RUSSIA 2018

No, Africa has no share in France’s win; it should carry its own cross

The football World Cup cacophony has finally ebbed except in the streets of Paris where the world champions landed yesterday after a fairy tale ending to their campaign. The euphoria that received France’s second-time win of the cup was tinged with some humour that left a stale taste in the...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 1:21am

First PL player to score in final since 1998 - the stats

Deschamps is the third person to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager, after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer. France became the first team to score four goals in a World Cup final since Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in 1970. Croatia are the first team to...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 1:11am

France overpower Croatia to win 2018 World Cup

France won the Fifa World Cup for the second time by overcoming Croatia's bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Didier Deschamps' side repeated the success on home soil at France '98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 1:08am

5 players who earned big contracts at the W Cup

There were so many wonderful performances this World Cup, and plenty from players who are already established as the world’s best. But there were also several breakout performances at this tournament, from young players, or those who were just looking for a chance ... and seized it. Here are...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:51pm

The making of Luka Modric: From refugee to World’s star footballer

Talisman Luka Modric endured a brutal childhood as a refugee after his beloved grandfather was shot dead when he was just 6 years old. The captain of France’s World Cup final opponents had his world turned upside down when his beloved granddad was gunned down by Serbian thugs and was forced...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:03pm

Croatia can deal with Kane after ‘stopping Messi’ - Zlatko Dalic

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has said his side have already “managed to stop Messi” and so can cope with England’s Harry Kane in Wednesday’s semi-final. The teams meet in Moscow to compete for a place in the 15 July final after Dalic’s side overcame hosts Russia on...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 12:03pm

Russia 2018: Belgium face France, eye maiden World Cup final spot

Today Belgium   Vs   France 8pm Belgium, with an aim to book a berth in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018, face old rivals France in a highly anticipated semi-final clash at St. Petersburg Stadium today. Belgium have scored 14 goals in five matches so far in the mega event...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 11:50pm

Russia vs Croatia - Will ill-discipline impact the way quarter-final tie is played?

Today World Cup quarter-finals Sweden Vs England 4pm Russia Vs Croatia 8pm After their enthralling penalty shootout win over Denmark last Sunday, Croatia were rewarded with a quarter-final meeting with Russia. Following Russia’s win over Spain on penalties earlier in the day, which was...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:02pm

Kylian Mbappe: How France World Cup star rose to prominence

A lot has happened in a short space of time for Kylian Mbappe. Aged 19, Mbappe scored twice for France in their 4-3 victory over Argentina in the last 16. It is the latest step in a remarkable rise for a player who was celebrating passing his French high school exams just three summers ago. In...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 9:54pm

Tabarez brings Uruguay in from the wilderness

Oscar Tabarez began his second stint as Uruguay coach in May 2006, one month before the World Cup. But they were not going to Germany – in fact, they struggled even to find anyone who would play them in friendlies. “We were hardly competing internationally,” he said in one...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 9:25pm

Maradona apologises for saying England committed ‘robbery’

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has apologised to Fifa for saying England committed a “monumental robbery” in beating Colombia in the World Cup last 16. Maradona accused referee Mark Geiger of bias towards England. Fifa said his comments were “entirely inappropriate” and...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 9:12pm

Russia 2018: Belgium fight back from two down to beat Japan

Belgium threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarterfinals as substitute Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds against Japan to snatch a 3-2 comeback win on Monday and set up a clash with five-time champions Brazil. The distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 6:20pm

Russia 2018: Fresh feel as Europe and South America resume World Cup combat

Europe and South America will do battle again for soccer supremacy in the World Cup quarterfinals but with many of the usual combatants having already exited, there is a fresh feel to a line-up that promises a new or long-absent finalist. While Africa, Asia and North America will not be...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 9:53pm

Russia 2018: Belgium’s Martinez relishing Brazil clash

Brazil are the favourites in what Belgium coach Roberto Martinez described as a “dream match” for his players when the two countries meet in a World Cup quarterfinal in Kazan on Friday. “These two teams are constructed to score and to win matches. Against Brazil, it will not be...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 9:48pm

Russia 2018: England end World Cup shootout jinx to reach quarters

England’s new generation ended the World Cup penalty jinx by knocking out Colombia on spot-kicks to reach the quarter-finals. Eric Dier scored the winning kick after Jordan Pickford’s brilliant save from Carlos Bacca’s attempt, with England’s first ever World Cup shootout...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 1:33am

Russia 2018: World in awe after Subašić, Schmeichel keepers play in Croatia-Denmark match

  By Sputnik Croatia won in a penalty shootout after a super-intense match with Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday, passing into the quarter-finals at 2018 FIFA World Cup to play against Russia on July 7. The two teams were running neck and neck up until the penalty shootout, where...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 8:39pm

RUSSIA 2018: Egypt leave World Cup winless after late Saudi defeat

Essam El Hadary, the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup, marked his record achievement with one outstanding penalty save for Egypt but was powerless to stop a second in a 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia on Monday. The 45-year-old goalkeeper flew to his right to make a spectacular stop in the...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 12:43am

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

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

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

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