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November 20, 2018 
Quote of the day – "This is the reward for our hard work." - Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk after his side's come-from-behind draw against Germany to reach UEFA Nations League finals.
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Nations League: Netherlands strike late to draw Germany and reach final

England, the Netherlands, hosts Portugal and Switzerland have qualified for the UEFA Nations League Finals... Netherlands scored twice in the last five minutes to recover from two goals down and earn a 2-2 draw against relegated Germany in the Nations League on Monday to secure a spot in next year's finals, ahead of world champions France. Virgil van Dijk struck a superb close-range volley in stoppage time to equalize for the visitors after Quincy Promes had cut the deficit in the 85th minute with the Germans having led through early goals from Timo Werner and Leroy Sane. Switzerland, England and hosts Portugal had already qualified for the four-team finals in June. The Dutch, on the road to recovery under new manager Ronald Koeman after failing to qualify for the last two major tournaments, topped League A Group 1 due to a better head-to-head record despite finishing level on seven points with France. The Germans, who suffered a shock first-round exit at the World Cup in June and lost a German record six times this year, finished in last place with just two points after what has become a familiar lack of focus this year. (ESPNFC)

The Finals bring together the four League A group winners. These four nations will now be entered into the Finals draw, which takes place in Dublin on Monday 3 December. The draw will determine the two semi-finals on 5/6 June, with the two victors then meeting on 9 June for the right to become the first ever winner of UEFA's newest national team competition.
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FIFA: Spain, Portugal, Morocco considering joint 2030 World Cup bid

Spain and Portugal are considering a joint intercontinental bid with Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday. Sanchez was on a visit to the Moroccan capital of Rabat and met with Prime Minister Saadedin Al Othmani and King Mohamed to discuss the possibility of bidding for world soccer's global showpiece tournament. "I made a proposal to the government [of Morocco] to organise a joint bid between Spain, Portugal and Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup," Sanchez told a news conference. "We are launching a joint message, which is that this will be a bid between two continents. The King of Morocco is receptive, and we're going to work on it with Portugal. We're very excited about it." Spain, the 2010 world champions, hosted the 1982 World Cup and launched a failed bid along with Portugal to stage the 2018 tournament which was awarded to Russia. Portugal has never hosted the World Cup but held the 2004 European Championship at which they lost in the final to Greece. Morocco was unsuccessful in its campaign to stage the 2026 World Cup, which was awarded to a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada. (ESPNFC)

USMNT: USA take on Italy today in 2018 finale

The U.S. Men’s National Team close out their November international break in Europe against Italy tpday at 2:45pm ET. After a disappointing 3-0 loss to England on Thursday, they are sure to be eager to put right the wrongs of their recent underwhelming form. It has been a strange time for the USMNT. Dave Sarachan is in limbo with no developments regarding a new, permanent coach coming, and progress is difficult to make without a coach to spearhead the new era. That said, today is a chance to test this young crop of talent against one of the best teams in the world. Although the US and Italy have met just 11 times since 1934 – with the US amassing a 1-7-3 record against the Americans – seven of those encounters have come in competitive matches at either the World Cup, Olympics (when those games counted as senior internationals), Confederations Cup, or US Cup.

Weston McKennie and Luca De La Torre had both been released from the USMNT squad. McKennie has a left hamstring injury and has returned to Schalke to recover, while de la Torre stayed in London after the USMNT match against England to resume training with his club side Fulham and their new coach Claudio Ranieri. The USMNT squad stands at 24 ahead of Tuesday’s match against Italy in Genk, Belgium.

Tuesday morning transfer talk

Source: ESPNFC
  • Real Madrid are mulling a move for LA Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Monaco's Radamel Falcao as they seek an experienced addition to their attacking options, Sport reports. It says Madrid want to increase their goal-scoring options, with Cristiano Ronaldo having joined Juventus and Karim Benzema in inconsistent form.
  • With an eye toward funding a summer of investment, Inter may finally be prepared to part with longtime Manchester United target Ivan Perisic, setting a price of €35m, according to Calciomercato.
  • The Mirror cites Corriere dello Sport as reporting that Paul Pogba has told former teammates at Juventus that he wants to quit Manchester United and has looked into engineering a return to Turin.
  • In a bid to ease their injury crisis, AC Milan could be ready to make a bid for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, it is being reported in Il Corriere dello Sport.
  • Bundesliga top goal scorer Luka Jovic, who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt, is on Barcelona's radar, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Today's top matches (All times EST)

  • UEFA Nations League: Portugal vs Poland 2:45pm on ESPN+
  • UEFA Nations League: Sweden vs Russia 2:45pm on ESPN3
  • UEFA Nations League: Scotland vs Israel 2:45pm on ESPN+
  • Friendly: Brazil vs Cameroon 2:30pm on beIN Sports
  • Friendly: Italy vs USA 2:45pm on FS1
  • Friendly: France vs Uruguay 3pm on Univision Deportes
  • Friendly: Argentina vs Mexico 7pm on UniMas

DSD Power Couple of the Day

Liverpool defender Joël Matip and girlfriend Larissa Stollenwerk

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