FIFA WORLD CUP 2018


Iran held Portugal 1-1 in their final Group B match here on Monday but couldn't stop the reigning European champions from entering the FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinals.   Ricardo Quaresma gave Portugal the lead in the 45th minute but Iran found the equaliser through a penalty...

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Morocco almost created the biggest upset of the 2018 FIFA World Cup before a late goal handed Spain a 2-2 draw in a Group B match here on Monday.   Khalid Boutaib gifted Morocco a surprise lead in the 14th minute before Isco (19th) restored parity for Spain five minutes...

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Colombia thrashed Poland 3-0 in a Group H encounter of the FIFA World Cup here on Sunday.   Yerry Mina (40th minute), Radamel Falcao (70th) and Juan Cuadrado (75th) scored for Columbia.   The win kept alive Columbia's chances of advancing from the group stage.   They...

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A hat-trick from Harry Kane helped England thrash Panama 6-1 in the World Cup Group G game here on Sunday.   The match against Panama marked England's biggest win ever at the World Cup finals, which secured a last 16 place for the Three Lions while Harry Kane, the captain of England...

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Takashi Inui inspired Japan to come back from behind twice to hold Senegal 2-2 in a FIFA World Cup Group H contest at the Ekaterinburg Arena here on Sunday.   The wide forward pulled Japan level in the 34th minute after forward Sadio Mane had given Senegal the lead in the 11th minute....

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Philippe Coutinho and Neymar Junior scored late in the second half as Brazil ensured their passage to the second round with a hard earned 2-0 win over Costa Rica in a Group E clash of the FIFA World Cup here on Friday.   Both Brazilians struck in the second half added time at the...

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Two brilliant strikes by Ahmed Musa propelled Nigeria to a 2-0 win over Iceland in a Group D match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup here on Friday.   Musa (49th, 75th minutes) scored both his goals in the second half as Nigeria revived their chances of advancing to the second...

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23 (IANS) A late goal by Xherdan Shaqiri earned Switzerland 2-1 win over Serbia in a Group E clash of the FIFA World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium here.   Aleksandar Mitrovic handed Serbia the lead in the fifth minute during the match on Friday.   Switzerland equalised in the...

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A far superior Croatia stunned heavyweights Argentina 3-0 to qualify for the knockout stages and leave their opponents' fate hanging by a thread in a crunch Group D encounter here.   Second half goals during the match on Thursday from Ante Rebic (53rd), Luka Modric (80th) and Ivan...

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Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest goal-scorer in FIFA World Cup history as they beat Peru 1-0 in a Group C match here on Thursday to enter the pre-quarterfinals.   Mbappe's 34th-minute strike from close range was the lone goal scored in the match at the Ekaterinburg Arena as...

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Australia held Denmark 1-1 in a Group C game here on Thursday to keep alive their chances of making it to the pre-quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup.   Australia, who had lost 1-2 to France in their opening match, got their goal from a penalty conversion by captain Mile Jedinak in...

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Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's all-time leading scorer as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in their FIFA World Cup Group B match here at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Wednesday.   Ronaldo sent Portugal ahead in the fourth minute by outmuscling his marker and firing in a bullet header after...

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Veteran striker Luis Suarez marked his 100th international with a winning goal as Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a Group A clash here on Wednesday to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup.   Suarez's 23rd-minute strike from close range decided the match as Saudi...

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Diego Costa scored a scrappy second-half winner to help Spain edge past doughty Iran in a key Group B FIFA World Cup game here on Wednesday.   After a barren first-half where Spain were left frustrated as Iran defended brilliantly, Costa (54th) broke the deadlock albeit in fortuitous...

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St. Petersburg, Russia defeated Egypt 3-1 in a Group A clash on Tuesday to virtually assure themselves a place in the next round of the FIFA World Cup here.   A goal by Egypt defender Ahmed Fathi (47th minute) opened the scoring just after the break.   Denis Cheryshev (59th)...

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Saransk (Russia), A late Yuya Osako header gave Japan a 2-1 victory over 10-man Colombia in an entertaining World Cup Group H match here on Tuesday.   Osako broke Colombia's resistance in the 79th minute after Juan Quintero's free-kick cancelled out an early Shinji Kagawa penalty at...

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Moscow, Senegal celebrated their return match to the FIFA World Cup after a gap of 16 years with a narrow 2-1 win over Poland in a Group H clash here on Tuesday.   An own goal from Thiago Cionek in the 37th minute and a quick counter-attack goal from M'Baye Niang in the 60th minute...

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Captain Harry Kane scored a brace as England overcame Tunisia with a 2-1 victory in their FIFA World Cup Group G campaign opener at the Volgograd Arena here on Monday.   The Tottenham centre-forward gave England the lead in the 11th minute but Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty to pull...

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Belgium rode a second-half brace from Romelu Lukaku to blank Panama 3-0 in their Group G opener of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Fisht Stadium here on Monday.   After a barren first period, striker Lukaku scored in the 69th and 75th minute to ensure the victory after wide midfielder...

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Mexico created the first upset of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, overcoming defending champions Germany 1-0 in a frenetic Group F game at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Sunday.   Forward Hirving Lozano's 35th-minute goal proved to make the difference in a match played at a very high tempo as...

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