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Aussems not to renew contract as Nepal football coach

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KATHMANDU — Nepal national football teams coach Patrick Aussems announced on Saturday that he would not renew his contract with the All Nepal Football Association.

His decision came after the Nepali national team delivered a dreary performance at the eighth SAFF Championship being held in India.

Nepal had lost both matches in the tournament and crashed out of the group stage for the first time since 2009.

Aussems wrote in his Twitter page that he made the decision as ANFA did not respond to a plan he had prepared for the development of Nepali football.

In his tweets, Aussems added that Nepali players could not perform well for want of professionalism, vision for the future and development plans on part of the governing body, despite their skills.

“What a pity for these young talented players,” he wrote.

Aussems had taken the charge of the national group from September 1, 2015.

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France beats Croatia 4-2 to clinch 2nd World Cup title

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MOSCOW — France has clinched its second FIFA World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the finals in Moscow on Sunday in the highest-scoring final since 1966.

France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. The own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic’s head was the 12th of the tournament.

Argentine referee Nestor Pitana initially didn’t call the handball but awarded the spot kick after a video review – the first time in a World Cup final. Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty to put France back in front.

Croatia rallied to equalize with a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic; however France took the lead right back when Perisic handled the ball in his own penalty area.

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The match was temporarily disrupted when four pitch invaders ran onto the field in the 52nd minute before being dragged away by security and police.

Punk rock group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion via social media, saying it was a protest aimed at ending illegal arrests of protesters and to allow political competition in Russia.

Play resumed and France quickly took a 4-1 lead with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes.

Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. For France, it was a first World Cup crown since winning on home soil in 1998.

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