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Footage of a conversation between Sampaoli and Messi , taken in the closing stages with the score still at 1-1, has been circulated on Twitter since the game finished. They will try to live off our lack of precision during the game. The 27-year-old Chelsea star has also contributed to three goals already in Russian Federation, and will be looking to add to that tally when the Red Devils go up against Japan in the round of 16.
  • Mascherano denies rift between players and coach Sampaoli

    Mascherano denies rift between players and coach Sampaoli

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    And then seeing the emotion that goes with it. His first goal against Iceland earned comparisons with Dennis Bergkamp's injury-time wonder goal for the Netherlands that knocked Argentina out of the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals. But it has not been an easy journey for the livewire forward, who first caught the eye when, as a 21-year-old, he scored twice against Lionel Messi's Argentina in a 3-2 group stage defeat in Brazil four years ago.
  • Mohamed Salah considering quitting Egypt team over Ramzan Kadyrov row

    Mohamed Salah considering quitting Egypt team over Ramzan Kadyrov row

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    But Saudi Arabia scored deep into stoppage time in both halves, with Salem Al-Dawsari's last-gasp victor securing their first World Cup victory since a run to the last 16 in 1994. There had been high expectations after Egypt qualified past year, ramped up after the North Africans were handed what most fans considered a favourable draw and with Salah's remarkable goal-scoring exploits for Liverpool adding fuel to the fire.
  • Federer swings magic wand in Halle en route to semifinals

    Federer swings magic wand in Halle en route to semifinals

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    The defending champion was made to work hard by Ebden, who saved five of the eight break points he faced and led 5-3 in the second set. Federer extended his grass-court winning streak to 18 matches, including his titles in Stuttgart last week and at Halle and Wimbledon a year ago.
  • Embiid doesn't want to be compared to Deandre Ayton

    Embiid doesn't want to be compared to Deandre Ayton

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    For Ayton, the expectations that accompany the first pick were evident. Three Wildcats wound up drafted among the first 30 picks. Atlanta, meanwhile, landed Young and, about 14 picks later, Maryland guard Kevin Huerter with the 19th overall pick.
  • Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes ace admits Austrian Grand Prix worry after France win

    Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes ace admits Austrian Grand Prix worry after France win

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    Wolff said his team's transformed fortunes from Canada, where Mercedes failed to introduce the update as planned but also struggled with its auto, to France was proof that "marginal gains matter". " We have had a third and now a second so with the right track I am looking forward to a victory ". "And then I had no grip and lost the vehicle", he added.
  • James Harden wins his first NBA Most Valuable Player award

    James Harden wins his first NBA Most Valuable Player award

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    Gobert was also the top vote-getter for the NBA All-Defensive First Team after averaging 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 swats per game. He bested 4-time MVP LeBron James and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Anthony Davis in the MVP shortlist .
  • The World Cup shocks continue

    The World Cup shocks continue

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    With their surprise win against Colombia on Tuesday, the Japanese soccer team won their first World Cup game since 2010. However, while the fans reportedly celebrated recklessly, they also ensured that they methodically clean up the stadium and assemble the rubbish in a single pile.
  • Oldest Player in World Cup History Saves Penalty Kick for Egypt

    Oldest Player in World Cup History Saves Penalty Kick for Egypt

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    Colombian official Roldan adjudged Egypt defender Ali Gabr had impeded Al Muwallad inside the box in first-half added time and awarded a second spot-kick. The Egyptian's pace, skill on the ball and clinical finishing were a feature of the Reds' play, and Salah was rightly lauded for his incredible campaign.
  • Swedish tempers cool down after Germany say sorry for provocative celebration

    Swedish tempers cool down after Germany say sorry for provocative celebration

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    Nearly instantaneously, Durmaz's social media accounts were awash with vicious, spiteful comments, many - sadly, predictably - in reference to his Turkish heritage. Sweden substitute Pontus Jansson said he had lost his temper with the Germans but accepted they had ultimately regretted their actions. "I haven't had anything said to me personally but some of them said sorry to us after the game".
  • Brazil manager reveals injury picked up during Costa Rica win

