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UEFA Nations League: Barella and Berardi’s goals help Italy defeat Belgium and finish in third place

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Belgium was without the top players Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard.

On Sunday, Italy was third on the Nations League after defeating Belgium with a 2-1 win to recover from their world record undefeated run coming by the sands of time.

A fantastic volley from Nicolo Barella shortly after half-time and Domenico Berardi’s penalty in the 63rd minute were enough to allow the Azzurri to defeat the Belgium team without injured Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard to win the third-place playoff.

Belgium, the European champions, defeated Spain in their semi-final on Wednesday, only to lose after going through 37 matches without a loss playing with enthusiasm on a beautiful sunny day in Turin’s Allianz Stadium. Still, Belgium’s poor luck continued after their last-minute semi-final defeat against France in the final on Thursday.

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Alexis Saelemaekers, who started as an injured Kevin De Bruyne, Michy Batshuayi, and Yannick Carrasco, all hit the woodwork before the goal was scored by Charles De Ketelaere the remaining four minutes.

It was a good morning to Italy manager Roberto Mancini, who watched as Federico Chiesa starred upfront in a side that was experimenting.

“We played very well today… Chiesa can play anywhere, right or left, today he played on the left and he did really well. He’s an important player,” Mancini stated to RAI.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois might have called Sunday’s game “pointless,” but the two teams put a lot of energy into their performance, with some players aiming to secure a spot on their national squads.

Giacomo Raspadori, making his sixth Italy appearance, was pushed through by the great Chiesa during the twenty-minute interval. Still, he couldn’t make his shot go through until Timothy Castagne got across to send his picture over to create the corner.

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Five minutes after that, AC Milan midfielder Saelemaekers struck the bar with a shot that swung in the direction of Gianluigi Donnarumma, the captain for the day, and booed enthusiastically from the Turin crowd after being attacked in anger by AC Milan fans on Wednesday stuck to the spot.

Influential Chiesa

It is Chiesa who was the main target of Italy’s attack. The well-rounded Juventus forward missed the most effective opportunity of the game before the break, when after receiving Berardi’s pin-pointed long pass, he took far too long for a shot, which let Courtois run out and save the ball with a stunning stop.

However, Barella scored to put Italy in front nearly immediately following the restart. He smashed into a high Belgian goalkeeper from the corner and hit an incredible volley that went into the corner at the bottom.

Batshuayi almost got the opposition level at an hour, with his powerful shot from a narrow-angle flying through Donnarumma and hitting the crossbar. Still, just afterward, Berardi increased Italy’s lead.

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Chiesa was brought down sloppy by Castagne, and despite objections by the Belgians, Berardi squeaked his spot-kick through Courtois.

Carrasco hit a shot that smashed off the back of the goalpost before De Bruyne, who entered the field before Berardi had put Italy two goals ahead in the game, laid down the goal that cut the deficit in half.

The Manchester City playmaker charged onto Courtois the long thrower before passing through De Ketelaere. He was able to slide his throw in between the legs of Donnarumma.

However, Roberto Martinez’s team did not get the goal to send the game to extra-time.

World champions France will take on Spain at the end of the match of the San Siro in Milan later on Sunday.

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Ricky Ponting claims recent T20I series losses show that Australian cricket is not as deep as it should be.

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Melbourne Ricky Ponting, a legendary Australian batsman, has supported Australian players in the rescheduled Indian Premier League. It will be excellent preparation for the T20 World Cup in October.

The IPL will squeeze the remaining 76 games between September 19 and October 15, while T20 World Cup will take place just after that, from October 17 to November 14. Both tournaments will take place in the UAE.

Ponting said to Australia Test captain Tim Paine, “Those guys who haven’t been playing for three or four-month months now need to get back in the groove of playing high-quality cricket against the top players in the world.” This was according to cricket.com.au.

Ponting, heading to Dubai to coach the IPL side Delhi Capitals, said, “No doubt it’s their best preparation, being in those exact conditions.

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Pat Cummins, a fast bowler, skipped the West Indies and Bangladesh tours to be with his wife. He is unlikely to return to IPL with his first child due to the rescheduled tournament.

Cummins stated in a YouTube vlog that “for the second half of the season, it’s going be tough to get over there.”

“We’ll watch how it turns out, but at this stage, it might prove too difficult, but with the World Cup right after it, I’m hoping that it will be easy for me to get there.”

Aaron Finch, Australia’s captain, had surgery to fix cartilage damage in his right knee from the West Indies. The surgery was successful, but he will need to rest for ten weeks before returning to play in Australia’s Super 12 stage match.

Finch previously stated that he thought it would be difficult to justify a return to IPL for players who skipped winter tours due to fatigue and the toll of bio-secure bubbles and hotel quarantines.

