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Pressure on Messi against Croatia after Ronaldo scores again at World Cup

Lionel Messi is under increased pressure to redeem himself when Argentina face Croatia in Thursday's pivotal match after eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the World Cup to send Morocco packing.

France will be looking for a second World Cup Group C win against Peru Thursday while Australia need to bounce back from their heart-breaking defeat to Les Bleus against Denmark.

Messi's teammates have rallied around their superstar captain after his spot-kick was saved in the 1-1 draw against minnows Iceland on Saturday.

Messi is bearing the weight of expectations as Argentina seek a first World Cup trophy since 1986, desperate to crown his glittering career with a major international tournament success.

However so far in Russia, Messi has been overshadowed by Ronaldo, who took his tournament goal tally to four on Tuesday with the winner in Portugal's 1-0 defeat of Morocco, which condemned the Africans to an early exit.

Tue
19
Jun
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Egypt ready to take a risk on fitness of talisman Mo Salah

After the opening World Cup defeat to Uruguay, Egypt and their manager Héctor Cúper have a big decision to make for Tuesday’s match with Russia in St Petersburg

For the Egypt fans taking in the sights of St Petersburg there was no mistaking the focus for their adoration. The words “Mo Salah” became a kind of greeting, as people embraced, stopped for photographs in front of the ornate Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, hoisted their flags.

It has always been about Salah. Even long before his shoulder was wrenched by Sergio Ramos, it was about Salah. Their symbol was the man who had propelled them here in the first place, a World Cup 28 years in the waiting.

There is an extraordinary pressure riding on whether or not he is in the best physical shape to run at the Russia defence as the second round of Group A matches gets under way.

Mon
18
Jun
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Mourinho backs England to beat Tunisia in World Cup opener

Jose Mourinho believes England will not suffer the same fate as several other top nations and pick up a victory in their opening World Cup match.

Gareth Southgate's side face Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday evening having not won their opening game in any of their previous four major tournaments.

Spain, Argentina, Germany and Brazil have all failed to start their campaigns in Russia with a victory, but Manchester United manager Mourinho believes England should have too much for Tunisia.

Mon
30
Apr
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Isaac Dogboe stops Jessie Magdaleno to win WBO belt

23-year-old Isaac Dogboe become the youngest world champion in Ghana’s rich boxing history in Philadelphia, stopping Jessie Magdaleno in the 11th round to win the WBO super bantamweight championship.

Dogboe (19-0, 13 KO) started rough in this one, as Magdaleno (25-1, 18 KO) dropped the challenger in the opening round. But Dogboe, who had never been down before, shook it off and came on strong as the fight went forward.

In the fifth round, it was Magdaleno’s turn to taste the canvas for the first time in his career, as he was dropped by a monster right hand and badly hurt. To Magdaleno’s credit, he got up and fought on, even calling Dogboe on repeatedly.

Fri
20
Apr
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Arsene Wenger To Stand Down As Arsenal Manager

Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22-year reign as manager.

The Frenchman departs a year before his latest contract was due to expire.

The Gunners are sixth in the league and set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, with their hopes of reaching the Champions League resting on winning the Europa League.

Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.

"I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years," said Wenger. "I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

"To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club."

Arsenal say a successor will be appointed "as soon as possible".

Thu
12
Apr
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Ronaldo joy, Buffon woe defines wild night in Madrid

One crazy minute, at the end of an incredible Champions League quarterfinal second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, perfectly summed up the contrasting fortunes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon in club football's most prestigious competition.

Buffon, the perennial Champions League fall guy, the Juventus veteran with three runners-up medals making his 117th and last appearance in the competition, is sent off by referee Michael Oliver for protesting against the awarding of a stoppage time penalty. And Ronaldo, the man with four Champions League winners medals in his pocket, is given the chance to not only mark his 150th appearance with his 120th goal from the penalty spot but also to salvage a place in the semifinals for Real Madrid by extinguishing Juventus's sensational fight-back.

Tue
03
Apr
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Shock surgery required for injured Liverpool defender Matip

Joel Matip’s season is over with Liverpool with the defender set to have surgery on a thigh problem.

The centre-back picked up the injury in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and he will miss tomorrow’s Champions League clash with Man City. And he is more the likely to have to sit out the remainder of the season.

“The operation is likely to end the 26-year-old’s involvement in the remainder of the 2017-18 season,” read the club’s website.

“Jurgen Klopp will provide a further update on Matip’s condition this afternoon when he speaks ahead of Wednesday evening’s Champions League quarter-final, first-leg clash with Manchester City.”

Matip was able to complete the full 90 minutes in the win over Palace, but he will need surgery to correct the problem.

Dejan Lovren is set to be recalled to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s back four.

Mon
19
Mar
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Indian Wells: Juan Martin del Potro ends Roger Federer's unbeaten run

Juan Martin del Potro ended world number one Roger Federer's 17-match unbeaten run to claim the BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells.

The eighth-ranked Argentine beat the Swiss 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-2) in a thrilling encounter.

Federer had been searching for a record sixth title in California, but it was Del Potro who powered to his first ATP Masters 1000 title.

He is the first player to beat Federer in 2018.

Del Potro saved three match points before closing out victory in two hours 42 minutes.

The 29-year-old has been hampered by wrist problems in recent years and has had three operations which left him struggling to use his backhand.

But he has made a strong start to 2018, winning his first ATP 500 title for five years at Acapulco earlier in March and returning to the world's top 10.

Wed
14
Mar
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2018 Commonwealth Games: Sports Ministry announces prize package for athletes

The Youth and Sports Ministry has announced prize package for Ghanaian athletes for next month’s Commonwealth Games which will be staged in Australia.

Deputy Sports Pius Hadzide said his outfit will pay each athlete, $5,000 as prize money for gold medals, with $3,000 and $2,000 going for silver and bronze medalists respectively.

According to the Mr. Hadzide, International Games Committee (IGC) has gotten sponsorship and they will be adding extra $10,000 for gold medal.

“For the gold, the International Games Committee has decided to give $5,000 , $3,000 for silver and $2,000 for bronze,” he revealed during Tuesday’s meet the press.

He added, “The IGC has gotten sponsorship from a philanthropist who has decided to add an extra $10,000 for gold so in effect it is $15,000 for gold, but $5,000 from the government of Ghana and $10,000 from an Australian company that has been operating in Ghana for the past 35 years.”

Wed
14
Mar
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Man Utd knocked out of Champions League by Sevilla

Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage after an awful performance ended in a 2-1 home defeat by Sevilla.

Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder was the match-winner for the Spanish side, shooting from inside the area just two minutes after coming on and heading in at the back post from a corner.

After posing little threat in the goalless first leg, United again looked second best against the La Liga side, though Marouane Fellaini's thumping effort did draw Sergio Rico into a save and the away goalkeeper kept out Jesse Lingard's low strike.

Romelu Lukaku lashed home from close range with seven minutes remaining, but it proved to be merely a consolation.

United exit the competition along with Tottenham, but Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool progressed to Friday's quarter-final draw. Chelsea can join them if they beat Barcelona on Wednesday.

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