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World Cup 2022: Portugal ‘don’t understand how’ Danilo Pereira broke ribs

Host nation: Qatar Dates: 20 November-18 December Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website and app. Day-by-day TV listings - Full coverage detailsPortugal manager Fernando Santos said the team "do not understand how" midfielder Danilo Pereira fractured his ribs in training this week.The Paris St-Germain star, 31, is expected to sit out the rest of the group stage at the World Cup, including Monday's match against Uruguay.Pereira was in the starting line-up for the 3-2 win against Ghana on Thursday. "It is a type of injury that no one can explain. We don't understand how that could have happened," said Santos."It's normal these injuries happen but we didn't see how it happened exactly. Initially we did not think it was a very serious one. "We had a few exams to see if he was breathing properly and apparently that was the case, but afterwards we saw it was more serious. We are following it up. "I am not a doctor so can't talk about it in detail but as far as I know he is evolving positively. We are expecting to have him [back] soon but if not we have three other midfielders who can replace him. "We do not need to have any drama or cry over it. We are very sad for him. We have to think of him as a human being beyond being a player. "He is someone with very positive energy and I'm sure he will be sending good vibes our way."TEAM NEWSPortugal have no other fresh injury concerns besides Pereira. Uruguay centre-back Ronald Araujo, who underwent thigh surgery at the end of September, is still not expected to feature on Monday. MATCH FACTSPortugal have won just one of their last nine meetings with South American nations in all competitions (D3 L5), beating Argentina 1-0 in a friendly in November 2014.Uruguay have failed to score in their last two World Cup games - only once have they done so in three consecutive games at the tournament (between 1986 and 1990). Uruguay have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five group stage games at the World Cup - no side has ever done so in six consecutive group games in the competition's history.Portugal have lost just one of their last 13 group stage games at the World Cup (W7 D5).Get your daily dose of Fifa World Cup reaction, debate & analysis with World Cup Daily on BBC Sounds

World Cup 2022: Fouling Neymar ‘has to stop’, Brazil coach Tite says

Host nation: Qatar Dates: 20 November-18 December Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website and app. Day-by-day TV listings - Full coverage detailsBrazil head coach Tite says the high number of fouls on Neymar "has to be stopped" after the forward was injured in their group-stage win over Serbia. Neymar appeared to be in tears on the bench after being substituted in the 80th minute with a sprained ankle.The 30-year-old was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle from Nikola Milenkovic in the 2-0 win on Thursday."If you want to celebrate the football, you have to pay attention to the fouls," said Tite."They focus on specific players. This is the effect. This has to be stopped."Since his first World Cup in 2014, Neymar has been fouled 53 times in the competition, at least 11 more than any other player. He was fouled nine times against Serbia, more than any other player in their opening match in Qatar.Neymar will not play in Brazil's remaining group stages matches, but Tite said he remained confident the Paris St-Germain forward would feature again at the World Cup."I believe Neymar and [injured defender] Danilo will play in the World Cup. I'm not in a position to speak about [medical information]," said Tite."I can say that, not only about Neymar, but also about Danilo, both of their situations have evolved, but we believe both will be available to play at the World Cup."TEAM NEWSBrazil are still without Juventus defender Danilo, who also suffered an ankle injury against Serbia, as well as Paris St-Germain forward Neymar.Switzerland forward Renato Steffen remains a doubt with a muscle injury. MATCH FACTSBoth previous meetings between Brazil and Switzerland at the World Cup have ended in draws (2-2 in 1950, 1-1 in 2018).Brazil are unbeaten in their last 16 group-stage games at the World Cup - no side has ever gone 17 without defeat in the group stages of the competition.Switzerland are looking to win their opening two games at a World Cup for the first time.Richarlison has scored nine goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions for Brazil.Breel Embolo has scored in three of his last four matches for Switzerland.Get your daily dose of Fifa World Cup reaction, debate & analysis with World Cup Daily on BBC Sounds

