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  • May 09, 2019 13:23
    Spurs made an astonishing comeback to beat Ajax 3-2 in the Champions League semi-final. The Brazilian forward Lucas Moura’s hattrick gave Spurs the edge after they were 2-0 down at half-time. Tottenham Hotspur beat the Dutch side 3-2 on the night and 3-3 on aggregate making their way to the finals through away goal rule. Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris said that Liverpool’s comeback against Barcelona inspired them. “Of course, of course. The best moment in my career, for sure. And the last minute… we needed to try and I was there and the ball came to me and I only could shoot the ball and when I saw that it was goal… my friend, it’s unbelievable, it’s impossible to explain the feeling. Everyone deserves this moment,” said Lucas Moura. (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Dec 04, 2018 10:46
    Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or 2018. He claimed the award by ending the 10-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Modric won the Champions League with Madrid and guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July. Cristiano Ronaldo was in second place, Antoine Griezmann in third with his international team-mate Kylian Mbappe in fourth place and Lionel Messi in the fifth place. Kylian Mbappe won the first-ever Trophee Kopa award for the best young player under 21. Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or. (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 16, 2018 19:26
    Many of the Syrian troops and residents of Ain Terma, just outside the capital Damascus, who were watching the World Cup final on Sunday were hoping that Croatia would win. The neighbourhood is located next-door to Douma, the location of an alleged chemical attack and heavy fighting between the Syrian government and rebels until just a few months ago. Since then, residents have begun to return and rebuild with some saying that the opportunity to watch the game provided a welcome distraction from the war and destruction that the area has seen. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 16, 2018 15:38
    After watching their soccer team lose 4-2 to France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday, some Croatians wept with sadness while others felt pride that their tiny nation had gone so far in the tournament. When the final whistle blew fans who had gathered in Ban Jelacic square in the capital Zagreb to watch the match on a big screen hugged each other in commiseration. One young woman used a red-and-white Croatian flag to wipe tears from her eyes as a female friend, also crying, put her arm around her. With the nation glued to screens to watch their team’s progress through the tournament, sales of television sets went up 400 percent compared to last year. Croatia’s cabinet held a session dressed in the soccer team’s red-and-white chequered shirts and the most ardent fans scrambled to find flights and tickets to attend the final, 20 years after their team finished third at the 1998 World Cup in France. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 16, 2018 13:44
    French police fired tear gas and dispersed crowds from the Champs Elysees late on Sunday after clashes with a small group of unruly fans threatened to spoil celebrations of France’s World Cup win over Croatia in Moscow. Millions of French fans had taken to the streets in joy after the final whistle with thousands gathering along the iconic avenue in the French capital. But as the evening wore on, a small number of fans clashed with police, damaging some businesses and properties along the Champs Elysees. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 15, 2018 22:49
    France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years. The French, playing their third World Cup final, were made to sweat initially and were lucky to go ahead when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic headed an Antoine Griezmann free kick into his own net in the 18th minute, the first own goal in a World Cup final. Ivan Perisic levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later but the Croatia midfielder was then penalised for handball following a VAR review and Griezmann stepped up coolly to convert the 38th-minute penalty and put France 2-1 up. Croatia fought hard for an hour but gradually ran out of steam after playing extra time in their three previous matches, and goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe gave France a three-goal cushion. Mandzukic pounced on a mistake by France keeper Hugo Lloris to cut the deficit in the 69th minute, making it the highest-scoring final over 90 minutes in 60 years, but Croatia could not find the net again in their first World Cup final. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 15, 2018 22:34
    French fans celebrated their country’s second World Cup win on Sunday. In Moscow, France defeated Croatia 4-2 in a tactical game where the former champions held sway. France’s three appearances in finals since 1998 is more than any other team over the last 20 years, ahead of Brazil and Germany (2). (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 15, 2018 20:19
