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Moment Of Mbappe Brilliance Gives France Victory In Sweden

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Kylian Mbappe scored with France’s only shot on goal on Saturday in Solna to give the world champions a 1-0 victory over Sweden in the opening round of matches in the Nations League.
Mbappe picked up the ball wide of the goal in the 41st minute, squeezed past two defenders, waited for goalkeeper Robin Olsen to go down and then clipped the ball just inside the post from the narrowest of angles.
The strike was enough to give France victory in a cagey opener in Group 3 of the elite League A in the competition.
“It was a committed match, not a great match,” said France manager Didier Deschamps. “It was a good back-to-school game, considering the fitness levels.”
Mbappe agreed that fitness, after the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, explained the lacklustre game.
“We are not all at the same level,” Mbappe said.
Sweden managed just three strikes on target in the 90 minutes, though one of those was a deflection off French defender Dayot Upamecano, making his international debut, that Hugo Lloris saved.
Antoine Griezmann had a chance to double the French lead with the last kick of the game after Anthony Martial was fouled in the box, but the Barcelona attacker blasted the penalty high.
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“It was a complicated match,” said Mbappe. “We competed well, it wasn’t easy.”
Deschamps has adopted a new system with two strikers.
“It’s clear that I’m closer to the goal,” said Mbappe. “I like that.”
Captain Lloris also focused on the formation and a lack of fitness.
“In the second half, we lost intensity, I found the Swedes very good physically,” said the goalie, adding that the team were still learning the new system.
“We’re not going to adapt overnight, we had very few days to prepare for it, we have to work on it, we have to give it time.”
For France’s first match since they beat Albania last November, Deschamps recalled Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot for his first appearance since he refused to serve as a standby for the 2018 World Cup.
France face Croatia in a rematch of the 2018 World Cup final at the Stade de France in Paris on Tuesday while Sweden take on the fourth team in the group, Portugal, winners of the inaugural Nations League, in Solna.
France travelled to Sweden with just two goalkeepers after Steve Mandanda of Marseille was sent home because he was deemed to have failed a Covid-19 test and there was no time to arrange tests for a replacement.
After Saturday’s victory, Deschamps said he had called up Benoit Costil of Bordeaux, who will join the squad on Sunday.

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I Can’t Wait To Face Ronaldo – Osimhen

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Victor Osimhen is looking forward to coming up against Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie A this season, reports Completesports.com.
Osimhen joined Napoli from Ligue 1 club Lille in July.
The new season in Italy will start this weekend with Napoli facing Parma in their first game of the campaign.
Napoli’s first tough fixture of the season will be away to champions Juventus on matchday three.
The game will see Osimhen come up against Ronaldo for the first time in his career.
“I’m really looking forward to a new career here in Serie A. Playing against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo is something one can eagerly wait for,”Osimhen told cafonline.com.
“While at Lille, I had the opportunity of playing against some of the best players in the world like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and it would definitely be a whole great experience to play against Ronaldo, who is one of the greatest playeon earth.
“So, I’m looking forward to facing him soon.”
The Nigeria international scored six goals and provided one assist in three pre-season outings for the Partenopei.

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Five new signings to watch in Serie A

