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Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah (C) kicks the ball and scores a goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Egypt and DR Congo at the Cairo International Stadium on June 26, 2019. 

Cairo: Mohamed Salah scored his first goal of the Africa Cup of Nations as hosts Egypt secured a place in the last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ahmed Elmohamady prodded Egypt ahead on 25 minutes after a wicked Salah cross and the Liverpool star slammed in a second shortly before half-time to spark frenzied celebrations at a packed Cairo International Stadium.

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Japan's Shoya Nakajima celebrates after scoring against Ecuador during their Copa America football tournament group match at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 24, 2019

Rio de Janeiro: Japan and Ecuador were left heartbroken as their 1-1 draw in Belo Horizonte on Monday saw them miss out on the Copa America quarter-finals, with Paraguay qualifying instead.

Uruguay, meanwhile, topped Group C as Edinson Cavani's goal eight minutes from time gave them a 1-0 win over champions Chile, who also qualify, at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

Japan and Ecuador faced a must win match in their bid to reach the knock-out stages as one of the two best third-placed finishers.

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Manchester: "You know when you lose all your hair? When your wife of 41 years is a United fan simply because she used to babysit two of Denis Law's five kids for a brief period," chuckles Dave Oldham, one of Manchester City's veteran tour guide.

A few minutes drive at the Old Trafford, you meet 20-something Oliver, who works at the Manchester United museum.

Do you know Oliver, how to go to Etihad Stadium from Old Trafford, you ask hoping for a reply.

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Qatar's Boualem Khoukhi (L) and Argentina's Sergio Aguero vie for the ball during their Copa America football tournament group match at the Gremio Arena in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on June 23, 2019

Porto Alegre (Brazil): Argentina downed Qatar 2-0 courtesy goals by Lautaro Martinez and Sergio "Kun" Aguero, thus moving to the quarterfinals for Group B in Copa America.

On Sunday, the Argentine squad played acceptably, without any real flashes of brilliance although they controlled the game all the way through and Qatar never really threatened, before 39,100 fans at Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, reports Efe news.

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Venezuela's Jhon Chancellor (C) and Ronald Hernandez greet each other after defeatig Bolivia 3-1 in a Copa America football tournament group match at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 22, 2019. 

Belo Horizonte (Brazil): Venezuelan striker Darwin Machis got his team into the Copa America quarterfinals as he showed the Bolivia squad what its day was going to be like by slamming the ball into the net just 75 seconds into the match, which led the way to a 3-1 Venezuela victory.

On Saturday, a lightning header by Machis scored the fastest Copa America goal of this century, quicker than the 88 seconds that Costa Rican Johan Venegas needed against Colombia in 2016, reports Efe news.

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Brazil's Dani Alves (R) celebrates with teammate Roberto Firmino after scoring against Peru during their Copa America football tournament group match at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 22, 2019. 

Sao Paulo: Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese committed a horrendous error as Brazil ensured top spot in their Copa America group Saturday with a 5-0 victory in Sao Paulo.

Goals from Casemiro, Roberto Firmino, Everton, Dani Alves and Willian ensured the Selecao would finish top of Group A and will play their quarter-final in Porto Alegre, potentially against out-of-sorts Argentina, their bitter rivals.

“We knew we’d get there sooner or later because we worked very hard,” captain Alves said.

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Chile's Alexis Sanchez (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Ecuador during their Copa America football tournament group match at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, Brazil, on June 21, 2019

Salvador (Brazil): Alexis Sanchez put a miserable club season with Manchester United behind him as he sent Chile into the Copa America quarter-finals with the winning goal in their 2-1 win over Ecuador.

Jose Fuenzalida gave reigning champions Chile an eighth-minute lead but Enner Valencia equalized for Ecuador from the spot.

Sanchez bagged the winner, his 43rd goal for his country, but Chile finished with 10 men after Gabriel Achilier's red card a minute from time.

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2022 World Cup organizing committee chief Hassan Al Thawadi

Sao Paulo: Qatar's 2022 World Cup organizing committee chief Hassan Al Thawadi insisted on Friday that the Gulf nation has nothing to worry about in relation to a French corruption investigation.

Former European football president Michel Platini was questioned by French anti-corruption investigators for several hours on Wednesday in relation to the 2010 award of World Cup hosting rights to gas-rich Qatar.

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Uruguay's Martin Caceres(L) and Japan's Shinji Okazaki go for a header during the Copa America football tournament Group C match between Uruguay and Japan at the Gremio Arena Stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on June 20, 2019.

Porto Alegre (Brazil): Two goals from Koji Miyoshi helped Japan secure a hard-earned point in a 2-2 draw with Uruguay at the Copa America on Thursday.

Miyoshi twice fired Japan into the lead only for Uruguay to level through a controversial penalty from Luis Suarez and a second-half header from Jose Gimenez.

The draw means Japan have an outside chance of reaching the quarter-finals from Group C, with one game remaining against Ecuador.

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Paris: Former UEFA president and ex-French international star midfielder Michel Platini has been arrested on suspicion of having been involved in alleged corruption linked to a decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Platini was nabbed at around 09.30 local time (07.30 GMT) and taken to the Anti-Corruption Office of France's Judicial Police, Efe news reports.

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