Monday, 18 Oct, 2021


Japan victorious as Cameroon Lions sleep

BLOEMFONTEIN: Japan ended a dismal run of results to record their first World Cup victory on foreign soil on Monday with surprise 1-0 Group E victory over one of Africa`s brightest hopes Cameroon at the Free State stadium. Makeshift striker Keisuke Honda`s 39th minute goal ended a dismal

Feeble Italy escape with 1-1 Paraguay draw

CAPE TOWN: Shot-shy Italy needed a scrambled second-half equaliser by Daniele De Rossi to snatch a 1-1 draw with Paraguay after the South Americans had looked like pulling off a shock victory in their World Cup opener Monday. Antolin Alcaraz thumped in a header after 39 minutes after the

Chile seek first World Cup win in 48 years

NELSPRUIT: Chile face Honduras in their opening Group H match on Wednesday on the 48th anniversary of their last World Cup victory with a golden opportunity to rid themselves of an unwanted record. It was on June 16, 1962, that the hosts beat Yugoslavia in the third-place playoff in

North Korea face Brazil in daunting return

JOHANNESBURG: Secretive North Korea make a first return to the World Cup since 1966 on Tuesday but could hardly face a bigger challenge than five-times champions Brazil. Hoping to recapture the form that famously took them to the quarter-finals in England back then, the ultra-defensive

Bring on the Americans, says Slovenia

POLOKWANE, South Africa: Slovenia are growing in confidence at the World Cup having beaten Algeria and seen England and the United States take points off each other in the opening round of Group C matches. Their 1-0 win over the Algerians on Sunday was their young nation`s first World

Defeats piling up for vulnerable looking Federer

LONDON: Roger Federer said he was not worried by his shock defeat against Lleyton Hewitt on Sunday in Halle even though a disturbing trend is developing for the Swiss. Suddenly, players that he had long held in his pocket are beating him and, with Wimbledon fast approaching, arguably the

Police use teargas on disgruntled World Cup workers

DURBAN: South African police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of workers protesting over pay in the early hours of Monday outside the stadium where Germany had just trounced Australia in their World Cup opener. Riot police sporting body armour, helmets and guns chased

New Zealand aiming to wipe out bad memories

RUSTENBURG: New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert leads his team into their opening Group F match against Slovakia on Tuesday hoping to spring a surprise and erase painful memories of the 1982 tournament in Spain. As a 21-year-old defender in New Zealand`s only previous World Cup appearance,

Germans rip Australia apart in opener

DURBAN: Germany began their quest for a fourth World Cup in devastating style Sunday with a thumping 4-0 victory over Australia in their opening Group D match. With a fluent performance fitting for the first match of the tournament at the magnificent Moses Mabhida stadium, the youngest

Germany confident of cracking defensive walls

DURBAN: Germany coach Joachim Loew is confident his team can avoid the fate of France in being frustrated by a defensive-minded opponents when they take on Australia in their opening World Cup encounter on Sunday. France were held to a goalless draw by Uruguay in their tournament opener

Football fans run riot as outages mar their mirth in Dhaka

DHAKA: Soccer fans ran riot through different areas of the capital city on Saturday night in a violent protest as power outages shut them off from the World Cup match between Argentina and Nigeria. The protestors ransacked vehicles in Jatrabari, Mirpur, Bangshal and Sabujbagh areas after


JOHANNESBURG: Along with Portugal`s Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi`s ball skills are one of the most eagerly awaited sights of this World Cup. Interest in Argentina is equally focused on ever-controversial manager Maradona. The inexperienced and quixotic coach`s questionable decisions were

Argentina in winning start with Messi show

JOHANNESBURG: Diego Maradona`s Argentina dispelled doubts about their World Cup-winning potential as they put a poor qualifying campaign behind them to beat Nigeria 1-0 with a brilliant performance from Lionel Messi on Saturday. Argentina scored early in the Group B game through defender

Capello to speak with Green before keeper decision

RUSTENBURG: England manager Fabio Capello will talk to Robert Green before deciding whether to keep faith with the goalkeeper whose embarrassing gaffe on Saturday handed the United States a 1-1 draw. Green let a simple shot from Clint Dempsey slip through his hands and trickle into the

Dutch must guard against over-confidence

JOHANNESBURG: Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk`s side face two dangers when they start their World Cup Group E campaign at Ellis Park on Monday -- opponents Denmark and the possibility of being too confident. The Dutch, who sealed a place in the finals after winning all their

Quicksilver Messi worth weight in gold

JOHANNESBURG: Lionel Messi answered the key question for Argentina with a display full of artistry and guile in Saturday`s 1-0 win over Nigeria, showing even without scoring himself he can carry the team at this World Cup. While his coach Diego Maradona did his utmost to grab the

In-form Paraguay hoping to catch Italy cold

CAPE TOWN: Holders Italy, written off at home as no-hopers to retain their world title and traditionally slow starters, are in danger of being caught napping by in-form Paraguay in their Group F opener on Monday (7:30 p.m. British time).Coach Marcello Lippi has kept faith with the bulk of

Steyn and Morkel put South Africa in command

PORT-OF-SPAIN: South Africa took control of the first test against West Indies on Saturday after pacemen Dale Steyn, who reached 200 test wickets, and Morne Morkel had skittled the hosts for 102 on the third day. South Africa, with a first innings lead of 250, declined to enforce the

Slick South Korea make sloppy Greece pay

PORT ELIZABETH: South Korea chalked up the first win of this year`s World Cup finals with a fluent 2-0 victory over a Greece side that paid a heavy price for defensive frailties in their Group B opener on Saturday. The Koreans, who reached the semi-finals in 2002 as co-hosts, scored a

Spain set to pass first-round test

JOHANNESBURG: Spain`s Group H opponents have one simple problem at this World Cup -- how do you score goals if you cannot get the ball off them? An uncannily gifted generation of midfielders can pass the best teams in the world into submission and Switzerland, Chile and Honduras will