'It wasn't because of his absence': Danilo Pereira defends Ronaldo after Portugal score 9 goals without him
Cristiano Ronaldo had to miss a Euro 2024 qualifier against Luxembourg due to three yellow cards he received in Portugal's previous matches. In the last game against Slovakia, he played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 victory.
Ivan Toney 'would be interested' in joining Man United & 3 more under-radar stories
Dubravka suffers injury during international dutyAs per The Mirror, Martin Dubravka suffered an injury in Slovakia's training sessions during the international break.The goalkeeper will return to Man United's Carrington training facility and undergo further tests to understand the extent of his injury.
Mourinho opens up on retirement & 3 more under-radar stories at Man United today
Dubravka withdraws from international dutyA statement from Manchester United reads:""On-loan goalkeeper Martin Dubravka will return from international duty earlier than expected, after picking up an injury in training with Slovakia."The 33-year-old was due to be involved in two UEFA Nations League games, against Azerbaijan and Belarus.
17 first-team players Erik ten Hag will have to do without during international break: listed
Erik ten Hag has already complained that he won't be able to work on the team structure without a large part of his first-team squad as the players leave for international duty.According to the official Man United website, there are overall 17 players from Ten Hag's squad that he will have to do without.
NEW: FIFA’s Top 40 national football teams in the world have been revealed
FIFA have updated their world rankings – here's how things stand in October 2021.Perhaps the most surprising things about this list are that Mexico and Denmark are both in the top 10 while the Netherlands and Germany are just 11th and 12th respectively.
Mount calls for FIFA bans after racial abuse during Hungary game & 2 more under-radar stories at Chelsea
Pundit Paul Merson praises Chelsea's move for SaulChelsea signed Saul Niguez on deadline day, fending off competition from both Manchester United and Liverpool, who were interested. "Chelsea now have a midfield dreams are made of after getting Saul Niguez on deadline day," Merson wrote in his Daily Star column.
Barca fans mock Real Madrid players for Euro 2020 elimination – one thing would keep their mouths shut
There are no Real Madrid players left at Euro 2020 – and it feels like Barcelona fans are celebrating their team win a treble.We can mention Clement Lenglet's blooper that made things tough for France in the Switzerland clash, or the fact that Karim Benzema remains of the competition's top scorers.
Key meeting for Messi's future & 3 other latest under-radar stories at Barca
Key meeting for Messi's futureOn Friday, July 2, Joan Laporta is expected to meet the La Liga president Javier Tebas, as per Diario Sport.The two will discuss Barca's salary cap and the possibility of offering Messi a new deal.
Busquets gifts Star of the Match vs Slovakia prize to his sons, warmly hugs them
Sergio Busquets won the Star of the Match award in the Spain-Slovakia game and later gifted it to his two sons, hugging them.This was quite an emotional occasion for Spain's captain who missed the first two Euro 2020 games through the coronavirus.
'He is everything Chelsea means': Tuchel's heartfelt praise for Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta was part of Spain's 5-0 demolition of Slovakia as his team go into the knockout stages of the Euros and his week seems to be getting better with his club manager showering him with the highest praise. "He’s a fantastic captain and a fantastic sportsman," Tuchel told Chelsea's official wesbite.
Thiago and Diogo Jota join 4 other Liverpool players in Euro 2020 Round of 16
Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota both featured for their countries on Wednesday as Spain and Portugal secured their places in the Euro 2020 Round of 16.Jota played 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw with France, while Thiago was subbed on in the 71st minute in Spain's 5-0 hammering of Slovakia.
Barca set to sign new deals with 2 wonderkids & 3 other latest under-radar stories at Barca
Busquets reacts to Van der Vaart criticismAhead of the Spain-Slovakia clash, Rafael van der Vaart said that everything Spain do is 'passing the ball from one side to another'.After the 5-0 win against Slovakia, Busquets gave a true captain speech, saying that the team don't accept such disrespect.
Luis Enrique explains why many people 'can't understand Busquets'
"Busquets' game [against Slovakia] was a guide of how to play as a pivot, in defence and attack. He is a player who many people do not understand, after so many years of being used to watching him, but he is a unique player, and a guarantee," Luis Enrique has told the media after Spain's 5-0 win over Slovakia.
Busquets cries in post-match interview, wins MOTM prize in his first post-Covid game
Sergio Busquets was brilliant in his first game after recovering from the coronavirus."I'm emotional because of the bad time I've been through, the group is strong and this has made us grow, we have to take it on with that mentality.
Slovakia goalkeeper literally dunks the ball into his own goal, shocks his teammates
We've witnessed 7 own goals at Euro 2020 already – but perhaps the most hilarious one took place in the Slovakia-Spain clash as Newcastle goalie Martin Dubravka simply dunked the ball in instead of clearing it.Spain won the game 5-0, Dubravka saving one penalty kick.
