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  • Impressive Belgium put five past Tunisia

    Impressive Belgium put five past Tunisia



    Premier League pair Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both score twice as Belgium all but secure qualification with victory over Tunisia.

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  • Glimmer of hope as Nigeria wins Iceland, Owerri fans say

    Glimmer of hope as Nigeria wins Iceland, Owerri fans say


    occer enthusiasts in Owerri have re-awakened their confidence in the Super Eagles after their 2-0 victory over Iceland on Friday.

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  • World Cup: Social media agog for ‘King Musa’

    World Cup: Social media agog for ‘King Musa’



    Idris Adesina

    The social media on Friday went wild over Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa, who scored a brace in Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Iceland in their 2018 World Cup Group D tie at the Volgograd Arena.

    Musa’s goals gave Nigeria the three points which kept the country’s hopes of qualifying from Group D alive after their 2-0 loss to Croatia in their opening match last Saturday.

    On various social media platforms, Nigerians expressed their excitement and praised the Leicester City forward in different forms. On Instagram, Musa gained over 30,000 followers after the match.

    On Twitter, Reno Omokri, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, said Musa made Nigerians happy with his five-star performance.

    He wrote, “Ahmed Musa once again proved that talents abound in all parts of Nigeria and that no part of Nigeria will lose out if we restructure and replace ethnicity with merit. If not for this Northerner, Nigeria would have had little hope in this #RussiaWorldCup2018. All Nigerians matter.

    “Ahmed Musa has brought more joy to Nigerians in 90 minutes than Buhari has brought to Nigeria in three years. No blame game. No excuses. The guy just scored. And to prove it was not a fluke, he scored again.”

    Popular disc jockey DJ Spinall promised to play for Musa for free in appreciation for the feat.

    He wrote, “Dear Ahmed Musa, you brought joy to the whole continent! On behalf of the entire country, I say a big THANK YOU. I owe you two free gigs!!! God bless the Super Eagles.”

    Political analyst and critic Japhet Omojuwa wrote, “That first touch for Ahmed Musa’s 1st goal? That control? If you have that level of control over your destiny, forget it, you are made for life! See first touch! Go get your PVC. Ahmed Musa 2019.”

    Musician Innocent Idibia, who is popularly called 2Baba, posted a video of Musa’s first goal with the tweet, “Ahmed Musa is a go. Nigeria is a go.”

    Popular television presenter Frank Edoho also wrote, “Iceland’s thunderclap received a clap back today. Well done, Boys! Ahmed Musa was immense and because of that I am free of Ghana’s insults! Go Eagles!”

    Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media Bashir Ahmad wrote, “Ahmed Musa, Nigeria’s highest goal scorer at the #WorldCup with 4 goals. First Nigeria’s player to score in two #WorldCup. #NGA.”

    Also, on several platforms, a picture of the forward announcing him as a presidential candidate, who should be voted for, spread like wildfire on Friday with the tag ‘Change the Formation 2019. Ahmed Musa for President’.

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  • Shaqiri scores 90th-minute solo winner for Switzerland against Serbia

    Shaqiri scores 90th-minute solo winner for Switzerland against Serbia



    Switzerland take a huge step towards the last 16 of the World Cup as Xherdan Shaqiri scores a 90th-minute winner against Serbia.

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  • World Cup last 16 qualifiers

    World Cup last 16 qualifiers


    Teams that have qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup after two group matches and those have been eliminated:

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  • Serbia vs Switzerland: Swiss line-up unchanged for Serbia showdown

    Serbia vs Switzerland: Swiss line-up unchanged for Serbia showdown



    Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic named an unchanged side for Friday’s Group E match against Serbia after his side earned a creditable draw with five-time winners Brazil in their World Cup opener.

    Serbia, who won their first game against Costa Rica thanks to a stunning free-kick from captain Aleksandar Kolarov, made one change for the match in Kaliningrad, with- winger Adem Ljajic making way for Hamburg’s Filip Kostic.

    Valon Behrami, who marshalled Brazil’s star forward Neymar for much of the night in Rostov-on-Don, was fit enough to start after recovering from a hamstring niggle.

