LIVE: Germany vs Peru

20′ MISS! That’s a sitter! Dreadful play from Peru hands the ball back to Germany high upfield. Brandt slips in Werner, who turns it straight onto Reus but, with an open goal to aim at, he fails to connect properly and skews the ball wide.

18′ Germany are starting to turn it up a gear now, with Kroos and Kimmich dictating the tempo in the middle, while Brandt, Reus and Werner are linking up well. At the moment, though, the final pass is just evading them.

16′ Clumsy play from the debutant Schulz, who commits a silly foul in the Peru box, when his opponent had nowhere to go, and Werner was on hand to capitalise on any error.

14′ CHANCE! That should be 1-0 to Germany! Kroos delivers a brilliant corner from the right, which Ginter meets. The defender is in acres of space, with Peru’s defence leaving him unmarked in the six-yard box, but he can only direct his header straight at Gallese.

12′ It has been a quick, open start to this game, which isn’t always the case with friendlies. Germany are, naturally, seeing most of the ball, but Peru have offered a threat on the counter-attack, albeit their passing – especially at the back and in midfield – has left a lot to be desired.

9′ There is no Leroy Sane for Germany, but that is due to the winger having left to attend the birth of his daughter. Brandt, who was selected ahead of the Manchester City winger for Germany’s World Cup squad and now wearing the number 10 shirt vacated by Ozil, has looked sharp so far, providing the main outlet in terms of pace and width for the home side.

7′ By taking charge today, Low has equalled Sepp Herberger’s all-time record of 167 games as manager of the German national team.

5′ Fancy footwork from Farfan, as he links up with Cueva on the edge of Germany’s box. The former Schalke man played a neat backheel that had Boateng back pedalling, but the Bayern Munich defender manages to steward the ball away from Cueva.

3′ CHANCE! Sloppy play from Peru allows the hosts to counter, with Reus slipped through on goal. The pass is just ahead of the Borussia Dortmund forward, though, and he can’t get enough purchase on the ball to lift it over the advancing Gallese, who makes a good stop.

2′ Well, that’s audacious! From the off, Peru press high, and subsequently win possession just inside Germany’s half. Ruidiaz has some time on the ball, and elects to try his luck from around 40 yards out. It’s a decent effort, but Ter Stegen has it covered.

1′ KICK-OFF! Germany, in their black and white strip, get proceedings up and running.

The teams are out on the pitch at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Now it’s time for the national anthems.

There is no Paolo Guerrero for Peru, so Farfan, who spent seven years plying his trade in Germany with the Bundesliga side Schalke, starts up top. Peru looked sharp at times in Russia, but lacked the cutting edge to progress from the groups, and the onus will be on Cueva, Flores and Ruidiaz to support the frontman and stretch the hosts’ defence.

TEAM NEWS – Peru substitutes: Marcos Johan Lopez, Johan Madrid, Wilder Cartagena, Horacio Calcaterra, Christian Ramos, Jose Carvallo, Patricio Alvarez, Luis Abram, Nilson Loyola, Sergio Pena, Ray Sandoval, Andre Carrillo.

TEAM NEWS – Peru (4-2-3-1): Pedro Gallese; Luis Advincula, Anderson Santamaria, Miguel Araujo, Miguel Trauco; Pedro Aquino, Yoshimar Yotun; Raul Ruidiaz, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores; Jefferson Farfan.

Low stuck with an experienced line up for the Nations League clash with France, but has gone for a more experimental starting XI this time. He looks to have switched to a 4-3-3, which is easier given he now does not have to accommodate Mesut Ozil in the side. While Hummels, Neuer and Muller all started on Thursday, they have been benched today, with the likes of Sule, Ter Steven and Brandt handed the chance to impress.

TEAM NEWS – Germany substitutes: Leon Goretzka, Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Nils Petersen, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Jonathan Tah, Kai Haverez, Antonio Rudiger, Manuel Neuer.

