win over Arsenal last month, the Croatian club have confirmed.
Arsenal are optimistic that Laurent Koscielny will return to action for the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich later this month
Incoming Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, 48, will give the club’s players a chance to prove themselves – rather than planning significant changes straight away.
Klopp’s first big task at Liverpool will be to keep Philippe Coutinho after Manchester City targeted the 23-year-old Brazil playmaker as a long-term replacement for David Silva, who turns 30 in January.
Coutinho is not set to leave Liverpool for Real Madrid, according to the Brazil international’s agent.
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be among the candidates should the FA look to replace Roy Hodgson as England boss after Euro 2016.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez and Real Sociedad boss David Moyes are also on a shortlist of potential replacements
Sunderland will let Sam Allardyce name his terms in a final bid to make him their new manager.
David Beckham has been unable to reconcile the rift between ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and former skipper Roy Keane to enable the latter to appear in a charity match at Old Trafford in November.
Cristiano Ronaldo has said his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has an extremely compassionate side to his personality.
Speaking in an upcoming BBC documentary entitled “Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets of Success,” Ronaldo said that he had shown great understanding before his father’s death in 2005.
“When my dad was sick in London and was in hospital — very bad, in a coma — I had a conversation with [Ferguson],” Ronaldo said. “I said, ‘Boss, I don’t feel good.’
“We are in a key moment in the league and the Champions League, but I say, ‘Boss, I don’t feel good. I want to see my dad.’
“[He said] ‘Cristiano, you want to go one day, two days, one week, you can go. I’m going to miss you here because you know you are important, but your dad [comes] first.’
“When he told me that, I thought, ‘This guy’s unbelievable.'”
Former Barcelona player and coach Johan Cruyff says that current Blaugrana star Lionel Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo, as the Real Madrid Galactico is just “a great goal scorer” who does not concern himself with how the team plays overall.
Sergio Aguero will adopt the No. 10 shirt for Argentina while it is left vacant due to the injury of its usual wearer, Lionel Messi.
“I wore it for the first time against Bosnia, in a friendly in the United States, and Leo said: ‘When I am not around, Kun has to use it.’ Then he started to send me messages: ‘Are you going to wear it? You’re not going to chicken out?’
Wayne Rooney, 29, will miss England’s final two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania because of injury.
Manchester United are set to rival Bayern Munich for the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, who has a £37 million release clause.
United forward James Wilson is a loan target for Celtic.
United centre-back Regan Poole, 17, has been unable to play a competitive game more than a month after his transfer from Newport County – because he still has not had international clearance to move from Wales to England.
Cesc Fabregas has voiced his belief that Jose Mourinho is the best coach for Chelsea, and it’s just a matter of time before the Blues begin to turn their season around.
Mourinho is to bring out a new book – six days after saying he was going through the most difficult period of his career.
Reports suggest Chelsea will announce the signing of veteran goalkeeper Marco Amelia on Thursday.
La Liga president Javier Tebas says English football should allow reserve teams to play within its league system – as happens in Spain – in order to produce better players.
West Ham chairman David Gold hopes moving to the Olympic Stadium will boost the club’s female fan base because it is based close to a shopping centre.
Tottenham are interested in signing Gent striker Laurent Depoitre, 26, in January and will also make a new bid for West Bromwich Albion’s England Under-21 forward Saido Berahino, 22.
Spurs forward Harry Kane has responded to a six-year-old fan who wrote a letter asking if he would come round for a kickabout on Friday – the day England play Estonia. Kane replied: “I’ll ask Roy Hodgson but I think I’ll have to be at Wembley!”
A Liverpool supporter believes they have spotted the club’s likely new manager Jurgen Klopp ordering a new car at a dealership in the city.
Aston Villa are planning to make a January bid for Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius, 22, as doubts remain over the form of 31-year-old American Brad Guzan.