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 […]

#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’ […]

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 […]

Belgium vs France: St. Petersburg semi-final cast promises footballing theatre

Belgium vs France: St. Petersburg semi-final cast promises footballing theatre

There seems very little to stop Belgium and France producing a World Cup classic in Tuesday’s semi-final   ST PETERSBURG (Russia), July 9 (Reuters): A compelling cast of players, two attacking teams propelled by great pace and a clash between  neighbours to boot.   There seems very little to stop Belgium and France producing a World Cup classic in Tuesday’s semi-final. […]

Chile out to curb Portugal’s Ronaldo in Confederations Cup semi-final

Chile out to curb Portugal’s Ronaldo in Confederations Cup semi-final

Kazan, June 27 (AFP): Copa America champions Chile will try to curb Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final with the goal-ace in rich form despite a tax storm brewing in Spain.   The 32-year-old converted a penalty in Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of New Zealand to claim his 75th international goal. The Real […]