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World Cup 2018

  • Watch: Senegal punish Polish errors to win 2-1 in Group H

    Watch: Senegal punish Polish errors to win 2-1 in Group H

    Senegal took full advantage of their opponents' errors to beat Poland 2-1 in their opening Group H match, finally giving Africa something to cheer about at the World Cup as the group favourites failed to fire. Leading thanks to a clumsy Thiago...

  • Just 0.4 per cent of Icelanders don't have World Cup fever

    Just 0.4 per cent of Icelanders don't have World Cup fever

    A staggering 99.6 percent of TV viewers in Iceland tuned in to see their nation's first World Cup finals game on Saturday, a 1-1 draw against an Argentina side led by Lionel Messi. According to electronic audience data collected by research firm...

  • Watch: Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in another World Cup upset

    Watch: Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in another World Cup upset

    Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in Group H on Tuesday to become the first Asian side to beat a South American one at the World Cup. Asian teams had managed three draws in 17 matches against South American sides but the four-times Asian champions...

  • Russian fans hope a clairyovant cat has purrfect form

    Russian fans hope a clairyovant cat has purrfect form

    All of Russia is praying a furry fortune-teller's form continues as Achilles, the clairvoyant cat of St Petersburg, predicted a second Russian victory in the World Cup. Last week the sleek, white cat predicted a Russian victory and the hosts duly...

  • Germany defeat could put England and Belgium in a quandary

    Germany defeat could put England and Belgium in a quandary

    Germany's surprise loss to Mexico could create a strange situation in Group G where England and Belgium may face a theoretically easier path to the last four if they finish second rather than top of the standings. The winners of Group G -- which...

  • Watch: Brazil complain to FIFA over non-use of VAR technology

    Watch: Brazil complain to FIFA over non-use of VAR technology

    The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has asked FIFA why the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was not used to review two key decisions they believe hindered their side during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Brazil players complained long and...

  • Blatter flying to Moscow for World Cup - spokesman

    Blatter flying to Moscow for World Cup - spokesman

    Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will fly to Moscow on Tuesday to visit the soccer World Cup and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, his spokesman told Reuters. Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, is currently serving a six-year ban...

  • Watch: VAR process not fit for purpose - Gary Neville

    Watch: VAR process not fit for purpose - Gary Neville

    The video assistant referee system is "not fit for purpose" at the World Cup, according to Gary Neville. England's dramatic win over Tunisia on Monday had its fair share of VAR controversy, with England being denied what appeared to be two certain...

  • Watch: Senegal can spring a surprise, says Samb

    Watch: Senegal can spring a surprise, says Samb

    Amadou Samb is hoping that Senegal can spring a surprise in this year's World Cup as the African representatives open their commitments today, against Poland.  "This team has a lot of youth talents who are still trying to find chemistry but I...

  • Watch: Jubilant fans after Kane's late winner for England

    Watch: Jubilant fans after Kane's late winner for England

    Harry Kane headed home a late winner for England as the Three Lions started their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Tunisia, on Monday. Numerous England fans gathered at Spinola to watch Gareth Southgate's team against the African...

  • Saudi team's plane suffers engine fire, lands safely

    Saudi team's plane suffers engine fire, lands safely

    The Saudi Arabian football team was safe on Monday after an engine on its aircraft apparently caught fire in flight. The plane landed safely in the Russian city of Rostov after what the Saudi FA  described as a minor technical fault in one of the...

  • Watch: Kane double gives England victory over Tunisia

    Watch: Kane double gives England victory over Tunisia

    A stoppage-time header from two-goal Harry Kane gave England a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday. A 35th minute Ferjani Sassi penalty had cancelled out Kane's 11th minute opener. Tunisia - England Live...

  • Buzz kill: Gnats swarm players during Tunisia v England game

    Buzz kill: Gnats swarm players during Tunisia v England game

    England and Tunisia players swatted away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in Russia's riverside city of Volgograd on Monday. The area around Volgograd is known for its swamps and wide rivers, the perfect breeding ground for...

  • Mexicans celebrating World Cup win trigger earthquake sensors

    Mexicans celebrating World Cup win trigger earthquake sensors

    Mexicans jumping in jubilation over the surprise World Cup victory over Germany on Sunday shook the ground hard enough to set off Mexico's earthquake detectors.  Throngs danced and sang in the streets after their team bested the defending...

  • Watch: Nowadays football is all about the money, says former keeper Mizzi

    Watch: Nowadays football is all about the money, says former keeper Mizzi

    Ahead of the start of the Fifa 2018 World Cup in Russia, Times of Malta met with former Malta goalkeeper Freddie Mizzi who shared his thoughts on what is arguably the most awaited sports event. From his memories of the 1966 World Cup in England...

  • Watch: Belgium outclass Panama in 3-0 win

    Watch: Belgium outclass Panama in 3-0 win

    Belgium's creativity and power proved too much for World Cup debutants Panama as the Group G favourites overcame the heroics of goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and a massed defence to run out 3-0 winners on Monday. It took a wonderful dipping volley from...

  • Croatia's Kalinic sent home after refusing sub role

    Croatia's Kalinic sent home after refusing sub role

    Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup after refusing to come on as a substitute in the team's opening game against Nigeria, coach Zlatko Dalic said on Monday. "During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and...

  • Watch: Kane's first England goal was against... Malta

    Watch: Kane's first England goal was against... Malta

    England kick off their debut in the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Tunisia on Monday night. Harry Kane will be leading the the Three Lions up front as captain as all England fans hope that the Tottenham Hotspur forward can carry his domestic form to...

  • England's World Cup preparations disrupted... by too much sunlight

    England's World Cup preparations disrupted... by too much sunlight

    England's squad has been managing expectations in the run up to the World Cup as the young and rather unexperienced team prepares to face Tunisia in their opening game. It seems, however, that they are now concerned about the effect the sun has...

  • England fan sails from Bulgaria to Russia for World Cup match

    England fan sails from Bulgaria to Russia for World Cup match

    Fewer England fans made the journey to watch their team's first World Cup match in Russia than some expected, but one made a special effort, sailing from Bulgaria to Volgograd in a yacht. It took Graham Kentsley, originally from St Albans in...