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Sports Iran v Portugal 25 June 2018
Author: 0 Iran v Portugal 25 June 2018

Whether they top the group or not will depend on the other result and maybe even their disciplinary record (fair play points) if they are tied on points, goal difference, and goals scored. The Spanish now share leadership of their group with Portugal , who will also reach the last 16 with a draw against Iran . Iran has never been past the group stage at the World Cup , but a win over Portugal on Monday would vault the nation into its first knockout stage round.

Sports Federation Internationale de Football Association opens case against Shaqiri & Xhaka over controversial eagle celebrations
Author: 0 Federation Internationale de Football Association opens case against Shaqiri & Xhaka over controversial eagle celebrations

Serbia refuses to recognise the independence of its former province Kosovo, whose 1.8 million people are mostly ethnic Albanians, which broke away 10 years ago. "Furthermore, a preliminary investigation has been opened against the coach of the Serbian national team, Mladen Krstajic, for alleged statements made in the aftermath of the said match".

Sports Uruguay 2-0 vs Russia; Saudi Arabia nets equaliser
Author: 0 Uruguay 2-0 vs Russia; Saudi Arabia nets equaliser

M: Much better from Saudi Arabia who are attacking with a lot more intent at the beginning of the second half, they're pinning Egypt back into their own half at the moment. Meanwhile, the Egypt fans are in good voice in the stands too. El-Hadary even got a highlight to go with his record-breaking performance, when he saved a penalty, an impressive feat for a goalkeeper of any age, in the first half of the match for Egypt .

Sports Furious Maradona wants meeting with Argentina squad
Author: 0 Furious Maradona wants meeting with Argentina squad

Javier Mascherano insists Lionel Messi is frustrated with Argentina's situation but is motivated to inspire an upturn in their fortunes heading into their final group game. And Argentina is very unhappy. When it comes to football, one needs to look no further than the decade-long Messi v Ronaldo rivalry to pick who they think is the greatest footballer of all time.

Sports Brazil's Costa out of Serbia match
Author: 0 Brazil's Costa out of Serbia match

The five-time winners of the prestigious competition are looking to end a 16-year drought, and Carlos - the last Brazilian to taste World Cup glory - believes this current side possess the individual quality to threaten in Russian Federation.

Sports All the World Cup qualifying scenarios explained
Author: 0 All the World Cup qualifying scenarios explained

Each Group will be playing at the same time, which means that teams will not know their group's results before the game. Saudi Arabia and Egypt will contest the other match in Group A , ostensibly for pride with both sides yet to secure a point at the tournament.

Sports How Argentina and Lionel Messi can make World Cup last 16
Author: 0 How Argentina and Lionel Messi can make World Cup last 16

Ricardo Giusti, a World Cup-winner with Argentina in 1986, has declared that "the players will decide the team, that's a fact". Lying a humiliating last in a group they were expected to win, Argentina must beat Nigeria on Tuesday to have any chance of progressing and keeping alive captain Lionel Messi's dream of winning a first World Cup .

Sports Lionel Messi: Barcelona star told to be more like Cristiano Ronaldo
Author: 0 Lionel Messi: Barcelona star told to be more like Cristiano Ronaldo

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has come out in defence of his friend Lionel Messi and downplayed Cristiano Ronaldo's start to the World Cup in Russian Federation. "Leo looks fine to me, but by playing the game we played, that went against him". Messi might need cheering up, having been criticised for his tepid performances at his fourth World Cup with Argentina facing the shocking prospect of exiting the tournament early unless remaining Group D results go their way.

Sports How World Cup Group Play Is Shaking Out
Author: 0 How World Cup Group Play Is Shaking Out

Santos said he had been impressed by the former Real Madrid and Portugal coach's progress with Iran since his appointment in 2011. Teams will face each other to determine who tops the group, while some have a much more essential need. Serbia were unlucky to not get at least a point against Switzerland , so could provide a massive shock against Brazil , although it seems unlikely.