    Belgium beat England 2-0 in the FIFA World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and send Gareth Southgate’s side home with a second straight loss. A fourth-minute goal from Thomas Meunier and an 82nd-minute Eden Hazard strike earned Belgium the victory and third place, which improved on their previous best performance of fourth in 1986. (SNTV) (Hindustan Times )read more
  • Jul 15, 2018 09:39
    Cleopatra the predictive tapir, based in Nizhny Novgorod zoo predicted a Croatia victory in the World Cup final match with France. The animal, who has had a 75 percent accuracy in all of her predictions during the tournament in Russia. Cleopatra was offered food from two different plates with France and Croatia flags stickers on them, without much hesitation she made the choice and ate from the Croatia plate. Croatia beat England in their semi-final match on Wednesday (July 11), this will be their first appearance in a World Cup final. France, who won the title in 1998, defeated Belgium in their semi-final game on Tuesday (July 10). The World Cup final between the two teams, will be played at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on Sunday (July 15). Video: SNTV. (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 14, 2018 19:33
    Nothing has united the Croatian diaspora more than qualifying for the country’s first World Cup final, with celebrations among ex-pat communities rivalling the excitement felt in Zagreb. France and Croatia have faced five times previously, with France winning three of those games (in 1998, 1999 and 2000) and the other two games ending as draws (2004 and 2011). (Video: SNTV) (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 14, 2018 20:05
    Harry Kane will likely come home from the World Cup with the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer and a burnished reputation as a feared forward. Following are the top scorers after the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in Russia: 6 goals - Harry Kane (England); 4 - Romelu Lukaku (Belgium); 4 - Denis Cheryshev (Russia); 4 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal); 3 - Artem Dzyuba (Russia), 3 - Antoine Griezmann (France), 3 - Yerry Mina (Colombia), 3 - Diego Costa (Spain), 3 - Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), 3 - Kylian Mbappe (France). (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 15, 2018 09:36
    France and Croatia will go into battle in the World Cup final on Sunday (15 July), and the winner will hold aloft the iconic gold trophy at the Lukzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The original Jules Rimet trophy almost disappeared for good back in 1966, when it was stolen just months before England staged the tournament. The exact details of the theft remain a mystery, but what is known is that the Jules Rimet trophy disappeared from its case during an exhibition in Central London, when the security guards were on a break. One week later and step forward Pickles, a black and white mixed collie and his owner David Corbett, who discovered the trophy, wrapped in newspaper and hidden under a hedge in suburban south London, during their evening walk. SNTV takes a look back to 1966 and how one man and his dog become unlikely heroes after recovering the stolen World Cup trophy in a suburban London garden. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 13, 2018 20:17
    The 2018 World Cup also proved to be a tournament where some of football’s biggest names - Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar - suffered early exits with their respective nations. Neymar came under heavy criticism for his apparent propensity to dive during Brazil’s matches. FIFA president Gianni Infantino preferred to focus on the Paris Saint-German’s other football attributes. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 13, 2018 17:08
    France have been surprised by the physical fortitude of Croatia and are not expecting a tired opponent in Sunday’s World Cup final. Croatia have been forced into extra time in each of their three knockout matches, edging Denmark and hosts Russia on post-match penalties before scoring late in added play to come from behind and beat England in Wednesday’s semi-final in Moscow. France by contrast have won all of their matches since the round of 16 inside 90 minutes, effectively playing a full match less than Croatia at the tournament in Russia. France and Croatia have faced five times previously, with France winning three of those games (in 1998, 1999 and 2000) and the other two games ending as draws (2004 and 2011). Video: SNTV. (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 12, 2018 17:17
    The Croatian President is rooting for her team in the football World Cup final, telling reporters “we will win on Sunday” after arriving at the second day of the NATO summit in Brussels. Croatia faces its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991, after defeating England 2-1 in the World Cup semifinal on on Wednesday. President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said she couldn’t follow the game but was updated on the results during a dinner with officials. (HT Correspondent )read more
