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Super Sunday for India: India vs Pakistan in Cricket and Hockey

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NewDelhi, June 18: For sports enthusiasts it just cannot get bigger than this Sunday. It doesn’t matter where your allegiances lie for it is expected to be a breathtaking day and one where you would need multiple monitors and screens as things clash as far as the timings go.

Two epic battles are on the cards as India lock horns against Pakistan on the cricket field, and also clash against each other on the hockey turf.

Those who are following the Champions Trophy closely know that the Men in Blue beat Bangladesh in the semi-final on Thursday to set a date with their arch rivals in a blockbuster clash this Sunday. The Indian hockey team led by Manpreet Singh on the other hand will also take the field on Sunday against Pakistan in London in the Hockey World League (HWL) semi-finals.

   India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Final

In the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal, India thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets as with a Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli show, who hammered the Tigers’ bowlers all around the park to put together 178 runs. Whereas in the other semifinal, Pakistan stunned hosts England with their remarkable bowling performance, restricting the opposition to 211. Pakistan chased down the total with eight wickets in hand. On Sunday, the decider will reveal the winner of the eighth edition of ICC Champions Trophy.The match will begin at 3 pm IST at the Oval.

Pakistan have also had a fantastic run in the tournament after the loss to India in the group stage, and Sunday’s final will be a mouth-watering clash for fans.

TV TIMING: The first ball is scheduled for 3 PM with toss at 2.30 PM from The Oval, London.

India vs Pakistan, Hockey World League

In the Hockey World League semifinal Pool B game, India play their third game of the tournament when they face Pakistan have had a terrible start to the tournament. India began their campaign with two straight wins – 4-1 against Scotland and 3-0 against Canada while Pakistan were spanked 0-6 by Canada on Friday evening and had started with a 0-4 defeat to Netherlands. India is currently ranked 6th in World Hockey, while Pakistan are 13th. Teams who qualify from this tournament will play in the HWL finals which will be held in Bhubaneswar. The match will start at 6:30 pm IST in London.

TV TIMING: The ball gets rolling at 6.30 PM from Olympic Park, London

           Kidambi Srikanth vs Kazumasa Sakai, Indonesia Open Super Series Final

Away from the theme of India vs Pakistan will be Kidambi Srikanth who will take on World No. 47 Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in the final of Indonesia Super Series Premier. Srikanth comes into the final on the back of a nervous and dramatic semifinal against World No 1 Son Wan Ho. Srikanth saved one match and converted his third to book a place in the decider.

TV Timing: Kidambi Srikanth is second on court with play scheduled to start at 1.30 PM IST. Expect Srikanth’s match to begin after 2 PM.

Both Cricket and Hockey teams will be out there wearing the national jersey and hopefully the Indian boys will win the double over Pakistan in England and give the fans back home a reason to smile.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Tony Kroos fives Germany win over Sweden

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Sochi, June 24 : Tony Kroos produced a last gasp winner as Germany revived their campaign with a 2-1 win over Sweden in a Group F match of the FIFA World Cup here.

Ola Toivonen gave Sweden the lead with a superb finish in the 32nd minute during the match on Saturday.

Germany displayed large doses of their famed fighting spirit as they staged a strong comeback in the second half.

Marco Reus (48th minute) got the equaliser early in the second half.

Germany left everything to the last minute, scoring in the 95th minute, avoiding what could have been an embarrassing elimination from the World Cup in the group stage.

The Germans felt disaster coming when Ola Toinoven scored the first goal in the 32nd minute, giving Sweden a 1-0 lead by half time, Efe news reports.

To Germany’s relief, Marco Reus scored three minutes into the second half off a cross from the left by Timo Werner, giving his teammates the jolt of energy and confidence they needed.

Germany soon took control of the match, achieving nearly 80 per cent possession of the ball and finding several clear chances to score, although the Swedish defence held the line.

Even though Jerome Boateng received a red card in the 83rd minute, the Germans continued to play as one would expect from the former World Cup champions.

In the 89th minute, Germany’s Mario Gomez was close to scoring with a superb header that was deflected by keeper Robin Olsen.

