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Messi misses penalty as Iceland hold Argentina to 1-1 draw

MOSCOW (AFP) – Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli refused to blame Lionel Messi for a “frustrating” draw with World Cup debutants Iceland on Saturday after he missed a penalty, backing his star man to deliver. Messi blew a gilt-edged opportunity to seal victory when he missed a second-half penalty, with the ...

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Russia defies critics to throw World Cup party

MOSCOW (AFP) – The World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday as years of preparations dogged by diplomatic scandals give way to a month of action on the field in football s global showpiece. Russia get the ball rolling against Saudi Arabia at the completely refurbished 80,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium ...

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Ronaldo primed for likely last shot at World Cup glory

SOCHI (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo will launch his latest and probably last attempt to crown his career with a World Cup winners medal when European champions Portugal face neighbours Spain in their opening World Cup game here on Friday. The 33-year-old will lock horns with six of his Real Madrid ...

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Pakistan crush Scotland by 48 runs in first T20I

(Web Desk) – Pakistan has on Tuesday defeated Scotland by 48 runs in first T20I of the two-match series. Batting first, Pakistan set a mammoth target of 205 runs with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed scoring quick 89 on just 49 balls. Shoaib Malik also made useful contribution of 53 runs on ...

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