ENGLAND take on Croatia on Wednesday for a place in the World Cup final - and if history means anything we are in for a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Gareth Southgate's side booked a place in the last four at Russia 2018 courtesy of a comfortable 2-0 win over Sweden. And Croatia's penalty shoot-out win over host nation Russia has set up a meeting between the two sides for the eighth time. Just one of the previous seven matches have ended in a draw - and the majority of matches have been full of goals, calamity and incidents that have gone down in folklore. SunSport gives you the lowdown on the past clashes between the World Cup rivals. The England World Cup squad warm down after beating Sweden with a meditation session England 0 Croatia 0 - April 24 1996 (friendly) The first ever meeting between the two countries was a warm-up match as Terry Venables and his squad prepared for Euro 96. But the Wembley crowd was treated to a drab affair, thanks in part to the defensive … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: England vs Croatia – Goalkeeping howlers, hat-tricks and goals galore, the history of clashes between the countries
Even before Marco Silva was confirmed as Everton manager, his transfer tick-list was apparent. A striker to either partner Cenk Tosun, or ease the burden which had grown considerably as the campaign progressed. A centre-back, with doubts over Ashley Williams' future primarily, and the reality Phil Jagielka is now 35 and does not have a decade of Goodison football left in him. Ramiro Funes Mori's departure only heightened that need, too. And then, most pressing of all perhaps, a left-back. Leighton Baines is now 33 and there is nobody - a Cuco Martina switching sides apart - to serve as back-up, let alone competition. The Portuguese boss said that himself on the day he was unveiled. Left back is an obvious area to strengthen. No surprise, then, that Kieran Tierney has emerged as a player who is interesting the Blues. Celtic are believed to value Tierney at £25m with Everton and several other Premier League clubs admirers of the left-back. At that price, he would be one of the … [Read more...] about Everton’s left-back hunt & what Brands’ history means for Blues
As the squads of the two Champions League finalists landed in Kiev, two superficially similar but deeply different mindsets were rousing them for this most elevated of occasions in the club game. Those mindsets also reflect the deeper differences between the teams, and could yet make the difference in the game. For Liverpool, it is the knowledge that they are inferior to Real Madrid, but that their own best quality is regularly besting such sides, with all of the belief that entails. For Real - the defending champions - it is that knowledge that they are a better team, the best in this competition over the last half-decade, with the complete confidence that brings. The gold-standard feat of three in a row would emboss that, and make them one of the two most successful sides in European Cup history - along with Real Madrid 1955-60. Liverpool's route to the Champions League final 14 show all Liverpool's route to the Champions League final 1/14 First leg: Hoffenheim 1-2 … [Read more...] about Liverpool and Real Madrid are being lifted by history
There was absolutely no doubt in Marcelo’s mind, just as there was no doubt within the Real Madrid squad or staff… but not just about the decision that proved the killer blow in that spectacular tie at Bernabeu. “It was a clear penalty,” the Brazilian had asserted when asked about the moment that eliminated Juventus from the Champions League, before offering the true killer blow, and a wink to go with it. “Obviously what happened to Barcelona [against Roma] wasn’t going to happen to us, because we’re Real Madrid.” This utter belief is really what everyone else is up against. This is what colours and conditions the entire Champions League campaign. It is also all the more important this season, because “belief” has appropriately become such a theme of this season, given the sides that have got to the semi-finals. Everyone seems to think they are fated to win it, with that fundamental element driving the four semi-finalists more … [Read more...] about How Real Madrid fuel their perfect Champions League engine with history, belief and arrogance
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