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Confederation Cup: Cameroon, Russia, others crash out

African Champion, Cameroon, has crashed out of the current FIFA Confederation Cup in Russia, with a 1-3 loss to World Champion, Germany in the last Group A match.

Chile’s midfielder Arturo Vidal (in white) scores a header against Cameroon

Timo Werner got a brace and Kerem Denirbay got the first, while Vincent Aboubakar got the consolation goal for the Cameroonians.

In the last match played simultaneously, Chile and Australia played out a 1-1 draw, but then the Chileans progressed to the next stage. Australia is out of the cup competition.

In Group B, host country Russia lost 1-2 to Mexico. The home team took the lead through Alexander Samedov in the 25th minute, but could not stop the fire power of the Mexicans.

Nestor Araujo and Hirving Lozeno got the two goals that gave Mexico the maximum points. The Russians were later reduced to 10 men in the game.

So, with that victory, Mexico is through to the last four. Mexico is also joined by Portugal, who thrashed New Zealand 4-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Nani all got the goals.

For the Semi-final billed for Wednesday, June 28 2017, it will be Portugal against Chile, while Germany and Mexico will clash on Thursday, June 29.

In another boxing, Welterweight World Champion, Manny Pacquiao (38), has arrived in Brisbane, Australia ahead of a title defence against challenger, Jeff Horn (29).

The 11-time world champion and his American trainer Freddie Roach with a contingent totalling 160 were greeted by eager fans at the Brisbane International Airport, ahead of the “Battle of Brisbane”, a clash billed to be the highest profile boxing match ever held on Australian soil.

The bout will take place at the Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, July 2 with an expected 50,000 crowd.

Horn competed at the 2012 Olympic Games and has a record of 16-0-1, with 11 knockouts.
Pacquiao has a career record of 59-6-2, with 33 knockouts. The fight against Horn will be his first defense of the title he won last November with a unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas.

By Felix Simire

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