Anti-Kremlin protesters invade pitch during World Cup final

Anti-Kremlin protesters invade pitch during World Cup final

Stewards chase pitch invaders. (REUTERS/Carl Recine)   MOSCOW, July 15 (Reuters): The World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow was briefly interrupted when three intruders affiliated to anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot ran onto the pitch before being hauled off by stewards.   The pitch invaders, who were dressed in police-style outfits, were […]

Mandzukic sends Croatia to historic World Cup final

Mandzukic sends Croatia to historic World Cup final

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring their second goal with team-mates. (Reuters/Carl Recine)   Since their dream run to the last four in 1998, their first tournament as an independent nation, Croatia have failed to get past the group stage, with every subsequent failing team being compared unfavourably with the heroes of France   MOSCOW,  July […]

Trippier free kick gives England halftime lead

Trippier free kick gives England halftime lead

England’s Kieran Trippier taking the free kick. (REUTERS/Carl Recine)   MOSCOW,  July 11 (Reuters): England led Croatia 1-0 at halftime in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday after Kieran Trippier got them off to a flying start by scoring from a free kick after five minutes.   Trippier curled the ball over the Croatia wall and into the […]

#WaistcoatWednesday: England fans suit up ahead of World Cup semi-final

#WaistcoatWednesday: England fans suit up ahead of World Cup semi-final

England  Manager Gareth Southgate (REUTERS/John Sibley/Files)   LONDON , July 11 (Reuters): The mission? To support England’s bid to win a first World Cup since 1966. The method? To wear a waistcoat for Wednesday’s semi-final match against Croatia.   It might sound a stretch, but some England fans want matchday in Moscow dubbed ‘Waistcoat Wednesday’ […]

World Cup 2018: Modric shines again but team mates must do more

World Cup 2018: Modric shines again but team mates must do more

Croatia’s Luka Modric and Dejan Lovren celebrate after the match against Russia. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)   SOCHI, July 8 (Reuters): Croatia progressed to the semi-finals of the World Cup after a second successive penalty shootout on Saturday but their inability to put away another unimpressive team over 90 minutes and extra time is a major worry […]

World Cup 2018: Croatia end Russia’s World Cup dream on penalties

World Cup 2018: Croatia end Russia’s World Cup dream on penalties

Croatia players celebrate winning the penalty shootout against Russia at Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia on July 7. (REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)   SOCHI, July 7 (Reuters): Croatia ended Russia’s unlikely World Cup dream when they won 4-3 on penalties to eliminate the gallant hosts after a dramatic quarter-final ended 2-2 after extra time on Saturday.   Ivan Rakitic […]

World Cup 2018: On train to Sochi, Russia fans eye semi-final spot

World Cup 2018:  On train to Sochi, Russia fans eye semi-final spot

Soccer Football – World Cup – Round of 16 – Spain vs Russia – Moscow, Russia – July 1, 2018. Russian supporters celebrate the victory in a fan zone. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo)   MOSCOW, July 6 (Reuters): When he bought a ticket last year for a World Cup quarter-final in Sochi, Russian soccer fan Yevgeny […]

World Cup 2018: Captain Modric dreaming of Croatia’s fairytale finish in Russia

World Cup 2018: Captain Modric dreaming of Croatia’s fairytale finish in Russia

Croatia’s Luka Modric during training ahead of World Cup quarter-final in Sochi, Russia  on July 5, 2018 (Reuters Photo)   SOCHI, July 6 (Reuters):  Luka Modric has already done enough at the World Cup to upstage some top names in contemporary soccer but when he steps into the Fisht Stadium by the Black Sea on Saturday against Russia, he will have […]