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United States' forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates poses witht the trophies after the France 2019 Women’s World Cup football final match between USA and the Netherlands, on July 7, 2019, at the Lyon Stadium in Lyon, central-eastern France

Washington: President Donald Trump needs to do better in caring for every single American, the triumphant US women's soccer captain Megan Rapinoe has said, as she hit back at him after he lectured her to win the World Cup title before she talked.

The 34-year-old forward has skyrocketed to national prominence for leading her team's win the World Cup on Sunday and also championing the lawsuit filed by 28 US Women's National Team players demanding pay equal to the men's squad.

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Chennai: Former India goalkeeper A U Celestine died here after a brief illness, his family said.

He was 73 and is survived by his wife and son.

Celestine passed away at a hospital here late Monday night where he was undergoing treatment.

He had represented India in the Merdeka Cup in Malaysia in 1969.

The tall Celestine represented Tamil Nadu and was considered one of the state's top custodians.

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Rio de Janeiro: Everton and Gabriel Jesus struck first-half goals before Richarlison converted a late penalty as hosts Brazil defeated Peru 3-1 in the Copa America final here on Sunday.

Gremio forward Everton opened the scoring at the Maracana. Peru captain Paolo Guerrero netted from the penalty spot in the 44th minute, Xinhua reported.

Jesus restored Brazil's lead by slotting in a cool finish after a counter-attack on the stroke of halftime.

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Rio De Janeiro: Brazil will be looking to maintain their defensive invincibility against Peru in Sunday's Copa America final, midfielder Casemiro says.

The hosts have yet to concede a goal in the tournament, including when they thrashed Peru 5-0 in a group-stage match earlier in the competition.

And keeping their goal intact will be key to lifting a ninth Copa crown, according to the Real Madrid man.

"Ending the competition without conceding a goal is one of our aims," said Casemiro.

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Buenos Aires: The Argentine Football Association (AFA) on Wednesday lodged a complaint with South American football's governing body CONMEBOL over the "serious and gross refereeing errors" in their Copa America semi-final loss to arch rivals and tournament hosts Brazil.

Lionel Messi's side were beaten 2-0 as their wait for a first major title since 1993 was extended on Tuesday.

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London: Chelsea on Thursday appointed former midfielder Frank Lampard as their manager on a three-year deal. He will succeed Maurizio Sarri, who left Stamford Bridge in June to take charge of Juventus.

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Rio de Janeiro: Brazil winger Willian will miss Sunday's Copa America final at the Maracana stadium with a leg muscle injury, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has said.

The Chelsea player suffered the setback late in Brazil's 2-0 semifinal victory over Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. The 30-year-old remained on the pitch until the final whistle because Brazil coach Tite had already used his three substitutions.

Scans on Wednesday confirmed a hamstring tear in his right leg, a CBF spokesperson said, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi (R) is comforted by Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson after losing 2- to Brazil at the end of their Copa America football tournament semi-final match at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on July 2, 2019.

Belo Horizonte (Brazil): Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino scored the goals as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 to reach Copa America final.

On Tuesday, Argentina came close to scoring themselves but both Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi hit the woodwork, reports Xinhua news agency.

Jesus opened the scoring in the 19th minute in the Mineirao Stadium after a samba-style play from right-back Dani Alves. It was the striker's first goal in the tournament.

Firmino added the second at the 71th minute assisted by Jesus in front of 56,000 fans.

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Players of Chile celebrate after defeating Colombia in the penalty shoot-out after tying 0-0 during their Copa America football tournament quarter-final match at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 28, 2019.

Sao Paulo: Champions Chile maintained their hopes of a third straight Copa America victory after beating Colombia on penalties on Friday to reach the semi-finals.

Chile could have won the game in normal time but had two goals ruled out for marginal decisions in a scoreless draw, before Alexis Sanchez stroked home the winning spot-kick.

It was just rewards for the champions after dominating a match in which Colombia held on thanks to a couple of tight VAR calls.

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Venezuela's goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez (R) pulls off a save during the Copa America football tournament quarter-final match against Argentina at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 28, 2019

Rio de Janeiro: Argentina defeated Venezuela 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals of the 2019 Copa America, where they will face host nation Brazil.

On Friday, Venezuela turned out with a solid performance, but were not up to the task of stopping Argentina, who continue to win despite captain Lionel Messi's lack of form, reports Efe news.

The outcome of the quarter-final sets up yet another edition of the South American classic between five-time World Cup winners Brazil and their main regional rivals, who have won the World Cup twice.

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