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  • Ivory Coast win with two quick strikes

    June 16, 2014 2:30 AM 3

    RECIFE, Brazil: Didier Drogba came off the bench to again show his inspirational qualities as the Ivory Coast recovered to beat Japan 2-1 in the early hours yesterday and boost their bid to reach the World Cup knockout stages for the first time. It had shaped up to be another disappointing occasion for the African side, who frequently flatter to deceive

  • Eagles must beat Iran, says Amodu Shaibu

    June 16, 2014 2:08 AM 3

    Former Nigeria head coach, Amodu Shaibu has said that victory in Monday’s clash with Iran will determine how far the Super Eagles would go at the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil. Super Eagles face Iran at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba in their first group game and will be hoping to surpass their second round feat achieved at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups. Amodu

  • Keshi lacks tactical ability, says Gara-Gombe

    June 16, 2014 1:38 AM 5

    Special Adviser to the Kano State Governor on Sports and seasoned Nigeria football administrator, Alhaji Shuaib Gara-Gombe has said coach Stephen Keshi do not have what it takes to lead the Super Eagles to a successful outing in Brazil. Nigeria will be making their fifth appearance at the 2014 Fifa World Cup and will face Iran on Monday before taking

  • Qatar bids to defend World Cup allegations

    June 16, 2014 1:35 AM 7

    The organisers of Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup have denied allegations that a senior Qatari soccer official made payments in order to win support for the bid. In a robust defence of its campaign to host the event, Qatar 2022 criticised the allegations of corruption that have overshadowed the buildup to the Brazilian tournament. “These allegations

  • Tabarez: Suarez will face England

    June 16, 2014 1:33 AM 2

    Costa Rica 3 Uruguay 1 Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez says Luis Suarez will face England in Thursday’s do-or-die World Cup battle in Sao Paolo. Uruguay started without all-time record goalscorer Luis Suarez in their shock 3-1 defeat Costa Rica in their World Cup opener on Saturday. They took a 1-0 lead after Edinson Cavani scored a penalty in the opening

  • Five Points: Argentina searches for identity, France relies on diversity

    June 16, 2014 1:04 AM 4

    Everything on Sunday felt like preamble for the moment when Lionel Messi stepped onto the field at the Maracana. Switzerland produced a stunning late goal to defeat Ecuador and France revealed flashes of its potential as it waved away Honduras, but the main event unfolded in Rio de Janeiro. Messi did not disappoint. Neither did Bosnia-Herzegovina, for that matter

  • Iran, Nigeria seek to end 16-year winless run

    June 16, 2014 1:02 AM 1

    CURITUIBA: Iran and Nigeria have something in common ahead of their World Cup clash when they meet on Monday at the Arena da Baixada. Both teams will be bidding to win their first match in the World Cup finals since France 1998. With Argentina the clear favourites in Group ‘F’, Iran and Nigeria are expected to compete with tournament newcomers Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • France 3-0 Honduras: Brilliant Benzema dispatches Suarez's side

    June 15, 2014 11:39 PM 4

    Karim Benzema was in inspired form as France opened their World Cup campaign with a convincing 3-0 win over Honduras. Luis Suarez's Central Americans were not afraid to put in several robust challenges - an approach that resulted in Wilson Palacios' dismissal shortly before the break. There was also a first moment of doubt in relation to goal-line technology

  • Van Persie’s flying header immortalised in flipbook form

    June 15, 2014 10:54 PM 1

    Can’t get enough of Robin van Persie’s lobbed header that sparked the Netherlands’ demolition of Spain? Well, one fan was so enamoured by its originality that they immortalised it in flipbook form. The picture stream beautifully portrays Iker Casillas’ helplessness as Van Persie’s header loops over him and follows the striker as he sprints over to the bench

  • Odemwingie defends form since Nigeria comeback

    June 15, 2014 10:37 PM 4

    Peter Odemwingie has defended his Nigeria performances since making his return to the international stage. The 32-year-old was a highly popular player for the Super Eagles until he lost his place in the squad after criticising his national team coach on Twitter two years ago. A spell in the wilderness has, however, seen Odemwingie mature and he will make his second