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Tag: Fifa World Cup 2018

FIFA 2018: Belgium stun Brazil to reach World Cup semis

Kazan Arena: A superb first half display by Belgium 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 […]

France beat Uruguay to reach World Cup semi-finals

Nizhny Novgorod (Russia): France became the first team to reach the World Cup semi-finals as goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann gave them a deserved 2-0 victory over Uruguay on Friday. It is the first time France have been in the last four since 2006 and sets up a mouth-watering clash against either Belgium […]

FIFA 2018: Belgium rally to edge past Japan 3-2 in thrilling clash

Rostov (Russia): Belgium pulled off a stunning come-from-behind win to condemn a spirited Japan 3-2 and fix a quarterfinal date with Brazil in a rip-roaring round of 16 FIFA World Cup game here on Monday. Genki Haraguchi (48th) and Takashi Inui (52nd) gave Japan a shock 2-0 lead in the space of four second-half minutes […]

World Cup - Round of 16 - Uruguay vs Portugal
Uruguay beat Portugal to enter FIFA World Cup quarters

Sochi: Striker Edinson Cavani fired a brace as two-time champions Uruguay defeated reigning European champions Portugal 2-1 here on Saturday to set-up a FIFA World Cup quarter-final against France. Cavani scored in the seventh and 62nd minutes while Portugal got their goal from Pepe in the 55th minute at the Fisht Stadium as Uruguay entered […]

FIFA World Cup: Belgium pip England to top Group G

Kaliningrad (Russia): Belgium topped Group G after beating England 1-0 here on Thursday in a clash between teams who had already qualified for the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals. Adnan Januzaj’s 51st minute strike proved to be the difference between the teams who were playing their third and final Group G game. With this win, Belgium […]

FIFA 2018: Japan in pre-quarters despite losing to Poland

Volgograd (Russia): Japan lost 0-1 to Poland in their final Group H contest here on Thursday but still managed to go through to the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals. Following the loss, thanks to Jan Bednarek’s 59th-minute strike, Japan have four points — the same as third-placed Senegal but the Asian powerhouse are ranked second in […]

FIFA World Cup: Croatia beat Iceland to top Group D

Rostov (Russia): Croatia defeated Iceland 2-1 here on Tuesday to go into the knockout rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the top team in Group D. Milan Badelj (53rd) and Ivan Perisic (90th) scored for Croatia. Gylfi Sigurdsson had rekindled some momentary hopes for Iceland when he converted a penalty in the 76th […]

World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs France
FIFA 2018: France, Denmark qualify for World Cup pre-quarters

Moscow: France and Denmark played out the first 0-0 draw of the ongoing FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Tuesday as both teams progressed to the Round-of-16 in a tepid Group C match. Didier Deschamps’ France, already through to the second round before the game started, won Group C with seven points […]

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FIFA 2018: Spain stave off brave Morocco to enter next stage

Kaliningrad (Russia): Morocco almost created the biggest upset of the 2018 FIFA World Cup before a late goal handed Spain a 2-2 draw in a Group B match here on Monday. Khalid Boutaib gifted Morocco a surprise lead in the 14th minute before Isco (19th) restored parity for Spain five minutes later. Youssef En-Nesyri gave […]

FIFA 2018: Portugal enter pre-quarters despite being held by Iran

Saransk (Russia): Iran held Portugal 1-1 in their final Group B match here on Monday but couldn’t stop the reigning European champions from entering the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals. Ricardo Quaresma gave Portugal the lead in the 45th minute but Iran found the equaliser through a penalty conversion from Karim Ansarifard in the 90+3 minute. […]

FIFA World Cup: Uruguay beat Russia 3-0 to top Group A

Samara (Russia): Uruguay finished the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup atop Group A after defeating hosts Russia 3-0 at the Samara Arena on Monday. The score was opened by Uruguay on the 10th minute after Russian midfielder Yury Gazinsky was slapped with a yellow card for a tackle on Matias Vecino near […]

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World Cup: Japan hold Senegal 2-2

Yekaterinburg (Russia): Japan came back from behind twice to hold Senegal 2-2 in a FIFA World Cup Group H contest at the Ekaterinburg Arena here on Sunday. Sadio Mane (11th minute) and Moussa Wague (71st minute) scored for the African outfit, while Japan responded through Takashi Inui (34th) and Keisuke Honda (78th).  

