England 1-0 France: Jodie Taylor’s goal enough to send Lionesses into Euro 2017 semi-finals

Jodie Taylor struck again as England defied decades of history to reach the Women’s Euro 2017 semi-finals with a 1-0 victory over France in Deventer.

The result ended a winless run over France which stretched back to 1974, when England defeated Les Bleues 2-0 in a friendly in Wimbledon, and they will face tournament hosts the Netherlands on Thursday for a place in Sunday’s final in Enschede.

Taylor slid the ball past Sarah Bouhaddi for her fifth goal of the tournament in the 60th minute to put England through, with the suspension of Jill Scott for the next round and an injury to goalkeeper Karen Bardsley being the only disappointments for manager Mark Sampson.

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Women’s Euro 2017: Jodie Taylor goes from England outcast to Golden Boot contender

While Taylor has looked a natural so far in the Netherlands – scoring four goals in two starts – it is only four years since she was in the international wilderness.

Consistently overlooked by then England manager Hope Powell, an uncapped Taylor watched Euro 2013 from the stands.

The tournament was a low point for the Lionesses – they finished bottom of their group and had the worst record of any side in the competition – but it proved a defining moment for Taylor.

“I was playing in Sweden at the time for Goteborg FC and a lot of my team-mates were representing Sweden. I remember sitting and watching in one of the stadiums and thinking, ‘I know I should be at the Euros’,” Taylor said.

“In the past I maybe didn’t feel quite so valued by certain people but it was probably the first time where I thought, regardless of what anyone else says, I know I deserve to be here.”

Fast forward four years and that judgement has proved right.

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Everton 1-0 Ruzomberok: Leighton Baines hands Toffees slender Europa League qualifier win

Wayne Rooney’s Goodison Park homecoming ended in a win as Everton beat MFK Ruzomberok 1-0 in their Europa League third qualifying round first-leg tie on Thursday night.

Ronald Koeman’s side edged past their Slovakian opponents thanks to captain Leighton Baines’ deflected drive 25 minutes from time.

However, while Rooney enjoyed a largely uneventful first competitive start since rejoining the Toffees from Manchester United earlier this summer, Koeman will have been pleased with how his other new recruits fared.

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Barcelona 1-0 Man Utd: Neymar’s first-half goal hands Barca victory

Man Utd ended their US tour in defeat as Neymar’s first-half goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 win in the International Champions Cup in Maryland.

In a first half full of chances, Neymar gave Barcelona the lead on 31 minutes, capitalising on Antonio Valencia’s mistake to fire home from close range.

Neymar put in a fine performance, seemingly unaffected by speculation linking him with a move to PSG, and it stayed 1-0 despite both Jasper Cillessen and David de Gea making several fine stops.

Antonio Valencia turned into trouble as Neymar snuck in to score
Antonio Valencia turned into trouble as Neymar snuck in to score
The defeat at FedExField was United’s first in pre-season, having beaten LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Man City and Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho made eight changes from the starting XI following the penalty shoot-out win over Real Madrid last week, bringing back Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba.

Both goals were peppered in the first half, as Barcelona came close on several occasions only to be denied by De Gea.

The Spaniard got down well to tip wide Luis Suarez’s effort from the left of the box, and again denied Suarez by superbly tipping wide his overhead kick after the opening goal.

But United had chances of their own. Lukaku poked over on the stretch in the opening minutes, Marcus Rashford saw a shot from an acute angle beaten away by Cillessen, and Paul Pogba’s ambitious 30-yard half-volley was tipped wide.

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Tottenham 2-3 Roma: Serie A side edge Spurs in thriller

Roma came out 3-2 winners against Tottenham in the ICC after a frantic finale in New Jersey in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Roma took the lead on 13 minutes through Diego Perotti’s penalty from Cameron Carter-Vickers’ soft handball, before Spurs were denied a clear penalty of their own Federico Fazio’s tackle on Harry Kane in the second half.

Cengiz Under slotted home for 2-0 in the 70th minute, but Spurs levelled late on with two goals in four minutes through subs Harry Winks (87) and Vincent Janssen (90+1).