Barca target Laporte scores brilliant first goal for Spain, Pedri gets pre-assist
Aymeric Laporte has just scored Spain's second goal of the day against Slovakia.Spain's goalscoring attack started with a corner: after Pedri received the ball in the attacking midfield, he sent it to the box to find Gerard Moreno – the latter outplayed the Slovakia keeper and crossed the ball to find Laporte's head.
About the team
Squad: number of players – 30, average team age – 27.9Show more
Date of foundation: 1993
'My Capitano': Chelsea fans react as Azpilicueta starts first Spain game since 2018
For the first time since November 2018, Cesar Azpilicueta has been named in Spain's starting XI for the key Euro 2020 clash against Slovakia.The Chelsea captain is featuring on the right of a back four, a role that he hasn't effectively performed in the second part of the season.
Full house: 4 called-up Barca players make Spain's starting XI for decisive Slovakia game
Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Pedri are all in Spain's starting eleven for the Euro 2020 game against Slovakia.Sergio Busquets missed the first two Spain matches of the tournament due to the Covid-19 while Eric Garcia was benched.
Cesar Azpilicueta outlines Spain's aims and names key factor they have been missing in Euros
After a disappointing start to their campaign with 2 draws, Spain will need a win against Slovakia to qualify for the next round. Azpilicueta has explained Spain's aim ahead of this crucial game for Chelsea's skipper: "We always go out to win, to score the maximum number of goals and not to concede.
'Swap him for Martial': United fans left impressed with Alexander Isak’s heroics for Sweden in Euro 2020
Alexander Isak is turning out to be among the breakout stars for Sweden in the Euro 2020 and even won the Man of the Match award after their 1-0 win over Slovakia.The Real Sociedad forward is reportedly a player Man United are keeping an eye on during the tournament as they look to possibly sign a new striker in the summer.
Six Euro 2020 stars Barca should consider signing to cover problematic positions
Earlier this month, we've listed at least four 'problematic' positions Barcelona have right now, including a left-back, a centre-back, a defensive midfielder and a striker.The Catalans have confirmed the signing of Memphis Depay since then, so now we'll take a closer look at six players who have managed to impress after the Euro 2020 matchday 2 and could solve the Blaugrana's squad woes next term.
5 exceptional Euro 2020 stars Man United should consider signing
The Euro 2020 has already given us some highs and lows - first came Coke-gate, then came beer-gate featuring our very own Paul Pogba. There was also Christian Eriksen's traumatic collapse as the world of football stood together in support.
Netherlands coach congratulates Depay on Camp Nou transfer & 3 other latest under-radar stories at Barca
Netherlands coach congratulates Depay on Camp Nou transfer"I congratulated Memphis Depay on his transfer to Barcelona. I think [the fact that it’s finally official] is a big relief for him, now he can finally focus on the tournament.
'Ideal Laca replacement': fans gush over Alexander Isak after masterclass v Slovakia
Alexander Isak deservedly grabbed the Player of the Match award for his performance in the Sweden v Slovakia game.The striker created several chances for himself and his teammates, including playing a crucial part in a move that won a decisive penalty for Sweden.
Barca's reported target Isak wins Man of the Match prize after yet another outstanding performance
Alexander Isak has impressed yet again as Sweden beat Slovakia 1-0 at Euro 2020.The Swedish striker attempted 4 shots, completed all of his 6 dribbles, created one big chance for his teammate and won most of his 10 ground duels.
Heartwarming scenes as whole Spain squad welcomes Sergio Busquets back after Covid absence
Sergio Busquets has already re-joined the Spain squad at their training camp after testing negative for Covid-19 earlier this week.The whole La Roja squad, including head coach Luis Enrique and his backroom staff, gave a warm welcome back to the Barcelona midfielder on Friday morning, as can be seen in the video posted by the Spanish FA on Twitter.
Busquets reportedly ruled out for Spain's next Euro 2020 match after further tests
Barcelona's vice-captain Sergio Busquets underwent another PSC test on Wednesday, June 16, and according to EFE, the results don't permit him to join Spain's squad for the moment. Thus, the 32-year-old will not be available for La Roja's 2nd match at the 2020 Euros against Poland which is set to take place on June 19, it's claimed.
Most highly paid coaches at Euro 2020 revealed: Didier Deschamps only 2nd, Russia boss proves surprise
With the 2020 Euros due to start already next week, it might be interesting to take a look at how much the national team coaches are being paid so we can later judge whether they deserved their salary or not.Here's the list of the best-paid coaches as per Sports.