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Stuart Broad at his emotional best but England struggle against dominant New Zealand



STUART BROAD had one of those days when his emotions were a rollercoaster – but his bowling was consistently brilliant.

Broad captured two wickets and could have had more. He was happy, animated, furious and ultimately frustrated because England are in trouble in the second Test.


Stuart Broad shows his emotion during the Test match with New Zealand[/caption]


England were left frustrated after a tough day[/caption]

It would have been worse, too, if Dan Lawrence had not picked up his first Test wicket in the final over of the day.

Lawrence had New Zealand No 3 Will Young snaffled at short leg by Ollie Pope for 82.

The wicket followed Lawrence’s impressive and invaluable innings of 81 not out and means the match scorecard has now recorded knocks of 80, 81, 81 not out and 82!

While his mate Jimmy Anderson was serenaded for his record 162nd England cap, Broad was the man causing the Kiwis most problems.

He dismissed openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway and probed and pressurised all the batsmen with his swing and immaculate accuracy.

The brace took Broad’s Test tally to 520 wickets – one ahead of the great West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh and sixth on the all-time list.

By the close, however, England were in danger of being batted out of the match as New Zealand reached 229-3 – just 74 runs behind.

Broad should have removed Conway for 22 but the catch by Zak Crawley at third slip was controversially disallowed.


Broad led the way for England with a real shift[/caption]

England bowling coach Jon Lewis said: “Stuart was outstanding and put in a real shift for the team and showed the way to all the guys.

“Dan’s first Test wicket was a great thing for him and a real bonus for us. It will make our lives easier on Saturday with a new ball due.”

When England fielded, Anderson rather than captain Joe Root led out the team to rapturous applause from the 18,000 crowd.

There were regular refrains all day of “Oh, Jimmy, Jimmy . . . Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy Anderson.”

But it was Broad who nailed Latham plumb lbw and then Young was badly dropped by Root at first slip off Olly Stone when he had made just seven.

Conway and Young put on 122 for the second wicket with few other alarms.
Conway, who scored a double century on his Test debut last week at Lord’s, continued his sublime form.

Eventually, and out of the blue, Conway flicked Broad straight into Crawley’s hands at deep square leg.

So Broad did have Conway caught by Crawley — but 58 runs after he should have done.

England managed to get the ball changed and the replacement swung and swerved all over the place.

Veteran Ross Taylor played and missed multiple times against Broad but somehow he survived.

He was given out lbw for 11 to Anderson but it was a poor decision by umpire Richard Illingworth and the review showed the ball missed leg stump by several inches.

Broad was superb, Anderson tidy and Mark Wood bowled OK. But Stone was disappointing on his home ground and his pace dropped noticeably as the day wore on.

Almost in desperation, Root turned to Lawrence’s off-the-wrong-foot offies.



And with his eighth ball he dismissed Young, the man replacing injured captain Kane Williamson after scoring a couple of centuries for Durham earlier this summer.

It provided a shaft of light for England but they need more early wickets on Saturday.

Earlier, Wood had some fun with the bat, his five fours on day two and eighth-wicket partnership of 66 with Lawrence helping England beyond 300.

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Team news, injury updates, latest odds for Denmark vs Finland as Danes look for winning start in Group B




SUPER SATURDAY continues at Euro 2020 with a Group B clash between Denmark and Finland.

Both sides will both be desperate to get three points on the board early in what is a competitive group, with Belgium and Russia playing later in the day.


Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel will be trusted between the sticks for Denmark this summer[/caption]

Sandwiched between Wales vs Switzerland and that match, this clash takes place in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen at 5pm BST.

What’s the form?

The Danes enter the tournament in terrific form, with just one defeat in their last 12 matches.

That also included an unbeaten campaign in qualifying, although they were held to draws in four of their eight matches.

It’s a different story for Finland, who have been fairly dismal since booking their place in the Finals following a solid qualifying.

No wins in six for Markku Kanerva’s side is a concern, with their limp display against Estonia last time out anything but good preparation.

Who’s in and who’s out?

Denmark have a number of high profile players in their ranks and Christian Eriksen will hope to mastermind a run akin to 1992.

The Inter midfielder is still only 28, while Martin Braithwaite, Kasper Dolberg and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg can all play big roles.

