England rave | 7/3/2018 8:30 pm

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — England edged Colombia 4-3 on penalties yesterday to halt a run of five successive shoot-out defeats at major tournaments and book a quarter-final clash against Sweden at the World Cup. Harry Kane fired England ahead with his tournament-leading sixth goal just before the hour in Moscow, converting a penalty after he was hauled down by Carlos Sanchez at a corner. Gareth Southgate's team looked to be heading into the last eight in regulation time until Yerry Mina equ More

There is more to come from Sweden, warns coach Andersson | 7/3/2018 5:20 pm

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia (AFP) — Sweden coach Janne Andersson insists his players are not finished yet at the World Cup after a 1-0 win over Switzerland yesterday sealed their place in the quarter-finals. Emil Forsberg's deflected shot proved the difference at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, where Sweden shaded a scrappy contest to reach the last eight for the first time since 1994. They will now await England and, having seen off the Netherlands and Italy in qualifying, and then finishe More

Photo: ENGLISH RAVE | 7/3/2018 5:40 pm

England players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot-out against Colombia to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the Russia 2018 World Cup at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, yesterday. England won 4-3. (Photo: AFP) More

Maradona offers to coach Argentina for free after World Cup debacle | 7/3/2018 4:40 pm

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) — Diego Maradona wants to return to the position of Argentina coach and is willing to work for free, as Jorge Sampaoli faces pressure to resign following their World Cup travails. Speaking on his “ Hand of God” television show, the 57-year-old Maradona, who coached Argentina for two years from 2008-10, said it was painful to see the current state of the national team. “I would return to leading the national team and I would do it for free I More

Photo: The Agony of Defeat | 7/3/2018 10:40 pm

MOSCOW, Russia — A grieving Colombian fan is comforted by his friends after their team was knocked out of the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 by England yesterday at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. (Photo: AFP) More

This is how we proceed, says Honda after Japan defeat | 7/3/2018 5:30 pm

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AFP) — Keisuke Honda said his country had a blueprint for the future despite being knocked out of the World Cup in painful fashion by Belgium on Monday. Akira Nishino's side had been 2-0 up in Rostov-on-Don thanks to goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui, and were seemingly headed for the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. But Belgium fought back and completed the turnaround with a 94th-minute winner from substitute Nacer Chadli to go through More

Determined Uruguay ready to spoil French World Cup party | 7/3/2018 4:50 pm

NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia (AFP) — Streetwise and tough yet with a razor-sharp edge, Uruguay have moved serenely into the World Cup quarter-finals, side stepping the chaos that has swamped former winners Argentina, Germany and Spain. Uruguay have shown in Russia they are extremely difficult to beat yet sometimes underwhelming — factors you could have predicted from them before the World Cup. A low-key start and an 89th-minute winner that gave them a forgettable 1-0 win over an Egypt More

#WC2018: Big guns primed for quarter-final battles | 7/4/2018 12:14 pm

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) —The World Cup hit the pause button today as the eight remaining teams geared up for the quarter-finals after England became the final side to qualify following a penalty shootout win against Colombia.Neymar's Brazil are the favourites to win a record-extending sixth World Cup at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on July 15 but France, Belgium and Uruguay are all in their side of the draw.Gareth Southgate's England are the only former winners in the bottom half of the draw, al More

Sweden book place in World Cup quarter- finals after edging past Switzerland | 7/3/2018 5:20 pm

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia (AFP) — Sweden reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years after Emil Forsberg's deflected shot earned a scrappy 1-0 win over Switzerland yesterday. This was far from a classic at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, and if Colombia or England's players were watching from Moscow, they could be forgiven for feeling bullish about their prospects in the last eight. Forsberg's second-half strike, which deflected off the unfortunate Manuel Akanji, mea More

'Loew' and behold, Joachim keeps Germany job despite World Cup debacle | 7/3/2018 5:30 pm

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — Germany c oach Joachim Loew will remain in his job despite the World Cup holders' shock elimination in the group phase in Russia, the German Football Association (DFB) said yesterday. The DFB said Loew, who has been in the job for 12 years, had told German football chiefs he wanted to carry on and oversee the “rebuilding” of the national team. Loew, who won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil in 2014, was told he continued to enjoy “the support More

Switzerland bid to summon spirit of 1954 World Cup | 7/2/2018 10:10 pm

Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia (AFP) — Switzerland have made headlines in Russia for their players' controversial goal celebrations but the team stands on the verge of matching their best-ever run at a World Cup. If Vladimir Petkovic's side beat Sweden in Saint Petersburg today, they will become the first Swiss team in 64 years to qualify for the quarter-finals of football's biggest tournament. Although they have largely gone under the radar in Russia — double-eagle scoring celebrations More

#WC2018: Colombia without James as Kane returns for England | 7/3/2018 12:20 pm

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez will miss Tuesday's World Cup last-16 tie against England after failing to recover from a calf injury. The Bayern Munich star limped out of Colombia's final group match against Senegal, and is replaced in Moscow by Jefferson Lerma in one of two changes made by coach Jose Pekerman. Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling return to the England line-up as manager Gareth Southgate recalls nine players who were rested for the 1-0 defeat to Bel More

#WC2018: Colombia, England 0-0 at halftime | 7/3/2018 1:59 pm

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — England and Colombia were locked at 0-0 at half-time in the final last-16 match at the World Cup after a cagey 45 minutes with few clear-cut chances. Gareth Southgate's England enjoyed the bulk of possession early on at the Spartak Stadium and Raheem Sterling was the main threat but tournament top-scorer Harry Kane had few glimpses of goal. More

Cruise control | 7/2/2018 11:10 pm

Samara, Russia (AFP) — Neymar scored a stylish opener and set up substitute Roberto Firmino for a late second as Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Mexico yesterday. Bidding for a record-extending sixth title in Russia, Brazil weathered an early storm at Samara Arena before Neymar turned on the style to underline their status as favourites. Brazil will now meet Belgium but, after seeing Argentina, Spain and Portugal eliminated in the last 16, Tit More

England hope different mindset will conquer penalty curse | 7/2/2018 10:10 pm

Saint Petersburg, Russia (AFP) — England have projected this World Cup as a fresh start for a new generation, but the team's record of failure in penalty shoot-outs may not be so easy to forget. Penalties have been the death of England at six of the last 12 major tournaments, and in that time they have won only once, against Spain at Euro '96. Gareth Southgate's playing career was defined by the shot he side-footed into the hands of Andreas Kopke as England then lost in the semi-finals More