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    Mexico stun holders Germany 1-0

    Reuters. Moscow | Updated at 11:01pm on June 17, 2018

    Germany were stunned 1-0 by Mexico in the opening game of their World Cup defence on Sunday as Hirving Lozano finished off a sharp counter-attack that exposed the ragged defending that the four-times winners had displayed in their warm-up games.

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    Captain Kolarov fires Serbia to victory

    Reuters. Samara | Updated at 08:04pm on June 17, 2018

    Aleksandar Kolarov produced a moment of captain's inspiration, curling home a superb free kick as Serbia got their World Cup Group E campaign up and running with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday...

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    Sri Lanka's Chandimal charged with ball-tampering

    Reuters | Updated at 03:30pm on June 17, 2018

    Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged with altering the condition of the ball in the second test against West Indies, the International Cricket Council said on Sunday....

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    Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 with own goal and penalty

    Reuters. Kaliningrad | Updated at 07:41am on June 17, 2018

    Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday with an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric to go top of World Cup Group D, one of the toughest and most unpredictable in the tournament.

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    Denmark edge past Peru

    Reuters. Saransk | Updated at 12:18am on June 17, 2018

    Yussuf Poulsen redeemed himself by scoring the solitary goal against Peru after giving away a first-half penalty as Denmark picked up a crucial victory in Group C to begin their World Cup campaign at the Mordovia Arena on Saturday...

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    Trauma? What trauma? Brazil hail inner peace ahead of opener

    Reuters. Rostov-on-Don | Updated at 12:14am on June 17, 2018

    While Brazil's stunning collapse in the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup is still fresh in most football fans' minds, the Selecao seem to have erased their memories of that 7-1 debacle against Germany...

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    Ronaldo 1 Messi 0 in World Cup duel

    Agence France-Presse. Moscow | Updated at 12:04am on June 17, 2018

    Cristiano Ronaldo has emphatically won the first round of his World Cup duel with eternal rival Lionel Messi -- revelling in the adulation after his dramatic hat-trick while the Argentine flopped against Iceland...

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    Germans ready to confirm favourites tag

    Reuters. Vatutinki | Updated at 12:05am on June 17, 2018

    World champions Germany know they must up their game when they kick off their world title defence against Mexico on Sunday if they are to...

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    Refreshed Brazil target strong start

    Reuters. Rostov-on-Don | Updated at 12:05am on June 17, 2018

    Brazil have shown all the signs they can rule the world yet again in Russia but they must make their excellent preparations count in their World Cup Group E opener against a resilient Switzerland side on Sunday in Rostov...

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    Messi misses penalty as Argentina held

    Agence France-Presse. Moscow | Updated at 08:57pm on June 16, 2018

    Argentina were held to a draw by World Cup debutants Iceland Saturday, with Lionel Messi blowing a gilt-edged opportunity for victory when he missed a penalty...