Argentina players are “devastated” after their unexpected 3-0 loss to Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod. FC Barcelona star striker Messi’s squad, who have only one point after their two group-stage games, is now in danger of missing the World Cup round of 16. (updated 08:53 22.06.2018)

“We are devastated. It’s not the best time to analyze anything now. We just need to live through this moment,” Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano told journalists on Thursday.

Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Thursday that he takes full responsibility for his team’s disappointing defeat to Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.

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“You are right, I am the one who makes the final decision. This defeat is my responsibility because I made the game plan,” Sampaoli told journalists.

He emphasized that his team failed to get the ball to Messi enough, while the mistake committed by Caballero, which led to Ante Rebic’s opening goal “threw Argentina off course” and they were never able to recover.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group D – Argentina vs Croatia

Head coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Thursday that Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi’s “uniqueness fades” when the Barcelona forward plays for his national team.

“Do not compare him [Cristiano Ronaldo] to Messi, because Messi’s uniqueness fades [when he’s] with the national team. Maybe the other players cannot adjust to him and this is my fault too,” Sampaoli told journalists.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group D – Argentina vs Croatia

The coach added that he does not feel “shame”, but “true pain” after his team failed to beat Croatia, and Argentina need to “give everything in their final group game against to have any opportunity of advancing to the next round.”

Croatia Played “Amazingly” in Tough Match Against Messi’s Squad

A stunning and spectacular second half performance was put on by the Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic trio, who scored for the Croats and eventually booked a spot for their team in the FIFA World Cup round of 16.

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic praised his side’s “amazing” performance as they swept aside Argentina’s powerful squad.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group D

“I believed in my team from the very beginning, though I didn’t think that we would reach the knockout stage after the second match. I’m glad that it happened so early. It’s not Argentina who played poorly, it’s us who played amazingly,” Dalic told journalists.

World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Croatia - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - June 21, 2018 Argentina's Willy Caballero looks dejected after Croatia's Ante Rebic scored their first goal
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“We have passed the group stage, we have beaten the strong team that has the world’s best player, we played this great match, but we need to remain humble. I want my players to stay as hungry for the victory as they are, only this way we’ll be able to achieve good results at the tournament,” the head coach said.

Meanwhile, Croatia captain Luka Modric said on Thursday that his side “played perfectly” after easily dispatching Argentina 3-0. Modric scored his side’s second goal with a right-footed strike into the right hand corner of the goal from outside the penalty area and was named man of the match.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group D

“We have completed the main goal — we have reached the knockout stage, and we are very happy… Our victory could look easy, but it isn’t. We deserve this victory, the first goal was scored after the goalkeeper’s mistake and we were lucky. We played perfectly, it was the only way to beat Argentina,” Modric told journalists.

Dejected Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts leaving a pitch after the 1-1 draw at World Cup Group D soccer match between Argentina and Iceland at the Spartak stadium in Moscow, Russia, June 16, 2018
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The captain stressed that the teamwork in the second half helped Croatia to succeed.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said on Thursday that his team played excellent defensively against Argentina and their captain and FC Barcelona star striker Lionel Messi.

“I am happy. [This win] is a great result for the team and the entire country. I believed from the very beginning that we could win. The entire team were excellent in defense, while we also managed to create chances. Of course we studied Messi, he is one of the best players in the world, but even he can be stopped. We had a plan against Argentina’s team and not only Messi,” Lovren told journalists.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group D

Croatia, who are top of their group with six points, will face their last group stage opponent Iceland on June 26 in Rostov-on-Don. Argentina, in turn, will face Nigeria in their third and final Group D game at St. Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.

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Physiotherapist reveals when Mohamed Salah will join Egypt World Cup team in Russia saying in principle, it will be between three and four weeks, but we will try to reduce those dates, that’s the big goal, ” he added #AceSportsDesk reports

#AceSportsNews – May.31: Egyptian forward, Mohamed Salah will be out of action for three to four weeks due to his shoulder injury: Salah was injured during Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid……………..The 25-year-old winger is desperate to play for Egypt in their third World Cup and their first for 38 years #AceSportsDesk reports

But Liverpool’s club physiotherapist, Ruben Pons said, “He is sad about what happened but is totally focused on recovery, seeing when he can be ready,” he told Spanish sports newspaper, Marca: “In principle, it will be between three and four weeks, but we will try to reduce those dates, that’s the big goal,” he added.

Egypt begins their campaign in World Cup Group A against Uruguay on June 15, before facing hosts, Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25……….This means if Salah takes four weeks to recover, he could be fit in time for the knock-out phases……….Egypt reached the tournament after Salah scored a 95th minute penalty to help them beat Congo 2-1 in October.

Salah, who scored 44 goals in a sensational first season for Liverpool after joining from Roma, was voted Player of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association this month: https://t.co/Ul9lIH1fdRhttps://t.co/X7bZR2Pqax

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Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he intends “smashing through everyone” to prove he is better than Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder #AceSportsDesk reports

#AceSportsReport – May.30: Fury, 29, has not fought since claiming the IBF, WBA and WBO titles from Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015: But he faces Albania’s Sefer Seferi in his comeback fight on 9 June #AceSportsDesk reports

Tyson Fury & Mark Heffron at the International Middleweight Contest at Elland Road on 19 May

Tyson Fury (right), pictured at Elland Road earlier this month, has not fought since 2015 but returns to the ring on 9 June:

Tyson Fury v Sefer Seferi
Venue: Manchester Arena Date: Saturday, 9 June Time: 22:30 BST (approx)
Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website & app

“I can’t sleep at night knowing people think AJ is better than me or Deontay Wilder is better than me,” he said on Instagram.

