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Player ratings from Portugal’s win vs. France in EURO 2016 final

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Portugal beat France 1-0 in the EURO 2016 final as Eder‘s strike in extra time proved the difference between the two teams.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury aside, the game itself was a tight encounter with the hosts doing most of the pressing but a solid Portuguese defense holding them at arms length.

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Then the winner arrived and Eder will be a hero forever in Portugal. The entire Portuguese side stood tall and battled hard, while France’s stars failed to shine on the biggest stage on home soil.

Here are the marks out of 10 for each player who featured in the final.


Portugal 

Rui Patricio – 9 – Great early save from Antoine Griezmann’s header, solid throughout and some great claims from crosses.

Cedric Soares – 7 – Pushed forward well offensively and had some issues with Coman but stuck to his task well.

Jose Fonte – 8 – Good in the air, locked down Giroud and helped lead the defense alongside Pepe.

Pepe – 9 – The Real Madrid center back was a beast, won the ball in the air and stood tall to lead the Portuguese to victory.

Raphael Guerreiro – 7 – Good on the ball and did his best to stop Sagna advancing down the right. Superb free kick in extra time which hit the bar.

William Carvalho – 7 – Solid, steady and always available to play the simple pass. Put out plenty of fires in front of Portugal’s back four.

Renato Sanches – 6 – Faded as the game wore on after a bright start. Youngest every player to feature in a Euro final. Will learn from this.

Joao Mario – 7 – Booked. Always looking to try and link up with Nani and make forward runs plus a great defensive run and block in extra time.

Adrien Silva – 5 – Did little to impact the game and couldn’t get on the ball.

Nani – 8 – The one player who looked dangerous and capable of scoring. Ran at France’s defense

Cristiano Ronaldo – 6 – Injured nine minutes in and subbed out after 25 minutes. A devastating blow for the superstar.

Subs: Ricardo Quaresma (On for Ronaldo, 25′) – 6 – Acrobatic effort on goal and tried to keep the ball. Eder (On for Sanches, 79′) – 8 – Good hold up play, caused problems. Joao Moutinho (On for Silva, 66′) – 5 – Tidy on the ball but struggled to get involved.


France

Hugo Lloris – 6 – Almost got caught out from Nani’s cross but didn’t have much to do apart from that.

Bacary Sagna – 6 – Didn’t have much to do defensively and offered little going forward.

Laurent Koscielny – 6 – Made some key tackles when it mattered most. Solid but stood off Eder too long on the goal.

Samuel Umtiti – 5 – Booked for a rash challenge and struggled to cope with presence of Eder late in the game.

Patrice Evra – 6 – Tried to get forward but Cedric’s all-action display meant he was more worried about defensive duties.

Blaise Matuidi – 6 – Plugged away in the engine room but could have little impact on proceeedings.

Moussa Sisssoko – 8 – An absolute beast who ran at Portugal’s defense time and time again. Spanked a shot on goal. Will surely be getting a transfer from Newcastle.

Paul Pogba – 5 – On this showing, not worth anywhere near $100 million. Of course he’s got quality but in a big game he couldn’t dominate midfield.

Dimitri Payet – 5 – Subbed out early in the second half and he will be remembered for his tackle on Ronaldo. Not malicious but certainly knew what he was doing.

Antoine Griezmann – 5 – Flicked a header wide when unmarked six-yards out. A glaring miss from the top scorer at EURO 2016. Apart from that, did very little.

Olivier Giroud – 6 – Worked hard and only had one real chance in the second half which Patricio saved fairly easily.

Subs: Kinglsey Coman (On for Payet, 58′) – 8 – Made several good runs forward, playing in Giroud and sending in a perfect cross which Griezmann somehow missed. Andre-Pierre Gignac (On for Giroud, 78′) – 6 – Looked sharp and he made a glorious chance for himself, turning Pepe in the box but scuffing his close-range shot against the post. Anthony Martial (On for Sissoko, 110′) – 5 – Little time to shine but did scuff a volley into the ground late on.

Racist abuse delays England v. Bulgaria qualifier

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England raced out to an impressive 4-0 lead at Bulgaria by halftime, but the wonderful attacking display was marred by horrendous incidents from the crowd.

