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Ireland v India 2018 – 2nd Twenty20 – 29 June 2018 Friday – The Village, Dublin, Ireland

Ireland v India 2018 – 2nd Twenty20 – 29 June 2018 Friday – The Village, Dublin, Ireland

India won by 143 runs

 Ireland – 70 – 12.3/20 ov RR: 5.60

 India – 213/4 – 20/20 ov RR: 10.65


 India Batting

More Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Lokesh Rahul c & b Kevin O’Brien 70 36 3 6 194.44
Virat Kohli CPT c George Dockrell b Peter Chase 9 8 1 0 112.50
Suresh Raina c George Dockrell b Kevin O’Brien 69 45 5 3 153.33
Rohit Sharma c Paul Stirling b Kevin O’Brien 0 2 0 0 0.00
Manish Pandey NOT OUT 21 20 1 0 105.00
Hardik Pandya NOT OUT 32 9 1 4 355.55
Dinesh Karthik WKT
Umesh Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav
Yuzvendra Chahal
Siddarth Kaul
Extras (w 12) 12
Total (4 wickets, 20 overs) 213
Fall of wickets
1-22 (V Kohli, 2.4 ov), 2-128 (L Rahul, 12.1 ov), 3-128 (RG Sharma, 12.3 ov), 4-169 (S Raina, 17.3 ov)

 Ireland Bowling

More Bowlers O M R W Econ Dots
Simi Singh 2 0 32 0 16.00 1
Boyd Rankin 3 0 33 0 11.00 5
Peter Chase 4 0 42 1 10.50 5
Stuart Thompson 1 0 17 0 17.00 2
George Dockrell 4 0 30 0 7.50 3
Paul Stirling 2 0 19 0 9.50 1
Kevin O’Brien 4 0 40 3 10.00 7

 Ireland Batting

More Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Paul Stirling c Suresh Raina b Umesh Yadav 0 2 0 0 0.00
James Shannon c Lokesh Rahul b Siddarth Kaul 2 7 0 0 28.57
William Porterfield b Umesh Yadav 14 11 1 1 127.27
Andrew Balbirnie b Yuzvendra Chahal 9 7 1 0 128.57
Gary Wilson CPT WKT b Kuldeep Yadav 15 18 2 0 83.33
Kevin O’Brien c Kuldeep Yadav b Hardik Pandya 0 2 0 0 0.00
Simi Singh lbw Yuzvendra Chahal 0 2 0 0 0.00
Stuart Thompson b Yuzvendra Chahal 13 9 2 0 144.44
George Dockrell c Umesh Yadav b Kuldeep Yadav 4 8 0 0 50.00
Boyd Rankin st Dinesh Karthik b Kuldeep Yadav 10 8 0 1 125.00
Peter Chase NOT OUT 0 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (w 3) 3
Total (all out12.3 overs) 70
Fall of wickets
1-0 (P Stirling, 0.2 ov), 2-16 (W Porterfield, 2.4 ov), 3-22 (J Shannon, 3.4 ov), 4-30 (A Balbirnie, 5.6 ov), 5-32 (K O’Brien, 6.3 ov), 6-36 (S Singh, 7.2 ov), 7-44 (G Wilson, 8.3 ov), 8-56 (G Dockrell, 10.1 ov), 9-68 (S Thompson, 11.5 ov), 10-70 (B Rankin, 12.3 ov)

 India Bowling

More Bowlers O M R W Econ Dots
Umesh Yadav 2 0 19 2 9.50 6
Siddarth Kaul 2 0 4 1 2.00 10
Hardik Pandya 2 0 10 1 5.00 6
Yuzvendra Chahal 4 0 21 3 5.25 12
Kuldeep Yadav 2.3 0 16 3 6.40 8

England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw – 03/07/2018 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd July – Results and Preview

England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw: Tues July 3: Colombia v England – Moscow (Spartak), Full Time

England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties after an ill-tempered 1-1 draw in Moscow to set up a World Cup quarter-final with Sweden.England will face Sweden for a place in the World Cup semi-finals

Player ratings

Colombia: Ospina (6), Arias (6), Mina (8), Davinson (7), Mojica (6), Sanchez (6), Lerma (6), Barrios (7), Cuadrado (7), Quintero (6), Falcao (6).

Subs: Muriel (6), Uribe (6), Bacca (7), Zapata (n/a)

England: Pickford (8), Walker (7), Stones (7), Maguire (7), Trippier (8), Henderson (7), Young (7), Lingard (6), Alli (6), Sterling (7), Kane (8).

Subs: Dier (6), Vardy (7), Rose (6), Rashford (n/a)

Man of the match – Yerry Mina

From the moment the Barcelona defender dwarfed over Raheem Sterling in the opening stages to concede a free-kick, England knew they were in for a sizeable physical battle with this streetwise Colombian side.