    Brazil manager reveals injury picked up during Costa Rica win

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    Neymar's Instagram post reads: "Not everyone knows what I went through to get here". "But his joy at being on the pitch is contagious". As was the case against Switzerland on Sunday, Neymar was on the receiving end of some physical treatment from Costa Rica's defenders but he didn't feel he was adequately protected.
  • Lukaku & Hazard put Belgium on verge of last 16

    Lukaku & Hazard put Belgium on verge of last 16

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    The likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne will be eager to get on to the scoring sheet. Tunisia responded two minutes later, Bronn leaping highest to head home a free-kick from his skipper Khazri on 18 minutes, only to be later carried off after landing awkwardly following a collision.
  • Leaky Spain count luck at topping group

    Leaky Spain count luck at topping group

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    Cristiano Ronaldo failed to convert a penalty and add to his goal tally. Portugal had faced a lot of criticism for their lacklustre display and inability to hold possession in their 1-0 win against Morocco last Wednesday but they appeared determined to set that right against the Asian powerhouse.
  • England, with new team & confidence, give nation joy & optimism

    England, with new team & confidence, give nation joy & optimism

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    England got off to the flawless start when defender John Stones gave his side the lead with a powerful header from a neatly worked corner-kick. Kane departed clutching the match ball and with his team safely through to the last 16 with Thursday's final group game against Belgium to come.
  • Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku Injury Doubts for Belgium vs England

    Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku Injury Doubts for Belgium vs England

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    This feat made them the first teammates to score twice in the same World Cup game since Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle accomplished the feat in the 2014, when Germany destroyed Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final. As you'd probably expect from such a tweet, it's going viral already, with United and Belgian fans alike tweeting their appreciation of Lukaku. "We need to assess the three injury concerns".
  • Southgate plays down team leak ahead of Sunday's Panama clash

    Southgate plays down team leak ahead of Sunday's Panama clash

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    Sterling's time may still come but it appears as if Rashford is set to be given the nod by Southgate and he surely won't let anyone down, particularly against a Panama side that are arguably the worst team at this World Cup . We just knocked it on the head. Repino - Handed a winning start for the first time in a major tournament for 12 years by captain Harry Kane's injury-time victor against Tunisia , England can look forward to Sunday's meeting with Panama with a rare sense ...
  • Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

    Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

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    And then Senegal fans, after their Lions upset Poland, 2-1, followed suit. The first half of the game was cold and the scores remained to nil. Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty for a consolation goal on his return from injury but Egypt's first World Cup in 28 years could be over in barely five days following a second straight loss.
  • FIFA World Cup Brazil not risking Neymar 3 hours ago

    FIFA World Cup Brazil not risking Neymar 3 hours ago

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    It had downplayed the seriousness of the injury, saying he was confirmed to play against Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg. Neymar has returned to practice two days before Brazil's next World Cup game against Costa Rica . The Nigeria team is the youngest in the World Cup with an average age of just below 26, and although it is the most populous nation in Africa with some 185 million people, the team has never advanced past the round of 16.
  • Hales and Bairstow lead England to world record score

    Hales and Bairstow lead England to world record score

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    The hosts, bidding for an unassailable 3-0 series lead, surged far beyond their own previous global all-time high of 444 for three at this same venue against Pakistan two years ago. The English spinners, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali , tightened the screws by picking up four and three wickets respectively, as Australia ended with a score of 239 all out in 37 overs losing the match by 242 runs.
  • Chelsea Closing In On First Transfer Of The Summer From Serie A

    Chelsea Closing In On First Transfer Of The Summer From Serie A

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    Maurizio Sarri is moving ahead with finalising the makeup of his backroom staff at Chelsea after moving closer to securing Giovanni Martusciello, Inter's technical collaborator. According to SportItalia , Chelsea have reached an agreement with Juventus to pay €32m plus €3m in bonuses for Rugani , who will be Sarri's first signing at Stamford Bridge.
  • Costa helps Spain clinch lucky 1-0 win vs Iran

    Costa helps Spain clinch lucky 1-0 win vs Iran

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    The win brought Spain level on points with Portugal in Group B after Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates defeated Morocco on the same score line. Meanwhile, Spain opened the 2018 World Cup with an exciting game against Portugal last Friday.