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Ronaldo-less Portugal down Sweden to maintain Nations League control

Portugal made light of Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence due to a positive coronavirus test to see off Sweden 3-0 on Wednesday and stay top of their Nations League group. A Diogo Jota brace and another strike from Bernardo Silva were enough to stay level on 10 points with France and hold onto first place in League A Group 3. Ronaldo, who ...

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Neymar hat-trick fires Brazil past Peru, Argentina labor

Neymar scored a hat-trick to become the second highest scorer in Brazil’s history as the Copa America champions won 4-2 away to 10-man Peru in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The goals took Neymar to 64 international strikes, two more than Ronaldo but still well behind Pele’s record of 77. Elsewhere, Joaquin Correa scored the winner 11 minutes from ...

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IPL 2020: Kohli hails ‘super-human’ De Villiers after Bangalore’s massive win

Skipper Virat Kohli Monday praised AB de Villiers’ “super-human” effort on a sluggish pitch after the South African great hit a match-winning 73 for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. Bangalore thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs in Sharjah as De Villiers stood tall with his 33-ball blitz and an unbeaten century stand with Kohli, who made ...

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Ex-India football captain Carton Chapman passes away

Former India football captain Carlton Chapman, who had formed a deadly trio in club football with Bhaichung Bhutia and IM Vijayan in the 1990s, died on Monday following a heart attack in Bengaluru. He was 49. Chapman was hospitalised on Sunday night at a hospital in Bengaluru and passed away early this morning. “I got a call from Bengaluru from ...

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Germany squeeze past Ukraine to seal first Nations League win

Germany picked up a first win in their Nations League group on Saturday with a workmanlike 2-1 away victory against Ukraine to break their run of three straight draws, but head coach Joachim Loew admitted they should have won by more. Defender Matthias Ginter gave Germany a first-half lead in Kiev, then Leon Goretzka capitalised on a horrible mistake by ...

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Firmino brace helps Brazil hammer Bolivia in WC qualifier

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino scored a brace as Brazil romped to a 5-0 victory over Bolivia in their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier on Friday. Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos also got on the scoresheet while star forward Neymar set up two goals in a totally one-sided encounter that sent Brazil top of the South American ...

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Messi fires Argentina to WC qualifying win over Ecuador

Lionel Messi put his Barcelona troubles behind him to fire Argentina to an opening 1-0 victory over Ecuador in World Cup qualifying on Thursday. The 33-year-old great has been in open conflict with his club but it had no detrimental effect on his form as his 13th minute penalty was the difference in a tight encounter. The six-time Ballon d’Or ...

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IPL: KKR beat CSK by 10 runs

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 10 runs after CSK shot themselves in the foot in a chase of 168. After electing to bat first, Kolkata Knight Riders managed to add a respectable 167 on the board after 20 overs. Rahul Tripathi, who was promoted to open the innings along with Shubman Gill played a brilliant ...

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Mumbai Indians win by 57 runs

A magnificent fifty from Suryakumar Yadav followed by a clinical spell from Jasprit Bumrah (4/20) scripted Mumbai Indians’ 57-run win against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi. Besides Bumrah, James Pattinson (2/19) and Trent Boult(2/26) scalped 2 wickets apiece while Rahul Chahar (1/24) and Kieron Pollard (1/24) settled one wicket each. This win propelled MI to the top position on the points ...

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