FIFA World Cup: Colombia thrash insipid Poland

Kazan (Russia): Colombia thrashed Poland 3-0 in a Group H encounter of the FIFA World Cup here on Sunday. Yerry Mina (40th minute), Radamel Falcao (70th) and Juan Cuadrado (75th) scored for Columbia. The win kept alive Columbia’s chances of advancing from the group stage. They are on three points from two matches. They had […]

Missing Messi fan's body found in Kerala river

Kottayam (Kerala): Two days after he went missing after Croatia whipped Argentina, the body of a 30-year-old Lionel Messi fan was found floating in Meenachil river near Kottayam town in Kerala. According to police, a group of people who had come to take a bath in the river on Sunday found the body of Dinu […]

FIFA World Cup: Germany beat Sweden 2-1 to stay alive

Sochi (Russia): Tony Kroos produced a last gasp winner as Germany revived their campaign with a 2-1 win over Sweden in a Group F match of the FIFA World Cup here. Ola Toivonen gave Sweden the lead with a superb finish in the 32nd minute during the match on Saturday. Germany displayed large doses of […]

FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexico pip South Korea in Group F tie

Rostov-on-Don (Russia): Son Heung-Min’s late goal was not enough as Mexico clinched a narrow 2-1 victory in a Group F tie of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Rostov Arena here on Saturday. Son’s fantastic 92nd minute strike was the only bright spot for the Koreans in a match which was dominated by Mexico. […]

UN condemns harassment of Russian women at World Cup

Rio De Janeiro: The UN Women’s office here has released videos condemning sexual harassment of Russian women by Brazilian men at the ongoing FIFA World Cup. “It is unacceptable the deliberate intention of some Brazilian fans to sexually harass women during the World Cup, using embarrassment, deception, and thus violating the human rights of women,” […]

FIFA World Cup 2018: Switzerland beat Serbia in Group E clash

Kaliningrad (Russia): A late goal by Xherdan Shaqiri earned Switzerland 2-1 win over Serbia in a Group E clash of the FIFA World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium here. Aleksandar Mitrovic handed Serbia the lead in the fifth minute during the match on Friday. Switzerland equalised in the second half, thanks to a superb long […]

Croatia stun Argentina 3-0 to qualify for last 16 stage

Nizhny Novgorod (Russia): A far superior Croatia stunned heavyweights Argentina 3-0 to qualify for the knockout stages and leave their opponents’ fate hanging by a thread in a crunch Group D encounter here. Second half goals during the match on Thursday from Ante Rebic (53rd), Luka Modric (80th) and Ivan Rakitic (90+1) ensured Croatia stretched […]

FIFA 2018: France beat Peru 1-0 to enter World Cup pre-quarters

Yekaterinburg (Russia): Kylian Mbappe became France’s youngest goal-scorer in FIFA World Cup history as they beat Peru 1-0 in a Group C match here on Thursday to enter the pre-quarterfinals. Mbappe’s 34th-minute strike from close range was the lone goal scored in the match at the Ekaterinburg Arena as Peru’s hopes to reach the second […]

Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia to enter pre-quarters

Rostov-on-Don (Russia): Veteran striker Luis Suarez marked his 100th international with a winning goal as Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a Group A clash here on Wednesday to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup. Suarez’s 23rd-minute strike from close range decided the match as Saudi Arabia lost their second consecutive loss and […]

Ronaldo fires Portugal to 1-0 victory over Morocco

Moscow: Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe’s all-time leading scorer as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in their FIFA World Cup Group B match here at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Wednesday. Ronaldo sent Portugal ahead in the fourth minute by outmuscling his marker and firing in a bullet header after a Joao Moutinho corner at Luzhniki Stadium, […]

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FIFA 2018: England coach Gareth Southgate hails team's efforts

Volgograd (Russia): England head coach Gareth Southgate praised his team for their endeavours as Harry Kane’s late goal gave England a 2-1 victory over Tunisia in their first World Cup game in Group G. With Kane’s early goal in the first half on Monday night, England made a near-perfect start at the Volgograd Arena here. […]

