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Krul was well-prepared for their penalties: Van Gaal


Dutch coach Louis van Gaal’s audacious move in substituting his goalkeeper for the penalty shoot-out in the World Cup quarter-final victory over Costa Rica has earned widespread praise. The victory set up a mouth-watering last-four meeting with Argentina, as the goalkeeper he sent on, Tim Krul, proved the hero of …

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Netherlands deal Costa Rica a ‘Krul’ hand to march into World Cup semis


Super-sub goalkeeper Tim Krul was the hero as the Netherlands ended their penalty shoot-out jinx to beat Costa Rica and set up a World Cup semi-final showdown with Argentina on Saturday. Dutch coach Louis van Gaal stunned onlookers at Salvador’s Fonte Nova Arena by bringing on Krul to replace Jasper …

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Floodlights light up Lyari


Keeping up with the Fifa World Cup fever, youngster Junaid Tariq and his Azad Baloch FC teammates are participating in the Play for Peace Football Tournament with seven other teams at the dimly lit Gabol Park at the edge of Lyari’s Union Council (UC) 10 and UC 11. They defeated …

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Lightning-fast Kvitova claims Wimbledon crown


Petra Kvitova stormed to her second Wimbledon title in the shortest women’s final since 1983 as the Czech sixth seed crushed Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday. Kvitova, who first won Wimbledon in 2011, took just 55 minutes to end her three-year wait for a second grand slam crown, …

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Neymar is always being hunted, insists Scolari


Neymar has been ‘hunted’ throughout the World Cup, said Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari as his superstar striker was ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a fractured vertebra in the early hours of Saturday. Neymar was carried off in agony after a heavy challenge from Juan Camillo …

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Luiz leads Brazil into semis despite Neymar loss


Brazil defeated Colombia 2-1 and Germany beat France 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday to set up a heavyweight semi-final showdown. An early goal from Brazil skipper Thiago Silva and a stunning free-kick from David Luiz was enough to give the World Cup hosts victory over Colombia in …

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Football: No Neymar, no party for Brazil


The hangover from a World Cup quarter-final win over Colombia was a little more potent than Brazil expected as it awoke on Saturday still dealing with the news star striker Neymar will play no further part in the tournament. The 22-year-old suffered a broken vertebrae in the 2-1 win over …

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Rest of the World 293-7 against MCC


The Rest of the World scored 293 for seven in their full 50 overs against MCC in the Lord’s bicentenary one-day match on Saturday. India’s Yuvraj Singh top-scored with 132 after the Rest of the World had collapsed to 68 for five in the face of Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal’s …

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Aisam, Dushevina crash out of Wimbledon mixed double semis


Aisamul Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and his Russian mixed doubles partner Vera Dushevina lost their semi-finals at Wimbledon on Saturday. The duo were beaten in straight sets 7-5 and 6-2 by Serbian Nenad Zimonjic and his Australian partner Samantha Stosur.  The duo had previously beaten British partners Neal Skupski and Naomi …

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Illegal World Cup ticket sales spark probe


Brazilian authorities investigated on Wednesday whether members of the Brazilian, Argentine and Spanish football federations were involved in the illegal sale of World Cup tickets after police dismantled a scalping gang. The brother and agent of Brazilian football star Ronaldinho, Roberto de Assis Moreira, will be questioned in the case, …

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