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Khazri ends Tunisia's long wait for finals win

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Panama had taken the lead in the 33rd minute through an own-goal when Jose Luis Rodriguez's hard shot deflected off of a Tunisia player that sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. The match was evenly poised in the opening exchanges, with both sides signalling their intent to get goals early on. But they played for pride in a spirited duel and the fervour of the more than 37,000 fans in the Mordovia Arena belied the notion that this was a pointless match between to two lowly nations. Read More »

Januzaj goal lifts Belgium past England

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Chelsea striker Batshuayi was ridiculed for some terrible misses in Belgium's Group G game against Tunisia last Saturday and he didn't do much to suggest he deserves to be a first choice starter as he started against England in Kaliningrad . Read More »

Costa Rica ties Switzerland 2-2, heads for World Cup exits

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Marcelo lasted a mere 10 minutes against Serbia before being forced off because of a back injury, and Brazil's team doctor has revealed how the injury may have been caused. Rafaella Santos was so excited at her brother's stoppage-time goal in the 2-0 group win against Costa Rica that she reportedly collided with a friend and injured herself. Read More »

Messi, Argentina scrape into last 16

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The twice World Cup champions will face France in the last 16 while Croatia , who advance as winners of Group D with the maximum nine points after beating Iceland 2-1, will take on Denmark. Questions will continue over Sampaoli's authority after the coach apparently sought Messi's advice over the introduction of Sergio Aguero as a late substitute, with Argentina in desperate need of a goal . Read More »

Tigers fire pitching coach Bosio over 'insensitive comments'

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Bosio's remarks must have been very bad for the team to immediately fire him. "The club will have no further comment on this matter", a full release from the club said. Detroit's WXYZ-TV reported Bosio used "racially charged" language against a co-worker. His last season was 1996. Bosio was in his first season as Detroit's pitching coach after serving in the same role for six years with the Chicago Cubs . Read More »

Martinez admits he will play a weakened team against England

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England are ahead because of the fair-play rules, with only two bookings compared to Belgium's three, and Southgate joked that "if I go and headbutt Roberto [Martínez] in the last five minutes" the English public would know he was being disingenuous about wanting to win the group. Read More »

Mexico and South Korea

Germany won last year's Confederations Cup in Russian Federation even though Loew opted to leave his World Cup-winning stars at home, boosting his reputation further. And this joyous display is a combination of the two. "Those mediocre people who have never achieved anything in life will say that it's a miracle that we got through, but what we have achieved is important", he wrote on his Instagram page. Read More »

Wayne Rooney Set To Complete MLS Move Today

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Manchester United and England's record goalscorer agreed a deal in principle last month but was undecided about leaving Everton halfway through his two-year contract. He went on to score 253 goals in 559 appearances for the club, winning the Premier League title five times . Rooney retired from the England national team a year ago, ending his worldwide career as the nation's all-time top scorer with 53 goals in 119 appearances, which is also the most for an outfield player. Read More »

Adnan Januzaj Negated Belgium's First-Half Attempts To Avoid The Win

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Football can also be an individual sport, and one of the most prestigious individual honours in world football is the World Cup golden boot (the player with the most goals at the end of the tournament). Win on the day and hope for the best? Totally accept it could backfire terribly. Granted, England might not have to lose to finish second. It was Belgium's first win over England since 1936 , and extends The Red Devils unbeaten streak to 22 matches. Read More »

Some people think England should play to lose - here's why

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He missed training due to the ankle injury he picked up in a 5-2 win over Tunisia, a game which saw him complete his second brace of the tournament. Lukaku has claimed the headlines after four goals in his first two World Cup matches but Belgium are far more nuanced than relying on the big centre-forward. Read More »

Phil Jones : "We don't fear anyone'"

