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    Sleepy Spain players prefer siesta to WC

    Reuters | Updated at 12:05am on June 24, 2018

    One of the famous Spanish cultural stereotypes appears to be in rude health after Spain midfielder Koke revealed he and his team mates have been unable to watch some World Cup games because it interferes with their ‘siesta’, the traditional afternoon nap....

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    ‘Racist’ tweet could inspire Senegal

    Agence France-Presse . Yekaterinburg | Updated at 12:05am on June 24, 2018

    Senegal face Japan today at the World Cup fired up by an ‘ignorant’ tweet by a British tycoon and reality television star that has become the talk of the team....

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    Falcao’s Polish date with destiny

    Agence France-Presse . Kazan | Updated at 12:05am on June 24, 2018

    Radamel Falcao was a notable absentee from the 2014 World Cup when James Rodriguez’s six-goal haul carried Colombia to a historic quarter-final finish....

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    Mexico put Korea to the sword

    Reuters . Rostov-on-Don | Updated at 10:56pm on June 23, 2018

    Mexico built on the momentum from their stunning opening victory over world champions Germany by comprehensively beating South Korea 2-1 on Saturday and taking a giant leap towards reaching the last-16 of a World Cup they have taken by storm...

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    Messi, Argentina train with renewed hope

    Agence France-Presse . Bronnitsy | Updated at 12:05am on June 24, 2018

    Lionel Messi and Argentina hit the training ground on Saturday with renewed hope of qualifying for the World Cup last 16....

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    Nerves creeping in Portugal camp

    Reuters . Kratovo | Updated at 12:05am on June 24, 2018

    Defender Ruben Dias feels there is some anxiety in Portugal’s World Cup camp as they look to live up to expectations at the tournament as European champions....

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    Swiss applaud win but criticise celebrations

    Reuters . Zurich | Updated at 12:05am on June 24, 2018

    Switzerland’s 2-1 World Cup win over Serbia was given a mixed reaction by Swiss media who applauded their rousing second-half comeback but criticised celebrations by scorers Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri which appeared to have political overtones....

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    Chechen leader makes Salah honorary citizen

    Reuters | Updated at 12:05am on June 24, 2018

    After his team crashed out of the World Cup, Egypt’s star player Mohamed Salah has won a consolation prize in the form of honorary citizenship of Chechnya....

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    Brazil win but old questions of mental focus persist

    Reuters . Sochi | Updated at 12:05am on June 24, 2018

    Brazil’s late World Cup win over Costa Rica takes them to the top of the Group E but they have failed to convince in their two matches so far and the focus is once again shifting to the South American side’s old foe – emotional stability...

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    England seek trusty lieutenants to Kane

    Agence France-Presse . Repino | Updated at 12:05am on June 24, 2018

    Handed a winning start for the first time in a major tournament for 12 years by captain Harry Kane’s injury-time winner against Tunisia, England can look forward to today’s meeting with Panama with a rare sense of World Cup calm....