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Croatia 1-2 France: Kylian Mbappe nets winner 11 minutes from time

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Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe made sure France‘s international break ended on a positive note as they beat World Cup final opponents Croatia in their Nations League clash. 

Didier Deschamps’ men struck first through Griezmann, who pounced on a rebound inside the box to opened the scoring inside eight minutes in Zagreb. Minutes later, Mbappe uncharacteristically missed an absolute sitter as the scores remained at 1-0.

It took until the second half for the hosts to get their equaliser as Nikola Vlasic stabbed the ball home in a crowded area to make it 1-1.

However, the reigning world champions restored their lead through Kylian Mbappe, who turned in Lucas Digne’s cross to make it 2-1 with 11 minutes of normal time remaining.

France are now level on points with Group Three leaders Portugal, who also have 10 points from four games. Croatia only have three points from their four games, putting them in real danger of relegation from the group.

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Kylian Mbappe (right) and Antoine Griezmann were both on the scoresheet for France

Kylian Mbappe (right) and Antoine Griezmann were both on the scoresheet for France

Griezmann celebrates breaking the deadlock in the Nation League clash with Croatia

Griezmann celebrates breaking the deadlock in the Nation League clash with Croatia

The forward smashed a shot past keeper Dominik Livakovic inside the opening eight minutes

The forward smashed a shot past keeper Dominik Livakovic inside the opening eight minutes

Griezmann's shot clipped the under-side of the crossbar before nestling into the net

Griezmann’s shot clipped the under-side of the crossbar before nestling into the net

Nikola Vlasic (middle) prodded home inside a crowded area to equalise for the hosts

Nikola Vlasic (middle) prodded home inside a crowded area to equalise for the hosts

His Croatian team-mates congratulate him after he cleverly finished in the second half

His Croatian team-mates congratulate him after he cleverly finished in the second half

However, Mbappe was the difference as the PSG superstar scored the winner late on

However, Mbappe was the difference as the PSG superstar scored the winner late on

Mbappe was in the right place at the right time to turn in Lucas Digne's cross

Mbappe was in the right place at the right time to turn in Lucas Digne’s cross

The forward runs to celebrate with Digne after the two linked up for France's second

The forward runs to celebrate with Digne after the two linked up for France’s second

MATCH FACTS

CROATIA: (4-2-3-1) Livakovic; Uremovic, Lovren, Vida, Barisic; Badelj (Kovacic 46), Modric; Pasalic (Brekalo 46), Vlasic (Kramaric 80), Perisic (Bradaric 78); Petkovic

SUBS NOT USED: Grbic (GK), Sluga (GK); Budimir, Caleta-Car, Colak, Kovacic, Melnjak, Orsic, Rog

GOALS: Vlasic (65)

BOOKINGS: Vlasic (5), Uremovic (57), Lovren (90+2)

COACH: Zlatko Dalic

FRANCE: (4-3-1-2) Lloris; Mendy, Varane, Lenglet, Digne (L. Hernandez 83); Tolisso (Camavinga 63), N’Zonzi, Rabiot (Pogba 74); Griezmann (Giroud 83); Mbappe, Martial (Coman 63)

SUBS NOT USED: Maignan (GK), Mandanda (GK); Aouar, Ben Yedder, Kimpembe, Pavard, Zouma

GOALS: Griezmann (8), Mbappe (79)

BOOKINGS: Digne (4), Pogba (90+1)

COACH: Didier Deschamps

REFEREE: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

MAN OF THE MATCH: TBA

VENUE: Stadion Maksimir (Zagreb)

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Will Cristiano Ronaldo play against Barcelona and Lionel Messi and what was the result of his coronavirus test?

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CRISTIANO RONALDO’S return for Juventus will not happen against Barcelona after he received the results of a THIRD Covid-19 test.

Ronaldo sat out the 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona on Sunday after being told to self isolate because of a positive coronavirus test while on international duty.

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Cristiano Ronaldo missed the 2-0 win at Dynamo Kiev in Juventus’ opening Champions League tieCredit: Icon Sport – Getty

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was also unable to face Dynamo Kiev last Tuesday.

Why isn’t Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Juventus?

Ronaldo played for Portugal in their draw with France during the international break and was expected to feature against Sweden.

But the former Man Utd and Real Madrid star returned a positive test for Covid-19 and left Portugal’s training camp.

He is currently self isolating and has reportedly displayed no symptoms.

It has also been revealed Ronaldo has been sleeping separately from partner Georgina Rodriguez and his four children while isolating.

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Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo posted a picture on Instagram of him relaxing by his pool during isolationCredit: instagram.com/cristiano

Ronaldo travelled from Portugal to Turin on a private air ambulance – but hit back at suggestions he’s broken protocol in the process.

