Christian Benteke and Marouane Fellaini withdraw from Belgium squad with injuries

Christian Benteke and Marouane Fellaini withdraw from Belgium squad with injuries

Christian Benteke and Marouane Fellaini have withdrawn from the Belgium squad with injuries, head coach Roberto Martinez has confirmed.

Benteke has returned to Crystal Palace due to a knee injury, while Fellaini has headed back to Manchester United with a back problem.

Speaking ahead of Belgium’s opening Nations League match against Scotland on Friday  Martinez said that Christian Benteke has got a bit of a sore knee and the medical departments are working together.

Marouane Fellaini had a little pain in his back and the Manchester United medical department are taking over him. He is going to miss the two games.

 

Paul Pogba uncertain about Manchester United future

Paul Pogba uncertain about Manchester United future

Pogba told My future is currently in Manchester united.

Paul Pogba has cast doubt on his Manchester United future saying who knows what will happen in the near future.

Pogba’s future has been the subject of plenty of speculation amid reported interest in the World Cup winner form Barcelona and former club Juventus.

In an exclusive interview  the 25-year-old midfielder refused to take the opportunity to declare his intention is to remain at Old Trafford in the long-term.

Pogba has endured a somewhat fractious relationship with Jose Mourinho at times, with the Portuguese criticising the midfielder on a number of occasions.

At the start of the season, the France international went as far as saying he feared being fined if he said what he really thought when asked if he was happy and comfortable at United.

Real Madrid v Leganes(4-1)

Real Madrid v Leganes

Real Madrid will be eager to continue their fine start to the LaLiga campaign when they host Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu this evening.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 20h45.

After a less-than-convincing win over Getafe on matchday one, Los Blancos recorded an emphatic 4-1 win over Girona last weekend.

Karim Benzema opened his account for the season with a brace on the night, while Gareth Bale also got on the score-sheet with his second of the campaign.

Los Blancos have dipped into the transfer market recently, as they re-signed striker Mariano Diaz from Olympique Lyon.

Leganes, meanwhile, will be searching for their first win of the season as they drew 2-2 with Real Sociedad last weekend. The visitors opened the campaign with a 2-1 loss away to Athletic Bilbao.

When these two sides clash in LaLiga, Real Madrid recorded a 2-1 victory in this fixture before wining 3-1 in the reverse fixture.

Celtic transfer news: Aberdeen boss SNUBS Scott McKenna proposal, Swansea and Hull keen

Celtic are keen to bring McKenna to the club before the August 31 transfer deadline.

Express Sport understands they are also eyeing a deal for Wolfsburg’s Jeffrey Bruma.

But Brendan Rodgers looks likely to miss out on McKenna after an opening bid was rejected by Aberdeen.

Speaking in his press conference today, Dons manager Derek McInnes – himself formerly a Celtic target – said if McKenna does leave it will be to an English club.

Real Madrid reach agreement with Chelsea star ahead of Deadline Day Medical

Real Madrid reach agreement with Chelsea star ahead of Deadline Day Medical

According to rumours Chelsea goal-keeper is on the verge of officially becoming a Real Madrid player, with the Belgium international set for medical with Los Blancos on deadline day.

Having missed training, Courtois has clearly stated his intentions of joining Real Madrid due to family issues. With Chelsea’s World reaching the agreement to meet the release clause of Athletic Bilbao’s goalkeeper Kepa today at €80m, the path is now well clear for Courtois to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Alexis Sanchez shines while Fred is faultless on full Manchester united debut

Alexis Sanchez shines while Fred is faultless on full Manchester united debut

After an inconsistent start to life at Old Trafford, Alexis Sanchez’s performance against Real Madrid in Miami served as further evidence that he is primed for his first full season at Manchester United.

Man Utd 2-1 Real Madrid – Tottenham 1-0 AC Milan

The Chilean had a hand in both goals against the European champions, clinically dispatching Matteo Darmian’s cross for the opener – his second goal of the US tour – before expertly laying on the second for Ander Herrera.

His work rate and endeavour in the second half, when his team-mates began to tire, was just as impressive. As Madrid gathered momentum, up popped Sanchez with a purposeful run to relieve the pressure on his defence.

There have been a number of standout performers on the American leg of United’s pre-season tour; Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira to name a few. But Sanchez’s enthusiasm throughout the gruelling two-and-a-half-week schedule sees him head and shoulders above the rest.

