Tunisia coach rues influence of “optimal striker” Kane

19 June 2018, 6:40 AM
Tunisia's disciplined defensive formation was gradually worn down by a superior England team and their "optimal striker" Harry Kane...
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A stoppage-time header from two-goal Harry Kane gave England a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday.

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Mourinho expects top nations to recover from slow starts 18 June 2018, 10:08 AM

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Tommy Fleetwood fired a U.S. Open record-tying seven-under-par 63 on Sunday to rocket up the leader board but the Briton's final round surge came up agonisingly short when he finished just one stroke behind champion Brooks Koepka.

Junior Springboks return home with bronze medal 18 June 2018, 8:46 AM

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Captain Kolarov strikes as Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 18 June 2018, 7:17 AM

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Anxiety hit us hard, says Brazil coach Tite after Switzerland draw 18 June 2018, 6:15 AM

Brazil's stuttering performance stemmed from anxiety at playing their first World Cup game, coach Tite said after their 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Group E on Sunday.

Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Group E opener 17 June 2018, 10:37 PM

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Preview: Belgium v Panama Factbox 17 June 2018, 8:56 PM

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Mexico stun holders Germany 1-0 in World Cup opener 17 June 2018, 7:10 PM

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Croatia midfielder Luka Modric suggested that his team's 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday had turned up the heat on Group D favourites Argentina who were held to a tame 1-1 draw by Iceland earlier in the day.

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An own goal and a penalty gave Croatia a comfortable start to their World Cup campaign as they beat a limp Nigeria 2-0 in their Group D clash at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday.

Preview: Germans ready to confirm favourites tag against Mexico 16 June 2018, 9:45 PM

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Preview: Germany v Mexico Factbox 16 June 2018, 9:22 PM

World champions Germany play Mexico in a Group F match in Moscow on Sunday.

Preview: Serbia and Costa Rica bring contrasting styles to dogfight 16 June 2018, 8:28 PM

Serbia and Costa Rica begin their World Cup campaigns on Sunday with the teams likely to adopt contrasting approaches to making the most of their limited resources at the tournament.

Poulsen goal powers Denmark to 1-0 win over Peru 16 June 2018, 8:10 PM

Yussuf Poulsen bounced back from conceding a penalty to score the goal that gave Denmark a hard-fought 1-0 win in their World Cup Group C clash against a Peru side who were left to rue Christian Cueva's costly spot-kick miss in the first half.

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Sampaoli delivers blunt assessment of Argentina’s failings 16 June 2018, 7:56 PM

Argentina were too ponderous in midfield and lacked creativity, coach Jorge Sampaoli said in a blunt assessment of their failure to beat Iceland in their opening World Cup match on Saturday.

Spotlight on Nigeria after Egypt, Morocco fail to register wins in World Cup 16 June 2018, 7:06 PM

With Egypt and Morocco failing to register wins in their opening Fifa World Cup matches, the spotlight from the African perspective will be on Nigeria.

Preview: Croatia and Nigeria fight for life in Group of Death 16 June 2018, 6:27 PM

Dark horse Croatia take on spirited Nigeria in a World Cup opener on Saturday that could leave one side fighting for their tournament lives in the Group of Death.

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Preview: Peru braced for Eriksen challenge on World Cup return 16 June 2018, 4:20 PM

Peru's long-awaited return to the World Cup could turn sour at the Mordovia Arena against Denmark on Saturday if they cannot keep playmaker Christian Eriksen in check and fail to nullify their opponents' height advantage.