France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

France substitutes run onto the pitch as they celebrate winning the World Cup REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov   MOSCOW, July 15  (Reuters):  France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years.   The French, playing their third World Cup final, […]

Buyan the bear predicts Croatia will beat France in World Cup final

Buyan the bear predicts Croatia will beat France in World Cup final

Buyan, a male Siberian brown bear, chooses Croatia while attempting to predict the result of the soccer World Cup final match between France and Croatia during an event at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia July 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin   KRASNOYARSK, July 15 (Reuters): Buyan, a brown bear kept in a Siberian zoo, […]

Croatia fans eclipse low-key French in Moscow final build-up

Croatia fans eclipse low-key French in Moscow final build-up

Supporters of team Croatia cheer during a gathering before the match in the city centre. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich   MOSCOW, July 15 (Reuters): Scores of Croatian fans took to the streets of Moscow on Sunday ahead of their country’s first ever World Cup final appearance, cheering and waving flags in anticipation of the historic match against […]

Belgium third in World Cup after 2-0 win over England

Belgium third in World Cup after 2-0 win over England

England’s Harry Kane and Belgium’s Mousa Dembele embrace at the end of the match. (REUTERS/Henry Romero)   ST PETERSBURG, July 14 (Reuters):  Belgium finished third in the World Cup, their best-ever performance, when they beat England 2-0 with an early Thomas Meunier goal and a breakaway finished by Eden Hazard in Saturday’s playoff between the […]

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 […]

‘France were lucky,’ Belgian PM tells Macron

‘France were lucky,’ Belgian PM tells Macron

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel speaks with the media as he arrives at the Alliance’s headquarters ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium on  July 11.(REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi)   BRUSSELS, July 11 (Reuters): The Belgian prime minister told French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday that France had been very fortunate to beat Belgium and reach the […]

France holds collective breath as World Cup feats fuel joy and hope

France holds collective breath as World Cup feats fuel joy and hope

France fans react on the Champs-Elysees, Paris after defeating Belgium in their World Cup semi-final match on July 10. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)   PARIS, July 11 (Reuters): Millions of jaded but jubilant French were recovering on Wednesday after a night of celebration following the team’s 1-0 World Cup semi-final win against Belgium, a victory that has […]

Umtiti header sends France into World Cup final

Umtiti header sends France into World Cup final

Samuel Umtiti celebrates after scoring the goal. (REUTERS/Lee Smith)   ST PETERSBURG, July 10 (Reuters: Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final on Tuesday.   Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as […]

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

The general view Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg Russia during training on July 9. REUTERS/Michael Dalder Photo)   PARIS/BRUSSELS, July 10 (Reuters): It’s a showdown between “Asterix” and “Tintin”. Les Bleus (The Blues) versus Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils). France against Belgium. The World Cup equivalent of a local derby, with a heavy dose […]

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