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There will be a clutch of new faces when the 2020/21 Serie A season kicks off this weekend.
AFP Sport looks at five new signings to look out for in Italy this season :
Victor Osimhen ( Napoli )
Napoli paid French club Lille a club record fee of up to 80 million euros ( $94 .6 million ) to bring Nigeria forward to southern Italy on a five- year deal .
The total fee is almost double Napoli’ s previous club record of around 40 million euros paid for Gonzalo Higuain in 2013 and Hirving Lozano last year .
Osimhen scored 18 times last season and was one of the revelations of France ’ s curtailed campaign with 13 Ligue 1 goals as Lille finished fourth .
“ For me , being here means having made a big leap in quality , ” said the 21- year – old .
Napoli finished seventh in Serie A and qualified for the Europa League after winning the Italian Cup , their first trophy in six years .
Weston McKennie ( Juventus)
Weston McKennie joined Juventus on a season – long loan from Bundesliga club Schalke and will become the first American to play for the Italian champions.
McKennie , 22, moves to Turin for an initial fee of 4 . 5 million euros.
The deal includes an obligation for Juventus to buy the midfielder for 18 .5 million euros if certain targets are met this season .
The US international spent four years in Germany and made 91 appearances for Schalke, but the Bundesliga club found itself in a perilous financial situation after the coronavirus pandemic .
“ Playing with Cristiano Ronaldo , seeing how he moves and how he works will bring me great benefits, ” said McKennie before Juventus ’s first game against Sampdoria on Sunday.
Achraf Hakimi ( Inter Milan )
Real Madrid full- back Achraf Hakimi joined Serie A club Inter Milan for a reported fee of 40 million euros plus five million euros in bonuses .
As part of the sale , Madrid has negotiated a clause giving them first refusal on the Morocco international for the next five years .
Achraf , who has spent the past two seasons on loan at Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund , has joined the Serie A runners – up on a contract until June 2025 .
The pacy defender will bolster Antonio Conte ’ s defense , occupying the right flank where neither Antonio Candreva nor Victor Moses fully convinced last season .
Vedat Muriqi ( Lazio)
Kosovo international striker Vedat Muriqi arrives from Turkish club Fenerbahce to support Lazio’ s Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile as the club return to the Champions League after a 13 – year break .
Simone Inzaghi’ s side is reported to have spent 20 million euros ( $23 million ) for the services of the 26 – year – old forward on a five- year deal .
Immobile scored 36 goals last season as the Romans challenged for a first Serie A title since 2000, eventually finishing fourth having been just one point behind Juventus before the coronavirus break .
Aleksei Miranchuk ( Atalanta )
Atalanta signed versatile Russian attacking midfielder Aleksei Miranchuk from Lokomotiv Moscow just after their Champions League last- eight exit with Slovenian striker Josip Illcic absent because of personal and psychological problems .
Miranchuk scored 12 goals in the Russian league last season and two against Juventus in the Champions League .
The Bergamo side paid a reported 20 million euros for the 24- year – old , who can play in a central attacking midfield role or as a winger on either flank for last season ’ s Serie A top scorers .
Miranchuk will be separated from his twin brother Anton for the first time after they emerged together at Lokomotiv and in the Russian national team.

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Japan ’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury .
The 22- year – old had her left hamstring taped when she battled back against Victoria Azarenka in the U . S . Open final in New York on Saturday to win her third Grand Slam title.
“ Unfortunately , I won’ t be able to play the French Open this year ,” the world number three wrote on social media in a message she also posted in Japanese .
“ My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have time to prepare for the clay – these two tournaments came too close to each other for me this time .
“ I wish the organizers and players all the best . ”
French Open will be held from Sept . 27 to Oct . 11 after being moved from its usual late May – June slot due to the coronavirus pandemic .
The hamstring issue had prompted Osaka to withdraw from the final of the Western & Southern Open in the run – up to the U .S . Open but it did not appear to hamper her at Flushing Meadows .
Osaka made headlines in New York as much for her performances on court as for her commitment to social justice causes.
For each of her U . S . Open matches she wore a different mask that carried the name of a Black American , aiming to highlight racial injustice in the United States to a wider audience .
The withdrawal of Osaka, who has never advanced past the third round at Roland Garros , comes as another blow to the tournament after world number one Ash Barty of Australia said she would not be defending her title due to COVID- 19 concerns.
On the men’ s side, Roger Federer will not compete as he continues to recover from knee surgery .
Osaka’ s absence would improve Serena Williams’ s chances of winning a record- tying 24th Grand Slam title if the American chooses to play .
The 38- year – old has pulled out of the Italian Open with an Achilles issue .
The French Tennis Federation ( FFT ) said on Thursday it would allow 5,000 spectators per day following a recent spike in COVID- 19 cases in the country.
It had previously said the clay court major would permit a maximum of 11 ,500 fans per day.

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