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Russia beats Spain in shootout, reaches QFs Sunday, July 1st, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 7:42 p.m. Host Russia has advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals after beating 2010 champion Spain on penalties in their round of 16 game. The game finished 1-1 after extra time, and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made two key..

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Messi’s disappointments with Argentina Saturday, June 30th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): Five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi suffered more World Cup heartbreak with Argentina as he was no match for France's firepower in a thrilling 4-3 World Cup last-16 defeat on Saturday. Messi only scored once in Russia and is still yet to net in the knockout stages of a..

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France end Messi’s World Cup dream in 4-3 thriller

MOSCOW, (AFP): France roared back against Argentina to reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday as wonderkid Kylian Mbappe sent Lionel Messi home from Russia empty-handed following a seven-goal thriller. The 1998 champions won 4-3 and looked a totally different side from the one that..

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Messi and Ronaldo gear up for World Cup knockout phase Friday, June 29th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi take centre stage as the World Cup shifts into high gear at the weekend with the start of the knockout matches in the loaded top half of the draw. Football heavyweights France, Argentina, Portugal and Brazil are all clustered in one section of the..

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Japan advances on yellow cards despite losing at World Cup Thursday, June 28th, 2018

By PAN PYLAS, VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Japan advanced to the knockout round at the World Cup on a tiebreaker, fewer yellow cards than Senegal. The Japanese lost to Poland 1-0 Thursday in their final group match, but they still reached the round of 16 because Colombia beat Senegal 1-0. Both..

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Germany out, Sweden, Mexico advance from Group F Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 6:58 p.m. Defending champion Germany has been eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup in a 2-0 stoppage-time loss to South Korea and Sweden has topped Group F with a 3-0 win over Mexico. South Korea’s first goal..

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Brazil’s Tite defends Neymar over Capello ‘diver’ jibe Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): Brazil coach Tite leapt to Neymar's defence Tuesday after former England and Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello labelled the star forward a "diver" over his World Cup theatrics. Tite was in a buoyant mood ahead of Brazil's final Group E match against Serbia on Wednesday until asked..

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Suarez scores again and Uruguay downs host Russia 3-0 Monday, June 25th, 2018

By ANNE M. PETERSON, SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani scored a goal each and Uruguay went on to defeat Russia 3-0 on Monday, finishing undefeated in group play and handing the host nation its first loss of the World Cup. Both teams were already assured of spots in the..

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England fans drink in rare World Cup joy after Panama win Sunday, June 24th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): Soaking up the sunshine with a pint in hand, England fan Ife Runtwe reflected on his team's five-star first half against Panama, calling it the "best England experience I've had in my life." The 25-year-old IT worker was one of around 50 happy, but slightly bemused fans who had..

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Germany face crunch Sweden clash as Belgium hone in on last 16 Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): Germany could face a humiliating first-round exit from the World Cup in Russia unless they rediscover the form that propelled them to glory in Brazil in 2014 in a crunch match against Sweden on Saturday. Joachim Loew's defending champions slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Mexico in..

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Messi under pressure at World Cup as Ronaldo scores again Thursday, June 21st, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): Lionel Messi is under pressure to deliver when Argentina face Croatia on Thursday after his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo streaked clear at the top of the World Cup goalscoring charts. The Barcelona forward had a first game to forget, failing to convert a penalty as the two-time..

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Cristiano Ronaldo sinks Morocco at World Cup Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Wednesday as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0, condemning the north African team to an early exit while 2010 champions Spain prepared to play Iran. The five-time world player of the year netted with an early header to go with the..

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In-form Ronaldo looms for Morocco, Spain face Iran

MOSCOW, (AFP): Cristiano Ronaldo will hone in on Morocco on Wednesday after his stunning hat-trick in Portugal's World Cup opener, while 2010 winners Spain play Iran in Group B. The five-time world player of the year bagged a sublime treble against Spain in the heat of Sochi on Friday in Russia..

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Japan beat 10-man Colombia to make World Cup history

MOSCOW, (AFP): Japan became the first Asian team to conquer a South American side at the World Cup on Tuesday, beating 10-man Colombia 2-1 to exact sweet revenge for a painful defeat at Brazil in 2014. Yuya Osako's 73rd-minute winner was a huge relief for the Japanese, who were thumped 4-1 by..

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England expects as dark horses Belgium launch World Cup campaign Monday, June 18th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): England open their World Cup campaign on Monday seeking to banish memories of dismal performances in recent tournaments as Belgium's "Golden Generation" kick off as dark-horse challengers. England, winners on football's biggest stage more than half a century ago, crashed out without..

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Neymar to make World Cup bow as Germany launch campaign Sunday, June 17th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): Neymar makes his World Cup bow on Sunday as five-time winners Brazil kick off their quest for redemption while defending champions Germany launch their bid for back-to-back titles. Four years after injury cut short his World Cup and Brazil went on to suffer a humiliating 7-1..

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Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced..