• Germany lose and Ozil gets blamed again - Why?
Germany lose and Ozil gets blamed again - Why?

Germany's defeat ensured Mexico's berth in the Group 16, despite their 0-3 loss to Sweden . The 2014 champions have been sent packing from the World Cup after finishing bottom of group F. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had not played a club match since September, centre-back Jerome Boateng had not been convincing for Bayern Munich and midfielder Mesut...

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  • Joachim Low Considering Germany Future, Couldn't Imagine South Korea Loss
Joachim Low Considering Germany Future, Couldn't Imagine South Korea Loss

In a shocking turn of events, at least in the soccer world, defending World Cup champion Germany failed to advance out of the group stage courtesy of a 2-0 defeat at the feet of South Korea . While the Germans were clumsy in front of goal, Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min scored late while their teammates defended superbly with last-minute tac...

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

The 30-year-old was hauled off after just 10 minutes after he suffered back spasms in the build-up to the game. "( Marcelo's injury may have been caused by) the mattress at the hotel where we were staying in Moscow ", he said as quoted by The Sun .

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  • Messi, Argentina showed a different attitude - Fazio
Messi, Argentina showed a different attitude - Fazio

The South Americans struggled to respond to that setback with a ragged second half display. Messi did get one, so while Carlina Rojo's prediction was off by one, it was still fairly accurate. Nigeria were awarded a penalty after veteran Argentine midfielder Mascherano was penalised for holding Balogun inside the box while defending a corner.

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  • Nadal Reclaims No. 1 Ranking From Federer
Nadal Reclaims No. 1 Ranking From Federer

Federer also lost the world number one spot in the ATP world rankings to Rafael Nadal heading into Wimbledon , and missed a chance to earn a record 10th title at the German venue. Fighting back in the second set, Federer won 6-3 to force the match to a decider. It was a cathartic moment for Cilic who had finished as the runner-up at Queen's ...

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  • Spurs
Spurs "Ready" To Trade Kawhi, In Talks With Lakers & Celtics

The two sides are said to believe a deal for Leonard would likely convince LeBron James to join the Purple and Gold. Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the basket as he gets past Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of the game at Staples Center on February 26, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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  • England fans go through the motions during Belgium defeat
England fans go through the motions during Belgium defeat

It just shows anyone is vulnerable on any given day. The Parma striker, who later spent a season at Blackburn Rovers and has since been exiled in the United States of America, scored his only goal of the tournament but wrote himself into World Cup history, in one of the best games of the tournament, with three goals inside the opening 13 minute...

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  • Tunisia break Panama hearts as World Cup debutants sent home winless
Tunisia break Panama hearts as World Cup debutants sent home winless

Seven minutes before half-time, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef nearly netted the equaliser for Tunisia with a header inside the box but his effort sailed narrowly wide. Tunisia trailed 1-0 at halftime in the final Group G match in Saransk despite having the better of play. Still, they pushed hard for an equaliser and caused anxious moments for T...

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  • Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi's celebration kick blows up in his face
Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi's celebration kick blows up in his face

However, Batshuayi, in his rush to celebrate what would transpire to be the victor, booted the ball against the post emphatically - only to see it rebound directly against his own head and away. Little did Januzaj realise, but his team-mate Michy Batshuayi trumped his goal nearly immediately in celebrating it. Batshuayi, who took the trending t...

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  • Ireland suffer heavy T20 defeat against India
Ireland suffer heavy T20 defeat against India

Ahead of the limited-overs wing of their England tour, India takes on Ireland in a two-match T20I series. Ireland captain Gary Wilson is confident his side will get closer to India in Friday's second Twenty20 worldwide in Dublin .

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  • World Cup Group H match report Japan v Poland 28 June 2018
World Cup Group H match report Japan v Poland 28 June 2018

Despite losing 1-0 to Poland , the Japanese were able to advance to the round of 16 because they received fewer yellow cards than Senegal , which lost to Colombia by the same score at the same time . Japan will now face either England or Belgium in the last-16. As the game continued, it barely got above walking pace. Yet, Hull City's Kam...

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  • We're here to win, not plot final route, says England's Southgate
We're here to win, not plot final route, says England's Southgate

Southgate had meant to make very few changes for the Belgium clash but appears to have changed his mind after Roberto Martinez publicly claimed that he will rotate his team . Frivolous yellow cards aside, both teams have acknowledged that maintaining momentum is paramount and any suggestion to the contrary is foolish. 25y 251d - The average ...

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  • Spain draws 2-2 with Morocco, reaches World Cup round of 16
Spain draws 2-2 with Morocco, reaches World Cup round of 16

Spain then levelled the game in the 1st minute of injury time courtesy of VAR helped Iago Aspas goal to finish the game 2-2. Spain will play Russian Federation in the last 16. "Maybe we weren't focused from the very beginning". Renard exclaimed that, "We would have loved to win over Spain ". We have learnt a great deal in three matches .

