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    Maradona calls English win ‘monumental robbery’

    Reuters . Niznhy Novgorod | Updated at 12:05am on July 05, 2018

    Argentine great Diego Maradona said England perpetrated a ‘monumental robbery’ in their World Cup victory over Colombia and accused referee Mark Geiger of not being up to such a game....

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    Pickford gets the upper hand

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

    Mocked by Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois for being too small for a top-class goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford stood tall when England needed a penalty shootout hero to end years of pain from the spot....

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    England left nothing to chance in shoot-out

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

    England manager Gareth Southgate knows all about the pain of missing a crucial kick in a penalty shootout and as he sportingly consoled Colombia’s Carlos Bacca on Tuesday night at the Spartak Stadium, the memories couldn’t have been far away....

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    England end penalty jinx to edge Colombia in shootout

    Agence France-Presse. Moscow | Updated at 02:11am on July 04, 2018

    England edged Colombia 4-3 on penalties to halt a run of five successive shootout defeats at major tournaments and book a quarter-final clash against Sweden at the World Cup....

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    Argentina fans left in Russia wonder what to do

    Reuters . Kazan | Updated at 11:51pm on July 03, 2018

    Argentina may have been knocked out of the World Cup in Russia, but plenty of their frustrated fans remain, holding tickets to finals they expected their team to feature in - while hoping desperately that bitter rivals Brazil get eliminated....

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    Sweden scrape into quarter-finals

    Agnece France-Presse . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 09:56pm on July 03, 2018

    Sweden reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years after Emil Forsberg's deflected shot earned a scrappy 1-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday....

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    Belgium boss eager to face Brazil as underdogs

    Agence France-Presse . Rostov-on-Don | Updated at 12:05am on July 04, 2018

    Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said his side should accept they will be the underdogs in their World Cup quarter-final against star-studded Brazil on Friday....

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    Possession no longer the law for achieving success

    Reuters . Samara | Updated at 12:05am on July 04, 2018

    When Spain won the World Cup in 2010 by guarding possession with near infinite zeal a new maxim was etched into football’s text book of received wisdom - hog the ball and you win the match....

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    Honda, Hasebe call time on int’l career

    Reuters . Rostov-On-Don | Updated at 12:05am on July 04, 2018

    Keisuke Honda and captain Makoto Hasebe have announced their retirement from international football following Japan’s elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Belgium on Monday night....

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    Russia not practicing penalties: Akinfeev

    Reuters . Khimki | Updated at 12:05am on July 04, 2018

    Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who saved two penalties to carry his team past Spain and into the World Cup last eight, has not been practicing spot kicks with his teammates, he said on Tuesday...