The match in the Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria was stopped on two occasions with announcements being made to ask sections of the crowd to stop their abusive language. This comes with the stadium already serving a partial stadium closure due to racist chanting from the crowd in previous qualifiers.

Below is UEFA’s protocol on how to intervene in these situations, and what transpired from lead writer Joe Prince-Wright.

Tottenham re-signs goalkeeper Vorm

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With Hugo Lloris set to miss at least another two months of action with a broken elbow, Tottenham has turned to a familiar face to provide some cover between the pipes.

Tottenham announced Monday it had re-signed goalkeeper Michel Vorm to a contract through the end of the 2019-2020 Premier League season. Vorm spent five seasons with Tottenham after signing from Swansea City in 2014. However, after playing second-fiddle to Lloris and later serving as the third backup behind current Tottenham No. 2, Paulo Gazzaniga for the past couple of seasons, Vorm was released at the end of last season.

Its certainly a boost for Tottenham that a player with a long history at the club and plenty of experience was available to help in this situation. Similar to Liverpool picking up Adrian after Alisson Becker’s injury, Tottenham know what it’s getting in Vorm and may play him a few times if Gazzaniga needs a night off in the next few months.

According to Vorm, he had been home in his native Netherlands and was watching the game when he saw Lloris get injured.

“Obviously I saw straight away that he had a bad injury and at the time I thought about how bad it was, Vorm told Tottenham’s website. “After the game I spoke with Jan (Vertonghen), he told me what was going on and I spoke also with Toni (Jimenez, our goalkeeping coach) and, yes, during the week I got the phone call to ask if I was open to come back and help out. I’ve kept in contact with a lot of the players and also with Toni. We were speaking quite regularly and on Thursday he called me, we had the conversation and from there on, it went very quickly.”

In his five seasons with Tottenham, Vorm made a total of 47 appearances in all competitions. He saw plenty of time in the League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Europa League and Champions League during his stay at White Hart Lane.

In-form striker Duvan Zapata injured on international duty

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This international break has been particularly brutal to clubs who have seen a host of key players go down with injuries, and there’s still a few days of matches remaining.

The latest player to succumb to injury is Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata who returned from Colombia duty with an adductor strain and will miss at least three weeks, according to Sky Sports Italia (via FootballItalia). Zapata went down 23 minutes into Colombia’s 0-0 friendly draw with Chile on Friday and was sent back to Italy for tests at his club.

Those tests have reportedly confirmed the initial fears. The loss of Zapata is a massive one for Atalanta, as the 28-year-old has been steadily building for years and is having a breakout start to this campaign, scoring six Serie A goals in seven matches plus one more in Champions League play, currently on a run of four consecutive games with a goal across all competitions. With Zapata’s help, Atalanta sits third in the Serie A table, having bagged the most goals of any team with 18 through seven games.

Zapata becomes the latest high-profile injury from this international break, joining Colombia teammate Alexis Sanchez who went down late in the same match and is reportedly out until 2020 with a serious ankle injury. Chelsea has been hit the hardest, with Andreas Christensen, Mateo Kovacic, and Reese James all pulling up while N’Golo Kante was injured in France warmups but he is expected to be fit for the weekend. Luka Modric may miss time after going down in a Euro qualifier against Wales, while Gareth Bale also picked up a knock in that match. Neymar went down in Brazil’s match against against Nigeria, which forced manager Tite to explain his reasoning for the selection in a friendly. Sergio Aguero is apparently struggling to train with Argentina thanks to a mystery injury confirmed by Lionel Scaloni. Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos withdrew from Spain training earlier in the week with “hamstring overload.” Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson left USMNT camp with a hamstring problem with the MLS playoffs on the horizon.

Ex-England midfielder Gascoigne on trial for sexual assault

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LONDON (AP) — A prosecutor has alleged that former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne sexually assaulted a woman on a train by “forcibly and sloppily” planting an unwanted kiss on her lips.

Prosecutor William Mousley’s comments Monday came as Gascoigne, who has struggled with alcohol and mental-health problems, went on trial at Teesside Crown Court charged with sexual assault of the female passenger.

Mousley said the former England star “put his hands on her cheeks and kissed her forcibly and sloppily on the lips.”

The 52-year-old Gascoigne denies the charge.

The alleged victim has told the court that she froze when the man, who appeared drunk, kissed her in August 2018. She says she did not realize it was Gascoigne until after the alleged incident.