WORLD CUP NEWS

England dream of World Cup glory as Russian fans thank team | 7/8/2018 10:50 pm

Moscow, Russia (AFP) — England were yesterday looking forward to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 as Russian fans thanked their disappointed players after their fairy tale World Cup run was halted by Croatia. Gareth Southgate's young team swept Sweden aside 2-0 on Saturday, sparking mass celebrations in England, where at least 20 million people watched the match on TV. They will face Croatia, who had to endure a strength-sapping penalty shoot-out for the second consecutive ma More

England march on, but... | 7/7/2018 7:50 pm

SAMARA, Russia (AFP) — England Manager Gareth Southgate said his side was “not the finished article” after qualifying for the country's first World Cup semi-final appearance since 1990 with a 2-0 victory over Sweden yesterday. Headed goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli in Samara, and a handful of key saves from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, sent England through to a last-four showdown with Croatia on July 11. Vanquished Sweden boss Janne Andersson suggested England were good More

ENGLISH JOY | 7/7/2018 6:40 pm

England's players celebrate at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match against Sweden at the Samara Arena yesterday to advance to the semi-finals. England won 2-0. (COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE IN SPORTS SECTION) (Photo: AFP) More

Photo: HE SAYS IT ALL | 7/7/2018 7:10 pm

England goal-scorer Harry Maguire celebrates at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match against Sweden at the Samara Arena, yesterday. England won 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals where they will meet Croatia. (Photo: AFP) More

Oh, so close! | 7/7/2018 7:30 pm

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) — Ivan Rakitic scored the winning penalty as Croatia beat Russia 4-3 in a shoot-out, after a dramatic 2-2 draw yesterday to end the World Cup hopes of the host nation and advance to a semi-final against England. Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes had kept Russia's dream alive when he headed home in the 115th minute to level the scores and force penalties, but he and Fedor Smolov both failed to convert their spot kicks in Sochi. Croatia, for whom Andrej Kramaric and Domago More

France ease past Uruguay to reach World Cup semi-finals | 7/6/2018 10:40 pm

NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia (AFP) — France coach Didier Deschamps warned there is more to come from his side, after they comfortably beat Uruguay 2-0 yesterday to become the first side to reach the World Cup semi-finals. A fine header from Raphael Varane and an Antoine Griezmann shot that was fumbled by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera gave France victory over a South American side that sorely missed injured striker Edinson Cavani. It is the first time France have been in the last four More

#WC2018: Cheryshev returns to Russia line-up for Croatia quarter-final | 7/7/2018 12:51 pm

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) — Denis Cheryshev is back in the Russia starting line-up for the hosts' meeting with Croatia in their World Cup quarter-final in Sochi on Saturday. The Villarreal winger replaces Yuri Zhirkov, who has been struggling with a calf injury, in the only change made by coach Stanislav Cherchesov following the penalty shootout win over Spain in the last 16. Cheryshev scored twice in Russia's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the tournament's opening game, and was also on target a More

Southgate calls on England to 'keep making history' in Sweden clash | 7/6/2018 8:40 pm

SAMARA, Russia (AFP) — England Manager Gareth Southgate called on his players to “keep making history” as he targets a first World Cup semi-final appearance since 1990, when they take on Sweden in Samara today. Southgate's youthful side ended England's 12-year wait to win a knockout match at a major tournament after they scraped past Colombia on penalties in the last 16. It marked the first time England had won a shoot-out at the World Cup in four attempts, while the 6-1 grou More

Croatia not afraid of hostile welcome against World Cup hosts | 7/6/2018 8:30 pm

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) — Croatia have ended up on the losing side in previous meetings with the host nation at the World Cup, but they are relishing facing Russia in the quarter-finals today. The teams clash at Fisht Stadium in Sochi having both reached this stage thanks to penalty shoot-out victories in the last 16 — Russia stunned 2010 winners Spain before Croatia edged out Denmark. Croatia lost 3-1 to Brazil in Sao Paulo in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup. In 1998 they reach More

Joy and sorrow | 7/6/2018 8:20 pm

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) – A superb first half display by Belgium yesterday ended Brazil's hopes of a record sixth World Cup crown as a Fernandinho own goal and a superb Kevin De Bruyne strike proved enough to win 2-1 and seal a semi-final spot. Although Brazil roared back in the second half with a headed goal from Renato Augusto, it is the Belgians who will face France in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. Unbeaten in their last 15 games, Brazil's bid for a second consecutive place in the semi-fi More

#WC2018: Croatia beat Russia on penalties to set up semi against England | 7/7/2018 3:53 pm

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) — Croatia beat Russia 4-3 on penalties on Saturday to set up a World Cup semi-final against England after a dramatic match full of twists and turns. The game finished 2-2 after extra-time following a late equaliser by Russia's Mario Fernandes. Denis Cheryshev struck a stunning opener from distance to give the hosts the lead in the 31st minute but Croatia equalised through Andrej Kramaric just eight minutes later. Croatia's Domagoj Vida broke the deadlock in extra-tim More

#WC2018: England lead Sweden 1-0 at halftime of quarter-final | 7/7/2018 9:46 am

SAMARA, Russia (AFP) — England were 1-0 up against Sweden at half-time of their World Cup quarter-final in Samara on Saturday. The game started in cagey fashion with both sides testing each out before Harry Maguire powered in a header from a corner in the 30th minute. More

World Cup fever in Trench Town | 7/6/2018 10:10 pm

The excitement of the World Cup football tournament being played in Russia was felt in Trench Town, Jamaica, yesterday as vocal supporters of Belgium and five-time champions Brazil watched the intense battle between both teams for a semi-final spot. At the end of the game, which Brazil lost 1-2, some of the South Americans' disappointed fans vowed to not watch the remaining matches in the tournament. In the build-up to the highly anticipated game, the sounds of vuvuzelas, clanging Dutch pot co More

French toast | 7/6/2018 8:10 pm

France coach Didier Deschamps warned there is more to come from his side after they comfortably beat Uruguay 2-0 yesterday to become the first side to reach the 2018 World Cup semi-finals. A fine header from Raphael Varane and an Antoine Griezmann shot that was fumbled by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera gave France victory over a South American side that sorely missed injured striker Edinson Cavani. Yesterday, Uruguayans were gracious in defeat. “France crushed Uruguay!” admi More

#WC2018: England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach semi-finals | 7/7/2018 11:04 am

SAMARA, Russia (AFP) — England comfortably beat Sweden 2-0 on Saturday to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years. Harry Maguire headed England ahead from a corner in the first half in Samara and Dele Alli doubled the lead with just over half an hour to go. England will play the winner of the Russia v Croatia quarter-final that takes place in Sochi later on Saturday. More


 

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