World Cup: France defeats Uruguay 2-0 to advance to semi-finals

Raphael Varane's glancing header and a goalkeeping blunder that gifted Antoine Griezmann a soft goal gave France a 2-0 victory over Uruguay in the first World Cup quarter-final on Friday and a set up a last-four tie with Brazil or Belgium.
Varane's 40th-minute header from a Griezmann free kick was only the second goal Uruguay had conceded all tournament.
The South Americans went close to equalising just before the break only for Martin Caceres's goal-bound header to be brilliantly turned onto a post by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Nigeria captain hid dad's abduction, played World Cup match

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel played in a crucial World Cup match against Argentina four hours after being told his father had been kidnapped for ransom back home and would be shot if anyone talked to the police.

"I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first," Mikel said.

Mikel decided to hide the news from his teammates and coach so as not to destabilize the team and went ahead and played the game in Russia, the midfielder said in a statement released by his management company on Tuesday.

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Manchester United close to signing Lee Grant, Joel Pereira set for loan move

Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Stoke goalkeeper, Lee Grant, sources have told ESPN FC.
The 35-year-old is set to complete a move to Old Trafford this week to become third choice behind David De Gea and Sergio Romero and allow Joel Pereira to leave the club on loan.

Arsenal wraps up signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal has completed a deal for Borussia Dortmund centre-back, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, for an undisclosed fee.
The Gunners reportedly paid around £16 million for the 30-year-old Greece international, who had a year left on his Dortmund contract and signs on a long-term deal.
Papastathopoulos, who will wear the No. 5 shirt, becomes new head coach Unai Emery's third signing after right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner arrived on a free transfer from Juventus and goalkeeper Bernd Leno joined from Bayer Leverkusen.

Fellaini signs new United contract to end speculation over future

Marouane Fellaini signed a new two-year contract with Manchester United on Friday, ending speculation the Belgium midfielder would join Arsenal.
Fellaini's United deal was due to expire last weekend and Arsenal's new boss Unai Emery was reported to have made an approach to sign him.

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World Cup: Further torture not good for Argentina, says Okocha

Super Eagles of Nigeria former Captain Jay Jay Okocha says rather than lament their ouster Argentina should be happy to head home as their defeat by France put an end to further torture.
Okocha, who was assessing the match that produced a total of seven goals, maintained that the Argentine team did not put in 100 percent effort, adding that star player Lionel Messi was not very superb on the day.
“Argentina will be happy going home because the torture for them is over. If the best player in the world cannot save you who else will save you,” he queried.

World Cup: France sends Argentina home with 4-3

Argentina that painfully sent the Super Eagles of Nigeria packing at the ongoing World Cup could not survive the fire power of the youthful French national team – The Blues – in the round of 16 of the mundial.
The South American country’s 4-3 loss on Saturday, June 30, 2019, could cause Lionel Messi’s retirement from the national team he captained.
France had taken the lead in the first half when their midfielder, Kylian Mbape, was hacked down in the 18-yard box, resulting in a penalty, which Antoine Griezmann converted.

Psychic Pig picks Nigeria to reach semi-finals

The psychic pig Mystic Marcus that predicted President Donald Trump’s victory has picked Nigeria, Argentina as semi-finalists for the 2018 World Cup.

The psychic pig which has a history of sniffing out a winner – and is hoping to continue his unbroken record for this summer’s World Cup, thesportsbay reports.

Mystic Marcus has a 100 per cent track record of predicting sports results according to his owner Juliette Stevens.

The black micro pig has previously guessed the winner of the 2014 World Cup and the Wimbledon tennis finals by picking apples.