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THURSDAY AT THE 2018 WORLD CUP:

Group C: Denmark v Australia (Samara); France v Peru (Ekaterinburg). Group D: Argentina v Croatia (Nizhny Novgorod) ####################  


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Manager Southgate joins England injury list with dislocated shoulder

ST PETERSBURG: Dele Alli is not England’s only World Cup injury victim – so is manager Gareth Southgate. The 47-year-old dislocated his right shoulder on Wednesday afternoon while out running near the team’s World Cup base in Repino during a scheduled day off from training. On ...
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Ex-FIFA president Blatter happy to be back in town as Cup organisers’ guest

KEIR RADNEDGE in MOSCOW: Sepp Blatter in back in Moscow, three years after his last visit when he was still president of world football federation FIFA. Blatter undertook his last visit for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw in July 2015 at a time when he ...
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England selection posers as Southgate considers Sterling role and Alli injury

ST PETERSBURG: A thigh strain which could keep Dele Alli out of England’s remaining two group games at the World Cup may offer manager Gareth Southgate the opportunity to keep faith with Raheem Sterling. The Manchester City forward has not scored a goal for England for ...
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Chaliapin . . . last resting place in Novodevichy

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA: How one Russian nearly made it to the very first finals in 1930

KEIR RADNEDGE in MOSCOW —- Russia might have been represented at the historic, first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930. In fact a further 28 years passed before the Soviet Union did appear at the finals and never yet have their Russian successors appeared in the ...
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2018 WORLD CUP: If teams are level on points after the groups stage . . .

MOSCOW: If teams finish level on points in the groups at the FIFA World Cup in Russia they will be separated like this: ​Greatest number of points Goal difference in all group matches Goals scored in all group matches If two or more teams are ...
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WEDNESDAY AT THE 2018 WORLD CUP:

Group B: Portugal 1, Morocco 0 (Moscow Luzhniki). Group A: Uruguay 1, Saudi Arabia 0 (Rostov-on-Don). Group B: Iran 0, Spain 1 (Kazan). ##################  


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2018 WORLD CUP: Another decisive strike for Diego Costa as Iran make Spain struggle

KAZAN: Spain scored their first victory of the 2018 World Cup by defeating Iran 1-0 in Group B before  42,000 crowd in Kazan but it was far from easy. Diego Costa scores a fortuitous goal early in the second half – his third of the ...
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2018 WORLD CUP: Ronaldo overtakes Puskas goal record as Portugal end Moroccan dreams

KEIR RADNEDGE in MOSCOW:  Cristiano Ronaldo became European football’s all-time record marksman by heading the single goal which provided Portugal with the 1-0 win which eliminated Morocco from the 2018 World Cup finals in Luzhniki. Ronaldo began the Group B tie where he had left ...
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2018 WORLD CUP: Uruguay to progress after Suarez marks 100th cap by knocking out Saudis

ROSTOV-ON-DON: Uruguay secured their place in the second round of the World Cup and condemned Saudi Arabia to elimination after an uninspiring 1-0 victory in Rostov-on-Don in Group A of the World Cup. Progression for the Celeste is guaranteed whatever the outcome of their concluding ...
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