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FIFA World Cup: England, Croatia  in game of death

REPINO, Russia (AFP) – As excitement builds in England in the run-up to the country’s first World Cup semifinal for 28 years, midfielder Dele Alli insists Gareth Southgate’s team are keeping a cool head in their tournament “bubble”. England’s matches so far in Russia have attracted huge television audiences at home and wild celebrations, with […]

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Belgium’s Hazard poses  W’Cup danger to France

SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) – Eden Hazard is one of the French academy system’s finest exports in the past decade but he could be the man to end Didier Deschamps’s bid for World Cup glory. Born to two footballing parents in the Belgian municipality of Braine-le-Comte, Hazard’s reputation spread across the border and saw him snapped […]

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Neymar follows Messi, Ronaldo as Brazil falls

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AFP) – Neymar’s Brazil crashed out of the World Cup on Friday, failing to erase the pain of their humiliation on home soil four years ago as Belgium beat them 2-1 to set up a semifinal against France. The five-time champions came to Russia desperate to make amends for their stunning 7-1 […]

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FIFA World Cup: Croatia out to seize moment

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) – Croatia is targeting the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1998 – when it made their debut as an independent nation on football’s biggest stage. It is unwise to look too far ahead at an event so full of surprises, but will a Croatian team facing host nation Russia […]

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Speed vs defense: Mbappe hopes to lead France over Uruguay

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) – France picked up two trophies in 1998: One, of course, was the country’s only World Cup title, won on home soil. It was also the birth year of Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old who’s emerging as one of the biggest stars of the World Cup. “Well, that was a good year […]

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England ends penalty jinx

MOSCOW (AFP) – England held its nerve against Colombia to win its first ever penalty shootout in a World Cup and reach the quarterfinals in dramatic fashion on Tuesday. Eric Dier scored the decisive spot-kick to win the shootout 4-3 and send Gareth Southgate’s young team through to a meeting with Sweden, who earlier beat […]

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