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Germany got by Australia 3-2 in the Confederations Cup. The Daily Mail:” Germany’s inexperienced side was given a fright by Australia at the Confederations Cup on Monday, holding on to win its Group B opener 3-2 after goalkeeper Bernd Leno gifted the Asian champions both goals.

Only two members of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad started the game in Sochi and, while the team was dynamic going forward, it was vulnerable at the back.

Lars Stindl marked his tournament debut with a goal after five minutes that was canceled out by Tommy Rogic when the Australia forward put the ball under Leno.

Julian Draxler, an unused substitute in the 2014 World Cup final win over Argentina, restored Germany’s lead from the penalty spot before halftime.

Although Leon Goretzka extended the German lead three minutes into the second half, another blunder by Leno ensured it was a nervy conclusion to the game in the Black Sea resort. A shot from Rogic through a crowded penalty area was spilled by the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper and Tomi Juric stabbed the rebound into the net.

The Australian threat persisted but Germany clung on to collect three points in the Fisht Stadium, where around 20,000 seats were empty.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4618862/Australia-2-3-Germany-World-Cup-holders-Socceroos.html#ixzz4kYTtbNsZ

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Chile defeated Cameroon 2-0 in Confederations Cup action. The Daily Mail: “Chile endured a largely frustrating opening to their Confederations Cup campaign before finally breaking through in the final ten minutes to beat Cameroon.

The CONMEBOL champions thought they had taken the lead just before half time against the African Cup of Nations winners when Eduardo Vargas tucked home, but it was ruled offside via the VAR system.

However Arturo Vidal in the 80th minute rose to head home from six yards following a cross by Alexis Sanchez, who was introduced as a second half substitute. Chile doubled their advantage in stoppage time when Vargas finally go on the scoresheet – although it was only given after another VAR referral.

Chile were on top from the start, with former QPR player Vargas hitting the post after just 50 seconds.

However they were made to toil for long periods by determined Cameroon, unexpected participants in this tournament after surprisingly winning January’s Africa Cup of Nations.

They thought they were in front when Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui beat Chile keeper Johnny Herrera to a free kick and headed in.

However the goal was ruled out for an earlier foul and the Africans never came as close again.

Just before half time, came the first moment of real controversy. Vargas was set free by a defence-splitting pass and chipped the ball into the net.

As the Chile players piled together in a mass celebration, the decision was referred to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which saw that Vargas was millimetres offside.

The goal was ruled out, much to the fury of the Chileans and especially Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal who harangued the officials down the tunnel as half time came.

Chile have come into this tournament as one of the favourites after winning the Copa America and bringing a strong squad to Russia, but for long periods looked to be struggling under the tag.

They were without Sanchez – as talismanic for his country as he is for Arsenal – after an ankle sprain in training saw him start on the bench.

He was introduced in the 58th minute, but for his first 20 minutes made little impact on the game as a goalless draw looked likely.

However Sanchez’s innate quality is obvious, and with 10 minutes to go he linked up with Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal – a combination Gunners fans will be praying we do not see more of next season.

Sanchez chipped in a cross from the left to the far post, directly onto Vidal’s well-sculpted hair, and he headed home from six yards.

Chile got a second in stoppage time, Sanchez breaking clear and looking set to get his name on the score sheet, only to do too much and get crowded out. The ball broke fortunately for Vargas, who slammed home, but the goal was initially ruled out for offside. VAR intervened again and this time in favour of Chile, showing there were two Cameroon defenders between Vargas and the goal line.

He celebrated with his bench, knowing three points is crucial if Chile are to finish above world champions Germany – who they play next in Kazan – in Group B.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4616004/Cameroon-0-2-Chile-Vidal-heads-winner-VAR-drama.html#ixzz4kXWLf0yu

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The Federations Cup is underway. Mexico scored a late goal to tie Portugal two all. The Daily Mail:” Hector Moreno rescued a Confederations Cup point for Mexico with a stoppage-time header against Portugal.

It had seemed as though Cedric had handed all three points to the European champions when he fired Portugal in front in the 85th minute but Mexico and Moreno had other ideas.

Earlier, Javier Hernandez stooped low to nod home with four minutes of the first half remaining to cancel out Ricardo Quaresma’s opener.

