World Cup Day 22 | A-League | Buffon
Robbie Slater tips France to win it from here, while Sydney FC pursue Fernando Torres08 July 2018 | FT Editor
At a glance
- Sweden, 0 v England, 2 (Harry MAGUIRE 30'; Dele ALLI 59')
- Russia, 2 (Denis CHERYSHEV 31'; Mario FERNANDES 115') v Croatia, 2 (Andrej KRAMARIĆ 39'; Domagoj VIDA 101'). Croatia win on penalties, 3-4.
England played well as a team against a Swedish side that has always relied on defence and counter-attack, to see Harry Maguire score his first international goal. The man of the match was English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (pictured) who made three crucial saves - which may or may not augur well for the next match-up against Croatia on Thursday (4am AEST) when England face the likes of Luka Modrić, Mario Mandzukić and Ivan Rakitić.
Both Russia and Croatia endured a penalty shootout to make it to the quarter-final, and they had to do so again to advance to the semi-final. Their task was made easier with a combination of a complete miss from goalscorer Fernandes and yet another save from Croatian 'keeper, Danijel Subašić. For Russia, the team that performed well beyond anyone's expectations, it's so long and farewell. By the way, Russia ran another 148km today - but more on that another time.
- France v Belgium, St Petersburg: Wednesday 11 July, 4.00am AEST
- Croatia v England, Moscow: Thursday 12 July, 4.00am AEST
Robbie Slater writes that the France v Belgium semi-final is the “real final” of the World Cup and that whoever wins this match will win the World Cup. As someone who played in both France and Belgium, Slater explains the rivalry between the two nations as being similar to Australia and New Zealand. He tips France to win 2-1.
Sydney FC confirms that both Bobo and Adrian Mierzejewski have left the club, for greener pastures in Turkey and China respectively. In their place, Sydney FC is said to be pursuing the signature of Fernando Torres, who is one of “many exciting targets” according to Sydney FC coach, Steve Corica.
Corica said they would have liked Bobo and Mierzejewski to stay with the club, but he says it's part of football for players to move on and pursue different opportunities and experiences for them and their families.
For the many fans of Gianluigi Buffon, and in case you hadn't caught up with it, he's signed with the biggest of big money clubs, PSG.
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