Football

29th November

Protester with rainbow flag runs onto field at World Cup

A protester ran onto the field carrying a rainbow flag and wearing a blue Superman T-shirt that said “SAVE UKRAINE” on the front and “RESPECT FOR IRANIAN WOMAN” on the back during a World Cup match between...

Cristiano Ronaldo denied goal as Portugal beat Uruguay to reach last 16 of World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo wheeled away in celebration, acting as though he had scored yet another goal at the World Cup. Not this time. Instead, it was Bruno Fernandes eventually credited with the goal that set up Portugal’s 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday, advancing the team into the last 16. Fernandes curled in a cross from...

Loss Triggers Riots

BRUSSELS — Riots broke out in several Belgian and Dutch cities after Morocco’s 2-0 upset win over Belgium at the World Cup on Sunday. Police detained about a dozen people after they deployed water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse crowds in Brussels and eight more in the Northern city of Antwerp. Two police...

Soccer Iran tells Klinsmann to quit FIFA job after ‘outrageous’ rebuke of team

DOHA, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz lambasted German soccer icon Juergen Klinsmann for criticising his team’s World Cup conduct, calling his remarks a “disgrace to football” and urging him to quit his FIFA post, as Iran’s soccer federation demanded an apology. In comments as an analyst with broadcaster BBC, Germany’s 1990 World...

U.S. Soccer briefly removed emblem from Iran flag to show support for protesters

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The United States Soccer Federation temporarily displayed Iran’s national flag on social media without the emblem of the Islamic Republic as a show of solidarity with protesters in Iran ahead of the two teams’ World Cup clash on Tuesday. A now-deleted graphic of the Group B standings posted...

28th November

Ba wins Pacific Community Cup

Ba defeated Nadi 1-0 in the All in One Builders-sponsored Pacific Community Cup at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Nabil Begg, the future star of Fijian football scored in the 17th minute. Ba team manager Azam Ali said they qualified for some semi-finals this season. He said they made it to the semi-final of...

Ba wins in late rally

Ba staged a late rally to down defending champions Labasa 4-2 in the final of the Digicel Women’s Inter District Championship (IDC) at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. The two teams were locked 1-all after 90 minutes, forcing the match into extra time. Vanisha Kumar scored for Labasa in the 51st minute while Lavenia...

Morocco stun European powerhouse Belgium 2-0 in World Cup upset

Morocco pulled off yet another World Cup shock on Monday, and Belgium’s ageing “Golden Generation” took the hit this time. The 2-0 upset left Kevin de Bruyne and the 2018 semifinalists in peril of a group-stage exit at what is likely the final World Cup for a highly-talented Belgian group that haven’t managed to convert their promise...

Argentina assistant coach in tears after Lionel Messi scored against Mexico

As Lionel Messi struggled to hold back his tears, Pablo Aimar let them flow on the bench. Covering his hands with his face, Argentina’s assistant coach, the former player who Messi idolised as a child, was almost hyperventilating with emotion after the goal that kept alive the Albiceleste’s World Cup journey. A sobbing Aimar even had...

Germany score late to salvage 1-1 draw with Spain at World Cup

Germany forward Niclas Füllkrug salvaged a 1-1 draw against Spain on Monday at the World Cup. The Germans still need to win their last group match to have a chance of advancing to the knockout stage. The four-time champions were eliminated in the group stage four years ago in Russia. Germany will next face Costa...

Messi keeps World Cup dream alive with magic strike against Mexico

LUSAIL, Qatar (Reuters) -Lionel Messi kept his dream of winning his first World Cup alive by rifling in the opening goal in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Mexico in World Cup Group C, proving he was far from done in the tournament. The Argentine, competing in his fifth World Cup at age 35, has won every...

Messi brings Argentina to life, but can he match Maradona?

LUSAIL, Qatar (Reuters) – Lionel Messi drew level with Diego Maradona’s number of World Cup goals and appearances on Saturday, but the current No. 10 knows that only winning the trophy at long last will earn him the same eternal love of his fellow Argentines. In the twilight of a career played out in the...

27th November

Reality Check For England

AL KHOR, Qatar- England suffered a sobering reality check as they were outplayed for long periods by a youthful United States side in a tense 0-0 draw in their second World Cup Group B game on Friday. A 6-2 thrashing of Iran on Monday sent fans’ hopes soaring but Gareth Southgate’s side were fortunate not...

Messi helps give Argentina peace of mind with victory over Mexico

LUSAIL, Qatar (Reuters) – Argentina have eased the pressure from their shock opening World Cup defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia by beating Mexico on Saturday and can now approach their final group game against Poland with peace of mind, captain Lionel Messi said. Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 at the Lusail Stadium thanks to...

Iran Delivers Sucker Punch to Wales

AL RAYYAN, Qatar – Iran scored twice after the eighth minute of stoppage time to snatch a stunning 2-0 win over Wales on Friday that breathed new life into their World Cup campaign and left the Welsh flat on their backs and facing a make-or-break decider against England. After Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey was sent...

