Daily Digest: Spain take top spot in Group B ahead of Portugal as Cristiano Ronaldo misses penalty

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Good morning, Davey Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on today in the world of sport.

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Spain boss Fernando Hierro admitted after the 2-2 draw with Morocco that his side were lucky to finish top of World Cup Group B and stressed the need for defensive improvement.

Hierro’s men were set to finish second in the pool, and face Group A winners Uruguay in the last 16, until a stoppage-time equaliser by substitute Iago Aspas.

Initially the flag was up for offside, but the goal, Spain’s second leveller of the contest, was subsequently given following a VAR review.

With a late Iran goal seeing them hold Portugal 1-1, Spain and Portugal ended up level on five points in first and second place respectively, with goals scored putting the former ahead.

Read our talking points and ratings from Spain’s draw.

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If you missed yesterday’s matches, Spain and Portugal secured their qualification from World Cup Group B to join Group A pair Uruguay and Russia in the knockout stages.

Cristiano Ronaldo saw his penalty saved in Portugal’s World Cup draw with Iran, while Iago Aspas netted a 91st minute equaliser to earn shaky Spain top spot. Read our talking points and ratings from the games here.

In Monday’s other matches, Uruguay beat Russia 3-0 and Saudi Arabia saw off Egypt 2-1 at the Volgograd Arena.

In today’s games, Australia take on Peru (18:00), France entertain Denmark (18:00), Nigeria are in action against Argentina (22:00) and Iceland face Croatia (22:00).

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Jos Buttler admitted to feeling a little nervy before he administered the final blow to complete England’s improbable one-wicket win and historic 5-0 whitewash of Australia.

Without Buttler, on his captain Eoin Morgan’s acknowledgement, England would have had no chance at 114 for eight in pursuit of Australia’s under-par 205 all out in the one-day international series finale at Old Trafford.

In local news, UAE pacer Mohammad Naveed has set himself an ambitious target of being the top wicket-taker and taking the scalp of David Warner at the upcoming Global T20 Canada Tournament.

The 31-year-old is one of four UAE players to be selected through the draft earlier this month. He joins UAE skipper Rohan Mustafa at Toronto while Shaiman Anwar and Ahmed Raza are part of the Edmonton Royals’ squad.

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Our man Matt Monaghan previews Nigeria v Argentina at World Cup 2018

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Australia v Peru (18:00)

Denmark v France (18:00)

Nigeria v Argentina (22:00)

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Daily Digest: Egypt forward Mohamed Salah starts against Saudi Arabia

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Good afternoon, David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on today in the world of sport.

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Egypt’s star man Mohamed Salah was named in the starting line-up for their final World Cup Group A match against Saudi Arabia on Monday (18:00 kick-off).

Salah scored in the Pharaohs’ 3-1 defeat to Russia in their second game last Tuesday, having missed the opener against Uruguay due to the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final last month.

It was initially reported that Salah would not start, but a correction was made on Egypt FA’s Twitter account shortly after.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Jos Buttler of England batting during the 5th Royal London ODI match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on June 24, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

In the form of his life: Jos Buttler.

Jos Buttler rescued England as they pulled off a one-wicket win from the most improbable of positions to complete their historic 5-0 whitewash of Australia.

England’s hopes of pulling off a clean sweep appeared all washed up at Old Trafford when they faltered to 114 for eight in pursuit of an under-par 205 all out in the one-day series finale.

Here, Ajit Vijaykumar brings you this analysis on Buttler’s performance and has this to say about Australia captain Tim Paine and the chaos the Baggy Green find themselves in.

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Spain will seek to secure their passage into the last 16 with their final group game against eliminated Morocco on Monday night, with La Roja knowing a draw in Kaliningrad would be enough to send them through.

Here are the three big talking points ahead of the action.

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Group A: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (18:00), Uruguay v Russia (18:00)

Group B: Iran v Portugal (22:00), Spain v Morocco (22:00)

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Daily Digest: Superstar display by James Rodriguez as Colombia romp to victory over Poland

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Good morning, David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on today in the world of sport.

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Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez (R) controls the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Poland and Colombia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 24, 2018. (Photo by Roman Kruchinin / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read ROMAN KRUCHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Dazzling display: James Rodriguez.

Last night, Colombia came away from the Kazan Arena with three precious points after a dazzling display in their 3-0 win over Poland.

Towering defender Yerry Mina opened the scoring five minutes before half-time as he nodded in a cross from James Rodriguez.

Radamel Falcao latched onto a through ball from Juan Quintero to double the Colombians’ lead with 20 minutes to play before Rodriguez assisted Juan Cuadrado for the third five minutes later.

The result in Group H means Poland are eliminated from the World Cup with one game left to play.

Read Brendon Netto’s analysis, here.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Jos Buttler of England batting during the 5th Royal London ODI match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on June 24, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

In the form of his life: Jos Buttler.

Jos Buttler rescued England as they pulled off a one-wicket win from the most improbable of positions to complete their historic 5-0 whitewash of Australia.

England’s hopes of pulling off a clean sweep appeared all washed up at Old Trafford when they faltered to 114 for eight in pursuit of an under-par 205 all out in the one-day series finale.

But Buttler (110no) – who had already improvised a run-out and stumping in his wicketkeeping role – gave England the last laugh after all in Sunday’s tale of the unexpected.

Here, Ajit Vijaykumar brings you this analysis on Buttler’s performance and has this to say about Australia captain Tim Paine and the chaos the Baggy Green find themselves in.

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TOPSHOT - Japan's midfielder Keisuke Honda (L) is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Japan and Senegal at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 24, 2018. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan and Senegal played out a draw.

Following Japan and Senegal’s 2-2 draw in Group, Matt Monaghan analyses the contest and discusses veteran forward Keisuke Honda.

Read it, here.

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As ever, our social media channels were across all of Sunday’s World Cup action!

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World Cup Football: Group A: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (18:00), Uruguay v Russia (18:00); Group B: Iran v Portugal (22:00), Spain v Morocco (22:00)

Mohamed Salah is expected to take to the pitch.

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