UEFA Champions League roundup: Road goals a-plenty as Monaco, Basel behind the 8-ball

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A day after the home squads dominated the first legs of UEFA Champions League play, not a single road team went without a valuable away goal in playoff round action.

Celtic and Basel are in varying degrees of trouble after giving up a pair of goals in their own stadia, though at least the Scottish champions picked up a slim win over Malmo.

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All that and more in your quick recaps:

Valencia 3-1 Monaco
Club record signing Rodrigo scored before the game was five minutes old, but Mario Pasalic leveled things for the Ligue 1 opponents before halftime. But Monaco’s chances at the knockout rounds are in a great deal of danger after Daniel Parejo and Sofiane Feghouli scored in the second half.

Basel 2-2 Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Israel national teamer Eran Zahavi gave Maccabi a 31st minute lead, and then struck for a dramatic road equalizer six minutes into second half stoppage time after Basel had secured its first lead in the 88th minute.

Celtic 3-2 Malmo
Two goals in 10 minutes had the home fans thinking Celtic was on easy street, but the visitors weren’t going to go away that easy. Leigh Griffiths scored in the third minute, then extended Celtic’s lead to 3-1 early in the second half. But Jo Inge Berget finished his brace in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give Malmo a heck of a chance back home in Sweden on Tuesday.

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Rapid Wien 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Marlos’ goal just before halftime was enough for the Ukrainian side to feel good about its chances in leg No. 2

Skenderbeu 1-2 GNK Dinamo
Albania’s chances of advancing to the group stage for the first time in national history looked decent after Bledi Shkembi — name of the tournament potential — scored in the 37th minute, but Dinamo netted twice in the second half to give Skenderbeu a heck of a task next Tuesday.

Tuesday’s UCL first legs
Manchester United 3-1 Club Brugge
Lazio 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
BATE Borisov 1-0 Partizan Belgrade
Astana 1-0 APOEL Nicosia
Sporting Lisbon 2-1 CSKA Moscow

AFCON wrap: Diaby’s sensational rip highlights trio of matches

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The Africa Cup of Nations said hello to six more competitors on Monday, with a thrilling goal amongst the eight tallied across the competitions in Egypt.

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Mali 4-1 Mauritania

Two different men named Adama Traore — neither of them the Wolves winger — joined Moussa Marega on the score sheet but it’s difficult to describe the class and small margins that defined the tournament’s goal of the day.

Sporting Lisbon’s Abdoulay Diaby somehow got this shot off through two defenders and into the upper reaches of the goal to open the scoring in the three-goal win for Mali, which is having some summer when you take into account the U-20 World Cup.

Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa

There were only 13 total attempts in the game, and Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodija scored the lone goal of a tournament opening win for Les Elephants.

Tunisia 1-1 Angola

A draw was probably fair, as Youssef Msakni’s first half penalty was met by Djalma Campos’ late goal to split the spoils in Group E.

Copa America roundup: Uruguay tops Chile; Full knockout bracket

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Ecuador and Japan drew to allow Paraguay to sew up the final knockout round spot, sending Miguel Almiron and Co. into a match-up with Brazil.

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And Uruguay rode Edinson Cavani’s goal into the other side of the bracket, moving ahead of Chile in a tight match.

Ecuador 1-1 Japan

There was a lot to like in a match with 30-plus shots and the ultimate prize of a match-up with Brazil on Thursday in Porto Alegre.

Shoya Nakajima put the Asian side ahead a quarter-hour into the match, but Angel Mena provided an equalizer before halftime to put both sides in danger of failure to reach the knockout rounds.

Chile 0-1 Uruguay

Cavani scored for the second time this tournament as Uruguay claimed first place in Group A and a knockout round meeting with Peru.

Cavani’s deftly flicked header of a Jonathan Rodriguez pass pushed Uruguay above Chile, which had won both of its group matches and now meets Colombia on Friday.

Knockout round schedule

June 27
Brazil v. Paraguay

June 28
Venezuela v. Argentina
Colombia v. Chile

June 29
Uruguay v. Peru

July 2
Brazil/Paraguay v. Venezuela/Argentina
Colombia/Chile v. Uruguay/Peru

July 6
Third place playoff

July 7
Final

Norwich City adds Switzerland international Drmic on free transfer

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Norwich City has added a new star striker to a unit which produced 93 goals in the Championship last season.

Josip Drmic will join Swiss national teammate Timm Klose with the Canaries for the next three seasons, hoping to bring his Bundesliga and international experience to a Premier League safety campaign.

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Drmic turns 27 next month, and scored two goals in five appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach last season. He has 31 goals and seven assists in 107 Bundesliga appearances between Gladbach, Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen, and Nurnberg.

Coach Daniel Farke got 30 goals from target forward Teemu Pukki, who plays a similar role to Drmic and has plenty of top flight experience with Celtic and Schalke amongst others.

Drmic can also operate on the wing, usually left over right, and has featured in both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. From Canaries.co.uk:

“I’m going to do everything and give 100% on the pitch. I will be ready to give everything for the club. My job is scoring but I also want to help my team and help us be successful.

“When I first came to Norwich, the first thing I noticed was how kind everybody was. It’s given me a lot of positive energy and I’m excited to see what happens.”

Between Pukki and Drmic, Norwich can have faith that its well-prepared to have an answer up top.

Canada’s Beckie: Sinclair asked if I wanted to take penalty v. Sweden

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Prolific forward Janine Beckie didn’t dodge cameras after her missed penalty helped seal Canada’s fate at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and she also explained why legendary striker Christine Sinclair wasn’t at the spot.

Beckie, 24, scored two goals in Canada’s run to the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and the Houston Dash forward and Texas Tech product has 25 goals in 57 caps.

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The American-born Beckie was called upon to try to level the score against Sweden on Monday in the Round of 16, and took a solid effort which was parried by Hedvig Lindahl in an outstanding bit of goalkeeping.

“I’m confident in my penalty,” Beckie said. “I thought I hit it really well. I thought she made a really good save. It’s the big moments. It’s the moments that you live for. You get all the glory if it goes in, and you take the blame it feels like if you miss. That’ll stay with me for a long time.”

So why was she at the spot? Here’s Beckie on TSN, and Sinclair’s confirmation of the tale. As we expected, Lindahl’s success against Sinclair at the Algarve Cup played a role.

“Christine actually asked me if I wanted to take it. That’s a big moment for me and it’s gonna be hard for a while.”

Full marks for stepping up to both places: The penalty spot and the post-match interview.