by | June 26, 2018 | 03:53

The Switzerland pair are both of ethnic Albanian heritage and celebrated their goals by making a gesture which seemingly symbolised the double-headed eagle on the Albanian flag. "It's not more. I think we don't have to speak about this now". Shaqiri , of Stoke City , was born in Kosovo, while Xhaka parents are Albanians originally from Serbia .

by | June 26, 2018 | 03:45

The Russia 2018 finals has been notable for an extraordinary number of penalties given, at the rate of more than one every two games so far. "We know the difficulties we'll face, they're a big team with very good players". Draws in both games would see qualification determined by goals scored. With a draw against Argentina , it will come down to how Iceland does against Croatia .

by | June 26, 2018 | 03:27

Do you think the South Americans will qualify for the next round? Argentina only qualified for the World Cup due to Messi's heroics in a crunch qualifier against Ecuador, as the Barca star scored a hat-trick to secure qualification.

by | June 26, 2018 | 03:28

CNN in the US reports that the 25-year-old is considering quitting the Egyptian national team, due to "unhappiness" with how the FA have used him for political purposes. The 26-year-old returned 43 goals and 14 assists from 50 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool FC last season, and he was a key player in the club's run to the 2017-2018 Champions League final.

by | June 26, 2018 | 03:17

Obviously the goal we scored in stoppage time was a bit lucky but it is always a result of our belief in ourselves. Germany ideally need to beat South Korea on Wednesday by at least two goals to make sure of a spot in the round of 16.

by | June 26, 2018 | 02:20

Switzerland , which counts among its team a number of players of Balkan origin, beat Serbia 2:1 on June 22, leaving Serbia needing a win against Brazil to advance from the group stages of the World Cup in Russian Federation. World football's governing body said it was also probing Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic for alleged statements made after the game. Serbia refuses to recognise the independence of its former province Kosovo, whose 1.8 million people are mostly ethnic Albanians, ...

by | June 26, 2018 | 01:48

El-Hadary is two years and 158 days older than Colombian Faryd Mondragón, who previously held the record. El Hadary saved Fahad Al Muwallad's first-half penalty but Salem Al Dawsari scored a victor for Saudi Arabia in stoppage time. The game appeared to be on its way to an uneventful conclusion but in the fifth minute of added-on time, Salem Al-Dawsari found the bottom corner from eight yards to give his team a rare win on the global stage.

by | June 26, 2018 | 01:27

Since Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka took over the Lakers' basketball operations more than a year ago, their focus has been on the summer of 2018, and now that it's here the landscape couldn't be lined up any better for them to take advantage.

by | June 24, 2018 | 22:28

The Swiss duo are both of Kosovar-Albanian heritage and the celebrations were perceived in some quarters as being provocative considering the backdrop of tension between ethnic Albanians and nationalist Serbs. "There was also big provocation ahead of the game from them [Serbia], so I think it's normal". Switzerland's manager, who is himself of Bosnian heritage, said: "You should never mix football and politics".

by | June 24, 2018 | 22:00

As Round 1 of the group stage ended on Tuesday, both games in Group H ended with an unexpected result. Australia, who had lost 1-2 to France in their opening match, got their goal from a penalty conversion by captain Mile Jedinak in the 38th minute after Denmark had taken a 1-0 lead through Christian Eriksen in the seventh minute.

by | June 24, 2018 | 21:47

Lewis Hamilton has returned to the top of the Formula 1 world championship table thanks to victory at the French Grand Prix on Sunday. "I only got a few laps in, then we had a water leak which we're now investigating". "I think today sums my season, so far - it was really not my day", he said. Having gone into the race at Paul Ricard a point behind, the result means he has retaken the lead of the title race and is now 14 points in front of Vettel.

by | June 24, 2018 | 21:17

The 24-year-old striker scored a hat-trick for the Three Lions, as Gareth Southgate's side got the better of Panama 6-1 to book their place in the last-16 stage of the competition. Where past England teams might have wilted in warm temperatures, this one pressed with high-tempo intensity to ensure there was no need to scrape a victory like on Monday against Tunisia.

by | June 24, 2018 | 20:46

Only a Germany win will prevent South Korea being knocked out with a group game remaining. Mexico , shock winners over Germany in their opening game, went ahead in the 26th minute when Vela sent goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way from the spot after Andres Guardado's cross hit the outstretched arm of Jang Hyun-soo at close range.

by | June 24, 2018 | 20:27

The Red Bull Racing cars of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fourth and fifth, with the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in sixth. "After the first attempt I saw that we are maybe there", he said afterwards. The duo, having been fitted with a new front wing and right rear tyre respectively plus fresh soft tyres, carved their way up through the field. Vettel had moved up to 11th by the end of the ninth lap, before the penalty, with Bottas 14th.

by | June 24, 2018 | 19:28

He said: 'Obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it's a disadvantage to us. "From our point of view, I don' t expect the media to be supporters of us in terms of the way they work, they are here to work, I know they want us to do well, that's been clear right throughout the tournament".

by | June 24, 2018 | 19:15

Now the men's T20 record stands at 230 for 8, set in the 2016 world series against South Africa . Before this manic day, Women's T20Is had seen only two 200-plus totals in 423 games. These are the joint-most boundaries hit by a batsman in a women's T20I. The final score was 232-3 for England and 228 all out for South Africa .

by | June 24, 2018 | 18:32

Argentina football team skipper Lionel Messi celebrates his birthday on Sunday as he turns 31. The way they looked, I can not see Argentina qualifying now. "He feels it, he feels that more people are expecting much more from him than what's required at Barcelona ". He's no Ronaldo in that regard . On a closer look, scores of fans across the globe are hoping for a good show from Messi in the coming days.

by | June 24, 2018 | 15:41

The notoriously volatile Kyrgios said sorry to the crowd on one occasion after swearing in frustration, then aimed an x-rated outburst towards his coaching team in the courtside players' box. The world No. 21 showed an array of shots that will make him a unsafe opponent in the semifinal as he produced a magical lob, a rasping backhand passing shot and a classic drop shot to unnerve Lopez and take the first set tie-break.

by | June 24, 2018 | 14:23

Bottas felt that he was playing catch up with his Mercedes team mate after missing parts of the the second round of free practice and not running at all in the third round of free practice. Qualifying sixth behind Vettel, the two Mercedes and two Red Bulls, Raikkonen entered the session under added pressure with his Ferrari future up in the air.

by | June 24, 2018 | 12:57

That remains to be seen, but Sexton should be an impact player this season either way. The Cavs have always been interested in Charlotte's Kemba Walker , who will be a free agent after next season, and landing a player of that caliber would send a resounding message to James that they intend to keep chasing championships.