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Russia my last shot at World Cup glory, says Messi

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Buenos Aires, Dec 7: Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted that upcoming Football World Cup in Russia is likely to be his last chance to clinch a major international tournament for Argentina.

The 30-year-old footballer is still seeking his first senior trophy with the Albiceleste, having come painfully close in the past three and a half years as a losing finalist in the 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa America and 2016 Copa America, IANS quoted citing  Xinhua news agency reported.

“People are waiting for this group to leave because it has not won for a long time and those who criticize get tired of always seeing the same faces,” Messi told in an interview TyC Sports.

“I think it’s the last opportunity for this group. There is a lot of excitement. If we do badly, the entire national team will have to disappear. It’s going to be very difficult for anyone to continue because we have already been here for a number of years”, he added.

Argentina endured a torrid qualifying campaign in South America’s CONMEBOL group, only attaining a World Cup place in the last match against Ecuador in October with a Messi-inspired 3-1 triumph in Quito.

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Asian Games 2018: Sanjeev Rajput wins Silver medal in 50m air rifle

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Jakarta, Aug 21: Indian shooter Sanjeev Rajput won the Silver medal in Men’s 50m air rifle( 3 positions) event at Asian Games 2018.

Earlier,shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma clinched the gold and bronze medal, respectively in the Men’s 10 metre Air Pistol final.

With a score of 240.7 Saurabh bagged the yellow metal.

While Abhishek stood third scoring 219.3 to take India’s medal tally to seven.

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Asian Games 2018: Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold, Abhishek Verma bronze in 10m air pistol

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Jakarta, Aug 21: Indian shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma clinched the gold and bronze medal, respectively in the Men’s 10 metre Air Pistol final on the third day of Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta. 

With a score of 240.7 Saurabh bagged the yellow metal.

While Abhishek stood third scoring 219.3 to take India’s medal tally to seven.

Tomoyuki Matsuda of Japan won the silver with 239.7 points. He and Saurabh pulled away for the contest with points of 220.1 and 220.5 respectively.  After eight series Abhishek was eliminated with 219.3 points.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced Rs 50 lakh award for Saurabh Chaudhary.

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3rd Test: India set daunting 521-run target for England

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Nottingham, Aug 21: India declared their second innings at 352/7, setting a target of 521 runs for England to win the third Test with two days remaining at Trent Bridge here on Monday.

Skipper Virat Kohli struck his 23rd Test ton, his fourth slowest century coming off 197 balls, to guide India to the massive score.

Kohli received great support from No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara (72), who forged a 113-run third wicket partnership before all-rounder Hardik Pandya struck a run-a-ball 52 to take the lead past the 500-run mark.

Brief Scores: India: 329 all out and 352/7 (Virat Kohli 103, Cheteshwar Pujara 72, Hardik Pandya 52; Adil Rashid 3/101) against England: first innings: 161 all out.

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