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Spain see off Iran to boost World Cup hopes

Posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 by PA

Diego Costa’s second-half strike proved enough for Spain to squeeze past Iran in Kazan and move into a commanding position in their bid to qualify from Group B.Costa broke Iran’s sturdy resistance with a slightly fortuitous 54th-minute goal, and the Spaniards were lucky to hold onto their lead with Saeid Ezatolahi’s effort ruled out for offside after a video assistant referee c...Full Story »

Luis Suarez sends Uruguay through with goal on his 100th appearance

Posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 by PA

Luis Suarez marked his 100th cap with the winner as Uruguay qualified for the World Cup knockout stages with an unconvincing victory which eliminated opponents Saudi Arabia.Barcelona striker Suarez volleyed home from a corner midway through the first half as Oscar Tabarez’s side laboured to a 1-0 win in Rostov-on-Don.The result means hosts Russia, who also won their two opening Group A gam...Full Story »

Ronaldo heads Portugal to unconvincing win over unlucky Morocco

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PA

Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth goal of the tournament was enough to give Portugal a 1-0 win over Morocco in their World Cup Group B match in Moscow.Portugal can look forward to a game against Iran, knowing they have one foot in the last 16, while the North Africans have only pride to play for against Spain.Having waited 20 years for a fifth appearance at a World Cup, fans of the Lions of the A...Full Story »

Russia impress again as fit-again Mohamed Salah fails to deny World Cup hosts

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PA

Hosts Russia all but guaranteed their place in the last 16 of the World Cup, shrugging aside the goalscoring return of Mohamed Salah to sweep aside Egypt 3-1 in St Petersburg.Derided by many as one of the worst World Cup home sides in living memory, Stanislav Cherchesov’s side doubled down on their 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia with another narrative-busting display that will take them to ...Full Story »

Spartak Stadium swings to Senegalese beat as Poland self-destruct

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PA

Senegal held on to become the first African team to win a match at Russia 2018 by beating Poland 2-1 in their Group H opener at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.Playing in their first match on this stage since their memorable run to the quarter-finals in 2002, Senegal triumphed thanks to two goals that owed much to Polish generosity: a Thiago Cionek own goal and a horrible mix-up to let in Mbaye N...Full Story »

Early red card costs Colombia as unfancied Japan claim shock win

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by PA

Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez became the first player to be sent off at the 2018 World Cup as Japan secured an entertaining 2-1 win in Saransk.The former Aston Villa midfielder was dismissed after just four minutes in the Group H opener for deliberate handball and Shinji Kagawa made no mistake with the resulting penalty.Colombia equalised shortly before half-time through Juan Quintero&rsq...Full Story »

Lukaku brace inspires Belgium to opening win against World Cup debutants Panama

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by PA

Belgium were made to work hard as they got Group G up and running with a 3-0 victory against World Cup debutants Panama.It was a frustrating first half for Roberto Martinez’s men but a superb strike from Dries Mertens broke the deadlock at the start of the second period before two Romelu Lukaku goals gave Belgium some breathing space.Next up for #BEL and #PAN…@BelRedDevils: #TU...Full Story »

Andreas Granqvist penalty gives Sweden win against South Korea

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by PA

Andreas Granqvist took advantage of a VAR-awarded penalty to hand Sweden a 1-0 win over South Korea in their World Cup opener.The Sweden captain tucked home in the 65th minute of the Group F clash in Nizhny Novgorod after technology was used to rule that Viktor Claesson had been fouled in the area.It was a deserved victory for Sweden, who created the better chances throughout and Marcus Berg spu...Full Story »

Steven Zuber denies Brazil as Switzerland snatch famous draw

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by PA

Steven Zuber denied Brazil victory in their opening game of the World Cup as battling Switzerland fought back to snatch a famous 1-1 Group E draw in Rostov.The Hoffenheim defender cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s stunning first-half opener with a bullet header five minutes after the restart with the South Americans appealing in vain for a push on defender Miranda.In their first game at th...Full Story »

Mexico mine the spirit of Algeria to down Germany in a World Cup opener

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by PA

An inspired Mexico held on to beat defending champions Germany 1-0 in a stunning performance at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.Man of the match Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game when he finished a Mexican break by drilling a low shot past Manuel Neuer but, in truth, this was a breathtaking team performance.Germany, on the other hand, took too long to get going and lacked the poise...Full Story »

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