England overpower limited Sweden to return to World Cup semis for first time since 1990

For all the nerves of a nation that flipped from optimism to expectation overnight, it was comfortable. Two textbook English headers secured the Three Lions a place in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years. Both sides had started out the match with misplaced passes and...

Brazil 1-2 Belgium: Brilliant Belgians sweep past Samba Boys to book World Cup semi-final spot

Belgium produced a blistering display to knock out five-time winners Brazil and book a World Cup semi-final spot against France. The Belgians ran out 2-1 winners in a frantic encounter in Kazan thanks to two first-half goals, the opener coming from a 13th-minute Fernandinho own goal before Kevin De Bruyne...

Superior France vanquish Uruguay’s fighting spirit to storm into World Cup semis 6 Jul, 2018 15:53

Raphael Varane’s soaring leap and a clanger from the customarily reliable Fernando Muslera allowed France’s star-studded side passage to the World Cup semi-finals as they disposed of a toothless Uruguay. The South American nation of fewer than 4 million have been the tournament’s biggest overachievers for the entirety of its...

England 4-3 Colombia (pens): Three Lions give Colombia marching orders with agonizing shootout win

England have knocked Colombia out of the Russia 2018 World Cup with a dramatic penalty shootout victory to exorcise their spot-kick demons and progress to a quarter-final versus Sweden in Samara. The game finished 1-1 after a 57th minute Harry Kane penalty was canceled out in normal time stoppage time...

Argentina legend Maradona ready to coach national team ‘for free’

Argentinian football icon Diego Maradona has stated he is ready to coach the national team, adding that he wants no financial reward for his coaching efforts. “Yes, and I would do it for free,” Maradona said on a Venezuelan TV show, Reuters reported. “I wouldn’t ask for anything in return,”...

Sweden send Switzerland packing and book spot in World Cup quarter-finals

Emil Forsberg’s deflected second-half goal gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years. Forsberg struck on 66 minutes in St. Petersburg when his shot deflected off the right boot of Manuel Akanji and into the...

Late winner sends Belgium into World Cup quarter-finals after thrilling comeback against Japan

A Nacer Chadli strike with 20 seconds left in stoppage time set up a quarter-final date for Belgium with Brazil, after the Red Devils overcame a two-goal deficit against a Japanese side who fought tooth and nail in Rostov. Goals for Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Iniu within six minutes of...

Brazil 2-0 Mexico: Neymar plays hero & villain in last 16 victory over El Tri

A second-half Neymar strike and assist for Roberto Firmino was enough to send Mexico home and book Brazil’s place in the World Cup quarter-final with a 2-0 win over ‘El Tri’ in Samara. Brazilian number 10 Neymar played the role of hero and villain in the match at Cosmos Arena...

Croatia beat Denmark on penalties to set up World Cup quarter-final with Russia

Croatia set up a World Cup quarter-final against hosts Russia as penalty shootout heroics from goalkeeper Danijel Subasic as well as a winning spot-kick from Ivan Rakitic booked their place in the last eight. Croatia ran out winners after the scores remained at 1-1 following normal time and extra-time in...

Russia 4-3 Spain (pens) – Heroic hosts snatch improbable shootout victory to stun Spain in Moscow

Russia pulled off a spectacular and improbable victory to stun Spain after extra time and penalties at Luzhniki Stadium to keep their home World Cup hopes alive and send one of the pre-tournament favorites packing. In the end, it was a dramatic 4-3 penalty shootout that decided the game, scoring...

Angry Maradona offers reward for info on recordings claiming he was dead

The reports, circulated via WhatsApp voice messages from a man with an Argentine accent, said the 57-year-old star had been hospitalised and had died of cardiac arrest. Diego Maradona has offered a US$10,000 reward to identify the source of reports he had died after Argentina's World Cup match against Nigeria,...

Uruguay 2-1 Portugal: Ronaldo & Portugal sent packing by coruscating Cavani brace

A sublime brace from Edinson Cavani was enough to sink Portugal in a pulsating last 16 clash in Sochi and dash Cristiano Ronaldo’s dreams of clinching an elusive World Cup. The Uruguay frontman’s early opener was a goal good enough to win any game. A move he started with an...