Sports FIFA 2018: Belgium swamps Tunisia with a masterclass
Author: 0 FIFA 2018: Belgium swamps Tunisia with a masterclass

Hazard scored the opener on a sixth-minute penalty, converting after he was taken down just inside the right of the area by Syam Ben Youssef. Tunisia cut the deficit when Dylan Bronn headed in from a free-kick. Next, Belgium takes on England in their final match of the group stages. The temperature inside the tightly packed Spartak Stadium was 28 degrees C at kickoff, and rising humidity spilled into heavy rain.

Author: 0 On the brink, Argentina handed a final shot at World Cup salvation

When Moscow confectioners found out Lionel Messi would be celebrating his birthday during the World Cup , they decided he needed a gift that measured up - a life-size chocolate sculpture in his likeness. "He feels it, he feels that more people are expecting much more from him than what's required at Barcelona". "I think there is a total lack of authority on Tapia's part".

Sports Mohamed Salah considering quitting Egypt team over Ramzan Kadyrov row
Author: 0 Mohamed Salah considering quitting Egypt team over Ramzan Kadyrov row

Mohamed Salah is reportedly considering whether to quit global football after being publicly blasted for posing with Ramzan Kadyrov for a picture. Sources in his homeland say that Salah, whose heroics helped Egypt qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, is furious about how he's been used for political gain during the tournament in Russian Federation.

Sports French Grand Prix: Hamilton extends championship lead after first lap chaos
Author: 0 French Grand Prix: Hamilton extends championship lead after first lap chaos

Since then he's had hard outings in Monaco and Montreal that have seen him lose his points lead in the drivers championship. The reigning champion saw his chances of succeeding at Circuit Paul Ricard boosted by a first-turn collision between Vettel and Valtteri Bottas for which the former received a five-second time penalty.

Sports Poland confident ahead of crunch Colombia World Cup match
Author: 0 Poland confident ahead of crunch Colombia World Cup match

Poland have been eliminated from the World Cup , beaten 3-0 by Colombia in Kazan. Falcao, Colombia's all-time leading scorer with 30 goals, made sure he would stay healthy for this year's World Cup by sitting out several matches with his Monaco club this season.

Sports Gary Neville on 'real deal' Harry Kane and England's approach to Belgium
Author: 0 Gary Neville on 'real deal' Harry Kane and England's approach to Belgium

It was the first time in England's history they have managed five goals in a first half and Kane became the first England player to score a World Cup hat-trick since Gary Lineker in 1986. "Don't come to the World Cup if you want to see teams score five", said Didier Deschamps following France's two laboured wins so far at the World Cup .

Sports Marin Cilic comes from behind to beat Novak Djokovic to win Queen's
Author: 0 Marin Cilic comes from behind to beat Novak Djokovic to win Queen's

Just after the match, you know, I got a big blister. "This is as big a tournament as it gets prior to Wimbledon , and I played in the final and nearly won it so it's a great result". But serving a double-fault at 4-3 in the tie-break seemed to take the wind out of him, when he once would have gritted his teeth and found a way to prevail.

Sports Tommy Fleetwood charge in vain as Brooks Koepka retains US Open title
Author: 0 Tommy Fleetwood charge in vain as Brooks Koepka retains US Open title

It's in my opinion some of the best land and certainly one of the best venues in all of golf. "This week is just back to a typical U.S. Open, where one over par wins". At one point in the U.S. Open, Koepka was 7-over following a first-round 75. That's what kept him from winning the second U.S. Open of his career. Koepka received the lion's share of the $12 million purse paid out in the tournament, and he also earned the championship trophy and the Jack Nicklaus medal that goes to the ...

Sports Kane basks in World Cup rout
Author: 0 Kane basks in World Cup rout

Los Canaleros simply had no answer to England's attack. Lingard made it 3-0 in the 36th minute with a attractive strike from just outside the area before Stones nodded in his second and England's fourth from a cleverly worked free kick routine.

