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Juventus 1-1 Arsenal – UWCL: Player ratings as Gunners held by Juve

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Arsenal were left frustrated by former boss Joe Montemurro’s Juventus, as they were held to a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Stadium on Thursday evening.

Vivianne Miedema’s header cancelled out Lineth Beerensteyn’s opener as a spirited Juventus maintained their unbeaten start to the group stages. Arsenal remain in the driving seat to qualify for the Champions League quarter finals as group winners despite the dropped points.

With a swathe of injuries to key first team players, the Gunners set up in a new-look 4-2-3-1 formation, with two sitting midfielders and Jordan Nobbs deployed on the right wing.

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Despite the new system, Arsenal dominated for large periods of the first half and were unfortunate to not be ahead at the break, Stina Backstenius coming oh so close to breaking the deadlock on three occasions.

Having enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, the Arsenal forward saw her side’s first clear sighting of goal midway through the first period, but clipped the bar after being superbly picked out by Frida Maanum.

Blackstenius was again sent scurrying through on goal by an excellent Maanum pass, but this time the Arsenal forward was denied by Pauline Peyraud Magnin, who was off her goal line quickly to block with her legs.

A stretching Blackstenius was then a whisker away from giving the Gunners the lead, but couldn’t quite make contact as Caitlin Foord’s wicked delivery flashed across the face of goal.

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Juventus had shown flashes of quality on the counter attack, and had their clearest sighting of goal on the stroke of half time, as Barbara Bonansea crossed for Arianna Caruso, who headed just wide.

Peyraud Magnin was busy again in the second half, palming away a Foord effort at the near post after the Arsenal winger had been picked out by Jordan Nobbs.

The Gunners continued to push for the opener, Lotte Wubben-Moy seeing a header cleared off the line by Lisa Boattin. It proved to be a crucial intervention as, moments later, Juventus took the lead. Beerensteyn latched onto a superb pass from Cristiana Girelli, burst past the Arsenal backline and finished coolly.

Arsenal levelled on the hour mark, Miedema ending her uncharacteristic run of six games without a goal by rising highest to head home Maanum’s corner.

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The forward almost netted a second after creating an opening for herself with some trademark quick feet, but fired narrowly over.

Peyraud Magnin popped up with a crucial stop with her feet in stoppage time to keep out Foord as Juventus dug in to hold on to a point.

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Barbara Bonansea goes toe to toe with Frida Maanum / Giuseppe Cottini/GettyImages

GK: Pauline Peyraud Magnin – 7/10 – Really busy and impressive in the first half; raced from her goal to thwart Blackstenius, blocked a McCabe effort from a set piece and again denied Blackstenius with an excellent stop with her legs. In action again in the second half to deny Foord.

RB: Martina Lenzini – 6/10 – Given the slip once by Foord in the first half, and had a really good battle with the Arsenal winger.

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CB: Martina Rosucci – 8/10 – Made an important, stretching interception to cut out a Blackstenius cross in the second half, and bravely blocked a goal-bound Foord effort with her head. A huge defensive display.

CB: Cecilia Salvai – 7/10 – Blocked a stinging Miedema effort in the first half and helped Juventus frustrate the Arsenal forward line.

LB: Lisa Boattin – 7/10 – Superbly cleared a Wubben-Moy header off the line just moments before her side took the lead. Put in a big defensive shift.

CM: Sofie Junge Pedersen – 7/10 – Put in a huge shift in midfield, bursting with energy until minute 90 and covering every blade of grass.

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CM: Arianna Caruso (82′ for Bonfantini) – 5/10 – Headed Juventus’ best sighting of goal in the first half narrowly wide, and otherwise didn’t have a huge impact on proceedings.

CM: Julia Grosso – 7/10 – Not close enough to Miedema for the Arsenal equaliser, losing out in the air to the Arsenal forward. Otherwise broke up play well and knocked the ball around nicely.

RW: Barbara Bonansea (82′ Cantore) – 5/10 – Provided a pinpoint cross onto the head of Caruso for Juventus’ best opportunity of the first half. Otherwise kept pretty quiet by McCabe.

ST: Cristiana Girelli – 7/10 – Saw two goal-bound efforts blocked in quick succession by Wubben-Moy and Catley in the first half. Won back possession and played a fabulous through ball for Juventus’ opener.

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LW: Lineth Beerensteyn (90′ for Duljan) – 8/10 – Had one of Juventus’ brightest moment of the first half, riding two Arsenal challenges as she scurried into the box to win a corner. Opened the scoring with a terrific turn of pace and cool finish, and was Juventus’ most dangerous attacking player.

