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EURO 2020 qualifying: Germany, Netherlands seize control of Group C

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A roundup of all of Monday’s action in qualification for the 2020 European Championship…

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Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany

Germany bounced back from its home defeat to the Netherlands on Friday and now sits atop Group C. Northern Ireland held the top spot in the group from the outset of qualifying, but the Germans finally drew level on games played (5) on Monday and subsequently leapfrogged them to reach the summit (12 points each).

Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig) put Germany ahead in the 48th minute with a stunning side-volley from a seemingly impossible angle, followed by Serge Gnabry‘s deft five-hole finish to beat Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the 92nd.

Estonia 0-4 Netherlands

The Ryan Babel Renaissance rumbles on, with the 32-year-old bagging a brace in the Netherland’s 4-0 thrashing of Estonia. Since returning to the Dutch side in 2017, Babel has scored five goals after going nearly a decade without an international goal (May 2008 to November 2017).

The former Liverpool (now Galatasaray) winger got the first two goals on Monday, in the 17th and 48th minutes. Memphis Depay put the game to bed in the 76th, followed by the exclamation point from Georginio Wijnaldum in the 87th.

The Dutch (9 points) sit third in Group C three points back of both Germany and Northern Ireland (with a game in hand on each) after winning twice during this international window. Prior to this round of games, they were one or two bad results from failing to qualify for a third straight major tournament.

Scotland 0-4 Belgium

Belgium (18 points) now sits just one win from booking its place at EURO 2020, thanks to a 4-0 rout in Scotland. Having conceded just one goal (to second-place Russia) in their six games thus far, Roberto Martinez’s side has asserted itself as the class of Group I.

Romelu Lukaku made it 1-0 in the 9th minute, followed by defenders Thomas Vermaelen in the 24th and Toby Aldeweireld in the 32nd, and Kevin De Bruyne in the 82nd.

Eden Hazard missed out on this round of international fixtures due to the thigh injury which has prevented him from making his Real Madrid debut.

Elsewhere in EURO 2020 qualifying

Group E

Hungary 1-2 Slovakia
Azerbaijan 1-1 Croatia

Group G

Poland 0-0 Austria
Slovenia 3-2 Israel
Latvia 0-2 North Macedonia

Group I

Russia ____ Kazakhstan
San Marino ___ Cyprus

Arsenal sign Tierney for $30 million

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Arsenal have finally signed Kieran Tierney from Celtic.

The Gunners have their long-term left back.

Tierney, 22, has arrived from the Scottish champions for a transfer fee of $30 million as Arsenal finally agreed to Celtic’s demands.

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Tierney is now the most expensive Scottish player in history and many believe he can follow in the footsteps of Andrew Robertson who has been a revelation in the Premier League, first with Hull City and then Liverpool.

With Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac as options in the left back area, Tierney will be their left back for many years to come.

Able to attack down the left flank, Tierney’s quality is undoubted and although it will be a big step up for the young Scotsman it seems like Arsenal finally have a plan to strengthen their defense.

With young center back William Saliba, 18, signed over the summer then loaned back to Saint-Ettiene for this season, Arsenal are taking care of adding young talented players to their defense.

Let’s see if Tierney can help shore up a Gunners defense which conceded 51 goals last season as they failed to finish in the top four.

Live, UCL: Celtic, PSV, Olympiacos in qualifying action

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The second legs of the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round kick off on Tuesday, with plenty of big boys struggling after poor performances last week.

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Celtic are pretty much through after thrashing Estonian side Nomme Kalju, while a mouthwatering tie is set up in Basel as PSV Eindhoven rallied to take a 3-2 lead with them to Switzerland. Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano will lead PSV’s charge once again, as the El Tri star dreams of playing in the Champions League.

Olympiacos and Viktoria Plzen are locked at 0-0 ahead of the second leg in Greece, while APOEL and Cluj are protecting narrow 1-0 leads as they face Sutjeska and Maccabi Tel Aviv respectively.

Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s games, with all kick off times listed as ET.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have you covered with a roundup of the action right here on Pro Soccer Talk.


Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League qualifying second leg schedule

Maccabi Tel Aviv v. CFR Cluj (0-1), 1 p.m.
Nomme Kalju v. Celtic (0-5), 1 p.m.
APOEL v. Sutjeska (1-0), 1 p.m.
Valletta v. Ferencvaros (1-3), 2 p.m.
Dinamo Zagreb v. Saburtalo (2-0), 2 p.m.
FC Basel v. PSV Eindhoven (2-3), 2 p.m.
Olympiacos v. Viktoria Plzen (0-0) 2:30 p.m.

