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Russia’s goalkeeper was ‘blinded’ by lasers for the decisive goal scored by Algeria which sent his team out of the World Cup, coach Fabio Capello said on Thursday.
Russia and Algeria drew 1 1 in their final Group H game with the African side advancing at the expense of Capello’s team.
Akinfeev made a blunder in the opening Group H game against South Korea, letting in a shot from Lee Keun ho to allow the Asian side take the lead in the 1 1 draw.
SUAREZ FLYING HOME
Striker Luis Suarez will fly home to Uruguay later on Thursday having been hit with the biggest ban imposed at a World Cup after biting an Italy defender, the Uruguay FA told local media.
Uruguayans, who are largely incensed by the nine match ban on their leading player, were preparing to welcome him back in the heart of the capital Montevideo.
The 27 year old Suarez, who plays for English Premier League club Liverpool, was due to travel from Brazil to neighbouring Uruguay with his family, TV station Subrayado reported.
Soccer’s world governing body FIFA earlier on Thursday ruled Suarez could not play in Uruguay’s next nine competitive games and banned him from all football related activity for four months.
The suspension ended Suarez’s World Cup, and his lucrative off field sponsorships are now in doubt.
Uruguay play Colombia in a last 16 match on Saturday.
HELI STOPS TRAINING
Chile had to suspend training on Thursday after a helicopter used by Brazilian broadcaster Globo flew above the field, angering coach Jorge Sampoali,
who is preparing for Saturday’s World Cup showdown against the hosts.
“Chile training was stopped today a few minutes after it started because of a helicopter flying above the pitch,” said a Chile press official.
Chile face Brazil in a last 16 game in Belo Horizonte on Saturday with the Chile coach worried their rivals and title favourites were trying to get a glimpse of their tactics.
“The one who was worried about the helicopter most was our coach because he was working on tactics at that moment and he did not want our opponents to know our stragegies,” defender Mauricio Isla told reporters.
“We tried to shoot the helicopter down with the balls but it did not work,” he said amid roaring laughter from the press.
NEYMAR WINS APPEAL
Brazil forward Neymar has won an appeal to have the local June edition of Playboy magazine, which claimed to feature his ex girlfriend, removed from the stands.
A court in Sao Paulo state said in a decision on Wednesday that all copies of the magazine featuring model Patricia Jordane as “The brunette who charmed Neymar” on the cover should be removed from circulation immediately.
The decision can be appealed, a court spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday.
Neymar’s official fan site celebrated the court’s decision and said the publisher was “promoting a lie” about the soccer star while “also (using) his name without . permission.”
A press representative for Editora Abril, the publisher of Playboy do Brasil, said on Thursday that the court had not officially notified the magazine of its decision, so the edition remained on stands.
NIKE CUP SALES UP
Nike, Inc. reported better than expected quarterly results,
as demand for its apparel and footwear rose in North America and Western Europe after the company spent heavily on marketing ahead of the 2014 soccer World Cup.