football

Football

Madrid/Turin: Reigning European champions Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that they have accepted the request from superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo for a transfer worth 100 million euros to record Serie A winners Juventus FC.

In an official statement, Real Madrid thanked five-time Ballon d'Or winner for his services to the club, hailing the Portugal captain as the best player in the world.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

France's defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. 

St. Petersburg: France edged past Belgium 1-0 to book their place in the final of the FIFA World Cup in a rip-roaring semi-final clash here on Tuesday.

Centre-back Samuel Umtiti headed home from close range in the 51st minute and that proved to be the winner in a match littered with goal-scoring opportunities.

Belgium played with a lot of gusto as skipper Eden Hazard led from the front making jinking runs throughout the game down the right channel.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

England's forward Harry Kane (C) holds a rooster toy next to England's defender Ashley Young (R) as they take part in a training session in Repino on July 10, 2018 ahead of their semi-final match against Croatia during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. 

Zelenogorsk: The England squad on Tuesday trained ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

At their base in Zelenogorsk, near Saint Petersburg, coach Gareth Southgate presided over a session in which the players were seen laughing as they tossed around a rubber chicken, showing few nerves ahead of England's biggest game in nearly 30 years, reports Efe.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Madrid/Turin: Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes added fuel to the speculation surrounding the Portuguese star's move from Real Madrid to Juventus, saying that his client is ready for a "new challenge".

"If Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid, he'll be eternally grateful to the club, the President, the medical staff & all the Madrid fans in the world. If that happens, it would be for a brilliant new chapter in his career," Spanish publication Marca quoted Mendes as saying on Friday.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Nizhny Novgorod: France rode goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann to ease past Uruguay 2-0 in a big-ticket FIFA World Cup last-eight stage clash here on Friday.

Varane (40th) glanced past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera after Griezmann floated a free-kick into the box from the right side. In the second half, Griezmann (61st) made the most of a goalkeeping howler from Muslera to double the advantage as France eased into the semi-finals where they will now take on either Brazil and Belgium.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

A Brazilian supporter cries at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Brazil and Belgium at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on July 6, 2018. 

Kazan: Potential dark horse Belgium eliminated five-time world champions Brazil with a 2-1 triumph here on Friday to book their place in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup only for the second time after a gap of 32 years.

Fernandinho's own goal in the 13th minute and Kevin De Bruyne's 31st-minute strike meant Belgium led 2-0 at the half-time. Renato Augusto (76th minute) revived Brazil's hopes but it was too late as Belgium set up a semi-final with 1998 World Cup winners France, the only pre-tournament favourites to be in the last four.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric (L) and Croatia's midfielder Mateo Kovacic (R) attend a training session at the Adler training ground in Sochi on July 5, 2018

Sochi: Croatia are targeting the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1998 -- when they made their debut as an independent nation on football's biggest stage.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Belgium's players attend a training session in Dedovsk, outside Moscow, on July 4, 2018, ahead of the 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match against Brazil.

Moscow: Belgium's national team trained on Wednesday at the team's base camp in the Guchkovo sport complex near Moscow, ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil.

Friday's match against Brazil will see two World Cup titans go head-to-head, with Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez leading the training two days after his squad vanquished Japan 3-2 in the last-16 round, reported Efe.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

St Petersburg: Winger Emil Forsberg's second-half strike helped Sweden beat Switzerland 1-0 to enter the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup after a gap of 24 years.

It was a brilliant neck-and-neck affair till the 66th minute when Forsberg scored the goal, after which Switzerland failed to display the same energy and thus lost the issue.

Forsberg broke the deadlock in the 66th minute through a low-ball shot which was deflected by Switzerland's Manuel Akanji in the goalpost.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Brazil's forward Neymar (R) celebrates with Brazil's midfielder Casemiro at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018.

Samara: Brazil's talisman Neymar scored one and assisted another in the second-half as the five-time world champions defeated Mexico 2-0 here on Monday to enter the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.

Neymar scored from a close-range in the 51st minute before setting up for Roberto Firmino's strike in the 88th minute as Mexico failed to find a goal.

The defeat marks Mexio's seventh consecutive ouster in the pre-quarterfinals of football's quadrennial showpiece.

RECOMMENDED STORIES