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    Croatia turn to Rakitic for ideas to stop Messi

    Agence France-Presse . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Lionel Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Ivan Rakitic will be asked for all the tips he has on how to stop the striker, Croatia’s coach Zlatko Dalic admitted on Sunday. ...

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    Brazil suffer first night nerves in stalemate

    Agence France-Presse . Rostov-on-Don | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Coach Tite blamed first night nerves after Brazil’s bid for a sixth World Cup got off to a rocky start as Switzerland withstood an early onslaught to snatch a 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday....

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    Belgium too good for Panama

    Agence France-Presse . Sochi | Updated at 10:56pm on June 18, 2018

    Romelu Lukaku netted a brace as a much-improved second-half performance gave Belgium an ultimately comfortable 3-0 victory over tournament debutants Panama in their World Cup opener in Sochi on Monday...

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    Sweden bury WC opening jinx

    Reuters. Nizhny Novgorod | Updated at 11:30pm on June 18, 2018

    Sweden won an opening World Cup game for the first time since 1958 and ended a worrying goal drought with a 1-0 victory over South Korea in a must-win match if they want to progress from a tricky-looking Group F.....

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    Bangladesh call-up teenage leg-spinner in A team

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:01pm on June 18, 2018

    The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday included rookie leg-spinner Rishad Ahmed in their 15-member ‘A’ team for three four-day matches and three one dayers against their Sri Lankan counterparts at home, starting this month...

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    Our win was result of six months’ work, says Coach

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Mexico’s shock 1-0 World Cup win over Germany was the result of six months’ planning, coach Juan Carlos Osorio said on Sunday, adding that he had told his team to ‘play with the love of winning rather than the fear of losing’....

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    Kolarov given boxy Lada for WC goal

    AFP  | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov had a good day in Samara: he scored a magnificent World Cup goal and was presented with a Lada by the governor. The Roma defender struck a thunderous second-half free-kick that clinched Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday....

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    Maradona pours scorn on Argentina coach

    Agence France-Presse . Bronnitsy | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Argentina legend Diego Maradona issued a scathing assessment Sunday of his country’s World Cup draw with Iceland, warning manager Jorge Sampaoli that he would not be welcome back home unless he changes his tactics....