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  • Ronaldo strike eliminates Morocco

    Cristiano Ronaldo scores the only goal as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in their second match of the group stage of the World Cup.

  • Dybala wants to play beside Messi

    ​Paulo Dybala said that he believes he is ready to feature for Argentina and play beside ‘the best player in the world’Lionel Messi. Dybala was left on the bench as Argentina were held 1-1against Iceland in their opening match.

  • Lionel Messi’s Bangladeshi fans

    Messi posts video on Bangladeshi fans

    Argentine star Lionel Messi’s official Facebook page posted a video, that includes Bangladeshi fans who support and express their love for Messi as well as Argentina for 2018 FIFA World Cup.

  • Plane carrying Saudi team caught fire midair!

    Saudi Arabia's official team plane caught fire in mid air as they travelled to their World Cup match on Wednesday.

  • Kane breaks Tunisian hearts

    A stoppage-time header from two-goal Harry Kane gives England a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday.

  • Lukaku double drives Belgium

    Belgium's creativity and power prove too much for World Cup debutants Panama as the Group G favourites overcome the heroics of goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and a massed defence to run out 3-0 winners on Monday.

  • 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.

  • Sweden edge past Korea

    Andreas Granqvist converts from the spot as Sweden get their World Cup campaign to a winning start with a 1-0 win over South Korea on Monday.

  • 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'.

  • Germany vs Mexico

    Mexicans jubilant over win trigger earthquake sensors

    Mexicans jumping in jubilation on Sunday shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors and throngs danced in the streets after their team scored a surprise victory over World Cup defending champion Germany.

  • Taxi ploughs into Moscow crowd including soccer fans

    A taxi drives into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow's Red Square, injuring seven people including two Mexicans in the city for the soccer World Cup which Russia is hosting, officials and eyewitnesses say.

  • Argentina need to sort things out

    The Spartak Moscow Arena turned into a theatre of dreams for World Cup debutants Iceland when they held two-time champions Argentina to a 1-1 draw.

  • Messi misses penalty as Iceland hold Argentina

    Tiny Iceland made a stunning first-ever World Cup appearance on Saturday when they held 2014 runners-up Argentina to a 1-1 draw in a dramatic match where Lionel Messi blew his chance to win it when he had a penalty saved by Hannes Por Halldorsson.

  • Cracker of a start

    You can’t ask for a better start to a World Cup as far as the first couple of days of Russia 2018 is concerned. The hosts got off to a dream start with a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium on the opening day.

  • Jorge Sampaoli

    Sampaoli to leave out Higuain, Dybala

    Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli, revealing his starting line-up a day early, is going for safety-first experience in pairing Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia in midfield to contain Iceland in Saturday's World Cup Group D opener.

  • FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

    Five-star hosts kick off in style

    Denis Cheryshev struck twice for Russia as the World Cup hosts thumped Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the tournament in Moscow yesterday.

  • The greatest show begins

    The World Cup kicked off in Russia Thursday as the host nation took on Saudi Arabia in front of 80,000 people in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially declared the tournament open.

  • Russia's psychic cat predicts the winner of the opening match

    Achilles, a deaf white cat who is the official animal soothsayer for the tournament, choose a bowl of food bearing the host's flag rather than that of Saudi Arabia, who Russia will face today's evening.

  • Russia World Cup 2018 starts today

    Worlds converge in Moscow

    It has been like rainbow after rain in Moscow for the last couple of days as fans from across the world have thronged the Russian capital and other cities in their thousands ahead of the World Cup, which kicks off at the Luzhniki Stadium today.

  • Julen Lopetegui

    Spain appoint Hierro following Lopetegui sacking

    Spain named federation sporting director Fernando Hierro as its World Cup coach to replace Julen Lopetegui, who was sensationally sacked after his appointment as Real Madrid manager.

  • World Cup opening ceremony: All you need to know

    The greatest show on the earth will begin June 14 with the opening ceremony of the World Cup and ahead of the grand festivities Russia prepared to show off their culture and traditions through dancers, performers and other big-name headline acts in front of the world.

  • Mesut Ozil-Ilkay Gundogan

    Champions Germany land in Russia

    Germany landed in Moscow on Tuesday to attempt to successfully defend their World Cup title and hoping to leave the political controversy surrounding Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan behind them.

  • Sporting Lisbon in shock as three more World Cup stars quit

    Three Portugal stars currently in Russia getting ready for the World Cup tell club Sporting Portugal they will break their contracts, the club said.

  • Poland's Glik cleared for World Cup

    Poland defender Kamil Glik clears by his club Monaco to play at the World Cup after making an unexpectedly quick recovery from a shoulder ligament injury.

  • Ronaldo with stars brighten up opening ceremony in Russia

    Three international stars will thrill the fans in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

  • Neymar close to Pele’s score

    Brazil superstar Neymar levels with Romario for third position on Brazil’s all-time leading goal-scorer list as he scored his 55th for the country against Austria in an international friendly.

  • Lost bag delays Iceland's Russia adventure

    Iceland need police help to keep their World Cup plans on track after coach Heimir Hallgrimsson put his bag on the wrong bus in a comical start to their debut campaign.

  • German Fan Driving Tractor to World Cup in Russia

    A 70-year-old German fan is hoping he can reach Russia to enjoy the World Cup on a 30kph tractor within 10 days.

  • Messi’s hometown turns blue & white

    Lionel Messi’s hometown Rosario paints in the Argentine national colours ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will start next week in Russia.

  • Bangladesh man made long German flag

    Bangladesh World Cup megafan unfurls miles-long Germany flag

    A football-mad farmer in Bangladesh unfurls a homemade German flag stretching 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) in a bizarre act of devotion to his favourite team ahead of the World Cup.