Sports Panama to maintain starting lineup unchanged against England, says coach Gomez
Author: 0 Panama to maintain starting lineup unchanged against England, says coach Gomez

England themselves only managed to secure victory against Tunisia in the final few moments of their contest. Gomez went on and on about England , far more optimistic than most of the thousands of fans who have gathered in Nizhny Novgorod , jamming bars and streets in the Volga river city located about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Moscow.

Sports Germans awake to doom and gloom after Mexico loss
Author: 0 Germans awake to doom and gloom after Mexico loss

Die Mannschaft was slammed by the German media for a awful first-half performance when their defence was brutally riped apart by Mexico's counter attacks. "I am convinced we can show and will show a different face against Sweden". "We are now under pressure, we have to get six points from the next games", he said .

Sports How ESPN Ruined The 2018 NBA Draft
Author: 0 How ESPN Ruined The 2018 NBA Draft

Anything the Cavs do to retain The King will likely include packaging their newest draft pick in a trade for another star, just like they did with Andrew Wiggins in 2014. The drafts sees teams select the best young college players and eligible global talent. Andrea Bargnani went No. 1 overall in 2006; the last top-five to come from an worldwide roster was Dragan Bender, who went No.

Sports Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens doubtful for England game
Author: 0 Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens doubtful for England game

And Belgium , who wrap up Group G against England on Thursday, may confront fitness concerns with Lukaku, who had his right ankle worked on in the first half before coming off in the 59th minute with the result no longer in question. Hazard won the penalty when he was brought down by Tunisia's Syam Ben Youssef on the edge of the area. Tunisia cut the deficit when Dylan Bronn headed in from a free-kick.

Sports Belgium vs. Tunisia - Football Match Report
Author: 0 Belgium vs. Tunisia - Football Match Report

Two goals each for Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard and one for Michy Batshuayi swept Belgium to a 5-2 victory over Tunisia on Saturday that put them in command of World Cup Group G and underlined their status as one of the tournament favourites.

Sports Japanese took initiative to clean the stadium after the Japan-Senegal match
Author: 0 Japanese took initiative to clean the stadium after the Japan-Senegal match

Japan's Gen Shoji gets above Colombia's Radamel Falcao to win a header during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk , Russia , Tuesday, June 19, 2018 . In excellent striking form with Bayern Munich - he scored 41 goals in 48 matches - Lewandowski started his preparations for the World Cup earlier than for the European championship in a bid to arrive fresher.

Sports Nigeria v Iceland 22 June 2018
Author: 0 Nigeria v Iceland 22 June 2018

Ndidi suffered a hamstring injury in the tail end of the 2017-2018 campaign, but was declared fit to attend his first World Cup after going the full ninety against the Czech Republic in a pre-World Cup friendly. They did a good match against Croatia . Some picked up on the fact that Musa had notched a double against an Icelandic defence that Messi had failed to breach in Argentina's group game - when he missed a penalty - and Cristiano Ronaldo hadn't managed in Portugal and Iceland's ...

Sports Ahmed Musa sets TWO World Cup records as Nigeria beat Iceland
Author: 0 Ahmed Musa sets TWO World Cup records as Nigeria beat Iceland

With a win over Nigeria , Iceland would nearly assuredly advance to the knockout stage. Gernot Rohr's charges were still under siege after 35 minutes , struggling to combine their play going forward. And interesting that he is a guy who, while on the books at Leicester City , played at CSKA Moscow for a few years and then went back on loan. Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson changed to a 4-4-2, from the 4-5-1 he used against Argentina , bringing in Jon Bodvarsson up front to ...

Sports Dele Alli has 'slim chance' for England v Panama, says Gareth Southgate
Author: 0 Dele Alli has 'slim chance' for England v Panama, says Gareth Southgate

Photographers at today's training session in Russian Federation captured Holland "carrying a sheet of paper that seemed to show the first XI with the reserves written underneath", the Daily Mail reports. In keeping with his relaxed persona, Southgate went on to emphasize that the incident was "no drama". Spain captain Sergio Ramos has become the center of Twitter attention yet again as a spate of users have blamed the defender for a mysterious shoulder injury to England manager Gareth ...