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They have six points each, and are equal on goal difference and goals scored. Geoff York, from Kings Cross in London, was among them and was delighted a potential stumbling block for England had been removed. "I don't want to see England lose, we want to keep the momentum going". What time is the World Cup on and where can I watch it in Hong Kong? "I've got a ticket for the final - if we get there touch wood". Read More »

Cisse points finger at defence after 2-2 draw with Japan

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England, their manager and their fans may well fancy Japan , who are ranked 61st in the world, over the more eye-catching attacking verve of Colombia and Senegal . "A player like Mane, of course, is a player with a lot of expectations from our team", Cisse said. "Well our locker room after the match, compared to those in the Premier League, is much cleaner", he said. Read More »

FIFA World Cup Disciplined Japan advances to round 16 2 hours ago

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Bednarek beat his marker at the far post in the 59th minute to volley in a swirling free-kick from Rafal Kurzawa . The Japan squad needs a point to secure a spot in the next stage. But the Japanese still had more of the chances in the first half. Scampering across his goal before diving, Kawashima clawed the ball to safety just before it had crossed the line. Read More »

Gareth Southgate explains England team selection v Belgium

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The Croatian believes England should try their best to win against Belgium in order to build confidence for the rest of the tournament. "If we can win great, but I think the priority is another one than just winning tomorrow". "We want to win the game and that would mean we top the group and we would go into whatever game we go into moving forward", he said. Whether Southgate's comments are just lip service or a statement of intent remains to be seen. Read More »

LeBron James Rumors: Cavaliers Star Already Knows Where He's Going

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The King really could be heading to Los Angeles. National Basketball Association free agency is quickly approaching. ESPN reported on Wednesday that with LeBron James set to make an announcement on his future soon, the Lakers were under pressure to acquire Leonard and essentially pave the way for James to make a move to Los Angeles. Read More »

Senegal 'don't deserve' to advance and accept fair play tiebreaker - Aliou Cisse

Both teams were level in every single category ranging from points and goal difference, right through to goals scored. Koulibaly will be in action for Senegal at 3pm tomorrow as they take on Colombia . Robert Lewandowski then had a chance to put Poland ahead 2-0 - a result that would have allowed Senegal to advance - in the 74th minute after a swift counterattack but his effort flew over the bar. Read More »

National Basketball Association trade rumor: Lakers, Spurs re-engage in trade talks

All of those players have their own major decisions to make, although Leonard's situation is the most complex, because he is still under contract with the Spurs for one more season. "Now, what I can't tell you right now because it's too soon to reveal this, but there some deals being made as we speak that are going to allow the Cavaliers to go back to the Finals next year." If he opts out, James will either be re-signing with the Cavs or signing as a free agent with someone like the Los ... Read More »

Africa's hopes dashed as Senegal exit World Cup

Since the two teams also played to a draw against each other, the deciding factor that sent Japan through and Senegal home was the number of yellow cards each team had based on the "fair play" tiebreaker . "I fancy Colombia [advancing] after that performance [against Poland] - I thought they were absolutely brilliant and I like Senegal as well, but I just feel like Colombia had that horror moment in their first match getting a red card and losing that match [against Japan] and now they have a ... Read More »

Germany exit shows anyone is vulnerable England manager Gareth Southgate

England's Phil Jones believes playing Belgium will have a familiar feel to it due to most of their squad playing in the Premier League. England has a slight edge over Belgium in this regard coming into the game. The Belgian manager Mr Martinez has said that he is more concerned with resting players. "Tomorrow we want to perform well but the priority is not to". Read More »

Senegal vs Colombia | 28 Jun 2018

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Colombia could qualify with a draw as long as Japan lose. Both sides were intermittently impressive against a awful Poland but Japan did a number on 10-man Colombia to avenge their trouncing in the group stage four years ago. Colombia , we're picking a draw between these two cautious and capable sides. Senegal were far from convincing against Japan and even though Mane scored the opener it had a large dose of good luck about it. Read More »

Why are the final groupstage matches being held at the same time?

