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Portugal break the jinx
Portugal 2 Iran 0
Portugal qualified for the World Cup knockout stages for the first time in 40 years on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Iran.
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Bits and Bobs
Storm sweeps Germany
Afp, Berlin

Violent storms swept across Germany, currently hosting the World Cup, causing millions of euros of damage and leaving several people injured by

Angola stay alive
Angola's coach called for more ambition from his team after a battling draw with Mexico gave the World Cup make-weights a shot at an unlikely place in the last 16, second round.
Japan v Croatia
Injury worries plague preps
Fitness fears gripped both Japan and Croatia as they geared up for a must-win match here on Sunday to keep alive their World Cup targets of at the very least surviving the first round.
France v South Korea
Victory is a must
Anything less than victory against table toppers South Korea on Sunday will leave France perilously close to crashing out of the first round for the second successive World Cup.
Brazil v Australia
Another chance for Hiddink
Coach Guus Hiddink says the big-match occasion of facing champions Brazil demands the strongest Australian team he can field for Sunday's enthralling Group F World Cup game of contrasts here.
Big boys reasserting
A generational shift is under way among the players but it is increasingly clear there will be no big shake-up in football's world order as the major powers reassert their authority after the shocks of
Champs relishing challenge
Ronaldinho is braced for a clash of styles when Brazil face Australia in their World Cup Group F clash in Munich on Sunday.
WC Briefs
David Beckham is a reason why England have not shone in two laboured wins to date, according to Argentine 1978 world champion Osvaldo Ardiles.
Thuram reaching 'unwanted' record
Lilian Thuram was never particularly interested in Marcel Desailly's national record of 116 caps, which he should match on Sunday when France play South Korea in their second World Cup Group G game.
Lee promises heroics
Masterful shot-stopper Lee Woon-Jae has pledged to put his body on the line to prevent the Thierry Henry led French attack from scoring against South Korea in their vital Group G encounter on Sunday in
Her Wish Fulfilled...

Third Eye
With the way the world is nowadays, too often terms like 'perfection' are used to describe even half-way decent performances by teams.
Leading Scorers
World Cup leading scorers after the Iran-Portugal match on Saturday:
2 - Bravo (Mexico), T.

Tharanga ton boosts SL
Upul Tharanga's one-day international best of 120 was the centrepiece of Sri Lanka's 257 for nine against England at Lord's here Saturday.
Imran leads from front
Tushar Imran led from the front with a brilliant hundred as Bangladesh A made a bright start to the opening four-day match against Zimbabwe A at the Mutare Sports Club yesterday.
BFF-TFA camp on
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and Tata Football Academy (TFA) of India have jointly organised a training camp for the top four finishers of this year's school football competition at the Birshreshtha
Nippon ready to attack
Japan coach Zico has added two attack-minded players to his line-up in a bid to get the goals he needs to keep the Asian champions's World Cup hopes alive in their second game against Croatia here onSunday.
Japan lack maturity: Troussier
Philippe Troussier, who coached Japan to the second round in their last World Cup, said Friday the struggling team still lacked the maturity and "aggressiveness" needed to play internationally.
Nakata talks the talk
Japan's midfield star Hidetoshi Nakata, who acts like a drill sergeant for the struggling Asian champions, also talks no nonsense with media off the pitch.
WC quotes
"Defeated and humiliated."
Headlined in Politika newspaper, after Serbia and Montenegro were thrashed 6-0 by Argentina.
"We were playing six-a-side football.