Alongside Davinson Sanchez, Mina was an imperious presence throughout as he won countless aerial battles and forced Kane to come deep in order to get involved.

Colombia had hardly threatened before the third minute of stoppage time, but having withstood England’s best efforts, Mina showed his threat in the opposition penalty box to level with a trademark header.

The 23-year-old scored three headed goals at the 2018 World Cup; the most by a player in a single tournament since Miroslav Klose for Germany in 2002 (5), and was unfortunate to end on the losing side.

Team news

Gareth Southgate made nine changes, with only John Stones and Jordan Pickford retaining their place as he reverted to the same team which defeated Tunisia in England’s World Cup opener.

Dele Alli returned from a thigh injury in place of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Raheem Sterling played off captain Harry Kane.

Colombia made two changes from the side that beat Senegal as Wilmar Barrios came in for James Rodriguez – who was not even named on the bench – while Jefferson Lerma returned in place of Mateus Uribe.

What’s next?

England progress to face Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon in Samara (3pm UK time). Colombia, meanwhile, face Venezuela in a friendly on September 6.


Colombia 0-0 England
James not in Colombia squad
Same England XI as Tunisia win
Alli, Young, Sterling start
Winner faces Sweden in QF


46: Back under way in the second half. This just about sums up the first…


“It’s a red card. Stonewall.”

No debate there, then.


Gary Neville on ITV: “You can tell what type of game Colombia want. The coach doing that on the way off the field tells you. They want it to be stop-start. They want it to have no flow, it suits them.

“England have to make sure they keep the ball in play and keep the ball moving, not get involved.”


An interesting replay as the teams left the field at half-time – a member of the Colombian staff in full tracksuit deliberately ran over to Sterling and nudged him with his shoulder as he left the field. The ref had a word. That was completely out of order.

Sue Smith on SSN: “We’ve got to say Colombia should be down to 10 men. Barrios headbutts Henderson in the area and he goes down. It was right on his chin. He got a yellow card, but surely it’s a red or nothing? Clearly someone was saying something in his ear.”

Dennis Wise on SSN: “Henderson invited him to do it, but Barrios stuck his head into his chest and lifted it up. He headbutted him and he needs to go off. He didn’t really get VAR, he got a message in his ear and decided to give him a yellow card. He has to be sent off.”

HT: That’s the half-time. It looks like England will assess Alli over the break as no change has been made, and he did run onto the pitch late on.

Hard to judge that, but England won’t be disheartened. Colombia have done very little, and England have had the half chances.

England started well, had some control of the game, but it’s rather level now. Huge half to come.


45+3: Half chance for England. Trippier crosses superbly, Barrios clears well, and it falls to Lingard at a difficult height. He slams it over the bar from 15 yards!

Uh oh, Dele Alli is down injured here.


45+2: First real effort on target from Colombia. Quintero picks it up left footed, 20 yards out, and his dipping effort drops into the grateful hands of Pickford.


45+1: Three minutes added on in Moscow.


45: Kane drags an effort well wide, and Sterling and Mina have been involved in something here.

Both are tugging at each other in the box, Sterling confronts him, and Mina goes down in a heap. The referee tells them both to get on with it.

23:44: So, American referee Geiger is the man in the middle in all senses now. I think that’s a red card 8 times out of 10.

To reiterate, Barrios and Henderson were jostling, Barrios moved his head towards Henderson’s chest and then dragged it up towards his chin. The Liverpool man then went down for a minute or so…


42: SHOT! Back to the football… Trippier has a go from the free-kick, but it’s a yard or so wide of Ospina’s right-hand post!


41: YELLOW! Referee Geiger put his finger to his ear, I assume he’s gone to VAR, but he only gives Barrios a yellow!

Wow. That could have easily been a red. It’s not a full-on headbutt, but it’s not far away!

Matt Le Tissier

How’s that not a red?

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40: CONTROVERSY! Barrios could be in BIG trouble here!

Henderson is down on the floor, and replays show Barrios has moved his head to his chest and then head!

VAR checking this!


39: Kane has played very well outside of the box so far. He wins a free-kick around five yards outside the box, attracting Lerma to the foul.

Great position for England to have a go here… oh what we’d do to have one David Beckham over this. Remember his goal against Colombia in 98?


38: Henderson picks the ball up 40 yards out, lifts his head like a quarter-back, and his dink into the box is just behind Kane before running out of play!


36: Sterling is trying a lot here. He’s run into a few blind allies early on, but at least he’s attempting something different. Colombia very solid at the back so far, with both Barrios and Carlos Sanchez dropping into the back line when needed.


34: Cuadrado rudely runs across Maguire as the ball goes, and after a little bit of wrestling off the ball, it all calms down.

