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France beat Portugal on penalties to reach Euro 2024 semi-finals

France defeated Portugal 5-3 on penalties on Friday to qualify for the semi-finals of Euro 2024 in Germany, setting up an encounter with Spain.

The match ended goalless after 90 minutes which necessitated an extra time, which also ended goalless.

Penalties were therefore needed to decide which country progresses to the semi-finals and France carried the day, scoring all five of their kicks, with Juan Felix missing his kick for Portugal.

It was Cristiano Ronaldo’s last Euro competition as he is 39 years old.

Earlier in the 63rd minute, Vitinha blew a huge opportunity. He was totally unmarked and fired a first-time shot towards goal from a few yards out, but Mike Maignan reacted superbly to keep the ball out.

In the 70th minute, Eduardo Camavinga spurned a great opportunity from inside the 6-yard box. The ball flew narrowly wide off the left post.

Four minutes later, Ousmane Dembele created a yard of space for himself and tried an effort from the edge of the box, but it went just wide off the left post.

In the 108th minute, Joao Felix latched onto a lofted pass from Francisco Conceicao on the edge of the six-yard box, but misdirected his header and sent it just wide of the left post

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NFF calls for applications for position of Supersand Eagles’ Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation has requested for applications from suitably qualified candidates for the vacant position lol of the Coach of Beach Soccer National Team, otherwise known as Supersand Eagles.

The public notice, which is on the Federation’s website has specified for candidates to have attended at least one beach soccer refresher course organized by the NFF, be conversant with, and abreast of, the ever-changing rules and dynamics of the game and possess at least CAF C Coaching License.

A candidate must also have been involved in beach soccer activities in the last three years to be considered, while playing experience locally and internationally could prove to be an added advantage.

Applications will close at midnight of Friday, 12th July 2024, with a successful candidate to be named in a matter of days, as the Supersand Eagles get set for a two-leg Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against their counterparts from Mauritania.


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Arsenal sign David Raya permanently for £27m after successful loan spell

Arsenal have completed the permanent signing of goalkeeper David Raya from Brentford on a long-term deal.

The Gunners have paid £27m for the Spain international, on top of the £3m fee they paid the Bees to take Raya on loan last season.

Raya told Arsenal’s website: “After a year on loan as a Gunner, I can finally say that I’m an Arsenal player for the coming years. I’m excited to see what the future holds but always living in and enjoying the present.

“It’s a dream come true to be here and I want to thank you for all the support you have already given me throughout the last year.”

Raya won the Premier League Golden Glove in his debut campaign with Arsenal, keeping 16 clean sheets in the Premier League and 20 in total across 41 appearances.

The 28-year-old helped Arsenal to a runners-up finish in the Premier League and a run to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Raya, who is currently at Euro 2024 with Spain, previously spent four years with Brentford, where he moved after leaving Blackburn.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, who promoted Raya to No1 goalkeeper ahead of Aaron Ramsdale, said: “David showed us last season what an important player he is for us so we are delighted he is now officially our player.

“He is a big presence in our dressing room and we are really pleased to keep working with him.

“We know he will take the strong foundations he put in place last season and build on them in the years to come, and that he will enjoy more success with us.

“We have a very talented group of goalkeepers and I love to see connections like the one I see in our goalkeeping unit.”

Edu, Arsenal’s sporting director, added: “We are so happy to have completed the deal to sign David from Brentford. He had a beautiful first season with us.

“He is a talented international, a great professional, and a popular figure at the club. We benefited from all of this last season during his loan with us.

“David’s signing is another strong example of our recruitment strategy in action, as we continue to build a team that will challenge for major trophies.

“We know there’s so much more to come from him and we are excited that he will continue to be a big part of the journey we are all on.”

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EPL: Chelsea sign new midfielder, Hutchinson on a two – year deal

Chelsea Football Club have reached a permanent transfer agreement with Ipswich Town for their attacking midfielder, Omari Hutchinson.

Football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano disclosed this on Sunday.

According to Romano, the deal is worth £22 million, with an additional sell-on clause. He noted that all necessary documents have been signed by both parties.

Romano stated, “Chelsea and Ipswich Town have just signed all documents for Omari Hutchinson’s permanent deal. The agreement includes a £22 million fee plus a 25% sell-on clause, with no buy-back option. Exclusive story, confirmed.

Chelsea are looking to fortify their swua ahead next season English Premier League and the Conference League.

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