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Russia 2018: Osako's header stuns 10-men Colombia as Japan win 2-1

FC Köln's forward Yuya Osako struck late as Japan kick-started their Russia 2018 World Cup with a 2-1 win over Columbia in Group H.


Japan opened the scoring through a penalty caused by Carlos Sanchez who deliberately blocked the shot with his hand from the effort of Shinji Kagawa.

The captain Kagawa stood up and converted the penalty to give his side the early lead.

Carlos Sanchez was sent off as a result of the handball in the 18-yard box which became the second quickest red card in the history of the World Cup.

After Japan had taken the lead, the Colombian's grew and began committing more men forward which eventually paid off in the first
half as Juan Quintero's clever rolling free kick from just outside the penalty area sneaked inside the post, just past the outstretched hand of Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, to level things up before the break.

Japan capitalised on the red card by pressuring the Colombians in the second half. Finally, Yuya Osako popped up with a
vital header which sealed the victory for the Japans.

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Japan top the group as Senegal play Poland later.

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Russia 2018: Kane strikes late as England beat Tunisia 2-1

England captain Harry Kane struck a late winner as England beat Tunisia 2-1 in a Group E game of Russia 2018.


England one of the favourites for the tournament got off to a flying start.

Harry Kane who is a predator in the box latched onto a rebound in the 11 minute to give England the lead.

The English dominated large portions of the game until an elbow from Kyle Walker to the face of Tunisian player Ben Youssef resulted in a penalty.

Tunisian midfielder Ferjani Sassi stepped up and converted the spot-kick in the 35th minute.

Tunisia held their own and drew 1-1 at halftime.

England started the second half a bit dull but came to life in the latter stages as they threw everything at the Tunisian defence.

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The winner came in added time after Harry Kane connected to a header from Harry Maguire to win it 2-1 for England.

Africa are still without a win as Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia have all lost their opening games.

Senegal will play Poland on June 19, 2018.

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CEO of Ebusua Dwarfs Nana Aidoo passes on

Chief Executive Officer of Cape Coast side Ebusua Dwarfs Nana Aidoo, has passed on this morning, June 18, 2018.


The astute football administrator passed on today after battling with illness for over a year.

News of his demise has now spread through the football fraternity and stakeholders of the game are in great shock.

Nana Aidoo has been the club's major financier, providing financial support through the most difficult times of the club.

Ebusua Dwarfs are one of the oldest football clubs in Ghana and have one league title which they won in 1966.

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His death comes as a major blow to the club as he is the backbone of the Cape Coast side.


Maradona: Argentina are a 'disgrace' and Sampaoli 'can't go home playing like that'

Argentina legend Diego Maradona says the team's draw with Iceland was a "disgrace" and warned manager Jorge Sampaoli "he can't come back to Argentina" playing like that.


Lionel Messi missed a penalty as his side were surprisingly held by debutants Iceland in their opening Group D game on Saturday.

Maradona, a former national team coach, watched on at the Spartak Stadium.

"I get the feeling there's an anger at the heart of the team," he said.

 

Argentina took the lead through Sergio Aguero in the 19th minute but Iceland, playing at their first ever finals, levelled four minutes later through Alfred Finnbogason.

"It's a disgrace. Not having prepared for the match knowing that Iceland are all 1.90m tall," the 1986 World Cup winner told Venezuelan television.

Messi said it "hurts" to have had his penalty saved

Messi was looking to match the impact his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo has made on the tournament - the Portuguese scored a sensational hat-trick against Spain on Friday night.

But his 63rd-minute spot kick was saved by Hannes Halldorsson and he struggled to break down a well-organised Iceland defence.

Diego Maradona"I don't blame the players. I could blame the lack of work rate. But I can't blame the players, much less Messi, who gave it all he had," said Maradona.

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"I missed five penalties on the spin and I was still Diego Armando Maradona. I don't think that they dropped two points because Messi missed a penalty," added the 57-year-old, who led Argentina to the quarter-finals in South Africa in 2010.

Argentina play Croatia in their next game in Saint Petersburg on 21 June.

Source: BBC

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Mohamed Salah receives huge cake for his birthday

After he was forced to watch Uruguay steal a last minute winner from the bench on his birthday, a group of fans from Chechnya managed to get a smile from Mohamed Salah as they gave him a gigantic cake to celebrate the occasion.

Kwesi Nyantakyi says Anas demanded $150k to drop #12 Video

Embattled former Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi in a leaked statement has revealed that a third party representing investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas requested $150k to drop #12 Video expose.


In a long statement purported to be from the former CAF vice, he said he rejected the offer because he did not have the money at the time of the request.

Kwesi Nyantakyi who resigned after he was handed a 90-day ban by FIFA is also demanding the entire recording made by Anas.

“Let me also confirm that there was a demand on me through a third party to part with $150k for Anas to drop the videos on me. I didn’t have the said amount of money to meet his demand.

“My humble request to the Ghanaian public now is this, having heard my side, whatever your view is, please tell Anas to let you have the benefit of the full video devoid of his prior commentary and advice. You are capable of understanding things yourself.

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“Unfortunately, I do not have a video to show you because I dealt with people I trusted to be businessmen because they were introduced to me by a person I knew well. I have learnt the bitter way that the fact you trust someone does not mean you must trust who they trust.”

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