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Three Things We Learned On World Cup Day Nine

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Neymar Jr of Brazil celebrates scoring the second goal of his team with Philippe Coutinho (left) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Brazil left it very late, but posted their first win of the World Cup thanks to Philippe Coutinho and Neymar to go top of Group E. Work still needs to be done for the five-time world champions to make the last 16, but a point in their final game against Serbia will do after the Serbs lost 2-1 to Switzerland. …

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Ronaldo V Messi: Why One Is Soaring While The Other Is Sinking

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It may have taken a while, but the most pointless, facile (and often petulant) debate in football has now reached the world’s biggest international competition. It’s Ronaldo v Messi: World Cup Edition. Lionel Messi is taking an inordinate amount of flak for Argentina’s dismal World Cup thus far, but in many ways, the narrative was set before he’d even kicked …

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The Knives Are Out For Argentina After Croatia Hammering

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JUNE 21: Lionel Messi of Argentina looks dejected after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Argentina’s World Cup descended into farce on Thursday night after they fell to a 3-0 humbling at the hands of Croatia. Despite making a number of changes from the side’s 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opener, Jorge Sampaoli’s side were wretched as their European opponents took full advantage of their defensive shortcomings in a ruthless second half. Goals from Ante …

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Five Things We Learned From Argentina And Iceland’s Stalemate

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi reacts at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 16, 2018. (Photo by Francisco LEONG / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina and Iceland began their 2018 World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw in Moscow on Saturday afternoon. The 2014 finalists were seen by many as Group D favourites – or even potential winners of the competition – but they were held to a stalemate by a dogged Icelandic side that are determined to make an impression at this tournament …

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Argentina Defence Savaged After Conceding Sloppy Iceland Equaliser

Iceland's forward Alfred Finnbogason (C) scores the equaliser during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 16, 2018. (Photo by Francisco LEONG / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina had a mixed beginning to their 2018 World Cup campaign against Iceland on Saturday. Jorge Sampaoli’s side are, at the very least, expected to come through Group D with relatively little fuss, and made the perfect start to proceedings against their European opponents when Sergio Aguero put them ahead with a fine finish on the 20-minute mark. The South …

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World Cup 2018: All 32 Teams Previewed Group-By-Group

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The World Cup comes roaring into life on Thursday afternoon, as four years of hard work all boils down to a month-long tournament for the 32 teams involved. Defending champions Germany are among the favourites to retain their trophy, but look set to be pushed all the way by the likes of Brazil and France. Spain will also be there …

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World Cup 2018 Preview: Group D – Messi’s Last Chance Of Glory?

World Cup Group D

Our World Cup group-by-group preview turns to Groud D, featuring Nigeria, Croatia, Iceland and 2014 finalists Argentina. This looks to be one of the harder groups to call, as the two favourites have major faults to detract from their strengths, while the two underdogs might prove to be that bit too limited.   Argentina FIFA Ranking (June 2018): 5th Best World …

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Gunnar Nelson On Conor McGregor’s Next Step If He Defeats Floyd Mayweather

SBG Ireland’s and Mjolnir MMA’s welterweight star Gunnar Nelson spoke recently about what he thinks the next move of his long-term training partner Conor McGregor will be if he does pull off the impossible and defeat the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather. Gunnar Nelson for years now has been the dark horse of the UFC’s welterweight division. With his impressive run marred …

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Gunnar Nelson Unsure If Conor McGregor Will Return To The UFC In 2017 Or Not

UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson spoke to ESPN recently about his long-time training partner Conor McGregor’s future in the sport of mixed martial arts. Gunnar Nelson’s year got off the best possible start when he scored an emphatic second round submission over the highly-touted Alan Jouban at UFC London last month. For Gunni, it marked his second straight win since his …

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Cyrus Christie Reveals What Seamus Coleman Said To Him Before Iceland Friendly

Coleman Christie

Cyrus Christie began his deputy duties for Ireland against Iceland on Tuesday night. With first-choice right-back Seamus Coleman set to miss the remainder of Ireland’s World Cup qualification campaign having suffered a broken leg against Wales last weekend, Christie has been promoted for the foreseeable future. Speaking after the 1-0 loss at the Aviva on Tuesday night, the Derby County …

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Brian Kerr Hammers Ireland’s Poor Performance Against Iceland

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Ireland’s friendly against Iceland on Tuesday night turned out to be something of a damp squib. Martin O’Neill’s side lost 1-0 courtesy of a first half free-kick from Hordur Magnusson, and although the match had little on the line other than pride (and FIFA world ranking points), the performance was still enough to irk former Irish manager Brian Kerr. The RTE Sport …

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Twitter Reacts To Ireland’s 1-0 Defeat To Iceland

Three International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 28/3/2017 Republic of Ireland vs Iceland Iceland’s Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson scores their first goal from a free kick Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

On a night dominated by debuts, Ireland’s new recruits could unfortunately just could not gel quickly enough to get past their Icelandic opponents.  Cork natives John Egan and Conor Hourihane dominated the pre-match discussion, being the only two to start the game who were earning their first senior caps. Whether Martin O’Neill saw any immediate roles for the duo looking …

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Irish Fans Take Positives From New Faces As Iceland End Aviva Run

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 28: Hordur Magnusson (R) of Iceland celebrates scoring the opening goal with Aron Sigurdarson of Iceland during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Iceland at Aviva Stadium on March 28, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Following Ireland’s hard-fought draw with Wales on Friday night, Martin O’Neill rang the changes for this evening’s friendly encounter with the Iceland. The visit of the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists gave the management team the chance to give some minutes, for the first time in some cases, to the squad’s fringe players. Andy Boyle, Daryl Horgan, Stephen Gleeson, Johnny Hayes, John …

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