Croatia 2 Vs 0 Nigeria: Super Eagles Under-perform As Croatia Are Off To A Perfect Start #WorldCupWith360Nobs

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Croatia defeated The Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-0 in a game which, overall, lacked quality.
Croatia had been the better side and kept the ball more but didn’t give an excellent performance.

It took an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo to give Croatia the lead

The ball, unfortunately, struck Etebo following a Mandžukić header and rolled into his own net.

Luka Modrić put a second goal in the bottom left corner after sending the keeper diving the other way, which effectively spelt the end for Nigeria.

Kelechi Iheanacho, on a substitute, got clear down the left, but Ahmed Musa’s shot was bravely blocked by Strinic.

Croatia moved to the top of Group D ahead of the showdown against Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod on June 21st.

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Vrsaljko, Vida,  Dejan Lovren, Strinic; Rakitic,Modric; Rebic (Kovacic, 78 mins), Kramaric (Brozovic, 60 mins), Perisic; Mandzukic (Pjaca, 85 mins). Booked: Rakitic,Brozovic.

NIGERIA (4-2-3-1): Francis Uzoho; Shehu, Balogun, Ekong, Idowu; Ndidi, Etebo; Moses, Mikel (Simy, 88 mins), Iwobi (Musa, 62 mins); Ighalo (Iheanacho, 73 mins). Booked: Troost-Ekong.

Referee: Sandro Ricci

MATCH GALLERY

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VIDEO: NaijaIssaGoal – Naira Marley, Falz, Olamide, Simi, Lil Kesh and Slim Case

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Shortly after the official soft drinks of the Nigerian Super Eagles, Coca-Cola released the fire remix of Naira Marley’s Issa Goal; tag NaijaIssaGoal, they come-online with a fun-packed video.

This remix features some of the biggest names in the game right now – Olamide, Falz, Simi, Lil Kesh and Slim Case (Otunba Lamba) has a refreshing feeling.

…Coca-Cola must have a video to this banging remix and we hope it’ll be released before the Croatia v Nigeria game this evening.

As mentioned in our previous post, Coca-Cola did not disappoint us, as they didn’t just release a music video but a video that IssaGoal.

Peep the Clarence Peters Shot It video to NaijaIssaGoal below!

We’ll be soaring high with our #SuperEagles tonight and all through the Russia 2018 World Cup.

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#WorldCupWith360nobs: Argentina Coach Jorge Sampaoli Frustrated By Draw Vs Iceland

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“It was an uncomfortable match because Iceland were playing very defensively, blocking all spaces.”

Sampaoli said that Argentina started slowly and wasted too much time passing the ball around innocuously in midfield — although he may have played a part in that by fielding two defensive players, Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia, in front of the defence.

“In the first 20 minutes, we didn’t move the ball around quickly enough to worry our opponents and they had a lot of people in the penalty area,” he said.

“We were very slow on the ball and we didn’t use our numbers on the left side of the pitch.

“Maybe we needed to be more creative in the first half – perhaps we needed some more through balls from midfield such as the one which led to the penalty.”

The draw left Argentina in an uncomfortable position in Group D with matches against Croatia and Nigeria still to come.

“The major problem is that we didn’t win and get the three points we wanted,” said Sampaoli. We will learn from what happened and we have to have the strength to win the next game.”

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Argentina 1-1 Iceland: Messi Misses Penalty In Group D Opener

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The first timers at the World Cup, Iceland held their own against two-time winners, Argentina, with goalie Halldorsson saving a Messi penalty that could have sealed all points for Albiceleste.

The opener of Group D between Iceland and Argentina ended in a surprising draw at the Spartak stadium in Moscow.

The Albiceleste attacked in waves and held most of the ball, however, with Messi having an off day, the Icelanders embraced the pressure and attacked on the back foot.

It took Argentina 19 minutes to open the scoring, thanks to a brilliant finish from Aguero. However, four minutes later, parity was restored thanks to Finnborgason, who found the net after a sloppy clearance from the South Americans.

The first half ended with Argentina seeing their chances saved by Halldorsson. Messi must have felt he was going to get his first goal, when a penalty was awarded. Unfortunately for the Barcelona star, he found his shot saved with ease.

The game ended with a frustrated Albiceleste and a happy ending for the Icelanders.