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Javier Hernandez: West Ham sign striker from Bayer Leverkusen for £16m

West Ham have completed the £16m signing of striker Javier Hernandez from German club Bayer Leverkusen.

The former Manchester United forward has signed a three-year contract.

In May, Hernandez – widely known by the nickname Chicharito, which means ‘little pea’ – became Mexico’s all-time leading scorer.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world and when the opportunity came, I was desperate to sign for this club,” he said.

Hernandez, 29, scored 59 goals in 156 appearances for United after arriving at Old Trafford in 2010, before joining Leverkusen for £7.3m in August 2015.

He netted 39 times in 76 matches for the Bundesliga club.

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“West Ham is a historic club and very ambitious,” he added.

“I’ve had three fantastic years playing in Spain and Germany, but England was really the first big chapter in my career and I am so happy to be back.”

The deal for Hernandez follows the club record signing of Marko Arnautovic, who signed a five-year deal for a fee of £20m, which could rise to £25m.

The forward, who has been capped 62 times by Austria, scored seven times in 35 games in all competitions for Stoke City last season.

The Hammers signed Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart on a season-long loan deal on Tuesday last week. Former City defender Pablo Zabaleta also signed on a free transfer.

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Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United (1-2 on penalties): David de Gea stars in shootout win

David de Gea saved two spot-kicks as Manchester United beat Real Madrid 2-1 on penalties in the International Champions Cup, after the match ended 1-1 at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.

Casemiro, who scored from the spot in the second half to cancel out Jesse Lingard’s opener, missed the crucial penalty after De Gea kept out efforts from Mateo Kovacic and Oscar Rodriguez.

Only three of the 10 spot-kicks taken in the shootout were successful, with Daley Blind and Henrikh Mkhitaryan the scorers for Jose Mourinho’s side.

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Barcelona want to sign Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona want to sign Philippe Coutinho and are prepared to pay more than £70m but sources have told Sky Sports News the player is “100 per cent not for sale”.

The Brazil international signed a contract extension in January that runs until 2022 and the deal has no release clause so any sale would have to be agreed by Liverpool.

Coutinho was outstanding for Liverpool last season as he scored 13 times and added seven assists in 31 Premier League appearances.

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That form has brought him to the attention of Barcelona, but Coutinho definitively shot down talk of a move to La Liga when asked about leaving Liverpool in March.

“Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour,” Coutinho told ESPN Brasil.

“Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more.

“I have a long contract with Liverpool. Speculation is for journalists only.”

Coutinho only turned 25 last month but he is already one of the top players in the Premier League and is only getting better.

Neymar (centre) in action for Brazil alongside Philippe Coutinho (left) and Gabriel Jesus
Prizing him away from Liverpool would be very expensive but Barca may have considerable money to spend if his compatriot Neymar leaves the Catalan giants for Paris Saint-Germain.

Barca have maintained Neymar, who is also 25, is “not on the market” but he has a buyout clause which Sky Sports News understands is £196m and there are widespread reports that PSG are getting ready to trigger it.

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USA survive biting incident to see off El Salvador in Gold Cup quarter-final

Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj scored late in the first half and the United States beat El Salvador 2-0 on Wednesday night in an ugly Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinal in which defender Henry Romero appeared to bite Jozy Altidore on the back of a shoulder and pull the American forward’s nipple.

Canadian referee Drew Fischer, a Major League Soccer regular, did not penalize the incident, which occurred during a skirmish on the goal line in the 57th minute ahead of a US corner kick. A furious Altidore fell to the ground but remained in the game.

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Marko Arnautovic: West Ham agree £24m deal for Stoke City and Austria forward

West Ham have agreed a deal with Stoke City for the signing of Austria forward Marko Arnautovic.

The Hammers had already seen two bids rejected but it is understood Stoke have now accepted a fee in the region of £24m.

Arnautovic, 28, joined Stoke from Werder Bremen four years ago and is just 12 months into a four-year contract with the Potters.

He scored seven times in 35 games in all competitions last season.

West Ham signed Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart on a season-long loan deal on Tuesday.

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