Saturday, June 30, 2018 1:33 PM

LIVE: PSG complies with Financial Fair Play

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LIVE: PSG complies with Financial Fair Play
LIVE: PSG complies with Financial Fair Play

Friday, June 29, 2018 7:37 PM

Who would win the World Cup of losers?

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Who would win the World Cup of losers?

There’s no shame in finishing third.

Some pretty big names were bounced out of the World Cup in the group stages, none more so than Germany.

Yes, we will mention that forever.

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Anyway, moving on.

Finishing third in your group is a bitter pill to swallow, especially when you just miss out on second place.

A few sides actually would have gone through with their points and goal difference total, had they been in another group.

Iran and Senegal both would have progressed instead Argentina had they been in Group D.

EPA Why are you celebrating? You little fraud[/caption]

We’re all familiar with the process that sees clubs that finish third in their Champions League group fall into the Europa League, right?

Why not apply that to the World Cup and have our very own tournament of losers!

So, before ado is in any way furthered, we present you with the inaugural World Cup of losers.

Who makes the cut?

Saudi Arabia 

This lot were spanked 5-0 by Russia in the opening game of tournament in what was a shocking performance.

They did however respond to their humiliation.

Getty Images - Getty Shocking stuff[/caption]

Saudi Arabia proceeded to give Uruguay a run for their money in their second group game but came up just short in a 1-0 defeat.

They then caused an upset in their dead-rubber final game against Egypt.

Against all the odds they came up trumps and beat Mohamed Salah and co 2-1.

Getty - Contributor I thought he was giving it a shhhhh[/caption]

Iran

They broke Moroccan hearts when they benefited from a 96th minute own goal to win their opening group game.

Iran followed that up with a performance of pure s***housery against Spain in their second game – sitting every man and his dog behind the ball.

Spain eventually got the victory for football’s sake after they broke the deadlock late on.

Getty Images - Getty I’m forever indebted to Iran for giving us this moment[/caption]

Iran’s defensive tactics then almost knocked out Portugal in dramatic fashion in their final game.

Getting a 1-1 draw against the European champions is no mean feat, so full marks for effort… well, sort of.

Getty - Contributor They saved a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty, FFS[/caption]

Peru

Peru were one of the surprise packages of the World Cup.

The South Americans were unlucky to lose 1-0 against Denmark in their first group game, as they missed a host of chances, including a penalty.

EPA Bit rude, he is right there[/caption]

Peru were again unlucky in their second game against France, losing 1-0 for their second game running.

They showed their true potential in a comfortable 2-0 win over Australia.

If only they had brought their shooting boots along earlier in the tournament.

Reuters Party animal Paolo Guerrero finally had his moment[/caption]

Nigeria

They arrived at the World Cup in incredible fashion, literally, yet they flattered to deceive on the pitch.

Nigeria were comfortably beaten by Croatia in their first game, before they steadied the ship in their second against Iceland.

Getty Images - Getty An Ahmed Musa double did the business against Iceland[/caption]

Victor Moses scored from the spot as Nigeria tried their best to cause an upset against Argentina.

Lionel Messi and co however had just enough to navigate themselves through to the knockout stages and send Nigeria packing.

Reuters At least they had this moment[/caption]

Serbia

Tipped by many as a dark horse at the World Cup, Serbia disappointed by falling at the first hurdle.

They beat Costa Rica 1-0 in their first group game but a fiery encounter against Switzerland was lost in the 90th minute.

The defeat meant that Serbia needed to overcome Brazil to progress from the group, which they failed to do, losing 2-0 against Tite’s side.

Reuters Shirts v skins[/caption]

South Korea

They were meant to be the whipping boys of the group who would pick up zero points.

It didn’t exactly work out that way though, did it.

Despite losing to Sweden and Mexico, South Korea had the perfect end to their World Cup journey.

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Against all the odds they orchestrated a spectacular win against the World Champions Germany.

South Korea eliminated Joachim Low’s side and actually toppled them to third place in the group.

EPA LOL[/caption]

Tunisia

One of England’s opponents in Group G, Tunisia almost held the Three Lions to a draw in their opening group game.

Tunisia were steamrolled by Belgium 5-2 in their second game, before rounding off their campaign with a 2-1 win against Panama.