Photo gallery

Enjoy the images from Iceland’s memorable 1-1 draw with Argentina in their FIFA World Cup debut.

“This is a great success for Iceland. I firmly believe that Argentina will go far in this World Cup, so it’s a fantastic result for us. We could not give them too much space, knowing the talent they have. But although they had some good opportunities, so did we. We wanted to use the space behind them more than we did – but it’s difficult when you don’t have the ball!”

Heimir Hallgrimsson, Iceland coach

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“Messi was in a very uncomfortable situation because Iceland played very defensively. He couldn’t find the space he needs. But we still believe in ourselves and we know that we have all the tools to succeed.”

Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina coach

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Wizkid Walks The Runway Alongside Tinie Tempah And Naomi Campbell At The Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2019 Men’s Fashion Show In Milan

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Our very own Starboy, Wizkid was one of the models to walk the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2019 Men’s Fashion Show.

The multiple award winning artiste was joined by Superstar model Naomi Campbell and UK rapper, Tinie Tempah.

See some pictures below and let us know what you think of Wizkid’s fit.

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Tinie Tempah and Wizkid backstage
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Photo Credit – @wizkidnews @love4rico

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Wizkid Walks The Runway Alongside Tinie Tempah And Naomi Campbell At The Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2019 Men’s Fashion Show In Milan

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Our very own Starboy, Wizkid was one of the models to walk the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2019 Men’s Fashion Show.

The multiple award winning artiste was joined by Superstar model Naomi Campbell and UK rapper, Tinie Tempah.

See some pictures below and let us know what you think of Wizkid’s fit.

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Tinie Tempah and Wizkid backstage
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Wizkid and Naomi Campbell
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Photo Credit – @wizkidnews @love4rico

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R. Kelly’s Ex-Wife Sobs As She Breaks Silence On Years Of His Alleged Abuse (VIDEO)

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R. Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly has broken her silence for the first time in nearly a decade about the alleged abuse she experienced during their 13-year marriage.

The dancer/choreographer who was married to Kelly from 1996-2009, is the mother of his three children.

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She had been quiet on the allegations that Kelly has been keeping a group of young women in what has been deemed a “sex cult” for several years, reportedly controlling their movements, access to the outside world and even their bathroom habits.

But on Wednesday in an exclusive interview with Syleena Johnson on TV One’s daytime talk show Sister Circle, Andrea opened up about her faith and how it helped her through some of the darkest times.

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Through tears, she said she finally decided to leave R. Kelly after she contemplated suicide.

“That day, I just remember playing sick all day,” Andrea Kelly said. “I went and got in the bed, and I was just like, ‘OK, what are you gonna do? What are you gonna do’ And something just said, ‘End it.’ That was my first answer.”

“I was not strong enough,” Kelly said of why she’s remained silent for so long.

“How can I be a voice for the voiceless when I don’t even have my own? So, I had to wait until God said, ‘Okay, daughter. It’s time.’”

Kelly also described going out onto her hotel balcony and climbing up onto the ledge before she realized suicide was not the answer. She said the thought of her children, who she shares with the R&B singer, reminded her she needed to live. 

“I remember looking down, and it’s almost like God was able to let me see the future,” she said. “I saw my body lying in blood, and I saw the ambulance coming. I saw housekeeping come out, and they were pointing up, and they said, ‘She jumped from up there.’ Then, I remember my baby’s voice in the back going, ‘Mama, mama… why did mama jump? Why did mama leave us?’”

“I said ‘OK God, you have to give me an answer today,’” she continued. “‘What do you want me to do if this is not for me, and you want me to leave? What do you want me to do? God I need an answer today. Not tomorrow, not in an hour, I need it now.’”

“My truth is, Robert, you don’t get to tell my story. That is my truth. You should have never put me in your book,” she said, addressing claims the singer made about her in his 2013 memoir Soulacoaster.

“And if you’re going to put me in your book, then you’re going to tell the truth in the book. You don’t get to tell people that we got divorced because I had a problem with being a stay-at-home mom. We got divorced because I was no longer going to sit and be violated. What he did to me was criminal.” 

Watch video below:

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Rihanna Confirms She’s Back ‘In The Studio’ Making New Music

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Popular Barbadian singer Robyn Rihanna Fenty has confirmed that she is currently in the studio working on a new album – a follow-up to her latest album ANTI. 

