‘I am strong with a lot of hope’ – Pele

Brazil great Pele says he is “strong with a lot of hope” as he undergoes treatment in hospital in Sao Paulo. In a statement released on Saturday he said messages of support as well as watching Brazil at the World Cup had given him “energy”. Earlier the hospital had said he was “still undergoing treatment and remains stable”. It follows…

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Cameroon beat Brazil but fail to qualify for knockout stage

Cameroon defeated a Brazil side resting a host of regulars but still saw their World Cup campaign ended after an entertaining encounter at Lusail Stadium. Vincent Aboubakar header the winner in stoppage time but his joy immediately turned to disappointment as he was given a second yellow card for taking his shirt off. Cameroon had acquitted themselves well throughout as…

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South Korea beat Portugal to qualify for the next round

Hwang Hee-chan gave South Korea a sensational injury-time victory over Portugal that meant they beat Uruguay to a World Cup last-16 place on goals scored. Hwang ran onto Son Heung-min’s pass in the 91st minute to round off a rapid break and start wild celebrations from his side’s fans in the stands. South Korea had needed to win to stand…

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Dani Alves set to become Brazil’s oldest World Cup

Dani Alves will become Brazil’s oldest World Cup captain against Cameroon on Friday. The 39-year-old full-back, who now plays in Mexico for UNAM Pumas, will wear the armband as manager Tite prepares to make changes. Brazil have already qualified for the last 16 with top spot in Group G guaranteed if they avoid defeat. Alves said: “For me, it represents…

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Belgium’s golden generation fails to mark it’s trail

Romelu Lukaku punched the side of the dugout and was consoled as he sat with his shirt pulled over his head after the 0-0 draw with Croatia and it was clearly an outpouring of frustration for his role in Belgium’s early exit from the World Cup. But perhaps it was also frustration at what feels like an untimely end of…

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Brazil legend Pele admitted to hospital

Brazil legend Pele has been admitted to hospital but his daughter has confirmed there was “no emergency” involved. Earlier on Wednesday, ESPN Brasil reported Pele had been taken to Sao Paulo’s Hospital Albert Einstein with “general swelling”. But Pele’s daughter Kely Nascimento posted on Instagram that there was “no new dire prediction”. Pele had a tumour removed from his colon in…

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Ben White leaves World Cup squad in Qatar due to personal reasons

Defender Ben White has left England’s World Cup squad in Qatar to return home for personal reasons. The Arsenal player is not expected to return for the rest of the tournament, England said in a statement. “We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time,” it added. The 25-year-old has four caps for England but did not make…

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Bale to continue playing for Wales after World Cup

Captain Gareth Bale said he will continue playing for Wales for “as long as I’m wanted” after defeat by England sealed their World Cup elimination. A 3-0 loss at Doha’s Ahmad bin Ali Stadium means Wales end a disappointing World Cup campaign bottom of Group B. Bale, 33, says he will be back for international duty when Robert Page’s side begin Euro…

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Koulibaly on target as Senegal reaches knockout stage

Kalidou Koulibaly scores a nerveless volley sent Senegal into the World Cup’s knockout stages for only the second time in their history as they eliminated Ecuador at a rowdy Khalifa International Stadium. The win means Aliou Cisse’s side finish second in Group A, setting up a last-16 meeting with Group B winners England on Sunday. All three goals came from…

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Juventus entire board announces resignation

The entire board of Italian club Juventus, including president Andrea Agnelli, have resigned. The Serie A club finished fourth in the league last season and made a €254.3m (£220m) loss – a record in Italy. Last November, Juventus said they were co-operating with police after an investigation was launched into the club’s transfers. The investigation concerned “revenues from player registration rights”…

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