Mexico close in on last 16 with South Korea win

Mexico close in on last 16 with South Korea win

Mexico’s Carlos Vela scores their first goal from the penalty spot (REUTERS)   ROSTOV-ON-DON, June 23 (Reuters): Carlos Vela’s penalty and a superbly-taken breakaway goal by Javier Hernandez gave Mexico a 2-1 World Cup Group F win over South Korea on Saturday which put them on the brink of a place in the last 16. […]

Unconvincing France beat Peru 1-0 to book last-16 place

Unconvincing France beat Peru 1-0 to book last-16 place

France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their first goal (REUTERS)   YEKATERINBURG, June 21 (Reuters): France beat Peru 1-0 with a goal from Kylian Mbappe on Thursday to book their place in the last 16 of the World Cup and crush the South Americans’ hopes of progressing in their first appearance at the tournament for 36 […]

Vintage Suarez on the spot as Uruguay go through

Vintage Suarez on the spot as Uruguay go through

Uruguay’s Martin Caceres shoots at goal with an overhead kick (REUTERS)   ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 20 (Reuters): Luis Suarez marked his 100th international cap by sending Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup as the striker benefited from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate Saudi Arabia with a 1-0 win on Wednesday.   Suarez […]

World Cup 2018: Ronaldo earns Portugal 1-0 win as Morocco’s hopes end

World Cup 2018: Ronaldo earns Portugal 1-0 win as Morocco’s hopes end

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal (REUTERS)   Becomes Europe’s top scorer Morocco becomes the first team to be eliminated from the tournament   MOSCOW, June 20 (Reuters):  Cristiano Ronaldo powered-home a fourth-minute header to give Portugal a1-0 World Cup victory over Morocco that took them top of Group B on Wednesday and meant the […]

Colombia, weary but brave in defeat, still in with chance

Colombia, weary but brave in defeat, still in with chance

Japan’s Yuya Osako celebrates scoring their second goal (REUTERS)   SARANSK, Russia, June 20 (Reuters): Colombia arrived at the World Cup lauded as one the most attractive teams, spearheaded by the influential James Rodriguez and with expectations of going far in the tournament.   It took just three minutes into Tuesday’s game against underdogs Japan […]

Senegal punish Polish errors to win 2-1 in Group H

Senegal punish Polish errors to win 2-1 in Group H

MOSCOW, June 19 (Reuters): Senegal took full advantage of their opponents’ errors to beat Poland 2-1 in their opening Group H match, finally giving Africa something to cheer about at the World Cup as the group favourites failed to fire.   Leading thanks to a clumsy Thiago Cionek own-goal in a poor first half, M’Baye […]

Japan sink 10-man Colombia in historic win for Asia

Japan sink 10-man Colombia in historic win for Asia

Japan players celebrate after the match (REUTERS)   SARANSK, Russia (Reuters): Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in Group H on Tuesday to become the first Asian side to beat a South American one at the World Cup.   Asian teams had managed three draws in 17 matches against South American sides but the four-times Asian […]

Lukaku double as Belgium outclass brave Panama

Lukaku double as Belgium outclass brave Panama

Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their second goal with Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens (REUTERS)   SOCHI, Russia, June 18 (Reuters): A stunning volley from Dries Mertens and a Romelu Lukaku double broke the resistance of a brave Panama side on their World Cup debut as Belgium cruised to a 3-0 win in their opening […]

England fan ready to fly the flag for gay rights in Russia

England fan ready to fly the flag for gay rights in Russia

England’s fan and LGBT rights campaigner Di Cunningham displays a scarf during an interview with Reuters in Volgograd, Russia, June 18 2018. (REUTERS)   VOLGOGRAD, Russia, June 18 (Reuters): England fan Di Cunningham plans to fly the flag – quite literally – for gay rights in Russia on Monday night, where she will be cheering […]

Technology helps France to 2-1 win over Australia

Technology helps France to 2-1 win over Australia

France’s Kylian Mbappe in action (REUTERS)   KAZAN, Russia, June 16 (Reuters): France needed the help of the first World Cup penalty awarded after a video review and a deflected Paul Pogba goal to get their World Cup campaign underway with a 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.   Striker Antoine Griezmann lashed home the […]