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Absurd Paul Scholes pass has Premier League fans all nostalgic

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Vincent Kompany‘s testimonial on Wednesday featured some big names from the former Manchester City defender’s time in the Premier League, and one in particular put jaws on the floor.

Paul Scholes, whose time at City’s cross-town rivals Manchester United overlapped Kompany’s Premier League journey by four years, produced a moment of brilliance that brought fans back to his time in midfield for the Red Devils. The 44-year-old donned a dark blue shirt for the Premier League All-Stars side at Kompany’s testimonial and wow’d the crowd.

With Robin Van Persie and Robbie Keane breaking forward, Scholes took a square pass from Cesc Fabregas and produced a stunning flick with the outside of his boot that fell perfectly in line for the two strikers on a run. Unfortunately, both Keane and van Persie went for the ball, and they ran into each other allowing Jolean Lescott to recover and end the chance.

The match ended in a 2-2 draw as Benjani Mwaruwari scored a last-minute equalizer for the Manchester City Legends. Martin Petrov opened the scoring for Man City Legends, but the Premier League All-Stars took the lead through goals by van Persie and Keane before the late goal left things all square.

Current Manchester City players David Silva and Sergio Aguero were on hand to participate, as were former City players Samir Nasri, Joe Hart, Kolo Toure, Mario Balotelli, and Pablo Zabaleta. The likes of Edwin van der Sar, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, and Thierry Henry suited up for the opponents.

Kompany himself was unfortunately sidelined for the match by a hamstring injury – a cruel homage to the rampant injury history of his long 11-year playing career at the Etihad. He picked up the injury while playing for his new club Anderlecht where he serves as player/manager. The club has started the Jupiler Pro League season on a terrible run of form, without victory through its first five games, but picked up its first win of the season against rivals Standard Liege with Kompany out injured.

Proceeds from the match went to benefit A Bed Every Night, a charity in Manchester dedicated to helping aid the homeless in the city.

Roebuck says Man City culture allows ‘good working relationship’ with men’s squad

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Manchester City women’s goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck has detailed how a culture of togetherness at Manchester City has allowed for a confluence of expertise between herself, men’s goalkeeper Ederson, and the coaching staff that has helped her quest to earn the starting role for her country.

The 19-year-old England international says she feels a connection to her Brazilian counterpart due to their similar upbringing as outfield players transitioning to goalkeepers, allowing them to share similarities on how to play with the ball at their feet. Ederson has thrived under Pep Guardiola at Man City in a critical role helping build attacks from the back, and Roebuck is happy to have someone to bounce ideas off and learn from.

“I’ve grown up playing outfield and it comes a bit more naturally to me to play with my feet,” Roebuck said in the aftermath of a 1-0 derby win over Manchester United. “I think it’s the philosophy throughout the club and I’ve been here since I was 15 so for the past four years, it’s really been embedded in me so it obviously helps and I’ve got great players around me to help that.”

Roebuck added that while her and Ederson don’t exactly meet to discuss game tactics and skills, they do have contact throughout the day, and that his occasional advice for the teen comes “in passing,” a pun which she insists was not intended.

“We train outside in the same area. Their goalkeeper coach Xabi [Mancisidor] is always coming across and contributing, giving us ideas. So it’s a really good working relationship and that reflects well on the club in general.”

Roebuck earned the Manchester derby start with teammate Karen Bardsley injured, and made a critical save on United forward Jane Ross with the game still scoreless. Ross was free on goal from point-blank range, and with Roebuck moving to her left to get in position, she somehow threw herself against the grain up and to her right to keep Ross’s poke out.

She says she’s gunning for the top job with her national team, one that is highly coveted. “Obviously the aim for me is to be England’s No 1,” Roebuck said. “That’s obviously a really difficult task because there’s other top-quality goalkeepers in England.”

Roebuck was left off the England World Cup squad this past summer in favor of current starter Bardsley and backup Carly Telford, but was one of four goalkeepers called into the most recent squad by Phil Neville for a friendly against Norway last week, along with Telford, Manchester United’s Mary Earps, and Clemson senior Sandy MacIver.

Stanway scores stunner but England women fall to Norway

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The England women’s national team took an early lead on an absolutely fabulous strike from Manchester City forward Georgia Stanway, but capitulated as Norway came from behind to beat Phil Neville‘s squad 2-1 in the team’s second international friendly since the World Cup.

