Benin shock Morocco, storm into AFCON quarterfinals

Ten-man Benin rode their luck to eliminate heavily fancied Morocco on penalties in an extraordinary upset in the opening match of the knockout stage of the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday. Benin advanced to quarter-finals, after four successive draws, as they outscored Morocco 4-1 in the shootout after a 1-1 stalemate at the end of extra time in the last-16 tie. The small west African nation survived a last-gasp stoppage-time penalty missed by Morocco and an extra-time dismissal to create one of the tournament’s great…

Mane sends Senegal to AFCON Quarter finals

Sadio Mane scored his third of the campaign as Senegal defeated Denis Onyango's Uganda to advance to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. The Liverpool star struck on 15 minutes with a close-range shot after a passing move carved open the Ugandan defence in Cairo. Mane later missed a penalty – the second time he has fluffed a spot-kick in as many matches – but his three-goal tally from three matches moved him ahead of 11 scorers with two each. In the earlier match Mane's double helped Senegal beat Kenya in the…

Italy legend Buffon completes emotional return to Juventus

Former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has returned to former club Juventus. Buffon, 41, who had spent 17 years with the Turin giants completed his emotional reunion with Old Lady after just one quiet season with Paris St. Germain. Buffon has signed a one-year contract with the bianconeri, who are now managed by former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and he will be joining Aron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot who signed for the Italian champions as free agents. https://twitter.com/juventusfcen/status/1146863782599245825?s=19…

‘Heart says yes, body says no’- Arjen Robben calls it a day

Dutch winger Arjen Robben has ended his professional football career with immediate effect. The Bayern Munich legend announced he is ending his playing career at the age of 35 after a 10-year spell with German giants. "It is without a doubt the most difficult decision I have had to make in my career, my heart says yes, my body says no," Robben told in a statement released to German media. "It is a decision in which heart and mind collide. The reality is that things don't work the way they did when you were 16," Robben…

Confirmed: Frank Lampard returns to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have appointed former midfielder Frank Lampard as their manager on a three-year deal. Lampard, 41, has left Championship side Derby County to take over at a club where he spent 13 years as a player. He succeeds Maurizio Sarri, who left Stamford Bridge in June to take charge of Italian champions Juventus. https://twitter.com/ChelseaFC/status/1146690898421604352 Lampard led Derby to the Championship play-off final, where they lost to Aston Villa, in his first season as a manager. The former England international…

Christian Pulisic’s brace leads U.S to the dream Gold Cup final against Mexico

The United States is on course for back-to-back Gold Cups after trumping Jamaica 3-1 in Wednesday's semifinal. A bright opening and goal in the ninth minute from Weston McKennie was interrupted by an 87-minute weather delay, but Christian Pulisic scored either side of Shamar Nicholson's header in the second half as the host maintained control in Nashville's Nissan Stadium. U.S will lock horns with Gerardo "Tata" Martino's Mexico in Sunday's final. https://twitter.com/GoldCup/status/1146650863664074752 The U.S. was in…

Oranje hits first Women’s World Cup final to punch up mighty U.S

The U.S. Women’s National Team will take on the Netherlands in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, July 7 at 8 a.m. PT at the Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France. The U.S. advanced to its third consecutive Women’s World Cup final after beating England 2-1 in the semifinal round. Christen Press, who came in for an injured Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan, who was celebrating her 30th birthday, both scored again England to lead the USA to victory. The Netherlands, the reigning European champion, advanced to its first…

Peru end Chile reign in Copa America with semifinal upset

Peru made one of the biggest upsets in the Copa America history to beat arch-rivals Chile 3-0 and set up a final against hosts Brazil. Edison Flores got Peru off to a dream start with an early goal at Gremio Arena, and Yoshimar Yotun also got on the board in the victory as holders Chile's dream of winning the competition for a third time in a row was shattered in emphatic fashion. An impressive Pedro Gallese recorded seven saves en route to keep in form Alexis Sanchez and company at bay and register a clean sheet.…

AFCON 2019: Nigeria face Cameroon in Round of 16

Nigeria will face defending champions Cameroon in the Round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt. https://twitter.com/CAF_Online/status/1146181954817155079 The Super Eagles qualified for the knockout phase after finishing as Group B runners-up following their 2-0 defeat to Madagascar. They now face the Indomitable Lions who booked their place in the knockout phase after Benin Republic held them to a 0-0 draw at Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia on Tuesday. Fairytale qualifiers Madagascar stay in Alexandria, where…

Messi criticises the officiating following Argentina’s loss to Brazil

Argentina captain Lionel Messi blasted the officiating after the team's 2-0 loss to Brazil in the Copa America semifinals that knocked them out of the tournament. While the tournament has been plagued by lengthy stoppages for the video assistant referee (VAR), Ecuadoran referee Roddy Zambrano preferred to let the game run, which incensed Argentina when VAR did not come into play on several occasions. " were tired of making bulls--- calls at this Copa and they didn't go to VAR. It was unbelievable," Messi said after the…