Griezmann misses second penalty in France win over Andorra

Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann has missed his last two penalties for France after scoring his first seven

Antoine Griezmann missed his second penalty in four days but France still beat Andorra in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Kingsley Coman rounded goalkeeper Josep Gomes to give Les Bleus the lead, but Gomes then denied Griezmann from the spot.

Griezmann crossed for Barcelona team-mate Clement Lenglet to head home his first international goal.

And Wissam Ben Yedder added a late third from a rebound after Gomes saved Nabil Fekir’s effort.

Griezmann hit the crossbar with a spot-kick in the 4-1 win over Albania on Saturday.

Andorra have lost every single one of the 56 European Championship qualifiers they have played in.

France slip to second place in Group H despite their win, with Turkey beating Moldova 4-0 to go top by virtue of their head-to-head record against the world champions.

Newcastle 'agree £9.8m fee for PSG defender'

Newcastle United have reportedly agreed a £9.8m fee with Paris Saint-Germainfor the transfer of defender Stanley N’Soki.

The 20-year-old defender, who came through PSG’s academy, made his senior debut in 2017 and made 12 Ligue 1 appearances under Thomas Tuchel last season.

Newly appointed manager Steve Bruce is keen on adding further reinforcements to his squad after completing the signing of Hoffenheim striker Joelinton for £40m.

According to RMC, Newcastle and PSG have settled on a fee for N’Soki, but are still some way off agreeing personal terms with the player.

Negotiations are expected to continue in the coming hours, with PSG determined to secure a 20% sell-on clause.

Bruce has reportedly targeted another defender in Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose, but the Englishman’s wage demands are too high.

Barcelona legend, Xavier Hernández has been appointed as the new manager of Qatari side Al Sadd.

The 39-year-old who made 86 appearances as a player for the Qatar Stars League club since 2015, announced his retirement from football earlier this month.

The legendary footballer has now penned a two-year deal to take over as manager, and the deal will see him become the boss of his former La Liga rival Gabi, who moved to the Middle East from Atletico Madrid last summer.

Al Sadd confirmed Xavi will take charge of the pre-season training camp in Girona from July 14-29.

Xavi, who is still Barcelona’s all-time record appearance-holder across all competitions with 769 is also one of the world’s best midfielders. He won eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns at the Spanish giants before leaving for the Middle East in 2015.

At the international level, Xavi was also key to Spain’s World Cup triumph in 2010 and won the European Championships in both 2008 and 2012.

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September 2019