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Amazing: One-legged Chinese footballer wins hearts

SHANGHAI: A one-legged footballer has captured the hearts of millions of Chinese fans after a widely circulated video showed him holding his own against able-bodied opponents and scoring a rasping right-footed drive. The exploits of 21-year-old He Yiyi, who lost his leg to childhood cancer and uses crutches to support himself when playing, have earned…

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Nigeria clinch stunning win over Argentina

MOSCOW: Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi scored twice as¬†Nigeria¬†stunned Argentina 4-2 in Krasnodar on Tuesday, while Sergio Aguero was reportedly taken to hospital after fainting in the dressing room. Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega and Manchester City striker Aguero¬†fired Argentina, playing without the rested Lionel Messi, into a 2-0 lead after 36 minutes. But Leicester City striker…

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Football: Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

MILAN: Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0…

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Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify

MILAN: Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. The four-time champions dominated possession but struggled to create enough clear-cut…

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Happy Ronaldo welcomes home baby girl

Flanked by his wife, the renowned football star Cristiano Ronaldo recorded a live video after the birth of his daughter and gave his fans a chance to catch the foremost glimpse of little Alana Martina. This is his fourth child. Watch how he voiced his joy over the arrival of newcomer in the family.

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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes father for fourth time

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo announced on Sunday that he had become a father for the fourth time after girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to a baby girl, Alana Martina. “Alana Martina has just been born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great. We are all very happy,” the beaming 32-year-old footballer wrote on Twitter,…

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Football: Qualifiers for 2018 World Cup

PARIS: The 26 nations that have already booked their place for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after Morocco and Tunisia qualified on Saturday: Europe: Belgium, England, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Russia (as hosts), Serbia, Spain, France, Portugal Africa: Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia Asia: Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea North, Central America and Caribbean:…

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Football: Morocco, Tunisia take different paths to World Cup

JOHANNESBURG: North African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes Saturday as they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Morocco scored twice within five minutes through Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia during the opening half to triumph 2-0 in the Ivory Coast and win Group C. The “Atlas Lions” are going back to…

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New boys impress as England hold Germany

LONDON: England debutants Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye as Gareth Southgate’s injured-ravaged side played out a 0-0 draw with world champions Germany in Friday’s Wembley friendly. Everton goalkeeper Pickford, 23, made a number of smart saves, while 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan at Crystal Palace, produced an assured display…

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Italy lose to Sweden in FIFA World Cup play-off first leg

STOCKHOLM: Sweden claimed a precious 1-0 first-leg victory over Italy in their World Cup play-off at Stockholm on Friday, leaving the four-time champions in danger of missing the tournament for the first time in 60 years. Substitute Jakob Johansson grabbed the only goal of a scrappy game in the 61st minute with a low strike…

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Italy’s proud FIFA World Cup record in danger

PARIS: The last burst of qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup allows some nations a chance to dream, but for football aristocrats Italy, the next few days are a potential nightmare. The last nine places in Russia will be settled in seven frantic days starting on Thursday. There are four berths up for grabs…

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Tottenham stun Madrid, join Man City in last 16

PARIS: Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions on Wednesday as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City.

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Watch: Paris St. Germain, Manchester United win in UEFA Champions League

European football clubs Paris St. Germain, Manchester United and Bayern Munich won their UEFA Champions League matches against Anderlecht, Benfica and Celtic whereas Barcelona were held to a goalless draw. Chelsea were humbled 3-0 by Roma in their match.

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Saudis to allow women into sports stadiums from 2018

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will allow women into three sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move that would open up the previously male-only venues to families. The kingdom, which has some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women, has long barred women from sports arenas by strict…

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Indonesian footballer dies while playing

JAKARTA: Indonesian football was in mourning on Monday after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate. Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday’s accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues. Video footage showed the father of two clutching…

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FIFA suspends Pakistan Football Federation

FIFA has decided to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated 10 October 2017 on account of undue third-party interference. The Bureau took this decision as a result of the fact that the PFF offices and its accounts remain in…

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Football: US fails to qualify for World Cup 2018

The United States failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 on Tuesday, crashing to a shock 2-1 defeat against already-eliminated Trinidad and Tobago. In a result that will be viewed as a catastrophe for soccer in the United States, Trinidad took all three points via an Omar Gonzalez own…

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Football: Australia end Syria’s fairytale run in play-offs

Veteran striker Tim Cahill scored deep into extra time to take Australia a big step closer to next year’s World Cup and end war-torn Syria’s fairytale run in the play-offs on Tuesday. Cahill, 37, cancelled out Omar al-Soma’s opener in the first half before he leapt to head Australia’s precious second goal in the 109th…

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Football: Spain qualify for 2018 World Cup

ALICANTE : Spain secured their place at the World Cup finals in Russia next year as goals from Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago Alcantara ensured a comfortable 3-0 win over Albania from a match laced with political tension on Friday. La Roja shrugged off the distractions of a turbulent week off the field caused by Catalonia’s…

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Football: Defending champions Germany qualify for World Cup

BELFAST: Defending champions Germany secured their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 victory away to Northern Ireland in Belfast on Thursday. Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner scored first-half goals and Joshua Kimmich netted a late third as Germany made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C…

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Italy unveil new four-star logo ahead of 2018

ROME: The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on Monday unveiled its new logo with four stars representing the country’s World Cup triumphs ahead of the 2018 finals in Russia. The Azzurri won the trophy in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 and are second only to Brazil who lead the way with five titles. “The FIGC’s new…

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