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World Cup: Lukaku Scores Twice As Belgium Prove Too Strong For Panama

Romelu Lukaku netted a brace as a much-improved second-half performance gave Belgium an ultimately comfortable 3-0 victory over tournament debutants Panama in their World Cup opener in Sochi on Monday. A moment of inspiration from Dries Mertens set the Belgians on their way two minutes after the break, his volley breaking the deadlock after a …

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World Cup 2018: Ighalo Faults Rohr’s Formation In Nigeria’s 2-0 Loss To Croatia

Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo has faulted Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr’s 3-2-3-1 formation that places him as a lone striker. The Chinese-based forward struggled to find his shape as Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 in the opening Group D match on Saturday. The loss put Nigerians in bad mood and threatens the team’s chances of progressing …

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Brilliant Mexico Stun Champions Germany

Defending champions Germany made a disastrous start to their bid to win back-to-back World Cups with a shock defeat by Mexico. Hirving Lozano’s first-half goal was the difference between the two sides in an enthralling encounter in Moscow, but the surprising result was not the only concern for Germany coach Joachim Low. His disjointed side …

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GROUP E: Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia

Aleksandar Kolarov scored a spectacular free-kick to give Serbia a deserved victory in their opening World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica. According to BBC, Serbia captain Kolarov – the former Manchester City defender – scored from 25 yards when he curled the ball over the Costa Rica wall. Kolarov’s effort had sufficient bend …

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UPDATED: Russia 2018 World Cup: Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo in the 32 minutes and a second-half Luka Modric penalty in the 72 minutes ensured that Croatia earned a win against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday. Croatia top Group D while Argentina are joint second with Iceland on one point each. Nigeria are last in the group …

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Ronaldo Scores Hat-Trick Against Spain As World Cup Lifts Off

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a magnificent hat-trick on Friday to rescue a point for Portugal against Spain in the dying minutes as the World Cup in Russia caught alight. Ronaldo’s 51st career hat-trick in the 3-3 draw cancelled out two goals from Diego Costa and a strike from Nacho just as Spain looked like putting their …

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Russia Hammer S’Arabia 5-0 In World Cup Opener

Russia kicked off their World Cup in style on Thursday, thumping Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of an ecstatic crowd in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially opened the tournament. Putin told the 80,000-strong crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium before the match kicked off: “I congratulate all of you at the start of the most important …

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Real Madrid To Unveil Lopetegui As New Coach At 1700 GMT

Just a day after he was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui arrived in Madrid on Thursday where he will be officially presented as Real Madrid’s new manager. Lopetegui landed at Madrid’s Barajas airport just before 5 am (0300 GMT). He will be officially presented as Real new …

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World Cup 2018: Football Showpiece Set To Begin In Russia

The 2018 FIfA World Cup gets under way on Thursday when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia following an opening ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Football’s showpiece event features 32 teams, including holders Germany, competing in 64 games over 32 days. The 21st edition will be played out in 12 stadiums, across 11 cities, spread over …

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US, Mexico and Canada To Host 2026 World Cup

The United States, Mexico and Canada won the right to host the 2026 World Cup after easily beating Morocco in a vote by FIFA member nations on Wednesday. The joint North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the ballot at a FIFA Congress held in Moscow on the …

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