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UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 1:28 p.m.

Senegal beats Poland 2-1, 1st African win at World Cup

Senegal became the first African team to win at this year’s World Cup. The team defeated Poland 2-1 on a first-half own-goal and a controversial second-half score by Mbaye Niang. …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 11:16 a.m.

Luis Suarez eyes return to form in 100th appearance for Uruguay

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez paid tribute to Luis Suarez as the team prepared for Wednesday’s World Cup match against Saudi Arabia. The match will be Suarez’s 100th international appearance. The …


Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo will make his second appearance at the World Cup with a chance to help Portugal eliminate Morocco from the tournament. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the opener …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 10:47 a.m.

Neymar leaves Brazil training session limping

Neymar has limped out of Brazil’s training session at the World Cup because of pain in his right ankle. The Brazilian soccer confederation says the injury is not serious. It …


World Cup: No Russian? No Problem. There’s an app for that

The World Cup features stars from around the world, but the most valuable player off the field has been Google Translate. The app has helped fans to leap over the …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

Early penalty helps Japan beat Colombia 2-1 at World Cup

Japan did what no other Asian team had ever done at a World Cup by beating a South American squad on the biggest stage in soccer. The 2-1 victory over …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 3:21 p.m.

Luka Modric scores 1, sets up another as Croatia tops Nigeria 2-0

Luka Modric set up one goal and scored another from the penalty spot to give Croatia a 2-0 win over Nigeria at the World Cup. The Real Madrid midfielder sent …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 2:06 p.m.

Kasper Schmeichel, Yussuf Poulsen lift Denmark over Peru 1-0 at World Cup

Kasper Schmeichel’s slew of saves made Yussuf Poulsen’s opportunistic second-half goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over Peru on Saturday at the World Cup.


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 10:12 a.m.

Lionel Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

Lionel Messi had a penalty kick saved and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina at the World Cup. Messi failed to give his team the lead when …


Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

Technology twice helped France at the World Cup in its 2-1 victory over Australia. The French team was given a penalty kick after the referee watched the replay of a …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 3:22 p.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spain in World Cup opener

Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain at the World Cup. Ronaldo had …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup

Aziz Bouhaddouz headed a free kick into his own net in the fifth minute of injury time to gift Iran a 1-0 win over Morocco at the World Cup. The …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

Jose Gimenez scores to lift Uruguay over Egypt 1-0 in Group A at World Cup

Jose Gimenez came to Uruguay’s rescue by scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt in Group A of the World Cup. The Uruguay defender jumped in the …


John Leicester: Vladimir Putin gets luck of the draw at World Cup opener

When Yuri Gazinsky headed in the first goal of the 2018 World Cup, giving host Russia early joy in what developed into a 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia, Russian President …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

Spain ready to leave World Cup coaching woes in the past

Spain can’t wait to get the ball rolling and put its coaching woes in the past. There would be nothing better than a victory against defending European champion Portugal in …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Russia routs Saudi Arabia 5-0 in opening match of World Cup

Vladimir Putin craves sporting glory and he got another taste of it in the opening match of the World Cup. Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored two goals to lead the host …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 2:50 p.m.

Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image

In jeans, headscarves and veils, dozens of Saudi women draped in their country’s green flag and sporting matching face paint streamed into Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to support their national team …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Atlanta’s hot soccer scene featured in winning World Cup bid

Atlanta’s burgeoning soccer scene was featured in North America’s successful bid to land the 2026 World Cup. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened last year, was shown off in the videos the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 2:26 p.m.

Mustaches, silly songs defuse tensions at Russia’s World Cup

Russians are turning to parody to defuse tensions as they ready to host the World Cup amid global tensions. The national soccer team is a favorite target of self-deprecating mockery …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Spain fires coach Julen Lopetegui 2 days before World Cup opener

The Spanish soccer federation has fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the country’s opening World Cup match against Portugal. Former player Fernando Hierro will take over as coach. Lopetegui …


UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Julian Green’s goal gives U.S. surprising 1-1 tie at World Cup-bound France

Julian Green scored in the 44th minute and a young United States team held on against tremendous pressure to tie World Cup-bound France 1-1 at Lyon. Kylian Mbappe tied the …


Alex Morgan scores, U.S. women beat China 1-0

Alex Morgan scored on a header in the 57th minute and the U.S. national team beat China 1-0 in an exhibition match. The teams also will meet Tuesday night in …


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

AP Interview: Hope Solo says don’t vote for U.S. World Cup bid

Hope Solo is a World Cup winner and Olympic champion with the United States. Now she wants her country to lose one of its biggest soccer contests, FIFA’s vote on …


World Cup spending, profits set to fall short of record sums

The 2018 World Cup has cost Russia billions of dollars to stage and will make FIFA hundreds of millions in profit. Still, the big numbers that are routine for major …


FIFA files criminal complaint over World Cup ticket sales

FIFA says it filed a criminal complaint in Switzerland against online platform Viagogo for selling World Cup tickets. FIFA says it joined other parties filing criminal complaints against alleged “opaque …


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 8:54 a.m.

World Cup Moments: Geoff Hurst hat trick wins it for England in 1966

Alf Ramsey’s prediction that “England will win the World Cup” at home was bold. The home of football had done very little since returning to the FIFA fold in 1950 …


To Russia with Loew: ‘Jogi’ leading Germany’s title defense

Public personal hygiene mishaps, speeding fines, old-fashioned jumpers, a 1970s hairstyle and cheesy commercials for men’s beauty products – Germans are happy to overlook certain things about Joachim Loew. Jogi, …


Brazil aims to change echo of defeat to sound of celebration

There’s no chance Tite or any of his players will forget the score of Brazil’s humiliating semifinal loss at the last World Cup. That 7-1 loss to Germany in 2014 …


Vladimir Putin’s World Cup a prestige boost for sanctions-hit host

Vladimir Putin’s Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. …


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

Mistakes by Bill Hamid, Matt Miazga help Ireland beat U.S. 2-1

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid’s mistake led to Graham Burke’s tying goal in the 57th minute, Alan Judge scored after Matt Miazga’s defensive lapse in the 90th and Ireland remained unbeaten at …