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UEFA Nations League wrap: Turkey comes back, Portugal tops Italy

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There were goals all over the UEFA Nations League on Monday, including a thrilling comeback for a Turkey side which looked down-and-out after 49 minutes of play in Sweden.

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Sweden 2-3 Turkey

Nobody puts Turkey in a corner. Russia beat Mircea Lucescu’s men in Turkey’s home opener, and the UNL away slate didn’t start well for the Crescent Stars.

Sweden’s Viktor Claesson put the hosts in prime position to take three points when he netted a 49th minute goal, but the second marker only helped awake the visitors.

Hakan Calhanoglu scored two minutes later. Emre Akbaba scored two goals in four minutes, the second with a slick header in stoppage time, to give Turkey the win.

Serbia 2-2 Romania

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice, but Romanian stunned with a pair of equalizers in League C play.

Portugal 1-0 Italy

Andre Silva scored just after halftime to give Portugal the win its first UNL match, sending Italy third.

The lone goal of the came through terrific Bruma service. Bernardo or Andre, one of them was getting this ball on a — lowers sunglasses — Silva platter.

Elsewhere
Scotland 2-0 Albania
Andorra 1-1 Kazakhstan
Montenegro 2-0 Lithuania
Kosovo 2-0 Faroe Islands
Malta 1-1 Azerbaijan

USMNT’s Romain Gall strikes twice for Malmo

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With a pair of international friendlies coming up, Romain Gall may have earned himself a look at by the U.S. Men’s National Team once again with a strong showing for Malmo.

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The 23-year-old French-American scored twice on Sunday in Malmo’s 5-0 win over IK Sirius, bringing his side up to fourth place in the Swedish Allsvenskan table.

For Gall, it’s his first goals of the season for Malmo, after making just four appearances for the club to this point.

The Paris-born midfielder opened his account in brilliant style in the 67th minute with a powerful left-footed strike from the top of the box, before doubling his tally with an even better finish from a right angle.

Gall has yet to earn a call up to the USMNT in young career, despite representing the Under-18 and U-20 national teams in the past.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic loses bet with David Beckham after England win

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The 22 players on the pitch weren’t the only ones with something at stake during Saturday’s World Cup quarterfinal contested in Russia.

England ultimately captured one of the four places in the the next round of the competition, however, a bet between superstars David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had implications of their own.

Prior to the match, Ibrahimovic challenged Beckham to a straight-up bet regarding the victor of the game.

If Sweden were to win, Beckham would have to purchase an item of Ibrahimovic’s choice from store Ikea, while Ibrahimovic was asked to attend an England match donning a Three Lions kit if Beckham and his native land came out on top.

Following the England victory, Ibrahimovic took to social media, saying, “I’m coming. Congrats.”

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England dominates the air, makes World Cup semis

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Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored headed goals and Jordan Pickford made a number of fine saves to lead England to a 2-0 win over Sweden at the World Cup on Saturday.

England will face the winner of Croatia and Russia’s quarterfinal for a berth in the July 15 final.

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Viktor Claesson was Sweden’s top threat, forcing a few saves out of Jordan Pickford in the contest.

Maguire scored the opener at the half-hour mark, the first one to Ashley Young‘s corner kick.

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Next up was Dele, who got up to work Jesse Lingard‘s wonderful cross home.

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Marcus Berg came close to pulling one back in the 72nd minute but got a bit too under the ball and sliced it over the goal.

WATCH: World Cup quarterfinals – Sweden-England; Russia-Croatia

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We’re oh-so-close to crowning a new World Cup winner, and two of four Saturday combatants have not yet been to a final.

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The two who have kick off the day’s action at 10 a.m. ET.

England, the 1966 winners, take on Sweden, 1958 finalists, in Samara. Gareth Southgate‘s Three Lions know their possibility for glory is as good as its been in some time, with just two wins holding them back from a final.

The same, of course, is true for Sweden, who has shut out every team but Germany so far in its World Cup run.

The late game sees hosts Russia looking to continue what’s been a fairly dreamlike run with a toppling of Croatia. While Vatreni may not carry the name recognition of previous combatants Spain, Croatia is a superior test for the Russians.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Friday, July 6

Quarterfinals

Sweden vs. England; Samara — 10 a.m. ET — LIVE COVERAGE
Russia vs. Croatia; Sochi — 2 p.m. ET — LIVE COVERAGE