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Argentina win World Cup group to face Australia in last 16

ANKARA: Argentina beat Poland 2-0 to advance to the Round of 16 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup as the South American football powerhouse won Group C on Wednesday.   The Argentine national team were awarded a penalty after Poland’s goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny fouled Lionel Messi, who went up for a header.   Szczesny saved the firm penalty taken by Messi in the 38th minute.   But in the early minutes of the second half, Argentina took the lead as midfielder Alexis Mac Allister’s shot hit the bar and went into the back of Poland’s net.   Argentine forward Julian

Iranian fans celebrate World Cup defeat against US

TEHRAN, Iran: Opponents of the Iranian regime took to the streets to show their joy after Iran lost to the US on Tuesday in the World Cup in Qatar.   Images circulating on social media show groups across Iran taking to the streets and celebrating the defeat by chanting slogans and setting off fireworks.   Iran has been rocked by protests since September after the custodial death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the country’s morality police for allegedly violating the Islamic dress code.   Protesters had called for a boycott of the national team’s World Cup matches

Young Agusan Norte pug bags silver medal in world boxing tourney

BUTUAN CITY: Seventeen-year-old boxer Ronel Suyom of Barangay Rosario, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte, has bagged the silver medal in the 46-48 kilogram division of the 2022 Youth World Boxing Championships recently held in La Nucia, Spain.   In a statement Monday, the Las Nieves local government unit (LGU) lauded Suyom for his achievement in the Nov. 14-26 tournament.   “The LGU-Las Nieves, through Mayor Karen Rosales, congratulates Ronel Suyom for winning the silver medal in the 46-48 Kilogram Division of the 2022 Youth World Boxing Championship,” the statement said.   On Nov. 23, Suyom defeated Rafael Lozano Serrano of

Argentina beat Mexico to keep World Cup dreams alive

ISTANBUL: Argentina shutout Mexico 2-0 in Group C to keep their World Cup dreams alive Saturday.   Both teams failed to break the deadlock in the first 45 minutes of the match at Lusail Stadium.   Argentina opened the scoring when superstar Lionel Messi netted from long range with his left foot. Angel Di Maria provided the assist for the goal in the 64th minute.   In the 87th minute, the Albicelestes doubled the lead with a classy close-range shot from Enzo Fernandez.   In another Group C clash, Poland defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 for their first win in the

France become first team to qualify for World Cup round of 16

ISTANBUL: Defending champion France became the first team to qualify for the round of 16 after beating Denmark 2-1 in their World Cup Group D match on Saturday.   Neither of the teams was able to break the deadlock in the first half at Doha’s Stadium 974.   Les Bleus broke the deadlock when Kylian Mbappe fired from close range, assisted by Theo Hernandez in the 61st minute.   After eight minutes, the Danish national team leveled the match with a header from defender Andreas Christensen.   In the 84th minute, France took the lead as Mbappe scored again.  

PSC meets with NCAA, SBP officials over John Amores issue

MANILA: The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Friday met with representatives of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), and the FilOil EcoOil Centre to discuss the issues surrounding Jose Rizal University (JRU) player John Amores.   In a statement, the PSC described it as a “coordination meeting” as the fact-finding committee the agency formed continues to look into Amores’ much talked-about meltdown in the Heavy Bombers’ November 8 game against the CSB Blazers.   “The meeting today intended to know what transpired, what has been done, and what measures can be recommended so that

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