CR7 said: “I did not break any protocol.

“They’re saying that I broke Italian laws but it’s all a lie.

“I spoke with my team and we have the responsibility to do things right.

“Everything was done with authorisation. Principally for the Italian man (Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadaforo) whose name I’m not going to say, it’s a lie, I abided by all the protocols.”

When will he return to action?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-awaited reunion with Barcelona and Lionel Messi will not take place after his third coronavirus test came back positive on Tuesday night – 24 hours before the match.

After testing positive again, he is now likely to make his Juventus return at Spezia on November 1.

Juve boss Andrea Pirlo said on Saturday: “As far as Cristiano Ronaldo is concerned, there has been no news. We await the results of the swabs.

“We did them this morning. He underwent the test at his home and if there is new news it will be communicated.”

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Dustin Poirier ‘has to’ fight for vacant UFC lightweight title if Khabib remains retired, says Nurmagomedov’s trainer

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KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV’S trainer has backed Dustin Poirier to fight for the vacant lightweight title if the UFC champion remains retired.

Nurmagomedov left the division up in the air after announcing he will walk away following his win against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

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Khabib's trainer says Dustin Poirier should be next in line for the title shot

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Khabib’s trainer says Dustin Poirier should be next in line for the title shot Credit: Getty Images – Getty

But his trainer Javier Mendez believes Poirier – who lost to Khabib last year as the interim champion – is deserving of the next shot.

Mendez told SunSport: “If Khabib is in fact done, then I think Dustin should fight for the title, based on what he’s done.

“After Dustin fought Khabib he got back in with a super tough and highly rated Dan Hooker. He earned that spot.”

Poirier, 31, was submitted by Nurmagomedov, 32, in September 2019, but bounced back in a Fight of the Night against Hooker, 30, this June.

He is currently in talks to rematch McGregor – who he lost to in 2014 – but a deal is yet to be agreed.

Irishman McGregor has not fought since January, when he stepped up to welterweight, knocking out Donald Cerrone, 37, in 40 seconds.

The 32-year-old has not fought at lightweight since losing against Nurmagomedov in 2018, last winning at 155lb in 2016.

But if the UFC reach a deal with him to return next year to face Poirier, he could walk straight into a title shot.

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It comes as Mendez insists Poirier ‘has to’ fight for the belt if Nurmagomedov vacates – with Gaethje and fellow contender Tony Ferguson both coming off a loss.

He said: “Conor loses to Khabib, he then fights Cowboy Cerrone at 170lb and Cowboy wasn’t a top dog anymore, he’s a superstar but not a top five guy.

“Tony gets smashed by Justin, then Justin gets smashed by Khabib, so who’s the only guy that’s come back on track? Dustin.

“If Khabib is retired, and I say if because I’m not 100 per cent, I’d say it’s Dustin against anybody in the top five.

“It has to be Dustin, you cannot have a title fight without using Dustin as the challenger, in my opinion.”

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Pierre Gasly commits F1 future to Alpha Tauri teams for next year after impressive year and debut GP win

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PIERRE GASLY has agreed to stay with Alpha Tauri for the 2021 Formula One season.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign this time around, winning his first Grand Prix along the way.

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Gasly, 24, won his first GP earlier this yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty

And he will remain on Red Bull’s second team for a third year.

The identity of his partner, however, is anyone’s guess – with Daniil Kvyat expected to be dropped.

Upon the announcement, Gasly, 24, said: “I’m extremely happy to continue with Scuderia Alpha Tauri for another season.

“This year is going very well, and we are on track to have our most successful season in the team’s history.

“I feel we have a very strong relationship, we have managed to take every opportunity that’s come our way, the best one at the Italian Grand Prix.

“Winning my first Formula One race in Monza was a very special moment for me, and it was made extra sweet to deliver a second win in the team’s history, so I’m very proud of that.

“I’ll do my maximum to push the team and take all my responsibility to bring it as far forward as I can.”

Gasly made his F1 debut in 2018 with Alpha Tauri, then known as Toro Rosso.

Having initially impressed, he was promoted to Red Bull’s main team alongside Max Verstappen.

But having struggled alongside the Belgian, he returned to Toro Rosso in a swap with Alexander Albon during the 2019 campaign.

Upon today’s news, team principal Franz Tost said: “Pierre has been part of the Red Bull driver pool for many years and I hope he will remain in the Red Bull family for many seasons ahead.

“Pierre has proven to be highly competitive also thanks to his great race craft, extracting the car’s potential at every race and giving valuable feedback to his engineers.”

As for Kvyat’s position, one leading contender is thought to be Japanese F2 star Yuki Tsunoda – while Albon could potentially be demoted.

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