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Argentina beats Haiti in friendly as Lionel Messi registers hat trick

Lionel Messi was the star of the show tonight, bagging a hat-trick and an assist as Argentina cruised to a 4-0 win over Haiti in an international friendly that served as their World Cup send-off at La Bombanera.   Around ...

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Mashrafe to run in elections: AHM Mustafa Kamal

One of Bangladesh’s most successful captain Mashrafe Mortaza will run in the upcoming general elections.   Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal came up with the update while briefing reporters after ECNEC meeting on Tuesday.   “Mashrafe will contest the election ...

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Fizz ruled out of T20I series against Afghanistan

A left foot injury forced Mustafizur Rahman to rule out from Bangladesh’s three-match T20I series against Afghanistan scheduled to be played on June 3, 5 and 7 in Dehradundue, India.   The Fizz joined the national team’s training camp last ...

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Ronaldo-less Portugal held by Tunisia

AC Milan striker Andre Silva hit a landmark 1000th goal for the hosts but there was little to celebrate as Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal were held 2-2 by Tunisia in a pre-World Cup friendly on Monday.   Still smarting from a ...

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Sargent & Weah, both 18, score as US beats Bolivia 3-0

Josh Sargent became the fourth-youngest American to score, making an audacious interception of a goalkeeper’s pass over his head to put the ball into the net in his international debut at just 18 years, 102 days.   Tim Weah, two ...

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Balotelli scores on return as Italy beats Saudi Arabia 2-1

Mari Balotelli marked his return to the Italy team with the opening goal as the Azzurri beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in an international friendly on Monday in Roberto Mancini’s first match in charge.   Balotelli, who last played for Italy ...

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Fekir helps France to comfortable win over Ireland

Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir were on target as France stepped up their World Cup preparations by beating the Republic of Ireland 2-0 in Paris on Monday evening.   Chelsea striker Giroud bundled in the opener at the Stade de ...

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Egypt star Salah to travel to Spain for treatment: federation

Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah will travel to Spain on Tuesday for treatment on the injured shoulder that wrecked his Champions League final bid and threatens his World Cup participation.   Egypt’s football federation (EFA) said Salah’s entourage had ...

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‘Age just a number’ for Dhoni’s 30-something IPL champs

Mahendra Singh Dhoni said fitness was more important than youth as he celebrated winning the Indian Premier League at the age of 36 — and looked increasingly good for a fourth World Cup next year.   Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings ...

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Maclaren called up to Aussie World Cup squad

In-form striker Jamie Maclaren has joined Australia’s World Cup training camp in Turkey as injury cover after being a surprise omission from the squad, Football Federation Australia said Monday.   The Germany-based player was selected in coach Bert van Marwijk’s ...

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