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Euro 2020 last 16

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Nations that have qualified for the last 16 and their fixture list

The Euro 2020 group stage climaxed yesterday with wins from Spain and Sweden, while Germany and France both settled for draws in their respective matches against Hungary and Portugal.

Spain put 5 past Slovakia while Sweden’s last minute goal from Viktor Claesson broke their 2-all deadlock against Poland.

In Munich, Germany came from behind twice to seal a 2-all draw against Hungary. In Budapest, Portugal and France put up a thrilling match that saw a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema end the match at 2-2.

With that, the top two nations from each group go through to the last 16, while four of the best 3rd-placed sides will line-up for the first knockout stage.

Nations that have qualified are: Italy, Wales, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, Ukraine, England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Spain, France Germany and Portugal.

The round of 16 will run between 26th-29th June with exciting fixtures like Belgium vs Portugal and England vs Germany lined up. Be ready!

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Pre-season; Manchester United win as Newcastle fall to York City

The 2020/21 English premier league kicks off on the weekend of august 13

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Manchester united kicked off their pre-season campaign with a win over derby at pride park. United led at the break via Tahith Chong’s stunner and before the hour mark substitute Facundo Pellistri doubled their lead.

However the home team led by manager Wayne Rooney pulled one back in the 70th minute through their forward Colin Kazim-Richards who thrashed the ball past United goalkeeper,Lee Grant.

After the game Ole Gunnar, United manager expressed his faith in his team and the ability his young players have to deliver results. He also added that Jesse Lingard is part of his plans despite west ham wanting to buy the English midfielder. They now shift focus to queens park ranger(QPR) this coming Saturday at Loftus Road.

Newcastle’s poor start

The ‘Magpies’ started off their preseason with a loss as they were beaten 1- 0 by York City which plays in the National League, North side. The goal came three minutes to the final whistle through Michael Duckworth’s header from close range. The match saw Joelinton limp off due to injury.

York players celebrating a goal

After the match Newcastle manager said,”It is all about fitness. They have had an extremely tough week and a lot of them showed a bit of fatigue but it is all about getting ready for a month’s time.”

They begin their premier league campaign at home against the fired up West Ham. The 2020/21 English premier league will kick off in August 13.

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Lewis Hamilton back to winning ways at Silverstone

t the Copse corner at Silverstone, one of the fastest corners of the championship, Lewis collided with Max hitting his (Max) rear right tire forcing him out of the track and into the barriers at high speed.

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Despite a 10-second penalty after a collision with Max Verstappen, Hamilton fought back to victory closing in on the championship leader

British and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag at his home circuit, Silvertstone, in front a 140K capacity crowd. Drama ensued right at lap one when Max Verstappen of Red bull tried to defend his position from the surging Lewis, whom was wheel-to-wheel as from turn one.

At the Copse corner at Silverstone, one of the fastest corners of the championship, Lewis collided with Max hitting his (Max) rear right tire forcing him out of the track and into the barriers at high speed.

Collision between Lewis and Max at the Copse Corner

The safety car was brought in and eventually the race was red-flagged to allow the wreckage to be cleared. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc led the race at the restart in front of Hamilton and Bottas. He held his position for a good stint as Hamilton still had to serve a 10-second penalty for his collision.

However, Hamilton continued to hunt for the win and was able to overtake Leclerc, who had developed power unit issues, at the same corner he had a collision with Max. The 7-time F1 World Champion held on to his position to win at Silverstone for the 8th time.

Lewis Hamilton after crossing the finish line

The result puts Hamilton 8 points behind Max Verstappen who is currently leading the championship standings.

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Messi set to sign a new deal with 50 percent pay cut

Messi is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga titles and 4 Champions Leagues

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Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, has reached a verbal agreement on a new deal that will keep him at Camp Nou for another 5 years, it will take him to a total of 26 years at the club when it expires. He was a free agent as of July 1st 2021 after he failed to agree a new deal with Barcelona.

The announcement could yet be days away because La Liga is insisting that the club should offload some wages. This means that Barcelona have to sell some players before Messi can sign the contract in order for the club to be in line with La Liga’s financial guidelines.

Earlier in July, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner helped his country Argentina to win the Copa America title after defeating Brazil. The win ended his long wait for a first major international trophy.

Last August Messi told the club to activate a clause in his contract which would have seen him leave for free. However, Javier Tebas(La Liga president) and Josep Bartomeu(The then Barca President) blocked the move and any club interested in buying the Argentine would have to pay his €700m release clause in full.

Bartomeu went on to resign in October and Messi expressed his intentions to listen to the plans of his successor Joan Laporta before deciding his future at the club.

Messi is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga titles, 4 Champions Leagues, 6 Copa Del Reys, 3 World club titles,7 Spanish super cups and 3 European super cups.

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