Guerrero's treble helps Peru sink Bolivia 3-1 to reach Copa America semis

Paolo Guerrero

London, June 26 - Paolo Guerrero scored a hat-trick as Peru outclassed Bolivia 3-1 in a lopsided contest to reach the Copa America semi-finals.

Striker Guerrero netted two goals in three minutes midway through the first half to put the Peruvians in a commanding position, the Guardian reported.

Subsequently, Guerrero added his third goal in the 74th minute before Marcelo Moreno scored a late consolation from the penalty spot for Bolivia shortly before the final whistle.

Peru will next square-off against Chile in Santiago on Monday in their first Copa America semi-finals. (ANI)

Di Maria vows to stay at Man U despite 'struggling' first PL season

Angel di Maria

London, June 25 - Putting speculation to rest, Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria has expressed that he has no intention to leave the club this summer despite enduring as troublesome first season at Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old midfielder, who moved to United following his record 59.7million pounds transfer from Real Madrid, struggled with form and fitness last season, spawning speculation that he may move back to Spain with Barcelona.

Italy's Pirlo in talks with MLS side New York City

Italy's Pirlo in talks with MLS side New York City

London, June 24 - Italian struker Andreas Pirlo is reportedly in talks to sign up with the Major Soccer League (MLS) side New York City, but no agreement has been reached yet.

According to the BBC, Pirlo currently has a year left on his existing contract with Juventus, but has told the Italian champions of his desire to shift to the United States.

The 36-year-old was in Juventus's starting line-up for the 3-1 Champions League final defeat by Barcelona on June 6.

Pirlo has been part of squads that have won six Serie A titles during spells with AC Milan and Juventus.

Liverpool agree to 29 m in principle deal for Brazil striker Firmino

Roberto Firmino

London, June 24 - Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle to sign Brazil and Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino for 29 million pounds.

The 23-year-old would need to be granted a work permit, reports the BBC.

Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre is in Chile for talks with a view to ink a five-year deal with Firmino, and the latter is understood to have agreed to terms.

It is being reported that this could become Liverpool's second most expensive signing, following the signing of Andy Carroll for 35 million pounds from Newcastle in 2011.

Real squad really hard to improve, admits Benitez

Rafa Benitez

Johannesburg, June 23 - Real Madrid's new coach Rafa Benitez says that it will be 'immensely difficult' for their squad to improve, adding that they still plan to make some new signings in the season close.

The Liverpool great was brought in as replacement for Italian Carlo Ancelotti who was sacked after the world's richest club failed to win any of the three major trophies in 2014-15, Sport24 reported.

Real have already brought back Brazilian Danilo from Porto FC for 31.5 million Euro before Benitez's arrival at the club.

England creates history by winning first knock-out match in FIFA Women's WC

England creates history by winning first knock-out match in FIFA Women's WC

London, June 23 - England women's team has created history by winning its first knock-out match, defeating Norway 2-1 in the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Defender Lucy Bronze scored a stunning long range strike in the 76th minute of the match and helped her team to reach the quarter-finals where they would be facing the host nation Canada.

Solveig Gulbrandsen's opener gave the Norwegians a deserved lead after the break in 54th minute of the match.

However, Steph Houghton scored the equaliser through a header just after seven minutes.

'Clinical' Australia stun Brazil 1-0 to reach Women's WC quarters

'Clinical' Australia stun Brazil 1-0 to reach Women's WC quarters

London, June 22 - Australia produced a clinical and efficient performance on Sunday to progress to the Women's World Cup quarter-finals after edging out Brazil 1-0 in Moncton.

Following a goalless first-half, Kyah Simon scored the decisive goal from close range after goalkeeper Luciana spilled the ball in the 80th minute, the BBC reported.

Brazil, meanwhile, failed to replicate their group stage performance after topping their pool by winning all three games.

Australia will now face the winners of Tuesday's game between Japan and Netherlands. (ANI)

Brazil advance to Copa America quarters with 2-1 win over Venezuela

Thiago Silva

London, June 22 - Brazil secured their Copa America quarter-final berth after brushing aside Venezuela 2-1, thanks to Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino's strikes.

Silva gave Brazil an early advantage as he volleyed home a corner from Robinho in the 9th minute. Subsequently, Firmino doubled the lead from a well-worked Willian's cross shortly after half-time.

Meanwhile, Fedor Flores gave Venezuela hope when he netted a consolation goal in the 84th minute, the BBC reported.

Brazil will now meet Paraguay in the tournament quarter-finals on Saturday. (ANI)

Argentina celebrates Messi's 100th cap with 1-0 victory over Jamaica

Barcelona star Lionel Messi

London, June 21 - Barcelona star Lionel Messi earned his 100th cap for Argentina as the La Albicelestes defeated Jamaica 1-0 to reach the top of their group table in the Copa America.

Striker Gonzalo Higuain scored the goal in the 11th minute of the match for the title favourites, which had already secured a berth in the quarterfinals of the South American tournament, the BBC reported.

Jamaica did not show any promise in the game as Messi's side completely dominated the game.

Blatter backs integrity checks for FIFA security officials

Sepp Blatter

London, June 20 - Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter is supporting the proposal for the organisation's top officials to pass integrity checks as the governing body remains caught up in scandal.

FIFA's executive committee would be discussing the proposal along with deciding the date for the next presidential elections, when they would meet on July 20 in Zurich.

Blatter, however, said that decisions on extensive changes to the FIFA structure will be taken in the meeting, the BBC reported.

He also added that integrity test proposal was previously blocked by European federation UEFA.

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