New Zealand’s All Whites have been left heartbroken and furious following a 1-nil loss to Costa Rica in their World Cup play-off
Coach Danny Hay said the officiating was at times “atrocious” and he said the referee wasn’t up to the level required.
It’s the third qualifying campaign in a row New Zealand have fallen at the final hurdle after losing play-offs to Mexico and Peru in the past two World Cup cycles.
Meanwhile England has been booed off the pitch after suffering its worst home defeat in nearly 100 years and going four games in a row without a victory.
Hungary sent four goals past the home side in the UEFA Nations League.
Remarkably, Hungary are the first team to score four goals in an away match against England since they themselves won 6-3 at Wembley in 1953.
“It was a night to forget but we‘ve got to take it on the chin. We’ve got to move forward,” says England captain Harry Kane.
Aussie golfer celebrates championship with ‘how many beers fit’ in Claret Jug
Australia’s Cameron Smith has produced an incredible back-nine birdie blitz to win the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, taking home his first major victory
Smith is the first Australian golfer to win the British Open since Greg Norman claimed the title back in 1993.
Starting his final round four shots back from leaders Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland, Smith shot a final-round 8-under 64 to surge to the top of the leaderboard and lift the Claret Jug.
“What a week. I’m going to fall apart here I know,” Smith said after the win.
“All the hard work we’ve done over the last couple of years has really started to pay off, and this one definitely makes it worth it.
“I had a lot of support out there, especially the Aussie guys. You kept me going out there. This one’s for Oz.”
How many beers fit in a Claret jug?
In tears, Smith told the crowd he was going to fall apart here after lifting the trophy, but in true Aussie fashion, the golfer wants to find out how many beers will fit in the prized jug.
Canadian Open set to have a star-studded field
Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal will play in the Canadian Open next month
Pro players, Williams and Nadal are set to play in the Canadian Open in August, amid speculation about their future in tennis.
40-year-old Serena ended a 12-month drought, after playing at Wimbledon earlier this month. But the 23 grand slam champ lost in the first round to Harmony Tan.
The tournament will mark Nadal’s return to the field after his time at Wimbledon was cut short before the finals because of an injury. Read more.
The two tennis stars are part of a star-studded field of competitors for the Canadian tournament. They will join 40 of the top 43 ranked tennis players in the world.
Other star players include Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff, Emma Raducanu, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz.
The event runs in the lead up to the US Open which will be the last grand slam of the year. The Canadian Open will take place in Toronto and Montreal from August the 6th.
Liverpool fans incorrectly blamed for Champions League chaos
A “litany of administrative errors” is how French authorities are describing a security breach at this year’s Champions League Final
The French Government initially blamed Liverpool supporters and fake tickets for the chaos in which Champions League fans were tear-gassed at the final in May.
But a new report has found the supporters were blamed unfairly, and a series of “administrative errors” caused the chaos. The senate report found “dysfunctional mistakes were made at every level”.
The final was delayed by more than half an hour after police held back people who were trying to enter the stadium.
The report takes aim at Paris Police, UEFA and the French Government for failing to plan, and for blaming the supporters.
Many fans made formal complaints about being pushed, and assaulted at the time.
Opposition lawmakers believe the scandal has damaged France’s overseas reputation.
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