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Cristian Garin came from two sets down and saved two match points in the fifth before beating Alex de Minaur to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at Wimbledon.

The unseeded Chilean trailed 5-3 in the first-to-10 fifth-set tiebreaker before winning six straight points to take a 9-5 lead.

He then converted his second match point to advance 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6) on Court No.2 after four hours and 34 minutes.

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Garin is the first Chilean man to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Fernando Gonzales in 2009.

The 19th-seeded de Minaur had never lost a set against Garin in three previous meetings and looked set to maintain that streak when he led 3-1 in the third-set tiebreaker. The Australian then held two match points at 5-4 in the fifth.



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Exclusive: World Cup: Mbappe fires France into last 16 after 2-1 win over Denmark –




World Cup: Mbappe fires France into last 16 after 2-1 win over Denmark

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France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their second goal against Denmark in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Doha, Qatar on November 26, 2022.  (REUTERS)

DOHA  – Kylian Mbappe crowned an exhilarating individual performance with two second-half goals to make champions France the first side into the last 16 of the World Cup as they beat Denmark 2-1 in their Group D clash at the 974 Stadium on Saturday.

Mbappe’s goals sent France top the group on six points, three ahead of Australia, who beat Tunisia 1-0 earlier in the day, with the Danes and the Tunisians both on one point.

“The first objective has been achieved,” French coach Didier Deschamps said of their qualification in a post-match TV interview. “This group is strong, solid and wants to achieve great things.”

France take on Tunisia and Denmark meet Socceroos in the final round on Wednesday, with the Danes needing a win to advance.

Having lost twice to Denmark during the recent Nations League campaign, France started cautiously. But it was not long before they realised there were opportunities to be had by taking on the Danish wing backs.

Ousmane Dembele tormented Joakim Maehle and a wave of excitement swept around the stadium, which is made out of 974 recycled shipping containers, every time Mbappe got one-on-one with Rasmus Kristensen on the other flank.

The first half saw France enjoy the better chances as Adrien Rabiot went close with a header and Denmark were forced into a number of last-ditch blocks, but the Danes did go close with an Andreas Cornelius shot that flew just wide.

Their defensive resilience was not to last and Mbappe put the French ahead in the 61st minute, crowning a superb high-speed French counter with a bouncing first-time finish from Theo Hernandez’s clever pull-back.


Always a danger from set pieces, defender Andreas Christensen put the Danes level seven minutes later, stealing in behind the defence and stooping to head home with Denmark’s first effort on target.

Neither side seemed content with a draw and Rabiot fired a spectacular volley over in the 80th minute, and a minute later Denmark substitute Martin Braithwaite fired a first-time effort of his own just wide of the near post.

The game looked set to end in a stalemate until Mbappe popped up in the 86th minute at the far post to cushion home an Antoine Griezmann cross from close range to restore the lead to send the travelling French fans into raptures.

Denmark threw everything forward looking for a second equaliser, leaving acres of space at the back, but their late attacks lacked precision and the French held on for the win that put them through.

“It was the small things again,” a frustrated Kasper Hjulmand told Denmark’s TV2. “We had hoped that we could close it out, it was like the game had gone a little bit cold, but it was simply small things.”

Mbappe’s brace took his international total to 31 in 61 games for France, putting the 23-year-old level with Zinedine Zidane and 20 goals behind Olivier Giroud and Thierry Henry, France’s joint record goal-scorers.

“What can I say, I’ve said it before – he’s an exceptional player. He has the ability to be decisive, to stand out from the crowd and make a difference in games,” Deschamps said of his goal-poaching star.

“We now have peace of mind going into our third game as we have already sealed our spot in the last 16, and we’re hopefully going to finish top of the table,” he added.

The French will face one of the teams from Group C – Poland, Saudi Arabia, Mexico or Argentina – in the last 16.

“We are very competitive and there is a great team spirit, both on and off the pitch, and we’ll need that for what is waiting ahead,” Deschamps said.


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Exclusive: Martinez helps Argentina record important win v Mexico –




Martinez helps Argentina record important win v Mexico

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Lisandro had been introduced as a second-half substitute against Saudi Arabia on matchday one but was in from the start this time around as the South Americans looked to bounce back. 

The first half was tense, cagey, hard fought and a stop-start affair with fouls a regular feature between both sides looking to triumph for the first time in the tournament. 

It was goalless at the break but the impetus was all Argentina’s after Messi netted the opener with a precisely drilled effort on 64 minutes. 

A curler from Fernandez with just over three minutes left of normal time was then enough to make sure of the win on a night that the two-time winners would have gone out on with a loss.

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Exclusive: The unlikely heroes from famous Wallabies win –




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Hands up if you had Mark Nawaqanitawase and Lachlan Lonergan as the men to inspire the Wallabies to a famous away win over Wales at the start of the calendar year?

It has been that kind of season for Australian rugby – thrilling, terrible and tumultuous at various times as Dave Rennie’s rocky road to the Rugby World Cup continues.

But what is clear is coach Rennie still has the dressing room as a makeshift, injury depleted side roared back from a 21 point deficit to stun Wales 39-34 in their season-ending Test in Cardiff.

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Lonergan scores match-winning try

Breakout winger Nawaqanitawase scored two tries while back-up hooker Lonergan grabbed the match-winning score and then the decisive turnover to break the hosts.

“I don’t think he’s ever lost the dressing room,” Wallabies legend Tim Horan said of Rennie on Stan Sport’s coverage.

“James Slipper this week talked about the belief they have. There’s been a lot of injuries, which hasn’t helped. That’s a great performance. That last 20 minutes was some of the best Wallabies performance we’ve seen this year.”

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Nawaqanitawase burns Welsh defence

Nawaqanitawase was only a fringe Super Rugby player with the Waratahs at the start of the year but he has finished it as one of the world’s hottest wingers.

The 22-year-old with Fijian heritage scored two tries at the Principality Stadium and was a constant threat for the Welsh defence.

His mix of size, speed, athleticism and aerial ability gives the Wallabies a real point of difference and adds to the wing stocks that include Marika Koroibete, Andrew Kellaway and Tom Wright.

“The big thing now for Mark is that he feels he belongs in a gold jersey,” Horan said.

“And that usually takes probably 5-10 Test matches – not only two or three. But the big challenge for Mark now is to go back to the Waratahs after this tour.

“Take what he’s learned from this tour and actually step up again because that second year syndrome is very difficult. When you’re in a gold jersey players start to look at video, start to analyse. But it’s a good opportunity for you to grow.”

Meanwhile, Lonergan was an unlikely match-winner as he scored his first Test try to give the Wallabies the lead in the 78th minute – and then won the decisive breakdown turnover as the home side came knocking.

“Pretty stoked. I was just chilling on the wing and I was lucky enough to walk around and get that drop,” the deadpan Lonergan said on Stan Sport.

“Our captain (James Slipper) went down with that head knock so as a team we said we need to do it for him, do it for our coaches, do it for Australia and we’re lucky enough to get that result.”

Lonergan then dropped another gem when asked by Drew Mitchell what the plan was post-match.

“You know exactly what’s gonna happen.”

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