EPA Sunderland’s Wabhi Khazri was the star[/caption]

A far more competent team than we all first thought, but still not all that. Fair play.

Senegal

The Lions of Teranga quickly became everyone’s ‘second team’ at the World Cup.

Senegal’s barnstorming attacking style and pre-match antics made it impossible to dislike them.

Getty - Contributor When you’ve all had a few[/caption]

A 1-0 win against Poland filled the nation with hope, before a 2-2 draw with Japan left Senegal still in control of their World Cup fate.

They were beaten however 1-0 by Colombia in their final game and failed to make it out of the group in the harshest way possible.

Fair Play points decided Senegal’s fate and because they had two more yellow cards than Japan, they were sent packing. Cruel.

Getty - Contributor A couple of Senegal ultras[/caption]

Quarter finals: 

Iran v Saudi Arabia

This one was the dullest game of the quarter final draw and it firmly lives up to that tag.

Iran end up winning 1-0, courtesy of yet another stoppage-time own goal. Typical Iran.

They celebrate widely in the faces of the Saudi Arabian players, which prompts an almighty scrap after the final whistle.

Iran progress to the semi finals.

They even fight each other. FFS

Peru v Nigeria

These two made up arguably the most tightly contested of the quarter-finals on paper.

The clash finishes 2-2 after 90 minutes and extra-time is needed to separate the sides.

John Obi Mikel scores the winner in the 115th minute, banging a 30-yard thunderbastard into the top corner.

Nigeria progress to the semi finals.

Getty - Contributor “Yes, Barcelona and Real Madrid are great clubs. I am very happy at Tianjin though.”[/caption]

Serbia v South Korea

South Korea were buoyed after their memorable win over Germany, but that momentum was not enough to overcome Serbia.

Aleksandar Kolarov scores a free-kick in a 1-0 victory, but Aleksandar Mitrovic picks up a straight red card after a flying headbutt on the referee.

He will now miss the semi final.

Serbia progress to the semi finals

EPA Tears of joy[/caption]

Tunisia v Senegal

The two African sides, who both won plaudits during the group stages, play out a dull 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

Sadio Mane then proves to be the difference and scores a winner in extra-time.

The Liverpool man’s goal seals Senegal’s place in the semi final, against Serbia.

Senegal progress to the semi finals

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Semi finals:

Iran v Nigeria

Iran try their hardest to sit everyone behind the ball again.

Thankfully for everyone watching, Nigeria started inform Mikel upfront and he makes light work of the defensive wall.

The former Chelsea man scores twice in a 3-0 win and celebrates his winning goal by replicating the somersault throw-in.

Nigeria book their place in the final.

News Group Newspapers Ltd Messi visited Mikel personally to try and persuade him to stay[/caption]

Serbia v Senegal

Without Mitrovic, Serbia struggle to pose any real attacking threat against Senegal.

M’Baye Niang, whose yellow cards cost his side in the group stages, silences his critics.

The former Watford man scores an impressive hat-trick as Senegal win 3-0 and confirm their place in the final against Nigeria.

Niang is subsequently linked with a transfer to Man United.

Senegal book their place in the final.

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Final:

Nigeria v Senegal

In an all African encounter, both sides thrill supporters with an end-to-end clash.

Senegal win 2-1 courtesy of a late Kalidou Koulibaly header.

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The winning-goal causes an earth tremor in the Senegal Capital Dakar, with scenes reminiscent of his late winner for Napoli against Juventus.

There are no complaints about the winner, as everyone agrees Senegal were fraudulently bounced out of the actual World Cup.

Thankfully, for England’s sake, we don’t have to mess around in any fictional mini World Cup.

We’re still in the actual thing and it’s definitely coming home. 

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Belgium World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

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Belgium World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

With arguably the strongest squad in the tournament, Belgium are expected to contend for the title.

Belgium World Cup FixturesBelgium's starting lineup against Panama (Getty Images) With arguably the strongest squad in the tournament, Belgium are expected to contend for the title.

Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:24 AM

Soccer punters get a heavy beating

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Soccer punters get a heavy beating

ZIMBABWE is fast becoming or is now a football betting country with almost half, if not three-quarters, of the nation now relying on football betting for survival.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:30 PM

​Chelsea, BVB hunt Inter Milan wonderkid Esposito

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​Chelsea, BVB hunt Inter Milan wonderkid Esposito
​Chelsea, BVB hunt Inter Milan wonderkid Esposito

Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund are chasing after Inter Milan youngster Sebastiano Esposito.

The Italian striker is a massive prospect at the youth level. At 15, he is already earning rave reviews for performances at the under-16 level.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018 5:48 PM

Indy Football Podcast - World Cup daily: Argentina's brilliant comeback, Lionel Messi's sublime goal and more

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Indy Football Podcast - World Cup daily: Argentina's brilliant comeback, Lionel Messi's sublime goal and more
Indy Football Podcast - World Cup daily: Argentina's brilliant comeback, Lionel Messi's sublime goal and more
The guys have just witnessed a night of epic action, so they're straight on the mic to break it down

Monday, June 25, 2018 11:48 PM

Ekoku convinced Tosun will star with Everton

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Ekoku convinced Tosun will star with Everton
Ekoku convinced Tosun will star with Everton

Former Nigeria striker Efan Ekoku believes Cenk Tosun will be stronger for his first six months in England.

Ekoku believes the 27-year-old's all-round qualities will allow him to flourish in the Premier League.

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Transfer news - live updates: Manchester United midfielder to decide on Arsenal move, Paul Pogba latest, Liverpool to unveil Naby Keita number

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Transfer news - live updates: Manchester United midfielder to decide on Arsenal move, Paul Pogba latest, Liverpool to unveil Naby Keita number
Transfer news - live updates: Manchester United midfielder to decide on Arsenal move, Paul Pogba latest, Liverpool to unveil Naby Keita number
All the latest Premier League transfer news plus gossip, rumours and deals

Sunday, June 24, 2018 12:12 PM

Poland World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

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Poland World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Robert Lewandowski is at his peak, but the Polish defence seems to leak goals with ease.

Poland World Cup FixturesFirst Place: Poland topped their group over Denmark by five points (Getty Images) Robert Lewandowski is at his peak, but the Polish defence seems to leak goals with ease.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 5:36 PM

FIFA open disciplinary proceedings against Swiss duo Xhaka, Shaqiri

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FIFA open disciplinary proceedings against Swiss duo Xhaka, Shaqiri
FIFA open disciplinary proceedings against Swiss duo Xhaka, Shaqiri

Friday, June 22, 2018 10:15 PM

Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

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Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland
Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year’s World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 Friday and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia. Nigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday […]

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Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup

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Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup
Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years has captivated the soccer-crazy nation, with intense focus on the squad and the broader game. The Egyptians played the first match of the tournament June 15 and held two-time World Cup winner Uruguay scoreless for 89 minutes, until conceding a late goal and losing […]

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:21 AM

The unwanted record Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic has against Argentina players

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The unwanted record Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic has against Argentina players

This will give Argentina confidence.

Argentina and Croatia will face off in their penultimate games of the group-stages at the World Cup.

It’s a tightly contested clash between Group D’s giants, which is made even more difficult to predict following Argentina’s underwhelming 1-1 draw against Iceland.

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Getty - Contributor There was penalty anguish for Lionel Messi against Iceland[/caption]

It’s not all doom and gloom for Argentina however, they have genuine reason to be optimistic against Croatia.

When you take a look into the record that Argentina strikers have against Croatia’s No1, Danijel Subasic, it makes for less than favourable reading for the goalkeeper.

The Monaco stopper has had a torrid time in the past against Argentina players, conceding seven times when he has faced them.

Reuters Subasic will hope to finally keep out Argentina strikers[/caption]

Subasic has come up against the majority of Argentina’s star-studded front-line during encounters for Monaco.

So far, Croatia’s No1 has leaked goals for fun against Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria.

Aguero was the difference in Man City’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg clash with Monaco in 2017.

Getty Images - Getty Subasic conceded twice against Aguero[/caption]

A double from the clinical forward past Subasic helped Pep Guardiola’s side to a 5-3 win on the night.

Why Sergio Aguero could be the difference against Croatia

Scored in Argentina’s World Cup opener against Iceland Has netted twice in as many appearances against Croatia goalkeeper Subasic Scored 36 goals in 85 appearances for Argentina BACK AGUERO TO SCORE 2+ GOALS AT 10/1

The Man City man is 5/1 with Sun Bets to score first against Croatia and continue his impressive record against Subasic.

