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June 29, 2018 10:24 AM Iran striker retires at 23 over World Cup criticism

TEHRAN: Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun has announced his retirement from international football aged just 23, saying criticism from fans of his performance at the World Cup had harmed his mother's health. Azmoun, a rising star, who with 11 goals had been Iran's top scorer in qualification for the finals in Russia, drew brickbats from fans after he failed 25

June 28, 2018 4:17 PM Turkey's Gama said in talks with TNB, others for sale of its 50.5% stake in energy unit

ISTANBUL: Turkish conglomerate Gama Holding is in talks with Malaysia's Tenaga Nasional BHd (TNB) and other potential buyers about a sale of its 50.5% stake in its Gama Enerji energy unit, three sources said, as part of a US$1 billion (RM4 billion) debt restructuring. Gama, which has businesses spanning oil, cement, petrochemicals and natural gas, is the latest 10

June 26, 2018 11:57 PM 'Compliments don't win games' as Australia bow out with Peru defeat

SOCHI: Australia's outgoing coach Bert van Marwijk was left with mixed feelings after seeing the Socceroos bow out of the World Cup with a 2-0 defeat against Peru in Sochi on Tuesday. Van Marwijk's team were again made to pay for their lack of a cutting edge and succumbed to goals from Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero for the already-eliminated South 77

June 26, 2018 5:15 PM Australia bow out as Peru claim World Cup consolation victory

SOCHI, Russia: Australia's World Cup ended with a whimper as goals from Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero gave Peru a 2-0 victory in the teams' group finale on Tuesday. The Socceroos needed a win to stand any chance of reaching the last 16 for the first time since 2006, but they were undone by Carrillo's 18th-minute strike and Guerrero's goal early in the second 26

June 26, 2018 3:19 AM World Cup records: video referee speeds along penalty tally

Cristiano Ronaldo's missed penalty for Portugal against Iran on Monday was the 19th spot-kick of the World Cup so far - with the video assistant referee helping to ensure a record tally even before the end of the group stage. The previous record was 18 penalties in 1990, 1998 and 2002 but that mark has been reached with only 36 of 64 games played in Russia 34

June 25, 2018 11:48 PM Portugal concede late penalty as Uruguay await in last 16

SARANSK, Russia: Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty before Portugal conceded an injury-time spot-kick in a 1-1 draw with Iran at the World Cup on Monday as the European champions set up a last-16 clash with Uruguay. Ricardo Quaresma curled in a trademark 'trivela' goal on the stroke of half-time at the Mordovia Arena, but Karim Ansarifard's late penalty 28

June 25, 2018 1:42 AM Portugal ready for 'tough battle' with Iran

SARANSK, Russia: Portugal boss Fernando Santos predicts a "tough battle" in Monday's decisive World Cup group game against Iran as both countries chase a place in the last 16. European champions Portugal are level with Spain on four points at the top of Group B and need a draw to guarantee qualification. Iran, who beat Morocco in their opening game before 92

June 24, 2018 1:01 PM Nigeria captain Mikel set to play despite hand fracture

Volgograd, Russia (dpa) - Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel is expected to play in his country's World Cup game against Argentina despite fracturing a bone in his hand, coach Gernot Rohr said. Mikel suffered the injury in stoppage time in the 2-0 win over Iceland in Volgograd on Friday. However the 31-year-old midfielder could play wearing a cast, Rohr said in a video 120

June 24, 2018 12:47 PM Sweden midfielder Durmaz lambasted and supported over Germany foul

Stockholm (dpa) - Sweden midfielder Jimmy Durmaz on Sunday received a stream of supportive messages after being slammed for conceding a free-kick that gave Germany a last-gasp 2-1 victory at the World Cup in Russia. Durmaz, who came on late in the second half, fouled Germany's Timo Werner near the Swedish penalty box, resulting in a free-kick that Toni Kroos 38

June 24, 2018 9:50 AM US tells Syria rebels not to expect help against army assault

BEIRUT: The United States has warned rebels in southern Syria that they should not expect military intervention if government troops launch an assault against them, a rebel commander told AFP Sunday. Russian-backed government forces are preparing an offensive to retake Syria's southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida, still mostly held by rebels who had been backed 52