Falcao then lays the ball off to Quintero on the edge of the box from an England throw, but his left-footed effort flies well wide of Pickford’s goal.


33: Nobody is settling down here. Completely frantic in both halves, and possession being exchanged a lot. England are getting back into their shape quickly, however.


32: Sterling does brilliantly on the right to win the ball ahead of Sanchez, turn towards goal and shoot, but his left-footed effort is blocked again.


30: Kane has held the ball up superbly so far. He does it again, spreads to Sterling, whose touch is quite heavy, but he recovers it to play in Alli.

Sanchez, however, steps out and wins the ball.


28: Trippier with the corner, but not before the referee has a word with the players tugging in the box.

Trippier takes, but Mina does superbly again to clear.

27: Free-kick to England on the left, and a crossing position for Ashley Young again. Drifted again by Young to Maguire, but it’s just cleared for a corner by Mina!


25: Lots more possession for Colombia in the last five minutes or so, but they’re not getting too near England’s area.


23: Nearly an opening for Colombia. Cuadrado has a pot-shot from miles out, it deflects into the path of Falcao 15 yards out, but he can’t quite get a shot away as Maguire steals in!


21: Hard to properly judge this first 20 minutes as it has been very frantic, but I’d say England have had the better of it.

Sterling is looking strong, Kane is linking up well, but early doors.

19: England playing with it in tight areas. Kane sticks it out wide to Trippier, but Mojica dispossesses him well.


17: CHANCE! Colombia caught out at left-back as Lingard slips in Trippier. His cross is superb to the back post, and Kane is there on the stretch a couple yards out at an acute angle…

He does everything he can to get his head around it, but his effort loops over onto the top of the goal!

It would have been a fine finish, but a definite chance for England.

16: Brilliant defending from Trippier to stop Mojica in a dangerous position on the left.

Colombia’s full-backs are noticably quite high up the pitch this evening.


14: Brilliant from Sterling, rolling Mina in midfield and winning a free-kick. The Barca man was all over him there.

Trippier lofts it in, but Mina clears and Colombia push out.

Oh wait… Barrios makes a hash of it and it falls to Sterling, but his shot from 20 yards is blocked by Sanchez! First real sight at goal.


12: Corner to England, taken by Young again, but Stones is penalised for a push. Works both ways, I guess…


PIC: Harry Kane has been getting plenty of close attention from Colombia’s defenders so far.


10: Dangerous looking break from Colombia, and they almost looked 2 v 1, but Quintero couldn’t square it!


8: This is a good start from England. Trippier takes a quick free-kick for Sterling, and Mina puts it out for another corner.

Lots of holding going on inside the box, so referee Geiger issues a warning.

Trippier takes the corner, but Sanchez does well to head clear.


7: Young over the corner, drilled in, but Ospina gathers it well. Kane appealing for a pull there! He’s furious with American referee Geiger.


6: Young stands over the free-kick.

He goes for goal… and Ospina has to beat it away! Then, as Trippier curls it back in, Lingard goes up to head towards goal but Colombia just clear for a corner!


5: Lots of whistling coming from the Colombian fans when England are on the ball.

Maguire steps out well, Alli then feeds Sterling on the left, and Mina handles just on the edge of the box as he slides in on the Man City man.

Crossing position…


3: Quite frantic early on from both sides. Sterling does well to win a free-kick in Colombia’s half, Kane spreads it wide well to Trippier, but England eventually lose it on the right.


2: Nervous start from Alli, giving the ball away inside his defensive third, but England push out and Colombia have it in their own half.


1: And they’re off! Colombia get us under way. England in red, Colombia yellow.

More to Follow….


England’s reward for finishing second in Group G is a last-16 test against Colombia in Moscow.

While Colombia may be without star man James Rodriguez for the knockout tie, England must rediscover their scoring touch and momentum as they sit four games away from glory.

Colombia v England will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Tuesday, July 3. Colombia v England match will be held at in Moscow (Spartak), Russia.

Team and Squad News

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions lost 1-0 to Belgium in their Group G decider, meaning the Red Devils face Japan while England take on El Tricolor.