The pop star made this known when she appeared on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, June 15, to promote Ocean’s 8 with her fellow co-stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson and Helena Bonham Carter.

Rihanna Reveals Her Biggest Regret In Life

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When Norton asked if there was a possibility of new music, Rihanna replied jokingly:

“Who sent you? I know one of my fans got to you!”

I’m actually in the studio at the moment,” she then revealed.

Norton then prodded for any further information, particularly a release date. “You’ll just have to wait and see,” she teased.

Watch the clip above.

Bear in mind that in May, it was revealed that the ‘Umbrella’ icon’s next record would be reggae-influenced, with new material said to have been inspired by Bob Marley and influential producer Supa Dups.

Vogue writer Chioma Nnandi said during a cover feature with Rihanna: “She plans to make a reggae album.”

The disclosure came at a time when MediaTakeOut claimed that she may have ended her relationship of over one year with her Saudi billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel.

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Pogba Scores As France Edge Out Australia #WorldCupWith360nobs

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Paul Pogba scored the goal that proved the match-winner as a stuttering France started their World Cup campaign with a win over Australia on Saturday, June 16, in Kazan in a match featuring two penalties and significant interventions from technology.

Antoine Griezmann also made World Cup history by winning and scoring the first-ever penalty to be awarded by VAR before Mile Jedinak equalised from the spot.

Didier Deschamps’s men, who were the runners-up on home soil at Euro 2016, flattered to deceive for much of the game before Pogba spared their blushes with eight minutes remaining, his deflected strike ensuring they began their Group C campaign with all three points.

Up next for France will be a match against Peru in Ekaterinburg on Thursday, immediately after Australia play Denmark in Samara.

The group finishes on Tuesday 26 June, with Denmark playing France at the Luzhniki in Moscow and Australia playing Peru in Sochi.

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Transfer Rumour: Neymar Offered To Barcelona

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It is no secret that Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Neymar, but reports have it he has been offered to his former club Barcelona.

It was a shocking event when the Brazilian decided to leave Barcelona for Ligue 1 capital club, Paris Saint Germain for a world record fee of €222 million.

His father, who is also his agent, Neymar Sr, played a key role in engineering that move and it is reported he has offered the forward to a host of clubs, to test the probability of him leaving France.

Barcelona will definitely be keen on taking him back, after their attempt to sign Griezmann fell through. The Catalans were prepared to pay the France international’s buyout clause, only for him to commit his future to Atletico.

All in all, the possibility of a return to Barcelona is not too bleak for Neymar, who is also wanted by Real Madrid.

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NaijaIssaGoal: Naira Marley, Falz, Olamide, Simi, Lil Kesh and Slim Case in #ISSAGOALRemix

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The official soft drinks of the Nigerian Super Eagles, Coca-Cola drops FIRE today with NaijaIssaGoal, a remix to Issa Goal.

This remix features some of the biggest names in the game right now – Olamide, Falz, Simi, Lil Kesh and Slim Case (Otunba Lamba).

Falz, Simi and Slim Case certainly put their spin on the hit street banger released months ago by Naira Marley, Olamide & Lil Kesh.

Coca-Cola must have a video to this banging remix and we hope it’ll be released before the Croatia v Nigeria game this evening.

Listen to #NaijaIssaGoal and tell us what you think – we think isssabanger!!!


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Police Publishes Phone Numbers, E-Mail Addresses To Lodge Complaints Against SARS

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Barely days after the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, approved the independent audit of detention cells in all police commands including those of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the apex security outfit has released phone numbers and email addresses for the public to lodge complaints against personnel of SARS.

Allegations of human rights abuse have been levelled against SARS operatives and policemen generally.

Currently, there is an ongoing campaign on social media to scrap the police outfit.

But the Police authorities, in a series of tweets on Thursday, made available phone numbers and e-mail addresses which members of the public can contact to report any incident for “investigation and further actions”.

“Aggrieved members of the public who have any complaint in the past or present of violation of their rights by any Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) personnel anywhere in the country should report through any of the following channels for investigation and further actions,” the tweet read.

IGP X-SQUAD
0902 690 0729, 08078662130, 08174041000 – CALLS
0903 227 8905 – SMS
0903 562 1377 – whatsapp
Email: integrityxsquad@gmail.com.

