Wednesday Morning Sports Update

France will play either England or Croatia in Sunday’s World Cup final.

A second half header from defender Samuel Umtiti handed the 1998 champions a 1-nil win over Belgium in St Petersburg last night.

A stunning showing from Kylian Mbappe and a strong defensive performance were also key, as the French secured their place in a third World Cup final in 20 years.

England have a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of tonight’s semi final in Moscow.

Croatia have a number of injury concerns following the epic battle to overcome Russia.

England are aiming to reach the final for the first time since 1966 and manager Gareth Southgate is urging his players to continue making history.

Kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium is at 7.00.

Cork City face an uphill battle to reach the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

The Leesiders were beaten 1-nil by Legia Warsaw at Turners Cross last night.

It means they must score when the tie resumes in Poland on Tuesday.

Cork manager John Caulfield feels it is an opportunity missed.

Cristiano Ronaldo says he is ready for a “new stage” in his life after agreeing to join Juventus.

The Portugal forward will move to the Italian champions on a four year deal from Real Madrid, is a deal said to be worth 100 million euro.

Manchester City have made their first signing since becoming Premier League champions.

Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez joins from Leicester on a five-year deal for a reported club record 60 million pounds.


Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet in the semi finals of Wimbledon if they both win today.

The Serb gets Men’s Singles quarter final day underway on Centre Court with a last eight battle against Kei Nishikori of Japan.

That will be followed by the meeting of Nadal and the fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro.

Djokovic hopes he has put two years of injury issues behind him, but remains focused on the match in hand.


Roger Federer will continue the defence of his title against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on Court Number One.

While ninth seed Milos Raonic takes on John Isner.


B-M-C’s Greg van Avermaet remains in the leader’s yellow jersey for the fifth stage of the Tour de France.

Dan Martin lies 33rd on the general classification after coming through a crash unscathed yesterday.


There’s no racing in Ireland today, but they go in the UK at Lingfield, where it’s good to firm and firm in places from 2pm.

At Catterick, good to firm, from 2.10.

On the standard track at Kempton at 5.20pm and on firm ground in Bath from 6.10.