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Ronaldo records raise Portugal's hopes at World Cup

Ronaldo records raise Portugal's hopes at World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo's goals are boosting expectations that Portugal can do well at the World Cup, two years after their Euro 2016 title.

Spain beat Iran 1-0 with Costa's third goal of World Cup

Spain beat Iran 1-0 with Costa's third goal of World Cup

A scrappy second half goal by Diego Costa broke a Persian stonewall and lifted Spain to a 1-0 win over a courageous Iran in a nerve-jangling World Cup clash on Wednesday.

Asylum seekers use World Cup fan papers to try to enter Europe from Russia

Asylum seekers use World Cup fan papers to try to enter Europe from Russia

Asylum seekers from Morocco, Nigeria, China and elsewhere have tried to enter Europe illegally from Russia using World Cup fan identity documents, police told Reuters on Wednesday.

Qatari referees performed well in World Cup

Qatari referees performed well in World Cup

Qatari referees Abdul Rahman Al Jassim and Salem Al Marri have been appreciated for their performances in their second appearance at the World Cup in Russia after taking charge of Poland and Senegal in Group H ...

Banned FIFA chief Blatter attends match: ‘It's my World Cup’

Banned FIFA chief Blatter attends match: ‘It's my World Cup’

Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter attended a World Cup match in Moscow on Wednesday and said the soccer tournament was a bit like ‘my World Cup’ because of the warm welcome he had received in Russia.

Russian  football commentator who mentioned Putin critic goes off air

Russian football commentator who mentioned Putin critic goes off air

A Russian soccer commentator said he will no longer do World Cup matches for Russia's biggest state-run broadcaster, four days after breaking a taboo by naming President Vladimir Putin's biggest critic live on air.

FIFA 'extremely satisfied' with VAR and refereeing

FIFA 'extremely satisfied' with VAR and refereeing

Four penalties have been awarded via VAR in the 17 games played so far, and one possible red card incident reviewed.

Russia on verge of World Cup last 16 after beating Egypt

Russia on verge of World Cup last 16 after beating Egypt

The return of Mohamed Salah from injury couldn't prevent World Cup hosts Russia virtually sealing their place in the last 16 by beating Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday.

Japan sink Colombia in historic win for Asia

Japan sink Colombia in historic win for Asia

Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in Group H on Tuesday to become the first Asian side to beat a South American one at the World Cup.

Japan's Princess Takamado seen in Russia's Saransk

Japan's Princess Takamado seen in Russia's Saransk

The princess, the widow of a cousin of Emperor Akihito, has no plans to meet with Russian dignitaries, Kyodo said.

Lukaku scores twice as Belgium prove too strong for Panama

Lukaku scores twice as Belgium prove too strong for Panama

Romelu Lukaku netted a brace as a much-improved second-half performance gave Belgium an ultimately comfortable 3-0 victory over tournament debutants Panama in their World Cup opener in Sochi on Monday.

Granqvist's VAR penalty gives Sweden 1-0 win over South Korea

Granqvist's VAR penalty gives Sweden 1-0 win over South Korea

A VAR-awarded penalty gave Sweden a narrow but deserved victory in their opening Group F match against a poor South Korea side in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday.