Preview: We’re not favourites but anything can happen – Panama coach

18 June 2018, 3:51 PM
World Cup debutants Panama played down expectations on Sunday, with coach Hernan Gomez admitting they are definitely not favourites to beat Belgium in their opening game.
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Preview: Japan v Senegal Factbox 23 June 2018, 9:30 PM

Japan play Senegal in a Group H match in Yekaterinburg on Sunday. Where: Ekaterinburg Arena Capacity: 35,696 When: Sunday, 2000 local time (1500 GMT, 11 AM ET) Referee: To be announced. Key stats: * Japan opened their campaign with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Colombia on Tuesday to become the first Asian side to beat […]

Preview: Confident Japan keen to flaunt attack against Senegal 23 June 2018, 9:30 PM

Japan will look to further explore their attacking potential when they face Senegal in a battle of the surprise contenders to advance to the knockout stage from Group H on Sunday.

Preview: England v Panama Factbox 23 June 2018, 7:00 PM

England play Panama in a World Cup Group G match on Sunday.

Preview: England must be more clinical against Panama 23 June 2018, 6:28 PM

England need to be more clinical if they are to take care of Panama in their second game in Group G and put themselves on the brink of qualification to the knockout stage.

Preview: Germany v Sweden Factbox 23 June 2018, 4:25 PM

Germany play Sweden in a World Cup Group F match on Saturday. Where: Fisht Stadium, Sochi Capacity: 48,000 When: Saturday June 23, 20:00 local Key stats: *If Germany lose to Sweden and Mexico earn at least one point against South Korea then the reigning world champions will have been eliminated in the group stage for […]

Preview: Eighty years in the making, Germany’s stellar record in peril 23 June 2018, 6:04 AM

Germany's phenomenal World Cup consistency means the reigning world champions have not been eliminated in the tournament's group stage for the last 80 years - but that could all change on Saturday.

Shaqiri snatches last-minute win for Swiss over Serbia 22 June 2018, 10:35 PM

A thunderous strike by Granit Xhaka and a superb last-minute breakaway goal by Xherdan Shaqiri gave Switzerland a dramatic 2-1 win over Serbia in a swashbuckling World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Preview: Mexicans wait to see what Osorio will pull out of the hat 22 June 2018, 9:20 PM

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio will take charge of his side for the 50th time when they side face South Korea at the World Cup on Saturday and his past record suggests there is every chance he will field his 50th different line-up.

Preview: South Korea v Mexico Factbox 22 June 2018, 9:00 PM

South Korea play Mexico in a World Cup Group F match on Saturday.

Preview: Belgium v Tunisia Factbox 22 June 2018, 8:31 PM

Belgium play Tunisia in a Group G match in Moscow on Saturday.

Preview: Tunisia set to test Belgium’s cup-winning credentials 22 June 2018, 8:24 PM

Belgium's credentials as a genuine outside bet for World Cup success face a tougher examination against Tunisia on Saturday after a relatively sedate opening against Panama.

Nigeria bounce back at World Cup to beat Iceland 2-0 22 June 2018, 7:34 PM

Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday to revive their hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russia, as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals.

Preview: Serbia and Switzerland look to continue Group E shake-up 22 June 2018, 5:05 PM

A topsy-turvy Group E could be thrown into further disorder when Serbia and Switzerland clash on Friday in a contest that could put one team on the brink of advancing to the knockout round.

Preview: Serbia v Switzerland Factbox 22 June 2018, 4:55 PM

Switzerland play Serbia in a World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 in tense encounter 22 June 2018, 4:19 PM

Brazil got two goals in stoppage time to give them a deserved 2-0 win over Costa Rica in a tense World Cup Group E encounter on Friday.

Preview: Iceland step into the heat for Nigeria showdown 21 June 2018, 10:42 PM

Iceland will try not to melt in the fierce heat of Volgograd when they take on Nigeria in only their second ever World Cup match on Friday after impressively holding twice champions Argentina to a draw at the weekend. World Cup debutants Iceland are dreaming of the knockout stage and writing a new chapter in […]

Preview: Nigeria v Iceland Factbox 21 June 2018, 8:59 PM

Nigeria play Iceland in a World Cup Group D match in Volgograd on Friday.

Preview: Brazil v Costa Rica Factbox 21 June 2018, 7:58 PM

Brazil have not lost in their last 13 competitive matches. They will play Costa Rica in a World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Teenager Mbappe sends France through as Peru knocked out 21 June 2018, 7:16 PM

Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest scorer at a World Cup when he earned Les Bleus a 1-0 win against Peru in their second Group C game, sending the South Americans out of the tournament on Thursday.

Preview: Argentina’s Messi seeks redemption against dangerous Croatia 21 June 2018, 5:24 PM

Stung by his failure to score a penalty and avert a disappointing draw against Iceland, Argentina's brilliant forward and captain Lionel Messi would love to make amends in their World Cup Group D match against Croatia on Thursday.

Preview: Argentina v Croatia Factbox 21 June 2018, 5:11 PM

Croatia have sent home striker Nikola Kalinic after he refused to come on as a substitute in the opening game.

Germany won’t change much despite poor start: Sweden scout 21 June 2018, 4:02 PM

Sweden scout Roger Sandberg is not expecting Germany to make many changes for their World Cup game on Saturday, despite the world champions' flat performance in a 1-0 defeat by Mexico in their opening match.

Neymar returns to training day after recovering from sore ankle 20 June 2018, 10:36 PM

Brazilian forward Neymar was back training normally on Wednesday, a day after sitting out Tuesday's session because of a sore right ankle.

Spain beat Iran 1-0 with Costa’s third goal of World Cup 20 June 2018, 10:13 PM

Spain squeezed 1-0 past dogged Iran in their World Cup Group B encounter on Wednesday thanks to a fortuitous goal from Diego Costa, but the Europeans suffered a string of second-half scares.

Preview: France vs Peru Factbox 20 June 2018, 9:30 PM

France will qualify for the knockout phase if both they and Demark win their second Group C matches. The 1998 champions will also go through if they win and Denmark draw with Australia.

Preview: France wary of Peru as they seek second Group C win 20 June 2018, 8:51 PM

After struggling to beat Australia in their opening World Cup Group C game, France will not be relishing the challenge of facing Peru on Thursday as they have often struggled to make an impact against Latin American opposition.

Preview: Denmark v Australia Factbox 20 June 2018, 6:41 PM

Denmark play Australia in a World Cup Group C match on Thursday. Where: Samara Arena, Samara Capacity: 41,970 When: Thursday June 21, 16:00 local (1300 GMT/0900 ET) Key stats: * Denmark have progressed from the Group Stage of the World Cup on three occasions. They have only failed to once, in 2010. * 19-year-old Australian […]

Preview: Denmark must improve to overcome dogged Aussies 20 June 2018, 6:35 PM

Denmark’s talisman Christian Eriksen knows his side must rediscover the attacking dynamism of their qualifying campaign if they are to follow up on their opening victory over Peru with a win against Australia in Samara on Thursday.

Analysis: Ponderous Portugal spared embarrassment by Morocco’s profligacy 20 June 2018, 6:14 PM

European champions Portugal were let off the hook by Morocco's wasteful finishing and another Cristiano Ronaldo moment as they notched up a fortuitous victory in the World Cup on Wednesday.

Preview: Germany loss a warning for Spain ahead of Iran clash 20 June 2018, 5:11 PM

Spain came through a tough World Cup opener against Portugal in impressive style as the aftershocks of the sacking of their coach were still reverberating and they will need to keep the pedal firmly to the floor when they meet Iran on Wednesday.