Monday, 18 Oct, 2021


Serbia will be no pushovers against Germany

PORT ELIZABETH: Serbia know there is little room for error after losing their first World Cup match and have warned Germany they will be no pushovers when they meet in their next Group D game (1130 GMT) on Friday. Germany thrashed Australia 4-0 in their opener while Serbia lost 1-0 to

Rooney ready to stop firing blanks for England

RUSTENBURG, South Africa: Misfiring England striker Wayne Rooney may not have found the net for the national team in nine months, but he has retained an utter, if not blind belief, in his potential to score this week. The 24-year-old Manchester United forward told reporters on Wednesday

Swiss celebrate shock win in uncharacteristic style

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Swiss, known for their reserve, exploded with joy at their World Cup team`s upset 1-0 win over Spain on Wednesday, pouring into the streets and snarling up traffic in major cities in the Alpine country. Many fans had expected the Swiss team, known affectionately as

Torres on for Spain after Swiss take shock lead

DURBAN: Striker Fernando Torres came on as a 62nd minute double substitution with Jesus Navas for Spain after the tournament favourites went 1-0 behind to Switzerland in their opening World Cup Group H match on Wednesday. Torres was declared fit after recovering from knee surgery but the

Hosts` dreams in danger after heavy loss

PRETORIA: An inspired Diego Forlan scored twice as World Cup hosts South Africa`s hopes of progressing to the knockout stage suffered a heavy blow with a 3-0 loss to Uruguay Wednesday. A 24th minute strike and then a controversial 80th minute penalty from Forlan, which saw home keeper

Chile take first win for half century

JOHANNESBURG: Chile scored their first World Cup victory for nearly half a century on Wednesday but millions of soccer fans are likely to see more excitement when favourites Spain open their campaign against Switzerland. Chile beat Honduras 1-0 through a lucky goal from Juan Beausejour

Maradona renews South Korea rivalry

JOHANNESBURG: Argentina`s quixotic coach Diego Maradona is to relive an old rivalry when the stylish South Americans take on a South Korea side led by the man who tried to stop him during their 1986 World Cup encounter. In Thursday`s other two games, France need their misfiring strikers

Old foes Maradona and Huh renew battle

JOHANNESBURG: Argentina coach Diego Maradona will see a familiar foe in the opposing dugout when his side face South Korea in their second Group B match at Soccer City Thursday.South Korea coach Huh Jung-moo was the man assigned to stop Maradona when the countries met in their opening

World-Ivory Coast 0 Portugal 0 - result

PORT ELIZABETH: Ivory Coast 0 Portugal 0 World Cup Group G result:At Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. TeamsIvory Coast: 1-Boubacar Barry; 21-Emmanuel Eboue (13-Ndri Romaric 89), 4-Kolo Toure, 20-Guy Demel, 17-Siaka Tiene; 10-Gervais Kouassi (18-Abdelkader Keita 82), 5-Didier Zokora, 19-Yaya

Favourites Spain start their campaign, hosts South Africa back

JOHANNESBURG: Bookies` favourites Spain finally begin their World Cup campaign with an easy-looking match against Switzerland on Wednesday when the vuvuzela decibel levels will soar again for hosts South Africa`s second game.The local Bafana Bafana (Boys) team face a stubborn Uruguay in

Spain coach says Torres and Iniesta fit to face Swiss

DURBAN (Reuters) - Striker Fernando Torres and influential attacking midfielder Andres Iniesta are fit to play against Switzerland in Spain`s opening World Cup match, coach Vicente Del Bosque said on Tuesday. However, Iniesta and Torres, whose goal secured Spain`s Euro 2004 triumph,

Nigeria plan in secret to end Greek odyssey

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa: Nigeria are keeping everyone guessing about their plans for the World Cup Group B match with Greece on Thursday, training in seclusion on the Indian Ocean coast since their defeat by Argentina.Both sides desperately need points from the clash in Bloemfontein`s

Portugal coach anger over Drogba go-ahead

PORT ELIZABETH: Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz hinted on Tuesday that Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba had benefited from special treatment which allowed him to play with a protective cast on his broken arm. Drogba fractured his right arm on June 4 but was given permission to come on as a

Pakistan fall short after heroic Afridi century

DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi narrowly failed to take his team to victory over Sri Lanka with an heroic century in the opening match of the Asia Cup Tuesday. After scoring 242 for nine, Sri Lanka reduced Pakistan to 32 for four before Afridi launched his

Time to beat Bolt or shut up, says Gay

NEW YORK: World 100 metres silver medallist Tyson Gay did not mince his words as he strolled the streets of New York in near anonymity. "It is time for Tyson Gay to put up or shut up," the American sprinter told Reuters. Casually dressed in a white-and-blue shirt and light-coloured

Unsteady France a tempting prey for Mexico

POLOKWANE, South Africa: After ruining South Africa`s opening party plans, Mexico take on an unsteady France side Thursday eager to highlight their growing reputation as World Cup gatecrashers. France`s household names hold no fears for a side who upset champions Italy 2-1 in a warm-up

Podolski at home with Germany`s attacking style

ERASMIA: Germany striker Lukas Podolski`s return to scoring form in the 4-0 win over Australia on Sunday was more a result of the national team`s attacking style than his own improvement, he said on Tuesday. Podolski had to endure months of heavy criticism after scoring just two goals

New Zealand strike late to snatch draw

RUSTENBURG, South Africa: New Zealand defender Winston Reid headed an equaliser in the dying seconds to earn a 1-1 draw with Slovakia and secure his country`s first ever World Cup point in their Group F opener on Tuesday. Fullback Reid popped up to glance a header past Jan Mucha that

Malouda disappointed to be left out but denies row

KNYSNA, South Africa: Florent Malouda has had problems with Raymond Domenech in the past but said on Tuesday that reports he had fallen out with the France coach again since the start of the World Cup were not true. Malouda was left out of the starting lineup for France`s opening 0-0

South Africa over jitters, confident of first win

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa claim they have shrugged off opening day World Cup jitters and will be much more enterprising against Uruguay Wednesday. The players admitted in the wake of their 1-1 draw with Mexico in Friday`s first game of the tournament they were very nervous and fortunate