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    Substitute Ronaldo rescues Portugal, sets up Swiss showdown

    Reuters | Updated at 11:45am on October 08, 2017

    Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench and scored an opportunist goal which set Portugal on the way to a 2-0 win in Andorra on Saturday that maintained their chances of qualifying directly for the World Cup...

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    Matuidi puts France in control of their World Cup destiny

    Reuters | Updated at 11:15am on October 08, 2017

    Blaise Matuidi's early goal was enough to take France to the brink of the World Cup finals as they secured a 1-0 away win against Bulgaria on Saturday...

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    Nigeria first African country to qualify for Russia

    Reuters | Updated at 09:55am on October 08, 2017

    Alex Iwobi’s second-half winner ensured Nigeria became the first African nation to qualify for the 2018 World Cup when their 1-0 home victory over Zambia on Saturday moved them into an unassailable lead in their group...

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    Liton saves Tigers’ blushes

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:58am on October 08, 2017

    Wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das scored defied half-century but could do little to save their blushes in the ongoing second Test against South Africa in Bloemfontein on Saturday....

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    Italian press blast ‘abysmal’ Azzurri

    Agence France-Presse . Turin | Updated at 12:05am on October 08, 2017

    Italy and coach Gian Piero Ventura were in the firing line Saturday after an ‘abysmal’ 1-1 draw against Macedonia in Turin left the Azzurri’s path to the World Cup uncertain....

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    Karunaratne misses double ton

    Agence France-Presse . Dubai | Updated at 12:05am on October 08, 2017

    Opener Dimuth Karunaratne missed a maiden double hundred by four runs but still put Sri Lanka on a strong footing at 461-7 in the second day-night Test in Dubai on Saturday....

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    Argentina frets over Messi-less WC

    Agence France-Presse . Buenos Aires | Updated at 12:05am on October 08, 2017

    Argentina awakened on Friday to the horrifying possibility of a World Cup without the ‘world’s best player’, Lionel Messi....

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    Bowlers rule the roost

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on October 08, 2017

    Bowlers dominated the second day of 19th National Cricket League fourth round with off-spinner Iftekhar Sajjad grabbing 5-91 to help Chittagong restrict Dhaka Metro to 369-9 on the second day on Sunday...

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    Spain punch WC ticket, Serbia made to wait

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:05am on October 08, 2017

    Heavyweights Spain qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a routine 3-0 home win over Albania, but Serbia must wait to seal to their place following a 3-2 loss in Austria....

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    ODI players leave home for SA

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:05am on October 08, 2017

    Members of Bangladesh one-day international team, led by skipper Mashrafee bin Muratza, left Dhaka on Saturday for three-match series against South Africa, beginning on October 15....

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