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VAR saves Australia in draw vs. Denmark

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:58:00 PDT

enter site Australia are still in the World Cup as they drew 1-1 with Denmark. The Danes took the lead through Christian Eriksen, but Mile Jedinak equalised from the spot after a VAR review for handball gave a penalty. Nick Miller &#187

Soccer -Neymar fitness not a concern for Brazil coach Tite

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:38:10 PDT

Brazil Costa Rica Fox Sports 1 12:00 PM UTC Match 25 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats By Simon JenningsST PETERSBURG, June 21 (Reuters) - Neymar needs at least five matches to return to top form after a long injury layoff, but Brazil have not asked their talismanic forward to gamble on his fitness just to be improve their chances at the World Cup, coach Tite said on Thursday.The five-times world champions drew their opening Group E game against Switzerland 1-1 and play their second match against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday.Neymar missed a chunk of the season with a fractured...

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Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:34:06 PDT

Germany ace Sami Khedira shuts down Swedish journalist's prank

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:18:00 PDT

Germany's Thomas Muller has called for positivity ahead of their remaining World Cup group games if they are to progress. As we know only too well, even the most studiously planned jokes aren't always guaranteed to hit the mark and deliver the level of laughs you hoped for. Swedish journalist Ludvig Holmberg found that out to his cost when he attempted to prank the Germany players at their World Cup training camp in Vatutinki. With the Germans losing to Mexico in their opening game and set to face Sweden in their second, Holmberg tried to rib Sami Khedira by offering him and his teammates an early plane ticket...

FACTBOX-Soccer-South Korea v Mexico factbox

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:00:00 PDT

South Korea Mexico Fox 6:00 PM UTC Match 28 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 21 (Reuters) - South Korea play Mexico in a World Cup Group F match on Saturday.Where: Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-DonCapacity: 43,472When: Saturday, June 23, 1800 local (1500 GMT/1100 ET)Referee: To be announcedKey stats:- Mexico have reached the last 16 at each of the last six World Cup tournaments.- Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has fielded 49 different line-ups in his 49 matches as coach.- South Korea have qualified for every World Cup since 1986, making it now nine...

PREVIEW-Soccer-Eighty years in the making, Germany's stellar record in peril

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Germany Sweden Fox 3:00 PM UTC Match 27 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats By Karolos GrohmannMOSCOW, June 21 (Reuters) - 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.In every World Cup since 1938 Germany have made it past the group stage. They did not compete at the 1950 tournament as they were banned from entering following the World War Two.Not even five-times champions Brazil can boast such a record, with the South Americans...

PREVIEW-Soccer-Mexicans wait to see what Osorio will pull out of the hat

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:00:00 PDT

South Korea Mexico Fox 6:00 PM UTC Match 28 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 21 (Reuters) - 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.The old rule of not changing a winning team does not apply to the cerebral 57-year-old who likes to keep his opponents -- on this occasion a South Korean side beaten 1-0 by Sweden on Monday -- guessing to see what he will pull...

Real Madrid's Keylor Navas: Julen Lopetegui tried to sign me for Porto

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:47:00 PDT

An emotional Julen Lopetegui discusses the pain of his sacking as Spain manager and the pride he has in accepting the Real Madrid job. The FC crew react to Real Madrid's appointment of Julen Lopetegui as manager, questioning the timing as he prepares to lead Spain at the World Cup. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the tricky situation Julen Lopetegui finds himself in as he coaches Spain before taking over at Real Madrid. Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has said new coach Julen Lopetegui once tried to sign him for Porto. Costa Rica international Navas, 31, has been the subject of speculation about his future despite winning the Champions League in each of the last three seasons. Madrid are reported to be interested in signing Roma's Alisson, Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois or Manchester United's David De Gea in the summer. But Costa Rica international Navas told La Nacion he had no fear of competition and said he...

Belgium fans could be fined for displaying branded flags

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:38:00 PDT

The FC crew try not to read too much into Belgium's win over Panama, before homing in on Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku's respective roles. Shaka Hislop gives his verdict on how impressive Romelu Lukaku and Belgium were to dispatch Panama and avoid an early World Cup slip-up. Belgium fans could be fined for flying their nation's flag during the World Cup. Brewery AB InBev has produced a version of Belgium's tricolour flag stamped with the logo of their most famous beer, Jupiler, which has been rebranded as Belgium for the duration of the tournament. However, supporters wishing to show their colours by displaying the branded flag could fall foul of local laws on advertising if they do not pay a tax. "If the mayor doesn't respect the tax, even though it's applicable in...

Argentina fans steal the show with deafening chant before Croatia showdown

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:37:00 PDT

Despite Argentina stumbling to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Iceland in their World Cup opener, it doesn't appear to have had any noticeable negative effect on the mood of their fans. Ahead of the Albiceleste's second group game against Croatia, hundreds of supporters congregated in a shopping mall next to the stadium in Nizhny Novgorod for a prematch sing song. Argentina fans in the shopping centre beside Nizhny stadium. The sound of them pic.twitter.com/KQiHT8lJaV— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) June 21, 2018 Indeed, it wasn't long before the decibel level was ramped up even further as the fans continued to chant in unison. Getting louder pic.twitter.com/zKQhyORKJz— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) June 21, 2018 "So loud. Will...

Colombian World Cup reporter groped during broadcast: 'We have to respect each other'

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:30:00 PDT

Cristiano Ronaldo broke another record versus Morocco, Luis Suarez led Uruguay past Saudi Arabia and much more headline Matchday 7. Ronaldo breaks top international goalscoring record at World Cup, while his arch-rival Messi is expected to carry Argentina through to a much needed victory. Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international goalscorer with this diving header in Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco. The Sportscenter Mexico crew discuss El Tri's latest fine for "discriminatory and insulting chants" against Germany and how to stop them. A Colombian television reporter who was groped and kissed by a passerby while reporting from Moscow during a live World Cup broadcast last week has told ESPN she felt "humiliated" by the incident, and she urged people to "respect each other" as a way to tackle other examples of "chauvinism" in society. Julieth Gonzalez Theran was reporting live for the German outlet Deutsche Welle's Spanish-language channel before last Thursday's World Cup opener between Russia and Saudi Arabia. She had only been...

Daniel Arzani impresses but Socceroos slack in attack against Denmark

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:23:00 PDT

Australia's World Cup dreams remain just about intact after an entertaining 1-1 draw vs' Denmark. World Cup: Mile Jedinak (38') Denmark 1-1 Australia World Cup: Christian Eriksen (7') Denmark 1-0 Australia An exceptionally hard-working performance from Australia helped break down a stingy Denmark defence, but a slow start meant that the game finished 1-1, leaving the Socceroos in danger of missing out on the round of 16. Bert van Marwijk's men really needed to capitalise on a strong second half by scoring a winner, but were ultimately let down by their average finishing. Positives The Socceroos became the first team to score against Denmark in six matches, albeit from a controversial penalty decision...

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