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FIFA WorldCup: Sweden thrashes S. Korea by 1-0 victory

A penalty awarded through video review gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday. Andreas Granqvist guessed correctly and easily converted the kick in a game Sweden mostly dominated. The victory was vital to Sweden. Mexico grabbed a surprise 3 points from Germany in this group on Sunday, and most everyone thinks Germany will come...

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FIFA WorldCup: Sweden thrashes S. Korea by 1-0 victory

A penalty awarded through video review gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday. Andreas Granqvist guessed correctly and easily converted the kick in a game Sweden mostly dominated. The victory was vital to Sweden. Mexico grabbed a surprise 3 points from Germany in this group on Sunday, and most everyone thinks Germany will come...

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Australia tumbles to low ICC rankings after 34 years

Defeats in the first two ODIs against England have sent Australia tumbling to a 34-year low in the ICC rankings. They have slipped to sixth place, and will need to win at least one of the three remaining games in the series to climb back above Pakistan to fifth. According to cricket.com.au, the last time Australia found themselves in sixth...

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Brazil manages to draw by 1-1 against Switzerland in Group E opener

ROSTOV-ON-DON: A second-half header from Steven Zuber cancelled out a sensational early goal from Philippe Coutinho as Switzerland and Brazil drew 1-1 in a tight Group E World Cup opener on Sunday. With 20 minutes gone, Coutinho gathered a clearance 25 yards from goal and curled a marvellous shot into the far corner off the post to give the five-times...

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Germans ‘under pressure’ after Mexico World Cup defeat at opening match

Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels slammed Germany's failings after the holders slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico in their opening World Cup match on Sunday. Germany lost their opening match at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 after Hirving Lozano scored the winning goal in Moscow. The Germans were caught napping in the first...

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Sri Lanka skipper charged with ball-tampering by ICC

Sri Lanka cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged with breaching the International Cricket Council Code of Conduct in the fallout of the ball-tampering controversy in the second Test against the West Indies. The international governing body tweeted the news, detailing that the captain was in breach of Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for 'changing the condition...

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Lionel Messi to put heat on Iceland as France target Australia

Lionel Messi's bid for World Cup redemption begins on Saturday when he leads Argentina against tiny Iceland, as fancied France make their bow in Russia targeting a repeat of their 1998 glory. Messi's eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, made history on Friday when he became only the fourth player to score at four World Cups on his way to a hat-trick...

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Iran delight, Morocco despair at stoppage-time own goal

ST PETERSBURG: A heartbreaking stoppage-time own goal from substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz gave Iran a dramatic 1-0 win over Morocco in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday, a result they celebrated with unbridled delight. Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Morocco vs Iran - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 15, 2018 Morocco's Aziz...

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Ronaldo hat-trick earns Portugal win over Spain in thriller

OCHI: Portugal´s Cristiano Ronaldo curled in a sizzling late free kick to strike the first hat-trick of the 2018 World Cup and grab his side a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain on Friday as the Group B blockbuster lived up to the hype. Spain defender Nacho Fernandez tripped Ronaldo to give away a penalty in the fourth...

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FIFA World Cup: Uruguay beats Egypt with 1-0 in a last minute header by Jose Magimenz

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA: Match between Egypt and Uruguay playing their opening match of the tournament ended in a last minute goal by the latter side as Jose MaGimenez with a late header made Uruguay defeat the Egyptian side Mohamed Salah was not included in Egypt´s starting line-up for their World Cup opener against Uruguay on Friday following his shoulder injury. The star...

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Thrashing defeat for Afghanistan in first debut test match against India

Afghanistan brought out their best in the final session once again, but the game had swung so far out of their reach that the second day of their first Test proved to be the last one. Purely on numbers, it was a colossal defeat, by an innings and 262 runs. But the flattening reality of being bowled out twice in...

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Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankcruptcy case

  Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity from ongoing bankruptcy proceedings in the UK on the basis that he is an ambassador for the Central African Republic, British media reported Friday. Lawyers for Becker, a former world number one, lodged a claim Thursday in the UK's High Court asserting immunity after he was appointed a sports attache...

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Shellshocked Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat

Spain and Portugal clash on Friday in an early highlight of the World Cup in Russia as the Spanish camp insist they are united despite this week's extraordinary sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui. Egyptian fans, meanwhile, will hold their breath to see if prolific Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah really has recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions...

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Russia kicks off the FIFA World Cup in style, thrashes KSA by 5-0

MOSCOW: Russia kicked off their World Cup in style on Thursday, scoring early against Saudi Arabia in front of an ecstatic crowd in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially declared the tournament open. After a performance from British pop star Robbie Williams, Putin told the 80,000 crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium: "I congratulate all of you at the start of the...

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Egypt’s Salah fit and ready to fire against Uruguay

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA: Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has recovered from a shoulder injury and is almost 100 percent certain to play in their World Cup opener against Uruguay, coach Hector Cuper said on Thursday, ending weeks of suspense about the fitness of his most dangerous striker. Cuper went further by predicting on the eve of the match that Salah could emerge...

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Ronaldo looking for likely last shot at World Cup glory

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Cristiano Ronaldo will launch his latest and probably last attempt to crown his career with a World Cup winners medal when European champions Portugal face neighbours Spain in their opening World Cup game here on Friday. The 33-year-old will lock horns with six of his Real Madrid team-mates as the Spaniards attempt to shrug off the shock sacking...

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232 not out: Kiwi teenager Amelia Kerr sets ‘surreal’ ODI record

New Zealand teenager Amelia Kerr shattered a world batting record in women's One Day International (ODI) cricket with a blistering 232 not out against Ireland on Wednesday. Kerr amassed the record total just days after her team's 490 for four against Ireland set a record for cricket's highest-ever ODI total. The 17-year-old, whose average was just 29 going into the...

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