Seven of eight nations remain alive for the knockout rounds after two-thirds of the group stage at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. The cynic will note that the tournament’s location could help the Russians beyond simple home-field advantage, while a bigger cynic may not that Mexico has been the beneficiary of plenty of officials’ whistles and non-whistles in recent years.
When two sides meet at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon the tension between players will be high and even more so when the supporters cross paths. It may be nearing the end of June, but the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC will meet for the first time this season in MLS play on Saturday as the two clubs renew their Hudson River Derby (New York Derby, for some) rivalry. Now entering the third year in which the Red Bulls and NYCFC meet, there’s more dislike between the two clubs, the players and certainly the managers as well.
Celtic star Leigh Griffiths took the Old Firm bait and promptly swallowed the fisherman. If you missed it, Rangers chairman Dave King said Celtic should’ve been even further ahead of their rivals given the setbacks handed to Rangers, who finally climbed back to the Scottish Premiership this season. Celtic went unbeaten, drawing just four of 38 matches and finished 39 points ahead of Rangers on the table. If Celtic won all 38, they could’ve finished 47 points clear of Rangers. So, we guess the gulf could be bigger. Here’s what Griffiths had to say: “What was the gulf? 30-odd points. How does he expect that to be bigger? They were touting at the start of last season that they were going to win