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World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal as Morocco's Munir Mohamedi picks the ball out of the goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal as Morocco's Munir Mohamedi picks the ball out of the goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Portugal vs Morocco, World Cup 2018 - live score and latest updates as Cristiano Ronaldo scores again
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Portugal vs Morocco, World Cup 2018 - live score and latest updates as Cristiano Ronaldo scores again
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Portugal vs Morocco, World Cup 2018 - live score and latest updates as Cristiano Ronaldo scores again
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Portugal vs Morocco, World Cup 2018 - live score and latest updates as Cristiano Ronaldo scores again
1:44PM 44 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 More smart play by those Moroccan men on the right side. First time, the ball is hacked clear. Second time, the ball is chested back to Patricio to bring an end to the attack. "Guerreiro is making Amrabat look world class," says Martin Keown. 1:42PM 42 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Guedes probably should have done better with that chance. He had a lot of goal to aim at, but stuck it far too close to Mohamedi. 1:40PM 40 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A big chance for Portugal to double their lead! It's come from nothing as Morocco switch off slightly and allow Guedes to latch onto a little Ronaldo dink over the top. The Portugal frontman hits the ball on the run and Mohamedi palms away, moving to his left. Benatia is then booked for a foul on Ronaldo soon after. 1:38PM 38 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A lovely overlap sees Hakimi drive high up the pitch for Morocco, but Boutaib cannot keep hold of the ball inside the Portugal penalty area. Back they come again though and Portugal twice have to hoof the ball clear. 1:36PM 36 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A few fouls coming in from both sides in the middle of the park. Still no yellow cards been shown. Portugal vs Morocco shots on goal 1:32PM 32 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 ... Ronaldo marks out his run-up, pulls up his shorts, puffs his cheeks... and then whacks the ball into the Morocco wall. 1:31PM 31 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are again appealing for a penalty as Fonte crashes into Boutaib inside the penalty area, but the referee isn't interested. Portugal then go straight down the other end and win a free-kick 20 yards out from goal. Step up you know who... 1:30PM 30 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ronaldo has barely got a look for the past 15mins or so. His side just cannot retain possession. Morocco fans at Luzhniki respond to Ronaldo’s complaints by singing ‘Messi, Messi’. An old one but a good one— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) June 20, 2018 1:28PM 28 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Amrabat, playing on the right wing today (he played right-back against Iran) is tearing Guerreiro to pieces every time he gets the ball. He just about wriggles clear of the Portugal left-back, ventures into the Portugal penalty area and then tumbles over as Guerreiro fights back to apply some pressure. It looked as though both players were clinging on to their opposite man and Morocco's penalty appeals are waved away. Correct. No need for VAR to intervene. 1:25PM 25 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A bit of an ouchy for Ronaldo prompts the Portugal star to roll around in howls, while clutching his ankle (which was caught by Benatia). A foul is given, but no card shown, and Ronaldo's recovery is swift - almost like it didn't hurt that much in the first place. 1:23PM 23 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Ziyech, who has been making quite a name for himself at Ajax this season, is causing plenty of problems and this time tries his luck from range. Nothing too troubling for Patricio, but Ziyech is an attacking player of some talent. 1:22PM 22 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Portugal are really struggling to retain possession. Morocco are pressing so high in the opposition half and Portugal are frequently pushed further and further back. Bar the goal, you have to be impressed with how the Moroccans have played so far. 1:19PM 19 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Morocco are continuing to cause all sorts of problems. Amrabat and Dirar link up smartly down the right (where all the problems are coming from), before the Morocco right-back pulls the ball back dangerously into the penalty area, but the shot under pressure flies over the bar. 1:17PM 17 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 BREAKING NEWS: Amrabat has just flung his skull cap towards the bench in disgust, revealing his gloriously shaved bonce. 1:16PM 16 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 This game is very open in these early stages. Neither side is sitting back on the ball, which is making for plenty of action. Morocco are a goal behind but not playing poorly at all. They are pressing with vigour. 1:14PM 14 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 The Moroccans are pushing hard at the moment, forcing Portugal deep inside their own half and winning another corner. It is only half-cleared before being delivered again for Da Costa to head well wide. 1:13PM 13 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 A couple of nice Ronaldo stats: 85 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Portugal player since José Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament. Collection. #POR#MAR#PORMAR#Ronaldo#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/liZrUSyXmq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 1:12PM 11 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Credit to Morocco, they haven't responded too badly to going behind and Amrabat is causing problems against an ageing (actually, very much aged) Portugal defence down the right. The north African side win a corner, which finds Da Costa unmarked in the middle of the box and his header is held on the line by Patricio diving low to his right. 1:10PM 9 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Here comes Ronaldo again. Guerreiro is allowed far, far too much space to bring the ball deep inside Morocco's half. Inside it comes to Ronaldo, who attempts to let fly from the edge of the penalty area but scuffs his shot wide of the post. He's in the mood. 1:07PM 6 mins - Portugal 1 Morocco 0 That was such poor marking and Ronaldo is just too good for that. Morocco's World Cup 2018 future is dangling by a thread. 1:05PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL And you don't even need me to tell you who scored it. The corner is whipped to the edge of the six-yard box where Ronaldo is woefully marked. The Real Madrid man flings himself powerfully at the ball and bullets a header past Mohamedi in goal to put Portugal ahead. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco (Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 min) 1:04PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 Now it is Portugal's turn to venture upfield through Bernardo Silva on the right. He wins a first corner that ends with Guerreiro seeing a shot deflected over for a second corner... 1:02PM 2 mins - Portugal 0 Morocco 0 An early foray forward sees the skull-capped Amrabat deliver a cross from the right. Portugal cannot release the pressure and the ball is worked back into the penalty area from the left where Boutaib meets it and heads over the bar. A lively start from the Moroccans. 1:00PM Kick-off Morocco in red get this match underway. Portugal are in white. Morocco must win to keep their hopes of progressing alive. 12:55PM Game time The teams are out and the anthems are being sung. Almost ready. 12:48PM Bang to the head It had been assumed that Amrabat would not feature for Morocco today after he was forced off during the match with Iran when he bashed his head against the floor and suffered a concussion. However, he has been selected and is wearing a Petr Cech-style skull cap in the warm-up. Unsurprisingly, his inclusion in the starting XI has prompted some raised eyebrows. Nordin Amrabat starts. ����#MOR team doctor - Abderrazak Hifti: "I asked him five questions and he could only answer one, I saw clear symptoms of cerebral concussion.” FIFA concussion protocol. Return to competitive play - 6 days ���� pic.twitter.com/m4xi5Coore— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) June 20, 2018 12:45PM Sun shining on the Luzhniki Credit: reuters Credit: reuters 12:36PM Mismatch? JJ Bull has watched every minute of every match so far at this World Cup, and is thus perfectly placed to tell you who is good and who is rubbish. He has produced a handy guide to all 32 teams, ranking them from worst to best after their opening encounters in Russia. READ IT BY CLICKING HERE. The teams involved in this match are ranked second... and 25th. 12:24PM I see some changes Just the one change from the Portugal side that drew 3-3 with Spain: Joao Mario comes in for Bruno Fernandes on the left wing. Morocco have tinkered a bit more after their shock defeat against Iran, making three changes to the side that started that game. Nabil Dirar and Manuel Da Costa come in, which sees Watford's Nordin Amrabat shifted further forward into a midfield role. Khalid Boutaib replaces Ayoub El Kaabi up top. 12:10PM Here are your teams The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 12:05PM The main man Let's focus a little more on the undoubted star of today's show: CR7. I don't know what you're talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good pic.twitter.com/JIUwQBuqUY— keewa (@keewa) March 29, 2017 Dashing, isn't he? His hat-trick against Spain was phenomenal and broke or matched a number of records: He joined Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose as only the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. He became the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history. At an age when most players are considered either past it or on the decline, Ronaldo has shown no signs of slowing. Consider this: 2006, 2010, 2014 World Cups = 70 shots, 3 goals. 2018 World Cup = 4 shots, 3 goals. Stop him if you can. 11:35AM Ronaldo vs Morocco The meticulously marked out run-up, the ludicrous power pose, the rolled up shorts to expose those bulging thighs, the puff of the cheeks and the fiery stare. Everything about Cristiano Ronaldo's 89th-minute hat-trick goal against Spain last Friday was pure theatre. And wasn't it brilliant? A man who - love him or loathe him - lives for the biggest moments. A man who makes it All. About. Him. And then - THEN - he goes and delivers. If anyone thought Portugal were a one-man team at this World Cup, last Friday's match only reinforced such an opinion. Their 3-3 draw against Spain showcased two things about Portugal's team: Ronaldo's total brilliance and the rest of team's (including your Bernardo Silvas, your Joao Moutinhos etc) bang averageness. That draw means Portugal have emerged from their toughest match of Group B with a point and today they face a Morocco side who were stunned by Iran in their opener. The Moroccans would have come to this World Cup knowing the scale of the task facing them in a group containing Spain and Portugal. The plan: do Iran over and then see if you can get a result against one of the big boys. So much for that. The north African side dominated for much of their opening match, but paid the price for their profligacy in front of goal. Just as it looked like Iran would cling on for an admirable goalless draw, Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz stuck the ball in his own net in the 95th minute to gift the most unlikely of victories. That has left Morocco in a whole heap of bother. Herve Renard knows his side now cannot afford to lose either of their remaining two games against the two heavyweights of the group. These two sides have met once before at a World Cup and it was Morocco who came out on top in a 3-1 win. That was Portugal's only defeat against African opposition at any World Cup and the bookies have Ronaldo and chums as fairly heavy favourites to triumph today.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Germany Press Conference - Sochi, Russia - June 20, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller during the press conference REUTERS/Hannah McKay
World Cup - Germany Press Conference
Soccer Football - World Cup - Germany Press Conference - Sochi, Russia - June 20, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller during the press conference REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Bert van Marwijk is often reluctant to single players out for praise but he believes Aaron Mooy could reach a bigger Premier League club.
Mooy can play at a higher level, says Socceroos boss Van Marwijk
Bert van Marwijk is often reluctant to single players out for praise but he believes Aaron Mooy could reach a bigger Premier League club.
Steven Gerrard will launch his competitive managerial career at home when his Ranger side – currently in the process of a major overhaul – take on FK Shkupi of Macedonia in the Europa League at Ibrox on July 12. Shkupi, who are based in Skopje, finished fourth in the Macedonian First Division and are competing in Europe for the first time. On the face of it, they should not present a significant obstacle to Gerrard and his players but the former Liverpool and England captain has only to look back a year to be warned that hazards exist even at this embryonic stage of the competition. Last summer Rangers suffered the worst European result in their history when, under Pedro Caixinha, they were beaten by Progres Niederkorn, of Luxembourg despite winning 1-0 in the first leg at Ibrox. Although the allure of watching the first appearance of Gerrard’s Rangers will attract a crowd of close to the Ibrox capacity of 50,817, far fewer travelling supporters will be able to travel to the second leg in Macedonia on July 19. Shkupi’s Cair Stadium can accommodate just 6,000 spectators, of whom only 2,000 can be seated. Gerrard and his squad are in Spain for pre-season training and the manager has declared that his priority is to see an improvement in fitness levels. Meanwhile, Neil Lennon’s Hibernian were also in the draw for the first qualifying round of the Europa League and will begin by meeting NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands at Easter Road on July 12, before heading north for the return on July 19. Runavik have made 11 appearances in European competition and have yet to record an aggregate win although, like Shkupi, the islanders can draw inspiration from Progres Niederkorn, who were in the same situation until they accounted for Rangers.
Rangers handed Europa League first qualifying round tie with FK Shkupi
Steven Gerrard will launch his competitive managerial career at home when his Ranger side – currently in the process of a major overhaul – take on FK Shkupi of Macedonia in the Europa League at Ibrox on July 12. Shkupi, who are based in Skopje, finished fourth in the Macedonian First Division and are competing in Europe for the first time. On the face of it, they should not present a significant obstacle to Gerrard and his players but the former Liverpool and England captain has only to look back a year to be warned that hazards exist even at this embryonic stage of the competition. Last summer Rangers suffered the worst European result in their history when, under Pedro Caixinha, they were beaten by Progres Niederkorn, of Luxembourg despite winning 1-0 in the first leg at Ibrox. Although the allure of watching the first appearance of Gerrard’s Rangers will attract a crowd of close to the Ibrox capacity of 50,817, far fewer travelling supporters will be able to travel to the second leg in Macedonia on July 19. Shkupi’s Cair Stadium can accommodate just 6,000 spectators, of whom only 2,000 can be seated. Gerrard and his squad are in Spain for pre-season training and the manager has declared that his priority is to see an improvement in fitness levels. Meanwhile, Neil Lennon’s Hibernian were also in the draw for the first qualifying round of the Europa League and will begin by meeting NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands at Easter Road on July 12, before heading north for the return on July 19. Runavik have made 11 appearances in European competition and have yet to record an aggregate win although, like Shkupi, the islanders can draw inspiration from Progres Niederkorn, who were in the same situation until they accounted for Rangers.
Ushuru will be playing Mwatate United in the Shield Cup this weekend in the round of 32
Kenyatta: We have to treat each game like a final
Ushuru will be playing Mwatate United in the Shield Cup this weekend in the round of 32
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal as Morocco's Munir Mohamedi picks the ball out of the goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal as Morocco's Munir Mohamedi picks the ball out of the goal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for club-record £35m fee
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for club-record £35m fee
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
West Ham confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for club-record £35m fee
West Ham United are increasingly confident of signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson for a club-record fee which could be as high as £35 million. Talks have progressed between West Ham and Anderson’s representatives with one source close to the deal saying there is now a “big chance” that it will be completed. It comes after West Ham announced their third signing after appointing Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager with the confirmation that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been acquired from relegated Swansea City for £7m on a three-year contract. Having signed the 33 year-old, who is at the World Cup with Poland, West Ham are also continuing to hold talks for another Swansea player, Alfie Mawson. West Ham had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City and targeted Fabianski, who is Swansea’s current player of the year. "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level," said West Ham’s new director of football Mario Husillos. "He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position." Lukasz Fabianski has signed for West Ham Credit: getty images West Ham also have Adrian who played much of last season after Hart was dropped. In a sign of their ambition - and wanting to get deals done quickly - West Ham have also completed the signing of defender Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m on a five-year deal. The 21 year-old is a France Under-21 international and was club captain at his hometown club. West Ham have also brought in Ryan Fredericks from newly-promoted Fulham, on a four-year contract, after he became a free agent. Issa Diop has his West Ham medical Credit: getty images However, it will be the signing of Anderson which will excite the West Ham fans. The 25-year-old right-winger scored four goals and provided seven assists in 21 appearances in Serie A last season and also scored three times in the Italian club’s Europa League campaign. Anderson has been capped by Brazil and was signed from the Brazilian club Santos by Lazio for £6.75m in 2015 and has been scouted by a number of leading clubs, including those in the Premier League.
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No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
Renault Kwid Spied Hiding A Minor Facelift
No, this is not a new entry-level Dacia.
El árbitro Bjorn Kuipers asiste a una sesión de entrenamiento en Moscú, Rusia - 12 de junio de 2018. REUTERS / Tatyana Makeyeva
El árbitro Bjorn Kuipers asiste a una sesión de entrenamiento en Moscú, Rusia
El árbitro Bjorn Kuipers asiste a una sesión de entrenamiento en Moscú, Rusia - 12 de junio de 2018. REUTERS / Tatyana Makeyeva
