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All eyes on World Cup, says Waqar

LAHORE: Pakistan team coach and former captain Waqar Younis all upcoming series were vital, however the team’s core target is World Cup, ARY News reported Tuesday. Talking to media at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Younis said all series to be played ahead of World Cup were important. Such bilateral series cannot be neglected, he added. He reiterated that there was no dearth of talent in Pakistan team. We have enough time for World Cup preparation, he said, adding the team would try best to overcome its flaws. Younis said…

Champions Spain out of World Cup, Dutch march on

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil: Holders Spain crashed humiliatingly out of the World Cup on Wednesday after a second shock defeat while 2010 runners-up the Netherlands continued their perfect start with another high-scoring win. Thrashed 5-1 by the Dutch in their opening game, Spain's normally composed and incisive team again looked a spent force, allowing Chile to score twice in the first half then hold firm for a totally deserved, glorious win. "It is difficult to explain," bemoaned Spain captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas,…

Ochoa hero, Akinfeev villain in World Cup draws

BRASILIA: Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa produced a heroic performance in a 0-0 draw with Brazil and his Russian counterpart Igor Akinfeev was the villain in a 1-1 draw with South Korea as the World Cup produced more drama on Tuesday. While Ochoa kept Brazil at bay, the hapless Akinfeev was left to bury his head in his hands after he allowed Lee Keun-ho's straightforward shot from 25 metres to slip through his grasp. Algeria ended their 28-year wait for a World Cup goal when they took a shock lead against Belgium…

World Cup opener gets more Facebook comments than Oscars

SAO PAULO: Brazil's 3-1 win over Croatia in the World Cup opener on Thursday generated 58 million posts on Facebook, almost five times more than this year's Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, the social media company said on Friday. The most commented play on Facebook was Neymar's first goal, which levelled the match after Brazil fell behind early with an embarrassing own goal. The second most talked-about play was the controversial penalty that led to Neymar's second goal, putting Brazil ahead for the first time. With…

World Cup: Spain’s dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil

MADRID: Spain's desire for glory on the international stage is as strong as ever but the champions will need something special if they are to become the first Europeans to win the World Cup in the Americas. The only nation from the continent to triumph in soccer's global showpiece outside Europe, thanks to their triumph in South Africa four years ago, La Roja got an indication of the task facing them when they were humbled 3-0 by hosts Brazil in last year's Confederations Cup final. The pressure of the occasion at an…