An entertaining encounter also saw an adjudication from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), who chalked off a Pepe goal for offside.

The game began with controversy, the video-assistant referee again playing its part in creating a storm.

Portugal’s advance in the early stages was soon rewarded by Pepe latching onto a long distance effort from winger Nani, only to be retrospectively ruled offside.

Undeterred, Portugal officially opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark via a move which started with mercurial forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo burst forward, putting the Mexico defence on the back foot, before tracking back and picking out partner in crime Ricardo Quaresma with a deft through-ball in the area.

Dropping his shoulder to send goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to ground, Quaresma rounded the stopper and slotted the ball into an empty Mexico goal.

The Portuguese looked set to comfortably enter the half-time interval with the lead, but for a late lapse in concentration.

A deep cross was able to find former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela after lax defending from Raphael Guerreiro.

Vela pinged the ball back across goal to capitalise upon the poaching abilities of Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer Javier Hernandez.

Evoking memories of his time with Manchester United, Hernandez flung himself at the ball, connecting with a diving header and powering an effort firmly into the bottom corner of the goal.

It took until the 85th minute for the next goal of the game, when Cedric found space in the box and fired a shot beyond three diving defenders and Mexico goalkeeper Ochoa, but Moreno still had time to rise highest and meet a left-wing corner, nodding home off the inside of a post to ensure a share of the spoils.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4615694/Portugal-2-2-Mexico-Hector-Moreno-strikes-late.html#ixzz4kRlKDPNo

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Flamengo finally stopped the bleeding with a 2-0 win over Ponte Preta. Globo Esportes O Campeonato Brasileiro tem uma peculiaridade. As atenções se dividem entre o time de hoje e o que está por vir. Há sempre um reforço por estrear. No imaginário do torcedor, há sempre um time que ainda não existe, mas que pode vir a ser melhor do que aquele que se vê em campo. O Flamengo tem suas apostas: Conca estreou nesta quarta-feira, ainda há Éverton Ribeiro e Rhodolfo. Só que, mais do que reforços, o rubro-negro tinha um estádio por estrear. E ter casa sempre ajuda.

Optou por uma no estilo alçapão, o que acredita-se ter lá a sua serventia. Na Ilha do Urubu, venceu a Ponte Preta por 2 a 0 e resolveu a maior das urgências do momento: ganhar, ainda mais no jogo em que punha a prova sua solução para encerrar a recente sina de time itinerante. Mas também ficou claro ser necessário algo além do alçapão. Para ser consistente, a qualidade de jogo do Flamengo ainda precisa melhorar. Talvez o alívio da vitória crie as condições para o próximo passo.

Sob o ponto de vista das chances concedidas a um rival tímido, devotado à defesa e a esporádicos avanços, o Flamengo fez uma partida segura. Na construção de jogadas, houve longos momentos de pouca imaginação.

Enquanto Vinícius Júnior fez a diferença, o que se sentiu notadamente nos 20 minutos iniciais, o futebol do Flamengo teve algo distinto em relação aos últimos jogos. Depois, tornou-se previsível, com um domínio da bola que, invariavelmente, acabava num cruzamento feito da intermediária, facilitando a defesa.

Sobre Vinícius Júnior, talvez o jogo indique que o déficit que hoje o separa dos jogadores já mais “adultos” seja físico. Porque a forma como deslizou pelo campo no início do jogo chamou atenção. Iluminou o jogo do Flamengo, por vezes na lateral da área, por vezes mais pelo centro, abrindo a defesa da Ponte Preta. Em três cruzamentos dele, originados de lances de virtude individual do jovem, Leandro Damião teve ótimas chances. No último, Aranha evitou o gol.

Aos poucos, o passar dos minutos fez Vinícius perder precisão na execução das jogadas e deixar de levar vantagem no drible. Como se tivesse perdido o frescor do início do jogo. Com a inspiração de sua promessa, foi-se também a inventividade do Flamengo.

Houve momentos em que a Ponte Prata passou a ter a bola e enervar o rubro-negro. A saída de bola com Cuéllar no lugar de Willian Arão não criou mecanismos de fazer o time chegar com qualidade à frente. Márcio Araújo andou assumindo funções mais ofensivas, sem sucesso. Diego chegou a recuar para iniciar os lances, afastando-se da zona ofensiva. A solução só viria num córner, nos acréscimos da primeira etapa, quando Réver cabeceou para a rede.