The award for the top goalscorer at this year's World Cup is set to be one of the most hotly contested in years with an array of attacking talent descending on Russia this summer. Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez is the current holder of the coveted golden boot but the chances of him retaining the award look slim with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane all coming into the tournament on the back of impressive domestic seasons in front of goal. Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the leading contenders for the award before a ball was kicked, stole a march on his rivals with a sensational hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain. The Real Madrid striker netted collected his 51st match ball after his 89th-minute free-kick snatched a point for his country after it looked as though Spain had the game wrapped up. Diego Costa finds himself a goal behind Ronaldo in the early running for the award after scoring a brace in the same game. Russia's Denis Cheryshev is level with Costa after scoring to sublime goals in Russia's 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia on the opening day of the tournament.
World Cup 2018 golden boot race - latest updates
The award for the top goalscorer at this year's World Cup is set to be one of the most hotly contested in years with an array of attacking talent descending on Russia this summer. Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez is the current holder of the coveted golden boot but the chances of him retaining the award look slim with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane all coming into the tournament on the back of impressive domestic seasons in front of goal. Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the leading contenders for the award before a ball was kicked, stole a march on his rivals with a sensational hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain. The Real Madrid striker netted collected his 51st match ball after his 89th-minute free-kick snatched a point for his country after it looked as though Spain had the game wrapped up. Diego Costa finds himself a goal behind Ronaldo in the early running for the award after scoring a brace in the same game. Russia's Denis Cheryshev is level with Costa after scoring to sublime goals in Russia's 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia on the opening day of the tournament.
El arquero de la selección de Túnez, Mouez Hassen, se tira en el suelo después de sufrir una lesión, Volgograd Arena, Volgogrado, Rusia - 18 de junio de 2018 REUTERS / Gleb Garanich
El arquero de la selección de Túnez, Mouez Hassen, se tira en el suelo después de sufrir una lesión, Volgograd Arena, Volgogrado, Rusia
El arquero de la selección de Túnez, Mouez Hassen, se tira en el suelo después de sufrir una lesión, Volgograd Arena, Volgogrado, Rusia - 18 de junio de 2018 REUTERS / Gleb Garanich
People walk past Russian and Spanish flags in the old town of Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
People walk past Russian and Spanish flags in the old town of Damascus
People walk past Russian and Spanish flags in the old town of Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A man holds the Egyptian flag as he watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A man holds the Egyptian flag as he watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus
A man holds the Egyptian flag as he watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, at a cafe in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus
People watch the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus
A woman holds the Russian flag as she watches the World Cup 2018 match between Egypt and Russia, in Damascus, Syria June 19, 2018. Picture taken June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
Poland soccer fans sing their national anthem prior to the start of the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
The Latest: Moroccan player starts in protective headgear
Poland soccer fans sing their national anthem prior to the start of the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat, left, challenges for the ball Portugal's Raphael Guerreiro, right, during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
The Latest: Moroccan player starts in protective headgear
Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat, left, challenges for the ball Portugal's Raphael Guerreiro, right, during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
The Latest: Moroccan player starts in protective headgear
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Referee Joel Aguilar of Salvador signals for video review during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
The Latest: Moroccan player starts in protective headgear
Referee Joel Aguilar of Salvador signals for video review during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat is attended to after suffering an injury during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
The Latest: Moroccan player starts in protective headgear
Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat is attended to after suffering an injury during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Jun 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a walk off home run against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees
Jun 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a walk off home run against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 20, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) celebrates with second baseman Tony Kemp (18) in the dugout after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros
Jun 20, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) celebrates with second baseman Tony Kemp (18) in the dugout after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) hits a two run single in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: New York Mets at Colorado Rockies
Jun 20, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) hits a two run single in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 20, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brad Brach (35) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals
Jun 20, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brad Brach (35) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 20, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) breaks his bat during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins
Jun 20, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) breaks his bat during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (27) jumps for the ball as Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo (13) slides into second base in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Texas Rangers at Kansas City Royals
Jun 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (27) jumps for the ball as Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo (13) slides into second base in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 20, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Rain delays the start of the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates
Jun 20, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Rain delays the start of the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Repasamos todas las noticias de La Canarinha y su estrella en el torneo que se disputa en Rusia.
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Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe celebrate after the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
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Sepp Blatter dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin (AFP Photo/Vasily MAXIMOV)
Sepp Blatter dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin
Sepp Blatter dined with Russian President Vladimir Putin (AFP Photo/Vasily MAXIMOV)
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as Argentina and Croatia - the two heavyweights of Group D - go head to head. Argentina desperately need three points after drawing with Iceland in their opening match. Croatia got up and running with a 2-0 win over Nigeria. When is it? Thursday, June 21. What time is kick-off? 7pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BBC One. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod. World Cup 2018 stadium: Nizhny Nogorod Stadium What is the team news? Stung by his failure to score a penalty and avert a disappointing draw against Iceland, the pressure is on Argentina's captain and talisman, Lionel Messi, to make amends against Croatia. Having led Argentina to an agonising World Cup final defeat to Germany four years ago, Messi turns 31 in a few days and may be playing his last World Cup. He needs to win it to rival fellow great Diego Maradona. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has unashamedly turned to midfielder Ivan Rakitic - a team mate of Messi's at Barcelona - for tactics to stop him. For reasons hard to fathom, Argentina have looked ponderous and lacking in creative thrust throughout coach Jorge Sampaoli's year in charge despite boasting Messi and other big names like Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria. Sampaoli hasn't used the same line-up twice in the 12 games he's been in charge and he'll probably juggle again, this time starting with 22-year-old Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon up front with Messi. Pavon is quick, can play on the right or left and is likely to replace Di Maria. Croatia themselves are not short on top-quality players. As well as Rakitic, they also have the talented Luka Modric in midfield and towering hitman Mario Madzukic up front. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more The squads in full: Argentina Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. ----- Croatia Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) What's the latest news on the two teams? As mentioned earlier, Messi's 31st birthday this weekend is an ominous reminder Russia may be his last World Cup and final chance to emulate fellow Argentine great Maradona in lifting the ultimate prize. The diminutive Argentine captain, known as "La Pulga" (The Flea), has won every club accolade imaginable with Barcelona, but has agonisingly missed out on international trophies both at the World Cup and Copa America. For many Argentines that means that while he may currently be the world's best player, Messi has not entered the same pantheon as Maradona, "El Pibe" (The Kid), who won the 1986 World Cup. With Argentina looking dysfunctional and under-performing throughout the qualifiers, Messi's dream of matching Maradona in Russia always looked a tall order. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game But it became harder in the 64th minute of Argentina's opener when his tame penalty was saved by Iceland's goalkeeper - watched inevitably by Maradona who had lapped up adoring cries of "Dieeeeego!" beforehand. Though Maradona, 57, consoled Messi that even he too once missed five consecutive penalties and the 1-1 draw with Iceland was a collective failure, the signs are bad. "Look, I love Messi, we all do. But it's just not working out for him internationally," said Guillermo Aguirre, strolling round Nizhny Novgorod as Argentine fans begin to arrive for Thursday's game. "I want to see him lift the cup so the Maradona debate can be ended because it's not fair on him. But if I'm realistic, Brazil was the best opportunity." How the big-name strikers performed in their opening games What are the odds? Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers >> Argentina win - EVENS Draw - 9/4 Croatia win - 3/1 What's our prediction? This is going to be so tight and could go either way. Both teams have quality, but Croatia are more of a team, Argentina too reliant on one man - Messi. If Argentina are to prevail it will be thanks to a moment of brilliance from Messi or Aguero or Dybala. Croatia, though, are too organised to give them that many openings. Prediction: Argentina 1 Croatia 1. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Argentina vs Croatia: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as Argentina and Croatia - the two heavyweights of Group D - go head to head. Argentina desperately need three points after drawing with Iceland in their opening match. Croatia got up and running with a 2-0 win over Nigeria. When is it? Thursday, June 21. What time is kick-off? 7pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BBC One. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod. World Cup 2018 stadium: Nizhny Nogorod Stadium What is the team news? Stung by his failure to score a penalty and avert a disappointing draw against Iceland, the pressure is on Argentina's captain and talisman, Lionel Messi, to make amends against Croatia. Having led Argentina to an agonising World Cup final defeat to Germany four years ago, Messi turns 31 in a few days and may be playing his last World Cup. He needs to win it to rival fellow great Diego Maradona. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has unashamedly turned to midfielder Ivan Rakitic - a team mate of Messi's at Barcelona - for tactics to stop him. For reasons hard to fathom, Argentina have looked ponderous and lacking in creative thrust throughout coach Jorge Sampaoli's year in charge despite boasting Messi and other big names like Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria. Sampaoli hasn't used the same line-up twice in the 12 games he's been in charge and he'll probably juggle again, this time starting with 22-year-old Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon up front with Messi. Pavon is quick, can play on the right or left and is likely to replace Di Maria. Croatia themselves are not short on top-quality players. As well as Rakitic, they also have the talented Luka Modric in midfield and towering hitman Mario Madzukic up front. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more The squads in full: Argentina Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. ----- Croatia Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) What's the latest news on the two teams? As mentioned earlier, Messi's 31st birthday this weekend is an ominous reminder Russia may be his last World Cup and final chance to emulate fellow Argentine great Maradona in lifting the ultimate prize. The diminutive Argentine captain, known as "La Pulga" (The Flea), has won every club accolade imaginable with Barcelona, but has agonisingly missed out on international trophies both at the World Cup and Copa America. For many Argentines that means that while he may currently be the world's best player, Messi has not entered the same pantheon as Maradona, "El Pibe" (The Kid), who won the 1986 World Cup. With Argentina looking dysfunctional and under-performing throughout the qualifiers, Messi's dream of matching Maradona in Russia always looked a tall order. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game But it became harder in the 64th minute of Argentina's opener when his tame penalty was saved by Iceland's goalkeeper - watched inevitably by Maradona who had lapped up adoring cries of "Dieeeeego!" beforehand. Though Maradona, 57, consoled Messi that even he too once missed five consecutive penalties and the 1-1 draw with Iceland was a collective failure, the signs are bad. "Look, I love Messi, we all do. But it's just not working out for him internationally," said Guillermo Aguirre, strolling round Nizhny Novgorod as Argentine fans begin to arrive for Thursday's game. "I want to see him lift the cup so the Maradona debate can be ended because it's not fair on him. But if I'm realistic, Brazil was the best opportunity." How the big-name strikers performed in their opening games What are the odds? Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers >> Argentina win - EVENS Draw - 9/4 Croatia win - 3/1 What's our prediction? This is going to be so tight and could go either way. Both teams have quality, but Croatia are more of a team, Argentina too reliant on one man - Messi. If Argentina are to prevail it will be thanks to a moment of brilliance from Messi or Aguero or Dybala. Croatia, though, are too organised to give them that many openings. Prediction: Argentina 1 Croatia 1. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
The former Mathare United man made a comeback to the team after signing a three-year contract
AFC Leopards captain welcomes the arrival of Ezekiel Seda
The former Mathare United man made a comeback to the team after signing a three-year contract
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as France take on Peru in Group C. France scraped past Australia, 2-1, in their first match - but a win's a win - while Peru went down 1-0 to Denmark. When is it? Thursday, June 21. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? The Ekaterinburg Arena - it's the crazy stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena What is the team news? French striker Antoine Griezmann has been passed fit for today's match as coach Didier Deschamps seeks to give his side a sharper attacking edge. France, among the tournament favourites, opened with a sluggish 2-1 win over Australia and Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann, the top scorer at Euro 2016, was later substituted due to an ankle injury. However, Deschamps has said Griezmann is fully fit. "He's well. There was a little concern with one of his ankles, which was a little bit swollen after the match. He wasn't at this best during the match, he had heavy legs." World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Dynamic midfielder N'Golo Kante also struggled in the first game: "This meant we weren't able to have enough dynamism in attack, and not enough efficiency," added Deschamps. Deschamps has also not ruled out starting with Olivier Giroud, even if his comments on the striker were ambivalent. "The problem with Olivier is very often when he plays, he plays in his own register, he's not in the same register as the others. But when he's not there, we realise how useful he is," he said. Pero coach Ricardo Gareca has declined to say if veteran striker Paolo Guerrero, who looked sharp as a substitute against Denmark, will start the game. He said the decision had nothing to do with the 34 year-old's fitness, noting rather that Guerrero had been the last player to join the squad after winning a reprieve from a doping ban. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more The squads in full: France Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi. Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir. ----- Peru Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC). Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar). Midfielders:Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz). Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo). What's the latest news on the two teams? Captain Hugo Lloris admits France will struggle to beat Peru if they replicate their opening World Cup performance. Les Bleus relied on a late own goal as they scraped to an unconvincing 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday. And goalkeeper Lloris, who will win his 100th cap in the match, knows they must produce an improved display. "There is always pressure for all matches, especially when we started the World Cup," said the Tottenham player at his pre-match press conference. "But this is when you have to go beyond your own capacities as a competitor. "This is going to be a difficult match; if we do not raise our quality level, we are going to have some difficulties. Peru are a quality team, a difficult team to beat. We know that the players are committed to playing for their country. "It is their last chance to go through the group stages so they are going to give everything and we are going to have to raise our quality level so we can get the three points." test - do not delete History was made in France's opener when they benefited from the first use of VAR at a World Cup. Antoine Griezmann put them ahead from the penalty spot after referee Andres Cunha adjudged he had been fouled by Joshua Risdon having watched replays at the side of the pitch. Griezmann was later substituted due to an ankle injury. "There was a little bit of concern with one of his ankles because it was a little bit swollen after the match but he has started the training sessions as per usual," said Didier Deschamps. "He wasn't at his best during the match, he had heavy legs, it can happen, but it wasn't less decisive because he did score the goal. "After that I decided to get him out of the pitch so that we could have something extra that he was not able to give. When it came to the final result, it did not have any consequences." Peru, playing at a World Cup for the first time since 1982, suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Denmark in their opening match and need to pick up a result to extend their stay in Russia. Coach Ricardo Gareca said: "The most important thing that Peru have is the team. We are here at the World Cup because of that." The Argentinian added: "France have their own identity, they can win the World Cup, they can adapt to every team they play against. They're one of the favourites but we can be a tough opponent. We have our own style and will not let France distract us." How the big-name strikers performed in their opening games What are the odds? Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers >> France to win - 4/7 Draw - 3/1 Peru to win - 6/1 What's our prediction? France did not play well in their opening game against Australia. But a lot of credit must go to the Aussies. Peru will be equally resilient but Les Bleus - who have one of the youngest teams at the World Cup, with 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe and 21-year-old Ousmane Dembele among those tasked with leading the attack - will rip a team apart when they do click. Prediction: France 3 Peru 0. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, France vs Peru: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as France take on Peru in Group C. France scraped past Australia, 2-1, in their first match - but a win's a win - while Peru went down 1-0 to Denmark. When is it? Thursday, June 21. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? The Ekaterinburg Arena - it's the crazy stadium where you pay to sit outside to watch the football. World Cup 2018 stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena What is the team news? French striker Antoine Griezmann has been passed fit for today's match as coach Didier Deschamps seeks to give his side a sharper attacking edge. France, among the tournament favourites, opened with a sluggish 2-1 win over Australia and Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann, the top scorer at Euro 2016, was later substituted due to an ankle injury. However, Deschamps has said Griezmann is fully fit. "He's well. There was a little concern with one of his ankles, which was a little bit swollen after the match. He wasn't at this best during the match, he had heavy legs." World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Dynamic midfielder N'Golo Kante also struggled in the first game: "This meant we weren't able to have enough dynamism in attack, and not enough efficiency," added Deschamps. Deschamps has also not ruled out starting with Olivier Giroud, even if his comments on the striker were ambivalent. "The problem with Olivier is very often when he plays, he plays in his own register, he's not in the same register as the others. But when he's not there, we realise how useful he is," he said. Pero coach Ricardo Gareca has declined to say if veteran striker Paolo Guerrero, who looked sharp as a substitute against Denmark, will start the game. He said the decision had nothing to do with the 34 year-old's fitness, noting rather that Guerrero had been the last player to join the squad after winning a reprieve from a doping ban. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more The squads in full: France Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi. Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir. ----- Peru Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC). Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar). Midfielders:Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz). Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo). What's the latest news on the two teams? Captain Hugo Lloris admits France will struggle to beat Peru if they replicate their opening World Cup performance. Les Bleus relied on a late own goal as they scraped to an unconvincing 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday. And goalkeeper Lloris, who will win his 100th cap in the match, knows they must produce an improved display. "There is always pressure for all matches, especially when we started the World Cup," said the Tottenham player at his pre-match press conference. "But this is when you have to go beyond your own capacities as a competitor. "This is going to be a difficult match; if we do not raise our quality level, we are going to have some difficulties. Peru are a quality team, a difficult team to beat. We know that the players are committed to playing for their country. "It is their last chance to go through the group stages so they are going to give everything and we are going to have to raise our quality level so we can get the three points." test - do not delete History was made in France's opener when they benefited from the first use of VAR at a World Cup. Antoine Griezmann put them ahead from the penalty spot after referee Andres Cunha adjudged he had been fouled by Joshua Risdon having watched replays at the side of the pitch. Griezmann was later substituted due to an ankle injury. "There was a little bit of concern with one of his ankles because it was a little bit swollen after the match but he has started the training sessions as per usual," said Didier Deschamps. "He wasn't at his best during the match, he had heavy legs, it can happen, but it wasn't less decisive because he did score the goal. "After that I decided to get him out of the pitch so that we could have something extra that he was not able to give. When it came to the final result, it did not have any consequences." Peru, playing at a World Cup for the first time since 1982, suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Denmark in their opening match and need to pick up a result to extend their stay in Russia. Coach Ricardo Gareca said: "The most important thing that Peru have is the team. We are here at the World Cup because of that." The Argentinian added: "France have their own identity, they can win the World Cup, they can adapt to every team they play against. They're one of the favourites but we can be a tough opponent. We have our own style and will not let France distract us." How the big-name strikers performed in their opening games What are the odds? Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers >> France to win - 4/7 Draw - 3/1 Peru to win - 6/1 What's our prediction? France did not play well in their opening game against Australia. But a lot of credit must go to the Aussies. Peru will be equally resilient but Les Bleus - who have one of the youngest teams at the World Cup, with 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe and 21-year-old Ousmane Dembele among those tasked with leading the attack - will rip a team apart when they do click. Prediction: France 3 Peru 0. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Dele Alli leaves the pitch during England's World Cup opener against Tunisia (AFP Photo/NICOLAS ASFOURI)
Dele Alli leaves the pitch during England's World Cup opener against Tunisia
Dele Alli leaves the pitch during England's World Cup opener against Tunisia (AFP Photo/NICOLAS ASFOURI)
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
The Latest: Ex-FIFA President Blatter meets Putin at Kremlin
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
The Latest: Ex-FIFA President Blatter meets Putin at Kremlin
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
The Latest: Ex-FIFA President Blatter meets Putin at Kremlin
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
What is it? Denmark are looking for a second Group C stage win in the 2018 World Cup, which would almost certainly see them go through to the last 16. Australia narrowly lost to France and will be tough opponents. When is it? Thursday June 21. What time is kick-off? 1pm BST What TV channel is it on? ITV or ITV HD. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? Samara Arena, Samara. World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena What is the team news? Denmark probable XI: Schmeichel, Larsen, Christensen, Kjaer, Dalsgaard, Schone, Delaney, Sisto Eriksen, Poulsen, Jorgensen. Australia probable XI: Ryan, Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich, Leckie, Mooy, Jedinak, Kruse, Rogic, Juric. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news on the two teams? Denmark will be without midfielder William Kvist after he fractured two ribs against Peru. He had to be stretchered off in the game, and looks set to miss the rest of the World Cup. Lasse Schone could take his place. Jonas Knudsen, the Ipswich defender, flew back to Denmark to welcome the birth of his baby daughter after Saturday's game, but returned to Russia on Tuesday and is also in contention to play. Australia could turn to veteran Tim Cahill, the only player without a club at this World Cup, in what is a must-win game for the Socceroos. They need a win to have a realistic chance of making it through the group stages. What are the odds? Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers >> Denmark 10/11 Australia 5/2 Draw 3/1 What's our prediction? If Denmark can win here, they will have one foot in the last sixteen, which would be a fantastic result in a competitive group. Christian Eriksen will be key in midfield once again, but Kasper Schmeichel has been the real star of the team in their recent games. The keeper has kept a clean sheet for the Danes in each of his last five matches, last conceding a goal 534 minutes ago, against the Republic of Ireland. Australia have lost their last four World Cup games and lost seven of nine World Cup games against European opposition. Predicted score: Denmark 2 Australia 1 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Denmark vs Australia: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? Denmark are looking for a second Group C stage win in the 2018 World Cup, which would almost certainly see them go through to the last 16. Australia narrowly lost to France and will be tough opponents. When is it? Thursday June 21. What time is kick-off? 1pm BST What TV channel is it on? ITV or ITV HD. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? Samara Arena, Samara. World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena What is the team news? Denmark probable XI: Schmeichel, Larsen, Christensen, Kjaer, Dalsgaard, Schone, Delaney, Sisto Eriksen, Poulsen, Jorgensen. Australia probable XI: Ryan, Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich, Leckie, Mooy, Jedinak, Kruse, Rogic, Juric. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news on the two teams? Denmark will be without midfielder William Kvist after he fractured two ribs against Peru. He had to be stretchered off in the game, and looks set to miss the rest of the World Cup. Lasse Schone could take his place. Jonas Knudsen, the Ipswich defender, flew back to Denmark to welcome the birth of his baby daughter after Saturday's game, but returned to Russia on Tuesday and is also in contention to play. Australia could turn to veteran Tim Cahill, the only player without a club at this World Cup, in what is a must-win game for the Socceroos. They need a win to have a realistic chance of making it through the group stages. What are the odds? Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers >> Denmark 10/11 Australia 5/2 Draw 3/1 What's our prediction? If Denmark can win here, they will have one foot in the last sixteen, which would be a fantastic result in a competitive group. Christian Eriksen will be key in midfield once again, but Kasper Schmeichel has been the real star of the team in their recent games. The keeper has kept a clean sheet for the Danes in each of his last five matches, last conceding a goal 534 minutes ago, against the Republic of Ireland. Australia have lost their last four World Cup games and lost seven of nine World Cup games against European opposition. Predicted score: Denmark 2 Australia 1 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
After stunning World Cup holders Germany, Mexico are expected to take the initiative against a South Korea team in desperate need of points.
South Korea v Mexico: Germany's conquerors set for role reversal
After stunning World Cup holders Germany, Mexico are expected to take the initiative against a South Korea team in desperate need of points.
Dinesh Chandimal said he recalls putting something in his mouth during the second Test, but cannot recall what it was.
Chandimal appeals against one-match ban
Dinesh Chandimal said he recalls putting something in his mouth during the second Test, but cannot recall what it was.
England captain Harry Kane displays same passion as Diego Maradona according to his Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino (AFP Photo/Mark RALSTON)
England captain Harry Kane displays same passion as Diego Maradona according to his Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino
England captain Harry Kane displays same passion as Diego Maradona according to his Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino (AFP Photo/Mark RALSTON)
UConn men's basketball head coach Kevin Ollie (L) pats U.S. President Barack Obama (R) on the shoulder after a ceremony honoring the NCAA champion University of Connecticut Huskies men's and women's basketball teams in the East Room of the White House in Washington, June 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
UConn men's basketball head coach Ollie pats US President Obama on the back after a ceremony at the White House in Washington
UConn men's basketball head coach Kevin Ollie (L) pats U.S. President Barack Obama (R) on the shoulder after a ceremony honoring the NCAA champion University of Connecticut Huskies men's and women's basketball teams in the East Room of the White House in Washington, June 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
Aug 6, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) jokes around with the Phillie Phanatic before the start of the game at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies
Aug 6, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) jokes around with the Phillie Phanatic before the start of the game at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton hits a walk-off two-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. The Yankees defeated the Mariners 7-5. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
LEADING OFF: Pair of aces pitching in Bronx, Wacha gets MRI
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton hits a walk-off two-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. The Yankees defeated the Mariners 7-5. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper reacts after he grounded out during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. The Yankees won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
LEADING OFF: Pair of aces pitching in Bronx, Wacha gets MRI
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper reacts after he grounded out during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. The Yankees won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper walks to the dugout after he lined out to first during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park, early Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Washington. The Orioles won 3-0. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
LEADING OFF: Pair of aces pitching in Bronx, Wacha gets MRI
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper walks to the dugout after he lined out to first during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park, early Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Washington. The Orioles won 3-0. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Wacha pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
LEADING OFF: Pair of aces pitching in Bronx, Wacha gets MRI
St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Wacha pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after hitting a walk-off two-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. The Yankees defeated the Mariners 7-5. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
LEADING OFF: Pair of aces pitching in Bronx, Wacha gets MRI
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton reacts after hitting a walk-off two-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. The Yankees defeated the Mariners 7-5. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper pauses on second base after hitting an RBI double to left during the fifth inning of a baseball game against Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Washington. The Nationals won 9-7. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
LEADING OFF: Pair of aces pitching in Bronx, Wacha gets MRI
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper pauses on second base after hitting an RBI double to left during the fifth inning of a baseball game against Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Washington. The Nationals won 9-7. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Jun 12, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz speaks during the Stanley Cup championship parade and celebration on the National Mall. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
NHL: Washington Capitals-Stanley Cup Championship Parade
Jun 12, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz speaks during the Stanley Cup championship parade and celebration on the National Mall. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz speaks during the Stanley Cup championship parade and celebration on the National Mall. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
NHL: Washington Capitals-Stanley Cup Championship Parade
Jun 12, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz speaks during the Stanley Cup championship parade and celebration on the National Mall. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Morgan Parra will lead Les Bleus against the All Blacks when they attempt to avoid a whitewash, with Mathieu Bastareaud rested.
Fofana and Lamerat start, Parra skipper for final All Blacks Test
Morgan Parra will lead Les Bleus against the All Blacks when they attempt to avoid a whitewash, with Mathieu Bastareaud rested.
May 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey yells beside referee Ed Malloy (14) in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images
NBA: Playoffs-Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers
May 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey yells beside referee Ed Malloy (14) in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images
May 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey yells beside referee Ed Malloy (14) in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images
NBA: Playoffs-Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers
May 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey yells beside referee Ed Malloy (14) in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images
Pahang's head coach Dollah Salleh will have to revamp his team for the crunch first leg against PKNP FC as he will be without 3 key figures.
Pahang without important trio for FA Cup semi-final first leg
Pahang's head coach Dollah Salleh will have to revamp his team for the crunch first leg against PKNP FC as he will be without 3 key figures.
Wimbledon 2018: Naomi Osaka in race for recovery after picking up injury ahead of Championships
Wimbledon 2018: Naomi Osaka in race for recovery after picking up injury ahead of Championships
Wimbledon 2018: Naomi Osaka in race for recovery after picking up injury ahead of Championships
Wimbledon 2018: Naomi Osaka in race for recovery after picking up injury ahead of Championships
Wimbledon 2018: Naomi Osaka in race for recovery after picking up injury ahead of Championships
Wimbledon 2018: Naomi Osaka in race for recovery after picking up injury ahead of Championships
Yanga were replaced by Singida United with APR of Rwanda being drafted in place of Ethiopian side St. Georges
No change in Gor Mahia Cecafa fixtures as APR and JKU lock horns on opening day
Yanga were replaced by Singida United with APR of Rwanda being drafted in place of Ethiopian side St. Georges
England midfielder Dele Alli wears the same shin pads he has worn since childhood (AFP Photo/Oli SCARFF )
