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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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Russia ready for 2018 World Cup start

Dhaka, June 14 : The long-awaited 32-nation FIFA World Cup 2018 begins on Thursday with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in the opening match at the 80,000 capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow amid huge enthusiasm among millions of soccer fans across the world. The match will kick off at 9 pm Bangladesh time. World best 32 football playing nations, ...

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FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday

Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in opener Dhaka, June 13 : The long-awaited 32-nation FIFA World Cup 2018 begins on Thursday with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in the opening match at the 80,000 capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow amid huge enthusiasm among millions of soccer fans across the world. The match will kick off at 9pm Bangladesh time. ...

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Salah races to be fit for Egypt’s World Cup opener v Uruguay

Yekaterinburg, June 13 : The emphasis on the team returning to the World Cup after 28 years has given way to attention on an individual player ahead of Egypt’s World Cup opener against Uruguay. Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is expected to recover from a shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final in time to play at least some ...

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Indian chess player won’t wear headscarf in Iran

    A female Indian chess player said Wednesday she has decided to not participate in an Asian championship being held in Iran next month because she could not comply with an Iranian rule requiring women participants to wear a headscarf.   Soumya Swaminathan, a former world junior girls champion, said she found the Iranian law to be in direct ...

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Siddikur finish joint 55th in Thai Open

Bangladesh trailblazing golfer Siddikur Rahman finished joint 55th in the $300,000 Thailand Open, which ended with final round at Thai Country Club course on Sunday, reports BSS.   Siddikur aggregated two-over-par 282 [68-71-71-72], finished 15 shots behind the title winner Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand.  Thailand golfers dominated at the 3610-yard home-course as Poom Saksansin [12-under-par 268], Sarit Suwannarut [11-under-par 269], ...

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