Higuain netted twice against the Monaco goalkeeper in the Champions League for Juventus in 2017.

Higuain was the difference against Monaco in 2017

The burly striker buried two past Subasic as the Turin giants won their Champions League semi-final first-leg 2-0.

Angel Di Maria has also got the better of Subasic on three occasions, all coming in encounters for PSG.

Di Maria has netted three against Subasic

The former Man United man helped the Paris club to win the Coupe de la Ligue in March, when he scored the second goal of the game in a 3-0 win over Monaco.

Di Maria also played his part in PSG’s emphatic 7-1 rout of Subasic’s and co in May, scoring once.

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So far, out of Argentina’s star-men, Messi is the only one who is yet to score against Subasic.

Getty Images - Getty The Barca man will hope to replicate Aguero’s form against the Croatian goalkeeper[/caption]

The Argentina talisman will be making his first appearance against Subasic and will hope to continue the trend of Argentina players scoring for fun against him.

*Croatia fans take a heavy gulp*

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018 5:33 PM

Pique: Barcelona should call me if they're unhappy

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Pique: Barcelona should call me if they're unhappy
Pique: Barcelona should call me if they're unhappy

Spain defender Gerard Pique took aim at Barcelona management after their World Cup win over Iran.

Pique has responded to the news that Barcelona are unhappy with him over his doco for Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 11:21 PM

Salah unable to avoid Egypt defeat and likely elimination

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Salah unable to avoid Egypt defeat and likely elimination
Salah unable to avoid Egypt defeat and likely elimination

World Cup 2018: England cannot be trusted to overcome bad results and Gary Neville is part of the problem

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World Cup 2018: England cannot be trusted to overcome bad results and Gary Neville is part of the problem
World Cup 2018: England cannot be trusted to overcome bad results and Gary Neville is part of the problem
Neville has been involved in eight of England's last nine tournaments

Monday, June 18, 2018 9:57 AM

Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup

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Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup
Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup

MOSCOW — Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal can send Morocco to an early World Cup exit on Wednesday. A second straight defeat would ensure elimination for the North African side which has not let an opposing player score in this World Cup campaign since 2015. An own goal by Morocco forward Aziz Bouhaddouz in stoppage-time was […]

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Sunday, June 17, 2018 3:42 PM

World Cup TV Schedule

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World Cup TV Schedule

The BBC and ITV will share the group game fixtures for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018 10:24 PM

ZPGA braces for busy schedule

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ZPGA braces for busy schedule

THE Zimbabwe Professional Golfers’ Association (ZPGA) is bracing for a busy schedule in August following the confirmation of the National Aids Council Pro-Am and the Nasho Kamungeremu Memorial Golf Championship […]

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There’s a spooky coincidence surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Spain

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There’s a spooky coincidence surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Spain

Well bite my shoulder and call me Suarez, last night’s clash between Portugal and Spain was some game, huh?

The Iberian neighbours played out the game of the World Cup (we’re calling it already), with six goals scored and plenty of end-to-end drama.

Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo being the man he is took centre-stage with his brilliant hat-trick, which included that spectacular late free-kick that sealed a well-earned point for the Portuguese.

Reuters This is Ronaldo’s world and we’re just livin’ in it[/caption]

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But did you know that there was a rather spooky coincidence surrounding Ronaldo’s trio of goals?

Because not only did Ronaldo score his 51st career hat-trick, but it was also the 51st all-time hat-trick scored in the World Cup.

He also nabbed his three goals in the 4th, 44th and 88th minutes.

Talk about perfect symmetry, eh?

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On top of that, everyone’s favourite tortilla-based Spain defender Nacho scored an absolute cracker to make the game 3-2 last night.

And naturally became the first defender to score from outside the box for Spain since Fernando Hierro managed it back in 1998, when Spain played Nigeria.

Getty Images - Getty Kick it hard, Nach[/caption]

Wait, Hierro, you say?

That’s right, Spain’s last-minute interim manager at the World Cup, after they sacked Julen Lopetegui.

Illuminati confirmed? We think so. 

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