Australia’s Wallabies beat France 25-23 in Paris thriller

Australia’s Wallabies beat France 25-23 in Paris thriller

Australia beat France 25-23 in a thrilling one-off rugby union test match at the Stade de France on Saturday, handing the hosts a reality check after their thrashing of Samoa last week. The Wallabies, who rallied from 8-0 down to lead 13-11 at half-time, held off a late French charge with Camille Lopez missing a […]

Pogba’s goal decisive as France beat Netherlands in World Cup qualifier

Pogba’s goal decisive as France beat Netherlands in World Cup qualifier

France midfielder Paul Pogba, the world’s most expensive player, scored with a swirling long-range shot after 30 minutes to secure a vital 1-0 win away to the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying on Monday. The victory at the Amsterdam Arena elevated the Euro 2016 runners-up to overwhelming favourites to finish top of Group A and […]

German anti-immigrant populists ‘beat Merkel’s party’ in local vote

German anti-immigrant populists ‘beat Merkel’s party’ in local vote

Germany’s anti-migrant populists made a strong showing at Sunday’s state polls, scoring ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party as voters punish the German leader over her liberal refugee policy. The xenophobic Alternative for Germany (AfD) obtained around 21 percent in its first bid for seats in the regional parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Vorpommern, according to exit […]

Portugal beat France 1-0 in extra time to claim first-ever European Championship

Portugal beat France 1-0 in extra time to claim first-ever European Championship

Substitute Eder’s thunderous finish deep into extra time secured Portugal’s first European Championship title after they overcame the early loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to snatch a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over hosts France on Sunday. Eder picked the perfect moment to score his first competitive goal for his country, marauding forward before letting fly with a […]

Portugal beat Poland in shootout to reach Euro 2016 semis

Portugal beat Poland in shootout to reach Euro 2016 semis

Portugal substitute Ricardo Quaresma, keeper Rui Patricio and 18-year-old midfield sensation Renato Sanches were the heroes as Portugal beat Poland 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to reach the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday. Patricio dived full length to block Jakub Blaszczykowski’s penalty, Poland’s fourth, allowing substitute Quaresma, whose goal late in extra-time beat […]

Personal kudos nothing if Spain don’t beat Italy: Morata

Personal kudos nothing if Spain don’t beat Italy: Morata

MONTPELLIER: Alvaro Morata is joint top scorer at Euro 2016 but doesn’t care who hits the net if Spain beat a familiar Italy side to a coveted quarter-final place in their last 16 clash on Monday. “I couldn’t care less about the top scorer’s chart if we lose,” Morata said after the defending champions’ shock […]

Chile beat Colombia to set up Copa America final with Argentina

Chile beat Colombia to set up Copa America final with Argentina

Chile beat Colombia 2-0 in the Copa America semi-final on Wednesday and will face Argentina in Sunday’s final after surviving a tumultuous match in Chicago that was halted for more than two hours due to a torrential rain storm. Chile were already two goals up at half time but the second half was delayed as […]

Ireland beat Italy 1-0 to set up France showdown at Euro 2016

Ireland beat Italy 1-0 to set up France showdown at Euro 2016

Robbie Brady struck with just five minutes remaining as the Republic of Ireland claimed a dramatic 1-0 win over Italy in Lille on Wednesday to reach the knockout phase of Euro 2016. Brady’s goal arrived just when it looked as if Ireland were heading out due to a combination of Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and […]

Spain beat Turkey 3-0 to qualify for Euro 2016 last 16

Spain beat Turkey 3-0 to qualify for Euro 2016 last 16

Striker Alvaro Morata scored twice to lead Spain to an emphatic 3-0 win over Turkey on Friday that sent the holders into the second round of the European Championship. Morata opened the scoring in a one-sided Group D match after 34 minutes, climbing to head home Nolito’s cross from the left. Three minutes later Turkey […]

France beat Romania 2-1 in nail-biting Euro 2016 opener

France beat Romania 2-1 in nail-biting Euro 2016 opener

 Dimitri Payet’s stunning 25 metre strike a minute from time got hosts France off to a winning start at Euro 2016 on Friday as they beat Romania 2-1. Payet was France’s standout performer all night. His cross also created the opener for Olivier Giroud before Bogdan Stancu’s penalty looked to have handed Romania a point. […]

Last-gasp Payet wonder strike sees France beat Cameroon 3-2

Last-gasp Payet wonder strike sees France beat Cameroon 3-2

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet scored a last-gasp wonder free-kick to help Euro 2016 hosts France snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over Cameroon on Monday. The attacking midfielder stepped up on the stroke of regulation time to curl a magnificent free-kick past Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa. France opened the scoring through Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi before […]

Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 5-3 on penalties to win Champions League final

Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 5-3 on penalties to win Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning penalty in a shootout to give Real Madrid victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final which finished 1-1 after extra time on Saturday. Ronaldo sent Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak the wrong way from the penalty spot, sealing a 5-3 shootout win, then stripped off his shirt to celebrate […]