Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo battle raging at World Cup as Portugal win Argentina struggle

ESPN FC’s Stewart Robson and Alexis Nunes look ahead to Denmark-Australia, France-Peru, Argentina-Croatia and predict who’ll come out on top. ESPN’s Alison Bender catches up with a Spanish fan who embarked on a 74-day journey, cycling from Valencia to Moscow without a match ticket. The FC crew take a comprehensive […]

Dani Carvajal returns to Spain lineup against Iran

Spain’s Diego Costa admits he hasn’t been at his best recently but is trying very hard to prove he is the best striker in the squad. ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes look ahead to Portugal-Morocco, Uruguay-Saudi Arabia and Iran-Spain and predict who’ll come out on top. KAZAN, Russia […]

Liverpool’s World Cup contingent experiencing mixed results in Russia

After Russia’s big win over Egypt, the FC crew assess what’s going right for the hosts and reflect on Egypt’s choice to rest Mo Salah vs. Uruguay. Liverpool have eight players competing at the World Cup, but if Jurgen Klopp has his way, it could be 11 by the time […]

Luis Suarez strike can’t mask Uruguay shortcomings in nervy win vs Saudi Arabia

Luis Suarez’s first-half goal means Uruguay and Russia advance into the second round ensuring Saudi Arabia and Egypt are eliminated. World Cup: Luis Suarez (23′) Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia ROSTOV-ON-DON – Three quick thoughts on Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia in Group A at the World Cup on Wednesday afternoon. 1. […]

VAR at the World Cup: A timeline of the tournament

Shaka Hislop breaks down Sweden’s hard-fought 1-0 win over South Korea decided by Andreas Granqvist’s VAR-awarded penalty. Video assistant referees (VARs) have hit the headlines in Russia.  We look at every decision a referee has had to make when directed to review an incident on the monitor at the side […]

Uruguay into knockouts with win vs Saudi Arabia; Russia advance

Uruguay Saudi Arabia 1 0 FT Match 18 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats World Cup: Luis Suarez (23') Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia Uruguay booked their place in the knockout stage with a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov on Wednesday. The […]

Argentina vs. Croatia – Football Match Preview – June 21, 2018

By Andrew Cawthorne NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 20 (Reuters) – Argentina’s coach urged fans on Wednesday to stop blaming Lionel Messi when games do not go to script and instead appreciate all their captain has done for the national side over the years. Messi was furious with himself for missing […]

Thomas Delaney could be leading U.S. not Denmark at World Cup in alternate universe

ESPN FC’s Stevie Nicol discusses what he learned about a ‘spirited’ Peru outfit and how Denmark’s performance alters his outlook on Group C. Thomas Delaney might not have been at the World Cup. Not because Denmark coach Age Hareide was on the fence about picking him; after a season in […]

Portugal ‘lost control of the game’ in win vs. Morocco – Fernando Santos

As Morocco become the first team to exit the World Cup, Andrew Kabuura and Daniel Amokachi break down how Cristiano Ronaldo was able to lead Portugal to a win. MOSCOW — Portugal inexplicably lost control of the game in their 1-0 Group B victory over Morocco on Wednesday and were […]

Serbia vs. Switzerland – Football Match Preview – June 22, 2018

By Steve Keating KALININGRAD, Russia, June 20 (Reuters) – A topsy-turvy Group E could be thrown into further disorder when Serbia and Switzerland clash on Friday in a contest that could put one team on the brink of advancing to the knockout round. A group that was supposed to see […]

Senegal and Poland fans clash in brawl at Antwerp World Cup screening

Chairs and benches were thrown among Poland and Senegal fans during their World Cup Group H opener. Dozens of football fans scuffled and threw chairs after a live screening of Poland’s 2-1 World Cup defeat to Senegal at a Belgian outdoor cafe. A police spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday that […]

France vs. Peru – Football Match Preview – June 21, 2018

By Mark Trevelyan YEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 20 (Reuters) – Underdogs Peru are capable of beating anyone at the World Cup and will not allow France to bully them in their Group C clash, coach Ricardo Gareca said on Wednesday. Gareca said the Incas, who played some attractive soccer in going […]

Barcelona interest in Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic is flattering – agent

ESPN FC’s Seb Salazar and Herc Gomez debate whether or not a move to Barcelona for Hirving Lozano would make sense for both club and the player. ESPN FC’s Seb Salazar and Herc Gomez address Hirving Lozano to Barcelona rumours and delve into Juan Carlos Osorio’s potential starting XI versus […]

Cristiano Ronaldo surpasses Ferenc Puskas as Portugal beat Morocco

Cristiano Ronaldo has broken Ferenc Puskás’ European goalscoring record in Portugal’s match against Morocco at the 2018 World Cup. World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo (4′) Portugal 1-0 Morocco MOSCOW – Three quick points on Portugal 1-0 Morocco in Group B at the World Cup on Wednesday afternoon. 1. Ronaldo the record […]

Portugal vs. Morocco – Football Match Report – June 20, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal in two World Cup matches as Portugal won 1-0 against a Morocco side that created plenty of chances but were eliminated from the tournament. Morocco made a bright start and threatened inside the opening couple of minutes when Noureddine Amrabat crossed and Hakim Ziyech […]

Cristiano Ronaldo records Real Madrid and Portugal legend by the numbers

World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo (4′) Portugal 1-0 Morocco After two very different opening World Cup matches, the FC guys talk about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s differing roles for their national teams. Cristiano Ronaldo’s astonishing career reached new highs on Wednesday with his goal against Morocco at the World Cup. […]

England and Ireland should explore joint 2030 World Cup bid – Sepp Blatter

Steve McManaman explains the importance of England’s win over Tunisia, and the FC crew rate Harry Kane’s performance in his World Cup debut. Mark Ogden feels the lack of transport available around Russia could be the reason for so few England fans making the trip to Russia. England deserve to […]

Marouane Fellaini of all people proves to be top finisher at Belgium training

Marouane Fellaini usually scores with his head but at Belgium training he proved he’s capable of more than just headers. Belgium’s stars earned a peaceful day off after their 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama Monday night. The players arrived back to their hotel in Moscow early Tuesday morning and […]

Bernd Leno expected to be Petr Cech understudy at Arsenal after Emery’s gamble

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on how Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira would fit in at the Emirates. Next season, Arsenal will have a new No.1. Unfortunately for new signing Bernd Leno, it’s not him. After three years wearing the No.33 shirt, Petr Cech has finally assumed the prestigious […]

Peru’s World Cup fans in Russia enjoying the trip of a lifetime

ESPN’s Sebastian Salazar revealed how Peru fans are celebrating competing in their first World Cup since 1982. Peru were left to lament Christian Cueva’s first-half penalty miss when Yussuf Poulsen’s tidy finish proving enough for Denmark. The World Cup no longer serves as a reference of football’s top quality or […]