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  • Lazio fall for €2 million hacking scam – report

    Lazio fall for €2 million hacking scam – report

    Lazio have reportedly fallen for an email scam and paid two million euros ($2.4m) of the final instalment for defender Stefan de Vrij's transfer from Dutch club Feyenoord to fraudsters. Italian newspaper Il Tempo reported on Wednesday that...

  • Let’s not believe our own hype, warns Kroos

    Let’s not believe our own hype, warns Kroos

    Defeat by Brazil in Tuesday’s friendly international highlighted Germany’s need for sharp improvement ahead of the World Cup in June and players would be wise not to believe the hype created around the world champions, midfielder Toni Kroos...

  • Watch: England have World Cup places up for grabs – Southgate

    Watch: England have World Cup places up for grabs – Southgate

    Gareth Southgate has told England's World Cup hopefuls there are still places up for grabs as he prepares to finalise his squad for the tournament in Russia. Southgate must submit his 23-man squad for the World Cup no later than June 4, but the...

  • Spain thrash Argentina 6-1 as Isco grabs hat-trick

    Spain thrash Argentina 6-1 as Isco grabs hat-trick

    Spain sent out a warning to their World Cup rivals as Isco grabbed a hat-trick in a 6-1 thrashing of Argentina, who were missing the injured Lionel Messi, in a friendly on Tuesday. Diego Costa, Thiago and Iago Aspas also got on the scoresheet as...

  • Pogba delivers as France beat Russia 3-1

    Pogba delivers as France beat Russia 3-1

    Paul Pogba scored one goal and set up another to inspire France to a 3-1 friendly win away against World Cup hosts Russia on Tuesday. Four days after losing to Colombia at home, Les Bleus bounced back with Pogba netting the second after the break...

  • England held by Italy after late VAR penalty

    England held by Italy after late VAR penalty

    England were held to a 1-1 draw by Italy after Lorenzo Insigne netted an 86th-minute penalty, awarded by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), on Tuesday to take the edge off what had been a highly satisfactory World Cup build-up week for the...

  • Brazil beat Germany to restore some pride

    Brazil beat Germany to restore some pride

    Brazil edged past world champions Germany 1-0 in their international friendly on Tuesday to snap their opponents' 22-match unbeaten run and exact some measure of revenge for their 2014 World Cup semi-final humiliation. Gabriel Jesus headed in the...

  • Malta U-21s go down fighting in Turkey

    Malta U-21s go down fighting in Turkey

    The Malta U-21 national team are still in search of their first win in the European Championship qualifiers following a 4-2 defeat to Turkey in Alanya yesterday. This was the team’s sixth successive defeat in the competition but coach Silvio Vella...

  • Watch: Deschamps unfazed by defeat to Colombia ahead of Russia friendly

    Watch: Deschamps unfazed by defeat to Colombia ahead of Russia friendly

    Didier Deschamps will not allow France's shock defeat to Colombia to affect his World Cup preparations. Les Bleus let a two-goal lead slip away as they lost 3-2 to the South American side on Friday, with Juan Quintero's late penalty proving...

  • Watch: Butland to play in goal for England against Italy

    Watch: Butland to play in goal for England against Italy

    Stoke City's Jack Butland will start in goal for England in their friendly match against Italy on Tuesday as manager Gareth Southgate continues the audition process for this year's World Cup in Russia. Southgate announced his latest choice during...

  • Portugal suffer first-half collapse in 3-0 loss to Dutch

    Portugal suffer first-half collapse in 3-0 loss to Dutch

    European champions Portugal suffered a dramatic first-half collapse and had Joao Cancelo sent off just after the hour in an embarrassing 3-0 World Cup warm-up defeat by the Netherlands on Monday. Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk all...

  • Heavy defeat for Malta against Finland

    Heavy defeat for Malta against Finland

    Malta football coach Tom Saintfiet lost his third straight game in as many fixtures played under his management after Malta were outclassed by Finland 5-0, in Turkey. After last Thursday's narrow defeat at the hands of Luxembourg, the Belgian...

  • Watch: Hogg targets improved performance against Finland

    Watch: Hogg targets improved performance against Finland

    Goalkeeper Andrew Hogg hopes that Malta will channel their disappointment at their last-gasp defeat to Luxembourg into a tenacious performance in the friendly match against Finland at the Gloria Sports Arena in Belek on Monday. The Maltese team...

  • Hibs beat Stripes to go one-point clear

    Hibs beat Stripes to go one-point clear

    The top-of-the-table clash between Hibernians and Birkirkara lived up to its billing as it had to be a solitary goal by Ylenia Carabott that handed the Paolites a 1-0 win to take sole leadership of the BOV Women’s League. Both teams were looking...

  • Watch: France lose composure in 3-2 defeat to Colombia

    Watch: France lose composure in 3-2 defeat to Colombia

    France threw away a two-goal lead as they slumped to a 3-2 home defeat to Colombia in a friendly at the Stade de France on Friday, less than three months before the World Cup. Les Bleus were 2-0 up midway through the first half thanks to goals by...

  • Watch: Ronaldo scores twice in stoppage time as Portugal snatch win

    Watch: Ronaldo scores twice in stoppage time as Portugal snatch win

    Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored two stoppage time goals to steal a 2-1 win over Egypt after Mohamed Salah had given the African side the lead in an entertaining World Cup warm-up in Switzerland on Friday. Salah scored with a thumping...

  • Watch: Impressive England break Dutch drought with 1-0 win

    Watch: Impressive England break Dutch drought with 1-0 win

    England ended a 22-year win drought against the Netherlands thanks to Jesse Lingard's strike for a 1-0 triumph after a performance of composure and quality in a friendly on Friday. Gareth Southgate's World Cup-bound England side were superior for...

  • Watch: Late Banega and Lanzini strikes help Argentina win without Messi

    Watch: Late Banega and Lanzini strikes help Argentina win without Messi

    Late goals from Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini helped an Argentina side deprived of talisman Lionel Messi edge past Italy 2-0 at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium on Friday. With the Barcelona forward missing through a muscle problem, it was a game...

  • Watch: Germany draw 1-1 with Spain as Costa makes comeback

    Watch: Germany draw 1-1 with Spain as Costa makes comeback

    World champions Germany drew 1-1 with Spain in a high tempo friendly on Friday as they launched their preparations for a title defence in Russia and Spain's Diego Costa made his comeback following a transfer ban. Germany were made to work hard...

  • Watch: Brazil sink Russia 3-0 with second-half breakthrough

    Watch: Brazil sink Russia 3-0 with second-half breakthrough

    A string of second-half goals helped a Brazil side deprived of talisman Neymar to an emphatic 3-0 friendly win over World Cup hosts Russia in Moscow on Friday. After several missed chances in the first half, Brazil's Miranda finally broke the...