SUB: Sofia Cantore (82′ for Bonansea) – 6/10

SUB: Agnese Bonfantini (82′ for Caruso) – 6/10

SUB: Evelina Duljan (90′ for Beerensteyn) – N/A

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Julia Grosso, Vivianne Miedema

Miedema was back in the starting XI for Arsenal / Chris Ricco/GettyImages

GK: Manuela Zinsberger – 6/10 – Not called into action particularly frequently and couldn’t do a great deal about the Juventus opener.

RB: Laura Wienroither (79′ for Maritz) – 5/10 – Beaten for pace by Beerensteyn as she burst past the Gunners backline for Juventus’ opener. Had a bit of a difficult time of it against the lively Juventus winger. Forced off with injury in the second half.

CB: Lotte Wubben-Moy – 6/10 – Blocked a goal-bound Girelli effort in the opening 45, almost broke the deadlock from a corner but saw a header cleared off the line. Cut open by Girelli’s pass for the Juventus opener.

CB: Steph Catley – 6/10 – In the way of a Girelli strike in the first half, a constant danger with her deliveries from corners. Moved to left back following the introduction of Beattie.

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LB: Katie McCabe – 6/10 – Beaten once in the first half but otherwise largely solid. Moved to the right wing following Beattie’s introduction.

CM: Lia Walti – 7/10 – Lost out to Girelli in the middle of the park in the buildup to the Juventus opener – the one blot on an otherwise cool, composed performance.

CM: Frida Maanum – 8/10 – Sent Blackstenius through on goal with a pair of exquisite passes in the first half. Provided the corner delivery from which Arsenal levelled.

RM: Jordan Nobbs (64′ for Beattie) – 5/10 – Played a superb cross for Foord early in the second half and full of energy, but was the player to suffer in Arsenal’s formation change, unable to really make her mark on the game in not her preferred position.

AM: Vivianne Miedema – 7/10 –
Making her first start for a month, saw a fizzing strike from the edge of the box blocked in the first half. Rose highest to head home Arsenal’s equaliser, and so close to adding a second after producing some fabulous feet.

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LM: Caitlin Foord – 6/10 – Provided a teasing delivery across the face of goal that was so close to being buried in the first half, kept out at the near post in the second half by Peyraud Magnin.

ST: Stina Blackstenius – 6/10 –
Could have had a first half hat-trick but was denied by the bar and a Peyraud Magnin stop, before not being able to stretch far enough to poke home a Foord cross.

SUB: Jen Beattie (64′ for Nobbs) – 6/10

SUB: Noelle Maritz (79′ for Wienroither) – 6/10

Player of the match: Lineth Beerensteyn (Juventus)



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Poland vs Argentina: Confirmed lineups

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Poland vs Argentina

France, who have already secured a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup 2022, play Tunisia on Wednesday in their final Group D matchup.

In the meantime, the African nation is last in the standings and must defeat the current champions to advance to the knockout stages.

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Poland XI (4-4-1-1): Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior, Cash; Frankowski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski; Swiderski; Lewandowski

Argentina XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez, Di María

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Mauricio Pochettino discusses next managerial job

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Ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he’d be open to taking a national team job.

Pochettino has been without a job since being sacked by PSG in the summer, despite winning his first silverware as a coach at the club – lifting the Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France.

The former PSG boss has been linked with a number of clubs since then, but speaking to Sky Sports, Poch insisted that he is also open to a move into international management, stating: “It wasn’t under my consideration to go [into international management] but now, yes I am open. Why not?

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“Yes, of course we are still young, full of energy, and day-by-day I like the adrenaline to train, to be involved. Maybe the national team is a different job, but why not? If it’s not the next job, then maybe in the future. It’s not specific that all I want is Argentina. If another country, why not? For sure, that would be good also.”

Pochettino also took the time to discuss England’s World Cup credentials, stating that he sees them as one of the favourites to win the tournament in Qatar.

“England have the quality to be one of the teams with an opportunity to win the World Cup,” he said. “I saw a very good performance against Wales, and I believe the quality is there. It’s all about believing and performing in a way which can grant you the possibility to be there.

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“But I really, really believe this year England can fight to try to lift the World Cup. [Gareth] Southgate is doing a fantastic job. He was a little bit unlucky in the final of the Euros against Italy, but he’s doing a fantastic job and deserves a lot of credit.”



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Player ratings as Eagles of Carthage knocked out of World Cup despite shock win

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Tunisia stunned France with a shock 1-0 win, but their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup were ended by Australia’s own unlikely victory against Denmark elsewhere in Group D.

The Eagles of Carthage fought tooth and nail to keep their hopes of advancing alive and put in a solid display against the rotated reigning champions, but their 2022 journey has come to an end at the benefit of the Socceroos.

Tunisia thought they took an eighth-minute lead when a Wahbi Khazri free-kick was flicked on and in by Nader Ghandri, but the linesman had his flag raised for a marginal offside and the goal was chalked off.

