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July 1, 2018 1:26 AM Three things we learned from the World Cup today

SAINT PETERSBURG: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were sent packing from the World Cup on Saturday as French wonderkid Kylian Mbappe made his case to follow in their footsteps as a Ballon d'Or contender. Mbappe scored twice as France edged a World Cup classic 4-3 thriller over Argentina to possibly end Messi's last attempt to win a major international 14

June 12, 2018 10:25 AM 'Fiasco': How Saudi players had a rough time in Spain

MADRID: Nine Saudi players loaned to Spanish clubs to improve their level before the World Cup left without hardly playing in what ended up as a "fiasco". "Adapting is difficult," said David Cobeno, sporting director at Madrid-based second division side Rayo Vallecano, which signed 24-year-old Saudi midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Sulayhem. "Everything outside 23

June 7, 2018 12:16 PM Messi woos Griezmann, hopes Neymar stays in Paris

MADRID: With Antoine Griezmann's reported transfer to Barcelona inching closer, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi described the French striker as a "great player", Spanish sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Thursday. "He is clearly a great player," Messi said when asked about the Atletico Madrid striker, although he said he was "not 100% sure" if the French 23

June 6, 2018 8:09 AM Israeli minister slams Argentina team over football cancellation

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday slammed the Argentina national football team over the cancellation of a planned friendly against Israel in Jerusalem, calling it a surrender to hate. "It's a shame that Argentina's footballing nobility did not withstand the pressure from Israeli-hating inciters," he wrote on Twitter in the first 12

April 13, 2018 11:49 AM Champions League semis draw: Bayern v Real Madrid, Liverpool v Roma

NYON, Switzerland: Defending champions Real Madrid will play Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League while Liverpool face AS Roma. Cristiano Ronaldo's Real will go to Bayern's Allianz Arena for the first leg while Liverpool will host Roma at Anfield in their first match, after Friday's draw. Real, who have won the competition 12 times 97

March 28, 2018 1:59 AM Messi absent from Argentina friendly against Spain

Argentina's Lionel Messi in the stands during the match against Spain in Madrid March 27, 2018. —Reuters picMADRID, March 28 — Lionel Messi was left out of Argentina’s squad for their friendly match against Spain yesterday. Messi had been feeling pain in his hamstring and despite coach Jorge Sampaoli insisting on Monday the striker was fit, he did not even make the bench 10

March 23, 2018 12:00 AM Argentina Messi's team not mine, admits Sampaoli

MANCHESTER: Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli accepted on Thursday the two-time world champions' chances at the World Cup in Russia will depend far more on Lionel Messi than his own influence. Sampaoli was drafted in for Argentina's final four matches of a faltering qualifying campaign, but it was Messi's brilliant hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Ecuador in their 27

March 16, 2018 10:04 AM Sponsors, officials get over a third of Champions League final tickets

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in action with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante during their Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain, March 14, 2018. — Reuters picZURICH, March 16 — Sponsors, officials and corporate hospitality programmes have been allocated more than one third of the 63,000 tickets for this year’s 15

March 12, 2018 2:48 PM Iniesta back in training ahead of Chelsea Champions League clash

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal with Andres Iniesta at Stamford Bridge in London February 20, 2018. — Action Images handout via ReutersBARCELONA, March 12 — Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, trained today ahead of Wednesday´s Champions League second leg against Chelsea. Iniesta 33

March 10, 2018 11:06 AM Messi misses Malaga game for ‘personal reasons’

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the second goal against Celta Vigo. Messi will miss their fixture at Malaga today due to personal reasons. ― Reuters picBARCELONA, March 10 — La Liga leaders Barcelona said Lionel Messi will miss their fixture at Malaga today due to personal reasons, with Spanish media reports saying it is due to the birth 19