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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, who ...

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 deny ...

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 that ...

Postecoglou tips Cahill to inflict more misery on Japan

/ Oct 10, 2016

Postecoglou tips Cahill to inflict more misery on Japan

Australia is poised to unleash its Japan specialist Tim Cahill on the Samurai Blue on Tuesday, when the two Asian giants clash in a highly charged World Cup qualifier at the Etihad Stadium. The 36-year-old Cahill has tormented Japan over the years since the 2006 ...

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 on ...

/ 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 Cup ...

Japan confident of rebounding against Thailand

/ Sep 5, 2016

Japan confident of rebounding against Thailand

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic believes his players have the quality and experience to get their World Cup qualification back on track with a win against Group B outsider Thailand at Bangkok's Rajamangala National Stadium on Tuesday. Japan is under pressure to rebound from a shock ...