FIFA WC 2018: Google joins hysteria with innovative Doodles

  Los Angeles: Google has joined the FIFA World Cup fever with a series of Doodles coming up every day till the final on July 15. Guest artists from all 32 countries taking part in the World Cup in Russia have been roped in by Google to create a Google Doodle every single day based […]

Saudi footballers to be penalised for rout by Russia

Moscow: Members of Saudi Arabia national football team will face a disciplinary penalty for their crushing defeat by Russia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup opener. “We are very disappointed by the defeat,” Saudi Football Federation chief Adel Ezzat was quoted as saying by the Al-Youm Assabaa newspaper, reports Tass news agency. “This result is […]

Russia overwhelm Saudis in FIFA World Cup opener

Moscow: Hosts Russia began their FIFA World Cup campaign in emphatic fashion, registering an easy 5-0 victory over minnows Saudi Arabia in a Group A game at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. Yuri Gazinskiy (12th minute), Denis Cheryshev (43rd, 90+1), Artem Dzyuba (71st) and Aleksandr Golovin (90+4) scored for the hosts, who enjoyed […]

World Cup "best thing" to happen to a player, says Ibrahimovic

Moscow: Los Angeles Galaxy forward and former Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday that the 2018 FIFA World Cup was the “best thing” that could happen to the Swedish national football team. “I retired from the national team a couple of years ago… It’s the best thing that can happen to a player, represent […]

FIFA World Cup 2018: Harry Kane to lead England

London: Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was on Tuesday named captain of the England football team which will take part in the World Cup in Russia this summer. At Tottenham, Kane, the two-time English Premier League Golden Boot winner, is the vice captain to Hugo Lloris and has occasionally worn the armband since Wayne Rooney […]

England to face Nigeria, Costa Rica in World Cup warm-ups

London: England will take on Nigeria and Costa Rica in their World Cup warm-up football games in June before travelling to Russia. Gareth Southgate’s side will host Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2 and then travel north where they entertain Costa Rica at Elland Road, Leeds United’s ground on June 7. England begin their […]

Belgium and Egypt's Salah could surprise at World Cup: Neymar

Rio de Janeiro: Belgium could spring a surprise at next year’s football World Cup while five-time champions Brazil will be among the favourites, according to Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar. The 25-year-old Brazilian also nominated Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah as a player to watch during the June 14 to July 15 tournament in Russia, reports […]

2018 World Cup win will give Germany footballers over $400k bonus each

Berlin: Germany’s football federation DFB on Wednesday announced that each of their 2018 World Cup players will get a bonus of 350,000 euros ($410,847) if they manage to defend their title in Russia. “The DFB and the national team players have agreed on performance-related bonuses for their performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. […]

2018 FIFA World Cup: 1,318,109 tickets requested in 24 hours

Zurich: FIFA has recorded more than 1,318,109 ticket requests for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in less than 24 hours since the sales resumed on December 5. “Within the first 24 hours, fans from all over the world requested 1,318,109 tickets as the random-selection draw sales period goes on until January 31 2018,” FIFA said […]

Portugal to face Spain in 2018 FIFA World Cup

Moscow: Top football nations Portugal and Spain have been placed in Group B and will play against each other in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, it was announced on Friday. Alongside the European Champions Portugal and 2010 FIFA World Cup holders Spain, Morocco and Iran have found themselves in […]

2018 FIFA World Cup official ball unveiled

Moscow: ‘Telestar 18’, the official ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia was unveiled by Adidas Football   here on Friday. Displaying its first look, Adidas Football tweeted on Friday: “An icon reinvented. Introducing: #Telstar18 ?? The Official Match Ball for the 2018@FIFAWorldCup. #HereToCreate.” Football stars Zinedine Zidane, Alessandro Del Piero, Xabi Alonso, Kaka and […]

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Paulinho hat-trick secures Brazil victory over Uruguay

Montevideo: Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho bagged a hat-trick as Brazil edged closer to qualifying for next year’s football World Cup with a 4-1 victory over Uruguay here. Barcelona forward Neymar also netted for the five-time World Cup winners while Edinson Cavani was on the scoresheet for the hosts on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency. It was […]