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World Cup 2018: Costa Rica v Serbia – how did you rate the players?

Media playback is not supported on this device ‘Fantastic’ Kolarov free-kick gives Serbia victory Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov produced the one true moment of quality to give his nation victory over Costa Rica in their opening World Cup Group E game. His superb second-half free-kick proved to be the winner and it earned him star performer […]

‘The night before your first World Cup game is when your nerves are worst’ – Lampard column

Tunisia v England (19:00 BST on Monday, 18 June) How to follow: Watch live on BBC One and the BBC Sport website, listen on BBC Radio 5 live I am confident England will beat Tunisia because we have got better individual players and, as a team, we have looked good in our recent friendlies. But […]

World Cup Catch-Up: Lionel Messi misses on day of penalties

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England must embrace ‘festival of football’ – Southgate

Harry Kane (second from left) will captain England in their first game against Tunisia England manager Gareth Southgate wants his players to embrace Russia’s “festival of football” as they prepare to start their 2018 World Cup campaign against Tunisia. Southgate and his squad flew to Volgograd from their base at Repino on the Gulf of […]

Modric seals Croatia win over Nigeria – highlights & report

Media playback is not supported on this device Highlights: Croatia 2-0 Nigeria Croatia made a winning World Cup start against Nigeria, as Oghenekaro Etebo’s own goal and a Luka Modric penalty decided a poor Group D match in Kaliningrad. Etebo, who joined Stoke City from Portuguese club Feirense for £6.35m on Monday, turned Modric’s first-half […]

Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo: The story so far…

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I didn’t expect to be England’s World Cup manager – Southgate

Captain and manager – Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate will lead England out against Tunisia on Monday England manager Gareth Southgate admits he never wanted or expected to be on the World Cup journey to Russia – but he is now relishing the anticipation and excitement of Monday’s opener against Tunisia. Southgate was handed the […]

Lionel Messi: Argentina star says saved penalty at World Cup ‘hurts’

Media playback is not supported on this device World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi misses penalty against Iceland Lionel Messi says it “hurts” after his penalty was saved during Argentina’s draw with Iceland. The 30-year-old Barcelona star’s second-half spot-kick was easily stopped by opposition keeper Hannes Halldorsson with the score at 1-1. Messi was looking to […]

Denmark punish Peru penalty miss to begin with win – highlights & report

Media playback is not supported on this device World Cup 2018: Peru 0-1 Denmark highlights Denmark began their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory against a Peru side that had earlier missed a penalty. The South Americans were awarded a spot-kick after consultation with the video assistant referee but Christian Cueva, the man fouled, […]

Denmark punish Peru penalty miss to begin with win

Media playback is not supported on this device Poulsen slots home to give Denmark the lead Denmark began their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory against a Peru side that had earlier missed a penalty. The South Americans were awarded a spot-kick after consultation with the video assistant referee but Christian Cueva, the man […]