Colombia’s squad

Colombia’s 23-man preliminary squad: David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Jose Fernando Cuadrado; Cristian Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Izquierdo, James Rodriguez, Abel Aguilar, Juan Fernando Quintero, Mateus Uribe, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado; Radamel Falcao Garcia, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Fernando Muriel

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (Once Caldas)

Defenders: Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Yerry Mina (Barcelona) Johan Mojica (Girona), Oscar Murillo (Pachuca)

Midfielders: Abel Aguilar (Cali), Wilmar Barrios (Boca Juniors), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Carlos Sanchez (Fiorentina), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (America)

Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Miguel Borja (Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton), Luis Muriel (Sevilla)

England’s squad

England’s 23-man final squad:  Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

Belgium 3-2 Japan – 02/07/2018 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 2nd July – Results and Preview

Belgium 3-2 Japan: Mon July 2: Blegium v Japan- Rostov-on-Don, Full Time

Belgium showed their fighting qualities as Nacer Chadli’s 94th-minute strike completed a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over Japan in their World Cup last-16 clash in Rostov.Belgium to face Brazil in World Cup quarter-finals on Friday evening

Player ratings

Belgium: Courtois (6), Alderweireld (6), Kompany (7), Vertonghen (6), Meunier (7), De Bruyne (6), Witsel (6), Carrasco (4), Mertens (6), Hazard (7), Lukaku (6)

Subs: Fellaini (7), Chadli (7)

Japan: Kawashima (7), Shoji (7), Nagatomo (7), Sakai (7), Yoshida (8), Shibasaki (7), Haraguchi (7), Kagawa (7), Inui (8), Hasebe (7), Osako (7)

Subs: Yamaguchi (6), Honda (6)

Man of the match: Maya Yoshida

Yoshida epitomised Japan’s dogged resilience having kept Lukaku subdued throughout a pulsating 90 minutes at the Rostov Arena.

The Southampton defender has not always enjoyed coming up against the big striker during their Premier League tussles, but Lukaku’s failure to continue his hot streak of form owed largely to Yoshida’s refusal to afford him space.

This was a colossal performance from the 29-year-old, who threw his body at countless shots as Belgium began their bombardment of Japan’s goal, but his efforts proved in vain as one of the pre-tournament favourites found a way to win.

What’s next?

Brazil await Belgium in the last eight in Kazan on Friday night, while Japan’s wait to reach the World Cup quarter-finals goes on having matched their previous best-ever finish at the tournament in South Africa 2014.

Team news

After making nine changes to face England, Roberto Martinez reverted back to the same starting XI that beat Tunisia 5-2 barring one alteration. Vincent Kompany replaced Dedryck Boyata in defence.

Japan head coach Akira Nishino reverted to the same starting XI that drew 2-2 with Senegal in Ekaterinburg having rested six players in the 1-0 defeat by Poland.


Blegium v Japan will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on MondayJuly 2. Blegium v Japan match will be held at in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

Team and Squad News

This section is absolutely loaded with quality. If the winner comes from here then they will have seriously earned it. It kicks off with two high-powered matches right out of the gate: France plays Argentina, followed by Uruguay and Luis Suarez against Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the winners meeting in the quarter final. Belgium – one of the few top-tier teams to deliver on its hype so far – then face Japan. Neymar and a Brazil lineup that seems to be finding their form play a mercurial Mexico squad that knocked off Germany and South Korea but got hammered by Sweden.

Belgium’s  squad

Belgium’s 28-man preliminary squad:  Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Meunier, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen; Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Leander Dendoncker, Marouane Fellaini, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel; Michy Batshuayi, Yannick Carrasco, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Thomas Meunier (PSG)

Midfielders: Youri Tielemans (AS Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Nacer Chadli (West Brom)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang)

Japan’s squad

Japan’s 23-man final squad: Eiji Kawashima, Masaaki Higashiguchi, Kosuke Nakamura, Yuto Nagatomo, Tomoaki Makino, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Gotoku Sakai, Gen Shoji, Wataru Endo, Naomichi Ueda, Makoto Hasebe, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Takashi Usami, Gaku Shibasaki, Ryota Oshima, Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Osako, Yoshinori Muto

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz); Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka); Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol)

Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray); Tomoaki Makino, Wataru Endo (both Urawa Reds); Maya Yoshida (Southampton); Hiroki Sakai (Marseille); Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg); Gen Shoji, Naomichi Ueda (both Kashima Antlers)

Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt); Keisuke Honda (Pachuca); Takashi Inui (Eibar); Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund); Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka); Genki Haraguchi, Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf); Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe); Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale)

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester); Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen); Yoshinori Muto (Mainz)

England v New Zealand – England Women’s Tri Series 2018 June 28 Match 6 – Bristol County Ground, Bristol, England

England Women’s v New Zealand Women’s – England Women’s Tri Series 2018 June 28 Match 6 – Bristol County Ground, Bristol, England

England Women won by 7 wickets

 England – 130/3 15.5/20 

 New Zealand – 129 18.1/20 


 New Zealand Batting

More Batters R B 4s 6s SR
Sophie Devine c Natalie Sciver b Anya Shrubsole 52 45 7 0 115.55
Suzie Bates CPT c Amy Jones b Anya Shrubsole 0 3 0 0 0.00
Katey Martin WKT lbw Sophie Ecclestone 8 10 1 0 80.00
Amy Satterthwaite lbw Katie George 37 26 5 0 142.30
Maddy Green c Amy Jones b Anya Shrubsole 2 3 0 0 66.66
Jess Watkin st Sarah Taylor b Natalie Sciver 16 8 3 0 200.00
Amelia Kerr lbw Danielle Hazell 5 5 1 0 100.00
Hannah Rowe lbw Danielle Hazell 0 3 0 0 0.00
Bernadine Bezuidenhout run out (Danielle Wyatt) 6 3 1 0 200.00
Kate Ebrahim b Katherine Brunt 0 2 0 0 0.00
Hayley Jensen NOT OUT 0 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (w 2, lb 1) 3
Total (all out18.1 overs) 129
Fall of wickets
1-1 (S Bates, 0.5 ov), 2-27 (K Martin, 5.2 ov), 3-86 (A Satterthwaite, 11.6 ov), 4-91 (M Green, 12.6 ov), 5-109 (J Watkin, 14.3 ov), 6-118 (A Kerr, 15.3 ov), 7-118 (H Rowe, 15.6 ov), 8-128 (B Bezuidenhout, 17.1 ov), 9-129 (K Ebrahim, 17.5 ov), 10-129 (S Devine, 18.1 ov)

 England Bowling

More Bowlers O M R W Econ Dots
Anya Shrubsole 3.1 0 16 3 5.05 9
Katie George 3 0 22 1 7.33 9
Katherine Brunt 3 0 20 1 6.66 7
Sophie Ecclestone 3 0 27 1 9.00 6
Danielle Hazell 4 0 21 2 5.25 11
Heather Knight 1 0 11 0 11.00 2
Natalie Sciver 1 0 11 1 11.00 1

 England Batting

More Batters R B 4s 6s SR
Danielle Wyatt c Suzie Bates b Jess Watkin 2 3 0 0 66.66
Tammy Beaumont c Suzie Bates b Jess Watkin 11 11 2 0 100.00
Sarah Taylor WKT st Katey Martin b Amelia Kerr 51 37 7 0 137.83
Natalie Sciver NOT OUT 39 31 5 0 125.80
Heather Knight CPT NOT OUT 24 13 5 0 184.61
Amy Jones
Katherine Brunt
Anya Shrubsole
Sophie Ecclestone
Katie George
Danielle Hazell
Extras (w 2, b 1) 3
Total (3 wickets, 15.5 overs) 130
Fall of wickets
1-5 (D Wyatt, 1.1 ov), 2-22 (T Beaumont, 3.1 ov), 3-103 (S Taylor, 12.4 ov)

 New Zealand Bowling

More Bowlers O M R W Econ Dots
Hannah Rowe 2 0 17 0 8.50 4
Jess Watkin 4 0 27 2 6.75 7
Hayley Jensen 2.5 0 34 0 12.00 4
Suzie Bates 2 0 16 0 8.00 6
Amelia Kerr 4 0 25 1 6.25 7
Kate Ebrahim 1 0 10 0 10.00 2

ICC South Africa v New Zealand – England Women’s Tri Series 2018 June 28 Match 5 – Bristol County Ground, Bristol, England

South Africa v New Zealand – England Women’s Tri Series 2018 June 28 Match 5 – Bristol County Ground, Bristol, England

New Zealand Women won by 8 wickets

 South Africa – 148/6 20/20 

 New Zealand – 151/2 15.2/20 


 South Africa Batting

More Batters R B 4s 6s SR
Lizelle Lee WKT c Lea Tahuhu b Hayley Jensen 25 18 4 0 138.88
Laura Wolvaardt c Suzie Bates b Amelia Kerr 25 37 2 0 67.56
Sune Luus run out (Suzie Bates) 0 2 0 0 0.00
Dane van Niekerk CPT c Sophie Devine b Amelia Kerr 25 29 1 0 86.20
Chloe Tryon c Maddy Green b Hayley Jensen 35 15 5 1 233.33
Mignon du Preez c Suzie Bates b Anna Peterson 18 15 2 0 120.00
Tazmin Brits NOT OUT 6 4 0 0 150.00
Marizanne Kapp NOT OUT 0 0 0 0 0.00
Masabata Klaas
Zintle Mali
Raisibe Ntozakhe
Extras (w 13, lb 1) 14
Total (6 wickets, 20 overs) 148
Fall of wickets
1-40 (L Lee, 4.4 ov), 2-40 (S Luus, 5.1 ov), 3-88 (D van Niekerk, 14.1 ov), 4-89 (L Wolvaardt, 14.3 ov), 5-141 (C Tryon, 18.6 ov), 6-145 (M du Preez, 19.4 ov)