Show’s Over For Host

DOHA, Qatar — The show is over already for the Qatar team, which was eliminated on Friday from the World Cup less than a week after it opened the tournament and launched the first version of soccer’s biggest event in the Middle East. Qatar lost 3-1 to Senegal for its second straight defeat at the...

Support For Foundation

THE All In One Builders Pacific Community Cup has attracted a lot of funds for the Wows Fiji Kids foundation. America Fiji Sports Commission chairman/president Narend Narayan contributed $1000 to the foundation. Narayan said it was for a good cause. He said they would help Fiji Football Association with their plans. “We have given money...

26th November

Fans asked to avoid offensive chants

DOHA – Ecuador’s football federation urged its fans yesterday to clean up their act after football’s governing body FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings for homophobic slurs during the South Americans’ opening World Cup game against Qatar. Ecuadorean fans were heard insulting Chileans at Sunday’s match, probably in response to Chile’s claim that they had fielded an...

Doan delights in shutting up patronising Germans

DOHA – Japan striker Ritsu Doan said he was particularly delighted with Wednesday’s stunning victory over Germany at the World Cup after being forced to endure patronising comments before he headed to Qatar. Eight members of the Japan squad play their club football in Germany and it was goals from Freiburg’s Doan and VfL Bochum’s...

‘Messi and Neymar are bigger than him’

FRANCE striker Kylian Mbappe is yet to understand that his Paris St Germain teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar are bigger players than him, Brazil defender Dani Alves said, as he urged the 23-year-old to make the most of their time together. Alves shared a dressing room at PSG with compatriot Neymar and a newly-arrived Mbappe...

‘WC help Qatar improve on human rights’

MADRID – Human rights in Qatar will improve as it hosts people from all over the globe for the World Cup, bolstering freedom and tolerance in the country, Spain’s openly gay Sports Minister Miquel Iceta said yesterday. Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country to be picked by world soccer body FIFA to host the...

Restaurant reflects journey

DOHA – A hummus recipe and cashier countertop are the only surviving elements of the original ‘Beirut’ restaurant, which opened its doors in Qatar in 1960 and has since tracked the capital Doha’s metamorphosis from dusty outpost to hosting soccer’s World Cup. Jihad Shahin’s uncle opened the Lebanese restaurant in the old commercial district of...

Neymar to carry on, says coach Tite

LUSAIL, Qatar – Brazilian striker Neymar should be fine to continue in the World Cup despite limping off with a swollen ankle during his team’s 2-0 victory over Serbia yesterday, coach Tite said. “We are confident that Neymar will continue playing, he will continue playing in the World Cup,” Tite told reporters, confessing that he...

Africa still awaits first WC win

DOHA – Two strikes from Ghana yesterday broke the African goal drought at the World Cup but none of the continent’s five teams have been able to post a win in Qatar in stark contrast to their Asian counterparts. Africa has endured poor results and have only as many points as they have goals. Cameroon,...

Uruguay held by South Korea

AL RAYYAN, Qatar – Uruguay faltered in their World Cup opener against a lively and energetic South Korea after they were held to a 0-0 draw yesterday in a contest where both teams struggled to find the clinical edge despite plenty of attacking quality on show. Clear-cut chances were rare for either side in the...

Ronaldo reslishes world cup record

DOHA – Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured) said he was living a “beautiful moment” after becoming the first player to score in five men’s World Cups as he helped Portugal to a 3-2 victory over Ghana yesterday at the start of their campaign in Qatar. “It’s a beautiful moment in my fifth World Cup,” Ronaldo told reporters....

Richarlison turns on style as Silky Brazil sees off Serbia

LUSAIL, Qatar – Brazil outclassed Serbia 2-0 in their World Cup opener yesterday as Richarlison’s second-half goals, including a spectacular overhead kick, propelled the five-times champions to the top of Group G. The Tottenham Hotspur forward has been in fine form when wearing the golden yellow kit of Brazil this year and he opened the...

25th November

Sukuna Bowl: Police too strong in football

The Police side retained the FMF Ratu Sukuna Bowl football title after defeating Army 3-1 at the Buckhurst Park in Laucala Bay, Suva yesterday. Army started well and had a few opportunities from set pieces but failed to capitalise on them. Army captain Christopher Wasasala tried hard but found himself usually isolated while on attack....

24th November

Brazil pleads for respect if players celebrate World Cup goals by dancing

Brazil coach Tite pleaded for “respect” if his players celebrate goals at the World Cup by dancing. Forward Raphinha revealed earlier this week that the team has prepared dances “up to the 10th goal” ahead of Brazil’s debut against Serbia on Friday. Fellow forward Vinícius Júnior was criticised in Spain for dancing after his goals...

Morocco hold Croatia to goalless draw at World Cup

Morocco held 2018 finalists Croatia to a 0-0 draw at the World Cup on Wednesday (Thursday, NZT) in another strong performance by a team from an Arab country. Morocco’s promising performance came 24 hours after Saudi Arabia sparked the first World Cup in the Middle East into life by beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina in one of the...

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