Stags up for title fight

Rafi rues draw as he believes champions are capable of better football

EVEN: Hougang United's Nurhilmi Jasni (left) and Tampines Rovers' Anaz Hadee tussling for the ball in last night's match at the Clementi Stadium.
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Triumphant van Gaal bristles

Manager fires back at Dutch critics, insisting he is playing the 'Oranje way'

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WORLD CUP 2014

Ecuador stick to the same line-up

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Sampaoli: Van Persie ban changes nothing

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WORLD CUP 2014

Spain's pass and move style under threat

LOST IN TIKI-TAKA: Confusion reigns in the Spain ranks after Chile's goal
DOWN AND OUT: Torres (above), Casillas and del Bosque
DOWN AND OUT: Torres, Casillas (above) and del Bosque
DOWN AND OUT: Torres, Casillas and del Bosque (above)

Spain's tiki-taka style of football won them the Europena Championships in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2010 but the defeat by Chile yesterday morning not only spelt the end for one of the greatest national teams, but also threatened the demise of an entire footballing philosophy.

Spain's intricate passing style, dubbed "tiki-taka'', swept all before it for the best part of six years, but the sight of Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso being harried out of their stride by Jorge Sampaoli's hard-working Chile at the Maracana felt like the end of an era.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona is among those who believe that tiki-taka has become a tactical relic, but can an approach that has become so widespread be invalidated by the result of just one game?

Road closure

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$7 million makeover

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple to draw 50,000 devotees on Sunday after...

READY: A craftsman putting on the finishing touches on the bas-relief of Lord Shiva.
OFFERING: The temple priest preparing the rice for the pooja.
OFFERING: Priests during prayers for the main deity, Sri Veeramakaliamman.
SYMBOLIC: A silver flag post at the heart of the temple, symbolising a cosmic flag post to reach heaven.
READY: The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple underwent a $7 million makeover.
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Thai army v cab mafia

New system to beat taxi mafia at Bangkok airport

OLD STYLE: Airport staff manning the taxi queues outside the arrival hall at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.
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WORLD CUP 2014

Who’ll sing the blues?

Swiss precision or French flair? As the Schweizer Nati and Les Bleus face off early tomorrow morning, Derek Wong (wderek@sph.com.sg) asks fans to make their call

"1-0 to Switzerland.The players were nervous and not at their best during the first game. We will be calmer this time, since we have already clinched our first win (against Ecuador)." - Business development executive Cyrill Binder (above)
"1-1 draw. We won 3-0 in the previous game (against Honduras), but the Swiss are another story.It'll be a very tight and competitive game with few goals." - mio TV World Cup commentator Benoit Croissant (above)
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She's keen to upgrade

Fashion design programmes offered in TNP Go Guide pique housewife's interest

INTERESTED: Madam Rajasvari Ramasamy is eyeing a return to the workforce now that her children are older.
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