  • Jul 12, 2018 16:03
    England fans were disappointed but heartened by their side’s performance on the big stage after being knocked out of the World Cup by Croatia. The match, which went into extra time, took place at Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday in Russia’s capital city Moscow. England took the early lead after Kieran Trippier scored a goal in the fifth minute. But Ivan Perisic equalized in the 68th after getting his foot to the ball before England defender Kyle Walker could head it away. Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute in extra time to give the Croats a 2-1 victory. Croatia will now face France in the final on Sunday (July 15). Video: SNTV (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 12, 2018 11:14
    Croatia fans in Zagreb were left incredulous and elated after their national team came from a goal down to beat England 2-1 on Wednesday (July 11) and reached their first World Cup final ever against France. Should they lift the trophy, it’s difficult to imagine what could happen in the capital city of Zagreb. Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute to give the Croats a 2-1 victory. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 12, 2018 11:16
    Real Madrid announced on Tuesday (July 10) that Cristiano Ronaldo would leave the club and complete a move to Juventus. Fans at the Bernabeu expressed sadness at the decision, claiming that the player is not replaceable and that he will always be part of Real Madrid. Tickets for stadium tour and the advertising posters still had images of Ronaldo on them, but Real Madrid replica shirts with his name were not on sale old any more at the Real Madrid club shop. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 11, 2018 19:08
    Football fans celebrating France’s win against Belgium in their World Cup semi-final match clashed with riot police in Paris in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Fans were filmed throwing bottles and other projectiles at the police on the city’s famed Champs Elysees avenue, while the police tried to disperse the crowds with smoke grenades. The clashes lasted over an hour, with several reported injured. At least one arrest was made. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 11, 2018 19:56
    Paris erupted on Tuesday (July 10) in firecrackers, flares and shouts and tears of joy after France advanced to the World Cup 2018 final. Fans poured onto streets around the city, from the chic Champs-Elysees to working-class neighbourhoods on the edge of town. Firecrackers popped in quick succession, punctuated by car horns and football chants. France will face the winner of Wednesday’s (July 11) FIFA World Cup semifinal between England and Croatia in the decider in Moscow on Sunday (July 15). Video: SNTV. (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 11, 2018 11:50
    Crying Belgium fans were philosophical on Tuesday (10th July) after their team lost to France in the World Cup semi-final. Didier Deschamps’ pragmatism prevailed over Roberto Martinez’s adventurous brand of football as France edged Belgium 1-0 courtesy a Samuel Umtiti goal to reach the final of the FIFA World Cup – the third time in their history – at the Krestovsky Stadium here today. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 11, 2018 10:52
    France are back in the World Cup final for the first time since Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt in 2006. Twelve years after one of soccer’s most infamous moments, Samuel Umtiti used his head to score from a corner kick in the 51st minute and earn France a 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday in the first of the all-European semifinals. The French players danced on the field after the final whistle and shook the hand of Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 and is now Belgium’s assistant coach. France will face either Croatia or England in the final on Sunday in Moscow. Those two teams play in the other semifinal match on Wednesday, also in Moscow. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 11, 2018 11:41
    France arrived at their hotel in St. Petersburg after beating Belgium 1-0 to reach the World Cup final on Tuesday (10th July). The team will play the winners of Wednesday’s second semi-final between England and Croatia in Sunday’s final in Moscow. Didier Deschamps’ pragmatism prevailed over Roberto Martinez’s adventurous brand of football as France edged Belgium 1-0 courtesy a Samuel Umtiti goal to reach the final of the FIFA World Cup – the third time in their history – at the Krestovsky Stadium here today. In what turned out to be a game of fine margins, Belgium coach Martinez sprang yet another surprise with his formation, playing three centre backs and without any specialist full-back or wing-back. It seemed to work through as Belgium gained an upper hand playing a fluid formation, one that varied from 4-2-3-1 to 3-4-3 to 3-5-2, in the opening stages. (HT Correspondent)read more
