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Final night time noticed the ultimate qualifying video games for the 2022 World Cup. Belgium have gained automated qualification following their 1-1 draw with Wales which noticed them prime Group E. Wales, in the meantime, completed second and earned a house play-off semi-final. Wins for Ukraine and Turkey additionally noticed them achieve a spot within the play-offs.
Elsewhere, Rangers are nonetheless trying to substitute Steven Gerrard after he left to grow to be Aston Villa's new head coach.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst is a powerful contender for the job, as reported by The Athletic final week.
We'll be bringing you the most recent information as gamers start to return to their golf equipment forward of the return of Premier League soccer.
November 17, 2021 at 5:45 PM EST
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We shall be again tomorrow with all the most recent harm information, updates on Rangers' managerial appointment, Steven Gerrard's first press convention as Aston Villa head coach and extra.
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November 17, 2021 at 4:58 PM EST
Arsenal Ladies scored a late objective of their 3-0 win over HB Koge too see them stay second of their Champions League group.
Substitute Vivianne Miedema added her title to the scoresheet within the 88th minute after a via ball by Steph Catley from inside Arsenal's half arrange the Dutch worldwide.
Arsenal's subsequent Champions League match will see them host Barcelona on the Emirates on December 9.
November 17, 2021 at 4:41 PM EST
It's lastly 2-0 for Arsenal after 83 minutes.
HB Koge have grown into the sport and had a few possibilities to seek out an equaliser.
Arsenal, nonetheless, have continued to work laborious and have been rewarded with their second objective of the night via a Lotte Wubben-Moy header. A second help of the night for Beth Mead.
November 17, 2021 at 3:50 PM EST
Arsenal and HB Koge head into the dressing rooms with Jonas Eidevall's main 1-0.
It has been a relaxed however dominant show by Arsenal thus far. It wouldn't be a shock if they’re to seek out the again of the online a pair extra instances within the second half.
A win will maintain them three factors behind top-of-the-group Barcelona.
November 17, 2021 at 3:19 PM EST
Arsenal Ladies have lastly damaged the impasse of their Champions League group sport towards HB Koge.
A cross from the Beth Mead on the left-hand aspect discovered Caitlin Foord who guided the ball into the again of the online.
Their group rivals Barcelona beat Hoffenheim 5-0 earlier this night.
November 17, 2021 at 2:37 PM EST
The groups have been introduced for Arsenal's Champions League conflict towards HB Koge. Leah Williamson misses out after struggling a "severe" hamstring harm within the 1-1 draw with Tottenham on the weekend.
The match kicks off at 8pm GMT, with Arsenal second of their group behind Barcelona having received two and misplaced one from their opening three fixtures.
Barcelona have simply completed their sport towards Hoffenheim and have received 5-0 in Germany, their fourth win in as many matches.
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November 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
"He returns to Cobham with 45 minutes of aggressive motion in his legs — time unfold throughout two cameos — and with no apparent signal of a recurrence, setback and even actual discomfort.
"Sure, he’s nonetheless wanting rhythm and a way off full match health, however his confidence could have been pepped by that downward header at just about his first involvement in Cincinnati. He drifted unnoticed off the flank to the sting of the six-yard field the place he met Timothy Weah’s cross to prise Mexico aside — a present Chelsea participant changing an opportunity created for him by the son of a former Chelsea participant. If that felt uncommon, Pulisic’s sense of timing didn’t."
Extra from Dominic Fifield
Pulisic returns to Chelsea after the most effective worldwide break Tuchel may have imagined
November 17, 2021 at 1:21 PM EST
"Grasshoppers stay Switzerland’s most embellished membership. They’re an establishment, an iconic title identified everywhere in the world. Ask any soccer fan to call a grand, historic Swiss membership and the possibilities are they’ll reply Grasshoppers. However since 2003 this membership has been within the doldrums, it has plummeted to its lowest ebb."
However they're now rebuilding. And the way? The reply lies within the West Midlands. Tim Spiers stories.
Particular report from Zurich: How Wolves are serving to Switzerland’s most embellished membership construct a brand new historical past
November 17, 2021 at 12:42 PM EST
Lengthy pictures, lofted passes, agency tackles – Xabi Alonso actually may do all of it. Is it any shock he’s good at teaching too?
The ex-Liverpool, Actual Madrid, and Bayern Munich supervisor is now answerable for Actual Sociedad's youth staff – their senior aspect is correct on the prime of this season's La Liga desk.
"After being away for therefore a few years, there’s at all times a second to come back house. I used to be beginning a brand new profession, and I knew I used to be going to study right here, to have the persistence and the help of so many individuals. There’s a very clear mannequin right here, with help, amenities, communication — it’s all very pure, very fluid.
"The method helps me to know myself, to appropriate issues, to make errors. This can be a place the place you have got a bit more room to study. The gamers educate me loads too, what it’s to coach, to play, to speak and clarify. That is my third season and it’s going properly.”
‘I’ve ambition to handle an elite staff, however I’m in no hurry’ – Xabi Alonso completely satisfied to study at Actual Sociedad
November 17, 2021 at 12:26 PM EST
West Bromwich Albion defender Conor Townsend has signed a brand new contract to stay at The Hawthorns till 2025.
The membership have rewarded the 28-year-old for the second time this yr, having beforehand given him a brand new deal in February.
