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    Simeone takes a jab at Messi

    Agence France-Presse . Bronnitsy | Updated at 12:05am on June 23, 2018

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has blasted Argentina’s World Cup campaign, lambasting the ‘anarchy’ on and off the field that has left the two-time champions facing first-round elimination....

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    Media criticism of my lifestyle is unbelievable: Sterling

    Reuters . London | Updated at 12:05am on June 23, 2018

    England and Manchester City playmaker Raheem Sterling is baffled by the constant criticism of his lifestyle by a section of the media which convinces the 23-year-old that ‘they hate what they don’t even know.’...

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    Coutinho, Neymar late show saves Brazil

    Reuters . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 07:45pm on June 22, 2018

    Late strikes by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave Brazil their first win of the World Cup in thrilling fashion against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg on Friday and sent the Central Americans crashing out of the tournament....

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    Argentina, Messi on brink of WC exit

    Agence France-Presse . Nizhniy Novgorod | Updated at 01:00am on June 22, 2018

    Lionel Messi's World Cup dream was left hanging by a thread as Croatia powered into the last 16 with a 3-0 rout of Argentina here Thursday....

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    Neymar fit for Brazil after injury fears

    Agence France-Presse . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 12:05am on June 22, 2018

    Neymar will play in Brazil’s vital World Cup match against Costa Rica today despite injury fears, coach Tite has confirmed....

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    Brand ‘Messi’ unblemished by poor WC

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 11:41pm on June 22, 2018

    Lionel Messi may be heading home early from the World Cup after flops on the pitch for Argentina yet he will remain a ubiquitous presence in Russia and around the world as the face of dozens of brand marketing campaigns....

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    France battle into last 16

    Agence France-Presse . Yekaterinburg | Updated at 11:45pm on June 21, 2018

    Teenager Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest World Cup goalscorer as they beat Peru 1-0 on Thursday to reach the last 16 and condemn the South Americans to an early exit....

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    Superstitions putting a spell on players

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 11:45pm on June 21, 2018

    Some players believe World Cup success is earned through exercise, diet and endless practice drills -- others are convinced it’s a matter of wearing lucky underwear....

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    Nigeria face tough Iceland test

    Agence France-Presse . Gelendzhik | Updated at 12:05am on June 22, 2018

    Nigeria take on Iceland today, seeking to salvage their faltering World Cup campaign but wary of the Nordic team’s capacity to go toe to toe with their supposed superiors....

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    Germany set to turn to Reus

    Agence France-Presse . Sochi | Updated at 12:05am on June 22, 2018

    Four years after injury robbed him of a World Cup winner’s medal in Brazil, Germany are set to turn to Marco Reus to help rescue their Russia 2018 campaign....