TEAM NEWS – Germany (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Matthias Ginter, Jerome Boateng, Niklas Sule, Nico Schulz; Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan; Julian Brandt, Timo Werner, Marco Reus.

Now Joachim Low’s side have the opportunity to return to winning ways against Peru, who likewise failed to make it out of the group stages at Russia 2018.

After their torrid World Cup, Germany restored some pride last time out with a strong display against world champions France in the UEFA Nations League – although Les Bleus held on for a 0-0 draw thanks to a fine performance from Alphonse Areola.

Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the international friendly between Germany and Peru!

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LIVE: France vs Netherlands

19′ Griezmann slices the Netherlands defence in two as he plays in Hernandez but the left-back falls as he tries to shoot and he blazes his effort into the stands.

18′ Netherlands have now conceded the opener in each of their last four games, with the goal coming in the first 15 minutes on three occasions.

16′ Netherlands have shot themselves in the foot with that goal and they are now being pegged back into their own half. Hernandez and Pavard are practically playing as wingers and this could be a long night for the visitors if this carries on.

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14′ Matuidi claims the assist and he deserves all the plaudits after he drilled the ball across goal to give Netherlands players too much to do and Mbappe was left unmarked.

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14′ GOAAALLLLL France 1-0 Netherlands!!!! The roof comes off the Stade de France as Mbappe taps into an empty net to give his team the lead. A shocking header from Promes plays Matuidi into the Netherlands box and his cross tees up Mbappe who cannot miss.

13′ France register another shot on goal but this one is a little tame. Left-back Hernandez dribbles his way to the edge of the box but he seems to get caught in two minds as he curls a shot into the hands of Cillessen.

11′ CHANCE – Mbappe latches onto a cross inside the box but he shoots straight down the throat of Cillessen who falls to the floor and takes his time before restarting the game.

10′ Manchester United’s Pogba has been very busy early on and his passing has caught the eye. The crowd are firmly behind him as he tries to help his team open the scoring.

7′ Deschamps’ men have started slightly better with Netherlands putting the majority of their team behind the ball.

5′ France won the World Cup by playing on the counter but tonight they mean business and they have started with plenty of attacking intent.

3′ CLOSE – Netherlands respond immediately and Promes tries his luck from the edge of the box but his shot curled past the far post.

2′ CHANCE – France fly forward on the counter attack and Mbappe gets in behind before turning into the box and blasting a shot towards goal. However, the Paris Saint-Germain man is denied at the near post by Cillessen.

1′ We are underway at the Stade de France…

Both Propper and Promes are handed starts after starting on the bench for Netherlands in their 2-1 friendly win over Peru on Thursday night.

It is the same team for France following their clash with Germany last time out. Areola was brilliant in that fixture and he retains his spot with Hugo Lloris injured.

Netherlands SUBS: Jeroen Zoet, Kevin Strootman, Justin Kluiver, Nathan Ake, Ruud Vormer, Patrick van Aanholt, Stefan de Vrij, Sergio Padt, Daryl Janmaat, Marten de Roon, Luuk de Jong, Donny van de Beek.

Netherlands Starting XI (4-3-3): Jasper Cillessen, Kenny Tete, Virgil van Dijk (c), Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind, Frenkie de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum, Davy Propper, Quincy Promes, Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel.

France SUBS: Corentin Tolisso, Djibril Sidibe, Thomas Lemar, Ousmane Dembele, Benoit Costil, Florian Thauvin, Presnel Kimpembe, Steven Nzonzi, Benjamin Mendy, Nabil Fekir, Adil Rami, Benjamin Lecomte.

France Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Alphonse Areola, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane (c), Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi, Olivier Giroud.

TEAM NEWS coming up…

These two sides last met in 2017 during qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. Didier Deschamps’ men ran out 4-0 winners on that occasion and France have also won the last four meetings between the pair.

An exciting game is in prospect, with Les Bleus unbeaten since March this year, while Netherlands are slowly improving and are unbeaten in their last four outings.

Hello and welcome to tonight’s live coverage of the UEFA Nations League meeting between France and Netherlands at the Stade de France.

