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Zidane in running for Golden Ball

Zinedine Zidane is among the nominees for Fifa's prestigious Golden Ball award, given to the most valuable player at the 2006 World Cup. The France playmaker ends his career in Sunday's World Cup final against Italy. The 10 nominees include four Italians, Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea ...  
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Greece given suspension by Fifa

Fifa has suspended European champions Greece and its member clubs from international competition because of government interference in the sport. World governing body Fifa said the Hellenic Football Federation had broken rules on "the independence of members and decision-making in each country&...  
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Germany stroll past Sweden 2-0

Hosts Germany booked their place in the World Cup quarter-finals as two early goals from Lukas Podolski helped secure victory over 10-man Sweden. Podolski scored on just four minutes, driving home the loose ball after Sweden keeper Andreas Isaksson parried. And Podolski finished smartly after Mi...  
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Argentina 2-1 Mexico (aet)

A wonder strike in extra-time from Maxi Rodriguez gave Argentina victory in a pulsating end-to-end encounter. Mexico took a surprise lead after five minutes when Rafael Marquez got on the end of a Mario Mendez free-kick. Argentina replied five minutes later when a corner was forced home by a combina...  
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Ivory Coast 3-2 Serbia & Montenegro

Ivory Coast came from two goals behind to beat 10-man Serbia & Montenegro. Serbia were 2-0 up after 20 minutes, Nikola Zigic rounding Boubacar Barry for the first and Sasa Ilic punishing Cyril Domoraud's poor control. Aruna Dindane then scored a twice-taken penalty before Albert Nadj was...  
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Holland 0-0 Argentina

World Cup heavyweights Argentina and Holland played out a goalless draw in a keenly fought contest in Frankfurt. Argentina came closest to scoring when Dutch defender Khalid Boulahrouz deflected a Juan Roman Riquelme free-kick on to the post. Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt tested Roberto Abbondanzieri whil...  
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Saudi Arabia 0-4 Ukraine

Ukraine put their hammering at the hands of Spain behind them by outclassing a poor Saudi Arabia side. Ukraine were ahead inside four minutes when Mabrouk Zaid needlessly gave away a corner and Andriy Rusol bundled in. Saudi keeper Zaid was also at fault when he slipped attempting to keep out Serhiy...  
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Spain fight back to beat Tunisia 3-1

Teenager Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to guide Spain into the last 16. Tunisia had taken a surprise lead on eight minutes after Joahar Mnari beat Iker Casillas at the second attempt. But on 71 minutes Ali Boumnijel spilled Fabregas' shot allowing Raul to score, with the Arsenal midfielde...  
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Three off as USA draw with Italy

Italy 1-1 USA USA held on for most of the second half with nine men to earn a gutsy draw with 10-man Italy in an enthralling match. Italy went ahead when Alberto Gilardino headed home Andrea Pirlo's free-kick, before USA levelled soon after thanks to Cristian Zaccardo's sliced own goal. ...  
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Czech Republic 0-2 Ghana

Ghana threw Group E wide open with victory over the Czech Republic. Asamoah Gyan fired Ghana ahead after just 70 seconds, finishing superbly to punish Tomas Ujfalusi's mistake. Ujfalusi was later sent off for bringing down Matthew Amoah, but the Czechs had a reprieve as Gyan struck the r...  
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Holland 2-1 Ivory Coast

Holland sealed a World Cup second-round berth after repelling a brave fightback by Ivory Coast in Stuttgart. The Dutch went ahead with a stunning free-kick from Robin van Persie on 23 minutes before Ruud van Nistelrooy hit a sweet second four minutes later. Bakari Kone pulled one back for the Ivoria...  
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