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World Cup 2018 : Host Russia defeats Egypt 3-1

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MOSCOW — World Cup host Russia has virtually booked its place in the second round with a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday that moved it to the top of Group A with six points from two games.

Russia, who beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening game, took the lead thanks to a 47th-minute own goal from Ahmed Fathi, who diverted Roman Zobnin’s shot into his own net.

Denis Cheryshev doubled Russia’s advantage after he finished from Mario Fernandes’ pull-back, before Artem Dzyuba sealed the victory with a fine individual goal.

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With this Russia will qualify for the last 16 and Egypt will be eliminated from the competition if Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system was used during the 2018 FIFA World Cup match involving Russia and Egypt on Tuesday. With the help of VAR, the referee Andres Cunha awarded Egypt a penalty in the 72nd minute, which was later converted by striker Mohamed Salah.

VAR was used for the first time at a FIFA World Cup during the Group C match between France and Australia, which took place in Kazan on June 16.

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ANFA to provide Rs 50,000 each to women football player

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KATHMANDU—  All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has announced to provide Rs 50,000 each to the members of Nepali women team which was successful in clinching first runner up position at the SAF U-18 Football Championship held in Bhutan.

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A meeting of ANFA presided over by its Chairperson Karma Chhering Sherpa on Tuesday took the decision to this effect.

In the final match held on October 7, Bangladesh defeated Nepali team by 1-0 goal margin. Nepal had reached the final by outshining arch-rival India by 3-1 in penalty shootout.

The Nepali women football team is returning home today, ANFA informed.

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