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Confident Osako ready to take risks against Saudis

/ Nov 14, 2016

Confident Osako ready to take risks against Saudis

Having marked his international return in style with a brace against Oman, Cologne striker Yuya Osako is champing at the bit and said Monday he is ready to take risks if he is picked to play in Tuesday’s crucial final-round World Cup qualifier against ...

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

/ Nov 9, 2016

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

Brazil players have made it clear they will not fear Argentina’s Lionel Messi when the two sides meet for their high-profile World Cup qualifier on Thursday. Messi’s return from injury prompted an exchange between the two sides on Tuesday after Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, ...

England held to draw in Slovenia

/ Oct 12, 2016

England held to draw in Slovenia

England labored to a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia on Tuesday in their 2018 World Cup qualifier with Wayne Rooney dropped to the bench, while title-holder Germany remained firmly on course for the finals. Manchester City reject Joe Hart produced three terrific saves to ...

Okazaki declares himself fit to face Australia

/ Oct 10, 2016

Okazaki declares himself fit to face Australia

Shinji Okazaki will play through the pain in his left ankle and has declared himself ready for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Australia. Okazaki missed training a day earlier with the injury he suffered in Thursday’s home win over Iraq, leading to the possibility ...

Immobile rescues Italy with injury-time winner

/ Oct 10, 2016

Immobile rescues Italy with injury-time winner

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile grabbed an injury-time winner as four-time champion Italy snatched a 3-2 comeback win at Macedonia on Sunday, narrowly avoiding a World Cup qualifying embarrassment. Italy, which had needed a late penalty to salvage a point against Group G rival Spain ...

/ Oct 9, 2016

Kruse says Australia faces a 'massive game' against Japan

Australia will aim to reassert its presence as Asian champion by defeating Japan on Tuesday, when the confederation’s two heavyweights clash in an early showdown of the World Cup final qualifying round. The Socceroos under Ange Postecoglou have continued to build on their Asian ...