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Riley Meredith and Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, and Adam Zampa were all part of the tour that visited the Caribbean and Bangladesh. All hold IPL deals.

Marsh and Philippe had decided to skip the first stage IPL tournament, which was held in India.

The other Australians with IPL contracts are Nathan Coulter–Nile, Chris Lynn, and Ben Cutting. None of these are in Australia’s plans nor hold state contracts.

Australia’s T20 team, which didn’t have many first-choice cricketers, suffered 1-4 series losses against West Indies, Bangladesh, and Ponting stated that the results highlighted the current lack of depth within Australian cricket.

The Australian team suffered their lowest ever T20I score of 62 against Bangladesh in Dhaka just a few days back.

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“… Whether it was lack of confidence, a lack in skill, or a loss of awareness of the conditions. We were again unable to perform in these conditions because of our lack of skill and knowledge.

“It’s been the Achilles heel of Australian cricket for as long I can recall. This shows that the depth of Australian cricket is not there right now.

Ponting stated that “The T20 World Cup (but) with everyone in the UAE fit and healthy, I still believe the Australian team can push difficult to win that title that’s been elusive,” Ponting added.

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LaLiga: Valencia wins third-minute red card to defeat Getafe in the season-opener

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Denis Cheryshev, a Russian winger, was brought down in the penalty area. Carlos Soler scored the spot-kick. On Friday, Valencia won a third-minute penalty to beat Getafe by 1-0 in a brutal opening match in Spain’s LaLiga.

Hugo Guillamon, the defender, was sent to the stands for his dangerous tackle on Nemanja Maksimovic (Serbian midfielder at Getafe).

It was the fastest sent off in Liga’s history after the referee had consulted a replay.

After just 39 seconds, the foul was committed.

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Valencia was ahead eight minutes after Guillamon was dismissed.

Denis Cheryshev, a Russian winger, was brought down in the penalty area. Carlos Soler scored the spot-kick.

Soler stated, “It wasn’t the game we wanted. Because going a man down at the third minute isn’t the best situation.”

“Hugo is not to blame. It was not red. These are football things you learn from. He left the pitch, and I promised him we would win. We did.

Giorgi Mamardashvili of Valencia, who was on loan from Dinamo Tbilisi, made two excellent saves to deny Getafe a goal equalizer.

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Erick Cabaco was sent to the stands in the 76th minute for a second yellow card.

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LaLiga: Karim Benzema keeps hot, leads Real Madrid in the opener

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Karim Benzema wore his scoring boots from last season and scored a brace against Deportivo Alaves to kick off their LaLiga campaign.

Madrid Real Madrid was able to score a brace of goals from Karim Benzema, a French veteran striker. His double laid the foundation for a 4-1 win at Alaves that left Carlo Ancelotti celebrating his second spell as manager with a victory.

Real may have lost Lionel Messi to eternal rivals Barcelona, but Real is now transitioning, having seen Zinedine Zidane step down from his role as coach. Central defensive linchpins Sergio Ramos (Sergio Ramos) and Raphael Varane depart for Messi’s PSG or Manchester United.

Even with their big names still onboard, both of Spain’s biggest clubs could not prevent Atletico Madrid from walking off with the title last season.

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Real failed to find their rhythm in the first half. The returning Gareth Bale found Eden Hazard, who flicked with his heel for Benzema (skipper in Marcelo’s absence) to volley home the goal on 48 minutes.

Bale had to cancel his copybook and book a high boot, but Real – which featured David Alaba as their only new face – didn’t allow this to affect the grip they were maintained on the game.

Nacho scored from close range after a Luka Modric corner penalty on 56 minutes. Benzema made it 3-0 just after the hour. After Federico Valverde’s fine run and assist, Benzema made the game almost over.

Joselu penalties for hosts were minor issues after Thibaut Courtois made his 100th Liga appearance between Real’s posts and brought down John Guidetti.

A Vinicius header saved real’s fourth injury time.

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“To call Karim a striker is not to do him justice. He is a complete player. Ancelotti stated that this was more than five years ago.

“In the first half, we lacked intensity, but Karim’s goal opened up the game. “I want to play with intensity, with or without the ball.”

Another action Saturday saw Cadiz and Levante part ways 1-1, Mallorca and Real Betis split while Osasuna-Espanyol played out a goalless match.

Atletico will defend their title Sunday at Celta Vigo, Galicia. Barcelona will begin the post-Messi era in the Camp Nou against Real Sociedad, while Sevilla hosts Rayo Vallecano.

On Monday, Villarreal will face Granada, and Elche will face Athletic Bilbao.

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Valencia got the ball rolling Friday and pocketed three points after an early Carlos Soler penalty was enough to see them overcome Getafe 1-0.

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