O gol foi um achado porque clareou o segundo tempo, oferecendo espaços. O Flamengo não chegou a ser uma avalanche de contragolpes, mas como marcava bem e anulava a Ponte Preta, jamais indicou ter a vitória em risco. E ainda permitiu o primeiro passe para gol de Vinícius Júnior, aos 14 minutos. Após uma bola longa que Damião ganhou pelo alto, o menino cruzou na cabeça do centroavante, que fez o 2 a 0.

Alívio na Ilha do Urubu, o que permitiu a Zé Ricardo até dar minutos a Conca: os primeiros 11 minutos do argentino. Não era o Conca habitual, nem poderia. O quanto vai progredir, o futuro dirá. O que será o Flamengo na Ilha, o Flamengo de Éverton Ribeiro, o futuro também dirá. No futebol brasileiro, o futuro é cheio de interrogações.

https://oglobo.globo.com/esportes/flamengo-resolve-urgencia-com-vitoria-na-ilha-mas-ve-questoes-no-futuro-21480883#ixzz4k4UTU6UY

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The quarterfinals of the Copa do Brasil are set. Globo Esportes;” Sorteio realizado nesta segunda-feira, na sede da CBF, decidiu os confrontos das quartas de final da Copa do Brasil, que acontece entre 28 de junho e 27 de julho. Flamengo e Botafogo, os cariocas remanescentes na competição, enfrentam Santos e Atlético-MG, respectivamente.

Os outros dois confrontos sorteados nas quartas de final foram Palmeiras x Cruzeiro e Atlético-PR x Grêmio. A ordem dos mandos de campo foi sorteada mais tarde, ao meio-dia desta segunda-feira.

O Flamengo fará o primeiro jogo contra o Santos em casa, e decidirá o mata-mata longe do Rio. Já o Botafogo viaja a Belo Horizonte para o primeiro jogo contra o Atlético-MG e faz a segunda partida no Rio.

Entre os participantes da Copa do Brasil, somente Cruzeiro e Flamengo não terão simultaneamente a disputa das oitavas de final da Taça Libertadores. O time mineiro não se classificou para a competição neste ano, enquanto o rubro-negro carioca foi eliminado na fase de grupos. As oitavas da Libertadores acontecem entre 4 de julho e 10 de agosto.

Veja os confrontos das quartas de final da Copa do Brasil:

*decidem em casa

– Atlético-MG x Botafogo*

– Atlético-PR* x Grêmio

– Flamengo x Santos*

– Palmeiras x Cruzeiro*

https://oglobo.globo.com/esportes/sorteio-da-copa-do-brasil-veja-quais-sao-os-jogos-das-quartas-de-final-21436637#ixzz4jLbZf1tO

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Brasil blew away Australia 4-0. Globo Esportes:” Vocês não sabem como é bom estar aqui.

Essa foi a frase de David Luiz na oração dos jogadores, antes de vencerem a Austrália por 4 a 0, e citada por Tite em sua entrevista coletiva depois da partida. De volta à Seleção após mais de um ano, convocado pela primeira vez pelo atual técnico, o zagueiro do Chelsea atuou como volante, como era previsto, e quase fez um gol. Foi dele a cabeçada no travessão que terminou em assistência de Rodrigo Caio para o gol de Thiago Silva, no segundo tempo.

Com o carisma habitual, David Luiz foi um dos mais assediados pelo público durante os 10 dias na cidade de Melbourne. Segundo ele, a frase mencionada por Tite foi dita justamente por ter ficado fora do grupo nos últimos tempos.

– Eu conheço os dois lados, e amo representar meu país, estar nesse ambiente. Eu abri meu coração na hora da oração, falei para aqueles que têm oportunidade de estar aqui. São oportunidades de vida, não sabemos o dia de amanhã, então temos que aproveitar da melhor maneira possível. Veio do meu coração e é verdade, é muito bom estar aqui – afirmou.

A tarefa de David Luiz para se manter nas próximas listas é árdua. Como na visão de Tite, para que ele execute uma função mais próxima da que tem atualmente no Chelsea, a posição mais adequada é a de volante, seus concorrentes são dois jogadores adorados pelo treinador: Casemiro e Fernandinho.

