Germany 3-0 Slovakia: Draxler stars, Boateng nets first goal as Germans pummel Slovakia

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Jerome Boateng bagged his first international goal and Julian Draxler made the engine churn as Germany poured the pressure on Slovakia and moved onto the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win, their most comprehensive performance of the tournament thus far.

The German attack had been mediocre through the Euro 2016 group stage, but they got out in front early thanks to an eighth minute goal by Jerome Boateng, his first international goal for Germany. Off a corner, the ball was cleared by the head of Milan Skirnir high up into the air. Before it could come back down, Boateng struck it viciously on net, and with Matus Kozacik shielded by three poor block attempts, the ball slid into the back of the net.

It looked to get even worse for Slovakia five minutes later as Martin Skrtel conceded a penalty with a two-handed shove on Mario Gomez in the box, but the penalty by Mesut Ozil was saved well by Kozacik to the goalkeeper’s left.

Germany continued to pummel Slovakia with pressure, with Thomas Muller unable to head home on a good Ozil cross before the half-hour mark. Manuel Neuer was required for the first time in the 41st minute when he acrobatically saved a quality header from Peter Pekarik.

Struggling to finish since the opener, Germany would break through for its second goal just before the break. Julian Draxler smoked Juraj Kucka on the end line one-on-one, and the 22-year-old fed Mario Gomez who slammed it home from point-blank range for a 2-0 lead.

With Germany flying, Draxler bagged a deserved goal just past the hour mark to make it 3-0. A corner was headed into the air by Mats Hummels, and as the ball came down, Draxler flung his leg to meet it, powering it into the back of the net. Nothing changed as the game wound down, with Lukas Podolski coming on in the 72nd minute and proving dangerous the rest of the way. Toni Kroos nearly bagged Germany’s fourth in added time on a pull-back by Muller, but it was shot straight at Kozacik.

With the win, Germany advances to the quarterfinals where they will face either Italy or Spain in a truly exciting early knockout round matchup.

Watch Live: Brazil v. Mexico in U-17 World Cup final

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The 2019 U-17 World Cup final takes place in Bezerrão Stadium on Saturday as favorites Brazil host an inspired Mexico.

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With four goals and one assist, Kaio Jorge has been Brazil’s most productive attacking player this tournament, while Mexico’s and Los Angeles Galaxy’s Efrain Alvarez is hoping to end an incredible tournament in triumphant fashion.

History between both national teams in a U-17 World Cup final dates back to 2005, when LAFC’s Carlos Vela and Mexico routed Marcelo and Brazil 3-0 in Lima, Peru.

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England finishes EURO 2020 qualifying by beating Kosovo

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England’s 2020 European Championship qualification campaign wrapped up on Sunday with a slightly flattering 4-0 victory away to third-place, and playoff qualifiers, Kosovo.

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Gareth Southgate‘s side was hardly at its best just three days after thrashing Montenegro and securing qualification to this summer’s tournament. They only led by a score of 1-0 through 78 minutes, before scoring a trio of late goals to put the game out of reach and rob the hosts of any potential moral victory.

Harry Winks opened the scoring, and his England account, in the 32nd minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found Winks near the top of Kosovo’s penalty area and though Winks’ first touch appeared quite poor, every player in blue stopped and stood as the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder walked in on goal and coolly slotted the ball home to make it 1-0.

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From that point forward, Kosovo enjoyed control of the game’s tempo and looked every bit the Three Lions’ equal. That is, until Harry Kane finished an open chance at the back post in the 79th minute and opened the floodgates.

Marcus Rashford added a third four minutes later, followed by another first England goal — this time, scored by Mason Mount — in the 91st.

England finishes EURO 2020 qualification with a record of 7W-0D-1L and a +31 goal differential, which is second only to Belgium who sit at +32 with one game still to play. England required Sunday’s victory to confirm its place as a Pot 1 team at the draw for the group stage.

Arsenal beat Spurs in front of WSL-record crowd of 38,262

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LONDON (AP) The first north London derby in the Women’s Super League produced a record crowd of 38,262 for the competition on Sunday when Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory at Tottenham.

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The newly fully professional side held out until the 66th minute when Kim Little struck for the champions and Vivianne Miedema extended Arsenal’s lead in the 82nd minute.

It was the first time Tottenham, in its first top-flight campaign, had staged women’s football at its main 61,000-capacity stadium, which opened earlier this year.

The crowd surpassed the 31,213 at Manchester City for the visit of Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season in September.

Tottenham hosted Arsenal on the first designated Women’s Football Weekend in England which also saw 23,500 at Anfield for Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Everton.

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Chelsea opened the season by hosting Tottenham in front of around 25,000 at Stamford Bridge.

League leaders Chelsea were back at their usual home of Kingsmeadow on Sunday. Maren Mjelde’s penalty sealed a 1-0 victory over promoted Manchester United in front of 4,790 fans – a WSL record crowd for a game not played in a large stadium usually used by the men’s team.

VIDEO: Dutch 2nd-division game stopped for racist abuse; player later scores goal

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A Dutch second-division game between Den Bosch and Excelsior was temporarily stopped on Sunday due to suspected racist chanting and Nazi salutes performed by some of Den Bosch’s fans.

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The game was halted by referee Laurens Gerrets in the 30 minute. Dutch winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who plays for Excelsior, was the player targeted by the racist chanting. He was at that time seen gesturing toward the crowd, indicating to Gerrets and teammates that he was hearing racist abuse from the stands.

In a mixed zone for media availability after the game, Den Bosch manager Erik van der Ven is reported to have called Mendes Moreira a “pathetic little man” for pointing out the racist abuse to Gerrets. Den Bosch released a statement claiming that no racist abuse occurred, that the fans were instead making “crow sounds” and treating Mendes Moreira to a “crow concert,” which they claim is part of customary treatment of opposing players.

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Mendes Moreira appeared emotional after scoring a goal to put Excelsior 2-1 ahead fewer than 15 minutes after the game was restarted.