Putin says Russia thwarted 25m cyber attacks during World Cup

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Almost 25 million cyber attacks and other crimes on Russian IT infrastructure involved in organising the World Cup have been neutralised, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in comments released on Monday. Putin thanked representatives of law enforcement agencies from around the world for their assistance in ensuring safety during the football most prestigious tournament. Law enforcement representatives from 34 countries collaborated in providing security, Putin said in a speech, according to a Kremlin transcript. “People who came to our country really felt safe and were able to calmly and comfortably…

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BREAKING: Croatia beat England 2-1 to reach World Cup final

Croatia soared to World Cup final as it beat England 2-1 in their semi-final encounter in Russia on Wednesday. Croatia and England were locked at 1-1 at the end of normal time in their World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday. Kieran Trippier gave England a dream start in the Luzhniki Stadium, curling in a free-kick past the despairing dive of Danijel Subasic in just the fifth minute. But Ivan Perisic levelled for Croatia in the 68th minute, nipping ahead of Kyle Walker to steer home Sime Vrsaljko’s cross past…

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World Cup: Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties

Hosts Russia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Sunday when they beat Spain 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Koke’s third penalty for Spain was saved by Igor Akinfeev who then saved Iago Aspas’s final shot. Russia will face either Croatia or Denmark, who were meeting later on Sunday, in Sochi on July 7. Both the goals came in the first half. Spain took a 12th-minute lead when veteran Russia defender Sergei Ignashevich put into his own net but Artem Dzyuba equalised from a penalty for the…

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Egypt face early exit, lose 3-1 to Russia

The Pharaoh of Egypt are facing an early exit from the World Cup after losing their second consecutive Group A game on Tuesday night. A 3-1 win for Russia gave the hosts a comfortable victory to add to a 5-0 triumph in their tournament opener, and they are now favourites to make the last 16.   But having also lost in their first fixture, Egypt will exit the World Cup if Uruguay take at least a point from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday afternoon – which is highly likely!   Ahmed…

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Crumbs from Russia

Fans crazy about Eagles’ jerseys   The Super Eagles jerseys are still being discussed even beyond Russia. from Lagos to Doha, Qatar where I had a stop-over before coming here, questions were being asked about the jerseys. In Lagos, an official at the airport was ready to give me money to help him buy the original jersey. I of course turned it to a joke. In Qatar, the only issue the immigration man discussed with me was about the jersey as he stamped my passport. At the media centre in…

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Russia will stop Salah – Cherchesov

Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov has pledged to leave Mohamed Salah shackled when the World Cup hosts take on Egypt in St Petersburg on Tuesday. Talk of Salah dominated Cherchesov’s pre-match media briefing at Krestovsky Stadium, with the Liverpool star having been declared fit to return from the shoulder injury he sustained during last month’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.   The Egyptian Football Association similarly declared Salah was ready to take on Uruguay in their opening 1-0 Group A defeat but experienced boss Hector Cuper opted…

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Crumbs from Russia

Welcome on board   In a competition of this magnitude, it is my style to write on behind the scene events apart from what I see on the pitch or at various stadia. And for the ongoing World Cup taking place in Russia, there are plenty crumbs to share with dear readers of New Telegraph. So I say ‘Dobro Pozhalovat’ which simply means welcome.     I adopt Slamovic   Even before I left Lagos, my colleague, Charles Ogundiya was calling me Slamovic because I was heading to Russia. One…

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One player in World Cup team not good enough

It is unfortunate that it was only one Nigeria Professional Football League player that made the cut to represent Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia. Enyimba goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who has been with the team since the start of the qualifiers and was in goal in the last four games of the qualifiers will be the only ambassador from the domestic league in Russia. The late Stephen Keshi will be forever be remembered in the history of the NPFL for giving as much as four players from the domestic…

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Make Nigeria proud in Russia , Buhari tells Eagles

…says football unites us   President Mohammadu Buhari has challenged Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, to make the country proud at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.   The President, who stated this on Wednesday while bidding farewell to the team, said they should proceed to the competition with the awareness that they were carrying the emotions of over 180 million Nigerians.   The team, which was officially presented to President Buhari by the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, departed Abuja for London yesterday (Wednesday) for a friendly match with…

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Love of Christ Generation Church boosts NFSC World Cup plan

Plans by the Nigeria Football Supporters Club to travel to Russia for the 2018 World Cup received a big boost yesterday when the Spiritual Head of Love of Christ Generation Church (Cherubim & Seraphim), Clapper Road, South West London, Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi donated a huge amount of money that can take about 25 members of the club in an all-expense paid trip to the Mundial. She made the donation, when members of the club led by its president General ,Word Wide, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo, paid her a courtesy visit…

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