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Croatia 2 Nigeria 0: Etebo own goal, Modric penalty settle tight clash

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by Goal.com

Nigeria are bottom of Group D after Stoke City's new signing Oghenekaro Etebo scored an own goal in a 2-0 loss to Croatia. Croatia claimed pole position in Group D with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Nigeria thanks to an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a Luka Modric penalty. Midfielder Etebo, who joined Stoke City for €7.2million on Monday, turned a Modric corner into his own net aft...Full Story »

Denmark boss Hareide hails acrobatic Schmeichel after beating Peru

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by PA

Denmark boss Age Hareide hailed goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after the 1-0 World Cup Group C victory over Peru in Saransk.Schmeichel was key in seeing out the win following Yussuf Poulsen’s 59th-minute strike, making fine saves to keep out efforts from Edison Flores and Jefferson Farfan.He also did well to deny Andre Carrillo in a first half that saw Peru, playing in their first World Cup ...Full Story »

Peru 0 Denmark 1: Heartbreak for Cueva as Poulsen strikes

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by Goal.com

Christian Cueva was reduced to tears half-way through Peru's 1-0 defeat to Denmark after he missed a penalty. Yussuf Poulsen bounced back from conceding a first-half penalty to score the decisive goal in Demark's 1-0 victory over Peru in their World Cup Group C opener. The RB Leipzig forward was deemed to have tripped Christian Cueva in the box when referee Bakary Gassama consulted VAR, but ...Full Story »

Didier Deschamps’ decisions under the spotlight despite France's win

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by Skysports.com

France coach Didier Deschamps has unresolved issues despite win over Australia France edged past Australia 2-1 but Didier Deschamps’ decisions are still under the spotlight, writes Adam Bate. For only the second time since their World Cup win 20 years ago, France kicked off their campaign with three points - but the manner of their 2-1 win over Australia in Kazan was far from convincing....Full Story »

Argentina 1 Iceland 1: Finnbogason makes history as Messi fluffs his big chance

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by Goal.com

Lionel Messi missed a second-half penalty as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland in an eventful Group D opener.Hannes Thor Halldorsson was the hero for Iceland as the goalkeeper's penalty save from Lionel Messi secured his side a sensational 1-1 draw against Argentina. With Diego Maradona watching on from the stands, Messi failed to convert from the spot in the second half ...Full Story »

Didier Deschamps: France can do a lot better

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by PA

Didier Deschamps admits France can improve significantly after they scraped a controversial 2-1 victory against Australia in their World Cup opener.Les Bleus benefited from the competition’s first use of video assistant referee technology when they were awarded a debatable second-half penalty, which was converted by Antoine Griezmann.Uruguayan official Andres Cunha initially played on afte...Full Story »

Messi talks up Salah signing with Barcelona chiefs after Griezmann snub

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by Tribalfootball.com

Lionel Messi has discussed the prospect of Barcelona moving for Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah with club chiefs. The Sun says sources in Spain claim the Argentina superstar wants his club chiefs to pursue the Premier League's Footballer of the Year as an attack partner for him and Luis Suarez. It is understood Messi has enough clout with the club's top brass to discuss a list of targets for nex...Full Story »

France 2 Australia 1: Historic Griezmann goal and Pogba secure slender win

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by Goal.com

A late Paul Pogba goal and a VAR-assisted penalty from Antoine Griezmann helped France to a scarcely deserved 2-1 win over Australia.Antoine Griezmann scored the first penalty given by VAR in World Cup history as France edged past Australia 2-1 in their Group C opener. France were a long way from their best at the Kazan Arena, with their heralded attacking trio of Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and...Full Story »

Man City ace Bernardo Silva sorry Fabinho joining Liverpool

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by Tribalfootball.com

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva is sorry to see Fabinho move to Liverpool. The pair played together at AS Monaco. "The normal choice is (Kylian) Mbappe," Silva told L'Equipe. "In coming years, he can become one of the best in the world. "But I can't decide between him and Fabinho. "Fabinho still has 10 years ahead of him and I really enjoyed playing with him. He's very intelligen...Full Story »

PSG ace Mbappe: Arsenal move was close. I met Wenger

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by Tribalfootball.com

PSG ace Kylian Mbappe admits he was close to joining Arsenal last summer. Mbappe eventually left AS Monaco in August for PSG. He told Canal+ show Au Tableau: "I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach. He has a great reputation here in France, he's well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me. "We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of al...Full Story »

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