The former Napoli boss is closing in on a move to take over at Stamford Bridge, and wants the 31-year-old to come to London along with him. "They [Chelsea] can expect nice football because he is a very good coach", Koulibaly told Talksport about Sarri.
The script did not go as planned for the holders as Mexico's young star Hirving Lozano wrote his name into Mexican soccer lore at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, scoring a goal in the 35th minute that would prove enough. Those strengths are their attacking game and solid defence and both were painfully missing from their game against the Mexicans, who caught them on the break seemingly at will.
With Argentina looking dysfunctional and under-performing throughout the qualifiers, Messi's dream of matching Maradona in Russian Federation always looked a tall order. "The Champions League is now the pinnacle of the global game in terms of quality, and Messi has won that on multiple occasions". "Messi is not Maradona, he doesn't win a World Cup by himself".
They'll look to improve Thursday in their second group game against a talented Peru side that lost its opening game of the tournament to Denmark. After starting with Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele against the Socceroos, Deschamps simply had to hand the Chelsea striker a place in the team against Peru , so one of the most exciting strikers in world football would have to be dropped.
The result leaves the African nation, famous winners over defending champions France in the opening match of their last World Cup appearance in 2002, level with Japan who beat Colombia 2-1 at Mordovia Arena. Here are Senegalese fans collecting garbage after their match against Poland at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. "It is good to see there is a black coach but, beyond football, it shows we have quality coaches".
Blatter oversaw the Federation Internationale de Football Association process which led to the awarding of this World Cup to Russia and, more controversially, the 2022 tournament to Qatar. He was elected FIFA president on the eve of the 1998 World Cup in France, and headed football's world governing body for four more tournaments through 2014.
This will also mean Tottenham will play all of their Champions League matches at the new stadium after previous fears these too would have to be moved back to Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino's men are set to entertain Chelsea on November 24 and travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal on December 1. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is allegedly "angered" by Liverpool's fixture list for the 2018/19 campaign.
Japanese striker Osako after beating the Colombian backline, launched a shot straight into David Ospina , who could only manage to send it back to Kagawa who struck on the rebound which was blocked by Sanchez with his hand. Although Colombia had looked much better in the second half after their earlier tactical substitution, they could only hold on for so long, as Yuya Osako powered home a header from a corner to put his side ahead with 20 minutes to play .
Just four minutes later, however, France's Samuel Umtiti made a weird mistake, his flailing arm making contact with a high cross from Aaron Mooy , forcing the referee to award another penalty, which Australian captain Mile Jedinak converted.
Germany must now worry about a similar outcome to their title defence and Sunday's defeat was their first opening day World Cup loss since Algeria claimed a shock win in 1982. "But that's no excuse, because Mexico is a great team". The tremor may have been caused "by mass jumping during Mexico's goal in the World Cup ", the Institute of Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations in Mexico said in a tweet .
National Basketball Association draft hopeful Michale Porter Jr canceled a second group workout in Chicago set for Friday, due to whats being described as severe muscle spasms. The workout is planned to be rescheduled, but there's no way to tell how another injury will impact Porter's stock. Briefly: Texas Tech and Lakeview Centennial product Zhaire Smith has visited Charlotte and Phoenix in the past couple of days, along with several other teams before that.
India smashed Afghanistan in the latter's inaugural Test inside two days by a big margin of innings and 262 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were chief wreckers for India , picking up four wickets each in first and second innings respectively.
The Kawhi Leonard-San Antonio Spurs saga has been well documented. Considering the odd season he had this past year in which he barely saw the court for the Spurs amid his injury controversy, it wouldn't be surprising to see him dealt. However, the question that will certainly arise is what could they trade to pry him away from the Spurs that both teams could agree to? While Wilson Chandler, the Nuggets main starter at the position last season, has served the Nuggets well in his eight ...
Iceland , playing in its first World Cup , fell behind in the 19th minute on a handsome goal by Sergio Aguero , his first at a Cup. Finnbogason had made a hash of a header seconds earlier but Argentina failed to clear and Willy Caballero could only palm Hordur Magnusson's shot into the path of the striker, who gleefully turned it home.
A second-guess from a referee, some vague video and cruel luck denied Australia in a 2-1 defeat against France at the World Cup , according to coach Bert van Marwijk. France World Cup victor Marcel Desailly has taken a swipe at Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial . "If you take Zinedine Zidane out of the 1998 squad, we didn't really have the star players that we have now".
But I would say our spinners have a lot of experience and I would say experience can't be easily bought. I always prepare intensely before each and every series but as of now the focus on this Test match. Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane (R) and Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai . "We are lucky that some of our best players are getting a chance to live in India and represent our nation", said an official with the Afghan Cricket Board.
Griezmann will now focus fully on France's World Cup Group C campaign which starts on Saturday against Australia. Griezmann was impressive for Atletico in the last season, registering 25 goals, which included two in the Europa League final against Marseille.
