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Argentina on the brink as Croatia top group D

Argentina on the brink as Croatia top group D

Argentina suffered another blow to their hopes of qualifying from the knockout phase after a shocking 3-0 loss to Croatia that marked their biggest loss in World Cup group stages since 1958. Jorge Sampaoli’s men continued to make headlines for the wrong reasons as they failed to record a win in their opening two group matches for the first time since 1974, securing only one point in the process. The manager who has come under intense scrutiny and heavy criticism didn’t quell any speculations surrounding him citing an unusual line-up for the game. Big name players like Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo …

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Ronaldo becomes Europe’s top scorer

Ronaldo becomes Europe’s top scorer

Cristiano Ronaldo has eclipsed Ferenc Puskas record with his recent strike against group B opponents Morocco that took his tally to 85 goals more than any other player in the continent’s history. The Portuguese forward started the game on 84 goals after scoring a hat-trick in the opening group match vs. Spain. The three goals recorded in that match equaled the number of goals scored by the Hungarian legend. The 33-year-old Real Madrid forward scored in the fourth minute against Morocco to give Portugal the early lead and is now only behind Ali Daei of Iran, on 109 goals, in …

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Croatia will defeat Messi-dependent Argentina- Kovacic

Croatia will defeat Messi-dependent Argentina- Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic is optimistic Croatia can beat tournament favorites Argentina ahead of their second group D encounter because they are a better team than the two-time World Cup winners. The two teams heavily tipped to progress from the group stages according to pundits meet on Thursday, with the Albiceleste suffering a significant setback against Iceland in the first group game that ended in a stalemate, while Croatia cruised to a 2-0 win over Nigeria. Croatia who made their World Cup debut in France 98′ and ended up in the semi-finals, will fancy their chances against Jorge Sampaoli’s men and a …

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Ronaldo sets new record in World Cup classic

Ronaldo sets new record in World Cup classic

Cristiano Ronaldo weaved his magic wands once again as he produced a world-class performance to deny close neighbors Spain victory in the Iberian derby. The Spaniards came from behind twice to race to a 3-2 lead and seemed as though they were coasting home with the three points, till Ronaldo stole the headlines with an exquisite finish from a set piece that clinched a 3-3 draw. Ronaldo’s hat-trick became the 51st of his career and the 51st hat-trick at the FIFA World Cup. His first goal from the spot meant he joined the likes of Miroslav Klose (2002,2006,2010,2014), Uwe Seeler(1958,1962,1966,1970) …

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Spain sack manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of FIFA WC

Spain sack manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of FIFA WC

Spain has sacked manager Julen Lopetegui just a few hours to the start of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia. Lopetegui was announced as the new coach of La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid on Tuesday, following the exit of former boss Zinedine Zidane. Initial confirmation from the Spanish FA said the 51-year-old would depart following the World Cup, but on Wednesday federation president Luis Rubiales confirmed that Lopetegui has been removed from his post just two days before Spain’s Group B opener against Portugal. Reports from Spain suggest the timing of Madrid’s announcement was wrong considering the manager had …

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Ed Woodward confident Man United can sign Bale

Ed Woodward confident Man United can sign Bale

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is confident of wrapping up a deal with Real Madrid over the transfer of Gareth Bale, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. With the Red Devils set for another summer spending spree having agreed on a deal for Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and defender Diogo Dalot from Porto FC, attentions have switched to signing a big name player that would add another dimension to United’s attack. The Welsh superstar has hinted he could leave Real Madrid this summer after growing frustrated with his reduced playing time at the club. The 28-year-old played an essential …

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Manuel Pellegrini survive criminal scare in Chile

Manuel Pellegrini survive criminal scare in Chile

Recently appointed West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini and his wife survived a criminal scare after being held up by armed robbers who shot at police in Santiago, Chile. Unidentified armed men surrounded the former City boss and his wife as they made their way to a restaurant with close friends. Reports confirmed the men stole a handbag thought to belong to Carola Pucci, Pellegrini’s wife, before engaging in a gun battle with Policemen who tried to stop them and speeding off in a stolen Porsche Cayenne later found abandoned by police. The ugly incident took place near a shopping mall called Casa Costanera …

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Pochettino linked to Madrid job

Pochettino linked to Madrid job

Mauricio Pochettino has been linked to the vacant managerial post at Real Madrid following the shock exit of Zinedine Zidane. Sources in England confirmed that Real Madrid are yet to contact the Argentine manager but consider him to be a suitable replacement for Zidane considering his style of football. It’s also believed that Pochettino’s contract extension does not faze the current European Champions. Zizou resigned as the manager just a few days after making history with the team as he became the first coach to win the Champions League three times in a row. The Frenchman said Real needed a “new …

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Courtois to Anfield ?

