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    Cuadrado has no problem giving up No 7 shirt to Ronaldo

    AFP | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    Colombia midfielder Juan Cuadrado says he is happy to give up his Juventus No.7 shirt to the Italian champions’ new signing and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo....

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    Kante having the WC of his life

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    It is easy to ignore diminutive N’Golo Kante amid all of France’s star-studded World Cup squad that includes $100 million-plus players such as Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann....

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    Pogba’s dirty work help’s France

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    A towering physique and range of flashy hairstyles mean Paul Pogba rarely goes unnoticed but he has become emblematic of a French squad willing to sacrifice personal gain for World Cup glory....

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    England, Belgium aim to leave on a high

    Agence France-Presse . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    England manager Gareth Southgate admits the World Cup third-place play-off is a game that no team wants to play, but today’s match against Belgium offers the chance to finish the tournament on a winning note....

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    Nike celebrates two World Cup finalists

    Reuters  | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    The World Cup final on Sunday will not only be an all-European affair but an all-Nike match. For the first time in its history, the American sportswear manufacturer will be providing the kit for the two finalists, France and Croatia...

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    Argentina’s Nestor Pitana to referee WC final

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    Nestor Pitana of Argentina will referee the World Cup final between France and Croatia, FIFA announced on Thursday. Pitana, a former actor who has already refereed four games including the tournament opener between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia and France’s quarter-final win over Uruguay, will take charge of Sunday’s showpiece at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium....

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    England not a top five team yet: Southgate

    Reuters . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    England could finish third in the World Cup with a victory over Belgium in Saturday’s playoff but manager Gareth Southgate believes they are not yet amongst the elite teams in international football....

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    How pragmatic Deschamps took France to final

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    Despite having the most talented squad at the World Cup, France have made it to Sunday’s final against Croatia by embracing pragmatism over adventure, subsuming their individual flair for the collective benefit....

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    France not expecting tired Croatia in final

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    France have been surprised by the physical fortitude of Croatia and are not expecting a tired opponent in Sunday’s World Cup final, midfielder Blaise Matuidi said on Friday....

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    Modric oils the Croatia machine

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on July 14, 2018

    In Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final against England Luka Modric showed, for the umpteenth time in his career, that you can’t keep a good man down as he orchestrated a third successive comeback that sent Croatia into the dreamland of the final....

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