#WC2018: Cavani's goal gives Uruguay 1-0 halftime lead | 6/30/2018 1:51 pm

MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have combined to give Uruguay at 1-0 lead at halftime against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in the round of 16 game at the World Cup. Cavani jumped to meet a cross by Luis Suarez in the seventh minute to open the scoring at Sochi. Cavani started the play on the other side of the field before running to meet the Suarez cross. Suarez almost made it 2-0 with a low free kick that was saved by Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio in the 22nd. More

#WC2018: Cavani fires Uruguay into last eight as Ronaldo dream ends | 6/30/2018 3:16 pm

SOCHI, Russia ( AFP) — Edinson Cavani scored twice as Uruguay shattered Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup dream with a 2-1 victory over Portugal today.Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani curled home a superb 62nd-minute winner to settle a thrilling second round duel in Sochi which sends Uruguay into a quarter-final against France next Friday. Cavani had already put Uruguay in front early on, only for Pepe to head Portugal level in the 55th minute in a thrilling contest that was not the battle More

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Budding J'can-born journalist basks in FIFA World Cup experience through F4F programme | 6/29/2018 11:20 pm

She loves a good conversation, football and travelling so for Thais Amaya, the FIFA World Cup in Russia draws all her loves together. The aspiring journalist was among more than 200 individuals who visited the world's largest country by landmass courtesy of the Football for Friendship Programme (F4F). F4F is an International Children's Social Programme, implemented by Gazprom Company — the official partner of FIFA and the World Cup Russia 2018. The goal of the programme is to involve t More

Argentines caught between love and indifference for Maradona | 6/29/2018 9:50 pm

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) — Argentine legend Diego Maradona is a controversial idol, worshipped as a god for his World Cup-winning exploits, but whose life of excess has left a tormented public back home torn between veneration and derision. The 57-year-old hit the headlines in Russia this week when he was filmed making two-handed middle finger gestures to fans during Argentina's narrow win over Nigeria in their final World Cup pool game. How to take his attention-grabbing outbursts More

#WC2018: Suarez fired up as Uruguay prepare for showdown with Ronaldo's Portugal | 6/29/2018 12:32 pm

[12:43:18 PM] Deandra Morrison_JOL: SOCHI, Russia (AFP) — Criticised for his lack of sharpness in Uruguay's opening game at the World Cup, Luis Suarez insists he is in better shape now as he goes head to head with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in the last 16. The 31-year-old had a desperate day in front of goal as Uruguay eventually ground out a 1-0 win against Egypt to kick off their campaign in Russia. But since then he has scored in each of his country's games, against Saudi Arabia a More

World Cup last-16 matchups | 6/28/2018 9:00 pm

Moscow, Russia (AFP) — Last-16 matchups in the World Cup following final matches in Group G and Group H yesterday: Saturday, June 30 At Kazan Arena in Kazan France v Argentina @ 9:00 am   At Fisht Stadium in Sochi Uruguay v Portugal @ 1:00 pm   Sunday, July 1 At Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow Spain v Russia @ 9:00 am   At Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod Croatia v Denmark @ 1:00 pm Monday, July 2 At Samara Stadium in Samara Brazil v Mexico @ 9:00 am   At Rostov Aren More

'Sorry' Germany back home after World Cup flop | 6/28/2018 9:30 pm

FRANKFURT, Germany (AFP) — Germany's chastened national team arrived home yesterday after their shock World Cup exit plunged the football-mad nation into mourning and left the future of coach Joachim Loew in the balance. The four-time champions landed at Frankfurt airport shortly after 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) — a day after their humiliating 2-0 defeat against South Korea at Russia's Kazan Arena sent them packing in the first round. “The Mannschaft did not demonstrate what it can u More

Januzaj stunner sees Belgium beat England to top spot | 6/28/2018 9:00 pm

KALININGRAD, Russia (AFP) — A brilliant strike by Adnan Januzaj lit up an otherwise insipid clash as Belgium beat England 1-0 to secure top spot in World Cup Group G in Kaliningrad yesterday. Januzaj's superb second-half goal sent Belgium into a last 16 clash with Japan, while England will now advance to a second round meeting with Colombia on Tuesday. By finishing second in the group, England have though avoided a loaded top half of the draw containing past winners Brazil, France, Argen More

#WC2018: No plans to change fair play rule - FIFA | 6/29/2018 7:30 am

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — FIFA said it had no plans to change its fair play criteria that allowed Japan to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup at the expense of Senegal in controversial circumstances.Japan and Senegal were both locked on four points in Group H with identical goal differences and the same number of goals scored, but the Asian side went through to the next round yesterday after collecting fewer yellow cards in the group stage.In a farcical end to Japan's 1-0 loss to Poland More

Japan sneak into World Cup last 16 thanks to fair play record | 6/28/2018 9:00 pm

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AFP) — Japan coach Akira Nishino defended his negative tactics as his side qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup by virtue of their superior fair play record yesterday despite losing 1-0 to Poland. A chorus of whistles and howls from the 42,189 spectators sent the teams from the pitch in Volgograd after a farcical end to their final Group H match. On a burning afternoon that saw several twists in the plot, Japan somehow set up a meeting with either Belgium or Engl More

Africa's hope turns to despair as Colombia clip Senegal | 6/28/2018 10:10 pm

KAZAN, Senegal (AFP) — Senegalese football fans moved from hope to despair as the Teranga Lions lost against Colombia's Cafeteros 1-0, making it the last African team to exit the World Cup. “We're disappointed and discouraged. But if God decided it that way, we'll accept it,” Marie, a tearful 22-year-old hostess with Senegal's flag painted on her cheeks, said. “Compared to 2002, we have a real team now, a great team.” On Dakar's main plaza, Place de l'Obelisque, More

#WC2018: Lebanese fan 'stabbed to death over World Cup celebrations' | 6/28/2018 9:16 am

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — A football fan was stabbed to death in Lebanon in a row over his celebration of Brazil's win and Germany's loss in the World Cup, the army and media said today. Mohammad Zaher was allegedly killed by two of his neighbours late Wednesday in the Beirut suburb of Hay Al-Sellum, Lebanese news outlets reported. The army said in a statement that it had arrested a suspect who was interrogated and transferred to the courts. The rivalry between Germany and Brazil is behin More

#WC2018: Pekerman picks attacking line-up as Colombia seek Senegal win | 6/28/2018 8:42 am

SAMARA, Russia (AFP) — Colombia coach Jose Pekerman kept faith with the attacking front line that thumped Poland 3-0 as the South Americans prepared to take on Senegal today, targeting a place in the World Cup last 16.Pekerman's decision to pair left-footed midfielders Juan Quintero and James Rodriguez in Kazan was hailed as a tactical masterstroke after both players played a key part in the goals that reignited Colombia's campaign. Colombia, who lost their opener 2-1 to Japan following an More

#WC2018: Japan-Poland locked 0-0 at halftime | 6/28/2018 10:07 am

MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Japan and Poland are locked 0-0 at halftime in their last World Cup group match. Japan created most of the chances during the half with Yoshinori Muto central to most of his team's attacking forays. Muto was one of six changes to the starting lineup for the match. Japan needs a point in Volgograd to ensure it advances regardless of the result in the Senegal vs Colombia game being played simultaneously in Samara. Poland, though, came closest to taking the lead when More