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  • Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England
Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England

It would pave the way to an England vs Brazil final that, according to Goldman Sachs forecasts , is the most likely outcome as things stand. "In sport and in life you have to keep evolving", was Southgate's take. Lukaku's four goals place him level with Cristiano Ronaldo and one behind England's Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot a...

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  • 5 things to look out for at the World Cup on Wednesday
5 things to look out for at the World Cup on Wednesday

England defender Phil Jones has insisted that his team are not thinking about whom they could face in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup . But travel association Abta said its members had reported a spike in interest in packages for the World Cup , while a leading fan group has urged stay-at-home supporters "it's not too late".

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  • England make EIGHT changes to face Belgium with Harry Kane rested
England make EIGHT changes to face Belgium with Harry Kane rested

Fortunately England manager Gareth Southgate is not getting carried away by the hype. However, he said at his pre-match press conference: "We have not won a knockout game at the World Cup since 2006, so why we would start plotting which would be a better venue for our semi-final would be beyond me".

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  • LeBron James Texted Kevin Durant About Coming to LA
LeBron James Texted Kevin Durant About Coming to LA

Cleveland Cavaliers star and soon-to-be free agent LeBron James already knows where he will be playing next season. So, if the Lakers can't land Kawhi Leonard ( hello, Boston? ) in order to help lure LeBron James to Los Angeles, is Kevin Durant the backup plan? A Southern California native, Leonard reportedly wants to defect to the Laker...

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  • Playing nice gets Japan through to World Cup knockout round
Playing nice gets Japan through to World Cup knockout round

Gary Lineker, analysing the highlights of the match following Colombia's win over Senegal , echoed the sentiments of most football fans by saying: "This surely goes against what the game stands for". Japan , Colombia and Senegal started the day only separated by a single point. "African football is making a lot of progress, and we are goin...

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

The over-under on total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup match is 2.5. You would have to beat Belgium, and then win in the last 16. England and Belgium have both secured their spots in the round of 16 and enter this match with almost the same World Cup odds.

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  • Yerry Mina Goal Sends Colombia Past Senegal, into World Cup Knockout Stage
Yerry Mina Goal Sends Colombia Past Senegal, into World Cup Knockout Stage

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com also reported that Japan lost 1-0 against Poland in the other game . It is the first time in World Cup history that two teams have been separated by the amount of cautions they had accrued - Senegal punished for their six to Japan's four - but the African nation will rue their impotency in front of goal, as well as their ...

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  • Japan 2-2 Senegal: Late Honda goal rescues Japan
Japan 2-2 Senegal: Late Honda goal rescues Japan

Can Senegal reach the latter stages of the competition this summer? Cisse was the captain of that squad. Japan looked on the verge of defeat in their second Group H match until veteran Keisuke Honda fired home the equaliser 12 minutes from time, sending supporters into a frenzy in the stadium and at sports bars across Tokyo.

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  • Defending champions Germany crash out of World Cup at group stage
Defending champions Germany crash out of World Cup at group stage

Ozil has been heavily criticised throughout the tournament and was dropped for the 2-1 win over Sweden last week . South Korea tacked on an empty netter moments later to seal Germany's fate. Brazil forward Neymar can not shoulder the Selecao's World Cup hopes alone, the South Americans' head coach Tite said ahead of their Group E clash with Se...

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  • Tequilas For Korea Republic As Mexico Fans Mob Embassy After German Upset
Tequilas For Korea Republic As Mexico Fans Mob Embassy After German Upset

Despite the disappointing loss, Germany does have a team to build around. Like Neuer, Thomas Muller broke through the ranks in Germany's national team at World Cup 2010, although the Bayern Munich forward was benched for the crunch clash with South Korea , and the 28-year-old admitted the squad were embarrassed by their displays.

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  • Shambolic Germany sent packing after loss to South Korea
Shambolic Germany sent packing after loss to South Korea

South Korea was also eliminated despite the victory. It was also further evidence - coupled with a 1-0 victory over reigning world champions Germany - that Mexico can erase the pain of recent history. At Yekaterinburg, Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the knockout round, along with the Mexicans. But the unease was palpable as we en...

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  • Swedes punish Mexico but both go through without Germany
Swedes punish Mexico but both go through without Germany

Sweden's captain Andreas Granqvist made no mistake from the spot, drilling the ball into the back of the net. Sweden were almost handed a penalty in the 29th minute when Hernandez appeared to handle the ball in the box, but the referee waved it away after consulting with the video review system, though Ochoa was called upon again to deny Berg ...

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