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  • Capital Sports: Egypt did not want to ‘risk’ Salah, says coach Cuper
    Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah had to settle for a place on the bench as Egypt look to ease him back in after his injury. Photo/AP YEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 15 – Mohamed Salah was kept on the bench in Egypt’s opening World Cup defeat against Uruguay on Friday because the team did not want to risk...
  • Capital Sports: Fake Nigeria World Cup jerseys fly off the shelves
    It seems there’s a replica top to suit all pockets in the bustling markets, which also do a thriving trade in everything from fake Gucci swimming trunks to Kanye West Yeezy sneakers. Photo/COURTESY LAGOS, Nigeria, June 15 – In Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos, the question isn’t whether you’re going...
  • Capital Sports: Five WCup questions Germany must answer
    Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil reacts during a training session in Vatutinki, near Moscow, on June 13, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. VATUTINKI, Russia, June 15 – Holders Germany start their World Cup campaign on Sunday against Mexico in Moscow having won just one of...
  • Capital Sports: Iran bans public World Cup screenings
    Iran fans follow the game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on a giant screen at the FIFA Fans Fest in Saint Petersburg on June 14, 2018© AFP OLGA MALTSEVA TEHRAN, Iran, June 15 – Authorities in Tehran cancelled plans to allow families to watch Iran’s World Cup football opener against Morocco on...
  • Capital Sports: FIFA probes empty seats at World Cup match in Yekaterinburg
    There were rows of empty orange seats at the freshly rebuilt arena in the industrial city, situated in the Ural Mountains. Photo/COURTESY MOSCOW, Russia, June 15 – FIFA is investigating why Egypt and Uruguay were playing in front of thousands of empty seats at their World Cup match in Yekaterinburg...
  • Capital Sports: Uruguay leaves it late to edge out Egypt
    Uruguay celebrating after scoring late against Egypt. Photo/GETTY YEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 15 – Jose Gimenez was the unlikely 89th-minute match winner as Uruguay defeated an Egypt side shorn of star man Mohamed Salah 1-0 in their World Cup opener on Friday. Uruguay’s deserved last-gasp victory...
  • Capital Sports: Gerrard not concerned with shadow cast by Celtic
    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he won’t obsess about Celtic © AFP / ANDY BUCHANAN GLASGOW, United Kingdom, Jun 15 – New Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he will not be preoccupied by Celtic as he concentrates on making Rangers a force to be reckoned with. “I think for me it is important not...
  • Capital Sports: Lekuta out to emulate namesake Rudisha
    Solomon Lekuta celebrates after winning the 800m race during the Athletics Kenya trials for the IAAF World Under-20 Championship at the Kasarani Stadium on June 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 15- Africa Under-20 800m champion Solomon Lekuta is eager to follow in the footsteps...
  • Capital Sports: Croatia take on Nigeria in Russia’s European bolthole
    Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr talks to Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi in their World Cup training camp © AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI KALINIGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Former World Cup semi-finalists Croatia take on African powerhouses Nigeria in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on Saturday in their...
  • Capital Sports: School of hard knocks leaves England toughened for W. Cup
    England’s Jesse Lingard is in Russia after a breakthrough season with Manchester United © AFP/File / GLYN KIRK SAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 14 – England’s young guns are talking about emulating Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves but four years ago they watched the World Cup on the back of...
  • Capital Sports: Time for France to show world-class pedigree
    France forward Antoine Griezmann (left) and midfielder Paul Pogba train in Russia © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFE KAZAN, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – The ego-driven problems of the past that saw France players go on strike at the 2010 World Cup are well and truly consigned to the past as the latest crop...
  • Capital Sports: England hope to turn tables in second Springboks Test
    England’s winger Brad Shields (R), seen with teammtes during the captain’s run at the Saint Stithians College in Johannesburg on June 8, 2018, on the eve of their first Test match against South Africa © AFP/File / Christiaan Kotze JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jun 15 – England have turned to snakes...
  • Capital Sports: Shellshocked Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat
    Fernando Hierro was appointed this week after Julen Lopetegui’s abrupt sacking. © AFP / Adrian DENNIS MOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Spain and Portugal clash on Friday in an early highlight of the World Cup in Russia as the Spanish camp insist they are united despite this week’s extraordinary...
  • Capital Sports: Saudi thumping offers little hope for Asian upturn in Russia
    Asian anguish: Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 thrashing by Russia got Asia’s World Cup off to a terrible start © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZ SAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Asia’s quartet of World Cup representatives failed to deliver a single victory four years ago and hopes of a turnaround in Russia...
  • Capital Sports: Eriksen-inspired Denmark out to spoil Peru’s W. Cup return
    Peru’s forward Paolo Guerrero (C) vies for the ball with teammates during a training session at the Arena Khimki stadium, outside Moscow, on June 11, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. © AFP / YURI CORTEZ SARANSK, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Paolo Guerrero will look to prove his drug-ban...
  • Capital Sports: Uruguay star Suarez in final shot at World Cup redemption
    Uruguay forward Luis Suarez chasing World Cup redemption © AFP / JORGE GUERRERO YAKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Luis Suarez will be chasing redemption on Friday when Uruguay face Egypt in his first World Cup appearance since being thrown out of the tournament in 2014 for biting Italian...
  • Capital Sports: Messi, the superstar illuminating a small Russian town
    Lionel Messi and Argentina have sprinkled stardust over a small Moscow town not used to such celebrity © AFP/File / JUAN MABROMATA BRONNITSY, Russian Federation, Jun 15 – Lionel Messi’s arrival in Bronnitsy, a quiet town with 20,000 residents some 50km southeast of Moscow, has brought an...
  • Capital Sports: Griezmann staying at Atletico, ends Barca speculation
    I’m staying: French forward Antoine Griezmann says he will still be an Atletico Madrid player next season © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYS MADRID, Spain, Jun 14 – French striker Antoine Griezmann announced on Thursday he was staying put at Atletico Madrid in an eagerly awaited decision that ends intense...
  • Capital Sports: Three things we learned from W. Cup day one
    Flying start: Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the World Cup © AFP / Alexander NEMENOV SAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 14 – Hosts Russia got the World Cup off to a flying start by hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game in Moscow. Fears that Russia may become...
  • Capital Sports: ‘One of saddest days of my life’- Lopetegui on Spain sack
    Tearful: Real Madrid´s newly-appointed coach Julen Lopetegui © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZO MADRID, Spain, Jun 14 – Julen Lopetegui said Thursday that being sacked as Spain coach was the “saddest day” of his life since the death of his mother and defended his move to Real Madrid, saying it was done in an “...

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