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Belgium edged England in the battle of heavyweights to close out the group stage, winning 1-0 on Adnan Januzaj’s stunning goal to top Group G.
Both teams rested some of their top players as the sides entered the match-up with a berth in the Round of 16 already confirmed. They also came into the the game tied atop the group with six points apiece, while having an identical goal difference and the same number of goals scored.
Januzaj broke the deadlock in the second half with a superb finish to ensure Belgium will meet Japan on Monday, while England will take on Colombia on Tuesday.
Japan, meanwhile, pipped Senegal for the final qualification spot in their group despite falling to Poland 1-0, thanks to winning the fair play tiebreaker. Check out talking points from Japan’s clash, including Akira Nishino’s gamble to field a much-altered starting XI nearly backfiring.
In the MLS, Wayne Rooney revealed he’s not moving to America as a way to coast on the back end of his career. “Moving to America and MLS fulfills another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100 per cent – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for,” Rooney said.
Steve Smith returned to the field for his first competitive game since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa and smashed 61 for the Toronto Nationals in a Global T20 Canada competition against the Vancouver Knights. Smith hit eight fours and one six during a 41-ball innings before being stumped.
Elsewhere, Paul Farbrace said Joe Root will remain in England’s side for the Twenty20 internationals against India despite all-rounder Ben Stokes returning to the team.
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We’re halfway through the tournament in Russia and there’s plenty of action yet to come. Football fans are spoilt for choice when it comes for venues to watch the action.
The Media One hotel have gone all out and transformed garden on 8 into an awesome football fan zone, complete with an air-conditioned tent so that you can cheer on your favourite. All the matches are being shown live on a giant screen in an air-conditioned tent.
Special fan zone food boxes which the culinary team has created for the World Cup, full of favourites like Weiner Schnitzel Strips, tangy BBQ chicken wings, crispy onion rings. Drinks packages including tower of hops as well as buckets of beer deals
World Cup competitions and prizes are on offer throughout the tournament too.
What: World Cup fan zone
Where: Garden on 8, Media One Hotel
When: Until 15th June
Contact: [email protected].
Wayne Rooney’s move to Major League Soccer appeared to be edging closer as the former England striker posted a picture of himself apparently bound for the United States.
The 32-year-old is poised to complete a move from Everton to DC United having held talks with the American side this summer.
Rooney tweeted a photo of himself in an aeroplane seat giving a thumbs-up, beneath emojis of an aeroplane and the Stars and Stripes.
Press Association Sport understands a deal between the clubs is close to being completed.
The move would bring to an end Rooney’s second spell at boyhood club Everton just a year after he left Manchester United to return to Goodison Park.
DC United have a long-standing interest in Rooney and are keen to make him their flagship new signing as they prepare to move into their new Audi Field home next month.
Rooney would have to wait until after the MLS transfer window opens on July 10 to be able to represent the club but that would not prevent the move being agreed.
Newly-appointed Everton manager Marco Silva said at his unveiling earlier this month that he would not stand in Rooney’s way if he wanted to move.
Silva said: “Before I arrived it was something that had already started. We will talk with him but it is Wayne’s decision.”
Rooney enjoyed 13 highly successful seasons at United between his two Everton spells, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League among a glut of other trophies.
He also became United’s and England’s record goalscorer during his time at Old Trafford.