The entire Danish people knows what happened in 1992. They showed it’s possible to win a big tournament.

Christian Eriksen

Finland’s hopes lie almost squarely at the feet of their goal machine forward Teemu Pukki, who was once again prolific for Norwich as they returned to the Premier League.

Tim Sparv and Glen Kamara are also big names but Pukki – eyeing up Jari Litmanen’s national goalscoring record – will have the biggest say on whether Finland shock Group B.

Watch out for…

Denmark – just in general.

The Danes have really emerged as dark horses for this summer’s tournament and could spring a surprise.

They have a core of excellent players front to back and will fear nobody.

Like Eriksen said…. anybody remember 1992?

They have better players than us in every position, but we have shown before that the sum of all the parts in our puzzle is greater than what people think.

Lukas Hradecky, Finland goalkeeper

If the game’s rubbish…

You might be able to spot Kasper Schmeichel‘s wife Stine Gyldenbrand supporting the Leicester ace on the terraces.

Stine runs a charity named FodBoldDongen, which organises events to aid vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

The pair met when they were just 17 years old and have two children named Max and Isabella.


Stine and Kaspar celebrate Leicester’s miraculous title win in 2016[/caption]


Stine is a midwife and is regularly seen supporting her husband at Foxes games[/caption]


The pair have been together for over ten years and married in 2015[/caption]

Fancy a punt?

Get all your Euro 2020 ante-post tips with our tournament betting guide HERE.

Match odds

  • Denmark to win 2/5
  • The Draw 3/1
  • Finland to win 8/1

Power prices

  • Christian Eriksen to have 2 or more shots on target from outside the box – Was 3/1 Now 7/2
  • Kasper Dolberg & Teemu Pukki to have 1 or more shots on target each – Was 11/8 Now 13/8

Euro 2020 outright odds

  • Denmark 25/1
  • Finland 500/1

*All odds from correct at time of publication.

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Team news, injury updates, latest odds for Belgium vs Russia as Red Devils begin Euros challenge




BELGIUM are fancied to go all the way in Euro 2020 – but they face a tough opening assignment against Russia.

Roberto Martinez‘s exciting side take on the World Cup 2018 hosts, who once again have home advantage in St Petersburg.


Belgian fans are confident this is finally their year after a number of near misses[/caption]

Settle down with your Saturday night takeaway and get ready to watch the Red Devils in action on ITV1 at 8pm.

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What’s the form?

There’s a good reason that many people are tipping Belgium to go all the way this summer.

Under Martinez they’ve developed into a well-oiled machine and were a perfect ten from ten in qualifying, netting 40 GOALS.

Russia have it all to do then, especially as they come into the tournament with just three wins in 11 games.

This game being in St Petersburg is a huge plus for the Russians though, who showed at the World Cup how they can lift their game in front of home fans.

Who’s in and who’s out?

Martinez has selected just five defenders in his 26-man squad, instead looking to unleash the frightening attacking talent at his disposal.

Kevin De Bruyne should be fit after this game despite undergoing facial surgery less than a fortnight ago, while Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Yannick Carrasco are all raring to go.

It will be the most emotional tournament ever. I think it can become a celebration. It can set a before and after for this Covid nightmare.

Roberto Martinez, Belgium managerThe Telegraph

Skipper Artem Dzuyba carries the hopes of the Russians, who also include talented Monaco star Aleksandr Golovin in the squad.

All but four players in the 26 play outside of the Russian Premier League.

Watch out for…

De Bruyne’s fitness – and whether KDB is forced to return with facegear.

We’ve become accustomed to wearing a mask over the past year or so, but should De Bruyne be fit for this clash he might be forced into donning some face protection of a different kind.

The irony to all this? Antonio Rudiger, the man who clouted De Bruyne in the Champions League final, was also wearing a protective mask.


De Bruyne was left with a fractured eye socket after a sickening clash with Rudiger[/caption]

If the game’s rubbish…

You might be able to spot Dries Merten’s wife Katrin Kerhofs in the St Petersburg stands.

A self-confessed ‘beast in the bedroom’, businesswoman Kat boasts a whopping 356k followers on Instagram.

