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Both teams had already won their two games and assured themselves of passage into the round-of-16. "We should now be the most positive we've ever been", he said. "That's normally one of the stories that's always written about every hotel we stay at, there's always something close-by to distract us", Southgate said.
  • Why England and Belgium may not want to win Group G

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    Both will be vying for top spot in Group G as they lock horns in Kaliningrad. "There's no teams that we have been impressed with". Who wins England-Belgium? And where does all the value lie? We know Belgium and England are through to the round of 16, but now we have to see who finishes in first place.
  • Federer's reign as world number one comes to an end

    Federer's reign as world number one comes to an end

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    The opening set went the Croatian's way in a tie-breaker 8-6. The Croatian outsider, ranked 34th, also ended Federer's 20-match win streak on clay, which stretched to June past year. 1 ranking for the sixth time in his career and bask in a record 310th week at the summit. "I played what I thought was my best match of week today". Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion, retired with an elbow injury in the quarter-finals in 2017 as his form continued to sink after the emotional high of ...
  • Japan coach Akira Nishino stands by attacking tactics - 'We wanted to win'

    Japan coach Akira Nishino stands by attacking tactics - 'We wanted to win'

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    This is what the World Cup is all about. He also registered his name in the history books as he became the highest scoring Asian player at the World Cup Finals with 4 goals to his name. The Japan Football Association's decision to replace Halilhodzic with then JFA technical director Nishino came after the Bosnian had apparently marginalized veterans like Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki in the buildup to the tournament.
  • Coach Loew to consider position after Germany's 'deserved' exit

    Coach Loew to consider position after Germany's 'deserved' exit

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    Four-times champions and four-times runners-up, Germany were heavily backed to retain their title and add another triumph to Loew's long list of honours. Kim Young-Gwon scores the opening goal for South Korea in a 2-0 win over Germany . "We were playing for the Korean people", said Cho, a cult figure at home for his ostentatious, orange bouffant.
  • Striker set to sit out England v Belgium clash

    Striker set to sit out England v Belgium clash

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    The top scorer the last time England made the semi-finals, Gary Lineker, said: "England haven't won a knockout game at a major tournament for 12 years and we are discussing playing to lose to avoid a more hard quarter-final". "They were close to the wire against Sweden and they have not been able to break Korea down". Granted, England might not have to lose to finish second.
  • Kyrie Irving Believes LeBron James ‘Definitely’ Should Have Been Named MVP

    Kyrie Irving Believes LeBron James ‘Definitely’ Should Have Been Named MVP

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    Both players have been rumored to be interested in leaving their current teams, while there have also been reports that they are strongly considering staying with those teams. George had only one season remaining on his deal when the Pacers traded him last summer. Both teams also believe a Leonard trade would "likely clinch" a commitment from LeBron James to join the Lakers as a free agent, per ESPN .
  • Hamilton grabs pole, Ricciardo fifth in French Grand Prix

    Hamilton grabs pole, Ricciardo fifth in French Grand Prix

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    The British driver has put himself into position to boost his title defense if he can continue the dominant driving he has shown in the past two days at the track just inland from the Cote d'Azur. Hamilton beat Bottas by 0.118 seconds in a top 10 shoot-out interrupted by a red flag following a crash by Haas driver Romain Grosjean. He told his team over the radio he was unharmed.
  • Germany scores incredible free kick victor in stoppage time

    Germany scores incredible free kick victor in stoppage time

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    Germany boss Joachim Low was pleased that Kroos had the opportunity to make amends. Nothing in this tournament has come easy for Die Mannschaft . South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook looked on from the stands in the Rostov Arena as part of their three-day visit to Russian Federation, but a second consecutive 1-0 defeat leaves the 2002 semifinalists them on the brink of an early exit from the tournament.
  • Lewis Hamilton defends Vettel's error-prone record after crash in France

    Lewis Hamilton defends Vettel's error-prone record after crash in France

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    It's been 10 years since the last French Grand Prix , and nearly 30 years since the last race at the Circuit Paul Ricard . The 33-year-old Englishman was a third of a second clear of Vettel, who had no answer for the Mercedes cars. Good for Mercedes to hold their nerve despite the forecast for rain halfway through the race - they didn't call in their men to change their tyres or tactics.