Brazil game will define Belgium's generation

Brazil game will define Belgium's generation

Friday’s World Cup quarter-final against Brazil in Kazan is a defining game for Belgium’s talented generation of players but don’t call them ‘golden’, said defender Vincent Kompany on Wednesday.

Sweden not bothered with image

Sweden not bothered with image

Sweden’s brand of football may not be easy on the eye but on Tuesday they added Switzerland to a list already including the Netherlands, Italy and Germany as they marched into the World Cup quarter-finals.

Uruguay want Griezmann to remember

Uruguay want Griezmann to remember

Uruguay’s players urged France forward Antoine Griezmann on Monday to remember his links and affection for their country ahead of Friday’s World Cup quarter-final.

Belgium already looking to next generation

Belgium already looking to next generation

Belgian football’s hopes are high that a generation of hard work in rebuilding from the grass roots will bear fruit at this World Cup, but coaches are already looking beyond and at how to outfox bigger rivals next time.

Neymar critics have their say

Neymar critics have their say

Criticised for being selfish, profligate and over-dramatic, Neymar has struggled to such an extent at this World Cup that another flop in the knockout stage, starting against Mexico on Monday, might have terminal consequences for Brazil.

Mbappe not Messi makes the difference

Mbappe not Messi makes the difference

The notion of a supremely talented number 10 carrying an entire team on his back through to the World Cup quarter-finals figured heavily ahead of France’s game with Argentina, but it was Kylian Mbappe — and not Lionel Messi — who made the difference on Saturday.

Messi exits last chance saloon

Messi exits last chance saloon

Lionel Messi’s last chance to add a major international title to a glittering array of personal achievements and trophies at club level almost certainly disappeared with Argentina’s elimination from the World Cup on Saturday.

African eliminations come as no surprise

African eliminations come as no surprise

One could curse Japan for their dishonourable exploitation of the rules at Senegal’s expense. Naughty Japan! And quibble about refereeing decisions that went against Morocco. Bad VAR!

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