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MOSCOW -- Mexico's incontestable win over Germany is making it think its goal for Russia 2018 is not just to play a fifth game. It is to reach the final. "This, as life, begins with dreams, and I think you must aspire to the highest and fight for it," said winger Miguel Layún, a starter of Mexico's team. With a score from Hirving Lozano, Mexico defeated Germany 1-0 on Sunday at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. This was Mexico's first victory over Germany in official tournaments after playing the Europeans four times in world championships. "It isn't a fable by a long shot. We have to be level-...

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Soccer fans craving a Kit Kat, Snickers or Bounty snack at Russia's World Cup soccer stadiums need to do a bit of lateral thinking to get their chocolate fix. For FIFA rules protecting the sponsors and partners of global soccer's governing body means that the branding of non-sponsors is strictly policed inside all official venues.

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Changes are coming to Colombia's team at the World Cup after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Japan. The South Americans thrashed the same opponent 4-1 in the group stage in the 2014 edition in Brazil, so Tuesday's defeat was even more upsetting for Colombia. Coach Jose Pekerman now is working on rearranging his team for Sunday's clash against Poland, which also suffered a setback by losing to Senegal in its first match.

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Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano said his team needed to “pray” for their World Cup chances after their crushing loss to Croatia Thursday. Jorge Sampaoli’s men were thrashed 3-0 as goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic saw Croatia to a convincing Group D win. The result left Argentina with just one point in the […]

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup has arrived. The first round of group stage fixtures is already over, with every single one of the 32 World Cup nations competing at least once already — and boy, has the tournament created drama. Russia got the World Cup off to a thrilling start when it wowed crowds with a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the curtain-raising game on June 14, before tournament favourites like Argentina and Brazil failed to register a win. Germany, the 2014 World Cup winners, even lost. But who are the key players so far? Business Insider has put together a power ranking of the 23 best soccer players in Russia so far in the...

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic says he will rest players in their final World Cup group match against Iceland, potentially dealing a damaging blow to Argentina’s hopes of going through. An emphatic 3-0 win over Jorge Sampaoli’s side in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday secured Croatia’s place in the last 16, while leaving their opponents with just […]

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Germany international Emre Can is reportedly on the cusp of joining Juventus after having arrived at their training centre to complete his medical.

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Enyimba skipper, Mfon Udoh has hinted that so many thoughts came through his mind including quitting the sport he loves so much after his lengthy spell on the sidelines with injury. The People’s Elephant’s talisman has been out of football for five months and after engaging in a test game on Friday to gradually mark his return to the game the player stated in a statement from the club that his periods out of football have been very challenging for him. At first, when I had the injury, I thought I was never going to play again, because of the severe nature of the injury," Udoh said in a statement released by the...

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SportsPulse: Former USMNT goalkeeper and Fox Sports broadcaster Tony Meola assesses the first week of World Cup action. From Russia's rise to Messi's struggles, one thing is clear: We know nothing. MOSCOW — American referee Mark Geiger was at the center of a World Cup controversy on Wednesday, after accusations that he asked for a gift of a player's jersey during Portugal’s victory over Morocco. Geiger was undertaking his first on-field assignment of the tournament in the Group B clash, which Portugal won 1-0 in an ill-tempered game littered with fouls. Morocco’s players voiced...

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SAMARA -- Three quick thoughts on Denmark 1-1 Australia in Group C at the World Cup on Thursday afternoon.
1. Eriksen a class

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Argentina needed Lionel Messi more than ever against Croatia and he failed to deliver. The Albiceleste were embarrassed in their second match at the World Cup and now are a major doubt to reach the knockout rounds. Sam Borden &#187

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Have you ever wondered what it feels like to actually play with Cristiano Ronaldo? What you go through when the best player in the world is

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England's Trent Alexander-Arnold admitted Gareth Southgate hasn't decided the team to face Panama aimed reports of a leaked team sheet.
England right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold says he's cheering for Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane at this summer's World Cup.
England began their tournament with a last-gasp win over Tunisia on Monday, while Senegal edged Poland in their opener the following day.
Given their groupings, the two teams could be headed for a knockout-stage clash down the road and Alexander-Arnold said he's following Mane's path closely.
"I try to watch every one of my club-mates' games out here, I watched their...

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Kylian Mbappe's first-half tap-in proved enough for France ending Peru's World Cup hopes in the process.

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Lionel Messi and Argentina absolutely imploded in Novgorod, falling 3-0 at the hands of Croatia who punched their ticket to the knockout stages.

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Luka Modric said Croatia "cut off" Lionel Messi from the ball but insisted his side's 3-0 win over Argentina was not as straightforward as

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Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen has taken to social media to pay tribute to his coach Nabil Maaloul after injury prematurely ended the stopper's World Cup.
Hassen was a surprise pick to start the Carthage Eagles' opener against England, but lasted just 16 minutes before being replaced after picking up a shoulder injury.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the stopper's tournament was over, although the goalkeeper has taken to Twitter to thank Maaloul for allowing him to realise a lifelong dream.
"Coach,...