 New Zealand Bowling

More Bowlers O M R W Econ Dots
Lea Tahuhu 1 0 7 0 7.00 4
Leigh Kasperek 2 0 21 0 10.50 4
Sophie Devine 2 0 19 0 9.50 5
Hayley Jensen 4 0 24 2 6.00 11
Suzie Bates 4 0 25 0 6.25 8
Amelia Kerr 4 0 28 2 7.00 12
Kate Ebrahim 1 0 7 0 7.00 2
Anna Peterson 2 0 16 1 8.00 1

 New Zealand Batting

More Batters R B 4s 6s SR
Suzie Bates CPT c Lizelle Lee b Marizanne Kapp 62 45 10 0 137.77
Sophie Devine NOT OUT 68 40 8 2 170.00
Katey Martin WKT b Zintle Mali 10 7 2 0 142.85
Amy Satterthwaite NOT OUT 0 0 0 0 0.00
Amelia Kerr
Kate Ebrahim
Maddy Green
Anna Peterson
Leigh Kasperek
Hayley Jensen
Lea Tahuhu
Extras (w 11) 11
Total (2 wickets, 15.2 overs) 151
Fall of wickets
1-130 (S Bates, 13.2 ov), 2-143 (K Martin, 14.6 ov)

 South Africa Bowling

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Sweden 1-0 Switzerland 03/07/2018 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd July – Results and Preview

Sweden 1-0 Switzerland: Tues July 3: Sweden v Switzerland – St Petersburg Full time (Match 55)

Emil Forsberg’s deflected strike booked Sweden a place in the World Cup quarter-finals after a 1-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday afternoon.

Player ratings

Sweden: Olsen (7), Lustig (7), Lindelof (7), Granqvist (7), Augustinsson (7), Claesson (6), Svensson (6), Ekdal (5), Forsberg (7), Berg (5), Toivonen (5).

Subs: Olsson (6), Krafth (6), Thelin (n/a)

Switzerland: Sommer (7), Lang (5), Djourou (6), Akanji (6), Rodriguez (7), Behrami (6), Xhaka (6), Shaqiri (6), Dzemaili (6), Zuber (6), Drmic (6)

Subs: Embolo (6), Seferovic (6)

Man of the match: Emil Forsberg

This was a match of little quality, but Sweden’s goalscorer was the one player who looked capable of unlocking the opposition’s defence. While Switzerland’s star man Xherdan Shaqiri struggled for impact, Forsberg’s shimmy before his goal was a rare moment of class and he earned the slice of luck that came with his finish. He ran gamely and regularly looked to play the ball forward until his withdrawal on 81 minutes as Janne Andersson sought to close the game out.

Team news

Sweden made an enforced change as Gustav Svensson replaced Seb Larsson. Captain Andreas Granqvist started despite his wife being due to give birth today. Switzerland made four changes with Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schar both banned.

What’s next for Sweden ?

Sweden will now await the winner of Tuesday evening’s final last-16 tie between England and Colombia. That quarter-final clash is scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Samara (3pm UK time).


Sweden v Switzerland will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Tuesday, July 3. Sweden v Switzerland match will be held at in St Petersburg, Russia.

Team and Squad News

Sweden’s squad

Sweden’s 23-man squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin

Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen (FC Copenhagen), Karl-Johan Johnsson (Guingamp), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea City).

Defenders: Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Victor Nilsson-Lindelof (Manchester United), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Martin Olsson (Swansea City), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Filip Helander (Bologna), Pontus Jansson (Leeds United), Emil Krafth (Bologna).

Midfielders: Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders), Sebastian Larsson (Hull City), Jimmy Durmaz (Toulouse), Oscar Hiljemark (Genoa), Marcus Rohden (Crotone).

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Al Ain), Ola Toivonen (Toulouse), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo), Isaac Kiese-Thelin (Waasland-Beveren).

Switzerland’s squad

Switzerland’s 23-man squad : Roman Burki, Yvon Mvogo, Yann Sommer; Manuel Akanji, Johan Djourou, Nico Elvedi, Michael Lang, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Jacques-Francois Moubandje, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schaer; Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Gelson Fernandes, Remo Freuler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Steven Zuber, Denis Zakaria; Josip Drmic, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Haris Seferovic

Goalkeepers: Roman Burki (Borussia Dortmund), Gregor Kobel (Hoffenheim), Yvon Mvogo (RB Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Lang (FC Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna), Silvan Widmer (Udinese)

Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht), Remo Freuler (Atlanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City, Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Monchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica)

Brazil 2-0 Mexico – 02/07/2018 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 2nd July – Results and Preview

Brazil 2-0 Mexico: Mon July 2: Brazil v Mexico – Samara, Full Time (Match 53)

