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    Coach defiant as Germany face crisis

    Agence France-Presse . Vatutinki | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Joachim Low is facing the biggest crisis of his 12-year reign as Germany coach after the holders slipped to a shock defeat against Mexico in their World Cup opener in Russia....

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    Swiss self-belief surges

    Reuters . Rostov-On-Don | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Switzerland were never regarded as one of the pre-tournament World Cup favourites but after they thwarted heavyweights Brazil with a gutsy 1-1 draw in their Group E opener on Sunday, they could be dreaming of a deep run in Russia....

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    Brazil suffer first night nerves in stalemate

    Agence France-Presse . Rostov-on-Don | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Coach Tite blamed first night nerves after Brazil’s bid for a sixth World Cup got off to a rocky start as Switzerland withstood an early onslaught to snatch a 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday....

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    Our win was result of six months’ work, says Coach

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Mexico’s shock 1-0 World Cup win over Germany was the result of six months’ planning, coach Juan Carlos Osorio said on Sunday, adding that he had told his team to ‘play with the love of winning rather than the fear of losing’....

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    Croatia turn to Rakitic for ideas to stop Messi

    Agence France-Presse . Saint Petersburg | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Lionel Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Ivan Rakitic will be asked for all the tips he has on how to stop the striker, Croatia’s coach Zlatko Dalic admitted on Sunday. ...

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    Maradona pours scorn on Argentina coach

    Agence France-Presse . Bronnitsy | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Argentina legend Diego Maradona issued a scathing assessment Sunday of his country’s World Cup draw with Iceland, warning manager Jorge Sampaoli that he would not be welcome back home unless he changes his tactics....

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    Kolarov given boxy Lada for WC goal

    AFP  | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov had a good day in Samara: he scored a magnificent World Cup goal and was presented with a Lada by the governor. The Roma defender struck a thunderous second-half free-kick that clinched Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday....

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    Colombia fret over Rodriguez

    Agence France-Presse . Saransk | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2018

    Despite sacking their coach just 71 days before the World Cup, Japan will attempt to prove their doubters wrong today against a Colombia side sweating on the fitness of star midfielder James Rodriguez....