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Zidane hails selfless Ronaldo

MADRID: Real coach Zinedine Zidane hailed Cristiano Ronaldo's selflessness after the forward gave up the chance of a hat-trick by allowing Karim Benzema to take a late penalty in Saturday's 4-0 thrashing of Alaves. Zidane restored Gareth Bale to the starting XI to reunite the 'BBC' front line of the Welshman, Ronaldo and Benzema, and all three scored in a confident display at the Santiago Bernabeu. Ronaldo, whose first goal was created by a magnificent Benzema flick, stood aside in the 89th minute to allow the…

Late goals send France into quarter-finals

BRASILIA: France ended Nigeria’s hopes of a first World Cup quarter-final appearance when they scored two late goals to beat the Super Eagles 2-0 in a rough second-round match on Monday. Paul Pogba put France ahead in the 79th minute, heading in at the far post after Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama flapped at Mathieu Valbuena’s corner following a sustained spell of French pressure. The win was sealed when Joseph Yobo turned a low cross into his own goal in stoppage time and France will play Germany or Algeria in the…

FIFA World Cup 2014 : France give 3-0 thrashing to 10 men Honduras

PORT ALEGRE: A swashbuckling Karim Benzema led the charge as France overwhelmed Honduras 3-0 in their Group E match of FIFA World Cup 2014 on Sunday, showing a resurgence of flair that should bury the memories of Les Bleus' debacle in South Africa in 2010. Benzema bagged a brace himself, while a bizarre own goal by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares saw goal line technology used for the first time in a World Cup to confirm the ball had crossed the line. In a bruising encounter, Honduras were reduced to 10-men after Wilson…