Tite compara disputa por vaga a poupança e faz elogios a Luan, do Grêmio

Experiente, David Luiz não quer pensar nisso agora. A próxima convocação será apenas em agosto, para os jogos contra Equador e Colômbia, pelas eliminatórias. Até lá, ele curte o retorno.

– É muito bom estar de volta, participar de um grupo que exala verdade. É gratificante. Depois de uma derrota em que jogamos bem, tivemos oportunidades para empatar e até ganhar, fizemos um jogo consistente contra a Austrália, um time muito qualificado, que pressionava bem, muito bem orientado taticamente, que não se abalou mesmo sofrendo um gol aos 12 segundos. Soubemos controlar e ganhar o jogo – valorizou David Luiz.

De férias após ser campeão inglês pelo Chelsea, o jogador aguarda a próxima lista da Seleção para tentar se manter no grupo até a Copa do Mundo. O Brasil volta a campo nos dias 31 de agosto e 5 de setembro, contra Equador, em Porto Alegre, e Colômbia, em Barranquilla, pelas eliminatórias.”

http://globoesporte.globo.com/futebol/selecao-brasileira/noticia/tite-cita-frase-de-david-luiz-na-oracao-e-jogador-diz-veio-do-meu-coracao.ghtml

The Daily Mail wrote:” Diego Souza scored after 11 seconds and again in the last minute as Brazil beat Confederations Cup-bound Australia 4-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday.

The Brazilians swooped quickly in front of almost 49,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when Australia defender Bailey Wright gave the ball away to Giuliano, who provided the space for Souza to fire a right-footed shot in off goalkeeper Mitch Langerak.

The score remained 1-0 until the hour mark but the Brazilians stepped up a level, adding three goals in the last 30 minutes.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho delivered a pinpoint corner kick from the right in the 62nd minute and unmarked David Luiz’s powerful header crashed into the crossbar. The Brazilians had numbers at the back post and Thiago Silva nodded in a header to make it 2-0.

Willian added plenty of energy to the attack when he came on as a replacement and was heavily involved in a passing exchange before Paulinho’s back-heel set up substitute Taison for his first international goal.

Souza finished it off with a comfortable header from Willian’s corner deep in stoppage time.

The Brazilians had a 1-0 loss to Argentina in a friendly in Melbourne last Friday, coach Tite’s first defeat since taking charge of the national team.

Souza was one of eight changes in the starting line-up and was playing in place of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, who fractured his eye socket late in the match against Argentina.

The Australians were coming off a 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia in a World Cup qualifier last week and were missing captain Mile Jedinak, who was ruled out of the friendly and the Confederations Cup because of a groin injury. The Socceroos leave for Russia on Wednesday.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4599646/Australia-0-4-Brazil-Diego-Souza-scores-10-seconds.html#ixzz4ju0EwEVb

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England wins the Under Twenty World Cup. The Guardians Ben Fisher:’ England Under-20s entered the history books after beating Venezuela in a frenetic World Cup final in South Korea to ensure the nation became world champions for the first time since 1966.

Lewis Cook held the trophy aloft after becoming the first England captain to lead his country to victory in a major global final since Sir Bobby Moore. A white sea of confetti slowly filled the pitch, with each England player taking hold of the trophy on the stage swiftly erected in Suwon to kick-start the celebrations.

Fikayo Tomori, the Chelsea defender, sang “championes, championes” with his winners’ medal swaying from side to side. For Joshua Onomah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, England banners doubled up as celebratory bandanas. More than 5,600 miles away Gareth Southgate, Adam Lallana and the rest of the senior squad huddled around a laptop at their France training base – before Tuesday’s friendly in Paris – to witness the next generation write history.

Southgate will speak to Paul Simpson, the under-20s manager, after the win and has kept regular dialogue during the tournament. The squad also received a pre-match good luck letter from the Duke of Cambridge.

Freddie Woodman was ultimately the hero after making a superb 74th-minute penalty save to deny Adalberto Peñaranda. Woodman, the son of former Northampton Town goalkeeper Andy and godson of Southgate, made a steely left-handed save from the spot-kick after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had given England a first-half lead.

