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July 5, 2018 12:43 AM Uruguay's Cavani still struggling for fitness ahead of France clash

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani looks increasingly likely to miss Friday's World Cup quarter-final against France. Oscar Tabarez's team trained behind closed doors on Wednesday but Uruguayan media reported that Cavani was once again absent from the session. The Paris Saint-Germain forward injured his right calf muscle in the win over Portugal in the last 16, coming 28

July 5, 2018 12:17 AM Juventus make bid for Real's Ronaldo – media reports

MADRID: Italian champions Juventus have made an offer of 100 million euros (RM 473.10 million) for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, according to various media reports on Wednesday. The 33-year-old, whose Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup last 16 by Uruguay on Saturday, hinted after May's Champions League final victory over Liverpool that he was considering 85

July 5, 2018 12:17 AM Uruguay's Cavani unlikely to face France in quarter-final

NIZHNIY NOVGOROD: Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani is likely to miss his side's World Cup quarter-final against France on Friday after suffering a calf injury in the last-16 win over Portugal. The Uruguayan Football Association (UFA) posted photos of Wednesday's training session on social media, with Cavani a notable absentee. After tests on Monday, doctors 86

July 5, 2018 12:17 AM Costa Rica part company with coach Ramirez

SAN JOSÉ: Costa Rica's football federation has parted ways with coach Oscar Ramirez after a disappointing World Cup showing by the Central American nation. "Oscar Ramirez will not continue as coach, his contract has expired," the federation's president Rodolfo Villalobos told a press conference. Costa Rica went out of the competition in the group stage 86

July 4, 2018 3:12 AM England World Cup penalty hero Pickford says he did the homework

MOSCOW: Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford said he had done his research on Colombia and that his "power and agility" helped save Carlos Bacca's penalty in a nail-biting shootout victory that saw England reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday. The Everton player was criticised after conceding Adnan Januzaj's winner in a group-stage 1-0 loss to Belgium 80

July 4, 2018 12:51 AM Southgate looking ahead after England penalty shootout win

MOSCOW: England manager Gareth Southgate said he "doesn't want to go home" as he called on his young side to build on their penalty shootout victory over Colombia in the World Cup last 16 on Tuesday. After a second-half penalty gave Harry Kane his sixth goal of the tournament, Yerry Mina's last-gasp header kept Colombia alive, only for England to win on penalties 71

July 3, 2018 7:25 AM Kremlin: Russians celebrate World Cup win over Spain like end of WWII

Russians are celebrating the World Cup victory over Spain like the Soviet Union celebrated the victory over Nazi Germany at the end of World War II, the Kremlin said Monday. "If you saw the streets yesterday in many Russian cities, including Moscow, which I saw myself, in many ways it was possibly comparable to the chronicle of May 9, 1945," Kremlin 26

July 3, 2018 3:01 AM Family first, says England manager Southgate on soon-to-be dad Delph

England manager Gareth Southgate has voiced full support for midfielder Fabian Delph, who has left the World Cup because his wife is about to give birth to their third child. "There are things more important than football," Southgate told a news conference on Monday. "There is only one day in life when your children are born - it is very important that you have to be there 24

July 2, 2018 8:26 AM Salah's new contract shows belief in Liverpool

LONDON: Egyptian international Mohamed Salah's stunning first season with English Premier League side Liverpool earned him a long-term contract with the club on Monday. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the fact the 26-year-old striker — who scored 44 goals in just 52 appearances last season — signed such a deal reflected his belief the club were on course 18

July 2, 2018 3:09 AM Marcelo won't start for Brazil against Mexico, Filipe Luis in

Marcelo will not start at left-back in Brazil's last-16 World Cup clash against Mexico, coach Tite confirmed on Sunday. Marcelo was forced off after just nine minutes of Brazil's final group match against Serbia on Wednesday and was later diagnosed with back spasms. He has returned to training but the decision has been made to keep Filipe Luis, who replaced 33