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    James Milner blasts VAR 'shambles' at the World Cup after more controversy

    James Milner has ripped into the use of VAR at the World Cup, branding the system a 'shambles' while listing the negative effects it is having on games in Russia.There was more controversy on Monday night when VAR was used to award Iran a penalty against Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo avoided a red card after catching Morteza Pouraliganji on the chin with his arm. England benefitted from VAR against Panama on Sunday, but missed out on two obvious penalties six days earlier in the 2-1 victory over Tunisia.  VAR seemed to cause referee Enrique Caceres problems during Portugal's draw with Iran ...

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    Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler take part in incredible keepy-uppy routine

    Germany's World Cup hopes lie in the balance ahead of their final group stage clash with South Korea on Wednesday.But the pressure does not seem to be affecting key pair Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler ahead of the showdown in Kazan.The pair were engaged in an incredible keepy-uppy challenge as they took a break from fine-tuning their preparations. German stars Julian Draxler and Mesut Ozil enjoyed some showboating during training The pair took some time out ahead of fine-tuning preparations for the clash with South Korea Draxler juggles the ball on his head as Germany showed no signs of feeling ...

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    World Cup 2018 RECAP score: Group C - Denmark vs France at Luzhniki Stadium

    Denmark and France met at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday afternoon knowing that a draw would be enough to satisfy both sides.France, who had already qualified for the last-16, would finish top of World Cup Group C with a win or a draw.Denmark, who are two points behind France in second, needed a draw to confirm the place in the next round.Denmark would be eliminated if they lost and Australia beat Peru.Relive the action as it happened with Sportsmail's TOM FARMERY.If you are viewing this on the mobile app, please click here.  *Privacy policy   Tom Farmery Host commentator Auto-update 16:51 FT: Denmark ...

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    World Cup 2018 LIVE score: Group C - Australia vs Peru at Fisht Stadium

    Peru clinched their first win of the 2018 World Cup with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Australia on Tuesday. Australia came into the game with a chance of progressing but their hopes took a serious knock when Andre Carrillo scored a stunning opening goal.Captain and talisman Paolo Guerrero then doubled the South Americans' lead just after half-time as they finally gave their fans something to smile about.Relive all the action from the Fisht Olympic Stadium with Sportsmail's Max Winters here.If you are viewing this on the mobile app, please click here.   Max Winters Host commentator Auto-update 17:04 MATCH REPORT: Socceroos eliminated from the ...

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    Supporters will be able to buy alcohol at Champions League and Europa League games from next season

    Fans will be able to buy alcohol at Champions League and Europa League matches next season after UEFA changed their regulations.Supporters were previously unable to purchase any form of alcohol inside stadiums and in UEFA's private environs around grounds.But the organisation's executive committee have altered that rule and now national and local laws will apply.  Fans will be able to purchase alcohol at Champions League and Europa League games Local laws will apply when it comes to alcohol sales within stadiums going forward UEFA altered article 36 of their Safety and Security Regulations during a recent meeting.The amended article now ...

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    Stoke edge closer to move for McClean as they increase £4m opening bid

    Stoke City are closing on a deal for West Brom winger James McClean after improving on their opening £4million bid.The Republic of Ireland international will become Gary Rowett's third signing and the Stoke boss is keen to add another two wingers. Jordon Ibe of Bournemouth and Junior Hoilett of Cardiff City have both been discussed.  James McClean (top) is on the cusp of a move to Stoke after they increased an initial £4m bid McClean only has a year remaining on his contract at the Hawthorns.He also struggled for his usual level of first-team action last season as the Baggies were ...

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    Black eyes, sidelined managers and Messi moping: Argentina's chaos

    For a country steeped in such rich World Cup history, Argentina's current campaign is rapidly hurtling towards an utter disaster.Lionel Messi shutting down, holding crisis meetings, even phone calls to Sergio Aguero from the president of Argentina to check if their captain is feeling alright – all of which has compounded to make their World Cup plight one of the most bizarre in the country's history.Claims of in-fighting and mutiny followed by counter-claims of harmony and happy families have turned this furore into a bona fide mess. Perhaps the most troubling news of all, however, came following Argentina's 3-0 humbling at the ...

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    What do Sportsmail's reporters make of VAR at the World Cup?

