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Colombia’s win tempered by concern for James Rodriguez

Colombia’s joy at moving on to the knockout round at this World Cup was tempered by concern for their star from the last one. Midfielder James Rodriguez left in the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 3:31 p.m.

Belgium beats England 1-0, moves into tougher side of draw

Belgium came out on top in a match neither team had to win and took first place in its World Cup group with a 1-0 victory over England. Adnan Januzaj …


Yellow cards against Japan and Senegal in the World Cup

All yellow cards assessed against Japan and Senegal in the group stage of the World Cup, with player, opponent, time, cause and referee.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 1:05 p.m.

Colombia advances while Senegal is eliminated by tiebreaker

Yerry Mina scored on a header in the 74th minute and Colombia has defeated Senegal 1-0 to secure a spot in the knockout round at the World Cup. Senegal was …


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 …


Who’s in and who’s out at the World Cup

Eight teams have secured spots in the knockout stage at the World Cup after the chaotic conclusions of Monday’s matches. Nine teams have been eliminated. Fifteen teams still have a …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Clint Dempsey scores first goal of season, Sounders tie Fire, 1-1

Clint Dempsey scored his first goal of the season to match the Seattle regular-season career goals record, helping the Sounders tie the Chicago Fire 1-1. Dempsey tied the club record …


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. …


‘We can’t be throwing away seasons’: Stefan Frei, Sounders veterans sense clock ticking

Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei muses about missed opportunities for victories, a higher payday and the desire of players in their 30s like him to make the most of things because …


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 …