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Messi scores maiden Ligue 1 goal as PSG stretch lead

Lionel Messi scored his first Ligue 1 goal as Paris St Germain opened a 13-point lead in Ligue 1 despite playing almost half an hour with 10 men in a 3-1 home win against Nantes on Saturday. Messi found the back of the net with a curled left-footed effort from outside the box three minutes from time, adding to Dennis ...

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Qatar and PSG, a lasting bond beyond the 2022 World Cup

PARIS – Qatar’s investment in French giants Paris Saint-Germain, and its use of the club as a central tool for the gas-rich emirate’s soft power diplomacy over the past decade, is unlikely to change after next year’s World Cup, experts predict. What is Qatar going to do after the tournament? Will it pour money into the club on the same ...

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Bangladesh win three medals in Asian Archery

Bangladesh won three medals in the 22nd Teer Asian Archery Championship which concluded at Bangladesh Army Stadium in the city’s Banani. On the last day of the championship, the Bangladesh archery team comprising Hakim Ahmed Rubel and promising archer Diya Siddique secured the silver medal in the recurve mixed team event losing by 1-5 sets to their Korean pair Lee ...

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Pakistan beat Bangladesh by four wickets in first T20I

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first Twenty20 international of their three-match series in Dhaka on Friday. The visitors restricted Bangladesh to a measly 127-7 as the hosts batted first at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Fast bowler Hasan Ali picked up 3-22 and right-arm medium pacer Mohammad Wasim 2-24 for the visitors as Afif Hossain top-scored with 36 ...

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Single-minded Messi targets strong finish to year with PSG

With Argentina’s place at the 2022 World Cup secure, Lionel Messi can shift his focus exclusively to ending the year “in the best way possible” with Paris Saint-Germain after an injury-hit start to life in France. Messi missed PSG’s last two games before the international break with a combination of knee and thigh issues and has yet to score in ...

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Argentina v Brazil match officials suspended for serious errors

The referee and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) who officiated in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina have been suspended for “serious errors”, the South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL said. An incident in the goalless draw where Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi appeared to elbow Raphinha – which left the Brazilian winger with a bloody mouth – went ...

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India beat NZ to give Rohit winning start

India gave Rohit Sharma a winning start as captain by securing a five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first T20 international despite a late wobble in Jaipur on Wednesday. The hosts were cruising towards a target of 165 as Rohit struck a quickfire 48 and Suryakumar Yadav made 62. India, from needing 23 from the final four overs with ...

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Sourav Ganguly appointed ICC Cricket Council chief

India’s all-powerful cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the chairman of the ICC Cricket Council. Sourav, affectionately known as ‘Dada’, replaces his former playmate Anil Kumble, who served three separate three-year terms since 2012. Both are former skippers of the national cricket team, reports UNB. “I am delighted to welcome Sourav to the position of Chair of ...

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Argentina qualify for World Cup after Chile lose to Ecuador

Argentina joined Brazil in qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Qatar despite the arch-rivals playing out a dour 0-0 draw in San Juan on Tuesday. Defeats for Uruguay (3-0 to Bolivia) and Chile (2-0 to Ecuador) ensured Argentina, unbeaten in 27 matches, booked their ticket, leaving just two more automatic spots available in South American qualifying with four matches ...

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Messi will start qualifier v Brazil: Scaloni

Argentina captain Lionel Messi is fit again and will start their World Cup qualifier at home to Brazil on Tuesday, coach Lionel Scaloni told reporters on Monday. Scaloni made similar comments ahead of Argentina’s last game, a 1-0 win against Uruguay on Friday, although Messi only appeared for the final 14 minutes of the match, reports Reuters. Argentina are second ...

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