Netherlands 1-0 Belgium: Van Dijk header Sends Oranje through to the UEFA Nations League Finals

The Netherlands booked their place in the UEFA Nations League Finals which will hold next year, after defeating the Red Devils of Belgium 1-0 in their last group match on Sunday night.

Following a goalless first half, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk found the breakthrough when he converted Cody Gakpo’s cross to give Louis van Gaal’s side the lead and ultimately the three points.

The victory sees the Netherlands finish on top of the group with 16 points, while Belgium retains their spot in League A ahead of the next edition of the UEFA Nations League.

Tonight, Apex Football brings you LIVE updates from the fixture involving the Netherlands and Belgium set to take place at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam – homeground of AFC Ajax Amsterdam.

🔴 Live Blog:

FULL-TIME AT THE JOHAN CRUYFF ARENA: Netherlands 1-0 Belgium

73′ MIN: Skipper Virgil van Dijk towers a header home, off an assist from Cody Gakpo to put the Oranje ahead.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Netherlands 1-0 Belgium (V. Van Dijk)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE JOHAN CRUYFF ARENA: Netherlands 0-0 Belgium

HALF-TIME AT THE JOHAN CRUYFF ARENA: Netherlands 0-0 Belgium

KICK-OFF AT THE JOHAN CRUYFF ARENA: Netherlands 0-0 Belgium

The Red Devils have in their starting line-up the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Axel Witsel, Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

Oranje boss Louis van Gaal has named in-form attacker Steven Bergwijn in his line-up. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is part of a three-man backline, with Daley Blind and Denzel Dumfries acting as fullbacks.

Italy 1-0 England: Raspadori Screamer Condemns Three Lions to Defeat

The Azurri of Italy continued their recent dominance of England, as they triumphed 1-0 in their UEFA Nations League clash on Friday night.

There was nothing worthy to note in the opening period which ended goalless, but the second half saw the hosts put their noses in front through a sublime effort from Raspadori in the 68th minute.

Gareth Southgate’s men poured forward in search of the equalizer but the Azzurri held firm to cart away with all three points.

🔴 Live Blog:

FULL-TIME: Italy 1-0 England

68′ MIN: A lobbed ball from Leonardo Bonucci finds Raspadori, who in turn fends off a challenge from an England defender to fire home.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Italy 1-0 England (G. Raspadori)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY: Italy 0-0 England

HALF-TIME: Italy 0-0 England

KICK-OFF: Italy 0-0 England

Under-fire Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire has been handed a starting berth by manager Gareth Southgate. Captain Harry Kane will get support upfront from Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling while Bukayo Saka starts as well.

Italy coach Roberto Mancini has named Nico Barella, Brian Cristante and Jorginho in his line-up to face the Three Lions. Gianluca Scamacca will lead the attack lines for the Azzurri.

Cristiano Ronaldo CHARGED by FA following phone incident at Everton

The Football Association have charged Portugal and Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with “improper and/or violent” conduct, after a video footage emerged appearing to show him knocking a fan’s mobile phone to the ground.

The incident happened after Manchester United lost 1-0 away to Everton defeat at Goodison Park on 9th April, after which the Portuguese international was cautioned by Merseyside Police but now the Football Association has decided to probe the incident.

A spokesperson revealed on Twitter: “Cristiano Ronaldo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3…It is alleged that the forward’s conduct after the final whistle was improper and/or violent.”

After the incident, which occurred when Ronaldo was making his way towards the tunnel, the 37-year-old issued a social-media apology for his “outburst” and invited the supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford “as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship”.

Ronaldo took to his Instagram account after the match to apologize. He wrote: “It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult moments such as the one we are facing. Nevertheless, we always have to be respectful, patient and set the example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.

“I would like to apologise for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this supporter to watch a game at Old Trafford as a sign of fair-play and sportsmanship.”

But the boy’s mother Sarah Kelly claimed it was her 14-year-old son Jake – who has autism – who Ronaldo “assaulted” and declined the offer.

In response to the FA charge against Ronaldo, who has started just once under Erik Ten Hag in the Premier League this season, United said in a statement: “We will be supporting the player.”

France 2-0 Austria: Mbappe & Giroud efforts EARN Les Blues Crucial Nations League Victory

Defending UEFA Nations League champions France got their campaign back on track, following a 2-0 win over visiting Austria on Thursday.

The first half offered nothing in terms of goals, as both sides went into the break all square but the hosts showed quality in the second period – with strikes from Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud securing all three points for Didier Deschamps men.

🔴 Live Blog:

FULL-TIME: France 2-0 Austria

65′ MIN: Les Blues are in a commanding position now, having doubled their advantage through Olivier Giroud off an assist from Antoine Griezmann.

GOOOAAALLL!!! France 2-0 Austria (O. Giroud)

56′ MIN: The hosts have opened the scoring and it’s from none other than Kylian Mbappe.