Sports Luis Suarez Starts Up Front With Edinson Cavani In Uruguay Game
Author: 0 Luis Suarez Starts Up Front With Edinson Cavani In Uruguay Game

Suarez's 52nd worldwide goal means that Uruguay and Russian Federation have both qualified for the knockout stages of the competition, while Saudi Arabia and Egypt are eliminated with one group match still to play. "Undoubtedly there were other factors aside from the pressure of playing in the opening game that made a difference, but it's true that the difference was enormous".

Sports Last gasp Shaqiri seals Swiss win over Serbia in Group E
Author: 0 Last gasp Shaqiri seals Swiss win over Serbia in Group E

Shaqiri is Albanian, born in Kosovo before moving to Switzerland with his parents and three siblings when he was just a year old. Although the win puts Switzerland in pole position to make it out of a tough group containing five-times winners Brazil, Petkovic was unimpressed with his players' celebrations.

Sports Malik Newman signs two-way contract with Lakers
Author: 0 Malik Newman signs two-way contract with Lakers

Although Pelinka wasn't allowed to confirm it, the Lakers also are widely expected to get German teenager Isaac Bonga, the 39th overall pick by Philadelphia, when the trade can be announced next month. Newman was the Jayhawks leading scorer during the NCAA tournament, scoring 21.6 points per game including a career best 32 points in the regional final against Duke.

Sports Musa’s brace lifts Nigeria to victory over Iceland at World Cup
Author: 0 Musa’s brace lifts Nigeria to victory over Iceland at World Cup

Iceland play Nigeria on Friday. Gudmundsson was substituted midway through the second half of Iceland's surprise 1-1 draw with twice world champions Argentina on Saturday. The win vindicated the decision of Rohr to overhaul his attack after a limp 2-0 defeat to Croatia in Nigeria's opener, bringing in Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho at the expense of strikers Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi.

Sports FIFA Fines Serbia for Fans' World Cup Antics
Author: 0 FIFA Fines Serbia for Fans' World Cup Antics

Switzerland has lost just one of its last 23 matches - a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in October. The Serbs were wasteful against Costa Rica last weekend with Aleksander Mitrovic being the main guilty party. "They're not invincible. I think they're managing a lot of pressure because they didn't win the first game and so I think we can take advantage of this moment of anxiety for them".

Sports Lionel Messi light years ahead of Diego Maradona, says Sergio Ramos
Author: 0 Lionel Messi light years ahead of Diego Maradona, says Sergio Ramos

But it became harder in the 64th minute of Argentina's opener, when his tame penalty was saved by Iceland's goalkeeper - watched inevitably by Maradona who had lapped up to adoring cries of "Dieeeeego!" beforehand. Australia, on the other hand, who put a courageous performance against France, will be playing to win against a side their coach says is "more of a team" than the French collection of stars.

Sports We will not let France bully us -Peru coach
Author: 0 We will not let France bully us -Peru coach

Some Peru fans were in tears even before kick-off - a generation of Peruvians have never known their country in the World Cup before. Peru need to beat the strongly fancied French in Yekaterinburg in their Group C encounter or face an early exit from Russian Federation.

Sports Flying Hot Dog Launched At Baseball Game Leaves Woman With Black Eye
Author: 0 Flying Hot Dog Launched At Baseball Game Leaves Woman With Black Eye

The Phillies reportedly apologized to McVay and invited her to be a guest at a future game. She was cleared, but sustained a small hematoma in her eye, an injury which needs to be iced every 20 minutes. McVay expressed a similar notion in offering others this advice about attending Phillies games: "Just to be aware, because you never know". The Phanatic is widely acknowledged as one of the best ballpark mascots.

