Ecstatic Russia stun Spain with shootout win

Ecstatic Russia stun Spain with shootout win

Hosts Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties thanks to two saves by their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on Sunday to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals and send thousands of ecstatic Russians to the streets to celebrate.

Cavani double sees Uruguay through

Cavani double sees Uruguay through

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored twice to earn the South Americans a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal in their World Cup round of 16 clash on Saturday and set up a quarter-final against France.

I couldn't get best out of Messi

I couldn't get best out of Messi

Despite trying everything in the book, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said he was unable to bring out the best in talisman Lionel Messi whose last chance for World Cup glory almost certainly ended with Saturday’s defeat to France.

Electric Mbappe is the French hero

Electric Mbappe is the French hero

Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four minutes to send a youthful France charging into the World Cup quarter-finals with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina on Saturday that sent Lionel Messi’s team home.

Maradona must show respect

Maradona must show respect

Diego Maradona may be a giant of the game’s history, soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Friday, but even he must show respect to other fans at World Cup stadiums.

FIFA confirm holding crackdown

FIFA confirm holding crackdown

Pierluigi Collina has confirmed Fifa cracked down on holding by defenders at set pieces after a series of early incidents at Russia 2018.

Tunisia achieved their target

Tunisia achieved their target

Tunisia have achieved their target at the World Cup because they arrived in Russia fully aware the best they could hope for was to finish third in their group, coach Nabil Maaloul said after their 2-1 victory over Panama on Thursday.

Cisse philosophical in defeat

Cisse philosophical in defeat

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said he "accepted the rules of the game" as the west Africans were eliminated from the World Cup due to a worse disciplinary record than their direct rivals for a place in the last 16.

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