The latest chapter of the Brazil vs Argentina rivalry was marred by crowd trouble at the Maracana Stadium last night as the world champions claimed a 1-0 win. Kick-off was delayed by half an hour in Rio de Janeiro after rival fans and police clashed, with both sets of players trying to calm the situation down before eventually returning to the dressing room before the game could commence.
The calendar year ended with a mundane 1-1 draw in North Macedonia on Monday night so we are now giving our England player ratings for 2023. It was a lacklustre close to the year for Gareth Southgate’s side but during the past 12 months they won in Italy for the first time in 62 years and secured Euro 2024 qualification with two games to spare.
England against Australia is a storied sporting rivalry and the latest instalment will take place at Wembley on Friday as Gareth Southgate’s side host the Socceroos. Australia are looking to build on a successful 2022 World Cup, where they reached the knockout stage and pushed eventual champions Argentina all the way in the last 16.
Scotland are on the verge of qualifying for Euro 2024 after a perfect five victories from five and can progress without gaining a point in their final three games if Norway do not win all of their remaining fixtures. Steve Clarke’s side face their toughest test in Group A qualification when they travel to Seville.
The ninth edition of the Women’s World Cup finished on Sunday as Spain were crowned champions. They earned a maiden World Cup win after beating England 1-0 in Sydney thanks to Olga Carmona’s first-half goal. Here we take a look at what we learned from this tournament and what it told us about the development of women’s football.