French prodigy Mbappe continues his steady rise

French prodigy Mbappe continues his steady rise

France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their third goal (REUTERS)   ROSTOV-ON-DON, July 1 (Reuters): At 19, Kylian Mbappe has already achieved something neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi have ever managed to do by scoring in a World Cup knockout game, triggering some big comparisons as Les Bleus beat Argentina 4-3 to reach the last […]

Argentina defeat marks end of an era for two-time champs

Argentina defeat marks end of an era for two-time champs

Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts (REUTERS/File Photo)   SOCHI, July 2 (Reuters): Argentinian headlines may have been dominated by the enigma that is Lionel Messi, tactical turmoil in the team and the Messianic Maradona in the background – but all that is history now as elimination by France spells the end of an era for the […]

Uruguay’s dedication and commitment key to victory – Tabarez

Uruguay’s dedication and commitment key to victory – Tabarez

Uruguay’s Diego Godin and Luis Suarez celebrate after the match. (REUTERS)   SOCHI, Julu 1 (Reuters): Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez lauded his side’s dedication and commitment on Saturday after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Portugal took them into the quarter-finals of the World Cup.   Edinson Cavani, who failed to finish the match after suffering […]

Mbappe double sees France past Argentina in 4-3 thriller

Mbappe double sees France past Argentina in 4-3 thriller

France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Ousmane Dembele (REUTERS)   KAZAN, June 30 (Reuters): Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four minutes to send France charging into the World Cup quarter-finals and Lionel Messi home with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina on Saturday.   The 19-year-old forward’s electric pace caused […]

World Cup 2018: Saudis stun Egypt 2-1 in World Cup farewell despite Salah strike

World Cup 2018: Saudis stun Egypt 2-1 in World Cup farewell despite Salah strike

Saudi Arabia’s Salman Al-Faraj celebrates scoring their first goal from the penalty spot with team mates. (REUTERS)   VOLGOGRAD, June 25  (Reuters):  Saudi Arabia managed their first win at the 2018 World Cup by beating Egypt 2-1 with a last-gasp winner that eclipsed Egyptian talisman Mohamed Salah’s 22nd minute goal in Monday’s Group A game […]

Uruguay punish sluggish Russia to top Group A

Uruguay punish sluggish Russia to top Group A

Russia’s Igor Smolnikov fouls Uruguay’s Diego Laxalt and was shown a second yellow and a subsequent red card. (REUTERS)   SAMARA, June 35 (Reuters):  Uruguay burnished their World Cup credentials with a 3-0 victory over 10-man Russia on Monday, finishing top of Group A with a perfect record while dampening the hopes of the tournament […]

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 […]

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