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Group G

England expects as dark horses Belgium launch World Cup campaign

VOLGOGRAD, Russia: England open their World Cup campaign on Monday seeking to banish memories of dismal performances in recent tournaments as Belgium's "Golden Generation" kick off as dark-horse challengers. England, winners on football's biggest stage more than half a century ago, crashed out without a win four years ago in Brazil, and have not won a knockout match in any tournament since 2006. Gareth Southgate's team will be eager to start with a bang after world champions Germany slipped up in their opening match…

Germany and Portugal clash in Group G showpiece

Group G heavyweights Germany and Portugal will trade blows in the blazing midday heat of Salvador on Monday with goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo fit to take on the three-time World Cup winners. Portugal talisman Ronaldo's participation had been in doubt after struggling with tendinosis in his left knee. Germany, second in FIFA's world rankings behind Spain, will be at full strength after several key players, including keeper Manuel Neuer and captain Philipp Lahm, recovered from injuries. In the other Group G match, the…