Second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino saw Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals in Samara on Tuesday.Brazil progress to a seventh quarter-final in a row, where they will face either Belgium or Japan

Player ratings

Brazil: Alisson (7), Fagner (6), Silva (7), Miranda (6), Luis (6), Casemiro (6), Paulinho (7), Willian (9), Coutinho (7), Neymar (7), Jesus (6)

Subs: Marquinhos (6), Fernandinho (6), Firmino (6)

Mexico: Ochoa (8), Alvarez (6), Salcedo (7), Ayala (6), Gallardo (7), Herrera (6), Marquez (6), Lozano (7), Vela (6), Guardado (6), Hernandez (7)

Subs: Jonathan (6), Layun (5), Jimenez (6)

Man of the match: Willian

Team news

Brazil made one change from the side that beat Serbia 2-0 last time out, with Filipe Luis replacing Marcelo after the left-back suffered a back spasm in that win.

Meanwhile, Mexico made two alterations to the team that lost 3-0 to Sweden in their final Group F contest, with Hugo Ayala replacing the suspended Hector Moreno at the back. Veteran midfielder Rafa Marquez came in for Miguel Layun.

What’s next?

Belgium or Japan await Brazil in the last eight in Kazan on Friday night, while Mexico go home having fallen at the round of 16 for the seventh time in a row at the World Cup.


Brazil v Mexico will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Monday, July 2. Brazil v Mexico match will be held at in Samara, Russia.

Team and Squad News

Brazil’s squad

Brazil’s 23-man squad : Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians)

Defenders: Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Geromel (Gremio), Danilo (Manchester City), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Fagner (Corinthians)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Forwards: Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Mexico’s squad

Mexico’s 23-man squad: Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera, Guillermo Ochoa; Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Diego Reyes, Miguel Layun, Hector Moreno, Edson Alvarez; Rafael Marquez, Jonathan dos Santos, Marco Fabian, Giovani dos Santos, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado; Raul Jimenez, Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Jesus Corona, Oribe Peralta, Javier Aquino, Hirving Lozano

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)

Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (America), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Miguel Layun (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Rafael Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (America), Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven)

Croatia 1-1 Denmark (3-2 on penalties) – Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in their World Cup last 16 tie.

Croatia win 3 v 2 Denmark: Sun July 1: Croatia v Denmark – Nizhny Novgorod, Full Time (Match 52)

Ivan Rakitic was the matchwinner as Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 on penalties to book a World Cup quarter-final showdown with hosts Russia.Croatia advanced to a quarterfinal against Russia after a penalty-kick shootout with Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. The game had a goal for each side in the opening five minutes, then petered out into a defensive struggle.

Player ratings

Croatia: Subasic (7), Vrsaljko (6), Lovren (6), Vida (7), Strinic (6), Rakitic (7), Brozovic (6), Rebic (6), Modric (7), Perisic (6), Mandzukic (7).

Subs used: Kovacic (6), Pivaric (6), Kramaric (6), Badelj (6).

Denmark: Schmeichel (8), Knudsen (6), Kjaer (6), Mathias Jorgensen (7), Dalsgaard (6), Christensen (6), Delaney (7), Eriksen (6), Poulsen (7), Cornelius (5), Braithwaite (6).

Subs used: Schone (6), N Jorgensen (6), Krohn-Dehli (6), Sisto (6).

Man of the match: Kasper Schmeichel

Danijel Subasic was the winning goalkeeper, deniying Eriksen, Schone and Jorgensen in the shootout but though it will be little consolation, Schmeichel just gets the nod. Epitomising Denmark’s fighting spirit, he held his nerve to thwart Modric deep into extra-time and pulled off his own heroics in the shootout, even if they proved in vain.

Team news

Croatia made nine changes, reverting to the team that swept aside Argentina 3-0. Only Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic remained from the group-stage win over Iceland.

Denmark coach Age Hareide brought in defender Jonas Knudsen and forward Yussuf Poulsen, dropping Jens Stryger Larsen and Pione Sisto.


What’s next?

Croatia go head-to-head with Russia in Sochi on Saturday (7pm kick-off) for a place in the semi-finals.

There was more penalty shootout drama in the match between Croatia and Denmark. Danijel Subasic was the hero with three saves in the shootout.

    • FT: Croatia 1-1 Denmark
    • Croatia win 3-2 on pens
    • Subasic saves three penalties
    • Modric misses late pen (116)
    • Zanka with early scramble (1)
    • Mandzukic levels (4)
    • Croatia will play Russia in QF

Danijel Subasic saved three penalties for Croatia, and they’ll meet Russia in the quarter-final on Saturday!


Rakitic keeps his cool and places the ball low to the left as Schmeichel dives to his left and Croatia win this shootout 3-2!


Jorgensen, another sub, steps up for Denmark… right-footed, and Subasic saves with his feet down to his left!! 2-2!!

