Saudi Arabia players to Receive Rolls Royce Phantom as Reward for Argentina Victory

Success they say has many fathers. The saying could not be any truer as each member of the Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia will be receiving a Rolls Royce Phantom, as a reward for defeating the Albiceleste of Argentina in their Group C encounter at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia led by its monarch King Salman, had declared a public holiday for the citizens after the Green Falcons earned a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Argies. Lionel Messi had put the two-time world champions in front via a penalty before second half strikes from Salem Al Dawsari and Al Shehri secured the three points for Herve Renard’s side.

Saudi Arabia are known to open their hearts and purse strings to their World Cup goal-scorers. In their World Cup debut in 1994, they were 500-1 outsiders but they raised the bar at the big stage.

Against Belgium, striker Saeed Al-Owairan scored a goal that for long was considered the country’s best-ever goal after a sublime 70-yard run. Al-Owairan would later get a Rolls-Royce as a gift upon his return home.

Surely, at the home of Al Dawsari and Al Shehri, they would be upgrading their garages alongside their teammates as they welcome their latest additions to their car fleet.

BREAKING: Manchester United TERMINATES Contract of Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United have confirmed that Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the club with immediate effect, having parted ways with the Old Trafford outfit, both parties confirmed in a shocking announcement on Tuesday evening.

Ronaldo’s early departure was announced following the huge controversy that arose following the Portuguese star’s interview with Piers Morgan, in which he made a number of explosive claims against United and criticised manager Erik ten Hag.

England 6-2 Iran: Three Lions begin World Cup Campaign with Statement Victory, Saka bags Brace

England began their FIFA World Cup campaign with a resounding 6-2 demolition of Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium on Monday.

Gareth Southgate’s men were quick off the blocks and goals from Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling saw England take a three-goal advantage into the interval.

Upon resumption of the second half, the impressive Saka added a fourth for the Three Lions and his second of the day, while substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish both fired home as the 1966 champions bagged all three points.

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FULL-TIME AT THE KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM: England 6-2 Iran

GOOOAAAALLLL!!! England 6-2 Iran (M. Taremi)

90+10′ MIN: Referee Raphael Claus makes the VAR signal and is going to check whether it’s a penalty for Iran. The Iran players are happy as the referee awards a PENALTY after the VAR review!

PENALTY!!! To Iran

90′ MIN: Callum Wilson feeds Jack Grealish inside the box, who is unmarked and buries the ball in the bottom right corner.

GOOOAAALLL!!! England 6-1 Iran (J. Grealish)

71′ MIN: Marcus Rashford makes a great solo run and pulls the trigger from inside the box, beating Hossein Hosseini with a strike into the bottom left corner.

GOOOAAALLL!!! England 5-1 Iran (M. Rashford)

65′ MIN: Mehdi Taremi picks up the ball after finding some space inside the box, then fires it in off the crossbar.

GOOOAAALLL!!! England 4-1 Iran (M. Taremi)

62′ MIN: Bukayo Saka brilliantly slaloms his way forward past a few defenders and unleashes a shot from the edge of the box, which is deflected and goes into the back of the net.

GOOOAAALLL!!! England 4-0 Iran (B. Saka)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM: England 3-0 Iran

HALF-TIME AT THE KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM: England 3-0 Iran

45+1′ MIN: Harry Kane plays it into the box, and Raheem Sterling gets on the end of the cross to put it inside the right post.

GOOOAAALLL!!! England 3-0 Iran (R. Sterling)

43′ MIN: What a hit! Bukayo Saka makes a run to receive the ball and produces a powerful shot from mid-range which deflects in off the inside of the right post, beating the surprised goalkeeper.

35′ MIN: Jude Bellingham runs onto a clever lofted pass from Luke Shaw and easily beats the keeper with a header into the top right corner from close range.

GOOOAAALLL!!! England 2-0 Iran (B. Saka)

GOOOAAALLL!!! England 1-0 Iran (J. Bellingham)

KICK-OFF AT THE KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM: England 0-0 Iran

Iran’s starting line-up set to take on the Three Lions of England.

The Three Lions have in their XI skipper Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka in attack. Mason Mount and Jude Bellingham are in midfield while Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier will be in defence.

Qatar 0-2 Ecuador: Enner Valencia first-half brace Condemns the Hosts to Opening-Day Defeat

South American nation Ecuador began the 22nd edition of the FIFA Men’s World Cup on a brilliant note, as they defeated hosts Qatar 2-0 in the opening match of the competition which took place at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday.

Fenerbahce striker Enner Valencia thought he had put Ecuador ahead in the third minute, but his effort was ruled out for offside. Valencia then won a penalty in the 15th minute after he was fouled in the area by the Qatari shot-stopper Saad Al Sheeb, before dusting himself up and converting from twelve yards to score the opening goal of the tournament and also become Ecuador’s all-time record scorer in the FIFA World Cup.

He soon made it two goals in fifteen first half minutes, turning in a brilliant header into the back of the net, as the South Americans began their campaign with three valuable points. The loss sees Qatar become the first host country in World Cup history to lose their opening match at the Mundial.

