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Amrabat out of hospital but also out of next game

Monday, 2018-06-18 06:35:35
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Iran's Sardar Azmoun shoots at goal as Morocco's Nordin Amrabat challenges. (Photo: Reuters)
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Morocco winger Nordin Amrabat has been discharged from hospital but he will not play in the side's next World Cup Group B clash against Portugal on Wednesday after suffering concussion in the 1-0 loss to Iran, officials said.

Amrabat was withdrawn after a 72nd-minute clash of heads with Iran's Vahid Amiri in St Petersburg on Friday as the north Africans were beaten in their opening game at the tournament. The pair were chasing a loose ball down the touchline when Amrabat sprinted into the back of Amiri, hitting his head against that of his opponent.

* Denmark will be without experienced midfielder William Kvist for the rest of the World Cup, the Danish Football Association confirmed on Sunday. The 33-year-old had to be carried off the pitch in the in the first half of Denmark's 1-0 win against Peru on Saturday after being injured in a challenge with Peru's Jefferson Farfan and was replaced by Lasse Schone.

* China failed to maintain its four-tournament winning streak in the Asian Women's U19 Volleyball Championship, losing 3-0 to Japan on Sunday in the final of the 2018 edition in Vietnam's northern Bac Ninh province. The final scores after three sets were 25-20, 25-14 and 25-20. In the bronze medal game, Thailand beat Chinese Taipei 3-1.

* FIFA have ruled that France's second goal against Australia in the World Cup Group C opener was an own goal from Aziz Behich, its official website showed on Sunday. In the 81st minute of the match on Saturday, a shot from France midfielder Paul Pogba looped off the Australian defender before hitting the underside of the crossbar and bouncing just over the goal line. The goal helped France secure a 2-1 win over Australia.

* Egypt striker Mohamed Salah looks set to finally make his World Cup bow when his side faces hosts Russia on Tuesday. Salah, who scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season and netted 70% of all Egypt's goals in qualifying, watched the Russia game from the dugout as he completed his recovery from the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final just over three weeks ago, but Egypt's team manager Ihab Leheta confirmed on Sunday that Salah would face the hosts.

* American Brooks Koepka putted brilliantly to become the first US Open champion in 29 years to successfully defend his title when he clinched a one-stroke victory on Sunday. He staved off a brilliant round by Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who matched the lowest score in tournament history, a seven-under-par 63 at Shinnecock Hills. Koepka shot a closing 68 to finish at one-over 281 and become the first to win back-to-back since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989.

Reuters, Xinhua