England midfielder Dele Alli wears the same shin pads he has worn since childhood
England midfielder Dele Alli wears the same shin pads he has worn since childhood (AFP Photo/Oli SCARFF )
French defender Laurent Blanc kisses the head of goalkeeper Fabien Barthez at the 1998 World Cup (AFP Photo/PHILIPPE HUGUEN)
French defender Laurent Blanc kisses the head of goalkeeper Fabien Barthez at the 1998 World Cup
French defender Laurent Blanc kisses the head of goalkeeper Fabien Barthez at the 1998 World Cup (AFP Photo/PHILIPPE HUGUEN)
Germany's Julian Draxler sprays himself with scent before matches (AFP Photo/Yuri CORTEZ)
Germany's Julian Draxler sprays himself with scent before matches
Germany's Julian Draxler sprays himself with scent before matches (AFP Photo/Yuri CORTEZ)
El entrenador de la selección uruguaya de fútbol, Óscar Tabárez, en su partido frente a Arabia Saudita por el grupo A de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Rostov-on-Don, Rusia, el 2 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
El triunfo ante Arabia es importante aunque no haya sido "agradable" de ver, dice el entrenador Tabárez
El entrenador de la selección uruguaya de fútbol, Óscar Tabárez, en su partido frente a Arabia Saudita por el grupo A de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Rostov-on-Don, Rusia, el 2 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Africanos y europeos, en busca de su primera victoria
Cara a cara: Nigeria vs Islandia
Africanos y europeos, en busca de su primera victoria
Africanos y europeos, en busca de su primera victoria
Cara a cara: Nigeria vs Islandia
Africanos y europeos, en busca de su primera victoria
Africanos y europeos, en busca de su primera victoria
Cara a cara: Nigeria vs Islandia
Africanos y europeos, en busca de su primera victoria
Carlos Queiroz said that the qualifying process for Asian and African teams puts them at a disadvantage when compared to European nations.
Asia and Africa being left behind - Queiroz
Carlos Queiroz said that the qualifying process for Asian and African teams puts them at a disadvantage when compared to European nations.
El centrocampista de la selección de Brasil Philippe Coutinho durante una rueda de prensa en Sochi, Rusia, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
La falta de triunfos todavía no preocupa a Brasil, dice Coutinho
El centrocampista de la selección de Brasil Philippe Coutinho durante una rueda de prensa en Sochi, Rusia, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Emre Can's four-year stay at Liverpool is coming to an end after he arrived in Turin for his medical at Juventus.
Emre Can arrives for Juventus medical
Emre Can's four-year stay at Liverpool is coming to an end after he arrived in Turin for his medical at Juventus.
It will feature a Highway Assist option that will cost "four figures" and will work only on certain roads.
Next Volvo XC90 Coming 2021 With Level 4 Autonomous Driving Tech
It will feature a Highway Assist option that will cost "four figures" and will work only on certain roads.
It will feature a Highway Assist option that will cost "four figures" and will work only on certain roads.
Next Volvo XC90 Coming 2021 With Level 4 Autonomous Driving Tech
It will feature a Highway Assist option that will cost "four figures" and will work only on certain roads.
It will feature a Highway Assist option that will cost "four figures" and will work only on certain roads.
Next Volvo XC90 Coming 2021 With Level 4 Autonomous Driving Tech
It will feature a Highway Assist option that will cost "four figures" and will work only on certain roads.
It will feature a Highway Assist option that will cost "four figures" and will work only on certain roads.
Next Volvo XC90 Coming 2021 With Level 4 Autonomous Driving Tech
It will feature a Highway Assist option that will cost "four figures" and will work only on certain roads.
Spain head coach Fernando Hierro gestures as he speaks to his player Spain's Koke during the group B match between Iran and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Caretaker Hierro leaving his mark on Spain at World Cup
Spain head coach Fernando Hierro gestures as he speaks to his player Spain's Koke during the group B match between Iran and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Spain head coach Fernando Hierro gestures during the group B match between Iran and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Caretaker Hierro leaving his mark on Spain at World Cup
Spain head coach Fernando Hierro gestures during the group B match between Iran and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
En la imagen, el jugador de la selección de Perú Christian Cueva durante el entrenamiento en el estadio de Ekaterimburgo, Rusia, el 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Perú se enfrentará con inteligencia a Francia sin cometer los errores del debut, dicen jugadores
En la imagen, el jugador de la selección de Perú Christian Cueva durante el entrenamiento en el estadio de Ekaterimburgo, Rusia, el 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
The Three Lions coach has worked with some big names in the past, including Antonio Conte and Rafa Benitez, but is a big fan of his current colleague
Southgate ranks up there with Mourinho, says England assistant Holland
The Three Lions coach has worked with some big names in the past, including Antonio Conte and Rafa Benitez, but is a big fan of his current colleague
New Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will face Stoke City in his first game in charge, as Frank Lampard faces Reading with Derby County.
Championship fixtures: Bielsa's Leeds face Stoke while Lampard's Derby go to Reading
New Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will face Stoke City in his first game in charge, as Frank Lampard faces Reading with Derby County.
England head coach Gareth Southgate escorts Dele Alli after replacing him with Ruben Loftus-Cheek during the group G match against Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Dele Alli misses training for England at World Cup
England head coach Gareth Southgate escorts Dele Alli after replacing him with Ruben Loftus-Cheek during the group G match against Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo shoots at goal from a free kick REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo shoots at goal from a free kick REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
The midfielder was singled out after the 1-0 defeat to Mexico, but a former player insists the Arsenal man remains one of Die Mannschaft's best
'Hands off Ozil!' - Hamann leaps to Germany star's defence
The midfielder was singled out after the 1-0 defeat to Mexico, but a former player insists the Arsenal man remains one of Die Mannschaft's best
Football Association of Malaysia have finally revealed the identity of the final friendly of six planned before the start of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.
FAM confirmed identity of final friendly for Malaysia NT in November
Football Association of Malaysia have finally revealed the identity of the final friendly of six planned before the start of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Joe Schmidt has made five alterations to his starting line-up, while Lukhan Tui and Nick Phipps come into the Australia side in Sydney.
Tui handed first Wallabies start, five changes for Ireland
Joe Schmidt has made five alterations to his starting line-up, while Lukhan Tui and Nick Phipps come into the Australia side in Sydney.
El serbio Aleksandar Kolarov celebra tras marcar el primer gol en el duelo por el Grupo E entre Costa Rica y Serbia en el Mundial 2018 en la Arena Samara el domingo 17 de junio de 2018 en Samara, Rusia. (AP Foto/Mark Baker)
El serbio Aleksandar Kolarov celebra tras marcar el primer gol en el duelo por el Grupo E entre Costa Rica y Serbia en el Mundial 2018 en la Arena Samara el domingo 17 de junio de 2018 en Samara, Rusia. (AP Foto/Mark Baker)
El serbio Aleksandar Kolarov celebra tras marcar el primer gol en el duelo por el Grupo E entre Costa Rica y Serbia en el Mundial 2018 en la Arena Samara el domingo 17 de junio de 2018 en Samara, Rusia. (AP Foto/Mark Baker)
What is it? It's the Group D tussle between Nigeria, who are looking for their first points of the World Cup, and Iceland, who hope to build on their fantastic draw with Argentina in their opening game. When is it? Friday, June 22. What time is kick-off? 4pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BBC One. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Volgograd Arena, Volgograd World Cup 2018 stadium: Volgograd Arena What is the team news? In a potential blow for Iceland, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson - who is central to the team's quick, counter-attacking style - is a doubt after tearing a muscle in the Argentina game. Playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, who recovered from injury just in time for the World Cup, played 90 minutes against the South Americans, raising hopes he will remain fit for Nigeria. Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has hinted that the speedy Ahmed Musa may play from the start to bolster their attack and stretch the play across the field. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Rohr also could move to a three-man defensive line after having opted for four against Croatia's three-man attacking line-up. But Rohr said Jon Obi Mikel, Nigeria's experienced captain, will likely continue to play in an offensive midfield position. What's the latest news on the two teams? While a draw for Iceland would keep their knock-out hopes alive, Nigeria, who are bottom of Group D, are under huge pressure to get all three points with manager Gernot Rohr saying his team must win. Striker Odion Ighalo promised Nigeria would be on the front foot after managing only two chances on target against Croatia. "The Iceland game will be different from the Croatian one," Ighalo said. "We want to attack that game and we want to create chances because only with chances you score goals." World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage So far, only one team from Africa have won at the World Cup - Senegal who beat Poland 2-1 on Tuesday - adding to the pressure on Nigeria. Since making their World Cup debut in 1994, the team has yet to progress beyond the round of 16, including four years ago in Brazil when Nigeria lost 2-0 to France at that stage. "We have to win against Iceland," Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said. "If we win the next game, all is possible for the qualification." test - do not delete What are the odds? Iceland 17/10 Nigeria 19/10 Draw 11/5 What's our prediction? Iceland showed against Argentina how hard they are to break down and Nigeria will find it difficult to collect the three points they need to boost their chances of trying to reach the knockout stages. Prediction: 1-1 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Nigeria vs Iceland: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? It's the Group D tussle between Nigeria, who are looking for their first points of the World Cup, and Iceland, who hope to build on their fantastic draw with Argentina in their opening game. When is it? Friday, June 22. What time is kick-off? 4pm BST. What TV channel is it on? BBC One. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Volgograd Arena, Volgograd World Cup 2018 stadium: Volgograd Arena What is the team news? In a potential blow for Iceland, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson - who is central to the team's quick, counter-attacking style - is a doubt after tearing a muscle in the Argentina game. Playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, who recovered from injury just in time for the World Cup, played 90 minutes against the South Americans, raising hopes he will remain fit for Nigeria. Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has hinted that the speedy Ahmed Musa may play from the start to bolster their attack and stretch the play across the field. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Rohr also could move to a three-man defensive line after having opted for four against Croatia's three-man attacking line-up. But Rohr said Jon Obi Mikel, Nigeria's experienced captain, will likely continue to play in an offensive midfield position. What's the latest news on the two teams? While a draw for Iceland would keep their knock-out hopes alive, Nigeria, who are bottom of Group D, are under huge pressure to get all three points with manager Gernot Rohr saying his team must win. Striker Odion Ighalo promised Nigeria would be on the front foot after managing only two chances on target against Croatia. "The Iceland game will be different from the Croatian one," Ighalo said. "We want to attack that game and we want to create chances because only with chances you score goals." World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage So far, only one team from Africa have won at the World Cup - Senegal who beat Poland 2-1 on Tuesday - adding to the pressure on Nigeria. Since making their World Cup debut in 1994, the team has yet to progress beyond the round of 16, including four years ago in Brazil when Nigeria lost 2-0 to France at that stage. "We have to win against Iceland," Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said. "If we win the next game, all is possible for the qualification." test - do not delete What are the odds? Iceland 17/10 Nigeria 19/10 Draw 11/5 What's our prediction? Iceland showed against Argentina how hard they are to break down and Nigeria will find it difficult to collect the three points they need to boost their chances of trying to reach the knockout stages. Prediction: 1-1 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
El entrenador de la selección danesa de fútbol, Age Hareide, en una rueda de prensa en Samara, Rusia, el 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/David Gray
Dinamarca debe mostrar fortaleza mental contra Australia, dice su seleccionador
El entrenador de la selección danesa de fútbol, Age Hareide, en una rueda de prensa en Samara, Rusia, el 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/David Gray
France's Bernard Le Roux says commentators were being "disrespectful" for failing to recognise the strength of his side against the All Blacks (AFP Photo/MICHAEL BRADLEY)
France's Bernard Le Roux says commentators were being "disrespectful" for failing to recognise the strength of his side against the All Blacks
France's Bernard Le Roux says commentators were being "disrespectful" for failing to recognise the strength of his side against the All Blacks (AFP Photo/MICHAEL BRADLEY)
FILE PHOTO: Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks with reporters in Zurich, Switzerland March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann -/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks with reporters in Zurich, Switzerland
FILE PHOTO: Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks with reporters in Zurich, Switzerland March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann -/File Photo
In another match played on Wednesday, Gor Mahia qualified for the round of 16 after defeating Kenpoly 5-0
Kakamega Homeboyz blame FKF after Shield Cup boycott
In another match played on Wednesday, Gor Mahia qualified for the round of 16 after defeating Kenpoly 5-0
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
Forsberg opens transfer door to Arsenal, Liverpool & Roma
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
Forsberg opens transfer door to Arsenal, Liverpool & Roma
The Sweden international has hinted at leaving RB Leipzig by airing his dream of playing for one of "the strongest clubs in the world"
Una multitud de aficionados presencia el partido del Mundial entre Alemania y México, el domingo 17 de junio de 2018, en Moscú (AP Foto/Eduardo Verdugo)
Una multitud de aficionados presencia el partido del Mundial entre Alemania y México, el domingo 17 de junio de 2018, en Moscú (AP Foto/Eduardo Verdugo)
Una multitud de aficionados presencia el partido del Mundial entre Alemania y México, el domingo 17 de junio de 2018, en Moscú (AP Foto/Eduardo Verdugo)
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to media in Moscow, Russia June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to media in Moscow
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to media in Moscow, Russia June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to media in Moscow, Russia June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to media in Moscow
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to media in Moscow, Russia June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A pesar del "no" de Griezmann el fútbol galo sigue obsesionando a la secretaría técnica azulgrana, que hoy estará pendiente del choque de los 'bleus'.
El Barcelona apuesta por Francia
A pesar del "no" de Griezmann el fútbol galo sigue obsesionando a la secretaría técnica azulgrana, que hoy estará pendiente del choque de los 'bleus'.
Having faced the two "extraterrestrials" in league football this season, the Sevilla star is acutely aware of just how potent they can be
Messi and Ronaldo can win the World Cup alone – Kjaer
Having faced the two "extraterrestrials" in league football this season, the Sevilla star is acutely aware of just how potent they can be
Los brasileños buscan su primera victoria ante una Costa Rica necesitada
Cara a cara: Brasil vs Costa Rica
Los brasileños buscan su primera victoria ante una Costa Rica necesitada
Los brasileños buscan su primera victoria ante una Costa Rica necesitada
Cara a cara: Brasil vs Costa Rica
Los brasileños buscan su primera victoria ante una Costa Rica necesitada
Los brasileños buscan su primera victoria ante una Costa Rica necesitada
Cara a cara: Brasil vs Costa Rica
Los brasileños buscan su primera victoria ante una Costa Rica necesitada
A current Man Utd forward is hoping to emulate an Old Trafford icon of the past, with the best in the world showing what can be achieved
Ronaldo brilliance provides Rashford inspiration as England star seeks similar success
A current Man Utd forward is hoping to emulate an Old Trafford icon of the past, with the best in the world showing what can be achieved
A current Man Utd forward is hoping to emulate an Old Trafford icon of the past, with the best in the world showing what can be achieved
Ronaldo brilliance provides Rashford inspiration as England star seeks similar success
A current Man Utd forward is hoping to emulate an Old Trafford icon of the past, with the best in the world showing what can be achieved
Standard model will soldier on with a 3.5-liter V6.
2019 Honda Pilot Spied For The First Time In PHEV Version
Standard model will soldier on with a 3.5-liter V6.
Standard model will soldier on with a 3.5-liter V6.
2019 Honda Pilot Spied For The First Time In PHEV Version
Standard model will soldier on with a 3.5-liter V6.
Standard model will soldier on with a 3.5-liter V6.
2019 Honda Pilot Spied For The First Time In PHEV Version
Standard model will soldier on with a 3.5-liter V6.
Standard model will soldier on with a 3.5-liter V6.
2019 Honda Pilot Spied For The First Time In PHEV Version
Standard model will soldier on with a 3.5-liter V6.
Standard model will soldier on with a 3.5-liter V6.
2019 Honda Pilot Spied For The First Time In PHEV Version
Standard model will soldier on with a 3.5-liter V6.
Gareth Southgate has been compared to Jose Mourinho by England's assistant coach Steve Holland (AFP Photo/NICOLAS ASFOURI)
Gareth Southgate has been compared to Jose Mourinho by England's assistant coach Steve Holland
Gareth Southgate has been compared to Jose Mourinho by England's assistant coach Steve Holland (AFP Photo/NICOLAS ASFOURI)
El capitán de la selección francesa de fútbol, Hugo Lloris, en una rueda de prensa en Ekaterimburgo, Rusia, el 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
Francia debe superar la presión para avanzar en el Mundial, dice el capitán Lloris
El capitán de la selección francesa de fútbol, Hugo Lloris, en una rueda de prensa en Ekaterimburgo, Rusia, el 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
[直播預告] 國民推王牌Scherzer止敗 金鶯目標挑戰連勝
國民推王牌Scherzer止敗 金鶯目標挑戰連勝
[直播預告] 國民推王牌Scherzer止敗 金鶯目標挑戰連勝
<p>伊朗前鋒球員Sardar Azmoun頭槌。<br> (TSNA/法新社/BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(6/21)-科斯塔致勝進球 西班牙1分擊敗伊朗