With the new Premier League season just nine days away, and with key attackers yet to return to the club after their exploits at this summer’s World Cup, Sanchez could well hold the key to success in the early stages of the season.

Jose Mourinho criticises Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial after Manchester United lose to Liverpool

Jose Mourinho criticises Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial after Manchester United lose

 

Martial started both of United’s opening matches on their pre-season tour of the US before being allowed to leave so he could attend the birth of his second child.

Jose Mourinho has criticised Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial after Manchester United’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool in the United States.

Martial started both of United’s opening matches on their pre-season tour of the US before being allowed to leave so he could attend the birth of his second child.

However, while happy for the 22-year-old forward, Mourinho believes he should have returned to the tour.

The Portuguese also suggested he was unhappy with Valencia’s condition upon his return to the squad, with United missing a host of senior players for the tour.

Mourinho, who has also voiced his frustration at Manchester United’s lack of transfer activity this summer, now sees his side wrap up their International Champions Cup matches against Real Madrid on Tuesday evening.

Liverpool fans label Xherdan Shaqiri BETTER than Philippe Coutinho after Manchester united stunner

Liverpool fans label Xherdan Shaqiri BETTER than Philippe Coutinho after Manchester united stunner

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Chelsea transfer news: Eden Hazard to Real Madrid forces Blues to enter Liverpool battle

Chelsea transfer news: Eden Hazard to Real Madrid forces Blues to enter Liverpool battle

Chelsea are set to suffer a double blow less than four weeks before the start of the new season as Real Madrid close in on two of the club’s star players.

The Spanish giants have made Eden Hazard their number one target to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after he sparkled for Belgium at the World Cup.

Hazard could command a world-record fee in excess of £200 million, but that apparently hasn’t deterred Madrid, with Marca claiming the La Liga side are also in for the winger’s teammate Thibaut Courtois.

With Courtois’ contract expiring in a year’s time and talks over an extension reaching gridlock, it looks as though Chelsea will be forced to cash in for around £35 million.

Meanwhile, in a move that would add insult to injury, the Star adds that Madrid intend to beat the Blues to Robert Lewandowski.

World Cup 2018, France vs Croatia Final: When And Where To Watch, Live Coverage On TV, Live Streaming Online

World Cup 2018, France vs Croatia Final: When And Where To Watch, Live Coverage On TV, Live Streaming Online

The FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Croatia Final match will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Croatia Final match begins at 08:30 pm (IST)

SBS will broadcast the match live on free-to-air TV. Coverage starts from 11pm on Sunday July 15 if you want to get the complete lowdown on what to expect.

Optus Sport customers can also stream the match online or use a Fetch Box to catch the action.(World Cup 2018, France vs Croatia Final: When And Where To Watch, Live Coverage On TV, Live Streaming Online)

The FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Croatia Final match will be shown on Sony Ten 2 SD and HD, Sony Ten 3 SD and HD, Sony ESPN SD.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Croatia Final match live streaming will be available on Sony Liv.

France entered the tournament as a short-priced favourite and has lived up to expectations in Russia.

Kicking off its campaign with a 2-1 win over Australia, Les Bleus have continued to give fans back home reason to be optimistic. A 1-0 win over Peru was followed by an uneventful draw with Denmark before arguably the game of the tournament against Argentina in the round of 16.(World Cup 2018, France vs Croatia Final: When And Where To Watch, Live Coverage On TV, Live Streaming Online)

France squad

Goalkeepers: Alphone Areola (PSG), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Adil Rami (Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

France weathered plenty of punches from a Lionel Messi-led side but always found a way to hit back, as stunning goals from Benjamin Pavard and Kylian Mbappe secured a dramatic 4-3 win.

It was all class in its 2-0 win over Uruguay in their quarter-final and France booked its spot in the final by defeating a world-class Belgium side 1-0 in the semis.

Croatia has done things the hard way since leaving the group stage. It scored seven goals and conceded just one en route to overcoming Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland before the real challenge started.

Croatia squad

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo)

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)

Strikers: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht)

The Croatians held their nerve in penalty shootouts against Denmark and Russia with the sides unable to break their deadlocks in regular time. It looked like it would be a case of deja vu in the semi-final against England but an extra-time goal gave them a 2-1 win after 120 minutes.follow my blog and get all details World Cup 2018, France vs Croatia Final: When And Where To Watch, Live Coverage On TV, Live Streaming Online.