Daily Digest: Brazil book place in last-16 after Germany crash out against South Korea

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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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Pre-tournament favourites Brazil eased into the last-16 as goals in each half from Paulinho and Thiago Silva confirmed Serbia’s elimination with a 2-0 defeat.

The record-five-time winners topped their section and will meet Group F runners-up Mexico on Monday. Read our talking points and player focus from the match.

Meanwhile, defending champions Germany bowed out at the group stages for the first time since 1938 after suffering a 2-0 defeat to South Korea.

Joachim Low’s men failed to get out of second gear and could not breach a granite-like South Korea defence. In a must-win game for the European powerhouse, this was an embarrassingly tepid display. Check out our key takeaways from the game at the Kazan Arena.

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In last night’s other matches, Sweden stormed into the round of 16 thanks to a 3-0 win over Mexico, from which El Tri just scraped through as a result of Germany’s defeat.

Switzerland also moved through to the second round, after a draw over Costa Rica but will be without captain Stephan Lichtsteiner because of suspension.

In today’s big game, dark horse meets dark horse, but both England and Belgium have already bolted into the knockout stages. Take in Chris Bailey’s talking points ahead of the crunch tie (22:00).

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Kusal Perera battled through the considerable discomfort of a painful chest injury to guide Sri Lanka to a historic series-levelling four-wicket victory over the West Indies in the third and final Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Set a target of 144 and resuming on the fourth day at the overnight position of 81 for five, Sri Lanka reached their goal for the loss of one additional wicket to become the first Asian team ever to win a Test match at Caribbean cricket’s most iconic venue.

In other news, the UAE will continue to remain the ‘home’ of Pakistan cricket in the near future after the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Emirates Cricket Board arrived at an agreement.

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Japan v Poland (18:00)

Senegal v Colombia (18:00)

Panama v Tunisia (22:00)

England v Belgium (22:00)

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Daily Digest: Lionel Messi scores as Argentina progress after last-gasp win over Nigeria

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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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Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero after win over Nigeria

At last, a goal from Leo Messi in Russia.

Marcos Rojo was Argentina’s unlikely saviour as the South Americans beat Nigeria 2-1 to advance to the last 16 of the World Cup.

The Manchester United defender volleyed home Gabriel Mercardo’s right-wing cross four minutes from time to book a knock-out clash against France.

Nigeria had been on the verge of progressing instead after Victor Moses’ penalty early in the second half had cancelled out Lionel Messi’s first goal of the tournament.

We were across all the action!

Matt Monaghan brings you talking points from the contest while Chris Bailey was on hand with Argentina and Nigeria player ratings.

You can also watch video animation of the goals from the game, here.

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Three wins out of three for Croatia.

Three wins out of three for Croatia.

Ivan Perisic ended Iceland’s World Cup dream with a 90th-minute winner as croatia racked up a third successive victory in Group D.

Iceland’s hopes of an improbable place in the knockout stages were raised when Gylfi Sigurdsson exorcised the demons of his penalty miss against Nigeria last time out with a spot-kick equaliser with 15 minutes to go.

But substitute Perisic fired home right at the end, after Milan Badelj’s second-half opener, to make it 2-1 and kill off any chance of Iceland progressing.

Watch the animated goals from that match, here.

Don’t miss any of the action and news in our dedicated World Cup section, as well as previews to today’s action.

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Paine and his troops had no answer to England's assault on Tuesday.

Skipper Tim Paine needs to galvanise his troops.

Cricket Australia are closely monitoring the security situation in Zimbabwe ahead of the national team’s upcoming tour of the country for a T20I tri-series also involving Pakistan.

Australia are slated to take part in the tri-series at Harare which gets underway on July 1 with the finals taking place on July 8.

Read more, here.

Meanwhile, England and Australia face-off in the first T20 of the series later.

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

WHAT’S ON

World Cup Football: Group F: Mexico v Sweden (18:00), Group F: South Korea v Germany (18:00); Group E: Switzerland v Costa Rica (22:00), Serbia v Brazil (22:00)

Cricket: England v Australia first T20I, Edgbaston (21:30)

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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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WORLD CUP:

Australia v Peru (18:00)

Denmark v France (18:00)

Nigeria v Argentina (22:00)

Iceland v Croatia (22:00)

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