Belgium Shatters Brazil’s Dream For Sixth Football World Cup Title

New Delhi:The hope of Brazil winning the sixth title has ended by a 2-1 defeat in Kazan as Belgium booked a World Cup semi-final against France.Brazil, ranked second in the world by FIFA, were the last remaining non-European team in the tournament after Les Bleus knocked out Uruguay in Friday’s first quarter-final.

But Tite’s men, who badly missed the suspended Casemiro, were soundly beaten by third-ranked Belgium thanks to a pair of goals before the break at the Kazan Arena, despite the Selecao mounting a second-half fightback.

Fernandinho turned a corner into his own net to put Belgium in front, with a superb counter-attack extending their advantage.


K L Rahul Breaks Jinx With A Hundred Against England In Opening T20 Three-Match Series

New Delhi:Indian batsman KL Rahul has heaved a sigh of relief after finally breaking his chain of half-centuries with a sublime hundred against England in the opening T20 International of the three-match series.

He scored 101 not out off 54 balls to help India beat England by eight wickets, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Until Tuesday, Rahul had gone 564 runs without breaching the three-figure mark.

His last hundred also came against England, in the fifth Test at Chennai on December 16, 2016, wherein he scored 199 runs. Since then, he had scored 10 Test half-centuries, one ODI half-century and three T20I half-centuries as well as two half-centuries for Karnataka in the 2017-18 Ranji season and six half-centuries for Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 IPL. The right-handed batsman finally broke the jinx at Manchester.


Ronaldo Gets An Offer To Leave Real Madrid To Join Italian Champions Juventus

New Delhi:Ace footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has received an offer to leave Real Madrid and join Italian champions Juventus. Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds ($105.65 million), is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and has won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.

Despite the glut of silverware, however, the five-times world player of the year has had frequent fallouts with Real and has declared on several occasions that he wants to leave the club.


England finally to face World Cup quarterfinal clash against Sweden

New Delhi: England finally broke their penalty shootout voodoo at major tournaments as Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca and Eric Dier held his nerve to help Gareth Southgate’s side beat Colombia 4-3 in penalties and set up a World Cup quarterfinal clash against Sweden, at the Otkritie Arena here on Tuesday.

After goals from Harry Kane and Yerry Mina, the proceedings had been levelled at 1-1. Jordan Henderson had his effort saved in the shootout while Matesu Uribe hit the bar for Colombia before Pickford kept Bacca’s shot out. Dier finished off the tie by scoring his.

The game had been off to a cagey start as Colombia sat deep and England, despite their pace, offered little penetration going forward.


Nacer Chadli Scores In Dying Seconds Against Japan To Snatch A 3-2 WinFor Belgium

New Delhi: Substitute player of Belgium team Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds against Japan to snatch a 3-2 comeback win on Monday and set up a clash with five-time champions Brazil.Belgium threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

The distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui early in the second half, fell to the turf after Chadli poked the ball home from Thomas Meunier's cross four minutes into added time at the Rostov Arena.

Belgium, who had taken a conservative approach to the game, got back into contention with late goals by Jan Vertonghen and substitute Marouane Fellainibefore Chadli struck.