Women’s World Cup: England win, Argentina’s historic comeback (video)

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There were only two games on tap during Wednesday’s Women’s World Cup action, but it certainly didn’t lack in any drama, as VAR showed its ugly side.

Here’s a roundup of what went down in Nice and Paris.

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England 2-0 Japan

Forward Ellen White scored a brace for the Three Lions as it completed a perfect run through the group stage, beating Japan, 2-0 in the final group stage match. England dominated the match throughout, as Japan looked a shell of the nation that made it to the last two World Cup finals.

Phil Neville employed the Three Lions to use a high press and it worked, constantly forcing Japan into turnovers, one of which set up the opener.

Georgia Stanway used a nice turn, change of pace and strength to hold off her defender before finding White in space. White beat Japan’s offside trap before dinking a shot past Japan’s Ayaka Yamashita.

Yuka Sugasawa gave Japan some life in the second half with her introduction in the 61st minute, but White scored her second goal of the match in the 84th minute to basically put the match away.

With the win, England moves on to the knockout round and will face the third place team from Groups B/E/F on Sunday. Japan meanwhile will face the winners of Group E, likely either Canada or the Netherlands.

Argentina 3-3 Scotland

Argentina completed an historic comeback over Scotland, scoring three goals in the final 20 minutes plus stoppage time of the match at the Parc des Princes in Paris to draw, 3-3, knocking Scotland out of the tournament.

VAR played a big role late, as Argentina were awarded a penalty kick and then given a re-take after Lee Alexander jumped off her line before making the save.

Amazingly, Scotland was up 3-0 heading into the 70th minute and were cruising towards victory. Kim Little scored the opener in the 19th minute off a pass from Erin Cuthbert after Vanina Correa had already denied Cuthbert. Scotland than scored twice more in the second half off corner kicks, the first on the second phase with a header from Jenny Beatty and the second on the loose ball in front of goal by Cuthbert.

Argentina then began its incredible comeback in the 74th minute with Milagros Menéndez side-footing home. Florencia Bonsegundo helped get Argentina’s second with a terrific curling effort that caromed off Lee Alexander and in for a goal.

The drama increased as just before the 90th minute, Aldana Cometti was brought down in the box. Initially, the referee RI Hyang Ok of North Korea did not rule a penalty kick but after going to the VAR, Hyang Ok changed her mind and awarded a penalty.

Yet, just like on Monday between France and Nigeria, the goalkeeper was the hero as Alexander made the initial penalty kick save and then saved the rebound from Bonsegundo. Seconds later, after another VAR consultation, it was shown that Alexander jumped off the line before the shot, leading to another controversial re-take.

This time, Bonsegundo didn’t miss and Argentina came away with a wild point.

With only two points, Argentina needs Cameroon-New Zealand and Chile-Thailand to both finish in draws in order for Argentina to advance. Unfortunately for Scotland, it’s the end of the road in harsh fashion.

Thursday’s Women’s World Cup schedule

Group E

Netherlands v. Canada — 12 p.m. ET
Cameroon v. New Zealand — 12 p.m. ET

Group F

Sweden v. USA — 3 p.m. ET
Thailand v. Chile — 3 p.m. ET

Watch Live: 2019 Women’s World Cup – Group D finale

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Group D takes center stage at the 2019 Women’s World Cup on Wednesday, as there is everything still to play for.

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England and Japan clash in Nice with a point enough for the Lionesses to finish top of the group, while Japan know a win will clinch top spot and a draw will seal second. There is some talk that Phil Neville‘s England may ease off the gas and try to finish second in the group to give themselves an easier path in the knockout rounds.

As for Argentina and Scotland who meet in Paris, neither team has won so far in Group D and a victory for Argentina would see them into the last 16 and Scotland need a win and help to advance as one of the best third-place teams.

You can watch every single game from the tournament live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes and via the NBC Sports App. All you have to do is click on the links below.

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Here is your full schedule for Wednesday, June 19 at the Women’s World Cup.


2019 Women’s World Cup schedule

Group D: Scotland v. Argentina – 3 p.m. ET – STREAM LIVE
Group D: Japan v. England – 3 p.m. ET – STREAM LIVE