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UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 1:04 p.m.

Japan advances on yellow cards despite losing at World Cup

Japan advanced to the knockout round at the World Cup on a tiebreaker by receiving fewer yellow cards than Senegal. The Japanese lost to Poland 1-0 in their final group …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 3:10 p.m.

Switzerland and Costa Rica draw 2-2; Swiss advance into round of 16 at World Cup

Switzerland has qualified for the round of 16 at the World Cup despite twice losing the lead in a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica. Costa Rica scored from a penalty …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 2:54 p.m.

Brazil advances to round of 16 at World Cup, tops Serbia 2-0

Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored a goal each to give Brazil a 2-0 victory over Serbia and first place in their World Cup group. Brazil won Group E and will …


South Korea ends World Cup with mixed feelings

The tears flowed on both sides of the field after South Korea beat Germany at the World Cup. The South Koreas struggled to compose themselves even in victory following a …


Mexican fans celebrate South Korea’s victory over Germany

It was a surreal atmosphere at the end of the last group game between Mexico and Sweden at the World Cup. The Mexican fans in the packed arena in Yekaterinburg …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 2:14 p.m.

‘Dark day for German football’ after World Cup elimination

Germany is out of the World Cup and has become the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage. The four-time champions lost …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 3:05 p.m.

Sweden dominates Mexico 3-0, but both head to knockout round

Sweden is headed back to the World Cup knockout round for the first time in a dozen years. Thanks to South Korea, Mexico is also advancing. Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a …


Nigeria complains about video review call against Argentina

After going out of the World Cup, Nigeria complained about not being awarded a second penalty in a 2-1 defeat to Argentina on Tuesday. There were about 15 minutes of …


Field to fingertips: Tech divide narrows for World Cup teams

The technological divide has been closing between teams at the World Cup. While the focus has been on the debut of video assistant referees, less obvious technical advances have been …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 4:06 p.m.

Lionel Messi, Argentina get going, beat Nigeria 2-1 at World Cup

Lionel Messi finally scored a goal at this year’s World Cup and Argentina staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria. The exquisite strike from the Argentina great sparked …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

Croatia ends Iceland’s chances at World Cup with 2-1 win

Croatia ended Iceland’s chances at the World Cup and helped out Argentina at the same time. Ivan Perisic capitalized on a defensive error to score a 90th-minute winner Tuesday, giving …


Draws that help both teams may become more common

Fans booed as Denmark, France battled with backpasses, content with a draw that advanced both teams and eliminated Australia. World Cup group-stage finales have been played simultaneously since West Germany …


Brazil and Germany try to salvage World Cup and advance

Two of the best teams in international soccer go into their final group matches in danger of being bounced from the World Cup. Germany and Brazil were early favorites for …


Tim Cahill finally plays for Australia as Socceroos sent home

Tim Cahill finally got onto the field in his fourth World Cup as Australia was in desperate need of goals. The goals didn’t follow and Cahill had no interest in …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 1:04 p.m.

Denmark advances at World Cup in drab 0-0 draw with France

A game neither France nor Denmark needed to win produced the World Cup’s first 0-0 draw amid boos and whistles from fans at Luzhniki Stadium. The slow-paced game ensured already-qualified …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 10:41 a.m.

Australia eliminated, Peru leaves World Cup on high note

Already-eliminated Peru ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round at the World Cup with a 2-0 victory. The Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to …


John Leicester: Video refereeing a boon and a bust at World Cup

As must have been the case with the first glimmers of electric lights in the 19th century, video assistant referees benefited from an initial “Wow! The technology works!” buzz when …


Sweden has a lot to be upset about after last-minute loss

Sweden had a lot to be upset about when the final whistle blew and it lost to Germany 2-1 at the World Cup. The Swedes conceded a last-minute goal, saw …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 3:02 p.m.

Toni Kroos scores late to give Germany 2-1 win over Sweden

Toni Kroos scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time from outside the penalty area and 10-man Germany rallied to beat Sweden 2-1 to stay alive at the World Cup. …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 12:07 p.m.

Mexico’s 2-1 victory over South Korea silences critics

The criticism of Mexico’s national team heading into the World Cup was loud and scathing. The answer has been emphatic. The Mexicans won their second straight match at the tournament …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 12:44 p.m.

Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard score 2 each, help Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored two goals each in a dominant Belgium display. They led their team over Tunisia 5-2 in the highest scoring game of the World Cup. …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri score for Swiss against Serbia, make Albanian symbol

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia at the World Cup and both celebrated by making a nationalist symbol to their ethnic Albanian heritage. Both …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 12:38 p.m.

Ahmed Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year’s World Cup and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two of second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 …


Costa Rica fails to repeat World Cup heroics of 2014

Costa Rica’s players know they will be heading home from the World Cup at the end of the group stage after back-to-back losses, the latest coming against Brazil. Los Ticos …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 8:45 a.m.

Brazil scores late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup

Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored injury-time goals to help Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the World Cup. Coutinho poked the ball past goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the first minute …


Argentina conquered, Croatia’s next task to avoid ‘euphoria’

Croatia swept aside Lionel Messi and Argentina at the World Cup and its next challenge is to stay grounded. The 3-0 victory over Argentina was one of the most compelling …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Lionel Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup, Croatia advances

Lionel Messi’s frustrating international career may be coming to an early and anti-climactic finish after Argentina’s worst loss in World Cup group play in 60 years. The 2014 runners-up were …


France defense excels in 1-0 victory over Peru in Group C

France proved it also has class in defense. Didier Deschamps has a forward line bursting with skill, speed and goals but Peru coach Ricardo Gareca looked at the other end …


Christian Eriksen scores his 1st goal in Russia, but Denmark draws

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen scored his first goal of the World Cup in the opening minutes against Australia but ultimately the Danes settled for a 1-1 draw. It was the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 11:25 a.m.

Kylian Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru

Kylian Mbappe’s first World Cup goal put France into the round of 16. The teenage forward tapped in a ball headed toward goal in the 34th minute to give France …