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Don Hutchison says while Spain narrowly defeated Iran, there was always going to be one winner in the match.

Spain managed to walk away with three points against Iran, but the FC crew explain how Iran managed to disrupt La Roja.

Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lift Spain past Iran, despite the best efforts of Carlos Queiroz's side to find an equaliser.
Women in Iran were permitted to enter a football stadium for the first time since 1979 as fans gathered to watch the national team play in the World Cup on Wednesday.
Religious leaders have prevented women from entering stadiums in Iran for decades, though there is no official law against their admittance.
But with the help of some moderate politicians, the rules were relaxed to allow men and women to...

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Germany international Emre Can is reportedly on the cusp of joining Juventus after having arrived at their training centre to complete his medical.

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Chelsea wing-back Davide Zappacosta has reportedly dismissed the ongoing speculation linking him with a potential exit from Stamford Bridge.

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Maurizio Sarri has reportedly added the likes of Giovanni Martusciello and Gianfranco Zola to his backroom staff ahead of his proposed appointment at Chelsea.

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Borussia Dortmund have reportedly added Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to their list of targets for the summer transfer window.

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New Everton manager Marco Silva has reportedly earmarked Ashley Williams as one of the players, who will be shown the exit door during the summer transfer window.

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Manchester United are reportedly set to confirm the formal signing of Fred Shakhtar Donetsk this week. The Red Devils finalised aandnbsp;andpound;47m deal for the Brazilian earlier in the month but the move has been put on hold for the past fortnight due to a work permit.

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England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek has admitted that he may seek a potential exit from Chelsea during the summer, should he fail to receive assurances over regular first-team football.

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Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has backed Gareth Bale to succeed under Jose Mourinho, should he make the move to Old Trafford this summer.

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Liverpool have reportedly joined the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the pursuit of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

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Arsenal have confirmed the arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for a reported fee of around 22m.

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Priscilla Janssens and Jo Fernandes are breaking new ground in Russia by becoming the first women in the history of the FIFA World Cup™ to assume the role of General Coordinator, one of the highest positions of responsibility at the event.

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Japan stun Colombia to earn historic win

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Eighteen months after stepping out for Uruguay at the 2017 South American U-20 Championship, Rodrigo Bentancur has helped propel the senior team to the last 16 at Russia 2018.

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Our McDonald's FIFA World Cup™ Fantasy  experts rounds up everything you need to know after Matchday 6.

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• Sampaoli refuses to blame Willy Caballero for first goal
• Head coach says: ‘The players are emotionally broken’

Jorge Sampaoli accepted full responsibility for Argentina’s humiliating defeat against Croatia, which leaves them on the brink of elimination from the World Cup, and said he “begs for forgiveness” from the supporters that turned on him. The Argentina coach described his players as “emotionally broken” after they conceded a farcical opening goal following a dreadful blunder from Willy Caballero, but he refused to blame the Chelsea goalkeeper for a 3-0 defeat in which Lionel Messi was largely anonymous.

With Croatia now through to the last 16, Argentina have to beat Nigeria in their final group game on Tuesday to have any chance of qualifying for the second phase. Even that may not be enough, however, after they suffered their heaviest...

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He did not cause the defensive collapse against Croatia but the team’s dependence on Lionel Messi makes them predictable and when his country looked to him, he wasn’t there

It was in 1913 that Racing became the first non-Anglo side to win the Argentinian league title. For much of the century that has followed, Argentinian football has defined itself in opposition to the English, distancing itself from its British heritage. And yet, under pressure, in their frenzied desperation on Thursday, Argentina resembled nobody so much as England.

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Biographies of every player in every squad at the World Cup in Russia, including caps, goals, nicknames, hobbies and, once the tournament starts, reader ratings for every performance

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All the moves in the top leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany as well as club-by-club guides for all the ins and outs this summer

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Our panel of 169 experts from 63 nations compile a list of the greatest male players in 2017. Click on an individual to read more about their year.

Messi edges Ronaldo to No1 | The data behind our 100 | Watch: our top 10
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• Joint bid chosen by Fifa congress in Russia on eve of 2018 event
• United 2026 received 134 votes compared to Morocco’s 65

The United States, Mexico and Canada will host a joint World Cup in 2026 after comfortably beating bid rivals Morocco in the vote for the first expanded 48-team tournament.

The so called United bid withstood unhelpful interventions from Donald Trump as well as criticism over potential eye-watering ticket prices for the tournament to win by 69 votes. The US will host 60 games, including the final possibly in New York, while Mexico and Canada will each have 10 games.

