Football

BOG: Ba to face Rewa

THE 2018 Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants champion Ba will play Rewa in the feature match of the 2018 Vodafone Premier League at Govind Park in Ba on Saturday. Ba drew with Lautoka 1-all...

Bronze for New Caledonia after avenging group loss

PAPEā€™ETE, 20 AUGUST 2018 (OFC) – New Caledonia have claimed third place at the OFC U-19 Championship with a 4-1 win over the Solomon Islands at Stade Pater. Solomon Islands started the game strongly despite leaving some of their starters on the bench. However, the finishing in the attacking third and outstanding defending from the...

Fiji Football: Wara to play for Fiji

THE Fiji football team received a boost to its preparations for the two international friendly games next month. The Fiji Football Association in a statement issued today said that Semi Scott Wara, the 18-year-old defender who has made his English Football debut while on loan from Stoke City will be featuring for the Vodafone Fiji...

New Zealand win seventh title

PAPE’ETE, 20 AUGUST 2018 (OFC) – New Zealand have successfully defended their OFC U-19 Championship title with a hard fought 1-0 win over their hosts Tahiti at Stade Pater. After qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time in ten years, Tahiti started the contest on the front-foot with some good counter...

Chelsea edge Arsenal in thriller, Kane scores in Spurs win

LONDON (Reuters) – A second successive Chelsea win under Maurizio Sarri, 3-2 over an Arsenal side who have suffered back-to-back defeats under Unai Emery, gave both managers a crash course in the unpredictability of the Premier League on Saturday. Marcos Alonso pounced on Eden Hazard’s cross to settle the game in the second half after...

Vardy sees red but Leicester ease to victory over Wolves

Leicester City had Jamie Vardy sent off but it did not stop them from recording a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday. The Foxes led at the half-hour mark through a Matt Doherty own goal, the defender heading in just as Wolves were on top at the King...

Richarlison strikes again as Silva’s Everton sink Saints

(Reuters)- – Brazilian winger Richarlison continued his sparkling start to the season with his third goal in two games as Everton beat Southampton 2-1 in new manager Marco Silva’s first home game in charge at Goodison Park. It was the performance as much as the scoreline that will have impressed Everton’s supporters who were granted...

Kane finally nets in August as Spurs beat Fulham 3-1

LONDON (Reuters) – Harry Kane finally ended his August goalscoring drought as England’s World Cup luminaries inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a morale-boosting 3-1 Premier League win over newcomers Fulham on Saturday. At the end of a week when news of their delayed move to their new stadium left fans frustrated, Spurs gave them plenty to...

Bayern leave it late to beat minnows, holders Frankfurt crash out

BERLIN (Reuters) – German champions Bayern Munich needed more than 80 minutes to break the deadlock against regional club Drochtersen/Assel and win 1-0 in the German Cup first round on Saturday as holders Eintracht Frankfurt crashed out against amateurs Ulm. Bayern, who won the German Super Cup against Frankfurt last Sunday, looked far from ready...

Premier league: Nadi downs Rewa

JACKS Nadi defeated Rewa 2-0 in the Vodafone Premier League game at Prince Charles Park this afternoon. The jetsetters pressurised the Delta Tigers to commit unforced errors and capitalised on Rewa’s mistakes. Rawa scored an own goal through Amani Makoe in the first spell before young Christopher Kumar nailed a spectacular goal in the second...

Premier league: Ba defeats Dreketi

BA defeated Dreketi 2-0 in the Vodafone Premier League encounter at Govind Park this afternoon. Striker Abbu Zahid and Shivan Sami scored a goal each for the men-in-black to secure a crucial win. The victory has also enabled the side to maintain its second spot in the overall points table behind leaders and defending League...

Newcastle’s Kenedy has last-minute penalty saved in stalemate

(Reuters) – A nightmare afternoon for Newcastle United’s loan signing Kenedy ended with the Brazilian having a penalty saved with almost the final kick of a dismal and goalless Premier League stalemate at Cardiff City. With Newcastle down to 10 men after a straight red card for Isaac Hayden, Kenedy spurned a golden and unlikely...

Bielsa’s Leeds maintain 100 percent record in Championship

LONDON (Reuters) – Leeds United’s revolution under Marcelo Bielsa continued on Saturday as they maintained their perfect start to the season in England’s Championship with a 2-0 victory at their Elland Road home over Rotherham United. The Argentine became the first manager of the former European Cup finalists to win his first four games in...

Lopetegui focused on Getafe game, not transfer targets

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui batted away talk about the club’s possible transfer targets ahead of his side’s first La Liga game of the season against Getafe on Sunday, insisting he is happy with the squad he has. “Right now we’re focusing on getting the best out of the squad we have...

Bolt lands Down Under for ‘real’ soccer mission

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Olympic sprint champion and aspiring footballer Usain Bolt touched down in Sydney on Saturday, declaring himself ready to prove to the world that his Australian soccer adventure is “real”. The eight-times Olympic gold medallist will train with Central Coast Mariners for the first time on Tuesday after being granted an open-ended trial...

Lautoka Blues keeps lead

LAUTOKA Blues survived a tough challenge and scored an equaliser in the last minute to hold Ba to a 1-all scoreline in the Vodafone Premier League game held at Govind Park yesterday. Defender Kolinio Sivoki made no mistake with a penalty kick after Dave Radregai was brought down without the ball inside the penalty box...

Tite brings in young blood for Brazil friendlies in USA

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira and Barcelona’s Artur are among the new names in a much-changed Brazil squad for upcoming friendlies against the United States and El Salvador, coach Tite said on Friday. Pereira, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder who spent last season on loan at Valencia, is one of two Manchester...

Soccer – Interim coach rings in big changes for Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Italian-based strikers Lautaro Martinez and Giovanni Simeone are among the 20 new faces in Argentina’s squad for upcoming friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Friday. Martinez, who joined Inter Milan from Racing earlier this summer, and Simeone, the Spain-born striker who plays for Fiorentina, are...

NZ and Tahiti book World Cup berths

PAPE’ETE, 17 AUGUST 2018 (OFC) – Tahiti will get their long awaited return to the FIFA U-20 World Cup after beating Solomon Islands 3-1 at Stade Pater Thursday to claim one of two berths for Poland 2019. Joining them will be New Zealand whose 2-1 victory over New Caledonia secured their berth in Poland. New...

Fiji football remains in 165th position on FIFA ranking

THE Vodafone Fiji football team remains on 165th position in the latest FIFA world rankings released today. There has been no movement for teams in Oceania, except for New Zealand which moved up a rank to 119. Meanwhile, World Cup winners France moved up six places to be ranked number one followed by Belgium and...

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