    VAR yet again became one of the major talking points following Monday night's deciding Group B fixtures at the World Cup.The video assistant referee was called upon three times in Portugal's draw with Iran and once during Spain's stalemate with Morocco, sparking yet more controversy on the biggest stage in football.And following Monday's matches, Sportsmail's reporters have had their say on VAR. Has it been a force for good or has it caused too much confusion? VAR was used during both Spain and Portugal's deciding Group B fixtures at the World Cup The video assistant referee was called upon three ...

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    Belgium boss Roberto Martinez claims England can challenge at World Cup

    Roberto Martinez believes English football is now breeding players good enough to take on the world.The former Wigan Athletic and Everton manager will lead his Belgium team against England in a shoot-out for first place in Group G on Thursday.And after watching Gareth Southgate's team dismantle Panama 6-1 at the weekend, he offered a candid view of the way that football is now developing in the Premier League. Harry Kane raises his arm in celebration after scoring England's second goal against Panama Belgium boss Roberto Martinez believes English players have evolved in recent seasons'I think it's been a huge evolution,' ...

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    Danny Ings to leave Liverpool as striker eyes regular football

    Danny Ings has taken the emotional decision to seek a move from Liverpool this summer as he looks to reignite his career.Liverpool are not forcing Ings to move on and would be more than happy for him to remain at Anfield - he is a popular member of the squad whose attitude and approach has never been anything other than exemplary.But Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool's manager, cannot provide any guarantees about giving Ings regular football next season and it is for that reason the 25-year-old will reluctantly look for another club during this window. Danny Ings has taken the emotional decision ...

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    Marouane Fellaini to make decision on Man United future within days

    Marouane Fellaini will make a decision on his Manchester United future within days after rejecting a contract extension at Old Trafford.The midfielder, currently on World Cup duty with Belgium, said he hasn't been affected mentally by the uncertainty over his next career move and will confirm his intentions on July 1.Arsenal are one of the sides interested in signing Fellaini on a free transfer, while there has also been interest from clubs in Italy and Turkey, including Milan and Fenerbahce. Marouane Fellaini will make a decision on his Manchester United future at the start of July The United midfielder trains ...

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    Mark Clattenburg slams VAR shambles in Portugal's draw against Iran

    Mark Clattenburg has slammed the use of VAR during Portugal's draw with Iran and suggested that the use of it has become an 'over-reaction'.The video assistant referee system was introduced on the international stage for the World Cup in Russia and has been a mitigated success throughout much of the tournament.But Monday night's game saw a series of controversial decisions late on in the game that came about through VAR. Iran were awarded a penalty after the ball hit Cedric's arm in Monday's game against Portugal The decision was referred to the video assistant referee and then the referee gave ...

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    Vinicius Junior tears up in final Flamengo press conference ahead of Real Madrid move

    Brazilian wonderkid Vinicius Junior bade a heartfelt goodbye to Flamengo on Monday as he prepares to make his move to Real Madrid.The 17-year-old's move to the European champions will become a reality on his 18th birthday next month after a £38million deal was agreed last year.He is widely considered the best prospect to come out of his country since Neymar and appears to have a big future in the game, though it is unclear yet whether or not he will be loaned out next season. Vinicius Junior was reduced to tears as he bid farewell to Brazilian side Flamengo on ...

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    It's an England-Brazil final! Three Lions predicted to go all the way

    England are set to face five-time winners Brazil in the final of the World Cup in Russia, according to forecasts by Goldman Sachs.The bank has been using a predictive model to pick a winner at the summer showpiece. Simulating 1million variations, it initially picked Brazil to beat Germany in the final on July 15.But after England's flying start to the tournament, and Germany's struggles in their first two matches, Goldman's team have changed their minds. England are set to reach the final of the World Cup in Russia, according to Goldman Sachs But the forecasts suggest the Three Lions will lose ...

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    Has VAR been a success or a failure so far at the World Cup in Russia?

    As many predicted beforehand, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has become one of the major talking points of the World Cup in Russia.For better or worse the technology - and the sight of referees sprinting to the pitchside screen or of the uniformed officials in Moscow mission HQ - has become a familiar theme during the tournament.It's certainly sparked plenty of debate, with fans discussing whether it's being used too much or too little, whether referees have come to rely on it, and whether players are pressurising officials to check decisions.We take a look at some of the key decisions ...

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