Belgium see far beyond Monday's World Cup opener against debutants Panama but need a solid win to settle nerves and rack up goal difference as a "golden generation" of club greats seek finally to deliver as a team.
Sweden play South Korea in a Group F match in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday.
Belgium play Panama in a Group G match in Sochi on Monday.
Germany were stunned 1-0 by Mexico in the opening game of their World Cup defence on Sunday as Hirving Lozano finished off a sharp counter-attack that exposed the ragged defending that the four-times winners had displayed in their warm-up games.
Aleksandar Kolarov produced a moment of captain's inspiration, curling home a superb free kick as Serbia got their World Cup Group E campaign up and running with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday.
Five-times World Cup winners and tournament favourites Brazil play Switzerland in a Group E match on Sunday. Where: Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don Capacity: 45,000 When: Sunday June 17, 2100 local (1800 GMT/1400 ET) Key stats: – Brazil are the narrow favourites to lift the trophy for what would be a record-extending sixth time. They are targeting […]
Brazil have shown all the signs they can rule the world yet again in Russia but they must make their excellent preparations count in their World Cup Group E opener against a resilient Switzerland side on Sunday in Rostov.
When shy youngster Sadio Mane turned up in Dakar far from his home town, nobody imagined that one day he would become a globally renowned forward for Senegal and Liverpool.
Croatia midfielder Luka Modric suggested that his team's 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday had turned up the heat on Group D favourites Argentina who were held to a tame 1-1 draw by Iceland earlier in the day.
An own goal and a penalty gave Croatia a comfortable start to their World Cup campaign as they beat a limp Nigeria 2-0 in their Group D clash at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday.
World champions Germany know they must up their game when they kick off their world title defence against Mexico on Sunday if they are to confirm their status as tournament favourites. The Germans played a perfect qualification winning all 10 games, conceding just four goals in the process, and also clinched the Confederations Cup IN […]
World champions Germany play Mexico in a Group F match in Moscow on Sunday.
Serbia and Costa Rica begin their World Cup campaigns on Sunday with the teams likely to adopt contrasting approaches to making the most of their limited resources at the tournament.
Yussuf Poulsen bounced back from conceding a penalty to score the goal that gave Denmark a hard-fought 1-0 win in their World Cup Group C clash against a Peru side who were left to rue Christian Cueva's costly spot-kick miss in the first half.
Costa Rica play Serbia in a World Cup Group E match in Samara on Sunday.
Argentina were too ponderous in midfield and lacked creativity, coach Jorge Sampaoli said in a blunt assessment of their failure to beat Iceland in their opening World Cup match on Saturday.
With Egypt and Morocco failing to register wins in their opening Fifa World Cup matches, the spotlight from the African perspective will be on Nigeria.
Dark horse Croatia take on spirited Nigeria in a World Cup opener on Saturday that could leave one side fighting for their tournament lives in the Group of Death.
Nigeria was the first nation to qualify from Africa for the 2018 tournament, finishing top of a group featuring Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria.
Peru's long-awaited return to the World Cup could turn sour at the Mordovia Arena against Denmark on Saturday if they cannot keep playmaker Christian Eriksen in check and fail to nullify their opponents' height advantage.
Denmark will play Peru in their World Cup Group C match in Saransk on Saturday.
Iceland were holding Argentina 1-1 at halftime in their World Cup Group D match on Saturday after Alfred Finnbogason hit back to cancel out Sergio Aguero’s opener for the South Americans. Aguero fired Argentina ahead in the 19th minute, finishing brilliantly on the turn from 12 metres, but they kept the lead for only four […]
Sergio Aguero was chosen as Argentina’s centre-forward ahead of Gonzalo Higuain for their World Cup Group D match against Iceland at the Spartak Stadium on Saturday. It was a bold move by Coach Jorge Sampaoli as Aguero underwent a knee surgery in mid-April and was included in the Argentina squad despite doubts about his fitness, […]
Soccer's governing body FIFA on Friday accused television channel BeoutQ, which is widely available in Saudi Arabia, of illegally broadcasting the opening games of the World Cup.
Lionel Messi's bid for World Cup redemption begins Saturday when he leads Argentina against an unfancied Iceland side intent on springing a surprise in their first appearance on football's biggest stage.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man and where football is concerned there is no man quite like Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid forward was superb in Portugal’s 3-3 World Cup draw with Spain on Friday, giving his team the perfect start with a penalty, putting them 2-1 ahead and popping up at the death, cool […]
The 2018 Forever Resort Swadini cycle tour for veterans and juniors started in earnest on Friday morning.
The South African national rugby team has the opportunity this weekend to settle the three match test series against England when the two sides face off in the second test in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Argentine will play Iceland in a Group D match in Moscow on Saturday.
Argentina start as hot favourites to beat Iceland in their opening World Cup Group D match on Saturday but the toughest opponent for the runners-up four years ago may be themselves rather than the tiny tournament debutants.