Russia's Aleksandr Samedov and Saudi Arabia's Salem Al-Dawsari in action at the FIFA World Cup at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Thursday. Egor Titov, ex worldwide: "We must do well in the first two games not to let everything depend on the last one".
Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be "very angry" and "absolutely disgusted" with what he deems to be a "derisory" contract offer from Real Madrid . Salah fans in Grozny, Russia, made big banners for their star player as he visited a stadium in the city amidst much fanfare, as they chanted Egyptian's name.
The Warriors claimed their third National Basketball Association championship in four seasons, their second consecutively, after sweeping LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals last week, entering the conversation to be considered one of the most dominant teams in the history of the league.
He will carry the hopes of a nation that has a fairly mediocre team by World Cup standards. Following the session, Salah provided a promising update on his fitness, telling reporters: 'I'm excited. "The time isn't in one, two or four years". Despite Antonio Conte winning the Premier League in his first season in English football and the FA Cup this season, he is widely expected to leave the club this summer, with former France manager Laurent Blanc the current favourite to take over ...
Showing remarkable nerves given that this was only her second Grand Slam final appearance, Stephens consistently held her serve to take the first set 6-3. "It's great that 40 years after Virginia I managed to win". As Halep scurried to chase a shot that turned into a drop shot for Stephens and won the point for 4-0, her coach Darren Cahill leaped out of his chair and pumped his fist.
Justify , the three-year-old chestnut colt, completed his improbable Triple Crown journey with a dominating win at the 2018 Belmont Stakes . The 7-year-old bay horse won by 2 1/4 lengths and paid $9.10 to win - a generous price on a Baffert trainee.
Rashford had a disappointing end to United's Premier League season, and Southgate felt he may have been trying too hard. Rashford played in Dele Alli and his low cross found fellow substitute Welbeck at the far post. Navas spread himself well to deny Jamie Vardy from close range as England threatened a quickfire second, with Jack Butland , widely-expected to be back-up to Jordan Pickford, springing into action to deny Johan Venegas.
Aside from Rodney Hood , who came out firing after being buried on the bench the first two games, Cavs players not named James who thrived in the first half shrunk. "The one he made tonight was 4 or 5 feet behind the one he made previous year", Cavaliers forward LeBron James said. "That wasn't the same shot", James said.
However, L'Equipe have offered Liverpool fans a boost before the global tournament that kicks off next week, with the French outlet claiming that a deal is very close to being complete. Fekir is set to play for France on Saturday evening against the US, a game that will take place in Lyon's Stade des Lumieres. A fee has yet to be revealed , although it is rumoured that Liverpool will have to pay around €65m (£57m approx) to make Fékir their second summer signing.
The North Korea summit between President Trump and the North Korean leader will take place on the Singaporean island of Sentosa, the White House has revealed. "I think it's a process", he said. The US President said he's hopeful that the Singapore summit will lead to a "bright new future" for North Korea and the world.
Halep pointed her right index finger at her temple when she eventually completed a 6-7 (2) 6-3 6-2 comeback to reach the semifinals, too. "It was really about the mental", Halep said. She hurried up her strokes and easily Halep sealed the eight win in as many matches against a lefty opponent and against a top 20 player this season.
The club announced on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with the 25-year-old and the deal is expected to be completed this week. At around 5 ft 7 inches, Fred is a dynamic box to box midfielder who should improve United's tempo going forward.
Curry finished with 11 points, one of the worst postseason games of his career. Or are these Cavaliers defeated already? Although the Golden State Warriors trailed by six points at halftime, they had yet another stellar third quarter, outscoring the Cleveland Cavaliers 31-23 before continuing their strong play into the fourth quarter, where they closed strong with a 27-21 advantage, winning 110-102.
We're used to that. "Especially in Cleveland, with LeBron, we know about their crowd, this environment and the force they bring in this building", Kerr added. He is also averaging the second most minutes played during the postseason with 41.7 minutes per game. "He wasn't close", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.
While Jutanugarn was fading, the 22-year-old Kim was rolling. Confidence gave way to fear. Talley had gained a shot and was one-under for her round through six and at 1-over for the championship in a tie for 28th. Former world number one Ariya roared past second round leader Sarah Jane Smith to finish with a 12-under 204 total as the tournament got back on schedule after heavy rains and lightning earlier this week resulted in a number of delays.
The tweet, which blew up on social media, was captioned: "I still haven't booked any holidays". But, I've said before it's going to be very tough, that's no doubt about it, it's a World Cup . "I got a good reception behind the goal and we played really good opposition that night". Captain Harry Kane will wear the number nine shirt, while a host of players will wear the same number as they do for their clubs.
Brazil legend Rivaldo has claimed that Manchester United are getting a "wonderful player" after the club agreed a deal to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. In December 2015, he was given a one-year ban after testing positive for a banned diuretic, which was backdated to June that year when the test was carried out.