His newest extension provides an additional yr to his contract and can earn him a wage improve after a powerful season thus far at West Brom.
(Picture: Adam Fradgley/West Bromwich Albion FC through Getty Photos)
November 17, 2021 at 12:05 PM EST
Studying have been deducted six factors by the EFL for breaching their profitability and sustainability guidelines with an additional six factors suspended till the top of the 2022-23 season. The choice is last and never topic to enchantment.
The Athletic reported final month that the Championship aspect have been in talks with the EFL via its ‘agreed determination’ course of, enabling the membership and the governing physique to succeed in an settlement over a penalty with out the necessity for a disciplinary listening to.
Extra right here.
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November 17, 2021 at 11:50 AM EST
Take a look at that. Brutal.
Unpunished throughout the sport, CONMEBOL have taken decisive motion by suspending two officers concerned.
Brazil coach Tite mentioned: “It’s inconceivable. And I say much less, that’s not the time period I meant, I’m saying it as a result of I’m well mannered.”
Extra right here.
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November 17, 2021 at 11:35 AM EST
And for this reason. Nice perception from The Athletic's Everton correspondent Paddy Boyland.
Earlier than negotiating new deal, Lucas Digne & his reps requested a Dutch analytics agency to quantify his affect. Their mannequin discovered he was in prime 10 left-backs on this planet & certainly one of 3 most necessary gamers at #EFC
Totally different system, completely different Digne this seasonhttps://t.co/ti4DrASly9
November 17, 2021 at 10:57 AM EST
“The highest of the in-tray is to not concede targets, we’ve conceded too many already and defensively we need to make our construction and organisation loads stronger and we’ve acquired proficient gamers and we have to go and rating extra targets clearly.
“We haven’t scored as many as we might have favored to, however there’s undoubtedly gamers there who can do each side of the job. I believe there’s sufficient high quality, that’s the largest factor.
“After I spoke to Stuart (Webber, Norwich’s sporting director), he believes within the squad of gamers, I’ve appeared on the squad of gamers with Craig (Shakespeare, assistant head coach) and we each consider that it’s a squad that in all probability aren’t producing the outcomes they want and our job is to enhance their efficiency ranges. If we try this then we’ll get the outcomes.”
They're at present backside of the league, on solely 5 factors, however received their final sport towards Brentford.
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November 17, 2021 at 10:35 AM EST
As tendencies start to emerge, how will you stand out from the group to stand up your FPL league?
Alex McCarthy? Tyrick Mitchell? Even… Christian Benteke?
Holly Shand identifies a number of diamonds within the tough.
Fantasy Premier League: Differentials to think about for Gameweek 12
November 17, 2021 at 10:29 AM EST
“Individuals are searching for solace in soccer. The difficulty is, Southend isn’t good for anybody’s well being in the mean time.”
Southend tragically misplaced Sir David Amess final month – and now their membership is free-falling via the divisions.
Southend United: Freefall via the leagues, possession protests and the return of Stan Collymore
November 17, 2021 at 10:14 AM EST
The FA are investigating Exeter over whether or not they used an additional substitute throughout their FA Cup replay towards Bradford Metropolis final night time.
Exeter received the primary spherical tie 3-0 after extra-time, however used six substitutes throughout the match.
This season’s FA Cup guidelines stipulate that golf equipment might use 5 substitutes over the course of the sport, together with further time, with a sixth substitute solely permitted as a concussion substitute.
Josh Key changed Sam Nombe at the beginning of additional time, turning into the sixth substitute of the night. There was no indication it was concussion-related.
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November 17, 2021 at 10:04 AM EST
Solely two gamers inside the bracket of "youth buys" in current seasons, however nonetheless one of the encouraging squad profiles within the league.
Manchester Metropolis look properly positioned for the longer term. Extra from Sam Lee and Nancy Frostick right here.
The Metropolis squad is among the strongest when it comes to age profiles, though it’s not had a youth injection shortly. Partly as a result of final summer time’s overhaul couldn’t occur, partly as a result of they’re in ‘win now’ mode. Fascinating by @nancyfrostick @MarkCarey93 https://t.co/lybWvjHodr
November 17, 2021 at 9:45 AM EST
He's certainly one of Manchester United's best ever gamers, a midfielder with 90 caps for England.
Nicknamed "Captain Marvel", he was the costliest participant in British soccer when he moved from his first membership West Brom to Outdated Trafford in 1981. The childhood Newcastle fan lifted the FA Cup thrice with United and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991.
These are probably the most memorable moments of his profession, as he remembers them. With The Athletic's Andy Mitten.
My sport in my phrases. By Bryan Robson
November 17, 2021 at 9:26 AM EST
"In fashionable soccer, virtually all the things within the defensive section of play is managed strictly by the coaches. Gamers have set obligations when it comes to urgent in superior positions, they’re drilled constantly of their fundamental defensive form and so they’re given particular gamers to mark, or zones to patrol, when defending set items.
"There’s one a part of the sport, nonetheless, that coaches look like discovering it tough to manage thus far this season — the second section of set items."
This is among the sport's nice unexplored areas – till now. Learn Michael Cox's long-read under, that includes late Ronaldo winners, Wolves' comebacks, and set-piece coaches.
Cox: Why are groups discovering it so tough to defend the second section of set items?