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Japan stun 10-man Colombia, create World Cup surprise

Saransk (Russia): A late Yuya Osako header gave Japan a 2-1 victory over 10-man Colombia in an entertaining World Cup Group H match here on Tuesday. Osako broke Colombia’s resistance in the 79th minute after Juan Quintero’s free-kick cancelled out an early Shinji Kagawa penalty at the Mordovia Arena, reports Xinhua news agendy. The South Americans

Russia beat Egypt to lead group

St. Petersburg: Russia defeated Egypt 3-1 in a Group A clash on Tuesday to virtually assure themselves a place in the next round of the FIFA World Cup here. An goal by Egypt defender Ahmed Fathi (47th minute) opened the scoring just after the break. Denis Cheryshev (59th) and Artem Dzyuba (62nd) produced two superb strikes


Mexico shock World Cup holders Germany

Moscow: Mexico created the first upset of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, overcoming defending champions Germany 1-0 in a frenetic Group F game at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Sunday. Forward Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute goal proved to make the difference in a match played at a very high tempo as four-time champions Germany began their title


Spirited Switzerland hold off-colour Brazil

Rostov (Russia): Switzerland came up with a gritty, fighting performance to hold title contenders Brazil 1-1 in a Group E match of the FIFA World Cup here on Sunday. Both teams now have one point each. Serbia are at the top of the group with three points, thanks to their victory over Costa Rica earlier in


Sweden coach plays down spying allegations

Moscow: Sweden coach Janne Andersson on Sunday played down stories that a member of his coaching staff had spied on the preparations of the South Korea national football team ahead of Monday’s World Cup group F clash. In quotes to the Swedish media, Lars Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish technical staff appeared to confirm he


Mexico’s Marquez becomes third man to play at five World Cups

Moscow: Mexico captain Raia Marquez has become only the third player to play at five World Cups after he came on as a substitute during Sunday’s 1-0 win against world champions Germany, reports Xinhua. Marquez, 39, came on in the 74th minute against Germany to equal the records of Mexico compatriot Antonio Carbajal and Germany’s Lothar

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FIFA World Cup starts with colourful ceremony

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the FIFA World Cup open after a colourful opening ceremony at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. “The love of football unites the world in one team, independent of language or ideology,” the Russian president stated during his speech, as reported by Sputnik news agency. Putin said he hoped


Russia overwhelm Saudis in FIFA World Cup opene

Moscow: Hosts Russia began their FIFA World Cup campaign in emphatic fashion, registering an easy 5-0 victory over minnows Saudi Arabia in a Group A game at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. Yuri Gazinskiy (12th minute), Denis Cheryshev (43rd, 90+1), Artem Dzyuba (71st) and Aleksandr Golovin (90+4) scored for the hosts, who enjoyed a

Nice sign Brazilian midfielder Danilo Barbosa

Paris: OGC Nice announced on Sunday that they have reached an agreement to sign Brazilian midfielder Danilo Barbosa from Portuguese football club Braga. Although Nice did not reveal financial details or the contract’s duration, local media estimated the deal’s worth to be around $8 million and linked Danilo, 22, to the French club for three or