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Arsenal and Inter Milan Cancel USA Tour

Arsenal, Inter Milan and Everton to play in Florida Cup

Arsenal and Inter Milan have canceled their pre-season tour to the USA due to a number of positive COVID-19 cases at the club.

According to The Athletic a small number of the travelling party have tested positive for the virus, disrupting the club’s preparations for the new season.

Mikel Arteta’s side was due to fly out to America this week for the pre-season Florida Cup where they were scheduled to play two games during their stay in America, competing alongside Inter Milan, Everton and Millonarios.

Arsenal was scheduled to take on Inter on Sunday, July 25 and then meet the winner of Everton or Millonarios on July 28.

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USA Routs Martinique In Gold Cup

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The US men’s national team is officially through to the Concacaf Gold Cup knockout phases after tagging a hexagonal (RIP) on Martinique Thursday night at Children’s Mercy Park in KC.

That’s a bare-minimum box to check for the Yanks at this tournament, of course, and the showpiece occasion of the Group B slate, a meaningful clash with Canada, now awaits on Sunday evening at the same venue. Here’s the breakdown.

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Italy Win Euro 2020

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Italy manager Roberto Mancini said watching three years of hard work come to fruition with Euro 2020 glory on Sunday reduced him to tears at Wembley after his side edged England on penalties.

The Italians went behind early to a Luke Shaw goal but equalized in the second half through Leonardo Bonucci, before winning 3-2 in a shootout after a 1-1 draw following extra time.

It marked Italy’s first European Championship title since 1968 and was the result of Mancini’s intelligent rebuilding of the national team following their humiliating failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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It’s NOT Coming Home

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Gareth Southgate said he is to blame for England’s penalty failure in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final rather than the three players who missed in the shootout.

Italy won 3-2 on spot kicks at the end of a nerve-shredding night at Wembley that finished 1-1 after extra time. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were all unable to convert their penalties as England’s 55-year wait for an international trophy goes on.

Southgate claimed he followed the same process that yielded shootout success against Colombia at the 2018 World Cup and in UEFA’s inaugural Nations League a year later, and he shouldered the burden of England’s seventh tournament exit on penalties, 25 years after missing as a player against Germany in the Euro ’96 semifinal.

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Brazil Loses To Argentina In Copa America Final

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The main storyline of the Copa America final was easy to recognize. Argentina ended their title drought with a 1-0 win over Brazil in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

The only goal scorer was Angel Di Maria, who scored with a lovely chip in the 22nd minute. It was the first major title for superstar Lionel Messi with the Argentine national team.

“It was not an attractive final. After the opening goal, Argentina retreated to make the spaces tighter and preserve the lead until full time,” the Brazilian-born former German International Paolo Rink told DW.

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Mexican Held In Gold Cup Opener

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Mexico dominated the action but couldn’t find a breakthrough goal in their Concacaf Gold Cup Group A opener against Trinidad & Tobago at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday evening, instead splitting the points in a frustrating 0-0 draw with the Soca Warriors.

Mexico logged a flurry of chances from the get-go, but were dealt a scary blow when winger Hirving “Chucky” Lozano was subbed out 10 minutes into the contest after a collision in the box saw him take a knee to the face from Trinidad goalkeeper Marvin Phillip. Lozano was stretchered off the field while his teammates adamantly argued that a penalty kick should have been awarded, but none was given by referee Ricardo Montero.

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Germany Out Of Euros

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Germany returned home on Wednesday following their Euro 2020 last-16 defeat by England, with departing coach Joachim Loew at the center of fierce criticism after another early tournament elimination.

Loew, who had a contract until 2022 but following several bad results decided in March to leave after the Euros, should have gone much earlier, many people believe.

“It is too early to analyze what worked and what didn’t,” Loew told a news conference on Wednesday, back in the squad’s Bavarian base. “Some things worked really well, some not.”

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We See The Future Of Scotland At Wembley

Scotland have vowed they are not ready to let their Euro 2020 campaign finish on Tuesday after giving themselves a platform to make history.

A goalless draw against England saw them bounce back from opening defeat by the Czech Republic and set up a likely winner-takes-all scenario against Croatia at Hampden.

Scotland were well worthy of their point and arguably created the better of the chances at Wembley.

Now they are determined to build on their improved display when they take on the World Cup runners-up in their bid to reach the knockout stages of a major tournament for the first time.

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Belgium Reach Euro 2020 Knockout Stages

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Belgium needed their ‘X factor’ substitutions to save them against Denmark and book their place in the last 16 of Euro 2020 after being “put to the test” for the first time in a while.

They were nowhere near their best against Denmark at Euro 2020 – but Kevin de Bruyne set up one and scored the other, changing the game in a 2-1 win.

The top-ranked side in the world were deservedly behind at the break on an emotional evening as 25,000 fans at Parken Stadium paid tribute to Christian Eriksen, who is recovering from a cardiac arrest.

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Holland Reach Euro 2020 Knockout Stages

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The Netherlands booked their spot in last 16 at Euro 2020 as they saw off Austria in Amsterdam to win Group C with a game to spare.

Frank de Boer’s side, who beat Ukraine in their opening fixture, look to be hitting their stride as they outclassed the visitors in front of 12,000 fans at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Talisman Memphis Depay put the hosts ahead from the spot after David Alaba brought down flying wing-back Denzel Dumfries, who capped a fine performance by adding the second from a swift break in the second half.