Luca Modric hoping World Cup opening win can give Croatia ‘wings’

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by PA

Captain Luca Modric believes Croatia’s opening 2-0 World Cup win over Nigeria can give them “wings” as his side prepares to next face Argentina.With Iceland having held Group D favourites Argentina to a surprise 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday – as star man Lionel Messi saw a penalty saved – Croatia took full advantage with a composed display at the Kaliningrad Stadium...Full Story »

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 »

Croatia beat Nigeria to take full advantage of Argentina’s slip-up

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by PA

Croatia took the early initiative in Group D as they saw off Nigeria 2-0 in their World Cup opener at the Kaliningrad Stadium.With Iceland having held Argentina to a 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday, Croatia took full advantage.An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo, set to play at Stoke next season, broke the deadlock just after the hour, with a penalty from captain Luca Modric with 20 minutes left secu...Full Story »

Peru pay for missed penalty as Denmark win in Saransk

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by PA

Peru were beaten 1-0 by Denmark in their first World Cup finals match since 1982, with Yussuf Poulsen’s strike settling the contest after the South Americans missed a first-half penalty.Christian Cueva blew the opportunity to give the Peruvians the lead just before the interval as he blazed over a spot-kick awarded via the video assistant referee system.Poulsen, who had given the penalty a...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 »

Lionel Messi misses penalty as Iceland hold Argentina to a thrilling draw

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by PA

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Iceland grabbed a deserved 1-1 draw with two-time World Cup winners Argentina.Sergio Aguero’s opener was cancelled out by Alfred Finnbogason’s predatory finish before half-time as the smallest nation ever to qualify for the tournament made a stirring debut on football’s biggest stage.And Hannes Halldorsson joined Finnbogason in the country&rsquo...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 »

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