Russia 2018 World Cup: Good football not names will decide Group D’s fate — Moses

Russia 2018 World Cup: Good football not names will decide Group D’s fate — Moses Super Eagles attacking midfielder, Victor Moses said there wasn’t any reason for Nigeria to be jittery over the Group D pairings of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Victor Moses Moses who helped the Super Eagles to qualify for the Russia 2018 tournament stated that the outcome of the group will be determined by the teams that played good football and it wasn’t about names. Nigeria will open its World Cup account against Croatia, before playing…

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Portugal showdown as world cup draw throws up Spain

Portugal showdown as world cup draw throws up Spain Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will come up against Spain in the standout fixture of the 2018 World Cup group stage, while England were handed an encounter with a dangerous Belgium side in Friday’s draw. Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, have been revitalised under Julen Lopetegui after underperforming in recent years and were seen as the team to avoid after missing out on a place among the top seeds. It was Portugal, the reigning European champions, who were handed an Iberian derby…

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2018 World Cup Draw: Spain get Portugal, Nigeria face Messi

2018 World Cup Draw: Spain get Portugal, Nigeria face Messi The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s European champions Portugal in an exciting draw for the 2018 tournament in Russia on Friday. Neymar’s Brazil meanwhile will have to negotiate a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as they seek a sixth title. Holders Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea as they try to retain the title for the first time since Brazil in 1962. Lionel Messi and his Argentina…

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Talking points for this week’s qualifiers

Six talking points ahead of the European World Cup qualifiers before the final two rounds are played between October 5 and 10. PLAYOFF LOOMS FOR EDGY ITALY Barring major surprises, Italy will finish as Group G runners-up behind Spain and will have to face the uncertainties of the perilous playoff round – a prospect that has fans and media on edge. Italian federation president Carlo Tavecchio has described the possibility of the four-time champions not qualifying as “the Apocalypse.” He even suggested Fifa should change the rules in the future…

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World Cup: Argentina struggle to draw Venezuela

Argentina struggled to a 1-1 draw with Venezuela here Tuesday which left the South American giants’ 2018 World Cup qualification hopes hanging in the balance. A second-half own goal from Venezuela defender Rolf Feltscher spared Argentina’s blushes after the visitors had taken the lead through Jhon Murillo. The result left Argentina in fifth place in the South American standings with 24 points from 16 games. The top four finishers in the table qualify for next year’s final automatically, while the fifth place team faces a two-leg playoff against New Zealand.…

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Tottenham Hotspurs, Serge Aurier lashes out at media

Tottenham Hotspur new recruit Serge Aurier says he got a rough deal from the media during his often controversial time at Paris Saint-Germain. The hugely talented Ivorian right-back joined Spurs for £23 million on transfer deadline day last week. “I wasn’t thought highly enough of and I wasn’t respected,” said the 24-year-old whose deal was complicated by his two-month suspended prison sentence for assault on a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May 2016. “The thing with the police was blown out of proportion by the European media,” Aurier…

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Leicester City face a fight with Fifa to register Adrien Silva

Leicester face a fight with Fifa to secure the immediate availability of Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva after reportedly missing the deadline to register their new signing by just 14 seconds. Craig Shakespeare’s side agreed a £22 million deal with Sporting Lisbon for the 28-year-old on August 31, the final day of the summer transfer window. But Leicester had to request an extension to complete the necessary paperwork and Fifa are reported to have told the Premier League club they did not receive it in time. Contacted by AFP on Wednesday,…

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AC Milan defender, Andrea Conti suffered an ankle sprain

AC Milan defender Andrea Conti suffered an ankle sprain playing his first senior international match for Italy, the Serie A team confirmed on Wednesday. The 23-year-old right-back made his Italy debut in Tuesday’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Israel in Reggio Emilio but was forced off the pitch and replaced by Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta. “(Conti) suffered from a slight sprained ankle,” AC Milan said in a statement, adding he would “be monitored and if necessary will undergo further medical examination in the next few days”. Conti, who joined Milan…

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Cape Verde minus key trio for Bafana

The Cape Verde Islands must do without captain Babanco for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against South Africa after he was cautioned in the match between the two countries in Praia on Friday and picked up an automatic one-match suspension. It will come as a blow to the team as Babanco is the most experienced player in the team with almost a decade of international football behind him. Cape Verde, World Cup, Bafana His absence is added to that of defender Vally, who had to leave the field early on Friday…

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Super Eagles almost sure of World Cup ticket – Daniel Akpeyi

Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has said the side have gradually achieved 98% qualification to the upcoming 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia. The Eagles were forced to a 1-1 draw by the African champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, on Monday in Yaoundé in the group’s reverse fixture clash of the World Cup qualifying race. The three-time African champions whitewashed the Cameroonians with four unreplied goals on Friday in Uyo. Akpeyi said that the Eagles’ overall performance in the double-header against Cameroon has given the nation the edge to…

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