She met childhood sweetheart Dries in their hometown of Leuven, and they married in 2015 after ten years of dating.

Instagram @katkerkhofs

Mertens and Kat tied the knot in 2015 after meeting in Belgium[/caption]

Instagram @katkerkhofs

The blonde described herself during a TV interview as ‘a beast in the bedroom’[/caption]

Fancy a punt?

Get all your Euro 2020 ante-post tips with our tournament betting guide HERE.

Match odds

  • Belgium to win 7/10
  • The draw 5/2
  • Russia to win 4/1

Power prices

  • Kevin De Bruyne & Eden Hazard to have 1 or more shots on target each – Was Evens now 6/4
  • Romelu Lukaku to score in the first 20 minutes – Was 7/1 Now 9/1

Euro 2020 outright odds

  • Belgium 13/2
  • Russia 75/1

*All odds from Paddy Power and correct at time of publication.

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Team news, injury updates, latest odds for Wales vs Switzerland as Dragons look to surprise at Euros again




IT’S five long years since Wales’ heroics at Euro 2016 – and they’re out to shock the footballing world once again.

The Dragons take on Switzerland in Group A on Saturday, looking to get off to a winning start before tough games against Turkey and Italy.


Wales will hope Gareth Bale can fire them even further than 2016[/caption]

This clash is taking place way out in Baku, with BBC ONE and S4C the place to head for live TV coverage back home.

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What’s the form?

Rocking up to just their third major tournament, the Wales camp looks to be steady despite the ongoing suspension of boss Ryan Giggs.

Former centre-half Rob Page will be in the dugout for the finals, with the Welsh coming into this clash unbeaten in 13 competitive matches.

Switzerland though have hit form at just the right time, heading to Baku on the back of six consecutive victories.

They’re anything but consistent, with that run of form coming after seven games WITHOUT a win – although that sequence did involve excellent draws with Germany in the Nations League.

Who’s in and who’s out?

The Welsh look to have a fully fit 26-man squad to pick from, although Aaron Ramsey and David Brooks are both returning from long-term injuries.

Page has a number of big calls to make, with Keiffer Moore hoping to partner Gareth Bale and Dan James up top.

The Swiss have an abundance of talent in their squad, with familiar Premier League faces Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri carrying their hopes.

Breel Embolo and Yann Sommer will be trusted to get the goals as the Swiss look to clamber out of a tough Group A.

Watch out for…

Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid star has hinted at retirement despite ending his on-loan season at Spurs looking like his old self.

But this isn’t club football and Bale’s heart is in Wales – remember that famous flag?

He’ll be at the top of his game, let’s just hope it isn’t a last hurrah.

We are getting there. We’ve got young, hungry players coming into the squad that want their jerseys. Nobody can rest on what they’ve done before.

Rob Page, Wales temporary coach


The famous flag that Bales celebrated with after Wales made it to the finals[/caption]

If the game’s rubbish…

Take a delve into Bale’s notoriously private lifestyle – including a mansion where he’s built his own private golf course.

The Madrid superstar’s childhood sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones will likely be cheering on from the stands in Baku, along with their three kids Alba, Nava and Axel.

Wales are definitely a team that deserves respect, they’re a team that reached the semi-finals last time around. We respect our opponents – but we’re not scared of anyone.

Vladimir Petković, Switzerland coach

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Gareth and Emma have been together since school[/caption]


The pair were married in 2019 at a secret ceremony[/caption]

In 2018, work was completed on building a three-hole golf course in Bale’s estate in Wales that amazingly features copies of real holes.

His chosen three holes were the the 12th at Augusta, Royal Troon’s Postage Stamp and the tricky par-three 17th at Sawgrass.

Bale plays off a single-figure handicap and loves his golf

Fancy a punt?

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Match odds:

  • Wales to win 11/4
  • The Draw 19/10
  • Switzerland to win 23/20

Power prices:

  • Gareth Bale & Xherdan Shaqiri each have one or more shots on target from outside the box – was 3/1 now 4/1
  • Gareth Bale to score first – Was 6/1 Now 7/1

Euro 2020 outright odds:

  • Switzerland 66/1
  • Wales 150/1

*All odds from Paddy Power and correct at time of publication.

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