FIFA WORLD CUP 2018


Abhishek Purohit (IANS) 14 August 2018
Social media giant Facebook has bagged the media rights of Spain's top-division football championship, La Liga, for the Indian subcontinent, both parties have confirmed the path-breaking deal.   With this mega deal, La Liga will be the first European football league to be broadcast...

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England's Harry Kane won the Golden Boot award while Croatia captain Luka Modric walked away with the Golden Ball of the 2018 FIFA World Cup here on Sunday.   Apart from the duo, France's 19-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe was the winner of the Young Player Award, while Belgian...

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France scored twice in each half as they thumped combative maiden finalists Croatia 4-2 in a dramatic final at the Luzhniki Stadium to win the FIFA World Cup for the second time in 20 years here on Sunday.   Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are...

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Croatia entered the final of the FIFA World Cup for the first time as a late goal from striker Mario Mandzukic helped them overcome a combative England with a 2-1 victory here on Wednesday to set-up a title-decider against France.   Croatia, featuring in a World Cup semi-final only...

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Sugandha Rawal (IANS) 11 July 2018
There was dance, music, spectacular fireworks and "Ole, ole, ole" at the the iconic Arc de Triomphe -- all to celebrate the entry of France in FIFA World Cup finals after 12 years.   France edged past Belgium 1-0 to book their place in the final of the FIFA World Cup in a rip-roaring...

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France rode goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann to ease past Uruguay 2-0 in a big-ticket FIFA World Cup last-eight stage clash here on Friday.   Varane (40th) glanced past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera after Griezmann floated a free-kick into the box from the right side. In...

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Potential dark horse Belgium eliminated five-time world champions Brazil with a 2-1 triumph here on Friday to book their place in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup only for the second time after a gap of 32 years.   Fernandinho's own goal in the 13th minute and Kevin De Bruyne's...

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Winger Emil Forsberg's second-half strike helped Sweden beat Switzerland 1-0 to enter the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup after a gap of 24 years.   It was a brilliant neck-and-neck affair till the 66th minute when Forsberg scored the goal, after which Switzerland failed to...

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Brazil's talisman Neymar scored one and assisted another in the second-half as the five-time world champions defeated Mexico 2-0 here on Monday to enter the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.   Neymar scored from a close-range in the 51st minute before setting up for Roberto Firmino's...

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Belgium pulled off a stunning come-from-behind win to condemn a spirited Japan 3-2 and fix a quarterfinal date with Brazil in a rip-roaring round of 16 FIFA World Cup game here on Monday.   Genki Haraguchi (48th) and Takashi Inui (52nd) gave Japan a shock 2-0 lead in the space of four...

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Hosts Russia stunned pre-tournament favourites Spain 4-3 (1-1) via penalty shootouts here on Sunday to enter the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018.   Russia's Sergei Ignashevich's own goal in the 12th minute opened Spain's account before Artem Dzyuba struck in the 41st minute...

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Croatia defeated Denmark 3-2 (1-1) via penalty shootout here on Sunday to enter the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.   After an ethralling start to the match which saw Mathias Jorgensen for Denmark and Mario Mandzukic for Croatia score within just four minutes, the teams could not be...

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 Colombia qualified for the pre-quarterfinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, riding on Yerry Mina's second half winner to knock Senegal out in a crunch Group H encounter here on Thursday.   After a barren first half, Mina (74th minute) headed in a corner to send Colombian players and...

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Belgium topped Group G after beating England 1-0 here on Thursday in a clash between teams who had already qualified for the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals.   Adnan Januzaj's 51st minute strike proved to be the difference between the teams who were playing their third and final...

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Moscow, France and Denmark played out the first 0-0 draw of the ongoing FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Tuesday as both teams progressed to the Round-of-16 in a tepid Group C match.   Didier Deschamps' France, already through to the second round before the game started,...

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St. Petersburg (Russia), A late goal from Marcos Rojo gave Argentina a 2-1 triumph over Nigeria in their final Group D match here on Tuesday as the two-time champions entered the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals.   Rojo scored the winner for Argentina in the 86th minute after Victor...

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Rostov, Croatia defeated Iceland 2-1 here on Tuesday to go into the knockout rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the top team in Group D.   Milan Badelj (53rd) and Ivan Perisic (90th) scored for Croatia.   Gylfi Sigurdsson had rekindled some momentary hopes for Iceland when...

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Sochi (Russia), Peru ended their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign on a winning note as they thrashed Australia 2-0 in their last Group C clash at the Fisht stadium here on Tuesday.   It was also Peru's first win at a World Cup since 1978.   Australia needed to defeat already...

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Saudi Arabia ended their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign on a winning note, edging past Egypt 2-1 in their final Group A game at the Volgograd Arena here on Monday.   With the dead rubber inching towards a 1-1 draw, Saudi's Salem Al Dawsari struck in the additional injury time to help...

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Uruguay finished the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup atop Group A after defeating hosts Russia 3-0 at the Samara Arena on Monday.   The score was opened by Uruguay on the 10th minute after Russian midfielder Yury Gazinsky was slapped with a yellow card for a tackle on Matias...

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