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When ‘who do you support?’ is a proxy for ‘who are you?’, the debate can be especially personal for football fans during the World Cup

Clad in an American national team jersey on the eve of the first US-less World Cup since 1986, Karla Cantu pondered who to follow this summer. So did other members of the Laredo chapter of the American Outlaws supporters’ group. They decided to allocate temporary loyalty via lottery. “We can’t come to a consensus. We’re going to do a draw,” she said.

Broadcasters have a commercial incentive to urge bereft Americans to watch Mexico in Russia and the demographic, cultural and geographic ties are obvious. But when “who do you support?” is a proxy for “who are you?”, the debate can be especially personal and complex – especially on a frontier that has become a playing field for nationalistic political games...

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The US will play no part in this year’s tournament, and the long-term plans for soccer in America remain unclear

US soccer received a much-needed jolt of positivity on Wednesday, when it was awarded the bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup with neighbors Mexico and Canada. But that fleeting high will come with a Thursday morning hangover when this year’s tournament kicks off, and the greater significance of what happened to the US in their failed campaign to qualify for Russia 2018 begins to truly, finally sink in.

The 2026 World Cup will bring welcome publicity and interest in soccer in the US but in the present day US Soccer does not appear to have entirely grappled with the long-term ramifications of missing out on Russia. Most of the players...

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The Frenchman turned New York City FC into a contender and also showed that the league can act as a proving ground for young coaches

The tributes started long before Patrick Vieira had officially departed as head coach of New York City FC.

In the wake of Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Atlanta United, David Villa, a man whose endorsement carries weight, talked about the “identity” that Vieira had cultivated during his two-and-a-half-years at the club, before discussing the need to maintain that course. Talk of Vieira’s impact continued late on Sunday night when news broke accidentally via Manchester City’s website that he had chosen to continue his career back in Europe with OGC Nice, following weeks of speculation.

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The former Liverpool and Barcelona player knows the forward stars draw the eye but feels defensive stability is what will make Jorge Sampaoli’s side competitive in Russia

Four years ago, Argentina managed to play seven games at a World Cup for the first time since Italia 90, but lost the final to Germany in extra-time. For a country twice world champions, proud exporters of football talent, it was not without frustration that even staying in the tournament past the quarter-finals had become an elusive task. For a short while after the last World Cup, then, Argentina’s success in keeping the nation enthralled until the very last minute was praised, a cause for celebration. And one player in particular became the viral pin-up hero of the day: Javier Mascherano.

“It was a unique experience because we had never lived or experienced anything like what happened...

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Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano said his team needed to “pray” for their World Cup chances after their crushing loss to Croatia Thursday. Jorge Sampaoli’s men were thrashed 3-0 as goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic saw Croatia to a convincing Group D win. The result left Argentina with just one point in the […]

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic says he will rest players in their final World Cup group match against Iceland, potentially dealing a damaging blow to Argentina’s hopes of going through. An emphatic 3-0 win over Jorge Sampaoli’s side in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday secured Croatia’s place in the last 16, while leaving their opponents with just […]

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Lionel Messi could retire from international football if Argentina crash out of the World Cup, according to his former team-mate Pablo Zabaleta. Messi cut an isolated figure as Argentina fell to a humbling 3-0 defeat to Croatia in their Group D clash on Thursday, making a premature exit a distinct possibility for the two-time champions. […]

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Sergio Aguero hit out at Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli after a 3-0 loss to Croatia severely damaged their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup. Argentina have a single point from two rounds of Group D games after Croatia ran riot following Willy Caballero’s horrific error that handed Ante Rebic a […]

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Ivan Perisic lauded the qualities of Lionel Messi, but said Argentina can only achieve something if they learn to play as a unit following Croatia’s 3-0 victory at the World Cup. Perisic put in an impressive display in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday, as Willy Caballero’s error – which gifted Ante Rebic the opener – and […]

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Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli suggested his squad limit the impact of Lionel Messi at the World Cup, while Portugal manage to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi, who missed a penalty in Argentina’s draw against Iceland in their opening Group D match, was frustrated for much of Thursday’s clash with Croatia, as a […]

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Brazil have confirmed Fagner will start in place of Danilo for their World Cup clash with Costa Rica, the Manchester City defender having been ruled out through injury. The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a brief statement Danilo had complained of pain around his hip during Thursday’s training session. Danilo has now been diagnosed by […]

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Daniel Arzani hailed the “commander” of the Australia team Mile Jedinak and revealed the captain’s words to the squad following Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Denmark. Jedinak converted from the spot for the second game in succession at Russia 2018 to cancel out Christian Eriksen’s classy opener in Samara. France’s subsequent 1-0 win over Peru means […]

