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Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

Moscow, June 16 : Lionel Messi had a penalty kick saved and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina at the World Cup on Saturday. Messi failed to give his team the lead when his 64th-minute penalty was stopped by Hannes Halldorsson. The Iceland goalkeeper dived to his right and got two hands behind the ball. Argentina took ...

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Sweden, S Korea need to grab World Cup chance in tough group

Photo: Sweden is without Zlatan Ibrahimovich and, for the first time since 2006, it’s at the World Cup. Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, June 16 : Sweden is without Zlatan Ibrahimovich and, for the first time since 2006, it’s at the World Cup. That’s the strange thing about Sweden. It may be better off without one of its best ever players. Sweden ...

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Mashrafe celebrates Eid with family in Narail

Photo: Bangladesh One Day International captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr at his hometown Narail with his family and neighbours on Saturday. Narail, Jun 16 : Like previous years, Bangladesh One Day International (ODI) captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza on Saturday celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr at his hometown with his family and neighbours. Wearing a traditional white Punjabi, Mashrafe attended the Eid prayer ...

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World Cup reality beckons for Gudmundsson, Iceland

Burnley, England, June 16 : Around the turn of the century, when Iceland was a punching bag in European soccer and its aspiring young players mostly had to settle for gravel fields, Johann Berg Gudmundsson was a fully fledged England supporter when it was time for the World Cup. His first World Cup memory — as a 7 year old ...

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Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spain

Photo: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia on Friday. Sochi, Russia, June 16 : Cristiano Ronaldo used the World Cup to show everyone he’s the GOAT. Ronaldo rubbed his chin after scoring minutes into Portugal’s opener against Spain, ...

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Gimenez scores to lift Uruguay over Egypt 1-0 in Group A

Yekaterinburg, June 15 : Uruguay won its opening match at the World Cup for the first time in 48 years, getting an 89th-minute goal from defender Jose Gimenez in a 1-0 victory over Egypt in Group A on Friday. Gimenez jumped in the area and headed home a free kick from Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Godin. It was the first ...

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Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image

Moscow, Jun 15 : In jeans, headscarves and veils, dozens of Saudi women draped in their country’s green flag and sporting matching face paint streamed into Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday to support their national team against Russia in the World Cup’s opening match. More importantly, perhaps, they were projecting the image of a new Saudi Arabia in which they ...

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Russian hopes, fears tied up in Putin’s showcase World Cup

Moscow, Jun 15 : Russian President Vladimir Putin claims soccer and politics have nothing to do with each other, yet the World Cup he kicked off Thursday is about much more than sports. It’s about proving to the world that Russia is a global power broker and not an outcast, that it’s an open, confident and generous nation — and ...

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Russia rips Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

Moscow, June 14 : Denis Cheryshev scored twice as Russia swept aside Saudi Arabia to open its home World Cup with a 5-0 win on Thursday. After a lavish opening ceremony and with President Vladimir Putin watching on, Yuri Gazinsky put Russia ahead with a header off Alexander Golovin’s cross in the 12th minute. Substitute Cheryshev chipped the ball over ...

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FIFA ranking: Bangladesh 5th in South Asia

194th in the world   Dhaka, June 14 : Bangladesh has been ranked 5th among the seven football playing nations of South Asia by the global football body FIFA as the 21st World Cup begins in Russia from Thursday. India is on the top of the table followed by Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan while Sri Lanka and Pakistan were at ...

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