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UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup

Mile Jedinak’s penalty kick gave Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark and new life at the World Cup. Christian Eriksen scored in the opening minutes for Denmark. But Jussuf Poulsen’s …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 2:56 p.m.

Diego Costa scores again, Spain beats Iran 1-0 at World Cup

Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lead Spain to a 1-0 win over Iran at the World Cup. Costa broke the deadlock in the 54th minute after being set …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Goatee & goals turn this into Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo is turning this into his World Cup with a goatee and goals. He has rivaled Lionel Messi for a decade for soccer supremacy, the sport’s version of Ali …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 12:05 p.m.

Luis Suarez sends Uruguay, and Russia, to last 16 at World Cup with win over Saudi Arabia

Luis Suarez put both Uruguay and host Russia into the second round of the World Cup while eliminating Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time. Suarez scored the winning …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 9:11 a.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores in Portugal’s 1-0 win, Morocco eliminated from World Cup

Off the top of his head, Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another goal, set a European record and eliminated Morocco from the World Cup.


Raised in Madrid, Denis Cheryshev becomes Russia’s World Cup star

Denis Cheryshev had been the odd man out in Russia’s team. Now he’s the breakout star and tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the World Cup’s top scorer. Cheryshev was raised …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 3:16 p.m.

Russia on brink of last 16 at World Cup, beats Egypt 3-1

Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt that moved the host nation to the brink of …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 2:02 p.m.

Senegal saves Africa from embarrassment at World Cup

Senegal is leading the way for African teams at the World Cup. Its 2-1 victory against Poland was the first for a team from Africa at the 2018 tournament. Only …


Colombia remains ‘united,’ backs Carlos Sanchez after red card

Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez offered no explanation for the early red card that put his team a man down for nearly its entire game against Japan, but his coach and teammates …


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 …