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Premier League/England

Son’s solo effort secures win for Spurs after Lloris saves Man City penalty | Football | The Guardian
Son Heung-min’s solo effort secures a Champions League first-leg win for Tottenham after Sergio Agüero’s penalty is saved.

Liverpool 2-0 Porto: Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino put Reds in control - BBC Sport
Liverpool take command of their Champions League quarter-final with Porto thanks to two first-half goals in the first leg at Anfield.

Mauricio Pochettino fears Spurs’ Harry Kane could be out for season with injury | Football | The Guardian
Mauricio Pochettino’s happiness at Tottenham’s 1-0 home victory over Manchester City was tempered by the loss of Harry Kane to another ankle ligament injury

Swansea City 3-1 Stoke City - BBC Sport
Daniel James gave another sparkling display as Swansea beat nine-man Stoke to keep alive their play-off hopes.

Lijnders hints at Liverpool interest in £100m Wolves man - Football365
Liverpool assistant boss Pep Lijnders has hinted that the club could be interested in Ruben Neves.

Beth Mead and Ellen White put England back on track against Spain | Football | The Guardian
A fit-again Jade Moore inspired England as goals from Beth Mead and Ellen White gave them a 2-1 victory at home against Spain.

How did Norwich City get so dominant in the Championship? | Football | The Guardian
Norwich are seven points clear at the top of the Championship after eight straight wins. Where did it all go right this season?

Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘cannot see’ Paul Pogba leaving the club before next season - BBC Sport
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he cannot see Paul Pogba leaving the club before next season.

Amid historic quadruple push, Pep Guardiola bans alcohol – ProSoccerTalk
”Don’t drink one drop of beer or alcohol.” is why I could never be a pro athlete.

Millie Bright column: ‘New money is welcome but needs to be shared around’ - BBC Sport
England defender Millie Bright says that big new sponsorship deals for women’s football are welcome but that the money should be used to help players who still struggle.

Europe

Spain Prime Minister offended by Guardiola comments on country
Spain’s Prime Minister said he is still “offended” by Pep Guardiola’s remarks that the country is an “authoritarian state and repressive.”

Sevilla chief calls La Liga ‘lazy’ for not doing better job of exporting game
Sevilla’s chief marketing officer said La Liga has been “lazy” and late to recognize the value of marketing to an international audience.

Champions League & Europa League: Who will qualify in various scenarios? - BBC Sport
BBC Sport looks at what happens to England’s European places depending on how their teams do in this season’s tournaments.

Can the Juventus Crossing Machine Defeat Ajax’s High Pressure Defense? | StatsBomb
Wednesday night’s Champions League clash between Ajax and Juventus showcases two teams that put together tactical masterclasses in the second leg of the previous round.

FAI funding suspended by Sport Ireland amid concerns over Delaney loan | Football | The Guardian
Sport Ireland has confirmed it has suspended funding to the Football Association of Ireland amid concerns over a controversial loan.

MLS/Americas

NYCFC’s awful field conditions are this week’s one weird thing in MLS – The Athletic ($)
But remember, kids, artificial turf is the worst!

Why is Beckham’s MLS stadium deal taking so long in Miami? | Miami Herald
David Beckham and partners needed just nine weeks to get the go-ahead from Fort Lauderdale to start work on a soccer stadium. They’ve spent five years trying to get a Miami-Dade deal.

Argentina, Colombia to co-host revamped ‘20 Copa America
The 2020 Copa America will be held in two geographical zones, with six teams each playing in Colombia and Argentina, respectively.

Don’t stop believing: Sporting KC say they have a chance in CCL series | MLSsoccer.com
I am an optimistic person by nature. But even I don’t think SKC can overcome a five goal first leg deficit.

Major League Soccer option for Andy Carroll as West Ham exit looms | Sport | The Times
Andy Carroll’s career at West Ham United is over after the forward had ankle surgery that will rule him out for the rest of the season.

Other

Unpopular Opinion: Why the Europa League is better than the Champions League | FourFourTwo
Thursday nights on... er, BT Sport? Yes please, says Jack Beresford, who argues that Europe’s other cup competition is underrated.

When Saturday Comes - Focus on Kasey Keller: The college keeper who starred for Millwall, Leicester and Spurs
His lengthy playing days were bookended by stints at Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders, but it was in England that the Washington state-born keeper made his name.

‘A totally different fit’: how female footballers finally got their own kits | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian
Gone are the hand-me-downs and adapted men’s kits – women have been calling the shots before this summer’s World Cup.