2018 World Cup

World Cup: How Russia defeated Egypt

Three weeks and three days after Sergio Ramos twisted and slammed Egypt’s best World Cup hope into the grass, Mohamed Salah returned. He won a penalty, and scored it, ripping the ball with his left foot into the top corner. But by then, Russia were already three up and this game was as good as […]

World Cup 2018: Colombia v Japan starting line-ups

Starting line-ups for the World Cup Group H match between Colombia and Japan at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on Tuesday (1300 GMT kick-off): Colombia David Ospina – Oscar Murillo, Santiago Arias, Johan Mojica, Davidson Sanchez – Carlos Sanchez, Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, Jefferson Lerma – Radamel Falcao (capt), Jose Izquierdo Coach: Jose Pekerman (ARG) […]

Loew defiant as Germany face World Cup crisis

Joachim Loew is facing the biggest crisis of his 12-year reign as Germany coach after the holders slipped to a shock defeat against Mexico in their World Cup opener in Russia. Germany are licking their wounds after slumping 1-0 to a Hirving Lozano strike in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium — their first defeat in their opening […]

World Cup kicks off in Russia

The World Cup kicked off in Russia Thursday as the host nation took on Saudi Arabia in front of 80,000 people in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially declared the tournament open. Russia is spending more than $13 billion (11 billion euros) on hosting football’s showpiece, the most important event in the country since the […]

Russia bans deported fan leader from World Cup

Russian fan group leader Alexander Shprygin said on Wednesday he had been denied a document required to attend World Cup matches. Shprygin, who was deported from France in 2016 during the European Championship after violence flared there, wrote on social media that his application for a World Cup fan ID had been rejected. READ ALSO: Zamfara […]

World Cup rivalry turns violent in Bangladesh

The World Cup is arousing high passions in Bangladesh, where machete-wielding fans of Brazil and Argentina have clashed in the streets and flags of the two countries are so ubiquitous that some people want to ban them. Ignoring the lack of any obvious link to the South American giants, and the absence of their national […]