France 4-3 Argentina: Mbappe fires Les Blues into World Cup quarter-finals as Messi crashes out

A stunning two-goal performance from teenager Kylian Mbappe fired France into the World Cup quarter-finals as they beat Argentina 4-3 in a pulsating encounter in Kazan. Mbappe’s double in the space of four second-half minutes killed off Argentina and completed a French comeback from 2-1 down. Mbappe, 19, had been instrumental...

Belgium 1-0 England: Devil in the detail as Three Lions halted by brilliant Belgian Januzaj

An almost apathetic Belgium halted England’s claim for top spot in Group G thanks to a moment of brilliance from Adnan Januzaj that snatched first place and set up a last 16 meeting with Japan in Rostov. Both sides made wholesale changes from their previous starting lineups; England manager Gareth...

Costa Rica draw enough to send Swiss through to knockout stages

Switzerland secured their passage to the second round of the World Cup but life wasn’t made easy for them by a plucky Costa Rica side who plundered their first goal and point at Russia 2018. Costa Rica had the Swiss sweating early, striking the woodwork twice in the early stages...

Brazil breeze into last 16 with 2-0 win as Serbia knocked out

Brazil eased into the World Cup knockout stages thanks to a 2-0 win over Serbia in Moscow, which secured the five-time winners top spot in Group E and consigned the Serbs to an early exit from Russia. Goals in either half from Paulinho and Thiago Silva were enough to send...

Sweden 3-0 Mexico: Swedes stun sloppy Mexicans to win Group F

Sweden pulled off a stunning 3-0 win over Mexico in Ekaterinburg to pull off a surprise upset in Group F. The Swedes advanced to the last 16 in first place alongside Mexico, with Germany eliminated. A last-gasp effort from South Korea, which saw them score two stoppage-time goals in the...

Holders Germany crash out of World Cup after South Korea claim late victory in Kazan

Germany’s World Cup defense ended with a whimper in Kazan, as two late goals from a spirited South Korea condemned Joachim Low’s men to a humiliating early exit from Russia 2018. For the first time since 1938 Germany have failed to advance past the group stage - and they have...

Messi & Rojo exorcise World Cup demons as Argentina progress to last 16

Lionel Messi and Marcos Rojo gave Argentina the chance of a fresh World Cup start with a goal each to ensure a 2-1 win over Nigeria which saw La Albiceleste advance to the final 16 after an abject start to Russia 2018. After recording a draw and a loss against...

World Cup sees first goalless draw as Denmark and France play out dour 0-0 in Mos

The 2018 World Cup saw its first goalless game as Denmark and France played out a dour 0-0 in their final Group C match at Luzhniki in Moscow. The result – coupled with Australia’s 2-0 defeat in their closing Group C game against Peru – means Denmark qualify for the...

Peru 2-0 Australia: Guerrero among goals as Peru record 1st World Cup win for 36 years

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero - almost banned from playing at the Russia 2018 World Cup for ingesting cocaine - assisted one goal and socred the other as Peru won their first World Cup game for 36 years versus Australia in Sochi. Guerrero provided a delicious chip for teammate Andre Carrillo inside...

The inside story of Argentina’s World Cup: Leaked Whatsapps, a 150kg cake and ‘going to the pineapples’ – how...

Bronnitsy is a small town around 40 miles south of Moscow that time passed by, boasting around 5,000 residents until the population - ahem - exploded to around 10,000 with the construction of the Old Ryzanskaya railway in the 1950s.  The rest of Russia had experienced its railroad boom nearly...

Archer Deepika Kumari wins gold at World Cup stage event

Ace Indian archer Deepika Kumari shrugged off her poor run of form by clinching gold medal in the women's recurve event at the World Cup (Stage III) after a gap of six years beating Germany's Michelle Kroppen 7-3 to qualify for the circuit Final, later this year. Deepika, a four-time...

Tarun Vijay’s ‘racist’ remarks: Congress disrupts Lok Sabha, demands action against former MP

Proceedings in Lok Sabha were on Monday adjourned after Opposition parties created an uproar over the remarks of BJP leader and former parliamentarian Tarun Vijay. Vijay, during a news debate on an Al-Jazeera show, appeared to say that Indians cannot be racist as they live with South Indians, who...

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