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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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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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