IGP MONITORING UNIT
igpmonitoringabj@yahoo.com
08036242591.

FORCE PUBLIC COMPLAINT BUREAU
07056792065 Calls/SMS/whatsapp
08088450152 Calls/SMS/whatsapp
Email: bailisfree@gmail.com, pressforabuja@gmail.com
Twitter: @PoliceNG.

PUBLIC COMPLAINT RAPID RESPONSE UNIT (PCRRU)
08057000001 – Calls Only
08057000002 – Calls Only
08057000003 – SMS & whatsapp only
Twitter: @PoliceNG_PCRRU.

PRIVATE SECTOR
Nigeria Policing Programme (NGO)
oluogunsakin@hotmail.com.

EIE NIGERIA
#PoliceIsYourFriend
#AskThePolice.”

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FOREX: Naira Reacts As CBN Intervenes with Fresh $343 Million

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has again intervened in the retail secondary market intervention sales (SMIS) with $343.06 million.

Figures obtained from the Bank on Thursday indicated that the amount released was for requests in the agricultural, airlines, petroleum products and raw materials and machinery sectors.

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The Acting Director, Corporate Communications at the CBN, Isaac Okorafor confirmed the figures and noted that the continued intervention was in line with the assurances made by the Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to sustain market liquidity in order to boost production and trade and maintain stability in the forex market.

Speaking further, Okorafor assured that the CBN remained very committed to ensuring that all the sectors continue to enjoy access to the foreign exchange required for the business concerns.

It will be recalled that on Tuesday, this week, the Bank injected the sum of $210 million into the Inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market.

Meanwhile, naira exchanged at N362/$1 in the BDC segment of the market on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Oprah Signs Multi-Year Partnership Worth $1bn With Apple

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Apple announced on Friday a multi-year content partnership with Television personality Oprah Winfrey to produce programs for the tech company’s upcoming video-streaming service.

Apple gave no details of the type of programming that Winfrey would create, the value of the deal, or when it might be released.

Apple shared the news of its deal with Winfrey in a brief statement on its website, which read:

“Apple today announced a unique, multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed producer, actress, talk show host, philanthropist and CEO of OWN.”

“Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.”

“Winfrey’s projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple.”

Apple has not said how it plans to distribute its programming, to which it has committed an initial $1bn.

But The Hollywood Reporter said the deal includes films, television shows, smartphone applications and books that can be distributed through Apple.

The partnership is the biggest original content deal struck by Apple so far as it aims to compete with Netflix Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Time Warner Inc’s HBO.

Apple has deals with other stars including director Steven Spielberg and actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

The move comes after Netflix signed a deal with former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to produce shows for that platform.

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Peru V Denmark: The Preview, Team News, Head To Head And Prediction #WorldCupWith360Nobs

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The Preview

 

It is a combined 40 years since Peru and Denmark last played the World Cup. Peru making it to the competition in 1982, while the men from Denmark missed out on Brazil 2014

The second game of Group C kicks off at 17:00 WAT at Mordovia later today.

Both teams will be hoping for a win, as they are paired with red hot favourites, France, who play Australia at 11:00.

Peru came alive in the closing stages of qualifying, going six games without a loss and will rely heavily on the attacking trident of Guerrero, Farfan and Flores. They boast a young side full of hunger and eager to display.

Denmark were consistent throughout the qualifying, scoring 22 goals and conceding nine in ten games. Their play will be centered around Eriksen, who scored half of their qualifying goals. Premier League winner, Kasper Schmeichel will take up the role between the sticks, mirroring his father.

Did You Know

  • Both teams qualified for Russia via the playoffs
  • Both teams have never passed the quarterfinals stage
  • Peru have reached the quarterfinals twice
  • Denmark reached the quarterfinals just once

Possible Line-ups

Peru: Pedro Galesse, Luis Advincula, Alberto Rodriguez, Christian Ramos, Miguel Trauco, Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yoton, Edison Flores, Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan, Paolo Guerrero

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel, Jens Stryger Larsen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard, William Kvist, Tomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Pione Sisto, Nicolai Jorgensen, Yurary Poulsen

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VIDEO: Flyboi – Funky Vibe

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Following the successful release of his EP “Afrolife”, Flyboi is out with the visual for the hit single of his EP he titled Funky Vibe.

