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    Argentina coach asks for ‘forgiveness’

    Agence France-Presse . Nizhniy Novgorod | Updated at 12:05am on June 23, 2018

    Jorge Sampaoli begged for forgiveness from Argentina’s fans on Thursday after a 3-0 drubbing by Croatia left Lionel Messi’s World Cup dreams hanging by a thread....

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    Messi’s dream turns into nightmare

    Reuters . Nizhny Novgorod | Updated at 12:05am on June 23, 2018

    As an excited Diego Maradona twirled his shirt from the stands and thousands of Argentina fans bayed before kickoff against Croatia, Lionel Messi was seen rubbing his forehead in stress....

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    Turmoil leaves Argentina in disarray

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on June 23, 2018

    The 2014 World Cup final in Brazil was supposed to be Lionel Messi’s crowning moment, the chance for him to take his place alongside Diego Maradona in Argentina’s pantheon of heroes....

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    Coutinho, Neymar late show saves Brazil

    Reuters . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 07:45pm on June 22, 2018

    Late strikes by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave Brazil their first win of the World Cup in thrilling fashion against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg on Friday and sent the Central Americans crashing out of the tournament....

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    France battle into last 16

    Agence France-Presse . Yekaterinburg | Updated at 11:45pm on June 21, 2018

    Teenager Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest World Cup goalscorer as they beat Peru 1-0 on Thursday to reach the last 16 and condemn the South Americans to an early exit....

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    Argentina, Messi on brink of WC exit

    Agence France-Presse . Nizhniy Novgorod | Updated at 01:00am on June 22, 2018

    Lionel Messi's World Cup dream was left hanging by a thread as Croatia powered into the last 16 with a 3-0 rout of Argentina here Thursday....

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    Superstitions putting a spell on players

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 11:45pm on June 21, 2018

    Some players believe World Cup success is earned through exercise, diet and endless practice drills -- others are convinced it’s a matter of wearing lucky underwear....

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    Nigeria face tough Iceland test

    Agence France-Presse . Gelendzhik | Updated at 12:05am on June 22, 2018

    Nigeria take on Iceland today, seeking to salvage their faltering World Cup campaign but wary of the Nordic team’s capacity to go toe to toe with their supposed superiors....

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    Germany set to turn to Reus

    Agence France-Presse . Sochi | Updated at 12:05am on June 22, 2018

    Four years after injury robbed him of a World Cup winner’s medal in Brazil, Germany are set to turn to Marco Reus to help rescue their Russia 2018 campaign....

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    Kane mirrors Maradona in passion

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 12:05am on June 22, 2018

    England captain Harry Kane displays the same level of passion as Diego Maradona, the man who singlehandedly destroyed English hopes in the 1986 World Cup, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says....

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