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UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018

Luka Modric scores 1, sets up another as Croatia tops Nigeria 2-0

Luka Modric set up one goal and scored another from the penalty spot to give Croatia a 2-0 win over Nigeria at the World Cup. The Real Madrid midfielder sent …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018

Kasper Schmeichel, Yussuf Poulsen lift Denmark over Peru 1-0 at World Cup

Kasper Schmeichel’s slew of saves made Yussuf Poulsen’s opportunistic second-half goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over Peru on Saturday at the World Cup.


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018

Lionel Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

Lionel Messi had a penalty kick saved and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina at the World Cup. Messi failed to give his team the lead when …


Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

Technology twice helped France at the World Cup in its 2-1 victory over Australia. The French team was given a penalty kick after the referee watched the replay of a …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spain in World Cup opener

Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain at the World Cup. Ronaldo had …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018

Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup

Aziz Bouhaddouz headed a free kick into his own net in the fifth minute of injury time to gift Iran a 1-0 win over Morocco at the World Cup. The …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018

Jose Gimenez scores to lift Uruguay over Egypt 1-0 in Group A at World Cup

Jose Gimenez came to Uruguay’s rescue by scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt in Group A of the World Cup. The Uruguay defender jumped in the …


John Leicester: Vladimir Putin gets luck of the draw at World Cup opener

When Yuri Gazinsky headed in the first goal of the 2018 World Cup, giving host Russia early joy in what developed into a 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia, Russian President …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018

Spain ready to leave World Cup coaching woes in the past

Spain can’t wait to get the ball rolling and put its coaching woes in the past. There would be nothing better than a victory against defending European champion Portugal in …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018

Russia routs Saudi Arabia 5-0 in opening match of World Cup

Vladimir Putin craves sporting glory and he got another taste of it in the opening match of the World Cup. Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored two goals to lead the host …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018

Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image

In jeans, headscarves and veils, dozens of Saudi women draped in their country’s green flag and sporting matching face paint streamed into Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to support their national team …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018

Mustaches, silly songs defuse tensions at Russia’s World Cup

Russians are turning to parody to defuse tensions as they ready to host the World Cup amid global tensions. The national soccer team is a favorite target of self-deprecating mockery …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018

Spain fires coach Julen Lopetegui 2 days before World Cup opener

The Spanish soccer federation has fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the country’s opening World Cup match against Portugal. Former player Fernando Hierro will take over as coach. Lopetegui …


World Cup spending, profits set to fall short of record sums

The 2018 World Cup has cost Russia billions of dollars to stage and will make FIFA hundreds of millions in profit. Still, the big numbers that are routine for major …


FIFA files criminal complaint over World Cup ticket sales

FIFA says it filed a criminal complaint in Switzerland against online platform Viagogo for selling World Cup tickets. FIFA says it joined other parties filing criminal complaints against alleged “opaque …


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018

World Cup Moments: Geoff Hurst hat trick wins it for England in 1966

Alf Ramsey’s prediction that “England will win the World Cup” at home was bold. The home of football had done very little since returning to the FIFA fold in 1950 …


To Russia with Loew: ‘Jogi’ leading Germany’s title defense

Public personal hygiene mishaps, speeding fines, old-fashioned jumpers, a 1970s hairstyle and cheesy commercials for men’s beauty products – Germans are happy to overlook certain things about Joachim Loew. Jogi, …


Brazil aims to change echo of defeat to sound of celebration

There’s no chance Tite or any of his players will forget the score of Brazil’s humiliating semifinal loss at the last World Cup. That 7-1 loss to Germany in 2014 …


Vladimir Putin’s World Cup a prestige boost for sanctions-hit host

Vladimir Putin’s Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. …


Vital for World Cup teams: Silencing the non-playing blues

Because teams can only field 11 players at one time, there will be squad members at the World Cup who don’t get to play at all. Dealing with their frustrations, …


Mostly American World Cup announcers for Fox despite no U.S.

Fox’s World Cup debut will have an American accent, even though the United States failed to qualify for the soccer tournament. And four of the six broadcast crews will call …


World Cup failure prompts calls for U.S. soccer ‘revolution’

The failure of the United States to reach next year’s World Cup that ended a streak of seven straight appearances in soccer’s showcase prompted calls for change from within and …


After getting knocked out of 2018 World Cup, U.S. soccer will take more hits off the field

The failure of the U.S. men’s national soccer team to qualify for the World Cup – a feat it had accomplished without considerable trouble for two decades – will have …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017

U.S. misses World Cup for 1st time since 1986 with loss

The United States will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1986 following a shocking 2-1 loss at Trinidad that ended the Americans’ streak of seven straight appearances …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017

Messi, Messi, Messi; his 3 goals lift Argentina to World Cup

Lionel Messi’s three goals lifted Argentina into the World Cup on the last day of South American qualifying. The victory kept Argentina from missing out for the first time since …