The young artist is determined to carve a niche for himself with his blend of high life music and afropop.

Watch and enjoy the groovy video below:

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8 Die In Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Accident | FRSC Returns 65,000 Euros To Survivors

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun command, said it had returned over 65,000 Euros recovered from an accident scene to the victims.

Clement Oladele, the sector commander, disclosed this in a statement by the command’s Public Education Officer, Florence Okpe, in Abeokuta on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that eight persons died on Tuesday in an accident involving a bus and a truck on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

NAN gathered that the passengers in the bus came in from Spain and had chartered the bus to take them to Benin City.

Mr Oladele explained that it was observed that some of the passengers were traveling with cash, including foreign currencies

He stated that the FRSC rescue team also recovered 80 pounds, 238 Euro cents, N84,800, 32 traveling bags comprising 16 large traveling bags, seven extra large traveling bags and nine large “Ghana must Go” bags.

“In line with the rule of the World Health Organisation , a hospital follow up of the victims of the fatal crash was done by the FRSC to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

“The crash occurred on Tuesday and it involved a white Toyota Hiace bus, belonging to a transport company – Iyare Motors, with registration number BEN 313 YZ and a Mack truck with registration number MUS 730 XN, ” he said.

The FRSC boss noted that a team of FRSC accident investigators conducted a preliminary investigation of the crash and observed that the driver of the commercial bus went to Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos to pick some passengers (with their luggage).

“While traveling along the Lagos /Ibadan expressway, before Sagamu Interchange, opposite Wictech Roofing and Pipes, due to excessive speed, in an attempt to overtake a truck ahead of it, the driver lost control and rammed into the truck.

“There was no evidence of a speed limiter installed in the commercial bus.

“There was also no evidence of a passenger manifest to indicate the identities of the passengers and their Next of Kin to be contacted in case of an emergency.

“The suspected causes of the crash are overloading (goods) and excessive speed leading to loss of control.

“There was no evidence that the passengers in the bus activated their seat belts as at the time of the crash which compelled the passengers to shift and collide with the luggage inside the vehicle.

“This collision was responsible for the injuries and deaths of some of the passengers, ” he said.

The sector commander explained that FRSC had commenced legal actions against Iyare Motors for failing to provide a Passenger Manifest, failure to install a speed limiter and overloading the vehicle with excessive luggage.

He admonished commercial fleet operators to affix speed limiters in their vehicles, provide passenger manifest for every trip and ensure their drivers complied with traffic regulations.

(NAN)

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Croatia Vs Nigeria: Match Preview, Team News, Prediction, Statistics, Head To Head #WorldCupWith360nobs

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World Cup – Gp D

  • Croatia vs Nigeria
  • 8:00 pm Saturday 16th June
  • Kaliningrad Stadium  

Croatia and Nigeria meet for the first time in Kaliningrad on Saturday in a World Cup clash that could prove crucial to their chances of making it out of the group stage.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are the lowest-ranked side in the group, reached the last 16 in Brazil four years ago but come into this tournament having failed to win any of their last four friendlies, with manager Gernot Rohr hinting he will revert back to previous formations to help the Super Eagles seal a victory.

Croatia boasts the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in their ranks but failed to progress from the group stage in Brazil and needed a play-off to reach Russia.

Since qualifying for the World Cup, the Croats have registered two wins and as many defeats in international friendlies, keeping only one clean sheet during that run and finding the net three times.

Since beating Poland in Wroclaw thanks to a Victor Moses penalty, Nigeria have gone four matches without a win, a run which includes a 2-1 friendly defeat to England at Wembley Stadium.

Team news

Question marks remain over Croatia’s left-back position, though Ivan Strinic is being tipped to get the nod, as well as how best to deploy versatile forward Andrej Kramaric.

An injury forced Moses Simon to pull out of the Nigeria squad ahead of the tournament, although Leicester midfielder Wilfried Ndidi is fit to play despite some concerns over his inclusion.

Croatia possible starting lineup:
Subasic; Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Strinic; Brozovic, Rakitic; Kramaric, Modric, Perisic; Mandzukic

Nigeria possible starting lineup:
Uzoho; Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Abdullahi, Idowu; Ndidi, Onazi; Iwobi, Mikel, Moses; Ighalo

Head To Head

This will be the first time that Croatia and Nigeria have faced each other.