Courtois to Anfield ?

Liverpool are believed to be in contention for the signature of Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois according to recent reports. The Chelsea shot-stopper has been linked to a move away from the club with European Champions Real Madrid keen on bringing him back to Madrid. Jürgen Klopp is currently looking for a decent goalie to solve the problem at the backline as they are set to mount a title Challenge next season. The Reds have been linked to so many goalkeepers across Europe, with the likes of Alisson(Roma), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) and Donnorumma(AC Milan) top of the list. However, reports …

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Zidane steps down as Madrid boss

Zidane steps down as Madrid boss

Zinedine Zidane has left his post as Real Madrid manager despite leading the club to an unprecedented treble in Europe. The news came as a shock for most Madrid fans who thought the French man will continue as Los Blancos manager next season. Zidane, 45, was brought in as a replacement of Spanish boss Benitez who had a turbulent campaign in January 2016. He went on to guide the club to a Champions League triumph that same season. On the other hand, he has come under intense scrutiny and criticism for not replicating his success in the home front with …

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Lewandowski set for Bayern exit

Lewandowski set for Bayern exit

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has informed Bundesliga power house Bayern Munich of his desire to leave the club according to the player’s agent. Top clubs like Manchester United, PSG, Real Madrid and Manchester City are all interested in the services of the prolific forward, but no offer has been tabled. Lewandowski, 29, is under a contract with the Bundesliga Champions till 2021. However, new agent Pini Zahavi revealed the striker wants a fresh challenge. In a recent interview granted to a German newspaper, Zahavi said: “Robert feels he needs a change and a new challenge in his career. The managers …

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Salah optimistic of World Cup appearance

Salah optimistic of World Cup appearance

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has played down fears over the shoulder injury he sustained in the UEFA Champions League final as he believes that he will make a speedy recovery to represent Egypt at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Salah, 25, landed awkwardly as he tussled for the ball with Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos in the early stages of the game in Kiev. The pacey winger was in an excruciating pain despite receiving treatment from the Medical team. He finally left the pitch in tears and was replaced by Adam Lallana. The Reds went on to lose the game …

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Loris Karius admits blunders against Real Madrid cost his team

Loris Karius admits blunders against Real Madrid cost his team

German goalkeeper Loris Karius has admitted his mistakes in the Champions League final cost Liverpool the chance of winning their sixth European Cup. The former Mainz shot-stopper has apologized to everyone at the club for the two errors he committed that gifted Los Blancos the title for an unprecedented third time running. Real Madrid ran out 3-1 winners on the night but were helped by the Liverpool goalkeeper who threw the ball straight to Benzema that scored from close range to open the account for his team. Sadio Mane equalized afterward from a corner. However, Bale’s brilliant overhead kick put …

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Liverpool fans attacked by hooligaans in Kiev

Liverpool fans attacked by hooligaans in Kiev

Reports from the Capital city of Ukraine shows that some Liverpool fans were attacked by hooligans in a restaurant near the Stadium. The Ukrainian security officials confirmed that some arrests have been made in connection to the brawl. They said it was a case of ‘group hooliganism’ after two people they described as ‘foreigners’ were injured. The fracas, which occurred around 11 pm local time on Thursday, happened while Liverpool fans were at a restaurant in the Ukrainian capital. Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, has said that the Liverpool fans were attacked like a ‘pack of dogs’ and told the …

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Coutinho to receive Champions League medal despite exit

Coutinho to receive Champions League medal despite exit

Philippe Coutinho may well end up with a treble this season following Liverpool’s decision to hand him a Champions League medal for his contribution to the team. The Brazilian superstar is one of the 25 players who featured for the Reds in the Champions League, and Anfield top executives have concluded that the player’s services should be rewarded, despite securing a £142m move to the Nou Camp. According to UEFA rules, Coutinho was ineligible to feature for Barca in the competition after playing for his former employers. Liverpool coped with the exit of their key man as they secured another Champions …

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Russian Cyber attackers set to target Champions League Final

Russian Cyber attackers set to target Champions League Final

Reports are rife that the Champions League final could be targeted by Russian cyber attackers, according to Ukrainian security officials. Real Madrid will confront Liverpool in the final of the biggest club competition in the world which will be viewed by millions of fans around the globe. However, Ukrainian security services have raised an alarm that the showpiece could be under attack following the infiltration of hardware in the former Soviet Country. A statement said: “Security Service experts believe that the infection of hardware on the territory of Ukraine is preparation for another act of cyber-aggression by the Russian Federation, …

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