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Honda drives Japan World Cup bid

GEORGE: Exactly a month ago, a majority of Japanese wrote off their team’s chances of reaching the World Cup second round following a dismal 2-0 home defeat to old rivals South Korea in a send-off friendly.

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champions ousted

JOHANNESBURG: Holders Italy made a humiliating exit in the World Cup group stage when they lost 3-2 to Slovakia on Thursday having been largely outplayed.

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India win Asia Cup after 15 years

DAMBULLA: Pace battery led by Ashish Nehra demolished Sri Lanka to help India win the Asia Cup with a comfortable 81-run win on Thursday.
Dinesh Karthik top-scored with 66 as India made 268-6 after electing to bat in the day-night final, before the defending champions and hosts were shot out for 187.

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Paraguay advance as toppers

POLOKWANE: Paraguay topped Group F at the World Cup on Thursday after a drab 0-0 draw with surprise packets New Zealand.

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Brazil, Portugal ready to explode

DURBAN: Pride not pragmatism will be the watchword when soccer powerhouses Brazil and Portugal meet in a mouth-watering World Cup clash on Friday to decide the winners of Group G.

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Proven plan could lift Spain

POTCHEFSTROOM: Spain must ignore external criticism and show faith in the playing style that has served them so well for Friday’s showdown against Group H leaders Chile, according to midfielder Andres Iniesta.

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Ivory Coast need miracle to survive

JOHANNESBURG: Ivory Coast will make one last desperate bid to win a place in the World Cup last 16 on Friday when they face a North Korea side hoping to salvage some national pride in Friday’s Group G finale.

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Swiss need switch from defence to attack

BLOEMFONTEIN: Switzerland’s resolute defence has won many World Cup plaudits though the focus must be on attack when the Swiss face Honduras in their last Group H game on Friday as they bid for a place in the last 16.

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Saligao cruise into Bandodkar finals

VASCO: Saligao United Sports Club, Bardez trounced holder United Club of Nerul 4-2 via tie-breaker to set a date with Nagoa Sporting Club in the finals of the NRB Group 37th Bandodkar Memorial soccer tournament organised by Baina Sports Club and played at MPT grounds here.

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