Germany set to be without Hummels against Sweden

27 Jun, 2018

It was the combo of Hummels and Boateng that showed vulnerability against Mexico , and the pairing of Boateng and Antonio Ruediger was also unsteady against the Swedes. Sweden - who have not reached the round of 16 since 2006 - are on the verge of qualifying for the knockout phase - and a win would condemn Germany to a remarkable premature exit from the showpiece tournament.


Nigeria 2-0 Iceland: Three players who stood out the most

27 Jun, 2018

Nigerians celebrated on Friday (June 22) after their team beat Iceland 2-0 and revived their hopes of advancing in the World Cup in Russian Federation. Nigeria's Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring his side's second goal. "I am confident that if our players believe in themselves, they can qualify out of their hard group and even go very far in the tournament", because "with determination, nothing is impossible".


'Heartbroken' Messi fan in Kerala found dead 3 days after going missing

27 Jun, 2018

The tragic development shocked football fans in the country despite the fanatical fandom World Cup generates in the football-loving state of Kerala , Argentina. Sniffer dog ran through the house's backyard to the Meenachil prompting police to call in divers to search the waters. "Yesterday, he purchased a T-shirt like the one worn by Messi and sat down to watch the match".


Odds and Updated Predictions for Tuesday's Group Matches

27 Jun, 2018

Peru hadn't won a World Cup match since defeating Iran in 1978. Australia need to beat already-eliminated Peru at the Fisht Stadium and hope Denmark lose to France at the same time in order to avoid a group-stage elimination. Behich said he was playing "gutsy football" at this World Cup and feels his performances have been consistent in Russian Federation. Australia leaves consoled by decent performances even though it didn't get the points to show for it.


Belgium, England to rotate lineups in Group H finale

27 Jun, 2018

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has revealed Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku heeded his advice when scoring against Tunisia for Belgium on Saturday at the World Cup . But back home, Belgians are expectant, yet also fearful of how future opponents will now respond: "The whole world will now see Belgium as favourites - a giant", wrote commentator Stefan Keygaert in Het Laatste Nieuws.


Croatia reserves end Iceland's World Cup run

27 Jun, 2018

That meant it was the end of the road for Iceland , who were tipped to follow up on their surprising success at Euro 2016 but instead failed to win either of their final two group-stage games after an opening draw against Argentina. Iceland pushed forward, and threw men forward in search of a victor which looked increasingly like it would send them through. Iceland and Croatia have crossed paths plenty in recent years.


Diego Maradona: Lionel Messi's not to blame for anything

26 Jun, 2018

Portugal will face two-time winners Uruguay in Sochi on Saturday. Lionel Messi of Argentina reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.


Lukaku, Hazard score 2 each, help Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2

26 Jun, 2018

Belgium has not released a statement on when Lukaku will return to play . He has also scored more goals (seven) than any other Belgium global over World Cups and European Championships combined. Tunisia grabbed a late consolation through Wahbi Khazri but will be heading home after losing their second group match. The game between England and Belgium , scheduled for Thursday, will determine which team top the group.


Messi, Mascherano to pick Argentina’s team

26 Jun, 2018

The report said , "There have been claims - from sources close to the Argentina camp - of a number of high-profile Argentina players quitting global football after Russian Federation, led by Messi and including Aguero, Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, Ever Banega, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano and possibly Gonzalo Higuain".


Brazil’s Neymar produces skill of the tournament

26 Jun, 2018

And after a dramatic outburst late in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday, he dropped to his knees and cried when the referee blew the final whistle. "It kind of pulled a muscle - it tore some fibres, I think", he said in a post-match press conference. "It's the country with the most World Cups, so it's very different, but it's still the game, it's still enjoyable and it's still fun".


FIFA Investigating Granit Xhaka And Xherdan Shaqiri After Gestures

26 Jun, 2018

Fifa's disciplinary committee has opened proceedings against Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri for goal celebrations during their 2-1 win over Serbia in Kaliningrad. In front of the trio will be rising star Aleksandar Mitrovic , who is now at Fulham on loan from Newcastle United , appears to be irreplaceable for his national team.


Egypt’s El Hadary, 45, to become oldest player in World Cup history

26 Jun, 2018

Uruguay are likely to play Portugal in the round of 16 unless Iran upset the side led by Cristiano Ronaldo . El Tri only need a draw against Sweden on Wednesday to officially make it through, while a win will guarantee them top spot.


Brand 'Messi' unblemished by poor World Cup

26 Jun, 2018

Sure enough, Caballero, with a scuffed kick that Ante Rebić calmly powered home on the volley, setting in motion an Argentina collapse which leaves them on the brink of World Cup elimination. Jorge Sampaoli's men are facing a group-stage exit in Russian Federation after collecting just one point from their opening two games. "We know if we do things right, we all will benefit from it, and if things go worse, we all will suffer for it.


