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New Delhi: India lifted the Nehru Cup for the third consecutive time beating Cameroon 5-4 in a penalty shootout at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Sunday.

Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Denzil Franco, Mehtab Hossain and Clifford Miranda all scored from the spot while Thierry Makon struck the right-post to give India an unprecedented win.

In an end-to-end match which went into penalties, a valiant India held their more fancied opponents 2-2 in normal time.

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New Delhi: Even as India head into Sunday's Nehru Cup final against Cameroon as underdogs, the East Bengal striker, Robin Singh believes that the hosts can upset the applecart of the Indomitable Lions if they play to their potential.

"It is always 11 vs 11 on the football pitch. We have the belief that we can. I don't believe in rankings so it does not bother me that they are 59th and we are 168th. It matters what you do on the day. If we play to our potential and give our hundred per cent we certainly have a chance," said Robin.

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New Delhi: India will look to continue their winning ways when they take on South Asian rivals Maldives in the Nehru Cup football tournament here Saturday.

Both teams won their opening matches in the tournament. While India edged out Syria in rain marred tournament opener, the Maldives gave a very good account of themselves dispatching Nepal with relative ease.

India, playing a new formation and under new coach Wim Koevermans, struggled initially before settling down against Syria.

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Rio de Janeiro: The immediate future of Brazilian star Kaka will reportedly be decided at a meeting between Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliano Wednesday.

Real Madrid is looking to cash in on the 2007 FIFA world player of the year, who has expressed his desire to return to his former club, Xinhua reported.

The Spanish outfit is understood to have set a 25-million-euro asking price for the playmaker.

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Rome: AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva have been sold to French football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

"Yes, I've sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG," he told Sky Sport 24. "We will save 150 million euros (about $183 million) over two years."

Reports emerged this week that PSG would splash 62 million euros (about $75.6 million) to sign Thiago Silva, with whom they had agreed a deal in June, and Ibrahimovic, reports Xinhua.

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New Delhi: Sporting Clube de Portugal, popularly known as Sporting Lisbon football club, Thursday signed India striker Sunil Chhetri to play for its reserve team.

"With the aim of breaking ground in one of FIFA's most highly regarded markets, where more than 20 million players apply their trade, Sporting has put pen to paper with the Indian national team captain Sunil Chhetri, who will now join up with the club's reserve side," the top Portuguese club said on its website.

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Kiev: Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta was named the player of the Euro 2012 Monday by European football governing body UEFA.

The 28-year-old Barcelona player was a key member of the triumphant Spanish side that defeated Italy in 4-0 in the finals.

The diminutive midfielder failed to score a goal and had just one assist in the tournament. But looking at his influence in Spain's build-up to all the goals he was awarded the honours.

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Warsaw: Two brute-force goals by Mario Balotelli were enough to give Italy a 2-1 win over Germany in their Euro 2012 semifinal Friday, setting up a final with Spain.

Balotelli headed home an Antonio Cassano cross on 20 minutes before doubling the lead on 36 minutes by lashing in Riccardo Montolivo's through ball.

Mesut Ozil scored a late penalty after Federico Balzaretti handled in the box.

Italy face Spain in Kiev in Sunday's final after the Spaniards beat Portugal in the other semifinal Thursday.

 

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Donetsk: Spain reached their third-successive Euro final Thursday, beating a defiant Portugal 4-2 on penalties after their Euro 2012 semifinal ended goalless after extra time.

Cesc Fabregas scored the winning penalty off the post to send Spain through, after Portugal's Bruno Alves hit the crossbar and Iker Casillas saved Joao Moutinho's spot kick.

Sunday's final in Kiev will be against Germany or Italy, who play in Warsaw Thursday.

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Rio de Janeiro: The father of Real Madrid playmaker Kaka is reportedly negotiating with Italian football club AC Milan for his son's return to the San Siro.

Bosco Leite had flown to Milan for talks with Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani about signing the 30-year-old, reported Xinhua.

According to Brazil O Globo newspaper, Kaka's family has maintained close ties with the Serie A outfit since the star's departure in 2009.

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