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Argentina fans speak up after Croatia drubbing, frustrated with two members of the team

Argentina fans shocked but still dreaming of World Cup glory

The realisation that the 3-0 thumping by Croatia — complete with comedy first goal — had left the mighty two-time winners on the verge of a humiliating exit, left some of their fans in tears.
Argentina's forward Lionel Messi reacts at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 21, 2018. Croatia won 0-3. | AFP PHOTO | Martin BERNETTI

Lionel Messi’s Argentina staring at World Cup exit after Croatia humbling

Lionel Messi's Argentina were on the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit on Thursday after they were humbled 3-0 by Croatia on a dramatic day at the World Cup that saw the European side join France in the knockout rounds.
Segun Odegbami and NFF Chairman Amaju Pinnick(in the background) with the Super Eagles

Segun Odegbami: Iceland in trouble, Super Eagles on fire

The Vikings of Iceland that held Argentina to a draw in the first game of Group D in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, will have it tougher with Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the crunch match starting at 4pm today.
Lionel Messi of Argentina

Argentina, Lionel Messi on brink of World Cup exit after Croatia drubbing

Lionel Messi's World Cup dream was left hanging by a thread as Croatia powered into the last 16 with a 3-0 rout of Argentina here Thursday.

Argentina coach to resign after Scotland Test

Argentina rugby coach Daniel Hourcade has announced that he will step down from the role after the final June Test against Scotland in Resistencia next Saturday.

Israel to file FIFA protest against Palestinians over Argentina game

The Israel Football Association announced Wednesday it will file a complaint to FIFA accusing its Palestinian counterpart of pressuring Argentinian players and staff into cancelling a friendly match.

Rafael Nadal loses first French Open set in three years

Rafael Nadal lost a set at the French Open for the first time in three years as Argentinian Diego Schwartzman claimed a surprise 6-4 lead in their quarter-final clash on Wednesday.

Israel blames Palestinians for cancellation of Argentina friendly

Israel on Wednesday blamed Palestinian pressure for Argentina’s cancellation of its World Cup warmup against Israel, a match that had been set for contested Jerusalem.

Palestinian FA: Fans should burn Lionel Messi shirts if he plays in Jerusalem

The Palestine Football Association head has urged fans to burn pictures of Argentina striker Lionel Messi and replicas of his shirt if he plays against Israel in Jerusalem next weekend.

Real Madrid: What will be, will be – Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino responded Friday to speculation that he is Real Madrid's favoured candidate to succeed Zinedine Zidane as coach by saying: "What will be, will be."

Mauricio Pochettino leads race to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

The race to succeed Zinedine Zidane is on following the Frenchman’s shock resignation from Real Madrid on Thursday, only days after steering the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League trophy.

Rafael Nadal powers into French Open third-round meeting with Richard Gasquet

Rafael Nadal stormed into the French Open third round on Thursday as he continued his bid for an 11th title by sweeping aside Argentinian Guido Pella 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.

Argentina coach complains about Israel trip before World Cup

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has complained that his side have to play their final World Cup warm-up match in Israel.

Hernán Crespo: I’m happy to be in Nigeria

Argentina ex-international, Hernán Jorge Crespo, on Saturday in Lagos said that he was delighted to be in Nigeria for the first time as a guest of the Heineken Group.

Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres depart Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in style

Two Spanish giants bid farewell to their boyhood clubs on Sunday as Andres Iniesta waved goodbye to Barcelona and Fernando Torres went out with a bang at Atletico Madrid.

Stars set to say farewell on Spanish La Liga’s final weekend

La Liga’s winners and losers are settled and the European qualification spots decided but for a collection of star players the final weekend of the season will be anything but a dead rubber.

Atletico Madrid bid to erase pain of finals past in Marseille showdown

After painful defeats in recent continental finals, Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid are determined to justify their status as favourites in Wednesday's Europa League showpiece against Marseille in Lyon.

Jose Mourinho: Cristiano Ronaldo key to Portugal’s World Cup chances

Jose Mourinho says Portugal winning this summer's World Cup would be "impossible" if they did not have Cristiano Ronaldo.

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