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June 17, 2018 4:07 PM Kolarov stunner gives Serbia victory over Costa Rica

SAMARA, Russia: Aleksandar Kolarov said Serbia "won't be doing the maths yet" after his brilliant second-half free-kick grabbed a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica, with the Balkan side drawing first blood in their World Cup group in Samara on Sunday. The Roma defender made the crucial breakthrough early in the second half with a magnificent effort, and although 5

June 16, 2018 11:37 PM Neymar 'not at 100%', says Brazil coach Tite

ROSTOV-ON-DON: Brazil coach Tite says Neymar is not fully fit but will play some role when the five-time champions open their 2018 World Cup account against Switzerland on Sunday. The world's most expensive player had surgery after breaking a foot bone in February and only began playing again in two warmup games for Brazil in the weeks before the World 3

June 16, 2018 10:40 AM Costa reminds Spain why they asked him to switch allegiance

Five years since the Brazilian-born forward turned his back on his home nation and "signed" for Vicente del Bosque's Spain, Diego Costa has finally given a big match performance to win Spanish hearts. Barcelona (dpa) - "Not enough luck and too much Ronaldo" was the front-page headline on Spain's Diario AS newspaper as the country did its best to look on the bright 5

June 16, 2018 9:52 AM Mbappe leads France attack against Socceroos

KAZAN ARENA, Russia: France coach Didier Deschamps left Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud on the bench for a World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday as teenager Kylian Mbappe leads Les Bleus' front line in Kazan. Mbappe, one of 14 players in France's squad who have yet to feature in a major tournament, has been in great form for Paris Saint-Germain 4

June 16, 2018 1:06 AM Spain and Portugal draw in thrilling battle on the Black Sea

Sochi, Russia (dpa) - A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal draw 3-3 with Spain in World Cup Group B on Friday after a gripping clash amid the evening heat of the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Ronaldo slotted home a penalty to put Portugal 1-0 up after just 2 minutes, but Diego Costa equalized for Spain on 24 minutes. Then, right on half-time 8

June 15, 2018 11:36 PM Three things we learned today at the World Cup

SAINT PETERSBURG: The blockbuster clash of the day at the World Cup didn't disappoint as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick denied Spain the perfect response to a turbulent week following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Sochi. Both sides will remain confident of progressing to the knockout stages as Iran shocked Morocco 1-0 in Saint 7

June 15, 2018 2:08 PM Uruguay's Gimenez heads in late winner against Egypt

Yekaterinburg, Russia (dpa) - Uruguay's Jose Gimenez headed in a free-kick in the 89th minute to seal a 1-0 win over Egypt in their World Cup Group A clash on Friday. Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was left on the bench despite Egypt coach Hector Cuper saying he was fit to play following the shoulder injury sustained for Liverpool in the Champions League 10

June 14, 2018 6:44 PM EXTRA Renard's Morocco out to upset odds in World Cup

St Petersburg (dpa) - Herve Renard says his Morocco team are underdogs in World Cup Group B ahead of their debut against Iran on Friday, but they will be fighting hard to triumph. "For us it's rather simple, we have three teams who in the FIFA rankings are all above us, are superior to us, and we've prepared to face Iran like we've prepared to face Spain 7

June 14, 2018 12:05 AM PSG escape UEFA sanctions but remain under scrutiny

PARIS: UEFA have closed their financial fair-play case against Paris Saint-Germain after the Qatari-backed French Ligue 1 champions were cleared of any wrongdoing on Wednesday. The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) had been monitoring PSG's 'break-even requirement' for 2015, 2016 and 2017. "Compliance with the break-even requirement for the 2018 financial 5

June 13, 2018 10:12 AM Julen Lopetegui sacked as Spain coach: Spanish federation (Updated)

KRASNODAR, Russia: Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the team's opening game against Portugal at the World Cup, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on Wednesday. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage 4