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Dembele scores, Mbappe Misses Penalty as France Beat Kazakhstan

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Ousmane Dembele scored the opening goal as holders France beat Kazakhstan 2-0 away on Sunday to claim the first victory in their campaign to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qata

Ousmane Dembele scored the opening goal as holders France beat Kazakhstan 2-0 away on Sunday to claim the first victory in their campaign to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Sergei Maliy put through his own net for France’s second goal before half-time but Kylian Mbappe had a second-half penalty saved after coming off the bench.

It was a welcome result for the reigning world champions after they kicked off their campaign in qualifying Group D by drawing 1-1 at home to Ukraine last Wednesday.

Didier Deschamps’ side now stop off in Sarajevo for another match against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday to complete a hectic start to qualifying before reverting their focus to the delayed Euro 2020 in June.

In an attempt to keep his squad fresh, Deschamps made nine changes to his line-up following the Ukraine draw for the match in Nur-Sultan, more than 5,000 kilometres east of Paris in Central Asia.

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Antoine Griezmann, who scored France’s goal against Ukraine, was the only outfield player to keep his place in the side, while Hugo Lloris again started in goal as he won his 122nd cap.

Griezmann’s Barcelona teammate Dembele was one of those brought into the team as he started for France in a competitive game for the first time since the triumphant 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia.

Dembele got the breakthrough in the 20th minute, controlling on the edge of the box and scoring with a low drive into the corner of the net after good work by Anthony Martial to set him up.

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Ben White Completes 50 Million Pounds Move to Arsenal from Brighton

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Ben White Completes 50 Million Pounds Move to Arsenal from Brighton

Ben White has completed his £50 million switch to Arsenal from Brighton as Mikel Arteta’s recruitment drive at Emirates Stadium begins to gather pace.

White has become Arsenal’s third major signing of the summer after Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga, who arrived from Benfica and Anderlecht respectively.

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The 23-year-old signed a four-year deal that will keep him at the Emirates until 2025 after passing a medical, and will now join up with his new team-mates ahead of the Gunners’ latest pre-season friendly against Chelsea on Sunday.

White will be expected to slot straight into Arteta’s starting XI after proving he can deliver the goods in the Premier League at Brighton last term.

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Manchester United Denies Having Positive Case Within 1st Team Training Group

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Manchester United Denies Having Positive Case Within 1st Team Training Group

Manchester United have confirmed there are no positive Covid cases within the first team training group after a scare on Thursday.

Players and staff are routinely tested and results on Thursday taken by lateral flow tests showed a small group, which included players and staff, had tested positive for the virus.

That group isolated while they awaited results of a PCR test, but are all now allowed back into the training ground after further testing showed they are negative.

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The players and staff were tested after the game against Brentford, as is routine, and a small number of the lateral flow tests came back positive.

The club consequently issued a statement explaining there were suspected positive Covid cases in the group and their pre-season clash against Preston North End, due to be played on Saturday, was called off.

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Novak Djokovic Ousted from Tokyo 2020 Games in Semifinal Stage

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Novak Djokovic Ousted from Tokyo 2020 Games in Semifinal Stage

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic had his dreams of tennis gold dashed on Friday while Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega felled the reigning world 10,000 metres champion, on a day of upsets that saw doping allegations surface at the swimming pool.

The Serbian was aiming to become the first man to complete the Golden Slam – Olympic gold and all four majors in the same year – but was undone by fifth-ranked German Alexander Zverev who came back strong after conceding the first set.

The two men embraced briefly at the net and Zverev appeared to sob into his towel.

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In the first final of the athletics programme, Barega sprinted the last lap to leave Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, who also holds the 10,000m world record, trailing.

As viewer data suggested Tokyo 2020 has so far been less watched than other recent Games, the day was also marked by crashes on the BMX track, including one that saw 28-year-old American favourite Connor Fields rushed to hospital.

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