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UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018

Australia eliminated, Peru leaves World Cup on high note

Already-eliminated Peru ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round at the World Cup with a 2-0 victory. The Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to …


John Leicester: Video refereeing a boon and a bust at World Cup

As must have been the case with the first glimmers of electric lights in the 19th century, video assistant referees benefited from an initial “Wow! The technology works!” buzz when …


Sweden has a lot to be upset about after last-minute loss

Sweden had a lot to be upset about when the final whistle blew and it lost to Germany 2-1 at the World Cup. The Swedes conceded a last-minute goal, saw …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018

Toni Kroos scores late to give Germany 2-1 win over Sweden

Toni Kroos scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time from outside the penalty area and 10-man Germany rallied to beat Sweden 2-1 to stay alive at the World Cup. …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018

Mexico’s 2-1 victory over South Korea silences critics

The criticism of Mexico’s national team heading into the World Cup was loud and scathing. The answer has been emphatic. The Mexicans won their second straight match at the tournament …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018

Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard score 2 each, help Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored two goals each in a dominant Belgium display. They led their team over Tunisia 5-2 in the highest scoring game of the World Cup. …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018

Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri score for Swiss against Serbia, make Albanian symbol

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia at the World Cup and both celebrated by making a nationalist symbol to their ethnic Albanian heritage. Both …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018

Ahmed Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year’s World Cup and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two of second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 …


Costa Rica fails to repeat World Cup heroics of 2014

Costa Rica’s players know they will be heading home from the World Cup at the end of the group stage after back-to-back losses, the latest coming against Brazil. Los Ticos …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018

Brazil scores late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup

Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored injury-time goals to help Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the World Cup. Coutinho poked the ball past goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the first minute …


Argentina conquered, Croatia’s next task to avoid ‘euphoria’

Croatia swept aside Lionel Messi and Argentina at the World Cup and its next challenge is to stay grounded. The 3-0 victory over Argentina was one of the most compelling …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018

Lionel Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup, Croatia advances

Lionel Messi’s frustrating international career may be coming to an early and anti-climactic finish after Argentina’s worst loss in World Cup group play in 60 years. The 2014 runners-up were …


France defense excels in 1-0 victory over Peru in Group C

France proved it also has class in defense. Didier Deschamps has a forward line bursting with skill, speed and goals but Peru coach Ricardo Gareca looked at the other end …


Christian Eriksen scores his 1st goal in Russia, but Denmark draws

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen scored his first goal of the World Cup in the opening minutes against Australia but ultimately the Danes settled for a 1-1 draw. It was the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018

Kylian Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru

Kylian Mbappe’s first World Cup goal put France into the round of 16. The teenage forward tapped in a ball headed toward goal in the 34th minute to give France …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018

Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup

Mile Jedinak’s penalty kick gave Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark and new life at the World Cup. Christian Eriksen scored in the opening minutes for Denmark. But Jussuf Poulsen’s …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018

Diego Costa scores again, Spain beats Iran 1-0 at World Cup

Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lead Spain to a 1-0 win over Iran at the World Cup. Costa broke the deadlock in the 54th minute after being set …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018

Goatee & goals turn this into Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo is turning this into his World Cup with a goatee and goals. He has rivaled Lionel Messi for a decade for soccer supremacy, the sport’s version of Ali …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018

Luis Suarez sends Uruguay, and Russia, to last 16 at World Cup with win over Saudi Arabia

Luis Suarez put both Uruguay and host Russia into the second round of the World Cup while eliminating Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time. Suarez scored the winning …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo scores in Portugal’s 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated from World Cup

Off the top of his head, Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another goal, set a European record and eliminated Morocco from the World Cup.


Raised in Madrid, Denis Cheryshev becomes Russia’s World Cup star

Denis Cheryshev had been the odd man out in Russia’s team. Now he’s the breakout star and tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the World Cup’s top scorer. Cheryshev was raised …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018

Russia on brink of last 16 at World Cup, beats Egypt 3-1

Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt that moved the host nation to the brink of …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018

Senegal saves Africa from embarrassment at World Cup

Senegal is leading the way for African teams at the World Cup. Its 2-1 victory against Poland was the first for a team from Africa at the 2018 tournament. Only …


Colombia remains ‘united,’ backs Carlos Sanchez after red card

Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez offered no explanation for the early red card that put his team a man down for nearly its entire game against Japan, but his coach and teammates …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018

Senegal beats Poland 2-1, 1st African win at World Cup

Senegal became the first African team to win at this year’s World Cup. The team defeated Poland 2-1 on a first-half own-goal and a controversial second-half score by Mbaye Niang. …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018

Luis Suarez eyes return to form in 100th appearance for Uruguay

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez paid tribute to Luis Suarez as the team prepared for Wednesday’s World Cup match against Saudi Arabia. The match will be Suarez’s 100th international appearance. The …


Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo will make his second appearance at the World Cup with a chance to help Portugal eliminate Morocco from the tournament. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the opener …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018

Neymar leaves Brazil training session limping

Neymar has limped out of Brazil’s training session at the World Cup because of pain in his right ankle. The Brazilian soccer confederation says the injury is not serious. It …


World Cup: No Russian? No Problem. There’s an app for that

The World Cup features stars from around the world, but the most valuable player off the field has been Google Translate. The app has helped fans to leap over the …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018

Early penalty helps Japan beat Colombia 2-1 at World Cup

Japan did what no other Asian team had ever done at a World Cup by beating a South American squad on the biggest stage in soccer. The 2-1 victory over …