If Croatia score here, they win!


Pivaric takes a long run-up and sees Schmeichel guesses right and it is still 2-2!


And the Tottenham man sees his effort saved by Subasic to his right! Superb save and then onto the post! That’s 0-0


… and it’s Christian Eriksen from 12 yards.


FT: Penalties it is!

What an end to what has been a bit of a drab game (bar the opening five minutes).

We now have pennos for the second time today. Schmeichel in net for Denmark, Subasic for Croatia. Who will come out on top? And will Modric take another penalty?


119: Denmark have gone very, very deep here and it’s all Croatia!

Modric picks the ball up in space 25 yards out, but he doesn’t catch his effort correctly and it rolls into Schmeichel’s hands!!


117: Wow. That tackle from Jorgensen is now so, so vital. Rebic had an empty goal to roll it home but for his last-ditch foul.

Years gone by, that was a red, but he did make a genuine attempt at the ball.



Unbelievable!! Modric goes low to Schmeichel’s left, and he guesses correctly!! Denmark still in the game!

And in the stands, Peter Schmeichel is celebrating! A proud Dad!



Drama at long last!!

What a ball by Modric to find Rebic through on goal!! He takes on Schmeichel and just has to roll it home, but Jorgensen comes sliding in from behind to foul him!

Definite penalty, and a yellow card! Should it have been red? He arguably went for the ball, so with the absence of the double punishment rule, that’s fair.

Modric to step up to all but send Croatia to the last eight…


112: Yet ANOTHER Knudsen long throw. It falls to Jorgensen at the back post, but he snatches at it. Wide.


110: Lovely threaded ball from Modric into the path of Badelj outside the box, but his first touch of the game is poor. He ends up slipping over and Denmark clear their lines.


109: Change for Croatia, their fourth and final sub. Mandzukic is off, replaced by Badelj.


107: CLOSE! Sisto brings some quality into the game at long last! He picks the ball up on the left of the box, turns superbly and shoots for the far corner, but it’s just wide of the far post!


44: SAVE! Croatia work it wide, before Rebic’s lovely inside ball somehow falls to Rakitic in space.

He has a go first time with his left foot, but Schmeichel gets down well to his right to stop it and hold it!


42: Huge, huge throw from Knudsen into the Croatia box, but it’s too far away from danger and Croatia clear.

OFF THE BAR! Then, Eriksen’s return ball from the edge is drops very quickly and comes off the corner of post and bar! Was that a cross or a shot?


40: Quite difficult to judge this first half. Croatia have perhaps had more chances, but Denmark will be pleased with their part. Croatia most definitely don’t look water tight at the back.


38: Free-kick to Croatia in a good crossing position on the left, won by Rebic.

CLOSE! Modric takes, beautiful delivery for Lovren to glance on, but it’s just wide! Huge invitation for the Liverpool man!


16: Croatia really on top here. They’re wreaking havoc on the right-hand side, and Denmark need to get this sorted fast.


14: Modric takes, it’s cleared to Strinic, but Kjaer then clears well in the box from the Croat’s cross.


13: Perisic steps up, but it cannons off the wall for a corner! Brave from Delaney, and a corner to Croatia.


11: Croatia do move the ball very fast, and they win a free-kick on the edge as Zanka clumsily takes Rebic out. Shooting chance for Perisic or Rakitic…


9: Looking at the equaliser again, Zanka the goalscorer needs to get out quicker to close down Vrsaljko on the right before he crosses. The game looks to be settling down now.


7: This World Cup just keeps getting better and better

Not a lot of quality in those goals but drama nonetheless. Who will be the happier?!


Croatia v Denmark will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Sunday, July 1. Croatia v Denmark match will be held at in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Croatia were fancied dark horses at the beginning of the tournament, and good performances from Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and the whole team has turned the 20th ranked side in the world into quite a fancied team.

They made light work of Nigeria and Argentina then drew to Iceland to seal qualification as Group D’s top team.

In Croatia’s way of a place in the quarter final is Denmark who have reached the round of 16 for the fourth time in their five World Cups. Christian Eriksen and co eased past Peru then drew with Australia and France to book their place in the first knockout round.

Team and Squad News

Croatia’s squad

Croatia’s 23-man squad:  Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic; Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Matej Mitrovic, Duje Caleta-Car, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Filip Bradaric; Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo)

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Nikola Kalinic (Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht)

Denmark’s squad

Denmark’s 23-man squad: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, Jens Stryger, Jonas Knudsen; William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager, Lasse Schone, Christian Eriksen, Michael Krohn-Dehli; Pione Sisto, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Kasper Dolberg

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby)

Defenders: Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich)

Midfielders: William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna)

Strikers: Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax)