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World Cup 2018

  • Iran can stun Ronaldo's Portugal, says Schembri

    Iran can stun Ronaldo's Portugal, says Schembri

    Malta striker Andre Schembri has not ruled out Iran’s chances of creating the biggest upset at the 2018 World Cup by knocking out Portugal from Group B on Monday night. Portugal face a make-or-break match against Iran at the Mordovia Arena as the...

  • World Cup 2018: Who needs what to qualify to the second round

    World Cup 2018: Who needs what to qualify to the second round

    With the second series of World Cup group games completed on Sunday, qualification for the knockout rounds is now clearer. The top two teams in each group go into the last 16. In the case of teams finishing level on points, FIFA has put in place...

  • Watch: Panama try to score a goal while England are busy celebrating

    Watch: Panama try to score a goal while England are busy celebrating

    Panama’s torrid time against England at the World Cup has been compounded by a video poking fun at their players for having tried to cheekily score a goal while England players were celebrating off the pitch. Video shot by fans who witnessed the...

  • Watch: Dare to dream? Young England show pedigree on World Cup stage

    Watch: Dare to dream? Young England show pedigree on World Cup stage

    Even on the back of an extraordinary 6-1 victory it would take an enormous leap of faith, not to mention a reckless disregard for battle-hardened sides with better pedigrees, to even think of England lifting the World Cup trophy next...

  • Messi gets chocolate birthday sculpture

    Messi gets chocolate birthday sculpture

    An eerily realistic sculpture of Argentine midfielder Lionel Messi, made entirely of chocolate, has been presented to the Argentina star for his birthday.   He turned 31 on Sunday. A team of five cake artists and sculptors worked for nearly a week...

  • Watch: Colombia win 3-0 to knock Poland out of World Cup

    Watch: Colombia win 3-0 to knock Poland out of World Cup

    Goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado gave Colombia a convincing 3-0 win on Sunday against Poland, who were eliminated from contention at the World Cup before their last Group H match. Japan and Senegal, who both picked up wins...

  • Watch: Senegal, Japan play out 2-2 thriller

    Watch: Senegal, Japan play out 2-2 thriller

    Japan twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Senegal in their World Cup Group H encounter on Sunday. Goals from Senegal captain Sadio Mane and Moussa Wague were matched by strikes from Takashi Inui and Keisuke Honda for the Samurai Blue. Senegal...

  • Watch: England fans delighted after Panama rout

    Watch: England fans delighted after Panama rout

    Harry Kane became the first player to score a hat-trick for England since 1986 as the Three Lions roared into the last 16 after the 6-1 rout of Panama.  A sizeable number of fans gathered at Spinola Bay to watch Gareth Southgate's clan face the...

  • Watch: England march into last 16 after thrashing Panama 6-1

    Watch: England march into last 16 after thrashing Panama 6-1

    Harry Kane struck a hat-trick as England marched into the last 16 of the World Cup after with a record 6-1 win over a woeful Panama in their World Cup Group G match on Sunday. The result, a record win for England in a World Cup finals match, means...

  • Sweden coach hits out at Germans for 'rubbing it into our faces'

    Sweden coach hits out at Germans for 'rubbing it into our faces'

    Sweden coach Janne Andersson hit out at the German bench for "rubbing it in" as they celebrated Toni Kroos's stoppage-time winner in Germany's 2-1 World Cup Group F victory on Saturday. "Some of the German leaders of the team celebrated by running...

  • Watch: Late Kroos winner against Sweden keeps Germany alive

    Watch: Late Kroos winner against Sweden keeps Germany alive

    A dramatic stoppage-time goal from Toni Kroos gave holders Germany a 2-1 win over Sweden on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup last 16. Reus got Germany back in the game early in the second half as the Germans...

  • Watch: Mexico close in on last 16 with South Korea win

    Watch: Mexico close in on last 16 with South Korea win

    Mexico built on the momentum from their stunning opening victory over world champions Germany by comprehensively beating South Korea 2-1 on Saturday and taking a giant leap towards reaching the last-16 of a World Cup they have taken by storm.

  • Watch: Lukaku and Hazard score two each in Belgium rout

    Watch: Lukaku and Hazard score two each in Belgium rout

    Two goals each for Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard and one for Michy Batshuayi swept Belgium to a 5-2 victory over Tunisia on Saturday that put them in command of World Cup Group G and underlined their status as one of the tournament...

  • Watch: Chechen leader makes Salah honorary citizen

    Watch: Chechen leader makes Salah honorary citizen

    Chechnya leader RamzanKadyrov has made Egypt's talismanic striker MohamedSalah an honorary citizen of the southern Russian region at a farewell banquet held for the eliminated World Cup side. Rights groups and Western governments allege that...

  • Watch: VAR in the firing line after Serbia denied penalty

    Watch: VAR in the firing line after Serbia denied penalty

    Critics of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system were handed ample ammunition when Serbia were somehow denied what appeared a blatant penalty in their defeat to Switzerland on Friday. Serbia fell to a 2-1 loss in Kaliningrad with Xherdan...

  • One last chance for this man to become the oldest player in World Cup history

    One last chance for this man to become the oldest player in World Cup history

    Monday will be Essam El-Hadary's last opportunity to enter the World Cup record books by becoming the oldest player to compete at the finals but there is a hiccup. The Egypt goalkeeper, usually the captain of his team, is by no means sure of...

  • Watch: Shaqiri defends controversial World Cup goal celebration

    Watch: Shaqiri defends controversial World Cup goal celebration

    Xherdan Shaqiri responded by saying "it's just emotion" when he was questioned about the way he celebrated his late winner in Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia. Stoke winger Shaqiri and Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, who netted Switzerland's...

  • Watch: Switzerland strike late to sink Serbia 2-1

    Watch: Switzerland strike late to sink Serbia 2-1

    A 90th-minute goal by Xherdan Shaqiri secured Switzerland a 2-1 victory over Serbia in a blistering-paced World Cup Group E match in Kaliningrad on Friday, putting them in a strong position to go through to the knockout round. Shaqiri latched on...

  • Watch: Musa marks return with winning double as Nigeria beat Iceland

    Watch: Musa marks return with winning double as Nigeria beat Iceland

    Ahmed Musa returned to the line-up with devastating effect as he scored both goals for Nigeria to help them resuscitate their World Cup hopes in a 2-0 win over Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday. Left out of his country's opening Group D...

  • Watch: Khedira gets pranked by Swedish journalist

    Watch: Khedira gets pranked by Swedish journalist

    Germany midfielder Sami Khedira had an unusual build-up to Saturday's decisive Group F match against Sweden. The 2014 world champions will be targeting the three points when they face Sweden in their second Group F encounter after they were...