伊朗前鋒球員Sardar Azmoun頭槌。
(TSNA/法新社/BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP)

<p>西班牙前鋒球員Diego Costa與後衛Jordi Alba、中場球員Andres Iniesta相擁慶祝進球。<br> (TSNA/法新社/Luis Acosta/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(6/21)-科斯塔致勝進球 西班牙1分擊敗伊朗

西班牙前鋒球員Diego Costa與後衛Jordi Alba、中場球員Andres Iniesta相擁慶祝進球。
(TSNA/法新社/Luis Acosta/AFP)

<p>西班牙前鋒球員Marco Asensio被伊朗中場球員Saeid Ezatolahi緊盯。<br> (TSNA/法新社/SAEED KHAN/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(6/21)-科斯塔致勝進球 西班牙1分擊敗伊朗

西班牙前鋒球員Marco Asensio被伊朗中場球員Saeid Ezatolahi緊盯。
(TSNA/法新社/SAEED KHAN/AFP)

<p>西班牙前鋒球員Diego Costa在進球後開心的怒吼。<br> (TSNA/法新社/Roman Kruchinin/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(6/21)-科斯塔致勝進球 西班牙1分擊敗伊朗

西班牙前鋒球員Diego Costa在進球後開心的怒吼。
(TSNA/法新社/Roman Kruchinin/AFP)

<p>西班牙前鋒Rodrigo爭搶球。<br> (TSNA/法新社/Roman Kruchinin/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(6/21)-科斯塔致勝進球 西班牙1分擊敗伊朗

西班牙前鋒Rodrigo爭搶球。
(TSNA/法新社/Roman Kruchinin/AFP)

<p>伊朗中場球員Saeid Ezatolahi與西班牙前鋒球員Diego Costa爭搶球。<br> (TSNA/法新社/SAEED KHAN/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(6/21)-科斯塔致勝進球 西班牙1分擊敗伊朗

伊朗中場球員Saeid Ezatolahi與西班牙前鋒球員Diego Costa爭搶球。
(TSNA/法新社/SAEED KHAN/AFP)

<p>伊朗後衛Morteza Pouraliganji與西班牙前鋒球員Diego Costa爭搶球。<br> (TSNA/法新社/SAEED KHAN/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(6/21)-科斯塔致勝進球 西班牙1分擊敗伊朗

伊朗後衛Morteza Pouraliganji與西班牙前鋒球員Diego Costa爭搶球。
(TSNA/法新社/SAEED KHAN/AFP)

<p>西班牙教練Fernando Hierro與前鋒球員Rodrigo溝通。<br> (TSNA/法新社/Luis Acosta/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(6/21)-科斯塔致勝進球 西班牙1分擊敗伊朗

西班牙教練Fernando Hierro與前鋒球員Rodrigo溝通。
(TSNA/法新社/Luis Acosta/AFP)

<p>伊朗後衛Majid Hosseini賽後相當難過。<br> (TSNA/法新社/SAEED KHAN/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(6/21)-科斯塔致勝進球 西班牙1分擊敗伊朗

伊朗後衛Majid Hosseini賽後相當難過。
(TSNA/法新社/SAEED KHAN/AFP)

