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Premier League clubs will not release players for international games in red-list countries

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The Premier League says its clubs have “reluctantly but unanimously” decided not to release players for matches in red-list countries during September’s international break.

Under current UK government rules, players would be forced to miss several games because of the 10-day isolation period required on return to the UK.

The Premier League said “extensive talks” had taken place with the Football Association and government “to find a solution” but that “no exemption had been granted”.

It added that it “strongly supported” the move made by top-flight sides, which “will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries”.


Copa America Moved To Brazil

Copa America 2021

The 2021 Copa America will be hosted by Brazil, after Argentina was stripped of the tournament just two weeks before it starts.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said Argentina was removed as host because of the “present circumstances”. Argentina is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases.

“Conmebol thanks the president @jairbolsonaro and his team, as well as the Brazilian Football Confederation for opening the doors of that country to what is today the safest sporting event in the world. South America will shine in Brazil with all its stars!” Conmebol said on Twitter.


Could Chile Dent Arsenal Title Hopes By Playing Injured Sanchez

alexis-sanchez-trophiesArsene Wenger has warned Chile against making a ‘suicidal decision’ with the fitness of Alexis Sanchez.

The Arsenal forward was left out of the squad for Chile’s World Cup qualifier against Colombia after suffering a hamstring injury in training. However, the 27-year-old said on Wednesday that he hoped to be able to play next week against Uruguay.

Arsenal manager Wenger warned against that possibility, and admitted he wanted his own staff to assess Sanchez before he played again.

‘I got a text last night [to say] that he has a hamstring injury” Wenger told BeIn Sport.

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Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez Named Best Player At Copa America Centenario

alexis-sanchez-trophiesGood news for Arsenal fans as Alexis Sanchez has been named the best player at the Copa America Centenario that Chile won, beating Argentina on penalties on Sunday.

Sanchez looked back to his brilliant best during the competition, scoring twice in a must-win game against Panama that sent Chile through to the knockout stages, then had one goal and two assists in a 7-0 thrashing of Mexico in the quarterfinals. He finished the tournament with three goals and four assists in six matches

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World Cup Day 2: End Of An Era In Spain

SpainvHollandThe second day of the World Cup brought us our first surprise as holders Spain were taken apart 5-1 by Holland in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final. In the day’s other games Mexico beat Cameroon 1-0 while Chile got by Australia 3-1.

But the story was in Salvador where the new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal side took apart the defending European champions with a brilliant second half display.

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Spain Comes From Behind To Beat Chile

Second-half substitute Cesc Fabregas scored twice as reigning European and FIFA World Cup™ champions Spain fought back from a two-goal deficit to beat Chile 3-2 in an international friendly.

Vicente Del Bosque’s side were punished for a slow start as Chile raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Mauricio Isla and Eduardo Vargas, but the introduction of Andres Iniesta at half-time reinvigorated the Spanish midfield.

Within nine minutes the Barcelona man had pulled a goal back and it was his pass that allowed fellow substitute Fabregas to level the scores with 20 minutes remaining. Fabregas then scored the winner in stoppage time, converting the rebound after his penalty had been saved by Claudio Bravo.


Chile Beats Mexico In Copa America

Chile came from a goal down to beat an under-strength Mexico 2-1 at the Copa America on Monday, while World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay also had to fight back to earn a 1-1 draw with Peru.

Uruguay’s draw means all three seeded sides at the tournament have failed to win their opening matches. Argentina drew 1-1 wit Bolivia, while Brazil’s opener against Venezuela ended 0-0.

For all the fanfare and hype leading into the Copa America the tournament has been a major disappointment so far as four of the six matches ending in draws. Colombia and Chile are the only sides to have won, both by a single goal.


USA Ties Chile 1-1

A very young and inexperienced U.S. side showed a lot of heart in coming back to draw 1-1 with Chile. Esteban Paredes scored the opening goal of the match for Chile early in the second half while Teal Bunbury equalized from the spot late in the match.

As expected Bob Bradley continued to look for new faces for the national team as seven MLS-based Americans; Eric Alexander, Sean Franklin, Jeff Larentowicz, Zach Loyd, Sean Johnson, Chris Wondolowski and Anthony Wallace, all earned their first senior-team caps. That makes 12 debutants that Bradley has used in the US’ last two games.