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World Cup 2018: Croatia defeats Russia in penalties to set up England…

“Croatia reached the World Cup semifinals for the second time in their history with Ivan Rakitic again the hero in a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Russia” reports sportingnews.com. The decisive penalty once again fell to Rakitic, though, and he confidently rolled the ball into the bottom-left corner to keep Croatia’s dreams of a first World Cup final alive.However, it was not to be for the resilient hosts, with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saving Fedor Smolov’s penalty and Fernandes firing wide before Rakitic kept his composure to send Croatia through. Source: sportingnews.com…

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Everton connection carries England past World Cup penalties jinx

“The Three Lions had never won a penalty shootout at the World Cup coming into the 2018 edition of the tournament” writes Jul Bst for sbnation.com. After a first half where they dominated the game, England scored early in the second half through captain Harry Kane’s penalty and it was all going swimmingly for the Three Lions. Source: sbnation.com Share This:

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Goalkeepers saving penalty kicks were the best part of a bad day at the World Cup

“Croatia and Denmark finished 1-1 on Sunday, with Croatia winning in a penalty shootout, 3-2” writes Jul Edt for sbnation.com. Then we went to a penalty shootout, and Subašić went and met Schmeichel at the top of what is possible for goalkeeping.Subašić saved three (!) penalties in the shootout.If you count the one from extra time, the two goalkeepers combined to block six penalty kicks.Again, saving penalties is hard, and it’s awesome when it happens, and it’s so dramatic. Source: sbnation.com Share This:

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ZTE’s Hong Kong shares rise after clarification of U.S. bill impact

“HONG KONG (Reuters) – Shares of China’s ZTE Corp rose as much as 18 percent in Hong Kong on Wednesday as the impact of a U.S. Senate bill that threatens to restore penalties on the company became clearer” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. In catch-up with the Hong Kong shares that have more than halved in price since trading resumed last Wednesday, ZTE’s Shenzhen-listed shares declined by the maximum daily allowed 10 percent for the fifth consecutive day.Hong Kong-listed shares of ZTE rose to as high as HK$11.62 ($1.48)…

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