<p>西班牙後衛Sergio Ramos頭槌。<br> (TSNA/法新社/Roman Kruchinin/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(6/21)-科斯塔致勝進球 西班牙1分擊敗伊朗

西班牙後衛Sergio Ramos頭槌。
(TSNA/法新社/Roman Kruchinin/AFP)

Leon Balogun, de Nigeria, trata de alcanzar el balón durante el encuentro del Mundial ante Croacia, el sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en Kaliningrado, Rusia (AP Foto/Petr David Josek)
Leon Balogun, de Nigeria, trata de alcanzar el balón durante el encuentro del Mundial ante Croacia, el sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en Kaliningrado, Rusia (AP Foto/Petr David Josek)
Leon Balogun, de Nigeria, trata de alcanzar el balón durante el encuentro del Mundial ante Croacia, el sábado 16 de junio de 2018, en Kaliningrado, Rusia (AP Foto/Petr David Josek)
Aron Gunnarson, de la selección de Islandia, agradece al público tras conseguir un empate ante Argentina en el Mundial, el sábado 16 de junio de 2018. El encuetro se realizó en el estadio Spartak de Moscú (AP Foto/Matthias Schrader)
Aron Gunnarson, de la selección de Islandia, agradece al público tras conseguir un empate ante Argentina en el Mundial, el sábado 16 de junio de 2018. El encuetro se realizó en el estadio Spartak de Moscú (AP Foto/Matthias Schrader)
Aron Gunnarson, de la selección de Islandia, agradece al público tras conseguir un empate ante Argentina en el Mundial, el sábado 16 de junio de 2018. El encuetro se realizó en el estadio Spartak de Moscú (AP Foto/Matthias Schrader)
Denmark were perhaps fortunate to beat Peru and Thomas Sorensen says they need to be physically stronger against Australia.
Sorensen: Denmark need to 'muscle up' against Australia
Denmark were perhaps fortunate to beat Peru and Thomas Sorensen says they need to be physically stronger against Australia.
El delantero brasileño Neymar en un entrenamiento en Sochi, Rusia, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Neymar vuelve a entrenar con Brasil tras dejar la práctica por un dolor de tobillo
El delantero brasileño Neymar en un entrenamiento en Sochi, Rusia, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
The Brazilian dazzler is one of four global stars whose journeys are being celebrated by BOSS Parfums...
BOSS Parfums Man Of Today: Philippe Coutinho
The Brazilian dazzler is one of four global stars whose journeys are being celebrated by BOSS Parfums...
The Brazilian dazzler is one of four global stars whose journeys are being celebrated by BOSS Parfums...
BOSS Parfums Man Of Today: Philippe Coutinho
The Brazilian dazzler is one of four global stars whose journeys are being celebrated by BOSS Parfums...
The European champions took the lead in the fourth minute when Cristiano Ronaldo charged into the box to bury his header
Herve Renard proud with Morocco despite World Cup exit
The European champions took the lead in the fourth minute when Cristiano Ronaldo charged into the box to bury his header
En la imagen, el jugador Ivan Rakitic de la selección de Croacia durante una rueda de prensa en el estadio Nizhny Novgorod, el 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Croata Rakitic conoce muy bien la amenaza que representa su compañero Messi
En la imagen, el jugador Ivan Rakitic de la selección de Croacia durante una rueda de prensa en el estadio Nizhny Novgorod, el 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
Cara a cara: Serbia vs Suiza
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
Cara a cara: Serbia vs Suiza
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
Cara a cara: Serbia vs Suiza
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
Cara a cara: Serbia vs Suiza
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
Cara a cara: Serbia vs Suiza
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
Cara a cara: Serbia vs Suiza
Serbia buscará su segunda victoria y la clasificación para octavos
FILE - In this April 23, 2015 file photo, Jarrod Lyle, of Australia, reacts after missing a putt on the 17th hole during the first round of the Zurich Classic PGA golf tournament in Avondale, La. Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a "really scary" period in his third battle with cancer. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
Jarrod Lyle going through "scary" period in cancer recovery
FILE - In this April 23, 2015 file photo, Jarrod Lyle, of Australia, reacts after missing a putt on the 17th hole during the first round of the Zurich Classic PGA golf tournament in Avondale, La. Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a "really scary" period in his third battle with cancer. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
<p>It's draft day! We provide you with everything you need to know about the Sixers heading into the big event. By Matt Haughton</p>
Everything you need to know about the Sixers for the 2018 NBA draft

It's draft day! We provide you with everything you need to know about the Sixers heading into the big event. By Matt Haughton

