Spain scrape past Iran

Spain scrape past Iran

A scrappy second half goal by Diego Costa broke a Persian stonewall and lifted Spain to a 1-0 win over a courageous Iran in a nerve-jangling World Cup clash on Wednesday.

Asylum seekers try to take advantage of World Cup

Asylum seekers try to take advantage of World Cup

Asylum seekers from Morocco, Nigeria, China and elsewhere have tried to enter Europe illegally from Russia using World Cup fan identity documents, police told Reuters on Wednesday.

Renard full of pride in defeat

Renard full of pride in defeat

Morocco coach Herve Renard was overcome with pride at his team’s performance and angry at the way Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo was able to grab the solitary goal that will send the North Africans home early from the World Cup.

Morocco defend Amrabat inclusion

Morocco defend Amrabat inclusion

Morocco defended the inclusion of Nordin Amrabat against Portugal in their World Cup Group B match on Wednesday, five days after the winger suffered concussion against Iran.

Suarez marks 100 games with winner

Suarez marks 100 games with winner

Luis Suarez marked his 100th international cap by sending Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup as the striker benefited from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate Saudi Arabia with a 1-0 win on Wednesday.

Senegal win fills Africa with pride

Senegal win fills Africa with pride

Senegal had to wait and it was a painful one. Drawn to play in the final tie of the first round of group fixtures, they watched as, one by one, their fellow African competitors slumped to defeat.

Blatter attends World Cup game

Blatter attends World Cup game

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter attended a World Cup match in Moscow on Wednesday, saying the tournament in Russia felt like “my World Cup”, but soccer’s world governing body said his presence did not directly violate his ban from football activities.

Wasteful Morocco let Portugal off the hook

Wasteful Morocco let Portugal off the hook

European champions Portugal were let off the hook by Morocco’s wasteful finishing and another Cristiano Ronaldo moment as they notched up a fortuitous victory in the World Cup on Wednesday.

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