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Brazil blame spoilsport opponents for poor display

JOHANNESBURG: Brazil are blaming North Korean “spoilsport” tactics for their dismal opening World Cup performance but have promised to do better next time — if future opponents are more obliging.

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World Cup still struggling to catch fire

CAPE TOWN: Five days and 14 matches in and the World Cup is struggling to live up to its billing as the planet’s premier football tournament featuring the top names
in the game.

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Bullish Argentina face S Korea

JOHANNESBURG: Argentina coach Diego Maradona will see a familiar foe in the opposing dugout when his side face South Korea in their second Group B match at Soccer City on Thursday.

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Sehwag, Gambhir tame Bangladesh

DAMBULLA: India’s quest for the Asia Cup got off to a perfect start with the title contenders steamrolling Bangladesh by six wickets in a lop-sided match and also pocketing a bonus point on Wednesday.

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Confident Mexico determined to upset France

POLOKWANE: A French team in disarray will face a Mexico lineup which is growing in confidence in a Group A match on Thursday that could be crucial in determining who progresses in the World Cup.

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‘Pele should go back to museum’

PRETORIA: Argentina coach Diego Maradona hit out at Brazilian legend Pele and UEFA president Michel Platini as the war of words between the former playing greats continued on Wednesday.

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Nigeria, Greece battle to avoid exit

BLOEMFONTEIN: Nigeria and Greece go into their match Thursday knowing that defeat in Bloemfontein will almost certainly spell the end of their World Cup dreams after damaging opening defeats.

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Saligao United in semis

VASCO: Saligao United beat St Savio Calangute 2-0 to enter the semi-finals of 37th Bandodkar memorial soccer tournament at MPT grounds on Tuesday.

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Steyn leads SA to win over Windies

PORT OF SPAIN: Fast bowler Dale Steyn starred again as South Africa secured a 163-run victory over the West Indies in the opening Test on Sunday.

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