Sports The forward Maurizio Sarri wants to sign when he becomes Chelsea boss
Author: 0 The forward Maurizio Sarri wants to sign when he becomes Chelsea boss

Koulibaly has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the past, and it sounds like he could be persuaded to follow Sarri to Chelsea this summer. "At Napoli, we enjoyed it so much and the supporters enjoyed it so much, too". For Sarri to go to Chelsea , three things need to happen: Conte has to be sacked, Napoli and the Blues have to reach an agreement and, finally, Sarri has to reach an agreement with the club.

Sports Neymar back to training ahead of Costa Rica game: Brazilian FA
Author: 0 Neymar back to training ahead of Costa Rica game: Brazilian FA

Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar played down Neymar's problem and insisted that the attacker left training as a precaution. As a result, Neymar has had limited game time going into Russian Federation, featuring in just their warm up wins over Croatia and Austria.

Sports Polite Japan Fans Clean Stadium After World Cup Win
Author: 0 Polite Japan Fans Clean Stadium After World Cup Win

The second half was all Japan , however, and in the 73rd minute Yuya Osako headed home a Honda corner to secure his team a historic win and only their fifth victory in World Cup history. "We fully trust our football, we have no hang-ups", Cisse added. Though it might seem exceptional in other countries, taking responsibility for cleaning up is seen as standard in Japan.

Sports LeBron James could be leaning towards a return to Cleveland
Author: 0 LeBron James could be leaning towards a return to Cleveland

Love was courageous enough to embrace a much lesser role with the Cleveland Cavaliers 4 years ago, landing via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves in order to form a dynamic big three alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving . Love, George Hill , Tristan Thompson , J.R. Smith, Jordan Clarkson and Korver are on the books for a combined $95,368,590 in 2018-19. That necessarily means that Kevin Love will be the main trade bait, and it is tough for many teams to have interest in the ...

Sports Iran vs Spain | 20 Jun 2018
Author: 0 Iran vs Spain | 20 Jun 2018

The match has been scheduled for Wednesday in Kazan's Arena Kazan. David Silva hooked the ball over the bar after 30 minutes with the best of the very few chances, while Iran failed to find the target on any of their infrequent forays across the half-way line.

Sports US Open -- Zach Johnson vents about Shinnecock Hills conditions
Author: 0 US Open -- Zach Johnson vents about Shinnecock Hills conditions

Open. "When something like (Saturday) happens, all of a sudden you're coming into today, you knew that they were going to water the heck out of the greens, that they're going to be soft", Reed said. Overnight leader Johnson was less concerned about the pin positions though felt there was inconsistency in the speed of the greens. He then continued his tirade asking if "Bozo set up the course " when the tee times for Sunday's final day were announced.

Sports The Complete and Final 2018 NBA Mock Draft
Author: 0 The Complete and Final 2018 NBA Mock Draft

He was named MVP of both the ACB and Euroleague regular seasons, as well as the Euroleague Final Four. Simmons showed why he was worthy of the 2016 first overall pick in his first healthy year, averaging 15.8 points, 8.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sports Late header from Kane gives England win over Tunisia
Author: 0 Late header from Kane gives England win over Tunisia

Against the run of play, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef earned a controversial penalty for Tunisia , in which the referee deemed that Kyle Walker had swung his arm at him. England came to Russian Federation determined to put behind them the disappointment of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when they failed to win a game and went out at the first hurdle.

Sports Changes coming to Colombia's team at World Cup after loss
Author: 0 Changes coming to Colombia's team at World Cup after loss

It's also noted Japan supporters carried out a similar job following their participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Japan-based soccer journalist Scott McIntyre is following the team across Russian Federation, and told the BBC such cleanliness is to be expected from the fans.

Sports Kawhi Leonard trade: San Antonio star holds showdown talks over Spurs future
Author: 0 Kawhi Leonard trade: San Antonio star holds showdown talks over Spurs future

It's likely due to Leonard's desire to no longer play in San Antonio and to join the Los Angeles Lakers , whether it's via trade or 2019 free agency, as was added in the report . League sources say Leonard has been unhappy with how the team handled his injury. Leonard played in only nine games this season, scoring 16.2 points a night, well below his average of 25.5 in 2016-17.