  • Jul 10, 2018 20:25
    Croatia meet England in a World Cup semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow. For a country like Croatia, with a population of little over four million, to be in the semi-finals of the World Cup is a remarkable achievement. The biggest question mark now surrounds the fitness of a team who have gone the full distance in their last two matches and had several players struggling with injuries against Russia. Croatia look to master Luka Modric to carry them through against England. The 32-year-old has been outstanding in his team’s run to a semi-final against England in Moscow on Wednesday, picking up the man-of-the-match award in three of Croatia’s five matches. This will be England’s first World Cup semi-final since 1990. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 10, 2018 20:25
    Legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said he thinks Neymar will return to PSG with “a desire to win”, as the 40-year-old was officially presented at the club on Monday (July 9). A World Cup champion and multiple Italian Serie A winner, Buffon still believes he has plenty to offer in the game. Although Buffon enjoyed World Cup success with Italy in 2006, the same cannot be said for his new teammate and the world’s most expensive player, Neymar. Brazil limped out of the 2018 World Cup at the quarter-final stage, but Buffon expects the man who carries the weight of the nation on his shoulders, Neymar, to move quickly on from that disappointment. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 10, 2018 20:25
    Former Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon signed a one-year contract with French champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and was officially presented alongside club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi at the Parc des Princes on Monday (9th July). At 40 years young, a World Cup champion and multiple Italian Serie A winner, Buffon still believes he has plenty to offer in the game. Buffon posed for photos alongside Al-Khelaifi and with the PSG goalkeepers jersey and club scarf. The Italian will compete for the number one jersey alongside German Kevin Trapp and France’s Alphonse Areola in Thomas Tuchel’s side. (Video: SNTV) (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 10, 2018 12:29
    France face Belgium on Tuesday, for a place in the 2018 World Cup final. Didier Deschamps’ men beat Uruguay 2-0 to seal their semi-final spot. France have lifted the World Cup trophy once, in 1998, when they hosted the tournament. Opponents Belgium secured their semi-final place with a 2-1 win over Brazil. The Belgians are unbeaten in their last 24 games and have won their last seven matches. Romelu Lukaku has netted 17 goals in his last 20 games for Belgium. Belgium’s best ever World Cup finish was 4th place, back in 1986. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 10, 2018 11:02
    Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen and midfielder Nacer Chadli talked to the media on Sunday (8th July) as the squad continued their preparation ahead of their World Cup semi-final clash with France on Tuesday (10th July). Some of the stars of the squad, including forwards Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, did not train and worked apart with the physio. Belgium won 2-1 against Brazil in their quarter-final match in Kazan on Friday (6th July) and for the first time in 32 years are in a World Cup semi-final. Belgium are unbeaten in their last 24 games (19 wins and five draws), the longest undefeated streak among the four teams left in the tournament. Belgium reached the quarter-finals in the last European Championship and were eliminated by Wales. They had lost in the quarter-finals at the previous World Cup as well against Argentina. After topping Group G ahead of England, Tunisia and Panama with three victories out if three, Belgium beat Japan 3-2 in the round of 16 and then Brazil in the quarter-finals. (Video: SNTV) (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 09, 2018 17:47
    Following are the top scorers at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia: 6 (goals) - Harry Kane (England); 4 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal); 4 - Romelu Lukaku (Belgium); 4 - Denis Cheryshev (Russia); 3 - Kylian Mbappe (France); 3 - Diego Costa (Spain); 3 - Edinson Cavani (Uruguay); 3 - Artem Dzyuba (Russia); 3 - Yerry Mina (Colombia); 3 - Antoine Griezmann (France). (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more
  • Jul 09, 2018 16:48
    Pope Francis attempted to cheer up Brazilian football fans on Sunday, following their World Cup exit. The pontiff, an Argentine and an avid football fan, noted the Brazilian flags on display in St. Peter’s Square during his traditional Sunday blessing. The five-time world champions lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russia. Pope Francis often greets visiting national football teams and frequently promotes the value of participation in sport. (Video: SNTV). (Hindustan Times)read more