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Luka Modric insisted Argentina’s dismal display in their 3-0 World Cup defeat to Croatia was down to his side’s game plan, and not Lionel Messi’s poor form. Messi cut a frustrated figure throughout Thursday’s clash in Nizhny Novgorod, as Willy Caballero’s calamity paved the way for a convincing Croatia victory, putting Argentina in real danger of […]

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Paul Pogba says fellow France midfielders N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi must have “15 lungs” because of the ground they have covered at the World Cup. Kante and Matuidi impressed as France beat Peru 1-0 to secure progression from Group C on Thursday, while Pogba was involved in Kylian Mbappe’s winning goal. Chelsea midfielder Kante has […]

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Sami Khedira vowed to get revenge on a cheeky stunt from a Swedish journalist as Germany prepare for their make-or-break World Cup game against the Scandinavian side on Saturday – a game you listen to live on talkSPORT from 7pm.

The reigning champions have had a less than ideal start to their 2018 campaign, having lost their first match to Mexico before leaving relocating from their Moscow base for a more secluded spot in Sochi.

Manuel Neuer could not...

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Germany legend Lothar Matthaus claims England captain Harry Kane reminds him of a prime Gerd Muller.

The former Inter Milan midfielder, a veteran of five FIFA World Cups, claims the Tottenham Hotspur striker has an instinctive finishing ability which is eerily reminiscent of the former Bayern Munich striker.

Gerd Muller and Harry Kane

Kane scored both goals as the Three lions left it late to beat Tunisia to get their World Cup campaign in Russia off to a flyer.

However...

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David Beckham has backed England to reach the World Cup Final and play Argentina.

The former Three Lions skipper has faith in Gareth Southgate’s young side to progress to the Final for the first time since winning the competition in 1966.

However, he admitted the competition will become harder the further Southgate’s side advance in Russia.

Beckham was speaking at a college event in Japan

Speaking at a collegiate football event in China, Beckham said: “I believe Argentina will play against England in the final.

“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me...

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Argentina are on the brink of World Cup elimination as Croatia qualified from Group D with a resounding victory.

A Willy Caballero howler allowed Ante Rebic to volley Vatreni in front, but the Chelsea goalkeeper could do little about Luka Modric’s stunning strike.

Caballero cost his country the game

Ivan Rakitic compounded Argentine embarrassment with a late third as Lionel Messi failed to inspire his country yet again.

Not since 2002 have Argentina failed to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup, but they require a minor-miracle if they are to continue that run in Russia.

A deafening...

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The second round of World Cup Group D matches are here, with Argentina hoping to claim their first win of the tournament against Croatia.

The Croats currently sit top of the group as they secured three points by defeating Nigeria last week, while La Albiceleste were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland.

Hannes Halldorsson saved Lionel Messi’s penalty to help Iceland secure a draw with Argentina

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Jorge Sampaoli, the Argentina coach, is expected to abandon the 4-2-3-1 formation used...

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Uruguay booked their place in the last-16 of the 2018 World Cup after labouring to a 1-0 win over minnows Saudi Arabia.

Luis Suarez’s goal in the first-half was all that separated the two sides in an uninspiring contest at the Rostov Arena.

Suarez celebrates his first goal of the 2018 World Cup finals

The Green Falcons went close on a couple of occasions but were unable to fully test their lacklustre opponents.

The result also confirms Russia’s spot in the knockout stages while Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side exit the tournament.

Although...

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We’re a week into World Cup 2018 and already we could see a nation from Group C qualify for the knockout stage as Denmark take on Australia.

The Danes recorded a 1-0 win over Peru in their first match but know the Socceroos will be tough opponents given how well they shut down France, despite losing 2-1.

Denmark players celebrate Yusuf Poulsen’s winning goal against Peru.
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Denmark’s players clubbed together to hire a private jet for defender Jonas Knudsen, so he could fly home to see his new-born daughter after their World Cup win over Peru last weekend.

The Ipswich player’s wife gave birth to a girl several weeks earlier than expected, after he arrived in Russia for the tournament.

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And goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel insisted the squad were happy to do it as many of the players are fathers themselves.

Schmeichel said: “We wanted to look at the...

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Picture the scene. Your team is going toe-to-toe with one of the World Cup favourites and you have one chance to snatch a point against Spain in the final minute of stoppage-time.

Everyone is up and you need your man taking the throw-in to launch the ball into the box like never before, only for him to try a ridiculous somersault.

Milad Mohammadi makes a great tackle on Marco Asensio before trying a bizarre trick in the dying seconds of the game

Well this really did happen during the final moments of...

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Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has a slightly new look, and it’s here to stay.

The four-goal forward, who has netted all of Portugal’s 2018 World Cup goals so far, is growing a goatee beard for an unorthodox reason.

Ronaldo netted a hat-trick against Spain and added another against Morocco

Many saw this and believed it was a reference to the subtle G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) war that Ronaldo...