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Chelsea’s boss Tuchel speaks on winning Champions League

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Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel said he was grateful and speechless after his side’s trash Manchester City 1-0 to clinch the UEFA Champions League cup on Saturday night.

Chelsea scored the only goal of the game through Kai Havertz in an explosive final held in Porto, Portugal.

It was redemption for Tuchel, who as coach of PSG, lost last year’s final to Bayern Munich by the same scoreline.

The German described the feeling as “incredible” and explained what they planned to do in the game.

“To share it with everybody is incredible. We made it. Wow. I don’t know what to feel.

“I was so grateful to arrive a second time [in the final. I felt different. We were somehow… You could feel it getting closer.

“The [players] were determined to win this. We wanted to be a stone in their shoe. We encouraged everybody to step up and step out, to be more brave and create dangerous counter-attacks,” Tuchel told BT Sport.

Thousands of Chelsea fans were in the crowd of 14,110 to see their team lift the trophy in the Dragao Stadium.

The final match had been moved from Istanbul with Portugal operating under less severe coronavirus restrictions.

Manchester City won the domestic championship by a distance but lost to Chelsea both in the league and FA Cup.

It now means Blues manager Thomas Tuchel completed a whirlwind story of success since taking over from Frank Lampard in January.

Defeat in their first UEFA Champions League final means Manchester City remain without the biggest prize in European football.

This is in spite of billions of dollars being spent over the years by their Abu Dhabi owners.

Chelsea are kings again and Tuchel has glory at the second attempt having lost in the final with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) last season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo shatters goal records

Cristiano Ronaldo has now equalled the 109 international goal record held by Iran legend Ali Daei.

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Cristiano Ronaldo reached another famous landmark as his two penalties in Portugal’s 2-2 draw with France took him to 109 international goals, a joint world record for men’s football.

Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for Iran between 1993 and 2006, and Ronaldo are the only two male players to score 90 or more international goals.

This is the latest landmark to push the argument for the 36-year-old to be considered an all-time great.

He is already the top scorer in club football’s top tournament, the European Cup/Champions League, a trophy he has won five times.

Against France he became the top European scorer in World Cups and European Championships combined, overtaking Miroslav Klose’s record of 19.

He also became the top scorer in European Championship history against Hungary on Tuesday, 15 June and his tally is up to 13 now.

How his international goals have come…

What tournaments have they come in?

31 – European Championship qualifiers
31 – World Cup qualifiers
19 – International friendlies
13 – European Championship
7 – World Cups
5 – Uefa Nations League
2 – Confederations Cup
Almost half of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals have come in the final 30 minutes of games.

He has netted 31 times in the final 15 minutes and 22 times between the 61st and 75th minute

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England to play Germany in last-16 at Euro 2020

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England to play Germany in last-16 at Euro 2020

England will play Germany in the last-16 of the European Championships at Wembley next Tuesday.

The Germans drew 2-2 with Hungary in Munich on Wednesday night to finish second in Group F, behind France.

Didier Deschamps’ side also drew 2-2 on a thrilling evening, with opponents Portugal going through as one of the best third-place sides.

Germany had looked to be heading out of the tournament as they twice trailed to unfancied Hungary, only for substitute Leon Goretzka to fire home the equaliser to earn Joachim Low’s side the point they needed.
The last-16 clash will be the latest in a long line of tournament clashes between England and Germany, who won on penalties in both the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96.

Former Germany forward Jurgen Klinsmann told the BBC: “Both Germany and England are in a similar situation, position by position. I think it will be a very even battle and it will be about the form of the day.

We saw a different face against Portugal and we saw a different face tonight and England were the same against Scotland and Croatia.

We will see a fascinating game in England v Germany because we do not know what to expect.

France and Portugal’s 2-2 draw featured three penalties, but ultimately ended in the French topping the group.

They will now face Switzerland in Bucharest, with Portugal coming up against Belgium in Seville.

Wales will kickstart the last-16 when they face Denmark in Amsterdam on Saturday evening, a match that will be followed by Italy vs Austria at Wembley.

Euro 2020 last 16 draw

Wales vs Denmark, June 26, Amsterdam

Italy vs Austria, June 26, London

Netherlands vs Czech Republic, June 27, Budapest

Belgium vs Portugal, June 27, Seville

Croatia vs Spain, June 28, Copenhagen

France vs Switzerland, June 28, Bucharest

England vs Germany, June 29, London

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England face Germany, France, Portugal… or Hungary in horror last-16 Euro 2020 clash after win against Czech Republic

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England will play Germany, France, Portugal or Hungary in the last 16 of the Euros after beating Czech Republic.

The Three Lions’ narrow 1-0 win at Wembley tonight ensured they finished top of Group D.

And that means they have a horror last-16 clash with the runners-up from ‘Group of Death’ Group F on Tuesday, June 29 at 5pm – again, under the Wembley Arch.

As things stand, old rivals Germany sit second in that group with three points but they still have one game to play tonight.

But in a very competitive group, England could face a meeting with World Cup winners France, or defending European Champions Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo.

There is also still a chance Hungary could finish second and come to Wembley.

France are currently top of Group F on four points with Germany ahead of Portugal on goal difference – both on three points – while Hungary are fourth on one.

Didier Deschamps’ side take on Portugal and Germany host Hungary at 8pm tonight to determine the final standings.

HOW ENGLAND COULD FACE… FRANCE

If France draw with Portugal and Germany win, they would finish second.

If France lose and Germany draw or lose they would also finish second (barring a big goal swing in Hungary’s favour which could see them drop to third).

HOW ENGLAND COULD FACE… GERMANY

If Germany win and France win, they would finish second.

If Germany draw and France win or draw they would finish second.

HOW ENGLAND COULD FACE… PORTUGAL

If Portugal win and Germany win, they would likely finish second – unless they win by more goals than Germany, in which case they could go top in that scenario.

If Portugal draw and Germany lose, they would finish second.

HOW ENGLAND COULD FACE… HUNGARY

This is the dream scenario for England and very possible.

If Hungary beat Germany, and France beat Portugal, they will finish second.

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