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Croatia 1 Vs 2  Nigeria

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France vs Australia: Match Preview, Team News, Prediction, Statistics, Head To Head #WorldCupWith360nobs

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World Cup – Gp C

  • France vs Australia
  • 11:00 am Saturday 16th June
  • Kazan Arena  

France will kick off their 2018 World Cup campaign against  Australia at the Kazan Arena on Saturday in Group C’s opening match

France are one of the favourites to win the tournament, but head coach Didier Deschamps faces tough choices over his front three.

He started Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud with the substitutes team in training on Wednesday, suggesting 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe and Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele could start in the Group C clash against Australia along with Antoine Griezmann.

Australia could drop Mile Jedinak but head coach Bert van Marwijk might play Massimo Luongo in central midfield. 

Since qualifying, Australia have been in good form, scoring six times during impressive victories over the Czech Republic and Hungary this month, and heading to the finals on a run of only two defeats in six.

Team news

France are sweating on the fitness of full-back Djibril Sidibe, who has been battling to recover from a knee injury.

Benjamin Pavard, who has played mostly as a centre-back for Bundesliga side Stuttgart, could replace Sidibe. Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is also an injury worry.

Australia have no injury concerns, with Andrew Nabbout, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill and Jamie Maclaren all bidding to start up front.

France possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Mendy, Varane, Rami, Pavard; Kante, Pogba, Tolisso; Mbappe, Lemar, Griezmann

Australia possible starting lineup:
Ryan; Risdon, Sainsbury, Jedinak, Behich; Luongo, Mooy, Leckie, Kruse, Irvine; Juric


Head To Head

Australia and France have met four times, with the Aussies winning once, Les Bleus twice and the other game finishing all square.

The last time they faced each other, the French obliterated the Socceroos 6-0 in a friendly in October 2013.

Australia’s only victory over their Group C opponents came in the summer of 2001 at the FIFA Confederations Cup, a game they won 1-0 thanks to Clayton Zane‘s goal.

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France 3 Vs 1 Australia

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Hierro Hails A Committed La Roja

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New Spain gaffer, Fernando Hierro has lauded the commitment shown by his men in the 3-3 draw against Portugal.

La Roja came from behind twice to take the lead in the 58th minute, after Ronaldo’s brace was canceled out by one from Diego Costa and a thunderbolt from Nacho.

Spain showed no signs of instability, after replacing Lopetegui on the eve of the competition. However, an 88th minute freekick from Ronaldo sealed his hattrick and a draw for Portugal.

“We’ve all had to adapt very quickly to the new circumstances,” Hierro said.

“We’ve had very little time before our opening match, so I really wish to express my heartfelt thanks for their commitment.

“It wasn’t an easy situation, but when you have this extremely good group of young players, and the staff, these excellent professionals, they make your life a lot easier.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossip This Morning

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  • Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to make Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah their big summer signing.
  • David de Gea is set to commit himself to Manchester United with a new five-year contract.
  • Steven Gerrard has revealed England boss Gareth Southgate sent him a congratulatory text after he was appointed Rangers manager.
  • Premier League clubs are planning a FIFA video game championship, with all 20 expected to be involved.
  • Maurizio Sarri is on the brink of replacing Antonio Conte at Chelsea and is set to bring Gianfranco Zola with him to Stamford Bridge.
  • England Under-21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd believes there is a shortage of high-quality defenders coming through the system.
  • Newcastle United are facing competition from Leicester City in their attempts to re-sign Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace this summer.
  • Wayne Rooney could make his DC United debut on July 14, as the Everton forward edges closer to his MLS move.
  • Hector Bellerin has revealed he left Barcelona to join Arsenal as a teenager because he couldn’t see a path to the Nou Camp first team.
  • Patrick Vieira believes N’Golo Kante is the key to France getting the best out of Paul Pogba at the World Cup.
  • FA technical director Dan Ashworth believes England are on the right path under Gareth Southgate.

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Argentina Vs Iceland: Match Preview, Team News, Prediction, Statistics, Head To Head #WorldCupWith360nobs

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World Cup – Gp D

  • Argentina vs Iceland
  • 2:00pm Saturday 16th June
  • Otkrytie Arena

Argentina will get their 2018 World Cup campaign underway in Group D as they come up against Iceland, who are making their debut in the tournament.

