Top-scorer in Jordan Premier League switches to the Saudi Pro League

Polish striker Lukasz Gikiewicz has joined Al-Batin
Updated 12 July 2018
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Top-scorer in Jordan Premier League switches to the Saudi Pro League

LONDON: Al-Batin have made a bold statement by signing the top-scorer in the Jordan Premier League last season.
Lukasz Gikiewicz has signed for the Saudi Pro League club on a free transfer from Al-Faisaly where he scored 14 goals last season. The much-traveled striker, who has signed for his 16th different club, will add much-neeed firepower to the Al-Batin frontline that misfired last season, scoring just 35 goals in 26 games. Even second-bottom Al-Raed scored more than them last season.


Gikiewicz has experience of playing in the Gulf as he joined Al-Wahda in 2015, but he lasted just five months before moving to Thai outfit Ratchaburi.
Gikiewicz was one of five new signings announced on Wednesday by Al-Batin who have clearly decided to revamp their squad under Romanian coach Ciprian Panait.
Colombian midfielder Misael Riascos, Brazilian defenders Joao Gabriel and Lucas Tagliapietra and midfielder Andrés Fernandes Gonçalves have all joined the Al-Samawi who have finished 12th and 11th since being promoted to the top flight.


France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup final

Updated 15 July 2018
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France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup final

  • France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium
  • Croatia fought hard for an hour but gradually ran out of steam after playing extra time in their three previous matches

MOSCOW: France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years.
The French, playing their third World Cup final, were made to sweat initially and were lucky to go ahead when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic headed an Antoine Griezmann free kick into his own net in the 18th minute, the first own goal in a World Cup final.
Ivan Perisic levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later but the Croatia midfielder was then penalized for handball following a VAR review and Griezmann stepped up coolly to convert the 38th-minute penalty and put France 2-1 up.
Croatia fought hard for an hour but gradually ran out of steam after playing extra time in their three previous matches, and goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe gave France a three-goal cushion.
Mandzukic pounced on a mistake by France keeper Hugo Lloris to cut the deficit in the 69th minute, making it the highest-scoring final over 90 minutes in 60 years, but Croatia could not find the net again in their first World Cup final.