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Croatia end Russia’s World Cup dream on penalties

SOCHI: Croatia ended Russia’s unlikely World Cup dream when they won 4-3 on penalties to eliminate the gallant hosts after a dramatic quarter-final ended 2-2 after extra time yesterday. Ivan…

Uruguay’s immoveable defense ready for unstoppable Mbappe

NIZHNIY NOVGOROD: The build-up to today’s quarter-final clash between France and Uruguay has been dominated by individuals, but it may be the South Americans’ almost un-breachable four-man defense which decides…

Brazil seek to temper hopes of Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’

KAZAN: Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has admitted he has no secrets as he plots to end Brazil’s bid for a record-extending sixth World Cup ahead of their “dream” quarter-final in…

World Cup big guns primed for last-eight battles

MOSCOW: England became the last team to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals after a dramatic penalty shootout as favourites Brazil and fancied France trained their sights on their last-eight…

England edge Colombia in shootout

Book quarter-final clash against Sweden at World Cup   MOSCOW: England edged Colombia 4-3 on penalties to halt a run of five successive shootout defeats at major tournaments and book…

Scrappy Swedes edge Swiss to reach q-finals

ST PETERSBURG: A deflected shot from Emil Forsberg gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland in a scrappy round of 16 match yesterday, sending the Swedes through to the World…

Belgium snatch 3-2 win over Japan to set up Brazil clash

ROSTOV-ON-DON: Belgium threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarter-finals as substitute Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds against Japan to snatch a 3-2 comeback win…

Brazil cruise into quarter-finals

Stylish Neymar and Firmino on target SAMARA: Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup yesterday as goals from Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino gave them a 2-0 victory…

Spain blame game begins after WCup penalty heartache

SAINT PETERSBURG: Spain’s World Cup roller-coaster ride finally ground to a halt on Sunday and the finger-pointing began after their third consecutive failure at a major tournament. Following humiliation at…

Croatia advance to quarter-finals after penalty shootout

NIZHNY NOVGOROD: Croatia came back after conceding in the opening minute to earn a World Cup quarter-final berth after edging Denmark 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the two sides…

Russia stun Spain on penalties

Akinfeev saves two penalties in a dramatic shootout MOSCOW: Russia captain Igor Akinfeev saved two penalties in a dramatic shootout as the World Cup hosts dumped title contenders Spain out…

Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after World Cup KO

European champions could look to the future with confidence. SOCHI: Cristiano Ronaldo saw his World Cup dreams slip away once again on Saturday but gave no hint as to whether…

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