World Cup 2022: Wales’ Allen backs Bale and Ramsey to shine in England game

Host nation: Qatar Dates: 20 November-18 December Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website and app. Day-by-day TV listings - Full coverage detailsWales' Joe Allen says team-mates Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey can rise to the occasion when they face England needing a victory for any chance of improbable progress to the World Cup last 16.Wales must now beat England on Tuesday and hope the USA draw with Iran."Two incredible players - they are and have been for our country," said Allen, who is fit to start against England."I don't think there's anyone else in the squad who's reached the heights they're capable of."It's a huge game coming up. They're big-game players and always have been and hopefully, if any criticism has come their way, then they'll be able to answer a few of those critics with a top performance."This is Wales' first appearance at a World Cup for 64 years but, after months of build-up, their performances in Qatar have been disappointing.Fortunate to get away with a draw in their opening match against the United States, Robert Page's men were dire against Iran, repeating the mistakes they made against the States and getting thoroughly outplayed by their opponents.Bale and Ramsey are two greats of Welsh football. Bale, Wales' captain and all-time leading scorer in men's football, is widely regarded as the greatest player to come from the country, while Ramsey is not far behind in the rankings.Against Iran, however, they produced two of their worst displays in international football and ended the game with the lowest ratings of all Wales players by BBC Sport readers.If there was the slightest semblance of positive news to take from the Iran defeat, it was Allen's return in midfield as a late substitute, after a hamstring injury had kept him out since September."[It is] mixed feelings in terms of the pride of playing for my country in a World Cup but a very disappointing performance and result," said Allen, who confirmed he is now "good to go" against England."We're not where we hoped to be two games into the group stage. In terms of what went wrong, I don't think there's any one thing you could put your finger on."We've gone through everywhere we can improve and, so far, it's not been a fair reflection of what we're capable of."That's been a real disappointment because we can offer so much more and we will certainly will have to do that in the next game."Wales face a daunting task as they aim to get out of their group, a feat achieved in the nation's three previous major tournaments.In their only other World Cup appearance, in 1958, Wales reached the quarter-finals, and at Euro 2016 and Euro 2020 they got to the semi-finals and last 16 respectively.If Page's side are to reach the knockout rounds in Qatar, they must first beat England and then hope the United States and Iran cannot be separated - or if that draw does not materialise, Wales must beat England by four goals to qualify at their neighbours' expense.Either way, Wales need to win against England, something they have not managed since 1984."It's not impossible," said Allen. "It's a tough task."It's always uncomfortable when it's not in your hands and you're relying on certain things to unfold but, while there's still a chance, it's really simple for us."We're fully motivated, fully incentivised into throwing absolutely everything into getting the win. Then, who knows? Hopefully, there's a chance we can still get us out of this group."Get the latest results and goal notifications for any team at the Fifa World Cup by downloading the BBC Sport app: Appleexternal-link - Androidexternal-link - Amazonexternal-linkGet your daily dose of Fifa World Cup reaction, debate & analysis with World Cup Daily on BBC Sounds

Davis Cup: Great Britain drawn away to Colombia in 2023 qualifiers

Great Britain have been drawn away to Colombia in the qualifying round of the 2023 Davis Cup.Britain had a wildcard into this year's Finals but will have to win February's tie in South America to qualify for next September's group stage.The tie will take place the week after the Australian Open.Britain have far greater strength in depth in singles, with Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Jack Draper and Andy Murray all in the top 50.Colombia's highest ranked singles player is the world number 69 Daniel Elahi Galan, and their number two player is likely to be the world number 300 Nicolas Mejia.But the Colombians do have the former world number one doubles pair of Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal, who won both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2019.The best-of-five match series will be played on a surface of Colombia's choosing, and it will be a challenging journey for anyone involved in the latter stages of the Australian Open, which runs from 16-29 January.Colombia is 16 hours behind Melbourne, with the tie likely to start on Friday, 3 February.The LTA will be in the second of a five year deal to host one of the four groups contested in September - but that is dependent on Britain successfully qualifying.Glasgow's Emirates Arena hosted the group stage in September, but Britain failed to qualify for this week's knockout stage after finishing third behind the Netherlands and the United States.Australia face Canada in the 2022 Final in Malaga on Sunday.Both finalists qualify automatically for next year's Finals, along with Italy and Spain who have been awarded wildcards.The other 12 places in the Finals will be determined by February's qualifiers, with the tie between Serbia and Norway potentially pitting Novak Djokovic against the world number three Casper Ruud.

