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An 87th minute goal from Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic wherein he beat Spain keeper David de Gea at his near post has given Croatia a stunning 2-1 win over the two-time defending European Champions, condemning Spain to a second place finish in Group D and setting up a last 16 showdown with Italy in what would be a repeat of the 2012 European Championship final.

Spain completely dominated the first half, passing the ball with ease around the Croatian midfielders and took an early lead through in-form hitman Alvaro Morata, who stabbed home Cesc Fabregas' cross from close range after some wonderful interplay between the Chelsea playmaker and his Manchester City counterpart David Silva.

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The Czech Republic defended their Fed Cup title and picked up their fourth trophy in five seasons, beating Russia 3-2 in a thrilling final in Zagreb on Sunday.

Maria Sharapova put Russia 2-1 ahead on Sunday, staging an improbable comeback as she battled back from dropping the opening set 6-3 to Petra Kvitova and looking decidedly second best for large periods of the second set, before the two-time Wimbledon champion blew a 40-15 lead on her serve in the 9th game courtesy of two double faults and then faded as the match wore on. Sharapova held serve to win the second set 6-4 and cruised through the decider 6-2 to put Russia in the driver's seat.

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The defending champions of the Fed Cup the Czech Republic are locked 1-1 with challengers Russia in the Final of the tournament, being played on the hard courts of Zagreb.

Petra Kvitova, who was the start of the Czech's campaign last year, battled back from dropping the first set in the opening singles match of the contest to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to win in three lopsided sets, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

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Czech Republic has retained its Davis Cup title after defeating Serbia 3-2 in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday 17 November. It is Czech Republic’s third Davis Cup title following victories in 1980 (as Czechoslovakia) and 2012. Czech captain Vladimir Safarik wins the Davis Cup title in his first tie as captain as a late replacement for Jaroslav Navratil who was unable to take part due to illness.

Radek Stepanek becomes the first player in history to win consecutive live fifth singles rubbers in a Davis Cup Final. He is only the third player to win two Davis Cup Final live fifth singles rubbers, following Henri Cochet (FRA) and Fred Perry (GBR). Earlier in the day, world no.2 Novak Djokovic kept the tie alive with a comfortable straight sets win over Czech no.1 Tomas Berdych, but it mattered little as Stepanek was in imperious form in the deciding rubber, dropping just 5 games to Serbian rookie Dusan Lajovic.

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Czech Republic will become only the sixth nation to hold the No. 1 position on the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking after completing a 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in Astana on Saturday. Lukas Rosol won the decisive point with a 76(5) 67(2) 76(5) 62 victory over Evgeny Korolev.

The new rankings will be issued on Monday 8 April, with Czech Republic climbing one place from its current position of No. 2. Spain, which has held the top spot for almost four years, will drop to No. 2.

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Tomas Rosicky’s time at Arsenal could be nearing its end after the Czech Republic star revealed his frustration at the lack of first-team football. Rosicky has made slow progress since his return to fitness after a serious injury during Euro 2012, making just three Premier League appearances. The 30 year old’s contract expires at the end of next season and with first-team action hard to come by it is highly inconceivable that Arsene Wenger will hand the attacker a long-term contract.

Rosicky spoke about his frustration at being restricted to the bench to the Metro: “Naturally, I would like to play more often, that’s for sure. It’s the manager’s team and I fully respect his decisions. I cannot do anything else other than train properly and wait for a chance.”

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The Australian Fed Cup team will look at more than the disappointing score line to determine the success of this weekend's 4-0 first round loss to the defending champions in the Czech Republic. With the team 2-0 down going into day two Sam Stosur put up a valiant effort against Petra Kvitova but was unable to continue the momentum that saw her take the first set 6-2.

"I don't think I did much wrong today," Stosur said after the 2-6 7-6(3) 6-4 loss. "Petra played a very good match. In the second set I thought we were both playing very high quality and when it comes down to that, it was just a point here and a point there. It's probably one of the better matches I've played in a few months. I'm not too far away and it's just a matter of 'keep on going' and really using a match like today to drive myself and try and turn all this around."

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