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Soccer-Amrabat out of hospital but also out of next game
MOSCOW, June 17 (Reuters) - Morocco winger Nordin Amrabat has been discharged from hospital but he will not play in the side's next World Cup Group B clash against Portugal on Wednesday after suffering concussion in the 1-0 loss to Iran, officials said.
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Sunday
Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Sunday:
Soccer-Young Super Eagles earning their World Cup wings
KALININGRAD, Russia, June 17 (Reuters) - Nigeria suffered from a bit of growing pains on Saturday when the young Super Eagles were schooled in set pieces by Croatia who shot to the top of Group D with a 2-0 win in their World Cup opener.
Modric ready for Argentina challenge after scripting Croatia victory
KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Croatia midfielder Luka Modric suggested that his team's 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday had turned up the heat on Group D favorites Argentina who were held to a tame 1-1 draw by Iceland earlier in the day.
Croatia need own goal and penalty to overcome Nigeria
KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday with an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric to go top of World Cup Group D, one of the toughest and most unpredictable in the tournament.
UPDATE 1-Soccer-Croatia need own goal and penalty to overcome Nigeria
KALININGRAD, Russia, June 16 (Reuters) - Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday with an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric to go top of World Cup Group D, one of the toughest and most unpredictable in the tournament.
UPDATE 2-Italy demands Netherlands recall NGO migrant rescue ships
ROME, June 16 (Reuters) - Italy on Saturday demanded that the Netherlands recall two Dutch-flagged migrant rescue ships after one of the non-governmental organizations that operate them called Rome's interior minister a fascist.
Soccer-Belgium expecting tough test against debutants Panama
SOCHI, Russia, June 16 (Reuters) - Belgium striker Dries Mertens conceded that Iceland's surprise draw with Argentina had served as a World Cup warning to his side as they prepared to face another small debutant team Panama on Monday.
Soccer-Nigerian own goal gives Croatia half-time lead
KALININGRAD, Russia, June 16 (Reuters) - Oghenekaro Etebo was credited with an own goal as Croatia broke the deadlock just after the half-hour mark to take a 1-0 halftime lead over Nigeria in their World Cup Group D clash at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday.
Iceland hold Argentina to 1-1 draw as Messi misses penalty
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tiny Iceland made a stunning impact in their first-ever World Cup on Saturday when they held 2014 runners-up Argentina to a pulsating 1-1 draw but Lionel Messi's tournament began wretchedly as he saw his penalty saved by Hannes Halldorsson.
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