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Mexico Stun Defending Champions Germany 1-0 At The Luzhniki Stadium

New Delhi: Mexico team showed how well-prepared his side was as Mexico’s frenetic counter-attacking football saw them stun defending champions Germany 1-0 at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday evening. Juan Carlos Osorio had made the most rigorous preparations for his Mexico team going into the World Cup. They played 68 games since 2015, the most by any of the 32 teams at the tournament.

Mexico began with a counter-attack in the very first minute of the game. Hirving Lozano’s shot was deflected for a corner-kick but the move got the Mexican fans going early on.

Germany responded almost immediately. Timo Werner found himself open in space towards the right side of Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa but his shot across the goal missed the target by a couple of feet.

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Ronaldo Scores Free Kick To Complete A World Cup Hat-Trick In A 3-3 Draw Against Spain

New Delhi: Portugalcaptain Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning late free kick to complete a World Cup hat-trick and rescue a dramatic 3-3 draw in an enthralling Group B match against Spain. In by far the best game of the tournament so far, Spain forward Diego Costa notched a double before Nacho put them 3-2 ahead with a brilliant third only for Ronaldo to snatch a point.

Ronaldo became the fourth player to score in four World Cups after UweSeeler, Pele and MiroslavKlose. He had also scored in the last four European Championship tournaments.

Spain were still reeling from the remarkable decision to fire coach JulenLopeteguion Wednesday, after the federation said he had negotiated a contract to take over at Real Madrid without their knowledge and replaced him with Fernando Hierro.

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Russia Thump Saudi Arabia 5-0 In Opening Match Of Tournament In Moscow

New Delhi: Denis Cheryshev struck twice for Russia as the World Cup hosts thumped Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the tournament in Moscow on Thursday. Iury Gazinsky scored after 12 minutes and Cheryshev added a second before the break after coming on as an injury replacement for Alan Dzagoev.

Artem Dzuyba netted a third before terrific late efforts from Cheryshev and Aleksandr Golovin wrapped up Russia's first win since October to launch their Group A campaign in style.

Russia headed into the curtainraiser at the 80,000-capacity Luzhniki, the crucible of Russian and Soviet sport, without a victory in over eight months and ranked a lowly 70th in the world.

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Rahane Says, India Is Not Taking Afghanistan Lightly In Its Test Debut

New Delhi:Skipper AjinkyaRahanehas assured his side is not taking Afghanistan lightly and will be ruthless against them in their maiden Test starting at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.

Rahane, filling in for ViratKohli, said while it’s an honour to be part of the historic Test, his side will focus on their strengths.“As a Test team, we cannot take anyone for granted. We just want to go out there and play our best, the way we have been playing throughout the season, especially in this format. Yes, we are going to focus on our strengths and our positives, without thinking about Afghanistan.

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Karthik Does Not Have Any Qualm in Losing Test Spot To M S Dhoni

New Delhi: Eight years down the line, following the hard grind of domestic cricket and on-and-off call ups to the India team, the 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik has yet another chance due to Wriddhiman Saha’s injury as India host Afghanistan for the latter’s first-ever Test starting Thursday. It was in January, 2010 when Dinesh Karthik had last played a Test.

Karthik had no issues over losing his Test spot to MS Dhoni, even admitting that perhaps he wasn’t playing that well. With the Test whites beckoning again, Karthik looked at ease and admitted he had persevered due to the love of the game.