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June 23, 2018 12:49 AM Last gasp Shaqiri seals Swiss win over Serbia in Group E

KALININGRAD, Russia: A last-minute Xherdan Shaqiri breakaway goal handed Switzerland victory Friday as they came from behind to defeat Serbia 2-1 in Kaliningrad. The win puts Switzerland in pole position to make it out of a tough Group E that contains five-times winners Brazil but they were pushed all the way by the Serbs. It was a sweet victory for Shaqiri 4

June 22, 2018 9:23 AM Three Switzerland fans drive 1,800 km in tractor to reach World Cup

Three Switzerland fans used a tractor to drive the 1,800 kilometres to their team's World Cup match against Serbia in Kaliningrad. It took them 14 days from Switzerland and they arrived on Thursday, just in time for Friday's second Group E game. "It is unbelievable what you get to see," Beat Studer, who owns the tractor, told Swiss newspaper Blick. Their 5

June 18, 2018 2:27 AM Switzerland hold five-time champs Brazil to 1-1 draw in opener

Rostov-on-Don, Russia (dpa) - Switzerland came up with a spirited performance in holding five-time champions Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup opener on Sunday. Brazil came out guns ablazing and went ahead in the 11th minute on a tantalizing long strike by Philippe Coutinho. But Switzerland stood up to the Selecao with the equalizer in the 50th minute 9

June 18, 2018 1:59 AM Proud Serb Djokovic would happily miss World Cup final for Wimbledon glory

LONDON: Novak Djokovic (pix) insists he would happily miss a first appearance for Serbia in the World Cup final if it means he is back in the Wimbledon title match. Djokovic is an avid fan of the Serbian national team, who kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Russia on Sunday. Celebrating wildly after his friend Aleksandar 4

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 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 12

June 15, 2018 11:35 PM Swiss World Cup star Xhaka extends Arsenal stay

The 25-year-old midfielder, a member of Switzerland's World Cup squad, featured in all 38 Premier League matches last season. In a message on Arsenal's Twitter feed, Xhaka said: "Hi Gunners, here is the Granit. "I am happy and I am proud to sign a new contract here for Arsenal and I hope for good results in the future." New Arsenal manager Unai Emery 7

June 13, 2018 2:00 PM Court orders Spain king's brother-in-law to jail in five days

PALMA, Spain: A Spanish court has given the king's brother-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, five days to report to jail after he lost his appeal against a graft conviction and prison sentence, a judicial source said Wednesday. The former Olympic handball player and husband of Princess Christina has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in jail in a case which 9

June 9, 2018 11:58 PM Neymar due to start Brazil's final World Cup warm-up

VIENNA: Neymar's Brazil put the finishing touches to their World Cup preparations against Austria on Sunday in a game coach Tite described as the "most difficult" of all their warm-ups on the road to Russia. Neyamr proved his fitness with an explosive return after injury, his stunning strike inspiring a 2-0 win over Croatia in Liverpool last weekend 4