The mute prince of world football seemed to know something was wrong from kick-off, a hand to his brow, some whispered words for none but himself, and that was even before Lionel Messi opened his eyes and looked around at the worst Argentina team in memory. You could say he tried to save them, but
France joined Russia and Uruguay in securing a place in the World Cup second round, but it took a Kylian Mbappe strike in the first half to seal another unconvincing victory for the 1998 champions. Mbappe was already his country’s youngest-ever player at a major tournament and became its youngest World Cup scorer with his
Australia earned a vital point against Denmark in their Group C encounter at the Samara Arena after the teams played out an entertaining 1-1 draw over the course of the 90 minutes. The Socceroos, who faced the uncompromising wrath of VAR in their last outing against France, were handed a huge favour by the intervention of
Uruguay booked their place in the knockout stage with a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov, Russia, on Wednesday. The result had a number of repercussions for all teams in Group A as hosts Russia will join the South Americans in the round of 16 while Egypt are eliminated along with the Saudis with
Diego Costa strikes lucky to down Iran and help Spain keep pace with Portugal. For 55 minutes, Spain had been held at arm’s length. They had struggled to impose themselves on an impeccably disciplined Iran. But then the glimmer of an opening emerged. Andres Iniesta slid a ball through for Diego Costa, who rolled the
Japan profited from Colombia’s nightmare start to the World Cup as they secured a victory against 10 men in their Group H opener in Saransk, despite James Rodriguez’s late introduction. Colombia conceded a penalty and had a man sent off inside three minutes, with Carlos Sanchez dismissed for handling Shinji Kagawa’s shot at a goal
Teranga means hospitality in the Wolof language, but in a broader sense, the word represents Senegalese character and pride. Sixteen years had passed since the Lions last strode onto the global stage and, like they did in South Korea and Japan, they filled the soccer-loving hearts of Africa — and particularly those in the western
Germany slumped to a first defeat in a World Cup opener since 1982 as Mexico claimed a famous 1-0 win courtesy of Hirving Lozano’s first-half strike.
Iceland’s World Cup debut got them a point against two-time champions Argentina, but they’ve put that behind them and are looking forward to their next game against Nigeria.