Bournemouth make Gary O’Neil manager on permanent basis

Bournemouth have appointed Gary O'Neil as their manager on a permanent basis following his spell as interim boss.O'Neil has signed a one-and-a-half year contract, which has the option to be extended for a further 12 months.Bournemouth have earned 13 points from 11 top-flight games with O'Neil in interim charge, and are 14th in the Premier League.He has also guided the Cherries to the fourth round in the Carabao Cup courtesy of a 4-1 win against Everton. That was followed by a 3-0 league win over the Toffees in their final game before the World Cup break."We have been impressed with the way he has conducted himself from the moment he joined the club and feel he has earned this opportunity to continue to take the team and the club forward," Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said."Gary has worked tirelessly and diligently on the training pitch and the players have responded by producing some excellent performances and results."It was evident from the reception he received from our supporters following the Premier League win against Everton that they have also appreciated his efforts and we are all looking forward to continuing our working relationship with him."The decision has been made amid the prospect of the Cherries being taken over by a Las Vegas-based consortium.Former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa held talks about becoming the new manager, but O'Neil will now have the chance to build on his interim spell.As a player, he made more than 450 appearances for clubs including Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, West Ham, QPR and Norwich.He took up his first coaching role in August 2020, when he became assistant manager with Liverpool's Under-23s. O'Neil joined the coaching set-up at Bournemouth under former manager Jonathan Woodgate in February 2021, and took over the first team after Parker's departure following a 9-0 defeat by Liverpool.The Cherries' first game after the World Cup will be their Carabao Cup tie away to Newcastle on 21 December, followed by a visit to Chelsea in the league on 27 December.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst: Dutchman breaks silence on his Rangers sacking

Sacked Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst says he faced "unique challenges" and "very difficult circumstances" in the job this season.The Dutchman has broken his silence six days after his year-long tenure was ended with the club nine points adrift of Premiership leaders Celtic.Rangers won the Scottish Cup and were Europa League runners-up last season."This season, like every year at Rangers, the first priority is domestic success," Van Bronckhorst said.He added on Instagram: "I understand the hurt when wins become draws, and worse, when we experience defeat. That isn't acceptable at a club of Rangers' standing, no one understood that and felt that more than I did."I faced unique challenges and some very difficult circumstances to operate in."Rangers FC will always be in my heart and I wish the club all the success for the future. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger."Rangers sold two of the pillars of last season's success, with Calvin Bassey moving to Ajax for a club-record £19.6m and Joe Aribo joining Southampton in a £6m deal.Of the seven new arrivals brought in during the summer, only striker Antonio Colak has proved an immediate success.Van Bronckhorst ended Rangers' 12-year absence from the Champions League group stage this season, steering the club through two qualifying rounds, but they ended with six defeats from six and the worst record in the competition's history.Rangers were thrashed 4-0 by derby rivals Celtic in September and Van Bronckhorst was sacked after his side won just two of their five league fixtures heading into the World Cup break.The 47-year-old, a former Rangers midfielder, says it was a "privilege" to manage the club and that he leaves with some "wonderful memories"."My backroom team and I worked with energy, passion and were driven with a belief that we could achieve amazing things," he added. "We treated our roles with respect, optimism and determination."We experienced some incredible highs, especially on our European journey to Seville. Winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in over a decade and qualifying for the group stage of the Champions League is something I am very proud of."The passion of our support drove us on to achieve those wonderful memories. For that, I am forever grateful to every single one of you who travelled near and far, spent your hard earned money, and never gave up supporting our team."

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