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On Thursday, one of England or Belgium can add their name to the list of teams with a 100 per cent record, facing off in Kaliningrad to decide who tops Group E . While their last 16 opponents are still to be determined, progressing as group winners would feed England into a potential quarter-final meeting with the winners of Brazil vs Mexico, with either France, Argentina, Uruguay or Portugal lying in wait in the semi finals.
  • Russia World Cup, Day-10 results

    Russia World Cup, Day-10 results

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    However, some pundits argue that it is not due to prejudice; citing the example of Ghana is one of Africa's giants in football, who could not make it to Russian Federation 2018 with an indigenous coach in charge of their team - The Black Stars.
  • Can England dare to dream of World Cup glory?

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    The Three Lions dominated the game from start to finish with Harry Kane scoring a hat-trick, John Stones , a brace and Jesse Lingard netting the other goal. Asked if Kane was displaying the levels of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Southgate replied: "Clearly the stage to do that is this one". Germany were matched at a high of [30.0] in the World Cup Winner market as it looked like they would either be eliminated, or leave themselves with a mountain to club should they have just drawn the ...
  • Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia

    Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia

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    Saudi Arabia , thrashed 5-0 by Russian Federation in the opening game of the tournament, were playing South American opposition at a World Cup for the first time . Saudi Arabia have endured the toughest start to the tournament of any side, as the unexpected thrashing at the hands of the relatively unfancied hosts was followed by a minor mid-air emergency during an internal flight from their training base near St Petersburg, as they prepare for a daunting assignment against Uruguay .
  • Colombia will overcome ‘bitter memory’ of Japan loss, coach vows

    Colombia will overcome ‘bitter memory’ of Japan loss, coach vows

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    Because everyone sees what a wonderful celebration we are having. Rodriguez, the top scorer at the Brazil World Cup, did not start against Japan because of a calf muscle injury, coming in as a second-half substitute. It was a risky decision that restrained Colombia's attacking play down the wings and isolated forward Radamel Falcao . "In the second half, Japan adapted its style and managed to score by playing better and taking advantage of their opportunities".
  • Media criticism of my lifestyle is 'unbelievable' - Sterling

    Media criticism of my lifestyle is 'unbelievable' - Sterling

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    Southgate said, "Ruben is a very good ball player, everybody can see his physical size but he has got lovely soft feet". They have also been eager to make themselves available for interview: such was the deluge of players willing to speak to the BBC after the game, the Beeb barely had any time to do some analysis.
  • The political meaning behind Shaqiri's celebration against Serbia

    The political meaning behind Shaqiri's celebration against Serbia

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    A dream start ensued for Serbia when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home a cross from Dusan Tadic in the fifth minute. "I think in football you have always emotions", he said. Shaqiri nearly sent Switzerland ahead just before the hour when he curled a spectacular effort towards the top corner, but the ball hit the outside of the post before dropping behind.
  • Gernot Rohr claims Super Eagles players are still growing

    Gernot Rohr claims Super Eagles players are still growing

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    Saraki who was flanked by the Super Eagles Coach and their trainer, told the boys that his visit was to further encourage them like he did in Abuja, Nigeria before they departed. And with Croatia routing the Argentines 3-0 on Thursday, it opened the way for Iceland to claim the group's second spot in the round of 16. Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made some tactical changes, including bringing Musa into the starting lineup to inject some pace into the attack.
  • Iran Coach Carlos Queiroz Blasts 'Arrogant' Nike For US Sanctions

    Iran Coach Carlos Queiroz Blasts 'Arrogant' Nike For US Sanctions

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    The Frenchman however admitted the players were down but refused to blame anyone but himself and tasks self with responsibility to prepare them ahead of crunch ties against Portugal and Spain . Suddenly, Iran's blighted and frustrating World Cup buildup - the scrapped friendly matches, the sportswear sanctions from the United States that prevented players from wearing their favorite soccer shoes - didn't matter anymore.
  • Don’t deplete assets for Kawhi Leonard

    Don’t deplete assets for Kawhi Leonard

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    The 26-year-old Leonard has been a two-time All-NBA First Team selection, was twice defensive player of the year and was Finals MVP in 2014. "Teams can go decades without acquiring a player that good". Wojnarowski reported that the Spurs haven't given suitors guidance on what they'd be seeking for Leonard in a trade. Leonard, who turns 27 later this month, has been the subject of trade speculation for months after last season produced extensive tension between him and the team over the ...
  • Uruguay Vs. Saudi Arabia Live Stream

