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Copa America; Brazilian Supreme Court rules tournament can go on.

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Copa America, which is set to start on Sunday, can go ahead in Brazil, the country’s Supreme Court has decided.

Judges held an emergency session on Thursday to consider requests to halt the competition because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was argued that hosting the tournament would endanger the lives of thousands of people.

The judges said that the Brazilian constitution did not give the court the power to block it.

But they said that state governors and city mayors should do more to ensure “appropriate health protocols” are respected.

They also expressed their dismay at President Jair Bolsonaro’s last-minute decision to stage the tournament, which will be held with no fans in stadiums.

Teams face mandatory testing every 48 hours. Their movements will be restricted and they will travel to host cities aboard chartered flights.

The tournament, postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, was originally to have been staged in Colombia and Argentina.

But Colombia was removed as co-host on 20 May because of domestic civil unrest, and Argentina was then stripped of its host status on 30 May, with organisers citing coronavirus concerns and the “present circumstances”.

Earlier this week, Brazil’s players criticised the idea to hold the tournament in their country.

Brazil has recorded more than 475,000 deaths attributed to coronavirus, the second highest number in the world after the US.

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Messi wins his first Major Trophy with Argentina after beating Brazil in the Copa America Finals

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Argentina has beaten their South America rivals Brazil 1-0 to win the Copa America.

This victory would mean a lot for the Captain of Argentina Lionel Messi as a national team trophy has eluded him for years.

Messi at the junior level won an Olympic medal with Argentina at the junior level but had to wait for years to be able to win this major trophy.

A first half goal by Angel Di Maria which was scored in the 22nd Minute of play was enough to give Argentina that important win over Brazil.

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Under 24 South Korea 3-1 Ghana -Ten-man Taegeuk Warriors too strong for Black Meteors.

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Samuel Fabin’s side could not find a way past the Olympic-bound outfit in Seogwipo 

Ghana U24 have suffered their third straight defeat of their Asian tour following a 3-1 loss to South Korea U24 in an international friendly fixture on Saturday.

Sang-Min Lee, Seung-Woo Lee, and Kyu-Seong Jo were on target for the Taegeuk Warriors, making little of Samuel Obeng Gyabaa’s consolation.

The match is the first of two games between the two sides.

It follows back-to-back 6-0 and 4-0 defeats to Japan’s U24 team in two earlier friendlies.

The games are part of Ghana’s preparations for the 2023 Africa Cup while both Japan and Korea use the matches as tests for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

Having drawn blanks in their two previous fixtures, Meteors coach Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin named a strong attacking line, putting faith in Genk winger Osman Bukari, Schalke 04 man Joselpho Barnes and Colchester United attacker Kwame Afriyie Adubofour Poku.

In the 18th minute, Sang-Min put the hosts in front, beating Ghana centre-back Frank Assinki to head home a cross from the right.

When Jin-Ya Kim was sent off for a reckless tackle in the 39th minute, it appeared as though Fabin’s outfit were going to capitalise on their numerical advantage to mount a fight-back.

The Meteors held their own for the remainder of the first half but saw their defence breached 13 minutes after the break as Seung-Woo reacted quickly to send a rebound into the net after his first effort fell back into play after crashing against the upright.

In the 66th minute, it was Kyu Seong’s turn to register his name on the score sheet, coolly taking a ball into the box on his chest with his back to goal and hitting a close range shot on the turn into the net.

Ghana finally found the back of the net 15 minutes prior to full-time, their first goal in three games when substitute Obeng shot past the Korea goalkeeper.

The two sides will meet again on Tuesday for the second game and Ghana’s last of their Asian tour.

The Meteors are set to watch the upcoming Olympics behind their TV sets after failing to secure qualification for the championship during the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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Manchester United have £67m bid for Borussia Dortmund winger rejected – Jadon Sancho.

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The German club want about £77.5m for the 21-year-old, with an additional £4.25m bonus payment on top.

BBC Sport also understands that in addition to the fee not being high enough, United wanted to pay it over five years when Dortmund are only willing for it to extend to four.

United are now considering whether to revise their offer.

The Old Trafford club will be keen to avoid a repeat of 12 months ago, when they were given a fee by Dortmund for Sancho, then tried to reduce it believing the Bundesliga side would eventually sell for a lower price.

In the end, Dortmund refused to budge and Sancho remained where he was.

Asked on BBC Radio 5 Live if playing in Germany has contributed to his success on the pitch, Sancho said it has “definitely played a huge part”.

He added: “The first two years were difficult with the language and all sorts but I have settled in really well and happily got my opportunity. I took it.

“Dortmund is a quiet city, it is easy to go to training and go home. The fans love football and that is a good thing. Not being close to my family is the only thing [I don’t enjoy] but that is part of life.

“I don’t really focus on the media, I just focus on myself and what I need to do on the pitch.”

Dortmund have a gentleman’s agreement with Sancho that they will allow him to leave the club if someone reaches their valuation before a certain point in the summer, which is likely to coincide with his expected return date from England duty at the European Championship.

Among their major young stars, including Erling Braut Haaland and Jude Bellingham, Sancho is the only one Dortmund are interested in selling this summer.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be keen to get the deal done, and has identified a right-sided attacking player as one of his priorities.

He feels there is not enough competition for places in that area of the field, a situation underlined by the fact he failed to make a substitution until extra time despite his side struggling in the Europa League final against Villarreal, which they eventually lost on penalties.

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