Daily Digest: Gareth Southgate says England's performance deserved a victory in Croatia

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Gareth Southgate was frustrated by the result but not his side’s performance as England ignored the eerie backdrop to draw with Croatia in the Nations League.

Three months after meeting in the World Cup semi-finals, the sides lined up at the virtually-empty Stadion HNK Rijeka as the hosts completed a UEFA stadium ban for having a swastika on the pitch during a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.

Eric Dier and Harry Kane hit the woodwork either side of half-time in Rijeka, where Ross Barkley saw a penalty appeal rejected and Marcus Rashford wasted two great chances as the match ended 0-0.

Check out our report card from the match.

FOOTBALL

Germany coach Joachim Low brushed off sharp criticism from his former captain Michael Ballack in the wake of the country’s dismal World Cup performance.

Low is under pressure to win tonight’s Nations League match away to the Netherlands in Amsterdam, and then beat the world champions France in Paris next Tuesday.

In other news, Jurgen Klopp admits he has no idea when he will win silverware but does not want to be remembered as the “fun” Liverpool manager who failed to secure a trophy.

The German celebrated his three-year anniversary at Anfield on Monday but despite taking the club to three finals he has yet to win one.

CRICKET

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has backed Yasir Shah to be more lethal with the ball after enduring a difficult Test in the drawn match against Australia.

The 32-year-old went wicketless in the first four days of the first Test but came alive on the final day, taking four scalps including centurion Usman Khawaja but Australia held on for a thrilling draw in Dubai on Thursday.

In other news, Brian Lara feels the West Indies are “missing” a key ingredient to become a stronger and more competitive nation in all formats of cricket, particularly Tests, but he insists it is down to the players and support of staff to find out exactly what that is.

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Shardul Thakur made his Test debut. Image: BCCI/Twitter.

Shardul Thakur made his Test debut. Image: BCCI/Twitter.

West Indies won the toss and decided to bat first in the second Test against India which began in Hyderabad on Friday.

India handed pacer Shardul Thakur his Test debut but it turned into a nightmare for the Mumbai quick as he injured his groin in his second over.

Earlier, captain Virat Kohli had asked comparison between Prithvi Shaw and Sachin Tendulkar to stop. Read more on that here.

FOOTBALL

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Gareth Southgate is prepared for the quirks of playing at an empty stadium against World Cup semi-final foes Croatia.

Three months after meeting at a packed Luzhniki, the teams face off at the empty Stadion HNK Rijeka as the hosts complete a UEFA ground ban for having a swastika on the pitch during a Euro 2016 qualifier.

For more, click here.

CRICKET

Centurion: Usman Khawaja

Centurion: Usman Khawaja

Australia batsman Usman Khawaja revealed he went into the final day with the same batting approach as his century helped Australia salvage a thrilling draw in the first Test against Pakistan.

“I was batting like any other innings,” he said. “I wasn’t worried whether it was the fourth innings or saving the match.”

More quotes here.

RUGBY

Leinster Rugby v Racing 92 - European Rugby Champions Cup Final

The Champions Cup kicks off on Friday in what is always a keenly anticipated weekend in the European club rugby calendar.

To knew more about the five players worth keeping an eye on, click here.

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Cricket: India v West Indies 2nd Test live on OSN Sports Cricket HD

Football: Croatia v England 10:45 pm beIN Sports 2HD

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Daily Digest: Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool analysis as trio are locked in Premier League title race

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The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you a wrap of our top stories on Wednesday.

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It couldn’t be tighter at the top of the Premier League.

Champions Manchester City, Maurizio Sarri’s revitalised Chelsea and big-spending Liverpool all sit on 20 points from eight games played.

Matt Monaghan weighs up each of the top three.

FOOTBALL

In the frame to play: Gareth Bale.

Gareth Bale is set to win his fitness battle and play in Wales’ Nations League tie against the Republic of Ireland next Tuesday in Dublin.

Bale remains doubtful for the Cardiff friendly with Spain on Thursday after coming off in the closing stages of Real Madrid‘s La Liga defeat at Alaves last weekend.

CRICKET

Asif burst into life in the second session of the day's play.

Star turn: Asif.

Pakistan are in full control of the first Test against Australia in Dubai. Ahead of day four, catch up on all of Tuesday’s coverage as it was a day to remember for debutant Bilal Asif.

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