After four years on from heartbreak in the 2014 World Cup final in Rio, Argentina’s journey of redemption begins in Moscow

Iceland’s form since qualifying doesn’t make for happy reading. They’ve won just once in their last seven matches, and that was against Indonesia. They’ve recently lost to Mexico, Peru and Norway, conceding three goals in each game.

Argentina have won four of their last six matches, one of which was the victory over Ecuador that sealed their place at the finals. But the two defeats have exposed huge weaknesses in the team which didn’t exist four years ago.

They lost 4-2 to Nigeria in Krasnodar last November, less than a month before being drawn against the Super Eagles in the World Cup group stages

Team news

Aguero will start up front for Argentina after Sampaoli confirmed his side’s starting XI for the game against Iceland during his pre-match press conference.

Argentina team to face Iceland: Caballero, Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico, Meza, Mascherano, Biglia, Di Maria, Messi, Aguero.

Aside from thwarting Messi, Iceland’s main concern is the fitness of captain Aron Gunnarsson. The Cardiff midfielder has been recovering from a knee injury sustained back in April.

Iceland (4-4-2): Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, R Sigurdsson, AF Skulason; JB Gudmundsson, Hallfredsson, G Sigurdsson, Bjarnason; Finnbogason, Sigurdarson

Head To Head

The Group D clash represents the first meeting between the two nations at international level.

360nobs prediction

Argentina 2 vs 0 Iceland

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Real Madrid are closing in on the signing of Alisson as the Liverpool transfer target wants his club future decided before Brazil’s World Cup opener against Costa Rica on Sunday. Madrid have decided Alisson represents a more affordable option than Manchester United’s David de Gea or Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea and are confident Roma will accept an offer between €60m-€65m (£52.4m-£56.8m). But even if Madrid do make the 25-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, he will not be considered automatic first choice and will have to battle Keylor Navas for the No.1 jersey. (Marca)

Barcelona have no alternative signing to Antoine Griezmann and will instead push on with the need to sign midfielders. Barca had been planning to sign Griezmann for more than a year but his rejection now means Philippe Coutinho will play further forward and Ousmane Dembele will be given a more important role in the squad. Barca will also now press on with attempts to buy Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich and Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong. (Mundo Deportivo/Marca)

Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico Madrid has affected more than just Barcelona as Real Sociedad have missed out on a €20m (£17.4m) windfall. The Basque club had a 20 per cent sell-on clause inserted into the €30m (£26.2m) transfer which took Griezmann from San Sebastian to Atletico in 2014. The lack of extra funds has forced Sociedad into reviewing their transfer plans for the summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Italy

Roma sporting director Monchi has contacted Paris Saint-Germain over the availability of Newcastle United transfer target Alphonse Areola as they prepare to sell Alisson to Real Madrid. Roma are holding out for a fee of €75m (£65.5m) for the Brazil international but the transfer is nearing completion. PSG value Areola, who is in Russia with the France squad, at €35m (£30.5m) but are aware the 25-year-old also has interest from Napoli and the Premier League so will not be pressured into a quick sale. (Corriere dello Sport)

Inter Milan have turned to Barcelona wing-back Aleix Vidal after deciding against spending €35m (£30.5m) on Valencia’s Joao Cancelo. Vidal is out of favour at the Camp Nou and is effectively up for sale with Inter wanting to pay a €10m (£8.7m) loan fee with a move to buying the Spaniard on a permanent deal next summer. Barca, however, are requesting a €15m (£13.1m) loan fee with the 28-year-old also a target of former club Sevilla. (Gazzetto dello Sport)

Juventus are close to sealing the double swoop of Cancelo from Valencia and CSKA Moscow and Russia hero Aleksandr Golovin. Portugal full-back Cancelo is expected to cost around €40m (£34.9m) while Golovin will be for around €20m (£17.4m). In order to help offset the cost, as Juve also pursue other targets, the Italian champions want to sell defender Daniele Rugani, midfielders Stefano Sturaro and Rolando Mandragora. (Tuttosport)