A young baseball fan in the last row of the upper deck at PNC Park waits out a downpour during a delay of the start of a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pirates and Brewers rained out; Braun has therapy on thumb
A young baseball fan in the last row of the upper deck at PNC Park waits out a downpour during a delay of the start of a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse attendant Scott Bennett carries bats through a flooded tunnel from the dugout after a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers was postponed because of heavy rain, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pirates and Brewers rained out; Braun has therapy on thumb
Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse attendant Scott Bennett carries bats through a flooded tunnel from the dugout after a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers was postponed because of heavy rain, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Ireland won last week in Melbourne to level the series. (AFP Photo/WILLIAM WEST)
Ireland won last week in Melbourne to level the series
Ireland won last week in Melbourne to level the series. (AFP Photo/WILLIAM WEST)
415 hybrid horses have never looked this good.
Spend Quality Time With The 2019 Volvo S60 In 9 Official Videos
415 hybrid horses have never looked this good.
415 hybrid horses have never looked this good.
Spend Quality Time With The 2019 Volvo S60 In 9 Official Videos
415 hybrid horses have never looked this good.
415 hybrid horses have never looked this good.
Spend Quality Time With The 2019 Volvo S60 In 9 Official Videos
415 hybrid horses have never looked this good.
The Real Madrid and Spain defender considers a domestic rival at Barcelona to be a better player than an illustrious World Cup winner from 1986
'Maradona is light years behind Messi' - Sergio Ramos hits back at Argentina legend over Godin jibe
The Real Madrid and Spain defender considers a domestic rival at Barcelona to be a better player than an illustrious World Cup winner from 1986
Russia have set an incredible pace at their own World Cup with a five-goal demolition of Saudi Arabia, followed by an assured, controlled 3-1 win against Mohammed Salah’s Egypt. The hosts had been written off by many, and a headline in the Moscow Times said they were ‘doomed to fail.’ They haven’t, and with one foot in the last sixteen, they could go on and win the group. But what happened to other host nations who won their opening two games? Since 1950, when group stages were introduced, only seven host nations have won their first two matches. That exclusive club does not include 2014 hosts and semi-finalists Brazil, or 1966 hosts and winners England. There is also no room for South Africa - the only host nation to crash out in the group stages. The last team to host and win their first two games was Germany in 2006. Die Mannschaft beat Costa Rica 4-2 in a thriller in Munich, followed up by a 1-0 win over Poland. They ended up reaching the semi-finals, after beating Argentina on penalties in the previous round, but two extra time goals scored by Italy ended their hopes for a place in the final. If Russia could reach the semi finals, it would be a shock akin to that of South Korea in 2002. They showed that it was possible, but can lightening strike twice? World Cup 2018 - How previous hosts have fared In 1998, France went even better and are the last hosts to win the World Cup. They needed extra time in the round of 16, and penalties in the quarter-final, but the French were magnificent, rounding off the tournament with a 3-0 win over the star-studded Brazilians. A World Cup win for Russia is almost unfathomable - there are just too many good teams to beat along the way. Uruguay next Monday will be their first big test against top-level opposition and it will be interesting to see how they cope. Italy got off to a strong start in 1990, beating Austria and the USA. They edged out Uruguay and then the Republic of Ireland to reach the semi -finals, but then came up against Diego Maradona’s Argentina. “Naples is not Italy,” Maradona said before the game, urging the locals to support his side. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage Argentina won, but ultimately Maradona lost. His house was pelted with rocks and he was found guilty of using cocaine. He never played in Italy again. No player at this tournament would surely dare to try to turn Putin’s Russia on itself, but if the hosts get a fortuitous draw in the last 16 (if they make it) and then can get lucky against a big side in the quarter-finals, the last four is not entirely unimaginable. There is a familiar pattern emerging, and this trend continues back into the 1970’s, 60’s and 50’s. Argentina, hosts in 1978, won the tournament and West Germany, hosts in 1974, won the tournament. Both teams, like Russia, won their opening two games. Chile and Sweden complete the list of hosts to win their first two group ties, and while Chile reached the 1962 semi-finals, losing to Brazil in the national stadium, Sweden went all the way to the final in 1958, going down to Brazil too, this time in the Stockholm suburb of Solna. World Cup whatsapp promo Of course, it is difficult to align results in 1958 with the predictions of 2018, but in 70 years of World Cup football the story remains the same. Every host nation that has won its first two games, has gone on to win more, with the worst result being a semi-final defeat. For a team that was ‘doomed to fail’, even a quarter-final would be an unqualified success.
As Russia prove their critics wrong, how have previous hosts fared at World Cups?
Russia have set an incredible pace at their own World Cup with a five-goal demolition of Saudi Arabia, followed by an assured, controlled 3-1 win against Mohammed Salah’s Egypt. The hosts had been written off by many, and a headline in the Moscow Times said they were ‘doomed to fail.’ They haven’t, and with one foot in the last sixteen, they could go on and win the group. But what happened to other host nations who won their opening two games? Since 1950, when group stages were introduced, only seven host nations have won their first two matches. That exclusive club does not include 2014 hosts and semi-finalists Brazil, or 1966 hosts and winners England. There is also no room for South Africa - the only host nation to crash out in the group stages. The last team to host and win their first two games was Germany in 2006. Die Mannschaft beat Costa Rica 4-2 in a thriller in Munich, followed up by a 1-0 win over Poland. They ended up reaching the semi-finals, after beating Argentina on penalties in the previous round, but two extra time goals scored by Italy ended their hopes for a place in the final. If Russia could reach the semi finals, it would be a shock akin to that of South Korea in 2002. They showed that it was possible, but can lightening strike twice? World Cup 2018 - How previous hosts have fared In 1998, France went even better and are the last hosts to win the World Cup. They needed extra time in the round of 16, and penalties in the quarter-final, but the French were magnificent, rounding off the tournament with a 3-0 win over the star-studded Brazilians. A World Cup win for Russia is almost unfathomable - there are just too many good teams to beat along the way. Uruguay next Monday will be their first big test against top-level opposition and it will be interesting to see how they cope. Italy got off to a strong start in 1990, beating Austria and the USA. They edged out Uruguay and then the Republic of Ireland to reach the semi -finals, but then came up against Diego Maradona’s Argentina. “Naples is not Italy,” Maradona said before the game, urging the locals to support his side. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage Argentina won, but ultimately Maradona lost. His house was pelted with rocks and he was found guilty of using cocaine. He never played in Italy again. No player at this tournament would surely dare to try to turn Putin’s Russia on itself, but if the hosts get a fortuitous draw in the last 16 (if they make it) and then can get lucky against a big side in the quarter-finals, the last four is not entirely unimaginable. There is a familiar pattern emerging, and this trend continues back into the 1970’s, 60’s and 50’s. Argentina, hosts in 1978, won the tournament and West Germany, hosts in 1974, won the tournament. Both teams, like Russia, won their opening two games. Chile and Sweden complete the list of hosts to win their first two group ties, and while Chile reached the 1962 semi-finals, losing to Brazil in the national stadium, Sweden went all the way to the final in 1958, going down to Brazil too, this time in the Stockholm suburb of Solna. World Cup whatsapp promo Of course, it is difficult to align results in 1958 with the predictions of 2018, but in 70 years of World Cup football the story remains the same. Every host nation that has won its first two games, has gone on to win more, with the worst result being a semi-final defeat. For a team that was ‘doomed to fail’, even a quarter-final would be an unqualified success.
Unlike England's record in big tournaments, you can almost always rely on the TV coverage to impress. And with ITV and BBC assembling a stellar line-up of pundits for the 2018 World Cup, this year looks no different. The two channels are once again sharing the rights to show the competition to UK audiences, with all 64 matches shown live. Former World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker is fronting the BBC's coverage of the event while Mark Pougatch is the face of ITV's offering. Regular BBC contributors Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are joined by fresh additions in Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta. Telegraph Sport columnists Alex Scott and Cesc Fabregas are also being employed as pundits. Rio Ferdinand is on the BBC's coverage Credit: Getty Images ITV also have a stellar line up including former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs. Here's a full rundown of which channel will be showing which match. Group Stages Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C), 1pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg, 4pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D),7pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E), 1pm - ITV1 Fri June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D), 4pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E), 7pm - BBC One Sat June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sat June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F), 4pm - ITV1 Sat June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F), 7pm - ITV1 Sun June 24: England v Panama (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) 4pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) 7pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A), 3pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A), 3pm - ITV4 Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 3pm - ITV1 Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C), 3pm - ITV4 Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D), 7pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F), 3pm - BBC One Wed June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F), 3pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E), 7pm - ITV1 Wed June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E), 7pm - ITV4 Thu June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H), 3pm - BBC One Thu June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H), 3pm - BBC Two Thu June 28: England v Belgium (Group G), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G), 7pm - ITV4 World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Round of 16 Sat June 30: Winner C v Runner-up D, 3pm - ITV1 Sat June 30: Winner A v Runner-up B, 7pm - ITV1 Sun July 1: Winner B v Runner-up A, 3pm - BBC One Sun July 1: Winner D v Runner-up C, 7pm - ITV1 Mon July 2: Winner E v Runner-up F, 3pm - BBC One Mon July 2: Winner G v Runner-up H, 7pm - BBC One Tues July 3: Winner F v Runner-up E, 3pm - ITV1 Tues July 3: Winner H v Runner-up G, 7pm - BBC One Quarter-finals Fri July 6: Quarter-final one, 3pm - BBC One Fri July 6: Quarter-final two, 7pm - BBC One Saturday July 7: Quarter-final three, 3pm - ITV1 Saturday July 7: Quarter-final four, 7pm - ITV1 Semi-finals Tues July 10: Semi-final one, 7pm - ITV1 Weds July 11: Semi-final two, 7pm - BBC One Sat July 14: Third place play-off: Losers of two semi-finals, 3pm - ITV1 Final Sun July 15: World Cup final, 4pm ITV1 and BBC One
Watch World Cup 2018: TV channel, time and date of every match
Unlike England's record in big tournaments, you can almost always rely on the TV coverage to impress. And with ITV and BBC assembling a stellar line-up of pundits for the 2018 World Cup, this year looks no different. The two channels are once again sharing the rights to show the competition to UK audiences, with all 64 matches shown live. Former World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker is fronting the BBC's coverage of the event while Mark Pougatch is the face of ITV's offering. Regular BBC contributors Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are joined by fresh additions in Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta. Telegraph Sport columnists Alex Scott and Cesc Fabregas are also being employed as pundits. Rio Ferdinand is on the BBC's coverage Credit: Getty Images ITV also have a stellar line up including former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs. Here's a full rundown of which channel will be showing which match. Group Stages Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C), 1pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg, 4pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D),7pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E), 1pm - ITV1 Fri June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D), 4pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E), 7pm - BBC One Sat June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sat June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F), 4pm - ITV1 Sat June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F), 7pm - ITV1 Sun June 24: England v Panama (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) 4pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) 7pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A), 3pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A), 3pm - ITV4 Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 3pm - ITV1 Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C), 3pm - ITV4 Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D), 7pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F), 3pm - BBC One Wed June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F), 3pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E), 7pm - ITV1 Wed June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E), 7pm - ITV4 Thu June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H), 3pm - BBC One Thu June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H), 3pm - BBC Two Thu June 28: England v Belgium (Group G), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G), 7pm - ITV4 World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Round of 16 Sat June 30: Winner C v Runner-up D, 3pm - ITV1 Sat June 30: Winner A v Runner-up B, 7pm - ITV1 Sun July 1: Winner B v Runner-up A, 3pm - BBC One Sun July 1: Winner D v Runner-up C, 7pm - ITV1 Mon July 2: Winner E v Runner-up F, 3pm - BBC One Mon July 2: Winner G v Runner-up H, 7pm - BBC One Tues July 3: Winner F v Runner-up E, 3pm - ITV1 Tues July 3: Winner H v Runner-up G, 7pm - BBC One Quarter-finals Fri July 6: Quarter-final one, 3pm - BBC One Fri July 6: Quarter-final two, 7pm - BBC One Saturday July 7: Quarter-final three, 3pm - ITV1 Saturday July 7: Quarter-final four, 7pm - ITV1 Semi-finals Tues July 10: Semi-final one, 7pm - ITV1 Weds July 11: Semi-final two, 7pm - BBC One Sat July 14: Third place play-off: Losers of two semi-finals, 3pm - ITV1 Final Sun July 15: World Cup final, 4pm ITV1 and BBC One
Unlike England's record in big tournaments, you can almost always rely on the TV coverage to impress. And with ITV and BBC assembling a stellar line-up of pundits for the 2018 World Cup, this year looks no different. The two channels are once again sharing the rights to show the competition to UK audiences, with all 64 matches shown live. Former World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker is fronting the BBC's coverage of the event while Mark Pougatch is the face of ITV's offering. Regular BBC contributors Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are joined by fresh additions in Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta. Telegraph Sport columnists Alex Scott and Cesc Fabregas are also being employed as pundits. Rio Ferdinand is on the BBC's coverage Credit: Getty Images ITV also have a stellar line up including former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs. Here's a full rundown of which channel will be showing which match. Group Stages Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C), 1pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg, 4pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D),7pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E), 1pm - ITV1 Fri June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D), 4pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E), 7pm - BBC One Sat June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sat June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F), 4pm - ITV1 Sat June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F), 7pm - ITV1 Sun June 24: England v Panama (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) 4pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) 7pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A), 3pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A), 3pm - ITV4 Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 3pm - ITV1 Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C), 3pm - ITV4 Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D), 7pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F), 3pm - BBC One Wed June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F), 3pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E), 7pm - ITV1 Wed June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E), 7pm - ITV4 Thu June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H), 3pm - BBC One Thu June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H), 3pm - BBC Two Thu June 28: England v Belgium (Group G), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G), 7pm - ITV4 World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Round of 16 Sat June 30: Winner C v Runner-up D, 3pm - ITV1 Sat June 30: Winner A v Runner-up B, 7pm - ITV1 Sun July 1: Winner B v Runner-up A, 3pm - BBC One Sun July 1: Winner D v Runner-up C, 7pm - ITV1 Mon July 2: Winner E v Runner-up F, 3pm - BBC One Mon July 2: Winner G v Runner-up H, 7pm - BBC One Tues July 3: Winner F v Runner-up E, 3pm - ITV1 Tues July 3: Winner H v Runner-up G, 7pm - BBC One Quarter-finals Fri July 6: Quarter-final one, 3pm - BBC One Fri July 6: Quarter-final two, 7pm - BBC One Saturday July 7: Quarter-final three, 3pm - ITV1 Saturday July 7: Quarter-final four, 7pm - ITV1 Semi-finals Tues July 10: Semi-final one, 7pm - ITV1 Weds July 11: Semi-final two, 7pm - BBC One Sat July 14: Third place play-off: Losers of two semi-finals, 3pm - ITV1 Final Sun July 15: World Cup final, 4pm ITV1 and BBC One
Watch World Cup 2018: TV channel, time and date of every match
