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Three Star Club clinches Birat Gold Cup title

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BIRATNAGAR — Ruslan Three Star Club has clinched the fifth Birat Gold Cup title defeating the departmental team Tribhuvan Army Club 3-0 in the final match played at the Shahid Stadiumon Monday.

Both the teams got several good chances in the match among which the first fell to Three Star. A goal from Ananta Tamang when he headed the ball into the net from a Sunil Bal corner in the 56th minute helped important lead to the Three Star.

Bimal Gharti Magar scored a brace in the final 15 minutes of the match. Magar first scored from the spot kick in the 76th minute giving Three Star a 2-0 lead. He then second in the 89th minute helping Three Star make 3-0 to lift the title.

Army got a chance after two minutes, but a poor free kick from George Prince Karki could not prove fruitful.Just a minute after that, Karki got another free kick but that went fruitless. Army got another chance in the 35th minute, but Tanka Basnet could not utilize it again.

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Three Star, with this title win, has clinched its fifth title this season as earlier, they won the Itahari Gold Cup, the Budha Subba Gold Cup, the Tilotama Gold Cup and the Madan Bhandari Gold Cup.

Three Star took home Rs 1.27 million with the win, while the runner-up Army was prized with Rs 551,000.

Three Star’s Tamang was named the most valuable player of the tournament and was rewarded with a motorbike.

Likewise, Three Star’s Alan Neupane was declared the best goalkeeper while Army’s Bimal Pandey the best defende. Three Star’s Bal the best midfielder, Three Star’s Megh Raj KC the best coach of the tournament and Army’s Bharat Khawas the best forward. They all got Rs 25,000 each.

Nepal Police Club received the fair play award.

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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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