Briton Joshua, 28, is the reigning WBA, IBF and WBO champion, while 32-year-old American Wilder holds the WBC crown.

“I will separate them from their senses. I want to hit AJ with six left hooks in a row. I’m more determined than I’ve ever been,” added Fury.

“If there are any cruiserweights or light heavyweights out there who want to move up into my division you better get it done because I’m smashing through everyone.”

Fury’s return to the heavyweight division against Seferi, 39, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 live.

Albanian Seferi, has boxed at cruiserweight for most of his professional career, losing just once in 24 bouts, and fighting four times since Fury was last in the ring.

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Rashid to shine in Test cricket as well: Kiwi skipper: Kane Williamson, speaking to journalists after the IPL final in Mumbai on Sunday, extolled the 19-year-old leg spinner as “the full package” #AceSportsNews reports

#AceSportsReport – May.29: The Kiwi skipper hopes Afghanistans teenage spin sensation Rashid Khan will shine in Test cricket just as he did in T-20 events: Kane Williamson, speaking to journalists after the IPL final in Mumbai on Sunday, extolled the 19-year-old leg spinner as “the full package”………. Despite his remarkable bowling in most of IPL encounters, Rashid Khan’s team Sunrisers Hyderabad was thrashed in the by Chennai Super Kings in the final #AceSportsDesk reports

“He’s a world-class player. We’ve seen that in this format,” Williamson was quoted as saying by AFP, “He’s a world-class player. We’ve seen that in this format.”

Afghanistan are due to play their debut Test against India in Bangalore in June. Khan had the talent to succeed in the five-day game, the New Zealand captain believed.

“It’s great that he’s going to be playing some Test cricket and I think (it) is a challenge for anyone, but an enjoyable challenge because he is right up there with the top spinners in the game,” he added.

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Afghan Motorsport Takes To Streets Of #Kabul as motorsport enthusiasts got a chance to show off their driving skills #AceSportsNews reports

#AceSportsReport – May.29: Afghan motorsport enthusiasts got a chance to show off their driving skills on Monday when ten drivers took part in an organized event in Kabul: We only race in the name of Afghanistan and to bring honor to bring honor to the country have started our races,” said Hashmat Rahbar, head of the Motorsport Federation #AceSportsDesk reports

One race car driver, Ahmad, said that “this is a new sporting event in Afghanistan, but it has its fans and I am one of them.”

Organizers of the event said that motor racing was an expensive sport and new to Afghanistan. However, it is a sport that has caught on very quickly among the youth.

“We were able to create our teams in the provinces as well and in total we have 280 racing members,” said one of the organizers, Rahbar.

The head of the development section of the Motorsport Federation of Afghanistan, Abdul Wahid Quraishi, said: “These vehicles are heavy and are very modified.”

The Motorsport Federation was founded in 2017 in the framework of the National Olympic Committee and has already formed a team to compete internationally.

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As Sportsmail exclusively revealed last week , former England captain Rooney is set to leave the Toffees for DC United when the MLS transfer window opens in July – @AceTweetNews

As Sportsmail exclusively revealed last week , former England captain Rooney is set to leave the Toffees for DC United when the MLS transfer window opens in July. https://t.me/acebreakingnews/771819 #AceSportsNews

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Beitar Jerusalem, the city’s largest club, will rebrand as “Beitar Trump Jerusalem,” according to an announcement on the team’s official Facebook page Sunday – @AceTweetNews

President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital, and these days other countries are following his lead in giving Jerusalem its rightful status,” the club wrote. “The football club Beitar Jerusalem, one of the most prominent symbols of the city, are happy to honor the President for his love and support with a gesture of our own.”70 שנה המתינה ירושלים להכרה בינלאומית, עד שהנשיא דונלד טראמפ החליט לעשות מעשה והכיר בה כבירת הנצח של עם ישראל.
בית”ר ירושלים, מהמותגים הירושלמים הבולטים ביותר, החליט לגמול לנשיא על אהבתו, ומעתה תיקרא קבוצת המנורה “בית”ר ‘טראמפ’ ירושלים”.
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Jerusalem soccer club announces it is changing its name in honor of the US president's recognition of Israels capital. (Facebook, Beitar Jerusalem)

Jerusalem’s largest soccer club announced Sunday that it has changed its name to “Beitar Trump Jerusalem,” in honor of the US president’s recognition of Israel’s capital and moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv.

In an announcement on Facebook, the team praised the US president.

https://t.co/F03lrPfsmO pic.twitter.com/pngl3dPUwi— Beitar Jerusalem FC (@fcbeitar) May 13, 2018The statement comes ahead of the new diplomatic headquarter’s official opening today.President Trump announced his intention in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital and relocate the American embassy there, calling the move “the right thing to do.” The decision drew praise from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and scorn from Palestinian groups and others who warned that it could derail peace efforts. The American embassy was previously in Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial capital.Beitar Jerusalem is the only club in the Israeli Premier League to have never fielded an Arab Muslim player, and some of its fans have a reputation for anti-Arab and anti-Muslim prejudice, the Times of Israel reports: https://t.me/acenewsgroup/490997 #AceSportsNews

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