‘No fair play, we’re English’: Europe’s press reacts to Euro 2020 chaos

The disorder and abuse that scarred England’s defeat by Italy met a scathing reaction from media across the continent. Еhe booing of visiting teams’ national anthems, footage of fans without tickets breaking through barriers to get into Wembley and the online racist abuse of England’s unlucky penalty-takers has made many commentators in continental Europe question notions of English fair play. Victory would have been beautiful, but this defeat, this violence and racism, put the finger on a bitter truth. How to make oneself hated by all? Through these images, of…

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England reaches first major final since 1966 after tense Euro 2020 victory over Denmark

England reached its first men’s major tournament final since winning the World Cup in 1966 after beating Denmark 2-1 at Euro 2020 in a gripping encounter on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium. Gareth Southgate’s team had to come from behind to win and, as the match went into extra-time, a contentious penalty decided the match. For England, the tie bore similarities to its last semifinal at a European Championship, against Germany in 1996. That too was played in front of a packed Wembley Stadium but the tie ended in very different circumstances.…

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Jazeman teams up again with Sean for Monza

Quick adaptation and tyre management will be the key to a successful outing for Jazeman Jaafar as he races for the first time in two years at the Four Hours of Monza in Italy this weekend. Jazeman and his Indonesian partner Sean Gelael will pilot an Oreca 07 LMP2 prepped by UK-based outfit Jota Sport – the same team that Jazeman had raced for in the 2018 World Endurance Championship. A one day test will be held tomorrow before the start of the Four Hours of Monza race weekend. “The…

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Move over Messi – Argentina has a new hero

Emiliano Martinez needed only a month to establish himself as Argentina’s number one goalkeeper and on Tuesday he became a new national hero by saving three times in a shootout in their Copa America semi-final against Colombia. With the score tied 1-1 after the regulation 90 minutes, the Aston Villa keeper’s exploits in the shootout moved Argentina into a mouthwatering Copa America final against hosts and reigning champions Brazil. Lionel Messi, so often the key man for Argentina, paid tribute to Martinez. “It was difficult at times,” he said. “But…

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'Let it flow': Referees praised for Euro 2020 officiating

Referees at Euro 2020 have for once largely stayed out of the limelight, with fewer controversial decisions than normal, as they pursue the popular trend of “letting the game flow.” There have been fewer fouls and bookings and the players spent more time with the ball in play during the group stage, official data has shown. Players, coaches and pundits alike have mostly agreed the officiating has been beneficial for the game. “I am absolutely elated, this is how we would like to see football,” said former Manchester United, Benfica…

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Ronaldo double rescues Portugal in dramatic draw with France

Cristiano Ronaldo came to Portugal’s rescue with two penalties to cancel out a brace from France’s Karim Benzema in an enthralling 2-2 draw that sent both sides into the Euro 2020 last 16 in a frantic conclusion to Group F on Wednesday. An anxious night for the reigning European champions saw them occupy every position in the so-called group of death at various junctures but the 36-year-old Ronaldo, so often his country’s saviour, stepped up to reach another career milestone. He had already become the highest-ever scorer in Euro finals…

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Eriksen in 'good spirits', remains under observation, says agent

The agent of Christian Eriksen says that the Danish player is in “good spirits” but anxious to find out the cause of his cardiac arrest during his country’s opening Euro 2020 game in Copenhagen. “We all want to find out what happened, him included. The doctors are conducting detailed tests, it’ll take time.” Denmark’s team doctor on Sunday confirmed that the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder had suffered a cardiac arrest. “He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation,” doctor Morten Boesen told a press conference. “How close were we? I don’t…

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Asahi daily, an official Tokyo Olympics partner, urges Games cancellation

Japanese newspaper publisher Asahi Shimbun, an official partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, called for the Summer Games to be cancelled in an editorial on Wednesday, citing risks to public safety and strains on the medical system from the COVID-19 pandemic. Several polls have shown the majority of the public is opposed to holding the Games this summer, concerned about tens of thousands of athletes and officials descending on a country where vaccinations have proceeded slowly. Doctors’ associations have protested holding the Games, investors have talked up the benefits of…

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Aguero close to Barcelona deal

Sergio Aguero is close to agreeing a move to Barcelona that would unite him with fellow Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. City’s record goalscorer, who has spent a decade at the Etihad, scored a quickfire double in the champions’ 5-0 win over Everton in his final Premier League appearance for the club on Sunday. The goals took his Premier League tally to 184 – the most by any player for a single club. The 32-year-old forward is set to leave the Etihad as a…

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Messi given early holidays, could have played final Barca game

Lionel Messi has been given permission by Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman to miss this weekend’s final La Liga match of the season against Eibar and take holiday, the club confirmed on Friday, meaning he may have played his last game for Catalan side. The Argentine’s contract expires at the end of June and there has been no announcement on an extension. He requested to leave the club last year and was linked by British and Spanish media with a move to Manchester City or Paris St Germain, but ultimately stayed…

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