2018 World Cup: Five facts from Africa qualifiers

first_imgFive facts about 2018 World Cup Africa zone group qualifying ahead of fixtures between Friday and Tuesday:– Morocco trounced Mali 6-0 in Rabat for the biggest victory and Ghana hammered Congo 5-1 in Brazzaville for the widest away winning margin.– There have been two hat-tricks during the group phase and both came from midfielders — Thomas Partey of Ghana and Youssef Msakni of Tunisia.– A total of 116 goals have been scored in 49 mini-league matches at an average of 2.3 per match, compared with 2.5 in two earlier home-and-away qualifying rounds.– The most common score in the group phase has been 2-1 with nine instances, followed by 0-0 (eight), 1-0 (seven), 2-0 (six) and 1-1 (five).– Tunisia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria are the leading scorers with 11 goals from five matches and Mali the least prolific with just one in 450 minutes of play.last_img read more

Aaron Wan-Bissaka Finalises Move to Manchester United After Woeful EURO U-21 Championship Campaign

first_imgCrystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is set to join Manchester United in a deal worth up to £50million.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are attempting to kick-start their summer rebuild by signing the talented 21-year-old right-back, having so far only brought in Daniel James from Swansea.It is understood significant progress was made during talks between United and Palace on Tuesday, with an initial fee of £45million agreed along with a further £5million in add-ons.A medical will be sorted sooner rather than later to complete the signing of Wan-Bissaka, who is seen behind the scenes at Old Trafford as someone that will fit in Solskjaer’s style and get fans on their feet – even as a right-back.A young, exciting talent, United have worked solidly to reach an agreement with Palace and are now looking to make more additions that will complement the current squad.Wan-Bissaka’s return from the Under-21 European Championship should smooth the final stages of the deal, although his role in England’s group-stage exit is not something he will want reminding of.The right-back endured a difficult time in Italy, where Aidy Boothroyd overlooked him for the Young Lions’ last two group matches after his late own goal in the opener against France led to a 2-1 loss.RelatedWilfried Zaha Informs Crystal Palace of His Departure with an £80m Price TagMay 16, 2019In “Transfers”Mason Mount Set For England Senior Call UpAugust 28, 2019In “England”Done Deal: Crystal Palace Signs Fosu-Mensah From Manchester UnitedAugust 10, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Cyprus floored by Scotland’s late winner

first_imgSubstitute Oliver Burke was the late hero as Steve Clarke’s Scotland tenure began with a nervy 2-1 win over Cyprus at Hampden Park.The pressure was already on the home side after losing 3-0 to Kazakhstan in their opening 2020 European Championship qualifier in Astana opener before beating San Marino 2-0 away in the second of their first double-header, which proved insufficient for Alex McLeish to keep his job.The goalless first-half under the new head coach was not the blood and thunder often required by the Tartan Army who had to exercise patience.Skipper Andy Robertson, who celebrated Liverpool’s Champions League final win over Tottenham in Madrid last Saturday, thundered in a drive in the 61st minute for his first goal of the season only for defender Ioannis Kousoulous to head level in the 87th minute to stun the Tartan Army.However, Burke, on for debutant Eamonn Brophy in the 73rd minute, headed a Ryan Fraser cross on to the post and followed up the rebound for his first Scotland goal to claim three valuable pointsSaturday’s Euro 2020 Qualifying results:Croatia2Wales1Estonia1Northern Ireland2Scotland2Cyprus1Iceland1Albania0Armenia3Liechtenstein0Finland2Bos-Herze0Azerbaijan1Hungary3Moldova1Andorra0Russia9San Marino0Greece0Italy3Belarus0Germany2Turkey2France0last_img read more