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  • Want to be up there with Ronaldo and Messi: Kane

    England's hero in their match against Tunisia, Harry Kane targets the very apex of football and wants to prove himself at the world cup.

  • 'There has to be a team behind a great player'

    Egypt's World Cup hopes are left in tatters after a disastrous spell at the start of the second half in the 3-1 loss to hosts Russia but Mohamed Salah's absence in the build-up to the tournament also played its part, coach Hector Cuper says.

  • Homework pays off for Russia

    Russia's decision to target Egypt's weakness in the air was the key to the 3-1 victory that left the hosts on the brink of qualification for the World Cup knockout stages, coach Stanislav Cherchesov says.

  • Dele Alli

    England's Ali nursing thigh strain

    England midfielder Dele Alli suffered a slight thigh strain in their opening 2-1 Group G win over Tunisia and the injury will have to be managed over the coming days.

  • Rampant Russians all but through to second round

    Hosts Russia give the country reason to be overjoyed as they are on the brink of going through to the second round of the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a 3-1 win over Egypt .

  • Salah starts for Egypt against Russia

    Egypt's talismanic striker Mohamed Salah was named in their starting line-up for their second World Cup Group A match against Russia in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

  • ‘Croatia are better than Argentina’

    Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who plays for Real Madrid has said that his team are a better collective outfit than Argentina who are heavily dependent on one man.

  • Sublime Senegal surprise Poland

    Senegal make it a day of upsets at the Fifa World Cup by beating the more-fancied Poland 2-1 in their Group H match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

  • Tactical Analysis: How Mexico upset Germany

    The World Cup has seen quite a few underdog performances but Mexico’s 1-0 victory over defending champions Germany was the most impressive given the manner in which they won.

  • Psychic cat’s prediction has a twist in the tale

    Psychic cat Achilles, who correctly predicted a Russia victory over Saudi Arabia in the host nation’s opening match has once again chosen Russia as the winners.

  • Colombia vs Japan

    Japan stun 10-man Colombia

    In a stirring match that saw the first red card of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Japan ride on goals from Shinji Kagawa and Yuya Osako to beat Colombia 2-1 in their Group H game at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

  • Cuper waiting on last minute Salah fitness test

    Egypt manager Hector Cuper is optimistic as he says his star man Mohamed Salah is fit for the match against Russia but also insists that it still depends on a late physical test ahead of the clash.

  • FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Russians, foreigners seek love at World Cup

    During an afternoon at a Moscow park, Argentina fan Augustin Otelo is counting not the number of goals his team has scored in the World Cup but the number of phone numbers he has collected from Russian girls as foreigners in Russia try to find love.

  • Ronaldo is an ‘angry man’, says Evra

    Patrice Evra, former Manchester United team mate of Cristiano Ronaldo says that the Portuguese is an ‘angry man’ as he never gives up until he wins and reminisces old memories during their Manchester United stint, according to reports by FFT.

  • Neymar misses training after knock against Switzerland

    Neymar misses Brazil’s outdoor training session on Monday after taking a knock during their opening game against Switzerland which ended in a 1-1 draw, according to reports by Sky Sports.

  • Brazil ask FIFA for answers over VAR use

    The Brazilian Football Confederation is questioning FIFA about some decisions made using VAR during Brazil’s opening match against Switzerland where the five times World Champions were held to a 1-1 draw, according to reports by ESPN.

  • Egypt vs Russia match in numbers

    The hosts Russia face Egypt in their second match of the group. Russia will be looking to book their place in the second round of the tournament while Egypt will be desperate to get their first win in a World Cup match and keep their World Cup hopes alive. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 am in Bangladesh time. Here we look at some of the statistics ahead of the encounter.

  • Justice was served after last gasp win, says Kane

    England captain Harry Kane accused the Tunisian defence of using cynical tactics to try and halt England in their opening World Cup game, as he suggested his last gasp goal in a 2-1 win ensured justice was served in Volgograd.

  • Jamie Day in town

    English coach Jamie Day came to Dhaka yesterday along with assistant

  • Croatia's Kalinic sent home after refusing sub role

    Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup after refusing to come on as a substitute in the team's opening game against Nigeria, coach Zlatko Dalic said.

  • Increased odds, earthquakes and a holy visit

    Mexico's win over Germany has seen their odds to top the group increase, while celebrations from Hirving Lozano's goal triggered an artificial earthquake in Mexico City.

  • Neymar in Brazil vs Switchzerland Match

    Neymar tells referees to ‘do their job’

    Neymar, who had a rough night yesterday as Brazil only managed a draw in their Group E fixture against Switzerland has told the referees to do their job properly.

  • South Korea players swapped shirts to confuse ‘Swedish spies’

    South Korea’s manager Shin Tae-yong made his players wear different shirts in pre-World Cup friendlies to confuse 'Swedish spies'.

  • Argentina's Lionel Messi

    Croatia’s secret weapon to stop Messi

    Croatia are obviously going to have a scheme to thwart Argentina captain Lionel Messi from having as little influence in the outcome of the match as possible. However, the schemes to work, their needs to be ideas.

  • Messi's penalty miss not to blame for draw with Iceland: Maradona

    Diego Maradona says Lionel Messi's second-half penalty miss was not the reason Argentina failed to defeat Iceland at the World Cup on Saturday.

  • Neymar

    Switzerland knew how to get under Brazil’s skin

    Neymar bore the brunt of the aggression from Switzerland players and in turn he became part of a World Cup record.

  • England vs Tunisia match in numbers

    A young England side are set to start their 2018 World Cup campaign against Tunisia at Volgograd Arena. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 am in Bangladesh time. Let’s look at some statistics ahead of the thrilling encounter.

  • Switzerland hold below-par Brazil

    Brazil join the host of big guns who have failed to fire in their opening World Cup game as lax defending from a corner allowed Switzerland to cancel out Philippe Coutinho's spectacular curling strike and grab a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

  • Germany a perfect opponent for Brazil in the RO16

    Brazil fans will be encouraged by today's result in the Germany-Mexico match, which ended 1-0 in favour of the Mexicans. Not only can Brazil fans celebrate the loss for the team that so cruelly and ruthlessly sent them crashing out of their home World Cup with an unforgettable 7-1 annihilation, they can also salivate at the prospect of an early revenge and focus on mission hexa.

  • Brazil not just about Neymar: Maradona

    Argentina legend Diego Maradona lists Brazil's wealth of talent and the secret weapon that is coach Tite