Simpson, the former Shrewsbury Town manager, had urged his players to seize the opportunity and attain “legendary status” and with this victory in Suwon his class of 2017 did not disappoint. Calvert-Lewin began this season as a second-half substitute for Sheffield United in a 2-1 domestic cup competition defeat by Crewe Alexandra but finished it as only the third England player to score in a World Cup final. Calvert-Lewin, who joined Everton last summer, scored what proved to be the winning goal before Woodman’s second-half heroics.

These are exciting times for England and particularly for this group. Six of this side won the Under-17s European Championship in 2014 and the attacking trio from Everton and Liverpool – Ademola Lookman, Dominic Solanke and Calvert-Lewin – had an excellent tournament. Solanke was presented with the golden boot and Woodman with the golden glove. Each player, though, proved more than their worth over a campaign that began when Simpson’s squad convened at St George’s Park on 8 May. Perhaps these are some of the fruits of the FA’s purpose-built 330-acre site at Burton-on-Trent.

Simpson tweaked his lineup from the one that prevailed against Italy in the semi-finals, with Tottenham’s Onomah returning from suspension to replace Arsenal’s Maitland-Niles. Onomah strutted around the England midfield with a classy authority and rattled the woodwork with a thunderous second-half effort that pinballed from the underside of the bar and the goalline before Venezuela cleared.

England played positive, attacking football and Solanke, who will formally join Liverpool from Chelsea next month,squandered a couple of early chances, scuffing his shot inside the box and skewing wide from distance with another. He then turned provider, laying off to Lookman, who held off a challenge before forcing Wuilker Faríñez, the Venezuela goalkeeper, into a two-handed save after 22 minutes.

Venezuela did not shrink into their shells, however, and Ronaldo Lucena’s ambitious free-kick from 40 yards out exemplified the confidence flowing through Rafael Dudamel’s side, who beat Germany and Uruguay en route to the final. Woodman was beaten but Lucena’s swerving, dipping effort crashed into his right post.

Dudamel’s involvement is a compliment to the country’s next generation, given he is also the coach of Venezuela’s senior team, who already have eyes on the 2022 World Cup after a disastrous qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.

England kept knocking at the door, though, with Calvert-Lewin sending a tame header at goal before Cook, the Bournemouth midfielder, supplied the striker with a lofted pass. It was a goal that showcased all of the 20-year-old’s qualities as he outjumped Nahuel Ferraresi to win the header and shot at Faríñez with his right foot before slotting home the rebound with his left. Shortly after that Lookman supplied Calvert-Lewin with another chance but Faríñez did well to quickly stifle the onrushing striker.

Venezuela never relented and Peñaranda sent a curling 25-yard free-kick agonisingly close but the Watford midfielder, with unmissable bleach-blond hair, saw his effort fly just wide of Woodman’s goal. After the half-time interval, the South American side went on the offensive. The substitute Yeferson Soteldo slid through a perfectly weighted ball for Sergio Córdova but with only the goalkeeper to beat, Woodman smothered with his legs. Then Yangel Herrera, who joined Manchester City in January – unmarked from a corner – headed downward only for Woodman to again claim the ball.

Venezuela, who introduced the exciting 17-year-old Samuel Sosa late on, pressed forward and eventually carved out a golden opportunity to level. Jake Clarke-Salter, the Chelsea defender, upended Peñaranda inside the box and after consulting the threesome of video officials inside the Suwon World Cup stadium, the referee, Bjorn Kuipers, pointed to the spot. Woodman denied Peñaranda from 12 yards, with the England goalkeeper, who dived low to his right, making a strong left-handed save to claw the ball away from danger. And just like that, after this courageous, fearless display, an arduous 51-year wait is over.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/11/venezuela-england-under-20-world-cup-final-match-report

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Flamengo lost to Sport 2-0. Globo Esportes:” O ano do Flamengo se transformou após a queda na Libertadores. Se antes não chegara a ser brilhante, após a eliminação perdeu-se qualquer sensação de evolução e, a cada adversidade, torna-se mais comum ver o time se desorientar. Na noite desta quarta, na assustadora exibição contra o Sport, na derrota por 2 a 0, em Recife, o time foi a imagem do absoluto desencontro, em especial no segundo tempo.

