Sunderland defender wins World Cup against ex-Black Cat as Rangers ‘close in’ on QPR boss Michael Beale


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Sunderland defender Bailey Wright was an unused Australia substitute against Tunisia (Photo by FRANK REID)

Bailey Wright’s Australia won their first World Cup game since 2010 by beating Tunisia 1-0 in Qatar. An early header from Mitchell Duke put the Socceroos ahead and they were able to hang on to register the victory.

For the second straight game, Wright was an unused substitute failing to come off the bench in last Tuesday’s clash with reigning world champions France in Australia’s opener of the tournament. Tunisia, meanwhile, had ex-Black Cat Wahbi Khazri in their ranks, with the 31-year-old brought up for the proceedings in the 67th minute.

Khazri however couldn’t help his side back into the game and with a clash against France on the horizon, it seems a worrying task for Tunisia to progress from the group stage. Middlesbrough midfielder Riley McGree played 64 minutes for Australia before being replaced by Verona midfielder Ajdin Hrustic.

Former Sunderland man Wahbi Khazri couldn’t prevent Tunisia from falling to Australia (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

QPR boss Michael Beale looks set to return to Ibrox. John Percy reports Rangers have made an approach from QPR for Beale and the 42-year-old is set to be named Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s successor.

Beale recently turned down an opportunity to take over from Bruno Lage at Wolves, however, it looks like he is set to return to Rangers after enjoying a successful stint under Steven Gerrard at the club. QPR currently sit 7th in the league but have lost their last three games.

Sheffield United ‘keep tabs’ on Canadian star

Montreal midfielder Ismael Kone has become a transfer target for Sheffield United after the 20-year-old made his World Cup debut for Canada last week. The Blades are said to have lined up Kone as a potential replacement for Sander Berge, should the Norwegian leave the club when the transfer window opens.

Chelsea and Club Brugge have emerged as potential destinations for Berge who has impressed at Bramall Lane once again this season.