GOOOAAALLL!!! France 1-0 Austria (K. Mbappe)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY: France 0-0 Austria

HALF-TIME: France 0-0 Austria

KICK-OFF: France 0-0 Austria

Real Madrid defender David Alaba and former West Ham United attacker Marko Arnautovic are among the familiar names in the Austrian starting line-up.

France manager Didier Deschamps has fielded a strong three-man attack which includes the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann. Aurelien Tchouameni and Ferland Mendy are in midfield while Jules Kounde and Raphael Varane will man the defence.

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid: Rodrygo and Valverde help Los Blancos Maintain 100% Start, Hermoso nets & Sees Red for the Hosts

Real Madrid maintained their one hundred percent record in La Liga this season, by overcoming rivals Atletico Madrid 2-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Sunday night.

It all took two sublime goals in the opening period from Brazilian international Rodrygo and Uruguayan Fede Valverde to gift the reigning champions all three points.

Atlético Madrid scored a consolation late on through substitute Mario Hermoso but he soon received his marching orders, following a 90th minute red card.

Victory lets Real Madrid regain top spot in La Liga, ahead of closest challengers FC Barcelona.

🔴 Live Blog:

FULL-TIME AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANO STADIUM: Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid

90′ MIN: Mario Hermoso is sent off by the center referee.

RED CARD!!! To Atletico Madrid

83′ MIN: A header from Mario Hermoso reduces the deficit.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Atlético Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid (M. Hermoso)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANO STADIUM: Atletico Madrid 0-2 Real Madrid

HALF-TIME AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANO STADIUM: Atlético Madrid 0-2 Real Madrid

36′ MIN: Fede Valverde doubles the advantage of Los Blancos.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Atlético Madrid 0-2 Real Madrid (F. Valverde)

18′ MIN: A lobbed ball into the area by Aurelien Tchouameni is expertly converted by Rodrygo.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Atlético Madrid 0-1 Real Madrid (Rodrygo)

KICK-OFF AT THE WANDA METROPOLITANO STADIUM: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid

As for Los Blancos, Vinicius Jr who has been the subject of discussion in the last couple of days over how he would celebrate if he scores, is in the starting line-up as well as Rodrygo and Federico Valverde.

The Rojiblancos will file out in a typical Diego Simeone style. Antoine Griezmann starts for the first time this season after having being used as a substitute after the 60th minute mark in previous games while Joao Felix will be the Frenchman’s partner upfront.

Brentford 0-3 Arsenal: Saliba & Jesus on Targets, Vieira nets maiden goal as Nwaneri sets PL Record

Arsenal returned to the summit of the Premier League standings, after defeating Brentford 3-0 in a London Derby clash at the Brentford Community Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners settled in quickly into the tie and duly opened the scoring through defender William Saliba in the 17th minute, before Brazilian international Gabriel Jesus doubled their advantage via a header in the 28th minute as Arsenal led at the interval.

Portuguese international Fabio Vieira who was making his full Premier League start, found the back of the net with a shot from outside the area upon resumption of the second half as the Gunners pulled further away.

The result sees Mikel Arteta’s side soar above Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs into the top of the Premier League table after seven matches, as the international break looms.

🔴 Live Blog:

FULL-TIME: Brentford 0-3 Arsenal

49′ MIN: Sheer brilliance from Fabio Vieira on his full PL debut to make it three for the Gunners! His strike from outside the box curls into the back of the net.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Brentford 0-3 Arsenal (F. Vieira)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY: Brentford 0-2 Arsenal

HALF-TIME: Brentford 0-2 Arsenal

28′ MIN: Arsenal are 2-0 up within the first half an hour! Gabriel Jesus expertly heads home from Granit Xhaka’s lofted ball.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Brentford 0-2 Arsenal (G. Jesus)

17′ MIN: William Saliba gives the visitors the lead! He converts Bukayo Saka’s corner with a brilliant header.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Brentford 0-1 Arsenal (W. Saliba)

KICK-OFF: Brentford 0-0 Arsenal

Mikel Arteta’s side have been plagued with injuries of recent, with Oleksandr Zinchenko and skipper Martin Odegaard both missing out. In comes Thomas Partey and Keiran Tierney, while Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus are in the Starting XI.

Ivan Toney will spearhead the attack for the Bees, as they go up against the Gunners.

Chelsea 1-1 Salzburg: Sterling effort not enough for Potter & Blues, Man City 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: Stones & Haaland earn Cityzens come-from-behind Victory

Manchester City secured their second successive victory of the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League Group Stage campaign, courtesy of a 2-1 win against German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

The opening period finished goalless but the second half sprang to life as Jude Bellingham put the visitors in front. But late strikes from John Stones and the imperial Erling Haaland (who was facing his former team) both found the back of the net as Pep Guardiola’s men earned a second successive win.

In our second clash of the night, new Chelsea manager Graham Potter saw his debut end in a 1-1 draw with visiting Red Bull Salzburg at Stamford Bridge.

