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Five reasons Germany failed at the World Cup

Germany have failed to qualify from the group stages at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1938. Here are five reasons why Germany went crashing out of the World Cup in the group stage. Loew’s misguided loyalty Head coach Joachim Loew has always stuck by his tried and trusted stars — but…

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Germany the latest victim of the ‘champions curse’

Germany have been eliminated from the World Cup in the first round for the first time since the Second World War, as the holders are knocked out in the group stage for the fourth time this century. Leaving aside Uruguay — who won the inaugural World Cup in 1930 before not travelling to Italy for…

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England, Belgium battle for top spot after Germany World Cup shock

England and Belgium battle it out for top spot in their group on Thursday as the remaining teams at the World Cup digest Germany’s astonishing exit from the tournament in Russia. Both sides — packed with Premier League talent — have sailed through Group G, winning their two games and are now in the curious…

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US presses UN Security Council to sanction Iran

The United States urged fellow UN Security Council members Wednesday to punish Iran for “malign behavior” in the Middle East, at a meeting on implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. “When confronted with a country that continually violates this council’s resolutions, it is imperative that we pursue meaningful consequences,” said Jonathan Cohen, the…

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Blistering Buttler sets up England T20 win over Australia

Jos Buttler hit the fastest fifty by an England batsman in a Twenty20 international to lay the platform for a 28-run win over Australia at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Australia, set 222 for victory, lost half their wickets inside nine overs to be 72 for five. Aaron Finch, their captain, kept them in the match with…

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Germany crash out of World Cup as South Korea stun holders

Germany crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday after a stoppage-time VAR-assisted goal from Kim Young-gwon and a late second by Son Heung-min earned South Korea a famous 2-0 win. The Germans needed to win by two clear goals in their final group F match at Kazan stadium to advance to the last 16….

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Facebook, Google ‘manipulate’ users to share data despite EU law

Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering “invasive” and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice, a government study said Wednesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council found that the US tech giants’ privacy updates clash with the new General Data Protection…

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Germany face day of World Cup reckoning as Brazil target top spot

Germany face their day of reckoning at the World Cup on Wednesday, with the holders needing a clear win against South Korea to be sure of reaching the last 16 after Lionel Messi’s Argentina scraped through to the knockout rounds. Elsewhere in Russia, as the first round draws to a close, five-time winners Brazil need…

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Iceland head home from World Cup, heartbroken but unbowed

  Gallant Iceland headed home heartbroken but unbowed after a premature end to their first World Cup adventure, ruing what might have been after a narrow defeat by Croatia. Iceland caught the public imagination with their fairytale run to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 in France and waltzed through qualifying for Russia, topping their group,…

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Maradona drama is a problem for Argentina and Messi

When Lionel Messi ran to the corner and sank to his knees, the enduring image of Argentina scrambling into the World Cup’s last 16 was set. Their number 10, in the blue and white stripes, his head tilted and fingers vertical, about to be swamped moments later by adoring team-mates. But all those cameras not…

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Poland amends controversial Holocaust law

Poland amended on Wednesday a controversial Holocaust law that sparked outrage in Israel by imposing jail terms on anyone claiming the government was responsible for Nazi German war crimes. The amendment removes fines or criminal penalties of up to three years in prison for anyone found guilty of ascribing Nazi crimes to the Polish nation…

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Not the ‘Australian way’: critics leap on goal-shy Socceroos

Australia’s footballers were urged to rediscover their cutting edge and sense of direction as they headed home after a winless World Cup where they failed to score any goals from open play. National media called it a “meek exit” as the Socceroos, under caretaker coach Bert van Marwijk, lost 2-0 to Peru to finish bottom…

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Trolls in trouble as Twitter to confirm new accounts in spam fight

Twitter on Tuesday said it will begin asking for email addresses or phone numbers to confirm new accounts as part of a battle against manipulation, particularly by automated bots. Adding a way to check that a real person is behind new accounts was described by Twitter as being among measures to fight abuse, trolls, and…

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Treasure trove seized from ex-Malaysian PM worth up to $273 million

A vast trove of items seized in raids on properties linked to Malaysia’s scandal-mired former leader, including cash, jewellery and luxury handbags, are worth up to $273 million, police said Wednesday. The searches, part of investigations into scandal-hit sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, netted 12,000 pieces of jewellery, bags containing almost $30 million in cash across…

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Trump claims victory on travel ban, but border crackdown on hold

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting Muslim-majority nations, but the president’s “zero tolerance” crackdown on illegal immigration was put on hold for lack of places to detain families arrested at the Mexican border. The court ruling handed a major victory to Trump in a tortuous legal battle over…

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Sri Lanka beat West Indies to draw Test series

Kusal Perera battled through the considerable discomfort of a painful chest injury in partnership with namesake Dilruwan Perera to guide Sri Lanka to an historic series-levelling four-wicket victory over the West Indies in the third and final Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Tuesday. Set a target of 144 and resuming on the fourth…

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Iceland crash out of World Cup after Croatia loss

Croatia secured first place in Group D on Tuesday after a hard-fought 2-1 win over gallant Iceland in Rostov, setting up a last-16 tie with Denmark. While most eyes were on Argentina and their do-or-die match with Nigeria in Saint Petersburg, Croatia wrapped up top spot in Group D in Rostov-on-Don thanks to a slick…

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Messi, Rojo rescue Argentina from humiliating early exit

Marcus Rojo’s stunning finish four minutes from time kept Lionel Messi and Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive to see off Nigeria 2-1 on Tuesday and set up a last 16 meeting with France. Messi’s first goal of the tournament got the two-time winners off to a perfect start in Saint Petersburg, but Victor Moses’s 51st…

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Australia bow out as Peru claim World Cup consolation victory

Australia’s World Cup ended with a whimper as goals from Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero gave Peru a 2-0 victory in the teams’ group finale on Tuesday. The Socceroos needed a win to stand any chance of reaching the last 16 for the first time since 2006, but they were undone by Carrillo’s 18th-minute strike…

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France finish top ahead of Denmark after goalless draw

France secured first place ahead of Denmark in Group C on Tuesday following a 0-0 draw in Moscow that could set up a heavyweight World Cup clash with Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the last 16. Didier Deschamps’ side dominated possession but struggled to create any clear-cut chances against a determined Denmark, who will likely meet…

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Spain seek major World Cup improvement

In a chaotic World Cup, Spain have lost a coach and won just one game, but remain ultimately where they want to be after winning Group B in dramatic fashion with the help of VAR. Iago Aspas’s injury time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw against already eliminated Morocco had initially been ruled out by…

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