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France conquer Australia with some help from video assistant referee technology

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by PA

France benefited from a controversial first use of video assistant referee technology at a World Cup as they laboured to a 2-1 win over Australia.Antoine Griezmann put Les Bleus ahead with a contentious second-half penalty in Kazan after referee Andres Cunha adjudged the forward had been fouled by Joshua Risdon having watched a replay of the incident at the side of the pitch.Australia, who felt ...Full Story »

Incredible Cristiano Ronaldo nets World Cup hat-trick for Portugal in thriller

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by PA

Cristiano Ronaldo stunned Spain again just days after the shock departure of their head coach Julien Lopetegui, his hat-trick securing an amazing 3-3 World Cup draw in Sochi.Ronaldo had scored just three times in 13 appearances in World Cup finals – but the Real Madrid superstar matched that during an incredible 90 minutes.Diego Costa twice cancelled out efforts from Ronaldo – his se...Full Story »

Late Morocco own goal hands Iran famous World Cup win

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by PA

Iran won their first World Cup game in 20 years as a stoppage-time own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz gave them a Group B victory over Morocco.With Spain and Portugal, the other nations in this group, any slim hopes of progressing into the knockout rounds was likely to hang on this result for both sides.It looked as though neither side would make the most of the chance to start with a victory, only f...Full Story »

Russia 5 - 0 Saudi Arabia: Rampant Russia blitz Saudi Arabia to give the World Cup hosts a dream start

Posted Friday, June 15, 2018 by PA

Hosts Russia opened their World Cup campaign and with a 5-0 thrashing of a woeful Saudi Arabia, a result that will delight a nation desperate to enjoy their moment on football’s biggest stage.According to FIFA’s rankings there was little between these teams as they kicked off, which suggested it would be a competitive game.Sadly, the rankings also suggested it would not be high on qu...Full Story »

Green at the double for Wales Women as they set up England showdown

Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by PA

Wales set up a winner-takes-all World Cup qualifying showdown with England by beating Russia 3-0 in Newport.Kayleigh Green scored twice and made a third for Natasha Harding as Wales – who achieved a seventh successive World Cup shut-out – reclaimed top spot in Group One.England are now a point behind Wales with a game in hand, and their away game against Jayne Ludlow’s side&nbs...Full Story »

Austria 0 - 3 Brazil: Neymar scores 55th Brazil goal as they beat Austria in final World Cup warm-up

Posted Monday, June 11, 2018 by PA

Neymar’s scintillating goal drew him level with Romario in Brazil’s all time top scorers list as they cruised to a 3-0 win against Austria.The Paris St Germain striker scored his 55th goal for his country in Sunday’s victory, their final World Cup warm-up match.He is now equal third in Brazil’s scoring charts with Romario and only behind Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77) after s...Full Story »

France 1 - 1 USA: Kylian Mbappe strike earns France a draw against the USA

Posted Sunday, June 10, 2018 by PA

Kylian Mbappe’s second-half equaliser salvaged France a 1-1 draw in their final World Cup warm-up match against the USA.Paris St Germain forward Mbappe fired home a low shot in the 78th minute after Julian Green had given the USA a shock first-half lead with their only effort on target.Les Bleus turned in a below-par display at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium against opponents who had failed...Full Story »

Tunisia 0 - 1 Spain: Late Iago Aspas goal gives Spain narrow win over England’s Group G rivals Tunisia

Posted Sunday, June 10, 2018 by PA

England’s opening World Cup opponents Tunisia pushed Spain all the way in a warm-up friendly before losing to a late Iago Aspas goal in Krasnador.The Three Lions will be favourites to win their first Group G game in Russia but Tunisia showed they will be no pushover when the pair meet in Volvograd on June 18.Nabil Maaloul’s side looked set to prepare for the tournament with an impres...Full Story »

Penalty shoot-out defeat for Scotland in Toulon Tournament third-place play-off

Posted Sunday, June 10, 2018 by PA

Scotland Under-21s missed out on a third-placed finish at the Toulon Tournament as they lost on penalties to Turkey following a goalless draw in Martigues.Scot Gemmill’s side suffered semi-final defeat to rivals England for the second year in a row in this tournament but could not secure victory in the third-place play-off as they did in 2017.Harvey St Clair saw a second-half penalty saved...Full Story »

Germany 2 - 1 Saudi Arabia: Germany head to Russia after victory over Saudi Arabia

Posted Saturday, June 09, 2018 by PA

Germany completed their preparations for the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen.Joachim Low’s side brought to an end five matches without a victory – their worst run of form since 1988.However, despite dominating for most of the game at the BayArena after taking an early lead through Timo Werner, the world champions could have ended up with an embarrassing draw ...Full Story »

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