Unlike England's record in big tournaments, you can almost always rely on the TV coverage to impress. And with ITV and BBC assembling a stellar line-up of pundits for the 2018 World Cup, this year looks no different. The two channels are once again sharing the rights to show the competition to UK audiences, with all 64 matches shown live. Former World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker is fronting the BBC's coverage of the event while Mark Pougatch is the face of ITV's offering. Regular BBC contributors Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are joined by fresh additions in Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta. Telegraph Sport columnists Alex Scott and Cesc Fabregas are also being employed as pundits. Rio Ferdinand is on the BBC's coverage Credit: Getty Images ITV also have a stellar line up including former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs. Here's a full rundown of which channel will be showing which match. Group Stages Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C), 1pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg, 4pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D),7pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E), 1pm - ITV1 Fri June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D), 4pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E), 7pm - BBC One Sat June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sat June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F), 4pm - ITV1 Sat June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F), 7pm - ITV1 Sun June 24: England v Panama (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) 4pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) 7pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A), 3pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A), 3pm - ITV4 Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 3pm - ITV1 Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C), 3pm - ITV4 Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D), 7pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F), 3pm - BBC One Wed June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F), 3pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E), 7pm - ITV1 Wed June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E), 7pm - ITV4 Thu June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H), 3pm - BBC One Thu June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H), 3pm - BBC Two Thu June 28: England v Belgium (Group G), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G), 7pm - ITV4 World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Round of 16 Sat June 30: Winner C v Runner-up D, 3pm - ITV1 Sat June 30: Winner A v Runner-up B, 7pm - ITV1 Sun July 1: Winner B v Runner-up A, 3pm - BBC One Sun July 1: Winner D v Runner-up C, 7pm - ITV1 Mon July 2: Winner E v Runner-up F, 3pm - BBC One Mon July 2: Winner G v Runner-up H, 7pm - BBC One Tues July 3: Winner F v Runner-up E, 3pm - ITV1 Tues July 3: Winner H v Runner-up G, 7pm - BBC One Quarter-finals Fri July 6: Quarter-final one, 3pm - BBC One Fri July 6: Quarter-final two, 7pm - BBC One Saturday July 7: Quarter-final three, 3pm - ITV1 Saturday July 7: Quarter-final four, 7pm - ITV1 Semi-finals Tues July 10: Semi-final one, 7pm - ITV1 Weds July 11: Semi-final two, 7pm - BBC One Sat July 14: Third place play-off: Losers of two semi-finals, 3pm - ITV1 Final Sun July 15: World Cup final, 4pm ITV1 and BBC One
Former AFC secretary-general Peter Velappan believes that Southeast Asian nations have a good chance of securing the right to host the 2034 World Cup.
Peter Velappan: 'ASEAN can win 2034 World Cup bid with me at the helm'
Former AFC secretary-general Peter Velappan believes that Southeast Asian nations have a good chance of securing the right to host the 2034 World Cup.
Former AFC secretary-general Peter Velappan believes that Southeast Asian nations have a good chance of securing the right to host the 2034 World Cup.
Peter Velappan: 'ASEAN can win 2034 World Cup bid with me at the helm'
Former AFC secretary-general Peter Velappan believes that Southeast Asian nations have a good chance of securing the right to host the 2034 World Cup.
The 2018 Fifa World Cup's eight groups of four teams are shaping up nicely as we head into the second round of games – but who is in best shape to progress to the round of 16? Here are the group tables and latest standings. Last December's draw in Moscow saw England placed in Group E with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. The top two in the group will qualify for the knockout stages. You can find details about each team, the World Cup group they are in and our prediction on who makes it through right here. World Cup Draw Live Widget 2018 Group A - Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Russia 3 Egypt 1 Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia 0 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Uruguay and Egypt to go through Group B - Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Morocco 0 Iran 1 Portugal 3 Spain 3 Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Iran 0 Spain 1 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Portugal and Spain to go through Group C - France, Australia, Peru, Denmark France 2 Australia 1 Peru 0 Denmark 1 Our pre-tournament group prediction: France and Denmark to go through Group D - Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Croatia 2 Nigeria 0 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Argentina and Croatia to go through Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Brazil and Switzerland to go through Group F - Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Germany 0 Mexico 1 Sweden 1 South Korea Our pre-tournament group prediction: Germany and Mexico to go through Group G - Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England Belgium 3 Panama 0 Tunisia 1 England 2 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Belgium and England to go through Group H - Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan Colombia 1 Japan 2 Poland 1 Senegal 2 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Poland and Colombia to go through Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018 groups: Latest standings and tables
The 2018 Fifa World Cup's eight groups of four teams are shaping up nicely as we head into the second round of games – but who is in best shape to progress to the round of 16? Here are the group tables and latest standings. Last December's draw in Moscow saw England placed in Group E with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. The top two in the group will qualify for the knockout stages. You can find details about each team, the World Cup group they are in and our prediction on who makes it through right here. World Cup Draw Live Widget 2018 Group A - Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Russia 3 Egypt 1 Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia 0 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Uruguay and Egypt to go through Group B - Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Morocco 0 Iran 1 Portugal 3 Spain 3 Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Iran 0 Spain 1 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Portugal and Spain to go through Group C - France, Australia, Peru, Denmark France 2 Australia 1 Peru 0 Denmark 1 Our pre-tournament group prediction: France and Denmark to go through Group D - Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Croatia 2 Nigeria 0 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Argentina and Croatia to go through Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Brazil and Switzerland to go through Group F - Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Germany 0 Mexico 1 Sweden 1 South Korea Our pre-tournament group prediction: Germany and Mexico to go through Group G - Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England Belgium 3 Panama 0 Tunisia 1 England 2 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Belgium and England to go through Group H - Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan Colombia 1 Japan 2 Poland 1 Senegal 2 Our pre-tournament group prediction: Poland and Colombia to go through Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Los jugadores de la selección de Irán proestan después de que el árbitro uruguayo Andrés Cunha les invalida un gol en el partido contra España, correspondiente al Mundial y disputado el miércoles 20 de junio de 2018, en Kazán, Rusia (AP Foto/Eugene Hoshiko)
Los jugadores de la selección de Irán proestan después de que el árbitro uruguayo Andrés Cunha les invalida un gol en el partido contra España, correspondiente al Mundial y disputado el miércoles 20 de junio de 2018, en Kazán, Rusia (AP Foto/Eugene Hoshiko)
Los jugadores de la selección de Irán proestan después de que el árbitro uruguayo Andrés Cunha les invalida un gol en el partido contra España, correspondiente al Mundial y disputado el miércoles 20 de junio de 2018, en Kazán, Rusia (AP Foto/Eugene Hoshiko)
Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo, of Australia, waits to ring the third practice session for the F1 Canadian Grand Prix auto race, Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
Formula One's Ricciardo drawn to NASCAR (and even NFL)
Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo, of Australia, waits to ring the third practice session for the F1 Canadian Grand Prix auto race, Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
The Spain international says he will be happy to speak with Blaugrana vice-president Jordi Mestre regarding the Atletico Madrid striker's announcement
Pique welcomes discussion with Barcelona board over Griezmann transfer saga
The Spain international says he will be happy to speak with Blaugrana vice-president Jordi Mestre regarding the Atletico Madrid striker's announcement
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
America's Next Postal Truck By Karsan Spied Testing Again
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
America's Next Postal Truck By Karsan Spied Testing Again
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
America's Next Postal Truck By Karsan Spied Testing Again
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
America's Next Postal Truck By Karsan Spied Testing Again
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
America's Next Postal Truck By Karsan Spied Testing Again
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
America's Next Postal Truck By Karsan Spied Testing Again
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
America's Next Postal Truck By Karsan Spied Testing Again
Could be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
The Premier League side's board member says made it clear that talks were advanced, but says that the negotiations have not been simple
Still some things to sort in Jorginho to Man City deal - Alberto Galassi
The Premier League side's board member says made it clear that talks were advanced, but says that the negotiations have not been simple
The 22-year-old midfielder will be weighing up his options if he is not given assurances over first-team football at Stamford Bridge next season
Loftus-Cheek to consider Chelsea future with summer transfer possible
The 22-year-old midfielder will be weighing up his options if he is not given assurances over first-team football at Stamford Bridge next season
Giancarlo Stanton's walk-off two-run homer caps an epic comeback in the Bronx, plus the Astros go back-to-back-to-back to top the Rays
6/20/18 MLB.com FastCast
Giancarlo Stanton's walk-off two-run homer caps an epic comeback in the Bronx, plus the Astros go back-to-back-to-back to top the Rays
Giancarlo Stanton's walk-off two-run homer caps an epic comeback in the Bronx, plus the Astros go back-to-back-to-back to top the Rays
6/20/18 MLB.com FastCast
Giancarlo Stanton's walk-off two-run homer caps an epic comeback in the Bronx, plus the Astros go back-to-back-to-back to top the Rays
Giancarlo Stanton's walk-off two-run homer caps an epic comeback in the Bronx, plus the Astros go back-to-back-to-back to top the Rays
6/20/18 MLB.com FastCast
Giancarlo Stanton's walk-off two-run homer caps an epic comeback in the Bronx, plus the Astros go back-to-back-to-back to top the Rays
Wednesday night's game between the Brewers and Pirates at PNC Park has been postponed.
Brewers-Pirates game postponed
Wednesday night's game between the Brewers and Pirates at PNC Park has been postponed.
Wednesday night's game between the Brewers and Pirates at PNC Park has been postponed.
Brewers-Pirates game postponed
Wednesday night's game between the Brewers and Pirates at PNC Park has been postponed.
We are well into the second round of World Cup 2018 group games, but still none the wiser over who will win this summer's tournament. After unconvincing performances from Spain, Uruguay and Portugal yesterday, Thursday's schedule includes fixtures between Denmark and Australia, France and Peru and Argentina vs Croatia. With a busy schedule, here is our guide on how to watch every second of the action – a feast of pretty much non-stop football. The full World Cup 2018 fixture schedule is included below, with timings, venues and TV channels included. All times BST. Local times are BST +2 apart from games played in Kaliningrad (+1), Samara (+3) and Ekaterinburg (+4). Group stages Thursday 14 June Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Friday 15 June Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Morocco 0 Iran 1 Portugal 3 Spain 3 Saturday 16 June France 2 Australia 1 Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Peru 0 Denmark 1 Croatia 2 Nigeria 0 Sunday 17 June Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Germany 0 Mexico 1 Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Monday 18 June Sweden 1 South Korea 0 Belgium 3 Panama 0 Tunisia 1 England 2 Tuesday 19 June Colombia 1 Japan 2 Poland 1 Senegal 2 Russia 3 Egypt 1 Wednesday 20 June Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia 0 Iran 0 Spain 1 Thursday 21 June Denmark vs Australia (Group C) - Samara - 1pm - ITV France vs Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg - 4pm - ITV Argentina vs Croatia (Group D) - Nizhny Novgorod - 7pm - BBC Friday 22 June Brazil vs Costa Rica (Group E) - St Petersburg - 1pm - ITV Nigeria vs Iceland (Group D) - Volgograd - 4pm - BBC Serbia vs Switzerland (Group E) - Kaliningrad - 7pm - BBC Saturday 23 June Belgium vs Tunisia (Group G) - Moscow (Spartak) - 1pm - BBC South Korea vs Mexico (Group F) - Rostov-on-Don - 4pm - ITV Germany v Sweden (Group F) - Sochi - 7pm - ITV Sunday 24 June England vs Panama (Group G) - Nizhny Novgorod - 1pm - BBC Japan vs Senegal (Group H) - Ekaterinburg - 4pm - BBC Poland vs Colombia (Group H) - Kazan - 7pm - ITV Monday 25 June Uruguay vs Russia (Group A) - Samara - 3pm - ITV Saudi Arabia vs Egypt (Group A) - Volgograd - 3pm - ITV Spain vs Morocco (Group B) - Kaliningrad - 7pm- BBC Iran vs Portugal (Group B) - Saransk - 7pm - BBC Tuesday 26 June Denmark vs France (Group C) - Moscow (Luzhniki) - 3pm - ITV Australia vs Peru (Group C) - Sochi - 3pm - ITV Nigeria vs Argentina (Group D) - St Petersburg - 7pm - BBC Iceland vs Croatia (Group D) - Rostov-on-Don - 7pm - BBC Wednesday 27 June South Korea vs Germany (Group F) - Kazan - 3pm - BBC Mexico vs Sweden (Group F) - Ekaterinburg - 3pm - BBC Serbia vs Brazil (Group E) - Moscow (Spartak) - 7pm - ITV Switzerland vs Costa Rica (Group E) - Nizhny Novgorod - 7pm - ITV Thursday 28 June Japan vs Poland (Group H) - Volgograd - 3pm - BBC Senegal vs Colombia (Group H) - Samara - 3pm - BBC England vs Belgium (Group G) - Kaliningrad - 7pm - ITV Panama vs Tunisia (Group G) - Saransk - 7pm - ITV Round of 16 (Matches in bold are potential England fixtures) Saturday 30 June Group C winner vs Group D runner-up - Kazan, 3pm (Match 50) Group A winner vs Group B runner-up- Sochi, 7pm (Match 49) Sunday 1 July Group B winner vs Group A runner-up- Moscow (Luzhniki), 3pm (Match 51) Group D winner vs Group C runner-up - Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm (Match 52) Monday 2 July Group E winner vs Group F runner-up - Samara, 3pm (Match 53) Group G winner vs Group H runner-up - Rostov-on-Don, 7pm (Match 54) Tuesday 3 July Group F winner vs Group E runner-up - St Petersburg 3pm (Match 55) Group H winner vs Group G runner-up - Moscow (Spartak), 7pm (Match 56) Quarter-finals Friday 6 July Winner match 49 vs Winner match 50 - Nizhny Novgorod, 3pm (Match 57) Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm (Match 58) Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm (Match 60) Winner match 51 vs Winner match 52 - Sochi, 7pm (Match 59) Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm (Match 61) Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm (Match 62) Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm Russia 2018 Predictor: Plot the path of the finals with our interactive World Cup wallchart ​ World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018 fixtures: latest results update, complete schedule and match dates
We are well into the second round of World Cup 2018 group games, but still none the wiser over who will win this summer's tournament. After unconvincing performances from Spain, Uruguay and Portugal yesterday, Thursday's schedule includes fixtures between Denmark and Australia, France and Peru and Argentina vs Croatia. With a busy schedule, here is our guide on how to watch every second of the action – a feast of pretty much non-stop football. The full World Cup 2018 fixture schedule is included below, with timings, venues and TV channels included. All times BST. Local times are BST +2 apart from games played in Kaliningrad (+1), Samara (+3) and Ekaterinburg (+4). Group stages Thursday 14 June Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Friday 15 June Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Morocco 0 Iran 1 Portugal 3 Spain 3 Saturday 16 June France 2 Australia 1 Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Peru 0 Denmark 1 Croatia 2 Nigeria 0 Sunday 17 June Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Germany 0 Mexico 1 Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Monday 18 June Sweden 1 South Korea 0 Belgium 3 Panama 0 Tunisia 1 England 2 Tuesday 19 June Colombia 1 Japan 2 Poland 1 Senegal 2 Russia 3 Egypt 1 Wednesday 20 June Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia 0 Iran 0 Spain 1 Thursday 21 June Denmark vs Australia (Group C) - Samara - 1pm - ITV France vs Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg - 4pm - ITV Argentina vs Croatia (Group D) - Nizhny Novgorod - 7pm - BBC Friday 22 June Brazil vs Costa Rica (Group E) - St Petersburg - 1pm - ITV Nigeria vs Iceland (Group D) - Volgograd - 4pm - BBC Serbia vs Switzerland (Group E) - Kaliningrad - 7pm - BBC Saturday 23 June Belgium vs Tunisia (Group G) - Moscow (Spartak) - 1pm - BBC South Korea vs Mexico (Group F) - Rostov-on-Don - 4pm - ITV Germany v Sweden (Group F) - Sochi - 7pm - ITV Sunday 24 June England vs Panama (Group G) - Nizhny Novgorod - 1pm - BBC Japan vs Senegal (Group H) - Ekaterinburg - 4pm - BBC Poland vs Colombia (Group H) - Kazan - 7pm - ITV Monday 25 June Uruguay vs Russia (Group A) - Samara - 3pm - ITV Saudi Arabia vs Egypt (Group A) - Volgograd - 3pm - ITV Spain vs Morocco (Group B) - Kaliningrad - 7pm- BBC Iran vs Portugal (Group B) - Saransk - 7pm - BBC Tuesday 26 June Denmark vs France (Group C) - Moscow (Luzhniki) - 3pm - ITV Australia vs Peru (Group C) - Sochi - 3pm - ITV Nigeria vs Argentina (Group D) - St Petersburg - 7pm - BBC Iceland vs Croatia (Group D) - Rostov-on-Don - 7pm - BBC Wednesday 27 June South Korea vs Germany (Group F) - Kazan - 3pm - BBC Mexico vs Sweden (Group F) - Ekaterinburg - 3pm - BBC Serbia vs Brazil (Group E) - Moscow (Spartak) - 7pm - ITV Switzerland vs Costa Rica (Group E) - Nizhny Novgorod - 7pm - ITV Thursday 28 June Japan vs Poland (Group H) - Volgograd - 3pm - BBC Senegal vs Colombia (Group H) - Samara - 3pm - BBC England vs Belgium (Group G) - Kaliningrad - 7pm - ITV Panama vs Tunisia (Group G) - Saransk - 7pm - ITV Round of 16 (Matches in bold are potential England fixtures) Saturday 30 June Group C winner vs Group D runner-up - Kazan, 3pm (Match 50) Group A winner vs Group B runner-up- Sochi, 7pm (Match 49) Sunday 1 July Group B winner vs Group A runner-up- Moscow (Luzhniki), 3pm (Match 51) Group D winner vs Group C runner-up - Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm (Match 52) Monday 2 July Group E winner vs Group F runner-up - Samara, 3pm (Match 53) Group G winner vs Group H runner-up - Rostov-on-Don, 7pm (Match 54) Tuesday 3 July Group F winner vs Group E runner-up - St Petersburg 3pm (Match 55) Group H winner vs Group G runner-up - Moscow (Spartak), 7pm (Match 56) Quarter-finals Friday 6 July Winner match 49 vs Winner match 50 - Nizhny Novgorod, 3pm (Match 57) Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm (Match 58) Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm (Match 60) Winner match 51 vs Winner match 52 - Sochi, 7pm (Match 59) Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm (Match 61) Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm (Match 62) Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm Russia 2018 Predictor: Plot the path of the finals with our interactive World Cup wallchart ​ World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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En la imagen, el seleccionador español, Fernando Hierro, en un encuentro contra Irán en el Grupo B del Mundial de rusia en Kazan, el 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/John Sibley
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