Portugal 0-3 Netherlands | Euro 2016 champions slump to loss in Geneva friendly

Reigning European holders Portugal crashed to a 3-0 loss in Geneva in their final warmup game before coach Fernando Santos announces his 23 man squad to travel to Russia.

The Seleccao were very poor defensively in the first half and the Netherlands, who failed to qualify for the World Cup and were beaten in Amsterdam by England on Friday, took full advantage as they netted thrice before the interval.

Fernando Santos opted for a somewhat experimental lineup with Cristiano Ronaldo the only player in the XI that you could say was assured of a starting spot in Russia. Young Napoli left back Mario Rui was given his senior debut and became the fourth player from Portugal’s U20 World Cup squad (they finished as runners up) to play for the national team after Danilo, Cedric and Oliveira. Continue reading

Giorgi Chakvetadze Georgia debut 2018 | Chakvetadze goal vs Lithuania Video

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Young Giorgi Chakvetadze has been often been hailed as one of the rising stars of Georgian football and the teenager made his national team debut over the weekend against Lithuania (March 24, 2018). Chakvetadze started the game and also netted on debut- his 40th minute strike was the fourth for the Georgians in their 4-0 win in Tbilisi. He was replaced by Giorgi Aburjania after 69 minutes.

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the 18 year old also made 34 passes with a 91% pass accuracy in this game. Chakvetadze currently plays for Gent in the Belgian top flight, Continue reading

England U21 2-1 Romania U21 2018 | Demarai Gray captain for Young Lions at Molineux

Goals from Demarai Gray and Jake Clarke-Salter helped England U21 down their Romanian counterparts at Molineux. With Dominic Solanke taking a knock, manager Aidy Boothroyd chosen to give Birmingham born Gray the armband as a tribute to Cyrille Regis, the legendary striker in whose honour the game was held.

England took the lead through Gray’s 8th minute effort and doubled their advantage seventeen minutes from time when Jake Clarke-Salter nodded home from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner.

Romania, who had Gheorghe Hagi’s son Ianis in their lineup, pulled one back through Valentin Costache after an error from England keeper Dean Henderson. The visitors pushed for an equaliser but the home side held on to take the Cyrille Regis International 2-1.

England will now take on Ukraine in a Euro 2019 qualifier at Bramall Lane on Tuesday

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Can the Dutch make it six in a row against Southgate’s England?

The Netherlands will be looking for a sixth straight win when they host Gareth Southgate’s England in a friendly at the Amsterdam Arena on Friday night.

Since losing 4-0 to France back in June last year, the Dutch have won five on the bounce, beating Bulgaria, Belarus, Sweden, Scotland and Romania. This fixture will also be Virgil van Dijk’s first as national skipper Continue reading

Russia 2018 draws closer- Four Value World Cup Picks

With the regular league season drawing to a close and the big even just months away, we’re getting into World Cup fever! New kits are being released and there will be a bunch of friendlies played later this month that will be critically analyzed by pundits and fans alike- the players who are not on the list might not be on the plane to Russia.

The World Cup can’t come soon enough for many UK punters, with plenty seeing the Finals as offering the perfect blend between brilliant sporting action and giving value for money when placing a bet. There are lots of markets at the Finals, some of which offer a bit more scope for making money than simply betting on Brazil or Germany to win the World Cup. Continue reading