Uruguay snatch late win over Egypt

Uruguay snatch late win over Egypt

Uruguay’s Jose Gimenez scored with a thunderous 89th-minute header to deal Egypt a 1-0 defeat in their World Cup opener on Friday, just as the North Africans appeared to have escaped with a point despite missing key striker Mohamed Salah.

Renard confident ahead of World Cup debut

Renard confident ahead of World Cup debut

Morocco coach Herve Renard is confident he has done his homework on Group B opponents Iran and that his lack of World Cup experience will not count against him when the teams meet in their opening match on Friday.

Morocco will go for 2030

Morocco will go for 2030

Morocco will bid to host the 2030 World Cup, a government spokesperson said on Thursday, a day after the kingdom missed out on the 2026 tournament to a joint North American bid.

Cuper says Egypt are not defensive

Cuper says Egypt are not defensive

Egypt coach Hector Cuper does not mind his team being described as defensive and is not about to rip up the playbook that has brought them to their first World Cup finals in 28 years.

Africa want return to World Cup rotation

Africa want return to World Cup rotation

African delegates are keen for Fifa to reintroduce a rotation system for World Cup hosting after Morocco failed to land the 2026 World Cup.

Russia start with a bang

Russia start with a bang

Russia launched the World Cup in emphatic style on Thursday when they outclassed a feeble Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament’s opening match to end a nine-month winless run and give the host nation’s team and fans the lift they desperately needed.

Egypt continue broadcasting challenge

Egypt continue broadcasting challenge

Egypt has said it will “oblige” FIFA to allow it to broadcast 22 matches of the 2018 World Cup which begins in Russia on Thursday, challenging the control of global soccer’s governing body over broadcasting rights.

Hierro catapulted into middle of Spanish mess

Hierro catapulted into middle of Spanish mess

At midday on Tuesday, Spain’s biggest worry heading into their crucial World Cup opener with Portugal on Friday was who would make their talent-filled team.

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