articles by Vyasa Shastry

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Uninventive England fall to Croatia's resilience, botch massive opportunity to make final

When the dust settles, history will remember this uninventive England side as a major beneficiary of the draw who botched a huge chance to make the final.

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Cristiano Ronaldo moves from Real Madrid to Juventus: Timely transfer is a win-win situation for all parties involved

Moving to a less physically demanding league will only help Cristiano Ronaldo to prolong his career and he could be the missing X-factor that Juventus need.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: England do enough to get past Sweden and make semis, but are yet to be tested in Russia

England are still a long way away from being contenders and look like an untested team who have made the semi-finals due to a series of fortunate events.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: England end longest running gag in footballing history with victory on penalties against Colombia

England getting knocked out on penalties is probably the longest running gag in footballing history. Reference their shootout record with an accompanying laugh track, and you have a staple joke for a football-based sitcom

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Time for Belgium’s 'golden generation' to take crucial step towards realising potential

There is no better time for Belgium to step up and shed the negativity around the “Golden Generation” millstone.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Fumbling forwards, bungling defence highlight England's tame loss to Belgium

England's two feel-good victories against weaker opposition will count for nothing as the real tournament starts now. They have many issues to ponder over before their Round of 16 match.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Diego Maradona’s histrionics in stands only exacerbate the pressure on besieged Argentina

Diego Armando Prima Donna. Maradona may very well have been called that, and no one would have batted an eyelid.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Spain survive Morocco’s spirited challenge, but defensive vulnerabilities exposed in draw

Spain’s opponents would have no doubt noted their lightweight defence. Their ageing, shaky spine of Busquets, Ramos and Pique will worry Fernando Hierro.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Harry Kane and Co too good for first-timers Panama, but challenges persist for England

Even though England bossed overall, the result must be put into perspective. Better teams will not let them off the hook as easily. Their next game against Belgium should reveal how they would hold up against teams of similar standing.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi denied oxygen, midfield put on masterclass; how Croatia gave Argentina a footballing lesson

Modric ran the show as Croatia gave Argentina a footballing lesson and handed them their heaviest defeat (3-0) in the group stage of the World Cup in the last 60 years.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Predictable Spain lucky to edge past Iran, but lack credible plan B against stout defensive units

Spain struggled to create clear-cut chances when the match was in balance will be a matter of concern, but they shouldn’t find the going so tough against teams who choose to play the ball against them in future matches.

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Premier League: Manchester City’s defeat to Liverpool exposes their frailties and emboldens rivals

Manchester City’s opponents would have taken note of this performance, but whether the league opponents will be able to take advantage of their errors in the same manner is another matter

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League Cup: VAR, Gunners' stout defence highlight drab Chelsea-Arsenal draw

The Blues had clear opportunities to go ahead and build an advantage in this two-legged tie, most notably through Cesc Fabregas and Andreas Christensen. But much to Antonio Conte’s visible frustration, both were guilty of wasting the few genuine scoring chances.

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FA Cup: Plucky Nottingham Forest handed Arsene Wenger one of the lowest points of his Arsenal career

The late February or early March affliction that has traditionally affected Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal many times over this decade has come early this year.

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Premier League: Arsenal will look to continue splendid home form in marquee Manchester United clash

Arsenal will look to dominate the game at home with loads of possession while Jose Mourinho will hope his team nicks an away goal.

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Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur seek derby win over Arsenal to certify power shift in north London

This season’s first North London derby is here. On Saturday, Arsenal face bitter, local rivals Tottenham Hotspurs at the Emirates Stadium. After losing to a fluid Manchester City in the previous league fixture, this match seems to have come at a bad time for the Gunners. But then again, is there ever a good time to play your traditional, local rivals when they’ve recently had the upper hand?

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Zinedine Zidane faces toughest test of his managerial career with Real Madrid seemingly in crisis

First loss in the Champions League group stage in five years and eight points adrift leads Barcelona in the league - are Real Madrid officially in crisis?

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La Liga: Real Madrid hampered by numerous problems, but still have time to avoid a crisis

The pressure of playing at the Bernabeu is partly to blame for the situation. The Real Madrid fans are known to be notoriously fickle, and difficult to please.

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La Liga preview: Barcelona go into new season low on expectation, but that might be a blessing in disguise

Tactically speaking, 4-3-3 is very much ingrained in the Barcelona's DNA but it will be interesting to see how new manager Ernesto Valverde would go about his business

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La Liga preview: Real Madrid look promising with a settled squad, last season's success likely on menu

With a Neymar shaped headache out of the Camp Nou, a Morata-less Real Madrid should have enough in the tank to win the league