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Vive la France!

MOSCOW (AFP) – France celebrated their second World Cup win 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, overcoming a passionate Croatia side, 4-2, in one of the most gripping finals in recent history. The breathless victory under stormy skies at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium means Didier Deschamps’ side – balancing youthful zest and tournament nous […]

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MOSCOW (AFP) – Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic insisted fatigue will not be an issue for the biggest game of his career despite being pushed to three periods of extra-time to make Sunday’s World Cup final. Barcelona’s Rakitic will make his 71st appearance of the season against France in Moscow after winning a La Liga and […]

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Day of reckoning: France, Croatia seek World Cup glory

MOSCOW (AFP) – France fine-tuned their preparations for the World Cup final against Croatia on Friday, desperate to overcome the bitter disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final as FIFA declared Russia 2018 the best-ever tournament. Didier Deschamps’ team are firm favourites to win Sunday’s showpiece in Moscow and become world champions for the second […]

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It’s all about pride as England eyes 3rd

SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate admits the World Cup third-place play-off is a game that no team wants to play, but Saturday’s match against Belgium offers the chance to finish the tournament on a winning note. A gut-wrenching 2-1 loss to Croatia after extra-time denied England a shot at a second World […]

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FIFA World Cup: France reaches final

SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) – France reached the World Cup final for a third time as a header from Samuel Umtiti gave the 1998 champions a 1-0 victory against a vibrant Belgium team on Tuesday. The tournament favorites must wait 24 hours to discover whether they will play England or Croatia in Sunday’s final in Moscow’s […]

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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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