Há conceitos de futebol dos quais é difícil fugir. Construir um time que pretende ter a bola, tomar a iniciativa dos jogos e trocar passes desde a defesa, exige, no mundo moderno, algumas características. O Flamengo que acrescenta qualidade na parte ofensiva de seu elenco, inicia o jogo de forma defeituosa. Isso inclui laterais, defensores, volantes e o goleiro Alex Muralha, longe de ser um especialista no jogo com os pés. Ontem, Márcio Araújo errou uma comprometedora sequência de passes. No início do segundo tempo, em dez minutos, dois lances foram a imagem do problema e encaminharam a definição do jogo.

Pará recuou uma bola traiçoeira que Muralha, com a mão, concedeu ao Sport um tiro indireto na área. Não foi gol. Mas logo em seguida, o goleiro errou um passe e deu a bola nos pés de Osvaldo, que abriu o placar.

Mas não foi apenas isso. A entrada de Diego como meia mais centralizado e a presença de Éderson pela direita tornava a escalação usada por Zé Ricardo uma espécie de molde do que se espera ver em campo após a estreia de Éverton Ribeiro. Espera-se que o novo reforço ocupe o lado direito do campo. Houve problemas.

A começar pela recomposição naquele setor. Pará se viu diante de dois adversários algumas vezes. Por ali, Osvaldo e Thallyson combinaram até que Rithely perdeu a melhor oportunidade do Sport.

Mas a construção de jogo do Flamengo era ruim também. Teve raras ocasiões, apenas uma em lance trabalhado, quando Renê e Damião tabelaram até o atacante chutar com perigo. A outra chance, também de Damião, foi em bola longa de Pará para Arão fazer o cruzamento. No mais, o Flamengo sofreu sempre que foi pressionado em sua saída de bola, recurso usado em boa parte do primeiro tempo por Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

No segundo tempo, após se ver em desvantagem, o Flamengo perdeu qualquer estrutura com uma rapidez assustadora. Diego sentia nitidamente o lado físico. Primeiro, Zé Ricardo sacou Éderson e colocou Vinícius Júnior, que errou além da conta até aparecer em duas chances de gol, já nos acréscimos e com a partida definida.

Com dois centroavantes após a entrada de Vizeu, o Flamengo foi uma sucessão de bolas longas e cruzamentos. Do outro lado do campo, Thomas, ex-rubro-negro, fez o segundo.

https://oglobo.globo.com/esportes/flamengo-perde-para-sport-na-ilha-do-retiro-21449880#ixzz4jVp3rB1b

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England and Scotland tied two all in Group F of the World Cup qualifying. The Daily Mail:” For six minutes, it was a genuine classic of the Auld Enemy genre. The 87 minutes which preceded that frantic finale, those three minutes from the end of normal time and those three minutes of added time, were anything but.

It was high on commitment but low on technique and, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain apart, almost devoid of inspiration, but given what unfolded thereafter, given the sheer enormity of the drama this game managed to squeeze into its dying moments, you could forgive that.

When the story is told again down the generations, as it surely will be in Scotland for years to come, with heavy hearts full of regret, they will judiciously edit out what happened before. Only those last six minutes will make the cut.

That had everything: iconic goals to rival Archie Gemmill’s against Holland, a potential humiliation for England, and another desperate tale of what might have been for Scotland. It was the stuff of folklore. For a couple of minutes at least this stadium created a din to remind you why Hampden Park was once so feared by young English footballers. One hundred and forty seven years of footballing rivalry isn’t easily put aside. By the end you left convinced that the oldest game still matters.

To recap: with 87 minutes gone England, thanks to Oxlade-Chamberlain, were 1-0 up and frankly cruising to an uninspiring yet important victory. When Gary Cahill conceded a free kick some 25 yards from goal, Leigh Griffiths stepped up but it seemed ambitious, an exercise in hope.

He delivered a quite superb strike, over the England wall, swerving past Joe Hart, whose positioning looked suspect given that the ball was well inside the post. Still, Hampden cared not for such analysis. Honour at least had been salvaged and ecstatic celebration ensued.

From the restart, England conceded possession, Scotland advanced and won a free kick, wrongly awarded against Jake Livermore, in an identical position. Griffiths stepped up again.

This, though, seemed to push the boundaries of optimism to breaking point, yet, in the opposite corner, he repeated the trick, sending the ball through an England wall, which as least deigned to jump the second time, to send Hampden into a delirium perhaps not seen since 1985, when England were last defeated here.