It wasn’t until the 95th minute that Germany sealed their 2-1 victory with a free kick by Toni Kroos from the left of the box, beautifully curling the ball into the far corner of the net.

The rest of the game saw the Germans dominate as they created and wasted a hatful of chances.

The Swedish defence also did well, holding the defending champions at bay with some last ditch defending.

Kroos finally found the winner five minutes into second half added time when he curled in a free-kick at the far post.

Sweden and Germany are now tied in Group F with three points each, while Mexico is in first place with six points and South Korea is last with zero point.

Germany have three points from two matches and will face South Korea in their final group engagement.

Sweden, who had beaten the Koreans in their first match, remained on three points as well.

They will take on Mexico in their third and final group match.

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World Cup 2018: Germany face must-win against Sweden

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Sochi, June 23: Holders Germany will have to beat Sweden in order to avoid an early exit from the FIFA World Cup when the two sides meet in a crunch Group F clash at the Fisht Stadium here on Saturday.

Blessed with a strong squad brimming with talented players, Germany were hot contenders to become the first team in 56 years to retain the World Cup.

But after a shock 0-1 defeat to Mexico, the jolted four-time winners will have their task cut out against Sweden. A reversal will all but end their campaign.

“Everyone is aware that this is our first ‘final’, it’s annoying that it comes so early, but it’s self-inflicted,” team director Oliver Bierhoff was quoted as saying.

Germany were all over the place in the first half against Mexico and their heroics in Brazil four years ago seemed distant.

After the defeat, there have been catcalls to drop under-performing players like Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira.

Sweden, meanwhile, will believe they can cause another upset after their confidence lifting 1-0 win over Korea Republic. This was their first win in the competition since hosting the tournament in 1958.

The Swedes are no strangers to upsetting the odds, beating France during qualification and getting past Italy in the play-offs, so an under-performing German side will hold no fears for Janne Anderson’s men.

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FIFA WC 2018: Confident Mexico up against under-pressure Koreans

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Rostov-on-Don (Russia), June 23: A confident Mexico will be eyeing their second win to seal a pre-quarterfinal berth when they take on South Korea in a Group F match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Rostov Arena here on Saturday.

The South Americans were impressive during their 1-0 win over defending champions Germany in their campaign opener where they put on one of the best team performances.

Meanwhile, the Asian side will be under pressure after going down 0-1 to Sweden on Monday and are facing the prospect of being eliminated at the group stage in a second consecutive World Cup.

Korea head coach Shin Tae-yong will certainly be wanting something special from his side to keep themselves alive in the mega event.

The Koreans played well in their first match, but found the going tough against the tall, physically strong Swedes.

While the Koreans did well in the midfield, the well-organised Sweden defence coupled with the Europeans’ physical advantage proved too much for them.

While most of the Mexican players do not have too much of a physical presence, their superior skills and tactical ability will present a different sort of challenge for the Koreans.

Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio will be hoping for a repeat show from his side and despite being known for reshuffling his lineup, he is not expected to make much changes against the Koreans.

Hirving Lozano, star for Mexico against Germany, scored the only game of the match and will be eager to go against South Korea to find the back of the net again.

However, despite having a great start to their campaign and being favourites in Saturday’s clash, Mexico midfielder Marco Fabian believes his side has to still do a lot.

“We reached our first target and have beaten Germany, but we can’t sit back,” Fabian told the media.

“Some consider us to be group favourites now, and that’s a compliment – but it’s one we shouldn’t believe. There are no favourites in this World Cup,” he added.

On the other hand, Koreans after suffering a defeat by Sweden, would have to reconsider their 4-3-3 formation which handed space to their opponents in the first game.

South Korea midfielder Koo Ja-cheol said his teammates were preparing to tackle Mexico and had found striker Javier Hernandezas as one of the major threat.

“Of course we are not ready to give up. Everyone put in so much effort to get here,” Koo said.

“What we want is to turn fans’ disappointment into joy,” he added.

Overall, it will be a herculean task for the Asian outfit to pull off a victory against the Mexicans on Saturday.

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