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Andres Iniesta's lacklustre performance symbolised Spain's problems in this tournament. The two 1-0 scorelines tell Morocco's story in this World Cup: two close matches in which missed chances have cost them dearly. However, complicated three-way ties are possible, for either places 1-3 (if Sweden beats Mexico AND Germany beats South Korea ) or places 2-4, (if Mexico beats Sweden AND South Korea beats Germany ). Read More »

Senegal, coach Cisse look to recreate 2002 World Cup magic

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Back from the recess, it was the Japanese who to took the game to the West Africans by creating decent chances and missing them easily. Former AC Milan man Honda came off the bench to set up Yuya Osako's victor against Colombia but also put Japan's defence under pressure with an error - which he defended - in the closing stages against the South Americans. Read More »

Korean consul general to Mexico drinks tequila with fans at embassy

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Germany became the fourth defending champion in the past five World Cup tournaments to be knocked out at the group stage. Papa Bouba Diop's goal proved to be the catalyst for a tournament to forget, as Roger Lemerre's side stuttered to a draw against Uruguay - when Thierry Henry was sent off - before suffering defeat to Denmark in their final group game. Read More »

South Korea stuns Germany 2-0

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The entire German football lost, the team lost. South Korean fans called for some players to be made exempt from military service. Numerous players have come under fire for their displays and Mesut Ozil's dejected manner at the final whistle wasn't enough to spare him a barrage of criticism. Read More »

No one was happier about South Korea’s World Cup win than Mexico

Suddenly, all eyes turned to the South Korea-Germany match being played simultaneously in Kazan. That left Mexico in a perilous position, as a late German victor would have sent the Central Americans crashing out, but two injury-time South Korean goals in Kazan ensured Juan Carlos Osorio's men edged through as runners-up. Read More »

Korea end Russian Federation 2018 with stunning win, 2 painful losses

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They were not even better than South Korea. How else do we explain Leroy Sane failing to replicate his Manchester City form for his country to such an extent many in Germany agreed with his exclusion? They partnered with the hotel and the German chamber, plus sponsors in the form of three of the biggest auto brands in the world: Audi, BMW, Mercedes. Read More »

Arsene Wenger will be pleased with Gareth Southgate's plans for Belgium clash

England and Belgium are locked together with two wins apiece at the top of Group G heading into their final encounter on Friday morning (AEST). What is likely, however, is that Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and his English counterpart Gareth Southgate will rest some of their regular starters and give match time to back-up squad players. Read More »

England can use knowledge of teammates to advantage, says Eric Dier

So it would be beneficial for both teams to avoid winning the group to end up in the easier side of the draw. The Belgium coach is taking this game very seriously, but he intends to make the most of his team's early qualification by giving a few starters a breather and allowing his fringe players more time on the pitch. Read More »

Sweden beats Mexico 3-0, but both reach World Cup knockout stages

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El Tri then survived a nervy moment in the 29th minute when VAR alerted the referee to a potential handball by Javier Hernandez inside his own area, but the original decision stood after a review. In the first 45 minutes, Mexico found it hard to find a way past a compact Sweden side, a little and large battle up front between Javier Chicharito Hernandez and Adreas Granqvist hugely contributing to a goalless first half. Read More »

Korean players thought Germany win was enough to go through

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It was the first time Germany has been knocked out in the first round since 1938, though the team was not allowed to enter the 1950 tournament. "The situation is very hard to put into words". The result saw Germany eliminated from the tournament, and El Tri, as Mexico's team is called, progress to the next stage of the World Cup in extraordinary circumstances. Read More »

No, after you: Why England and Belgium may want to be second

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Before the match, Southgate appeared to downplay the hype stating and steered clear of any schadenfreude regarding Germany's exit: "We have not won a knockout game at a World Cup since 2006, why we would want to plan which would be a better venue for our semi-final is beyond me. Read More »