    Uruguay Vs. Saudi Arabia Live Stream

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    Fellow Uruguay supporter Juan Martin Di Pascua, 22, draped in a national team flag, said: "It makes us a bit anxious as he's the key for the team along with (Edinson) Cavani so I pray to God he starts playing well again soon". Talking of the first game, though, Saudi Arabia were pure mince. "We are anxious to change our image, we need to forget our problems and focus on the positive elements to bring happiness to the hearts of the Saudis", said Al-Jassim.
  • Charlotte Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets

    Charlotte Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets

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    The Hornets will receive the Nets' second-round pick (No. 45) in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft and a 2021 second-round pick. One trade that's already been floated around is a deal in which Cleveland would acquire Walker and Nicolas Batum in exchange for Jordan Clarkson, J.R.
  • Polite Japan Fans Clean Stadium After World Cup Win

    Polite Japan Fans Clean Stadium After World Cup Win

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    After all, Senegal secured an unlikely 2-1 victory over Poland shortly after Japan toppled Colombia by the same score in two separate Group H matches on Tuesday. But Japan made the flawless start to their World Cup campaign, becoming the first Asian country to defeat a South American team at a World Cup and earning three points in what is expected to be one of the most closely-contested groups in the tournament, with Poland and Senegal the other two nations in Group H.
  • Portugal can still improve, says match victor Ronaldo

    Portugal can still improve, says match victor Ronaldo

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    Ronaldo , 33, followed his hat trick in last Friday's 3-3 draw with Spain by scoring his 85th career goal for Portugal in the Russian capital to overtake Puskas, who played for Hungary from 1945 to 1956 and for whom Federation Internationale de Football Association has named its Goal of the Year Award.
  • Clippers have a starting point in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard

    Clippers have a starting point in trade talks for Kawhi Leonard

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    Acquiring Leonard , who is arguably a superstar when healthy, would go a long way in helping the Cavaliers' hopes of holding on to James. Despite Spurs being keen to keep hold of the 26-year-old and Leonard keen on a move to LA, it seems San Antonio will play hardball over any transfer.
  • Egypt coach: Salah

    Egypt coach: Salah "almost 100 per cent" to play vs. Uruguay

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    Most expect Uruguay to dominate this game in all aspects, including both corners and chances created, which should see them spend much of their time in Egypt's half. Tabarez praised his side's performance while calling on them to improve in their next game against Saudi Arabia. We'll see how it goes today. On a team that boasts one of the World Cup's most potent attacks, a defender lifted Uruguay to its first opening-match victory at the World Cup in 48 years.
  • Willian a £60m target for Manchester United?

    Willian a £60m target for Manchester United?

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    The Red Devils lacked creativity in the final third at times last season and it looks like Mourinho is hoping to help solve the problem by signing one of his long-term targets. "He can improve (them) a lot". Whether Chelsea would be willing to stump up the cash needed to supplement a deal involving Willian remains to be seen but it seems like a deal that could work well for both clubs, if United can't find a buyer from overseas.
  • Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Group E opener

    Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Group E opener

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    Switzerland dominated the midfield for long spells against a Brazil team that had been keen to start with a win after its disastrous exit as host in 2014. The Europeans are ranked sixth in the world, per Federation Internationale de Football Association, and should provide the South Americans with a stern test.
  • All of Mexico cheers win over champ Germany

    All of Mexico cheers win over champ Germany

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    Hirving Lozano scored the solitary goal of the game in the 35th minute to give Mexico a dream start at the Mundial. All the Mexicans who were jumping nonstop in the Mexico City's main square after the goal created an 'artificial natural disaster for 7 seconds at two parts of the capital city, according to a report by Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations, Mexico.
  • Sri Lanka defends cricket team over ball tampering allegation

    Sri Lanka defends cricket team over ball tampering allegation

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    Ahead of the third day's play, umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould chose to change the ball but that decision hasn't gone down with the Sri Lankan camp. It was communication with the team's board in Colombo which finally persuaded Chandimal and his men to continue with the match. "If there are any, Code of Conduct charges will follow as per usual at close of play", the ICC Tweeted.
  • Antoine Griezmann Finally Makes Decision On His Future

    Antoine Griezmann Finally Makes Decision On His Future

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    The end line came with Griezmann announcing that "I have chose to stay". Coach Diego Simeone said he would bear no grudge with Griezmann if he left, although Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin offered him a thinly veiled message after his talismanic display against Marseille, saying.