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FULL-TIME AT THE AL BAYT STADIUM: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AL BAYT STADIUM: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador

HALF-TIME AT THE AL BAYT STADIUM: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador

31′ MIN: Enner Valencia powers a header into the bottom left corner to double Ecuador’s advantage.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Qatar 0-2 Ecuador (E. Valencia)

16′ MIN: Enner Valencia converts from twelve yards to put Ecuador ahead and also score the opening goal at Qatar 2022 World Cup. He is his country’s record scorer at the FIFA World Cup with four goals.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Qatar 0-1 Ecuador (E. Valencia)

15′ MIN: Enner Valencia is fouled by Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb, and the center referee Daniel Orsato blows for a penalty.

PENALTY!!! To Ecuador

KICK-OFF AT THE AL BAYT STADIUM: Qatar 0-0 Ecuador

The line-up for Ecuador, as they take on their Qatari opposition. Included in the XI are Brighton and Hove Albion’s duo of Pervis Estupinan and Moises Caicedo, while former West Ham United hitman and current Fenerbahce striker Enner Valencia will captain the side.

The Starting XI for Qatar, as the hosts get set to feature in their first-ever FIFA World Cup.

The official mascot for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar called “Al Laeeb”.

Veteran Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman was a surprise entry in the Opening Ceremony at the Al Bayt Stadium, as he also helped to open the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Former France and Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly (a former World Cup winner with Les Blues in 1998), holds aloft the trophy inside the Al Bayt Stadium.

The atmosphere is building up! A section of some Qatari fans at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Ecuadorians already in the Al Bayt Stadium to cheer their team, ahead of their clash against the hosts.

JUST IN: Manchester United to Sue Cristiano Ronaldo over Comments made in Explosive Interview

Premier League giants Manchester United are reportedly set to terminate the contract of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, following comments he made in an interview conducted by Piers Morgan.

The 37 year-old who is currently in Qatar with Portugal ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, have irked the wrath of the Old Trafford hierarchy with comments made during the interview with Morgan. Manchester United have been left aghast by the interview but have said little in public on the matter.

However, in a statement on Friday which hinted Ronaldo could face fresh disciplinary action, the club said: “Manchester United has this morning initiated appropriate steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview. We will not be making further comment until this process reaches its conclusion.”

Multiple reports have it that the Red Devils are considering legal action, which could ultimately bring about the termination of Ronaldo’s contract with the club.

Portugal 4-0 Nigeria: Fernandes nets brace, Ramos and Mario also on target as Selecao THRASH Super Eagles

The Selecao of Portugal rounded off their preparations for the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar by thrashing the Super Eagles of Nigeria 4-0 in a tune-up game which took place at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon on Thursday night.

A first half brace from Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, coupled with second half strikes by Goncalo Ramos and Joao Mario earned the Selecao a statement victory against the West Africans.

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FULL-TIME AT THE ESTADIO JOSE ALVALADE: Portugal 4-0 Nigeria

84′ MIN: Joao Mario piles more misery on the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Portugal 4-0 Nigeria (J. Mario)

82′ MIN: Goncalo Ramos makes it three for the hosts.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Portugal 3-0 Nigeria (G. Ramos)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE ESTADIO JOSE ALVALADE: Portugal 2-0 Nigeria

HALF-TIME AT THE ESTADIO JOSE ALVALADE: Portugal 2-0 Nigeria

35′ MIN: Bruno Fernandes converts from the spot to double the Selecao’s advantage.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Portugal 2-0 Nigeria (B. Fernandes)

PENALTY!!! To Portugal

8′ MIN: Bruno Fernandes gives the hosts the lead, off an assist from Diogo Dalot.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Portugal 1-0 Nigeria (B. Fernandes)

KICK-OFF AT THE JOSE ALVALADE STADIUM: Portugal 0-0 Nigeria

The trio of Terem Moffi, Moses Simon and Ademola Lookman will lead the Super Eagles attack lines, while Alex Iwobi and Wilfred Ndidi will orchestrate affairs in midfield.

Fernando Santos’ side boast of exciting players such as Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Joao Felix in attack. Bruno Fernandes is in midfield while Ruben Dias and Diogo Dalot make up the defence network.

JUST IN: Christopher Nkunku OUT of France Squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar due to Injury

France and RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku will miss the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar, after being ruled OUT of the competition due to injury.

The 25 year-old limped out of Les Bleus’ session at their Clairefontaine base after being on the end of a late challenge by Eduardo Camavinga. Training footage obtained by French outlet RMC Sport appears to show the Real Madrid midfielder inadvertently catching Nkunku late in a 50-50 tackle.

Nkunku appeared to be caught on the ankle by the tackle, and he immediately showed his discomfort – sitting on the ground and shaking his hand at the pain.

He was initially said to be confident that he would still be able to make the trip to Qatar but following medical tests, France have confirmed that Nkunku will miss the tournament.

In a short statement, they wrote: “Injured in training, Christopher Nkunku must give up participating in the World Cup. The whole group shares Christopher’s sadness and wishes him a speedy recovery.”

