Hazard the big draw left in Russia

Hazard the big draw left in Russia

When Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were sent packing from the World Cup a week ago, the stage was set for Brazil’s Neymar to take over the role of the tournament’s true star.

African iinterest remains strong in France and Belgium

African iinterest remains strong in France and Belgium

Hearts were broken when all five African nations - Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia - crashed out in the first stage of the World Cup - but some fans say hope is not lost.

France and Belgium both full of confidence

France and Belgium  both full of confidence

Roberto Martinez’s swashbuckling Belgium side head into Tuesday’s semi-final with familiar foes France as the World Cup’s leading scorers, but their old rivals have evolved as the tournament has progressed and will also be full of confidence.

A tale of two keepers

A tale of two keepers

Goalkeeping howlers have been scarce at the World Cup but Fernando Muslera’s mistake proved fatal for Uruguay in their 2-0 quarter-final defeat by France on Friday just as much as a brilliant stop from Hugo Lloris kept his side ahead.

VAR makes history

VAR makes history

When it finally happened, many may not have realised they had just witnessed a moment of World Cup history.

France overcome a slow start

France overcome a slow start

France got off to a slow start at the World Cup but four goals against Argentina last weekend will be a stark reminder to Uruguay of what they are capable of producing when the two sides meet in the quarter-finals on Friday.

De Bruyne deployment crucial to Belgian hopes

De Bruyne deployment crucial to Belgian hopes

If Kevin De Bruyne is having a quiet World Cup, as some pundits have suggested, it can only be because expectations surrounding the Belgium playmaker are so incredibly high.

Fresh feel to Europe South American rivalry

Fresh feel to Europe South American rivalry

Europe and South America will do battle again for soccer supremacy in the World Cup quarterfinals but with many of the usual combatants having already exited, there is a fresh feel to a line-up that promises a new or long-absent finalist.

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