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‘Klopp is everything that Mourinho isn’t’ – Man Utd boss lacks fight of Liverpool rival, says Murphy

Liverpool are upstaging arch-rivals Manchester United at the moment, says Danny Murphy, with “Jurgen Klopp everything that Jose Mourinho isn’t”.

On the field, those at Anfield have enjoyed a faultless start to the 2018-19 campaign, collecting maximum points from four fixtures so far.

In contrast, struggles at Old Trafford have delivered just two wins to date, with pressure piled on Mourinho as a result.

The Portuguese has cut a frustrated figure for several months, with a disappointing transfer market doing little to lighten his mood as talk of in-house rifts continues to do the rounds.

Murphy believes Liverpool are showing how things should be done, with the man at the helm leading by example as optimism and belief builds on Merseyside and wanes in Manchester.

The former Reds midfielder told the Daily Mail: “At the moment Klopp is everything that Mourinho isn’t.

“Liverpool supporters love his honesty and his enthusiasm. He’s ingratiated himself into the club, he’s made himself part of it, which is exactly what Mourinho hasn’t done.

“Mourinho has been a more successful manager and that’s ultimately what counts. But one of the most worrying things about Mourinho is the body language and the lack of fight.

“It’s very unlike any other Manchester United team, any Mourinho team to be honest.

“And I don’t see how he is going to be able to turn it around that quickly, not unless there’s a drastic change in his mentality. I don’t see that happening.”

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Inconsistency at United could play into Liverpool’s hands, with Klopp’s side looking to force their way into Premier League title contention.

Big-spending over the summer has helped to add greater depth to the ranks at Anfield, with Murphy of the opinion that the Reds are stronger now than they have been for a number of years.

The ex-England international, who spent seven years with his boyhood club during his playing days, added: “This is a good time for us.

“The club have given themselves a really good opportunity by strengthening the squad and creating competition for places. 

“I’m not sure they’ll beat City; if I’m honest, I think the gap is too big to bridge in one summer – but they’ll be challengers at the very least.”

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Naked Cristiano Ronaldo boasted he’s better looking than Messi at Man Utd – Crouch

Peter Crouch has divulged a revealing anecdote about how a naked Cristiano Ronaldo used to boast he was better looking than Lionel Messi in front of Manchester United’s dressing room mirror.

In the Stoke City striker’s new book, Crouch details stories told to him by Rio Ferdinand, a team mate of Ronaldo’s for six seasons with Manchester United.

One of those stories details Ronaldo’s rivalry with Lionel Messi as well as his dressing room habits during his time in England.

“Rio Ferdinand would tell us stories about how Cristiano Ronaldo would stand in front of the mirror naked, running his hand through his hair, and say, ‘Wow. I’m so beautiful!’,” Crouch said in his new book, as per the Daily Mail .

“The other United players would try to wind him up. ‘Whatever. Leo Messi is a better player than you.’

“And he would shrug his shoulders and smile again. ‘Ah yes. But Messi does not look like this…'”

The Ronaldo story is one of several stories told by the former England striker in his new book, including an anecdote about a young Crouch’s interest in what turned out to be a team-mate’s partner during his early days with Liverpool.

“On signing for Liverpool I stayed at the Hope Street Hotel. On reception was a girl so good looking I couldn’t quite believe she was smiling at me all the time,” Crouch wrote.

“I told the lads in training. ‘Honestly, she’s beautiful. I think I’ve got a shout here.’ Jamie Carragher called a few other senior players over. ‘Tell them again, Crouchie.’ So I did. ‘She’s all over me. I’m on fire.’ Carra again, all interested. ‘What does she look like?’

“‘Amazing. Dark-haired. Spanish-looking. I’m in there.’ It turned out she was Xabi Alonso’s partner. She was doing a bit of work to practise her language skills. He was nice about it. So was she. Carra less so.”

Ex-England international Crouch has played six times for Stoke in the Championship this campaign following their relegation in 2017-18.

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