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The artiste and architect
Argentina's artistic midfielder Juan Riquelme seemed like a discrete presence in the 6-0 drubbing of Serbia-Montenegro but it was enough to earn the Man of the Match award in a game brimming with talent.
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Eastern hopes fading fast
Thank God for the Czechs is the cry from the former Eastern bloc after a disastrous set of results so far at the World Cup which signals a further decline in their once powerful footballing fortunes.
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France were tensed
France felt pressure in their World Cup opener because they feared a repeat of their 2002 fiasco, defender Willy Sagnol said on Friday.
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Time-out for cricket
As soon as practice ended Friday, Stern John broke out the cricket bat and began a lighthearted game with his Trinidad and Tobago teammates.
Brac Bank Cup
Security breached
Beximco Pharma annihilated Securex by a massive 20-0 margin on the second day of the BRAC Bank Cup five-a-side football tournament at the International School Dhaka's (ISD) indoor facilities yesterday.
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Lahm keeping feet on the ground
Both Diego Maradona and Pele, arguably the two greatest ever footballers, have showered high praise on Philipp Lahm but the Germany left back vowed to keep his feet rooted to the ground for the WorldCup.
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Marco hails fighting spirit
Dutch coach Marco van Basten hailed the fighting spirit of his young team after they scraped past a gallant Ivory Coast for a 2-1 win here that ensured the Oranje a passage to the last 16.
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Argentina eye path to glory
Argentina are cautiously eyeing the path ahead in the 2006 World Cup despite a dazzling display to secure qualification from Group C with a 6-0 humiliation of Serbia-Montenegro.
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Xavi enjoying spotlight
Argentina's crushing 6-0 defeat of Serbia and Montenegro could have a positive effect on the ambitions of fellow World Cup contenders Spain, according to Barcelona midfielder Xavi.
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Fiesta in Argentina
World Cup fever really has hit Argentina. Soccer-mad Argentines rallied gleefully in the streets and whipped up a blizzard of confetti after their team scored the most lopsided victory in Germany, a 6-0 rout of Serbia-Montenegro on Friday.
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A place in the sun
Brazil came to the World Cup with a clutch of stars so numerous the joke was their reserves could, given the opportunity, make a decent fist of defending the title.
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All about nicknames
Germany and England beware. Ecuador are about to unleash Bam-Bam, Long Legs, Kangaroo and The Infallible as they plot their way through the World Cup second round.
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Becks a model dad
England football captain David Beckham is an ideal role model for modern fatherhood, the leader of the world's Anglicans said in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.
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Klinsmannia sets in
Franz Beckenbauer has been at every match so far in the World Cup, but for the moment his thunder is being stolen by national coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Journo receives death threat
A local journalist has received death threats due to his report on a World Cup ticketing fraud in which he said some 1,000 Croatians living in Germany were cheated, his daily said Saturday.
Lara's plea ignored
An appeal from West Indies captain Brian Lara for more teeth in his bowling attack has again fallen on deaf ears.
ICC refutes Asian claim
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is offended by claims it is biased against Asian countries, chief executive Malcolm Speed said on Saturday.
Ahn eyes stardom
Goalscoring hero Ahn Jung-Hwan believes South Korea can frustrate France in their vital Group G encounter on Sunday and then hit them on the break.
'We need flair'
France need to add a touch of Gallic finesse to their trademark defensive displays if they are to go a long way at the Word Cup, coach Raymond Domenech said on Thursday.
Malouda fit for debut
France midfielder Florent Malouda, whose World Cup adventure started in pain, said on Friday he was fully fit and ready to play.
Serbian press laments
Serbia-Montenegro's 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Argentina at the World Cup was received as a national catastrophe at home Saturday, with newspapers slamming the side across their front pages.
Ibrahimovic doubtful
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be forced to miss his country's Group B decider against England because a groin injury is not responding to treatment, coach Lars Lagerback said on Saturday.
Brazil vulnerable: Viduka
Brazil showed in their hard-pressed 1-0 World Cup win over Croatia that they are vulnerable, Australian skipper Mark Viduka said here Friday.
Cahill wants a shot at Brazil
Australia's two goal hero from their opening 3-1 victory over Japan Tim Cahill begged coach Guus Hiddink on Friday for the chance to face five-times champions Brazil in Sunday's eagerly-awaited GroupF
Vieri fuels Sampadoria speculation
Monaco striker Christian Vieri has reportedly e-mailed crisis-ridden Italian club Sampdoria expressing his interest in a move to the Serie A side, the club claimed on their website.
Gerrard vows for improvement
England midfielder Steven Gerrard admitted that his side have no chance of winning the World Cup unless they improve quickly.
Health scare for Nakamura
Japanese playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura gave the Japanese camp a scare on Friday when he went down with a cold two days ahead of the crucial World Cup tie against Croatia.
Bosses under pressure
Australian bosses came under pressure Saturday to give bleary-eyed Socceroos fans a day off work next week after Australia's early morning World Cup clash with Brazil.
Arena dismisses war analogy
An analogy by USA reserve forward Eddie Johnson comparing the World Cup to war has been exaggerated, USA coach Bruce Arena said here Friday on the eve of a must-win match against mighty Italy.
Condoleezza calls for better show
United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice doesn't know much about non-American football. But she does know USA better raise their game if they hope to stay in the World Cup hunt.
It's simply Kahn-tastic!
Uzbekistan may not be playing at the World Cup but two fanatical football fans completed a remarkable 6,500 kilometres bike journey to Berlin to get the autograph of their hero Germany goalkeeper Oliver
Maradona fined for speeding
Argentinian legend Diego Maradona was fined by German police for speeding as he drove back to his hotel after watching his nation thrash Serbia and Montenegro in the World Cup, a report said on Saturday.

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Argentine star Diego Maradona joined the long list of great players to miss a penalty when he failed from the spot during his country's 3-2 penalty shoot-out win over Yugoslavia in the 1990 World Cup.

(Spain's star striker)
"It's a great victory for the start of the World Cup, but we have to go step by step. It will boost our confidence, but let's not get carried away. It's just the start."
After beating Ukraine 4-0 in their World Cup match.