World Cup

Tunisia on brink of WCup exit after Belgium rout

Two goals apiece from Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku eased Belgium to victory over Tunisia at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium. Michy Batshuayi, on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea, added the fifth in the game’s dying minutes, only for Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri to claim a consolation goal in...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 1:44am

Sampaoli asks for ‘forgiveness’ as hopes fade

Argentina players reportedly want Jorge Sampaoli out before Nigeria It’s looking like France 2010 all over again for Argentina after they lost 3-0 in embarrassing fashion to Croatia, with reports in Argentina saying that the players have called for manager Jorge Sampaoli to be sacked before...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 10:46pm

Egypt to file complaint against ref after Russia defeat

Egypt will formally protest to FIFA about the performance of Paraguay referee Enrique Caceres whose decisions they feel prejudiced the outcome of their World Cup game against hosts Russia in St Petersburg on Tuesday. “We want an investigation into the performance of the whole refereeing team...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 10:42pm

Argentina on brink of World Cup exit: Where did it go wrong?

Argentina are on the brink of a World Cup exit following their 3-0 defeat to Croatia. Adam Bate looks at where it went wrong for Lionel Messi and the rest. The warning signs were evident to viewers all around the world when the camera panned down the line of Argentina players and reached the team...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 10:36pm

England must be more clinical against Panama

England need to be more clinical if they are to take care of Panama in their second game in Group G and put themselves on the brink of qualification to the knockout stage. If England beat Panama and Belgium beat or draw with Tunisia then England are through to the last 16. Gareth Southgate’...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 10:32pm

Forsberg out to hurt Germans in World Cup crunch match

Today South Korea  Vs    Mexico 5pm Germany        Vs    Sweden 8pm An early German exit from the World Cup seems unthinkable, but that could be the grim reality for the reigning champions unless they get the better of...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 10:29pm

Musa scores twice as Nigeria beat Iceland, Brazil overcome Costa Rica

Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday to revive their hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russia, as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals. The result left both sides, and struggling Argentina, still in the hunt to go...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:36pm

Dear African teams, we can do better!

One would say ‘so far so good’, the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been nothing short of thrilling – unless of course you are rooting for African teams. Generally, we have witnessed bitter losses and heroic efforts, but most strikingly, we have seen controversial decisions by...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:04am

Argentina on brink of exit as Croatia, France qualify

Lionel Messi's World Cup hopes hung by a thread on Thursday after Argentina were humbled 3-0 by Croatia on a dramatic day at the World Cup that saw the European side join France in the knockout rounds. Argentina knew they had to win in Nizhny Novgorod after their disappointing 1-1...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:03am

More Penalties awarded at Russia World Cup than the whole Brazil Group Stage

SAMARA (Sputnik) - There have now been more penalties awarded at the 2018 World Cup in Russia so far than in the entire group stage of the previous tournament in Brazil in 2014, FIFA said via their official Twitter account on Thursday. Australia captain Mile Jedinak converted the 11th...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 7:54pm

Neymar back in Brazil training after foot injury fears ahead of Costa Rica clash

SOCHI, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Superstar Neymar was back in training for Brazil on Wednesday after tweaking his ankle the day before, allaying fears he could miss their second World Cup Group E clash with Costa Rica on Friday. In a video posted on the Brazilian soccer federation's Twitter page,...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 3:52pm

Costa lifts Spain to 1-0 win over Iran

KAZAN, Russia, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Diego Costa's lone goal in the second half gave Spain a 1-0 win over Iran in their World Cup Group B match here on Wednesday. After a goalless first-half, Diego Costa broke the deadlock for Spain in the 54th minute after his shot bounced past Ali Beiranvand...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 3:47pm

Portugal "blessed" to have Ronaldo, says Fonte

MOSCOW, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Portugal felt "blessed" to have Cristiano Ronaldo, said center back Jose Fonte following the European champions' victory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup here on Wednesday. The 1-0 win against Morocco provisionally moved Portugal atop Group B with four points,...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 3:44pm

Suarez happy after goal in his 100th appearance qualifies Urugugay for last 16 in Russia

ROSTOV-ON-DON, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Luis Suarez had a day to remember as he scored the only goal of the game to give Uruguay a 1-0 win against Saudi Arabia in their World Cup Group A game in Rostov-On-Don on Wednesday. The 52nd goal of Suarez's international career came in his 100th appearance...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 3:39pm

'I might not be celebrating any goals': England head coach dislocates shoulder

England head coach Gareth Southgate dislocated his right shoulder while running near England's base camp in Repino, just outside St. Petersburg, during a scheduled day off from training. England defeated Tunisia 2-1 thanks to a brace from captain Harry Kane in their first Group G match on...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:15pm

FIFA World Cup 2018 breaks 1954 record of goalless draws

No goalless draws have been registered in the first 20 matches of the World Cup for the first time since 1954. Russia's squad won their opening two matches at the tournament beating Egypt 3-1 and thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 to book their place in the latter stages of the competition for the...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:15am

RUSSIA 2018: Ronaldo header knocks out Morocco

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his sensational start to the World Cup with the winner as Portugal knocked Morocco out of the tournament. All eyes at the Luzhniki Stadium were on the Real Madrid star after his hat-trick in Portugal’s opening game with Spain and, typically, he did not disappoint...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:58pm

FIFA WORLD CUP: Senegal punish Polish errors for first African win

SENEGAL deservedly defeated Poland in a game of few chances on Tuesday night at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow to claim the first win by an African team at the World Cup - although there was a hint of controversy about their second goal. M’Baye Niang sprinted back on to the field of play...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:53pm

RUSSIA 2018: Brazil held, Mexico stun champions Germany

  Pre-tournament favourites Brazil failed to win their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since 1978 as Switzerland earned a valuable 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don. The five-time champions, so often lauded for their flair, failed to sparkle after Philippe Coutinho's superbly...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 12:06am

Brazil held, Mexico stun champions Germany

Pre-tournament favourites Brazil failed to win their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since 1978 as Switzerland earned a valuable 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don. The five-time champions, so often lauded for their flair, failed to sparkle after Philippe Coutinho's superbly curled...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 1:54am