Williams , the champion in 2002, 2013 and 2015 and playing her first Slam since giving birth to her daughter in September, last took part a major at the Australian Open in 2017. I've never felt this in my life. "I'm beyond disappointed ", Williams added. I'm going to stay here and see some of the doctors here, see as many specialists as I can.
The 31-year-old, victor of the tournament on the iconic red clay in the French capital in 2016, booked his place in the last 16 with a 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 win in a match which lasted 12 minutes shy of four hours. Resurgent former champion Novak Djokovic has progressed to his 12th French Open quarter-final with an ominous 6-3 6-4 6-2 fourth-round win over Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco .
Thompson being available for Game 2 could be huge for the Cavs, as he offers the size and aggressiveness that could help them dominate the boards. Meanwhile, despite lacking Andre Iguodala , the Warriors' supporting cast was what you'd expect from such a disciplined squad.
Put ourselves in a (position) to win the game. We see what we need to do and how we need to perform to win. Hood may have felt pressure at Duke, but being on LeBron's team can not compare because of the stuff that goes along with being one of James's teammates.
It's nice to see Ronaldo showing his respect to a legend of the game - but obviously we're not privy to what went on behind closed doors. But Hazard is said to be unhappy at the tactics of manager Antonio Conte . "But we are talking about the best players in the world". Just days after sealing an unprecedented third Champions League trophy in a row for Real Madrid , the Frenchman has sensationally quit as coach of the Spanish giants.
England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan expects a "young and hungry" Australia will be "galvanised" by the ball-tampering scandal that rocked world cricket when the old rivals meet in a one-day global series next month. The England skipper was named in a 13-man squad to face Scotland and also a 14-strong line-up for the five clashes with Australia , that starts at The Oval on June 13.
Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch had a wide-open net over Holtby's right shoulder. This is a great hockey team, it's not a carnival act, it's not a question on a game show. Will Vegas head to Washington up two games, or can the Caps bring it back home tied 1-1? With extra space, Washington strung together several sharp passes culminating in Eller's sixth goal of the postseason.
Grealish starred for Villa this season but the 22-year-old is being linked with a switch to the Premier League after Steve Bruce's side were defeated by Fulham in the Championship playoff final . I'm not tempting fate or predicting anything because I don't want to jinx the game, so all I'll say is. if we play well then we will be fine. Promotion is vindication for the glorious front-foot manner in which Fulham have flummoxed countless teams this season.
Cleveland Browns safety Damarious Randall may have to dig deep into his wallet if the Cleveland Cavaliers win the National Basketball Association championship. Randall's tweet picked up steam fast, going from 30 thousand retweets to well over 100k in mere hours. Given that Randall is set to earn just under $1.1 million next year, we sense a lot of Cavs fans are going to be disappointed when he can't fulfill his promise.
Salah, 25, met the national team doctor and Egyptian FA president Hany Abu Rida in Spain on Wednesday. Salah took English football by storm last season when he scored 44 goals in all competitions, including earning the Premier League's Golden Boot accolade by netting 32 strikes.
His eighth straight NBA Finals sets up as one of his most hard, flanked by a largely unheralded set of teammates who force him to do much more at 33 than most other players are ever asked. The network's impressive ECF has been matched by TNT's broadcast of the Western Conference Finals, which was up 33 percent from a year ago heading into Golden State's Game 7 win over Houston on Monday night.
I do not want to start a season and have a bad time, I want to end with Real Madrid when everything is going well. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was present alongside Zidane, who took charge in January 2016. He leaves having guided the Spanish club to three successive Champions League titles and one La Liga success. There were tough moments during the season and although I was sometimes whistled at, I want to thank the fans.
The challenge during the first half of Saturday's Champions League final went unpunished by the match official but caused Salah to leave the game. "UEFA and Federation Internationale de Football Association should take measures against Ramos and similar players, using the video recordings of matches to keep the spirit of the game".
During his reign, the former Real midfielder won three Champions League trophy, 1 La Liga trophy, 1 Spanish Super Cup title, 1 Club World Cup title and 1 UEFA Super Cup title. Zidane oversaw Real's 2016-17 success in La Liga , but failed to win the league either side of that triumph. "If I was the manager here next season, it would have been tough for us to win trophies".
The Portugese defender is seen as an understudy to veteran defender Antonio Valencia , with the 32-year-old struggling with knee injuries over the past few seasons. Interest in Diogo Dalot has been present for a while now, with FC Porto rejecting multiple bids below the player's €20 million release clause. United are also in the market for another full-back, a left-back, to strengthen in that area also.
The Red Bull driver managed to hold off Vettel despite the challenge, and took his second win of the season and first-ever at Monaco. Refreshing! Red Bull know how to celebrate in style. It also felt like payback time. "So, I think it's more circuit-dependent - but I'm glad they're bringing the hyper-softs again". "I spoke to Prince Albert and said that maybe we should make it longer", he said.