France

Real Madrid have beaten PSG and Bayern Munich to the €45m (£39.3m) signing of Santos wonderkid Rodrygo. Madrid will pay €20m (£17.4m) up front for the 17-year-old forward with the rest of the payment spread over the next few years. Rodrygo, who has scored five goals with two assists in nine games, will remain with Santos until next summer, in a similar deal which brought countryman Vinicius Junior to the Bernabeu from Flamengo. (L’Equipe)

Bordeaux are considering a move for Southampton playmaker Sofiane Boufal, especially if they lose Malcom. Bordeaux are keen to make an impact in the Europa League and have set their sights on unsettled Boufal, 24, who has struggled for first-team football at St Mary’s. Malcom’s future in France remains uncertain with Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Inter Milan all interested in the 21-year-old. (L’Equipe)

Lyon are battling with Borussia Dortmund for Mainz centre-back Abdou Diallo but their initial bid has fallen short of the German club’s €28m (£24.4m) valuation. Lyon hope to tempt Diallo to Ligue 1 by claiming he will be watched more by France coach Didier Deschamps than if he remains in the Bundesliga with Mainz or Dortmund. However, their first offer of €22m (£19.2m) has been rejected. (L’Equipe)

Germany

Bayern Munich will allow Manchester United-target Jerome Boateng to leave the Allianz Arena for the right price, because they are confident Niklas Sule is the long-term future of their defence. Sule, 22, turned down Chelsea last summer to move to Bayern from Hoffenheim and made an unexpected 42 appearances, more than any other centre-back at the club. As a result, club bosses are relaxed over Boateng’s departure knowing they have a ready-made replacement. (Bild)

Stuttgart’s chief scout Markus Losch is in Brazil with the Bundesliga club hoping to complete the signing of Palmeiras winger Roger Guedes. The 21-year-old has scored six goals in eight games on loan at Atletico Mineiro this season and has been dubbed the, “Brazilian Marco Reus” for his blond hair. Guedes will cost in the region of €9m (£7.8m) with Stuttgart already having made a number of summer signings. (Sport Bild)

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Real Madrid Confirm Signing Of Brazil Teenage Striker Rodrygo For €54m

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Real Madrid have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Santos over the transfer of Rodrygo.

Rodrygo, 17, has been a revelation for Santos since making his debut at the age of 16 last season and has scored five goals in nine Brazilian league matches this season.

He had been linked to a number of big European clubs but Real have won the race for his signature in a deal that is reported to be worth €54 million.

Santos confirmed the final agreement and said the amount they were to receive from the transfer was the most ever received by any Latin American club.

Real Madrid’s subsequent club statement said the deal would go through next summer — with FIFA not allowing transfers between international clubs for any player aged under 18.

“Real Madrid C. F. and Santos Futebol Clube have agreed that Rodrygo Goes will play his football at Real Madrid when he reaches the legal age requirement,” the La Liga side’s statement said. “Although the player would be able to play for our club as of January 2019, the agreement in place sets out that he will join the squad in July of that year.”

He becomes the second Brazilian starlet to agree on a move to Real after Vinícius Júnior signed for them last summer.

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Celtic Complete Club Record Signing Of PSG Striker Odsonne Edouard

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Celtic have completed the permanent signing of striker Odsonne Edouard from Paris Saint-Germain in what the Scottish club said is the biggest transfer in their history.

The decision to trigger Edouard’s purchase option, the value of which was not disclosed but has been reported to be £10 million, means the move for France youth international surpassed Chris Sutton’s transfer from Chelsea in 2000.

“From the moment I walked into Celtic, the club has felt like home to me,” Edouard, who signed a four-year contract, said in a statement announcing the move. “I have been made to feel so welcome by everyone at the club and our fans have given me such brilliant support.

“Celtic is one of the world’s great football clubs and I was desperate to make my move permanent. The scenes from May, when we achieved such a historic double treble and made the city come alive are still very fresh in our memories.”

Edouard played 29 matches and scored 11 goals across all competitions on loan with Celtic last season, winning the Premiership title, the Scottish FA Cup and the League Cup.

“We are delighted to make such an important signing,” Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers said in the statement. “Odsonne is one of the best young players I have worked with and one of the best in Europe.

“Our fans saw exactly what he is capable of last season and we look forward to working with him again as we look to build on the tremendous success we achieved last year.

Edouard, a PSG youth academy graduate, won the France under-19 championship with the club in 2015-16.

 

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