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Andreas Granqvist’s second-half penalty leads Sweden over South Korea

9:53 AM ET ESPN staff Andreas Granqvist scored a 65th-minute penalty awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR) as Sweden began their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over South Korea on Monday at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. The penalty was the second awarded by VAR in three days as Antoine Griezmann’s first-half attempt was granted via review in the first half of France’s 2-1 win against Australia on Saturday. Referee Joel Aguilar did not grant the penalty after a tackle by Kim Min-Woo on Viktor Claesson, but after the review and the decision, Granqvist finished into the lower right corner with Jo Hyeon-Woo diving the opposite way. Sweden throughout much of the first half, and Marcus Berg nearly put his side up first in the 21st minute, but Jo stopped his close-range s...

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Abubakar commiserates with victims of torrential downpour in Bauchi

By Charles Agwam – Bauchi Following the devastating effect of yesterday’s torrential rain, the governor of Bauchi state, Bar. Muhammad Abubakar has embarked on a tour round the affected communities to commiserate with the victims. Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State The governor, on Sunday, accompanied by the Emir of Bauchi, Dr. Rilwanu Adamu, commissioners, and other top government functionaries visited the affected communities which include; Miri, Bauchi Television, and Abubakar Ali Tatari Polytechnic. Others are railway road, Kobi and Bakin kura streets. He assured the victims of government support to alleviate their sufferings while encouraging Builders to erect stronger structures during construction. “We will do our best to assist the victims of this unfor...

Trump: Germans ‘turning against their leaders’ over immigration

US President Donald Trump waded into the political crisis facing Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday, declaring that the German people were “turning against their leadership” over immigration. Trump “We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!” he said in a pair of tweets. Trump’s highly intrusive comments came as Merkel was fighting to save her coalition government amid demands by her interior minister to turn back immigrants at the border. They also came as Trump faces mounting pressure of his own to halt a widely condemned US policy of separating children from immigrant parents attempting to cross the US border. “The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition,” he ...

Paul Pogba: I am world’s ‘most criticised player’ after Man United transfer

ESPN FC’s Janusz Michallik feels France’s midfield lacks a true leader which could be detrimental to their World Cup hopes. Frank Leboeuf joins the ESPN FC crew to talk about France’s underwhelming display and what must be done to play to their potential. Stephanie Brantz caught up with Julien Laurens after France squeezed past Australia with a 2-1 win. Paul Pogba said he has become “the most criticised player in the world” after a challenging campaign with Manchester United and now with France. Pogba set a record for the most expensive transfer when he joined United from Juventus for £89.3 million in 2016 — one surpassed by Paris Saint-Germain’s move for Neymar last summer — and has frequently come under fire for not living up to his billing...

France’s Lucas Hernandez: I exaggerated vs. Australia to waste time

Frank Leboeuf joins the ESPN FC crew to talk about France’s underwhelming display and what must be done to play to their potential. Stephanie Brantz caught up with Julien Laurens after France squeezed past Australia with a 2-1 win. France scraped past a plucky Australia thanks to an 80th minute goal from Paul Pogba. ESPN FC’s Janusz Michallik feels France’s midfield lacks a true leader which could be detrimental to their World Cup hopes. France left-back Lucas Hernandez admitted he employed some theatrics during the 2-1 World Cup win over Australia on Saturday. After an own goal from Aziz Behich gave France the lead in the 80th minute, Hernandez said he occasionally went to ground to eat up time. “As we saw against Australia, there are moments where I exaggerate a b...

North & South Korea agree to some combined teams at Asian Games

Athletes from North and South Korea entered the stadium for the 2018 Winter Olympics under the same flag North and South Korea have agreed to form some combined teams at the Asian Games in Indonesia during August. The two countries also agreed they would march together at the event as a sign of unity. The decisions were taken after talks between them at their shared border. South Korea hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, where their athletes entered under the same flag as their neighbours from North Korea during the opening ceremony. A unified Korea women’s ice hockey team also competed at the Games, while North Korea’s cheerleading squad made an unexpected appearance at South Korea men’s ice hockey game against the Czech Republic. The 2018 Asian Games will be...

Olympic champion Semenya to challenge ‘unfair’ testosterone ruling

Caster Semenya is a two-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is to challenge “unfair” rules affecting some female athletes. Athletics’ governing body the IAAF has ruled some female runners with naturally high testosterone levels will have to race against men, or change events, unless they take medication. Semenya will fight the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas). “It is not fair. I just want to run naturally, the way I was born,” said the 27-year-old South African. “I am Mokgadi Caster Semenya. I am a woman and I am fast.” The rule, which comes into force on 1 November, applies to women who race in track events from 400m up to the mile. Semenya, a two-time Olympic champio...

Mexico triggers ‘artificial’ earthquake celebrating World Cup win over Germany

A first-half goal from Hirving Lozano held up for Mexico, who shut out Germany to record one of the most famous wins in the country’s history. A first-half goal from Hirving Lozano held up for Mexico, who shut out Germany to record one of the most famous wins in the country’s history. Episode six of Project Russia takes you through Mexico fans’ rollercoaster of emotions before, during and after El Tri’s historic win over Germany. Following Mexico’s unexpected win over Germany, one El Tri fan couldn’t hold back his emotions and proposed to his now fiancé. Hirving Lozano stole the headlines on matchday four in Russia, helping Mexico secure a landmark win over reigning world champions Germany. Mexicans jumping in jubilation on Sunday shook the ground hard e...

Andy Murray: Injury has been ‘toughest part of my career’

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray says spending almost a year out injured was the “toughest period” of his career. The former world number one has not played competitively since Wimbledon last year. READ MORE: Murray says he can still win Grand Slams

Mocked Ronaldo bronze statue at Madeira airport replaced

On the left is the original bust by Emanuel Santos and on the right is its replacement A statue of Cristiano Ronaldo that was widely mocked and left football fans scratching their heads has been replaced. The bronze bust of the Real Madrid and Portugal forward went viral with people questioning its resemblance to the player, after it was placed on display at Madeira airport last year. Some compared its likeness to former Republic of Ireland captain Niall Quinn, but sculptor Emanuel Santos said his work was just “a matter of taste”. The airport has replaced his original effort with a bust that boasts a greater likeness to Ronaldo. According to Madeira Island News, Ronaldo’s family made the request for the replacement through the CR7 Museum, which is based on the Portuguese...

Juventus move best for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer – father

ESPN FC’s Paul Mariner explains how important it is to come out flying in a World Cup opener, which may have contributed to Serbia’s defensive nature. Despite Keylor Navas’ heroics for Costa Rica, Aleksandar Kolarov’s inch-perfect free kick was all Serbia would need to secure Group E opening win. Despite Keylor Navas’ heroics for Costa Rica, Aleksandar Kolarov’s inch-perfect free kick was all Serbia would need to secure a Group E opening win. The father of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic believes a move to Juventus this summer would help him follow in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane and win the Champions League and Ballon d’Or. The 23-year-old still has four years left to run on his contract, but he is being tipped to move on this summer ...