The result comes just days after the squad coughed up a 2-0 lead to Belgium in an eventual 3-3 draw.

Stanway will still receive headlines for her stunning effort from well outside the penalty area struck with power and pace that found the top corner off the underside of the bar. Norwegian goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth gave the effort a go but had no chance at stopping the strike as it curled away from her dive.

Norway’s comeback started just after halftime as Frida Maanum headed home off a corner in the 53rd minute, and Barcelona winger Caroline Graham Hansen scored a fantastic solo goal through a Steph Houghton challenge in the 89th minute for a dramatic winner.

Neville has work to do after the two straight collapses as he gets his squad together in the aftermath of a fourth-place finish at the World Cup this past summer. England topped Norway 3-0 in the quarterfinal of that run, leaving an even more sour taste in the Lionesses mouths after today’s defeat.

The loss comes a day after reports in England claimed Neville was a candidate for the vacant U.S. women’s coaching job, but those reports were very quickly shot down by the U.S. media.

WATCH LIVE: England v. USWNT, World Cup semifinal

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This is it.

England and the U.S. lock horns in Lyon on Tuesday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Telemundo Deportes) for a place in the 2019 Women’s World Cup final.

An epic semifinal clash is set up between Phil Neville‘s Lionesses and Jill Ellis’ USWNT in front of a capacity crowd of 57,000, as the U.S. are favorites but will be wary of this upstart English side.

Remember: you can watch every single game from the tournament live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes and via the NBC Sports App, while for the two semifinals you can also watch live on NBCSN via a simulcast from Telemundo.

[ WATCH: England v. USWNT live on NBCSN ]

For England their main threat is Ellen White up top, who is the leading goalscorer at the tournament with five goals, while both Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe also have five each for the USWNT as Ellis had plenty of selection dilemmas given the strength of their squad.

Rapinoe was left of the starting lineup along with Sam Mewis, as Lindsey Horan and Christen Press come in.

England were dealt a huge blow as goalkeeper Karen Bardsley is out injured.

In front of a crowd of mostly American fans in Lyon, expectation levels will be high for the USWNT to finish off England early. But as the Lionesses showed during their victorious run to win the SheBelievesCup on U.S. soil earlier this year, they are improving all of the time.

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Click on the link below to watch the game live online, as the winner of this semifinal will play either Sweden or the Netherlands in the final in Lyon on Sunday.

USWNT, England set for World Cup semi showdown

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Planning ahead or arrogance? That’s the question being overblown asked of the United States women’s national team following England coach Phil Neville‘s revelation that USWNT operations people were given a tour of England’s team hotel.

As the “home team,” England has the better of the lodging for the semifinal, and the USWNT hopes to be taking its place for Sunday’s Final against either the Netherlands or Sweden.

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So is showing up early presumptuous or just proper preparation?

“I just thought, ‘What are they doing?'” Neville said of the Americans. “It’s not etiquette, really. It’s not something I would allow from our organization.”

What he will allow is what both teams provide, and that’s excellent team soccer. Tuesday’s match has the chance to be a wide-open entertaining match as two tough back lines hope to defy some of the best attackers in the world.

England has only allowed one goal in the tournament, a late concession in its 2-1 tournament-opening defeat of Scotland. That means the Lionesses count shutouts of Norway and Japan on their resume, and that’s pretty impressive.

Meanwhile the U.S. is coming off some tepid offensive performances, at least by their standards. The Yanks passed at just 64 percent in the 2-1 defeat of France, and their 2-1 defeat of Spain came courtesy of a pair of penalty kicks.

Fortunately for Jill Ellis’ crew, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was much better in the latter of the 2-1 wins. The 31-year-old was mostly untested and shaky in the run-up to France, but outstanding in holding onto the lead.

England has become a force on the international scene, and is in its second-straight World Cup semifinal. They won the SheBelievesCup, and finished in the semifinals at EURO 2017.

Ellen White has been a handful for teams, scoring five times in four matches. She also scored the lone goal in a 1-0 defeat of the USMNT at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup.

There’s every reason to believe it’ll be a beauty at 3 p.m. ET Tuesday. You’ll be able to stream it live on Telemundo Deportes.