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Neymar of Brazil and Mauricio Isla of Chile in action during the FIFA World Cup 2014 round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 28 June 2014. 
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All down to genius of Neymar

Brazil look to their talisman for one big push

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 21:  Lionel Messi of Argentina controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Iran at Estadio Mineirao on June 21, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Messi out to scale Swiss Alps

Argentina bank on their goal scoring maestro

International Friendly match between South Africa and Spain at FNB Stadium on November 19, 2013 in Soweto, South Africa.

BAFANTASTIC!!

BAFANA Bafana earned their most famous victory yet against European opposition by inflicting just the second defeat on world champions Spain this year, 1-0 in last night’s international friendly at FNB Stadium.

FRANS BALENI & JEREMY CRONIN

Insight: NDP at risk of becoming factional alliance football

THE National Development Plan (NDP) is in danger of becoming a political football as the discussions around it are increasingly linked to the internal battles of tripartite alliance partners, in particular the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

GROUNDS FOR CONCERN: The pitch at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit and most of the other 2010 World Cup stadiums have come under huge criticism for the poor state of their playing surfaces lately PICTURE: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI

Upbeat Pitso all fired up

HAVING extended their unbeaten league run to six matches at the weekend, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes his team still has some way to go in reaching their full potential in the Premiership.

LUCKY STRIKERS: Kaizer Chiefs players get in some serious training ahead of  tonight’s match against Free State Stars. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Chiefs out to reclaim top spot

KAIZER Chiefs have a great chance to reclaim the top spot on the Absa Premiership log when they face Free State Stars at FNB Stadium tonight.

FIERY ACTION: Reneilwe Letsholonyane, left, of Kaizer Chiefs and Esrom Nyandoro of Mamelodi Sundowns tussle for the ball. Amakhosi coach  Stuart Baxter believes his team still stand a chance of winning the league following their draw against the Brazilians. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Baxter stays in an upbeat mood

KAIZER Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter believes his side was fortunate to come away with a goalless draw against Mamelodi Sundowns in their Premiership clash at Loftus Versfeld on Tuesday evening.

A REAL THREAT: Real Madrid marksman Cristiano Ronaldo will  be key to Jose Mourinho’s plans to kill off the Manchester  United challenge in the Champions League first leg clash at  the Bernabeu tonight. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

It’s showtime at the Bernabeu

REAL Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo faces former club Manchester United for the first time in a mouthwatering Champions League last-16 first leg at the Bernabeu today dripping in history and intrigue.

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