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World Cup 2018

  • Iniesta calls time on Spain after World Cup exit

    Iniesta calls time on Spain after World Cup exit

    Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta called time on his remarkable international career after his team's surprise World Cup exit at the hands of hosts Russia on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who scored the winning goal at the 2010 World Cup final, won 133...

  • World Cup 2018: Russia fans in Malta say 'now we can believe in miracles'

    World Cup 2018: Russia fans in Malta say 'now we can believe in miracles'

    World Cup hosts Russia produced one of the biggest shocks of the 2018 tournament when they knocked out Spain in a penalty shoot-out in Moscow.  Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev turned out to be the Russians' hero when the veteran saved two...

  • Watch: Russia beat Spain on penalties to reach quarter-finals

    Watch: Russia beat Spain on penalties to reach quarter-finals

    Hosts Russia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Sunday when they beat Spain 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Akinfeev came to the rescue again to deny Rodrigo after his fine sprint in the second half of extra time before becoming...

  • This could be England's year says Rooney

    This could be England's year says Rooney

    Wayne Rooney believes "this could be the year" for England to match the heroes of 1966 and triumph at the World Cup. The former England skipper has joined DC United and looks set to spend the rest of his playing career in Major League Soccer. He...

  • Headline acts Messi and Ronaldo bid farewell to World Cup

    Headline acts Messi and Ronaldo bid farewell to World Cup

    The World Cup lost its headline acts on Saturday as the game's two biggest stars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, readied to leave Russia after their teams were eliminated in the round of 16. Messi's Argentina lost 4-3 to France and hours...

  • The use of VAR at World Cup

    The use of VAR at World Cup

    The FIFA World Cup currently being played in Russia has seen the first ever implementation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in a major competition. The VAR has three assistants (AVARs) and four replay operators (ROs). The latter provide the...

  • Watch: Croatia showing signs of a top contender, says Muscat

    Watch: Croatia showing signs of a top contender, says Muscat

    Despite never representing Australia in a World Cup, Kevin Muscat boasts a lot of international experience having played for the Socceroos in two FIFA Confederations Cup editions. While he is hopeful that Australia can be more competitive in the...

  • Watch: Uruguay win keeps fans on their toes

    Watch: Uruguay win keeps fans on their toes

    Edinson Cavani took centre stage as his brace earned Uruguay a 2-1 win over Portugal to send the European Championship back home, in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup. Dozens of fans gathered around bars and open-air screens in Malta to watch...

  • Watch: Brilliant Cavani brace gives Uruguay 2-1 win over Portugal

    Watch: Brilliant Cavani brace gives Uruguay 2-1 win over Portugal

    Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored a superb brace to give his side a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal in their World Cup round-of-16 match on Saturday. Pepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have...

  • Watch: Mbappe double helps France beat Argentina 4-3

    Watch: Mbappe double helps France beat Argentina 4-3

    Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four second-half minutes to send France into the World Cup quarter-finals with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina on Saturday. France - Argentina Live Score

  • Watch: Modric living the dream for Croatia

    Watch: Modric living the dream for Croatia

    After scoring one of the goals of the tournament and upstaging Lionel Messi by leading his team to the top of their group, Croatia captain Luka Modric hopes to fulfil a dream that began when he watched his nation record a best ever World Cup...

  • England wary of Falcao and Cuadrado

    England wary of Falcao and Cuadrado

      England insist they are on full World Cup alert for Colombian duo Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado having already been burned by one Premier League outcast with a point to prove. Former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj was the match-winner...

  • Even Maradona must show respect, FIFA says

    Even Maradona must show respect, FIFA says

    Diego Maradona may be a giant of the game's history, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday, but even he must show respect to other fans at World Cup stadiums. Asked about complaints that the 57-year-old had made an obscene gesture at other...

  • Merciless knockout awaits after a great group stage

    Merciless knockout awaits after a great group stage

    Entertainment, upsets, personalities, controversy and goals - the World Cup has had it all - and the knockout stage drama hasn't even begun. The group stage of the tournament can risk being a simple process of eliminating the weaker nations and...

  • Messi gets face-saving Kazan mural to match Ronaldo's

    Messi gets face-saving Kazan mural to match Ronaldo's

    Kazan artists worked through the night on Friday painting a mural of Argentina's Lionel Messi to match one of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo on a building opposite, saving the blushes of the World Cup host city. The three-storey portrait of...

  • Russian crackdown on sexist abuse online during World Cup

    Russian crackdown on sexist abuse online during World Cup

    Russia's leading social network is cracking down on chat groups created to shame women during the World Cup amid growing complaints of sexist abuse during the tournament. Social network VKontakte said it issued warnings to the administrators of...

  • Watch: Goals records smashed at Russia World Cup 2018

    Watch: Goals records smashed at Russia World Cup 2018

    The 2018 World Cup has already smashed records in a 32-team tournament for the number of late goals, penalties and own goals. Cristiano Ronaldo's 88th-minute free-kick, to complete a hat-trick and earn Portugal a 3-3 draw with Spain, capped off a...

  • Watch: No fear: Belgium refuse to take "easy path"

    Watch: No fear: Belgium refuse to take "easy path"

    After a surreal night on the Baltic where England struggled to contain their satisfaction with a defeat that offers them an easier path to the final, Belgium are trusting that World Cup fortune will favour the brave. The last time this "golden...

  • Watch: England fans still hopeful despite loss

    Watch: England fans still hopeful despite loss

    Adnan Januzaj's wonder goal helped Belgium pip England to top Group G and advance into the last 16 as group winners.  Belgium will now meet Japan while England are handed a tough test in Colombia in the next round.  Dozens of fans gathered around...

  • Watch: Khazri gives Tunisia first finals win in 40 years

    Watch: Khazri gives Tunisia first finals win in 40 years

    Tunisia's Wahbi Khazri set up the first goal and scored the second to give the North African side their first World Cup win in 40 years with a 2-1 victory over debutants Panama in their final Group G match on Thursday. Fakhreddine Ben Youssef...