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History beckons for Russia as Cherchesov finds winning formula

ST PETERSBURG:  If everything had gone to plan, several of the players who have guided Russia to the brink of qualification for the World Cup knockout stages might have been…

Cristiano Ronaldo sinks Morocco at World Cup

MOSCOW: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Wednesday as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0, condemning the north African team to an early exit while 2010 champions…

Russia sour Salah’s return

SAINT PETERSBURG: The return of Mohamed Salah from injury couldn’t prevent World Cup hosts Russia virtually sealing their place in the last 16 by beating Egypt 3-1 yesterday. An own…

England beat Tunisia in opening match

VOLGOGRAD: Captain Harry Kane came to the rescue with two goals, the second a dramatic injury-time winner, as England began their World Cup Group G campaign with a stuttering 2-1…

Lukaku scores twice as Belgium prove too strong for Panama

SOCHI, Russia: Romelu Lukaku netted a brace as a much-improved second-half performance gave Belgium an ultimately comfortable 3-0 victory over tournament debutants Panama in their World Cup opener in Sochi…

VAR penalty gives Sweden a narrow win over South Korea

NIZHNIY NOVGOROD: A VAR-awarded penalty gave Sweden a narrow but deserved victory in their opening Group F match against a poor South Korea side in Nizhny Novgorod yesterday. Veteran Swedish…

Russia coach ‘know how to stop’ Egypt’s Salah in Saint Petersburg

SAINT PETERSBURG:  Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov says the World Cup hosts have figured out a way to rein in Egypt’s striker Mohamed Salah today in Saint Petersburg. The 26-year-old has…

Coach Joachim Loew defiant as Germany face World Cup crisis

VATUTINKI: 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…

Host nation Russia thrash Saudi 5-0 in WCup opener

MOSCOW: Denis Cheryshev struck twice for Russia as the World Cup hosts thumped Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the tournament in Moscow yesterday. Yury Gazinsky scored after…

Lopetegui sacked on eve of WCup

KRASNODAR: Spain dramatically sacked coach Julen Lopetegui yesterday and appointed federation sporting director Fernando Hierro —  just two days before the team’s opening game at the World Cup. In a…

All hands on deck to support Messi, say Argentina team-mates

BRONNITSY:  Argentina reserve goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman says the squad must do everything in their power to allow Lionel Messi to perform at his best during the World Cup in Russia.…

Russia to win first match, says clairvoyant cat

MOSCOW: Russia’s football team has failed to chalk up a single victory in eight months but things could be about to improve — according to a supposedly clairvoyant cat who…

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