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Group B

Spain on tough path to World Cup glory, says Hierro

KAZAN, Russia: Fernando Hierro says Spain face a tough challenge to reach the World Cup knockout stage following a "lucky" 1-0 win against Iran that lifted the 2010 champions to the top of their group. A second-half strike from Diego Costa secured all three points for Spain in Kazan on Wednesday, where the deafening sound of vuvuzelas and singing from a predominantly Iranian crowd added to the challenge. After an intense encounter in which Iran frustrated Hierro's team of superstars for long periods, Costa admitted he…

Kohli says India ready for crunch clash with South Africa

LONDON: Virat Kohli says India will thrive under pressure in their make or break Champions Trophy clash with South Africa on Sunday. After slumping to a shock defeat against Sri Lanka on Thursday, holders India must win their final Group B fixture at The Oval to avoid an embarrassing exit. Although he is well aware of the criticism that would come with elimination at the group stage, India captain Kohli is remaining upbeat and he called on his players to embrace the high-stakes nature of their showdown with South…