The French squad are set to fly out to the Middle Eastern nation on Wednesday.

France get their World Cup campaign underway with a fixture against Australia next Tuesday in Al Wakrah. A match against Denmark will follow later on that week, before rounding off their Group D campaign with a clash against Tunisia on November 30.

French outlet RMC Sport has claimed that Eintracht Frankfurt striker Randal Kolo Muani is set to be called up by Deschamps as a late replacement for the injured Nkunku.

Tottenham Hotspurs 1-2 Liverpool: Salah’s brace halt Reds two-game PL losing run, Kane nets for the Hosts

Liverpool brought to a stop their two-game losing run in the Premier League, as they edged North London outfit Tottenham Hotspurs 2-1 in Sunday’s epic fixture.

Two first half goals from Egyptian star Mo Salah was more than enough to give the Reds the three points, though Harry Kane netted what proved to be a consolation as Antonio Conte’s men threatened a comeback.

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FULL-TIME AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM: Tottenham Hotspurs 1-2 Liverpool

70′ MIN: Dejan Kulusevski sets up Harry Kane for a powerful finish across Alisson into the bottom-left corner. Spurs have 20 minutes to find an equaliser!

GOOOAAALLL!!! Tottenham Hotspurs 1-2 Liverpool (H. Kane)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM: Tottenham Hotspurs 0-2 Liverpool

HALF-TIME AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM: Tottenham Hotspurs 0-2 Liverpool

40′ MIN: Eric Dier gets his clearance all wrong and presents Mo Salah with an easy opportunity to score his second.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Tottenham Hotspurs 0-2 Liverpool (M. Salah)

12′ MIN: Darwin Nunez sets the ball to Mo Salah inside the area, who takes a touch and fires past Hugo Lloris!

GOOOAAALLL!!! Tottenham Hotspurs 0-1 Liverpool (M. Salah)

KICK-OFF AT THE TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM: Tottenham Hotspurs 0-0 Liverpool

The Reds have in their attack lines the trio of Darwin Nunez, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, while Harvey Elliott and Thiago Alcantara are in the XI.

Antonio Conte will be counting on the experience of Ivan Perisic as he hopes for a positive result against the Reds. Harry Kane leads the frontline for Spurs.

Aston Villa 3-1 Manchester United: Bailey, Digne & Ramsey give Emery winning start to life at Villa, Red Devils get Consolation through Ramsey Own Goal

Manchester United saw their push for the Top Four suffer a setback, as they were humbled 3-1 by Aston Villa at Villa Park.

The hosts were quick off the blocks as two goals from Leon Bailey and Lucas Digne in the opening eleven minutes saw Aston Villa put their noses in front.

Luke Shaw’s effort was deflected in by Jacob Ramsey as the Red Devils pulled one back, but Ramsey atoned for his earlier own goal with a fine effort in the 49th minute as new gaffer Unai Emery won his first match in what was his debut at Villa Park.

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FULL-TIME AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 3-1 Manchester United

49′ MIN: Villa come flying out the blocks, Ollie Watkins pulling the ball back for Jacob Ramey, who guides it into the top corner.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Aston Villa 3-1 Manchester United (J. Ramsey)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 2-1 Manchester United

HALF-TIME AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 2-1 Manchester United

45′ MIN: A huge deflection off Jacob Ramsey means Luke Shaw gives Man United a lifeline going into the break.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Aston Villa 2-1 Manchester United (J. Ramsey – own goal)

11′ MIN: Wow! Lucas Digne whips a glorious free-kick from 25 yards over the wall and into the near corner.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Aston Villa 2-0 Manchester United (L. Digne)

7′ MIN: What a start to life under Unai Emery! Jacob Ramsey plays in Leon Bailey, who bursts past the Man Utd defence and slots the ball past David De Gea.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester United (L. Bailey)

KICK-OFF AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester United

Argentine youngster Alejandro Garnacho makes his first Premier League start for the Red Devils, Donny van de Beek keeps his place in the starting line-up, Marcus Rashford replaces the suspended Bruno Fernandes while Cristiano Ronaldo shall captain the side at Villa Park.

Unai Emery has unveiled his first-ever starting line-up since his appointment as boss of the Villans. Ollie Watkins, Leon Bailey and Emiliano Buendia are in the XI for the home side.

Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal: Gabriel sends the Gunners top of the Premier League Standings

Arsenal returned to the summit of the Premier League table, after edging West London side Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners dominated all through but could not find the breakthrough as the first half finished goalless. The second half saw Mikel Arteta’s side come through, as defender Gabriel turned home a Bukayo Saka corner-kick from close range which saw Arsenal overtake reigning champions Manchester City to go back to the top of the table.

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FULL-TIME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal

63′ MIN: Bukayo Saka’s corner somehow evades all Chelsea bodies and is poked into the roof of the net by Gabriel.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal (Gabriel)

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

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

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

The Gunners have in their XI the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard.

Edouard Mendy is in goal in place of the injured Kepa Arrizabalaga, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is in the line-up as he welcomes his old side to Stamford Bridge while Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling all start as well.