Italy secures spot in next year’s Euros

Jorginho has scored all three penalties he has taken for Italy

Italy secured their place at next year’s Euro 2020 finals by beating Greece 2-0 in Rome.

After a goalless first half, Chelsea midfielder Jorginho opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Andreas Bouchalakis’ handball.

Substitute Federico Bernardeschi added a late second with a dipping effort from distance.

The win means Italy top Group J with 21 points, an unassailable 11 points clear of third-placed Armenia.

Greece needed to win to keep their own qualification hopes alive but they rarely threatened.

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is ready to leave the Premier League side in the summer with a transfer “in the process,” the French midfielder’s agent, Mino Raiola, told the Times newspaper.

“Everyone within the club from the manager to the owner knows Paul’s wishes,” Raiola told the Times.

“Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We’re in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are.”

British media has linked the 26-year-old World Cup winner with a move to Real Madrid, where he would link up with coach Zinedine Zidane, or a return to former club Juventus.

Pogba had suggested last month in Tokyo that now “could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else.”

He is currently in New York this week on a promotional tour, with United’s squad set to fly out to Australia shortly for a series of preseason games that begin next week. Sources had previously told ESPN FC that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has Pogba in his plans for the preseason tour.

Raiola did not confirm if Pogba would make the trip.

“I can’t tell you anything. I live day by day,” Raiola added.

United kick off their new league campaign against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Aug. 11.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

Manchester United Women 2-0 Liverpool Women: Liverpool report ‘Hillsborough chants’ to FA

Manchester United Women and Liverpool Women walk out at Leigh Sports Village
Manchester United Women and Liverpool Women met for the first time in the Women’s Super League, with United winning 2-0

Liverpool have reported chants made during Saturday’s Women’s Super League defeat away at Manchester United to the Football Association.

It is understood some United fans sang “always the victim, never your fault” and other anti-Liverpool songs.

Liverpool believe the chants, which have previously been heard in games between the clubs’ male sides, are related to the Hillsborough disaster.

The match at Leigh Sports Village was watched by a crowd of over 2,800.

It is understood the concerns were red-flagged in the standard match report submitted by the Liverpool general manager to the FA, who will be seeking observations from the clubs.

Ninety-six people died as a result of a crush on 15 April 1989 at an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium. It is widely considered the biggest disaster in British sporting history.

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October 2019