Raheem Sterling put the Blues in front early in the second half before Noah Okafor grabbed the equalizer later on, as Chelsea remain winless after their opening two group matches.

🔴 Live Blog:

FULL-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 1-1 Salzburg

FULL-TIME AT ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

85′ MIN: Erling Haaland converts from a tight angle off an assist from Joao Cancelo.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester City 2-1 Borussia Dortmund (E. Haaland)

80′ MIN: England international John Stones fires a cracker into the back of the net to bring the hosts level.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester City 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (J. Stones)

75′ MIN: Noah Okafor puts the visitors level.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Chelsea 1-1 Salzburg (N. Okafor)

56′ MIN: Marco Reus delivers a delightful ball into the box and Jude Bellingham’s effort is deflected past Ederson in goal.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester City 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (J. Bellingham)

48′ MIN: Reece James down the line to Mount, he crosses for Sterling who finds the far corner superbly.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Chelsea 1-0 Salzburg (R. Sterling)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 0-0 Borussia Dortmund

HALF-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg

HALF-TIME AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 0-0 Borussia Dortmund

KICK-OFF AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg

KICK-OFF AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM: Manchester City 0-0 Borussia

The Black and Yellow have usual suspects in Marco Reus and Jude Bellingham amongst the starters while new signing from FC Koln Anthony Modeste will lead the frontline.

As expected, Norwegian striker Erling Haaland is in the Cityzens starting line-up as he squares up against his former team, Swiss defender Manuel Akanji who was a summer recruit from Dortmund is also handed a starting berth against his old side.

Red Bull Salzburg line-up set to face two-time UCL winners Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

New Blues boss Graham Potter has fielded Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in his Starting XI, Kepa Arrizabalaga steps in goal in place of the injured Edouard Mendy while Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling are also in the line-up.

JUST IN: Premier League Confirm Postponement of Arsenal vs Manchester City Clash

The Premier League have announced that the top-flight fixture between North London outfit Arsenal and reigning champions Manchester City scheduled for mid-October at the Emirates Stadium has been postponed.

The Premier League released the following statement regarding the Cityzens game away at Arsenal: “The Premier League has agreed with UEFA to postpone Arsenal’s Premier League match with Manchester City, originally due to be played on 19 October, to allow for Arsenal’s re-arranged UEFA Europa League match with PSV Eindhoven.

“Arsenal vs PSV Eindhoven, originally scheduled to be played on Thursday 15th September, will now be played on Thursday 20th October, 18:00.

“A new date for the Arsenal vs Manchester City fixture will be announced in due course.”

Gavi Signs New Contract Extension at FC Barcelona with €1 Billion Release Clause

Spain starlet Gavi has signed a new four-year contract extension with Catalan giants FC Barcelona.

The talented teenager has put pen to paper on a contract with the La Liga outfit which will see him remain at the Spotify Camp Nou until the summer of 2026 and a release clause of one billion Euros.

Speculation had surrounded Gavi’s future at the club, due to his current contract at Barca set to expire at the end of the 2022/2023 season. Had the player opted to run down his deal and move clubs next summer, he would have not only become the club’s third most valuable departure ever but undoubtedly the most significant free transfer since Lionel Messi left in the summer of 2021 to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Premier League Announce Resumption of Top-Flight Matches this Weekend

The Premier League have confirmed that top-flight matches in England’s elite division will be resuming this weekend, after Matchday VI fixtures were postponed.

Organizers announced that Premier League fixtures will resume this weekend after a pause to the season, as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Seven of the 10 Premier League fixtures this weekend will be played, with three matches postponed due to events surrounding The Queen’s funeral.

In addition, kick-off times will change for two Premier League matches.

Matches postponed on Sunday 18th September are Chelsea’s matches against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, and Manchester United’s home match vs Leeds United.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s fixture against Crystal Palace, that was due to be played at 15:00 BST on Saturday 17 September, will also remain postponed.

This weekend’s match schedule is:

Friday 16th September:
20:00 Aston Villa v Southampton (Sky Sports)
20:00 Nott’ham Forest v Fulham

Saturday 17th September:
12:30 Wolves v Man City (BT Sport)
15:00 Newcastle v AFC Bournemouth
17:30 Spurs v Leicester City (Sky Sports)
Postponed Brighton v Crystal Palace

Sunday 18th September:
12:00 Brentford v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
14:15 Everton v West Ham (Sky Sports)
Postponed Chelsea v Liverpool
Postponed Man Utd v Leeds

(All times BST)

Following extensive consultation with clubs, police, local Safety Advisory Groups and other relevant authorities, there was no other option but to postpone the three fixtures.

The Premier League would like to thank the UK Football Policing Unit and other police forces across the country, as well as our broadcast partners, for their support during this process, and will continue to liaise with them ahead of the weekend.

For the matches being played during the period of National Mourning, tributes will be paid to The Queen at Premier League stadiums.

New dates for the postponed matches will be announced in due course.