When the final whistle blew, Mexico midfielder Miguel Layun sank to his hands and knees on the turf and was embraced by his shirtless teammate Carlos Salcedo.
Disappointment and frustration swept over Brazilians who gathered at public squares, bars and parks across Latin America's biggest country to watch their national team end up with a 1-1 tie in its opening World Cup match.
Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0.
Technology twice helped France at the World Cup on Saturday as the 1998 champions labored to beat a gritty Australia 2-1 in their opening game. The French team was given a controversial penalty kick, eventually converted by Antoine Griezmann in the 58th minute, after the referee watched the replay of a foul on the sideline.
On a team that boasts one of the World Cup's most potent attacks, a defender lifted Uruguay to its first opening-match victory at the World Cup in 48 years. Jose Gimenez headed in Carlos Sanchez's free kick in the 89th minute for a 1-0 victory over Egypt on Friday.
Cristiano Ronaldo used the World Cup to show everyone he's the GOAT. Ronaldo rubbed his chin after scoring minutes into Portugal's opener against Spain, implying he is the Greatest of All Time. Then he scored two more goals, including a perfectly placed 88th-minute free kick that gave his team a 3-3 draw Friday.
The Oceania National Olympic Committees meeting brought to recognition the importance of gender equality in sports. In the partnership for sustainable development, it highlighted the importance of sports as an important role in the social, cultural and economic life of Pacific Island countries.
The Samoa Sportslotto donated $15,000 to assist the Samoa Weightlifting Federation. This is part of their assistance for the team that will be heading to the Oceania Championship. The weightlifting team will leave the country 24 June to attend the Oceania Senior, Junior and Youth Championships at Mont Dore, New Caledonia from 26th – 30th of this month.
With only 13 more months to go before the Pacific Games, the Oceania National Olympic Committee (O.N.O.C.) has gathered to discuss ways of helping Samoa better host next year’s Games. The meeting begins this week and includes all the National Olympic Committees from the Oceania region, including New Zealand and Australia.
North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.
The Samoa Weightlifting Federation has selected their team to represent the country in the Oceania Championships to be held in New Caledonia on the 25th of this month. The lifters are Sekolesitika Isaia 58kg, Lesila Fiapule 90kg, Iuniarra Sipaia 90+kg, Don Opeloge 85kg, Petunu Opeloge 94kg and Koliata Petelo 105kg.
The FJ255 return flight from Fiji last Wednesday 6th June 2018 was a relief for some tired Tennis Samoa players. Player/coach Steffi Carruthers, Leon Soonalole, Marvin Soonalole and Vitikaras Taufao had spent 16 days in Denarau, Nadi, Fiji playing in the Fiji Open from 23 – 27 May and the Nations Cup in Lautoka from 31 May – 5 June 2018
Vaivase Primary School dominated the Get into Rugby grassroots level competition for Vaimauga District at Marist Brothers Primary School Mulivai field, yesterday. Twelve schools participated in six separate divisions from ages 8-14. The Under 8 and 10 mixed girls and boys division, Under 12 and 14 girls and boys only divisions.
The inaugural Teuila Tag Tournament is set to be held on 6-7 September, 2018 at Apia Park Stadium. Teams participating are from Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. This will include Open Women’s, Open Men’s, Open Mixed and Golden Oldies Men’s (40+) categorie
New South Wales scored the final three tries of the match Wednesday to beat Queensland 22-12 and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three State of Origin rugby league series. The Blues held an 8-6 lead at halftime and fell behind early in the second half, but powered home.
Two young Samoans are heading to Russia to rub shoulders with football royalty in the trip of a lifetime. Peniata Soul Maiava and Semisi Fatutoa Semisi’s dream to watch the F.I.F.A. World Cup has been turned into a reality thanks to the Gazprom International Children’s social programme, Football for Friendship (F.4.F.) 2018. The Samoan duo leave tomorrow morning for Moscow ahead of the 2018 F.I.F.A. World Cup.
Veteran fullback Billy Slater has been ruled out of the Queensland lineup in another setback for the team that has dominated the annual State of Origin series for the last decade.
The Acting President of the Samoa Amateur Boxing Association (S.A.B.A.), Papali’i Pasi Poloa, has welcomed the decision by the Samoa Sports Dispute Tribunal in relation to the future development of the sport.
Fullback Kalyn Ponga is set to make his Queensland debut in Sunday's second State of Orgin rugby league clash with New South Wales. The 20-year-old Newcastle star was included Monday in coach Kevin Walters' 18-man squad for the match and is expected to make his first State of Origin appearance off the bench.
Vitali Klitschko had a difficult time grasping the moment."It's not reality. It's dream," Klitschko said Sunday during his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. "I never expected I will be in (the Hall of Fame).
The Cleveland Browns' long search for a franchise quarterback has led them to Baker Mayfield — the first of four passers to be drafted in the top 10 Thursday night.
Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage.
For the second straight year, throngs of Golden State Warriors fans turned out for a victory parade to celebrate a team some are calling an NBA dynasty and got a treat when several players got off their buses to mingle with the crowd.
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