Liverpool's Mohamed Salah considering global future with Egypt after controversial row

26 Jun, 2018

Reports recently emerged suggesting Salah was on the brink of exiting the worldwide set-up following the backlash received after he had his picture taken with controversial Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov . "Tonight I signed a decree to grant the high honour to the great footballer who plays for Egypt and Liverpool". "No comments should be taken from Salah except what is written on his official Twitter account ", he said on Twitter.


Swedes unite against racism after Durmaz abuse

26 Jun, 2018

The hapless Koreans, who have no points after two matches and have only won one of their last 11 World Cup fixtures, can still theoretically qualify for the next round but they need to beat Germany and hope Mexico win against Sweden . Germany coach Joachim Loew said he was not aware of any taunting. Germany's other first-choice centre-back, Jerome Boateng, will be suspended in Kazan after being sent off against the Swedes.


Roger Federer beats Denis Kudla to reach final of Gerry Weber Open

26 Jun, 2018

The 36-year-old won Saturday's semi-final, 7-6 (7-1) 7-5. World number one Roger Federer will aim to book his place in the semi-finals of the ongoing Halle Open, when he crosses swords with Matthew Ebden of Australia in their last-eight clash of the tournament here on Friday.


Possible discipline bigger worry for Swiss than Costa Rica

26 Jun, 2018

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri were fined £7,600 for making hand gesture to mimic the Albanian national symbol, an eagle. Shaqiri also played in boots decorated with Swiss and Kosovo flags in the World Cup Group E match in Kaliningrad. Serbia doesn't recognize Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense.


Saudi Arabia, Egypt Play For Pride In Group A Dead Rubber

26 Jun, 2018

He justified his inclusion in the 41st minute, flying to his right to push Al Muwallad's powerful penalty onto the crossbar after Yasser Al-Shahrani's cross had hit Ahmed Fathy's arm. It was a fantastic save from El Hadary, who at the age of 45, makes his finals debut in Volgograd. Saudi Arabia winger Salem Al-Dawsari scored a last-gasp victor as Mohamed Salah's Egypt suffered a 2-1 loss in their Group A dead rubber in Volgograd on Monday.


Back 2 Back! Brooks Koepka Wins Another US Open

24 Jun, 2018

A first win came the following year and a maiden PGA Tour victory followed in 2015. In the last 22 groups on Saturday, no one even matched par-70 on the treacherous layout. It was great to get it going on the back nine. Rickie Fowler responded with the low round of the U.S. Open. "Golf is boring, it doesn't have much action", was the headline he left a year ago after winning his first US Open in Erin Hills.


NBA Draft 2018: Lakers and Sixers reportedly trade second-round picks

24 Jun, 2018

Second-round picks differ from first-round selections in that they don't count against the salary cap. However, Beilein has taken several athletes who were much less heralded than Wagner out of high school and has molded them into professionals as well.


Osako's header snatches 2-1 win for Japan — FIFA WC

24 Jun, 2018

Sanchez blocked Shinji Kagawa's shot with his extended right arm and was ejected. Egypt's talisman Mohamed Salah then converted a penalty after being fouled himself, but it was only a consolation. "We need to be strong, have character and show the power of our team". Kagawa went close in the 16th minute but his shot rolled past the post and Osako fired against the face of goal from a risky position in the box.


England Coach Criticises Media For Leaking Team News

24 Jun, 2018

Southgate also said there was no complacency in England's camp or approach, even though they will be overwhelming favourites to beat Panama , who lost their opening game 3-0 to Belgium. That was a good decision. The first rule of any press conference is that the last question is often the most risky and, boy, was England manager Gareth Southgate served up a curveball in front of a room full of reporters and broadcasters.


’Embarassed’ Phil Mickelson apologizes for hitting moving ball at U.S. Open

24 Jun, 2018

Phil Mickelson rebounded from a disastrous third round at the U.S. Open with a 1-under 69 on Sunday, but his wife says he offered to withdraw altogether after his rule-breaking play on No. The Englishman told Omnisport: "He was making a statement that, "This is ridiculous and I'm going to show you how ridiculous this is". "That's where we clarified that 'Phil, you make a stroke at a moving ball, so we have to apply that rule'".


Khedira laughs off early flights home joke for Germany

24 Jun, 2018

Olsen made a major save by stopping Gomez's header in the 88th minute and Julian Brandt hit the post in the 90th, but he had no chance at Kroos' strike. "We should not let ourselves be tempted by the situation and ignore a task, just because it's tempting to push forward", said centre-back Mats Hummels in Sochi in a thinly veiled dig.


Neymar fit for Brazil after World Cup injury fears

24 Jun, 2018

And for 90 minutes against Costa Rica, it was more of the same. However, he then turned to VAR to make sure he had not been fooled by the Paris Saint-Germain man. Neymar apparently was angry with Silva for giving the ball back to Costa Rica in the 83rd minute because Neymar considered the Costa Ricans to be time wasting.



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