Daily Digest: England record memorable victory over Spain in Nations League

Sport360 staff 16/10/2018
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The Sport360 team are here bringing you our top stories on Tuesday.

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Gareth Southgate lauded England’s players after their display of quality and courage stunned Spain in a Nations League victory that will live long in the memory.

Raheem Sterling ended his 1,102-day wait for an international goal in style in Seville, where he opened the scoring before netting again once Marcus Rashford had fired home.

It was a breathtaking first half that brought back memories of the 5-1 shellacking of Germany in 2001, but Spain rallied and piled on the pressure after the break as substitute Paco Alcacer pulled one back.

Sergio Ramos grabbed another in stoppage time, but England had done enough to secure a 3-2 victory that underlines the progress being made by the World Cup semi-finalists.

Read our things learned and player focus from the match.

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Sergio Ramos hopes the people of Spain can believe in the international team following their 3-2 defeat to England in Seville on Monday.

It was La Furia Roja’s first home defeat to England in 31 years, ending Luis Enrique’s unbeaten start to life as manager following his appointment in July.

Elsewhere, Brazil forward Neymar said he hopes Lionel Messi will return to play for Argentina one day as it is a “pity” he is not involved with the international squad at present.

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has denied reports of a rift with coach Mickey Arthur after the latter revealed the skipper had gone against his advice and decided not to bowl Mohammad Abbas first-up on the fifth and final day of the Dubai Test.

In other news, Australian skipper Tim Paine vowed his team would do its utmost win the second Test against Pakistan starting in Abu Dhabi today for a first series win in Asia since 2011. Action gets underway in Abu Dhabi from 10am.

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Paul Pogba hasn’t learned from his triumphant World Cup campaign and Manchester United are suffering because of it, says our man Aditya Devavrat.

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The Sport360 team are here bringing you our top stories on Monday.

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TOP STORY

Gareth Southgate feels the Premier League started too early this season on the back of the World Cup in Russia – with England’s run to the semi-finals catching out those in charge.

Questions have been asked as to whether a number of players who went deep into the tournament are now struggling with tiredness having not been afforded a proper rest.

The English top-flight returned on August 10, a week before La Liga and with Serie A starting eight days later and the Bundesliga a full fortnight on.

FOOTBALL

Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos believes Harry Kane has all the necessary skills to be a star in La Liga.

In other news, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola believes football is witnessing an era of “two phenomena” with the class of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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It was an all-action day in the second Test between India and the West Indies at Hyderabad yesterday as the hosts completed a 10-wicket victory inside three days.

Resuming from their overnight first-innings score of 308-4, India were quickly bowled out for 367. Armed with a 56-run lead, India’s bowlers shone on a dry pitch to bundle out the visitors for just 127 runs in their second innings before completing a comprehensive win.

With Virat Kohli‘s men having completed a 2-0 sweep to clinch the two-match series, read our talking points from an eventful day three in which 16 wickets fell.

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Under-pressure Joachim Low is running out of time to save his job as Germany boss, says our man Aditya Devavrat

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The Sport360 team are here bringing you our top stories on Sunday.

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TOP STORY

Joachim Low is facing the biggest crisis of his 12-year tenure as Germany’s head coach after their embarrassing 3-0 defeat away to the Netherlands.

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk gave the Dutch a first-half lead before late goals by Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum capped a golden night for the Oranje at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena.

These are dark days for the Germans in the wake of their dismal World Cup display when they crashed out after finishing bottom of their group.

They are now bottom of Nations League Group One and Low must avoid defeat against world champions France in Paris on Tuesday, knowing his future will be debated at home.

FOOTBALL

Former Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos has told fans to be patient and trust the hierarchy after defending the club’s decision not to sign a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. Read our interview with the Brazilian here.

In other news, Manchester City have firmly denied claims they made a failed bid to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

The Argentine has been linked with City several times since former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola was appointed manager in 2016.

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India found themselves within just three runs of West Indies‘ first innings total when day two of the second Test between the two sides drew to a close.

Continuing from their overnight score of 295-7, the visitors were bundled out for 311 in Hyderabad. In reply, India reached 308-4 on the board when stumps were drawn on Saturday.

Read our key talking points from another eventful day which saw India inch ahead.

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The Aussies dug in for a famous survival act in Dubai but only the second Test will show where the team is really at, says our man Alex Broun.

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