France looked very disjointed after making so many changes, though created a decent chance on the break with Youssouf Fofana slipping through Kingsley Coman, but his first touch took him away from goal and his off-balance strike sailed wide.

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Steve Mandanda was forced into a save when Aissa Laidouni’s second-time cross was nodded on by Anis Ben Slimane, before Eduardo Camavinga – filling in at left-back – had to retreat and prevent a similarly deep ball from reaching the free Nader Ghandri.

Just after the break, Laidouni robbed Fofana of possession in his own box and curled one narrowly over the top of Mandanda’s crossbar as Tunisia went closer to finding a crucial opener.

And Tunisia took a deserved lead when Fofana lost possession too easily again, and Laidouni found Khazri to weave his way past the French backline and poke a shot past the flailing Mandanda.

With the clock running down, France finally showed signs of life with substitute Kylian Mbappe forcing a save from Aymen Dahmen and Randal Kolo Muani blasting wide at the end of Les Bleus’ only real sweeping move of the afternoon.

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Tunisia nearly clung on through eight minutes of stoppage time before Antoine Griezmann’s deflected volley found the back of Dahmen’s net with essentially the last kick of the game, only for it to be ruled out by a lengthy VAR check.

However, Australia’s win had already been confirmed by this point and the Eagles of Carthage’s fate was already sealed.

GK: Aymen Dahmen – 5/10 – Didn’t inspire a lot of confidence but France barely attacked so it hardly mattered.

CB: Yassine Meriah – 7/10 – Got forward down the wing to support Kechidra. Helped by the fact France played without wingers.

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CB: Nader Ghandri – 7/10 – Got his head on most high balls and defended with authority.

CB: Montassar Talbi – 7/10 – Just as Meriah did down the right, Talbi was of great use down Tunisia’s left.

RM: Wajdi Kechidra – 7/10 – Gave Camavinga plenty of problems in tandem with Ben Slimane.

CM: Ellyes Skhiri – 8/10 – After a poor showing against Australia, Skhiri came roaring back with a monster midfield performance.

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CM: Aissa Laidouni – 8/10 – Took control of the midfield battle and teed up Tunisia’s opener.

LM: Ali Maaloul – 6/10 – Found it hard at times to get by Disasi but worked hard for the cause.

RF: Anis Ben Slimane – 6/10 – Brought a good mix of work ethic and quality in possession.

LF: Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane – 6/10 – Similarly covered every blade of grass down his flank.

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CF: Wahbi Khazri – 9/10 – Gave France all sorts of problems in his hour on the pitch, eventually scoring the opening goal.

SUB: Issam Jebali (60′ for Khazri) – 5/10

SUB: Ghaylen Chaaleli (74′ for Ben Romdhane) – 5/10

SUB: Ali Abdi (84′ for Ben Slimane) – N/A

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Manager: Jalel Kadri – 7/10 – Tunisia produced an authoritative performance despite the obvious gap in quality.

GK: Steve Mandanda – 4/10 – Looked every bit of his 37 years of age, slow to react to danger and made a hash of saves.

RB: Axel Disasi – 5/10 – Played out of position on his senior debut for Les Bleus but handled himself well.

CB: Raphael Varane – 4/10 – Made captain in Hugo Lloris’ absence. Didn’t defend with much seniority.

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CB: Ibrahima Konate – 6/10 – Put in a few recovery challenges but always looked awkward.

LB: Eduardo Camavinga – 3/10 – Hung out to dry in his first real outing as a left-back.

DM: Aurelien Tchouameni – 6/10 – Tried his best to hold the fort but needed more help.

CM: Jordan Veretout – 3/10 – Way out of his depth. Hid at times and just shouldn’t be starting a World Cup match.

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CM: Youssouf Fofana – 3/10 – Looked bright early on but continually dribbled his way into trouble, culminating in Tunisia’s opener.

AM: Matteo Guendouzi – 3/10 – Failed to link midfield and attack. Gave the ball away loosely.

CF: Kingsley Coman – 5/10 – Progressed the ball well when coming deep to receive it but didn’t threaten Tunisia where it mattered.

CF: Randal Kolo Muani – 5/10 – Likewise helped out in deeper areas but not enough in the final third.

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SUB: William Saliba (63′ for Varane) – 4/10

SUB: Adrien Rabiot (63′ for Veretout) – 4/10

SUB: Kylian Mbappe (63′ for Coman) – 3/10

SUB: Antoine Griezmann (73′ for Fofana) – 5/10

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SUB: Ousmane Dembele (79′ for Guendouzi) – 4/10

Manager: Didier Deschamps – 3/10 – Sure, it was a dead rubber for France and Deschamps was right to rest his key men, but the XI he picked seriously lacked cohesion.

Player of the Match – Wahbi Khazri



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