Worlds No.1&2 head to the Olympic final

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic hockey final will be between Australia and Belgium, the numbers 1 and 2 in the world ranking. After Belgium defeated India in the first semi-final (2-5), Australia was too strong for Germany in the second semi-final with 1-3. TOKYO – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Australia v Germany (SF1) Photo: Blake Govers scored the 2-1 and celebrates. COPYRIGHT WORLDSPORTPICS YAN HUCKENDUBLER The final on Thursday (starting at 11:00 AM BST) promises to be a wonderful battle of the titans. With two teams that can play muscle hockey full throttle,…

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England into Euro 2020 final after ending Danish dream run

A historical night at Wembley. 55 long years since an entire nation has been yearning, hoping, longing, all down to this final moment at the UEFA Euro 2020. England surged past Denmark in a thrilling semifinal on Wednesday night to set the stage for a much anticipated game with Italy. Victorious by 2 goals to 1, the nation made their way to the Euro Final for the first time in history, putting an end to Denmark’s inspiring run. Is it coming home? 🎶 “Southgate you’re the one…” #EURO2020 | #ENG…

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Tokyo Olympics: Brazil Edge Mexico On Penalties To Reach Men’s Football Final

Brazil players celebrate their penalty shootout victory over Mexico in Kashima on Tuesday.© AFP Reigning Olympic men’s football champions Brazil sealed a return to the final as they defeated Mexico 4-1 on penalties on Tuesday following a goalless draw after 120 minutes in Kashima. Brazil goalkeeper Santos saved from Eduardo Aguirre in the shootout before Johan Vasquez smacked the post with Mexico’s second attempt. Dani Alves, Gabriel Martinelli, Bruno Guimaraes and Reinier all scored for Brazil, who await either Spain or hosts Japan in Saturday’s final in Yokohama. Mexico, the 2012 gold medallists,…

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Pochettino quizzed on PSG’s links to Manchester United’s Paul Pogba following cup final defeat

By Josh Barker Published: August 1, 2021 9:52 pm Last Updated: August 1, 2021 10:56 pm Manchester United linked with PSG On the whole, Paul Pogba enjoyed a fairly decent 2020/21 campaign. The Frenchman had a couple of injury issues, which saw him miss some games. But when fit, for the most part, Pogba looked in fine form – with the midfielder having provided five assists and three goals in 26 Premier League appearances. Despite Pogba having been in the midst of a decent season, though, agent Mino Raiola claimed…

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Euro 2020: Reality is ‘coming home’ as England face Italy final

When England players woke on Thursday morning, back at their secluded countryside training base St George’s Park, they will have no doubt felt the afterglow of the wild celebrations of their Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark at Wembley. But while across the nation debris was being cleared from parties into the early hours, England will have faced their own more sober reality check. For all the outpouring of joy, euphoric refrains of “Football’s Coming Home”, and hyperbole including one pundit’s call for a national holiday, England have not actually…

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Euro 2020: Bjorn Kuipers to become first Dutch referee for Euro final

Bjorn Kuipers will become the first Dutch referee to take charge of a European Championship final when England take on Italy in Sunday’s Wembley showpiece, the continent’s football governing body UEFA said on Thursday. Kuipers, who began officiating in the Dutch leagues before working his way up the ranks to become an international referee in 2006, will make his seventh UEFA competition final appearance. He has previously officiated two Europa League finals and one Champions League final and was also part of the referees’ team at Euro 2012 and 2016…

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Euro 2020 Final: From the lowest of lows, England and Italy reach final summit

For all the differences in style and approach, there is a remarkable symmetry to the journeys taken by England and Italy towards Sunday’s Euro 2020 final. Both nations found themselves at historic low points with fans despairing at their decline and then discovered men who could bring change and quickly lead them on a path to success. For England, that nadir was elimination from Euro 2016 in the last 16 at the hands of Iceland while Italy’s despair came two years later when the four-times world champions failed to even…

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Daily guide to tennis at the Olympics: Zverev v Khachanov for gold; women’s doubles final, mixed doubles final

Men’s singles finalAlexander Zverev (4) v Karen Khachanov (12) Mixed doubles finalElena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev v Anastasia Pavlyichenkova and Andrey Rublev Women’s doubles finalBarbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova v Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic Matches start at 3:00 pm local time (7:00 am London time, 2.00am New York time, 11:00 pm Monday LA time). The full order of play for Sunday is here. 2 singles matches are scheduled, plus 1 doubles and 1 mixed doubles To follow our full coverage of the tennis event at the Tokyo Olympics, please visit this page.…

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Euro 2020 Final: One giant step for Italy coach Mancini

After Italy’s final group game against Wales, the Stadio Olimpico began chanting Notti Magiche, or the magical nights, the anthem of the 1990 World Cup. It made Italy’s Roberto Mancini emotional. Tears trickling down his face, words stuck in his tongue, he applauded the crowd, before he told a panting interviewer of a local television channel: “It brought us back a few years when we were all younger and we felt an extraordinary love for the national team. It also filled me with a sense of regret—why did not we…

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Ickx the Ringmeister conquers his final Grand Prix win

On this day in 1972, Jacky Ickx led home a Ferrari 1-2 at the German Grand Prix held at the Nurburgring. A master of the daunting ‘green hell’ circuit, the Belgian ace enjoyed a flag-to-flag win at the wheel of his beautiful 312B2, dominating a field from which championship leaders Emerson Fittipaldi and Jackie Stewart were both forced to retire. The latter was battling the Scuderia’s Clay Regazzoni for second on the final lap when the two cars touched, pitching the Tyrrell into the barriers, much to Stewart’s dismay. Ickx’s…

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