    He will likely be charged with negating the threat from Serbia’s rising star, Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

    The rangy playmaker has drawn comparisons to Serbian legend Dejan Stankovic and has reportedly attracted the interest of Spanish giants Real Madrid.

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    Serbia

    Vladimir Stojkovic; Branislav Ivanovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Dusko Tosic, Aleksandar Kolarov; Dusan Tadic, Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Filip Kostic; Aleksandar Mitrovic

    Coach: Mladen Krstajic (SRB)

    Switzerland

    Yann Sommer; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schaer, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez; Xherdan Shaqiri, Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber; Haris Seferovic

    Coach: Vladimir Petkovic (SUI)

    Referee: Felix Brych (GER)

    (AFP)

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  • Halle Open: Roger Federer beats Matthew Ebden to reach semi-finals

    Halle Open: Roger Federer beats Matthew Ebden to reach semi-finals



    Roger Federer beats Matthew Ebden to win his 19th successive match on grass and reach the last four of the Halle Open.

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  • Busted flush : Japan fans spark plumbing pinch in World Cup loo dash

    Busted flush : Japan fans spark plumbing pinch in World Cup loo dash


    Armchair Japan fans following their team’s 2-1 World Cup win over Colombia risked triggering a plumbing disaster of biblical proportions when millions rushed to the toilet at half-time.

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  • Nigeria vs Iceland: Rohr banks on Musa as Ighalo, Ndidi rally Eagles

    Nigeria vs Iceland: Rohr banks on Musa as Ighalo, Ndidi rally Eagles



    Festus Abu, Volgograd

    Ahmed Musa will be handed a starting for the Super Eagles in their crucial Group D role 2018 World Cup clash against tournament debutants Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday.

    A positive result will help Nigeria revive their chances of progressing to the Round of 16 of the championship, after their opening day defeat by Croatia in Kaliningrad on Saturday.

    READ ALSO: Iceland duo wary of ‘strong’ Eagles

    Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has been under pressure to  make a few tweaks to  his line-up for today’s fixture, with  Leicester City flop Musa getting a starting  job after impressing in a cameo  in the 2-0  defeat to  the Croats at the packed  Kaliningrad Stadium.

    Also in line for a starting spot is versatile Israel-based midfielder John Ogu, who is needed for  a dirty job against the fierce-tackling Nordic opponents, who nullified the threat posed by Lionel Messi in their opening game against Argentina in Moscow on Saturday.

    Musa, who spent half of last season on loan at CSKA Moscow, where he spent four seasons, winning the Russian Premier League title thrice, is very popular in Russia.

    Many of   his fans were surprised that their 25-year-old hero started the match against Croatia from the bench, and the 64-year-old has allegedly been under pressure from the team to abandon his 4-2-3-1 approach in favour of a 3-5-2 formation with Musa working to  create chances for Odion Ighalo or Kelechi Iheanacho.

    Also, some sections of the Russian media have mounted on Rohr to start  the former Kano Pillars star, saying his combination with Victor Moses will help the Eagles unlock the well-organised Iceland defence.

    The Nigeria manager had promised to consider starting Musa as he was not satisfied with his team’s attack against Croatia.

     “He has a chance to start the next game, we will see,” Rohr said.

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    “Everything is still possible. If we win the next game, all is possible in order to qualify.”

    Meanwhile, China-based forward Odion Ighalo and England-based midfielder Wilfred Ndidi have issued rallying calls to their teammates ahead of today’s must-win encounter against plucky Iceland.

    The players, who expressed disappointment over their loss to Croatia,  vowed that the Eagles would give everything to bag three points to  keep their World Cup hopes alive.

    Ighalo, who predicted a tough game against the tiny country, said they would attack from the referee’s sound of the whistle.

    Leicester City’s Ndidi, who promised victory in the clash, called for fans to believe in the national team.

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  • Travelers Championship: Rory McIlroy one shot off first-round lead

    Travelers Championship: Rory McIlroy one shot off first-round lead



    Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is one stroke off the lead in the first round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

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