England had been close to a famous win; now they looked about to embrace abject failure, and yet, in added time, they were awarded their own free kick and Eric Dier forced Craig Gordon to scramble away desperately.

Hampden drew in breath in utter relief and then roared as Stuart Armstrong sprung away to attack. At that moment the fervour and decibels surely matched anything seen by the famous old Hampden Park, but it was a cruel deceit.

Armstrong, over-excited with just seconds to play, gave the ball away. England found Raheem Sterling. His cross was exquisite, and from close range captain Harry Kane, who had barely featured until then, volleyed its superbly past Gordon. It looked simple; it clearly wasn’t. It was an outstanding goal.

You suspect that never before has joy ballooned so rapidly and then been punctured so brutally. England cavorted like victors. Scotland, both team, fans and perhaps an entire nation beyond, looked utterly aghast, just as you might imagine anyone would if you witnessed a truly historic achievement slipping away.

For Gareth Southgate, it was potentially defining. Not in terms of World Cup qualification, which still looks safe enough, but in terms of the fragile English psyche.

‘I think it’s a huge moment for his team,’ he said. ‘The questions around us centre on character and the ability to withstand events that go against you, and we have to be a team that is never a beaten.

Maybe the clock runs out, but we never, ever stop. Today we’ve done that, and with a real quality finish under pressure to get the point. Is it what we wanted when we turned up here? No it isn’t. But the chain of events was remarkable.’

For Gordon Strachan and his team there was some pride; but overwhelmingly regret. ‘It’s probably one of the most emotional games I’ve ever managed,’ said Strachan.

‘To do so much, to have a result that could have been one of the best results ever. I’ve seen Scotland’s best-ever free kick today and then two minutes later I’ve seen Scotland’s second best-ever free kick. In all my years of watching Scotland, I can’t remember better ones.

‘You try to protect yourself from excitement, but it could have been my best result as manager. I’ve been lucky enough to have some good ones. One pass, one header, goes somewhere else, we would have won the game.’

The emotion defied analysis, but when the dust settles, Hart will be ruing those free kicks. He stands at a crossroads of his career. Which direction he will go is unclear but he knows Jack Butland stands ready.

For Marcus Rashford, it felt a game too far in an excellent season. The misplaced passes, the struggle to impose himself, led to an inevitable early exit. For his replacement, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain there was a cameo performance of genuine quality and maturity.

On 70 minutes it was he alone who broke the drab deadlock, picking the ball up on the edge of the box, weaving across goal and unleashing a shot, which, though Gordon should have saved, was a triumph of opportunism.

Five minutes later he delivered a superb cross on to the head of Adam Lallana and the game should have been finished but the Liverpool man headed over.

Still, it looked as though England would survive: that Kane wouldn’t need to regret the skewed miss on 18 minutes, nor Dele Alli his misplaced pass for Rashford on 36 minutes.

Jake Livermore had hit the post on 50 minutes but this was hardly vintage stuff; and though Strachan referred to England as ‘giants’ and ‘heavyweights’ compared to his middleweights, they were laboured for long periods.

Scotland, for a match they needed to win, seemed curiously unambitious. That was until they unleashed the master-plan and that Leigh Griffiths finale. That was truly glorious; at least, it was while it lasted

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Chelsea’s David Luiz is back on the Brasil national team. The Daily Mail:” David Luiz has had a brilliant season at Chelsea, and now he is set to round it off with his first Brazil cap in over a year.

The flamboyant central defender was recalled by Tite for his country’s friendlies against Argentina and Australia this week.

And the Chelsea star looked delighted to be back in the international set-up during training on Tuesday.

Brazil are currently in Melbourne, where they will face bitter rivals Argentina on Friday.

Tite left out some of his big-name stars who had busy seasons, including Dani Alves of Juventus and Barcelona star Neymar, but there is still plenty of talent on show.

Premier League stars including Luiz’s Chelsea team-mate Willian, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Manchester City pair Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus are all part of the squad, which Tite claims is a side in construction, despite having won all of their last nine games.

Coutinho could be set to be handed the captaincy by the Brazil boss, as he looks to spread the responsibility around his squad.

The game against Argentina on Friday will be followed by a second friendly, this time against Australia, next Tuesday.

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