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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)
Barry Trotz is nearing a deal with the Islanders to be the team's next head coach after resigning from the Capitals' top job less than a week ago, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.
Islanders Expected to Name Barry Trotz Next Head Coach
Barry Trotz is nearing a deal with the Islanders to be the team's next head coach after resigning from the Capitals' top job less than a week ago, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.
Barry Trotz is nearing a deal with the Islanders to be the team's next head coach after resigning from the Capitals' top job less than a week ago, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.
Islanders Expected to Name Barry Trotz Next Head Coach
Barry Trotz is nearing a deal with the Islanders to be the team's next head coach after resigning from the Capitals' top job less than a week ago, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.
Barry Trotz is nearing a deal with the Islanders to be the team's next head coach after resigning from the Capitals' top job less than a week ago, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.
Islanders Expected to Name Barry Trotz Next Head Coach
Barry Trotz is nearing a deal with the Islanders to be the team's next head coach after resigning from the Capitals' top job less than a week ago, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.
Crónica Flash: Francia 1-0 Perú
Crónica Flash: Francia 1-0 Perú
Crónica Flash: Francia 1-0 Perú
Crónica Flash: Francia 1-0 Perú
Crónica Flash: Francia 1-0 Perú
Crónica Flash: Francia 1-0 Perú
Crónica Flash: Francia 1-0 Perú
Crónica Flash: Francia 1-0 Perú
Crónica Flash: Francia 1-0 Perú
Morocco football federation president Fouzi Lekjaa speaks at the FIFA congress on the eve of the opener of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The congress in Moscow is set to choose the host or hosts for the 2026 World Cup. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
FIFA criticism adds to Morocco hat-trick of World Cup losses
Morocco football federation president Fouzi Lekjaa speaks at the FIFA congress on the eve of the opener of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The congress in Moscow is set to choose the host or hosts for the 2026 World Cup. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018 file photo, a woman holds a Chinese flag prior to 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. Chinese sponsors are more visible than ever and tens of thousands of Chinese fans have descended on Moscow, using their growing economic clout to secure top-dollar seats and dreaming of the day, perhaps not that far off, when China will host football's showcase. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
More than ever, and without a team, it is China's World Cup
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018 file photo, a woman holds a Chinese flag prior to 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. Chinese sponsors are more visible than ever and tens of thousands of Chinese fans have descended on Moscow, using their growing economic clout to secure top-dollar seats and dreaming of the day, perhaps not that far off, when China will host football's showcase. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
Portugal's Cedric, left, and Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat, right, challenge for the ball 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/Victor Caivano)
FIFA criticism adds to Morocco hat-trick of World Cup losses
Portugal's Cedric, left, and Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat, right, challenge for the ball 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/Victor Caivano)
Referee Mark Geiger from U.S. talks to Morocco coach Herve Renard during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
FIFA criticism adds to Morocco hat-trick of World Cup losses
Referee Mark Geiger from U.S. talks to Morocco coach Herve Renard during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Morocco coach Herve Renard shouts 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)
FIFA criticism adds to Morocco hat-trick of World Cup losses
Morocco coach Herve Renard shouts 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)
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018 file photo, soccer fans from China pose for a photograph prior to the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Chinese sponsors are more visible than ever and tens of thousands of Chinese fans have descended on Moscow, using their growing economic clout to secure top-dollar seats and dreaming of the day, perhaps not that far off, when China will host football's showcase. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
More than ever, and without a team, it is China's World Cup
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018 file photo, soccer fans from China pose for a photograph prior to the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Chinese sponsors are more visible than ever and tens of thousands of Chinese fans have descended on Moscow, using their growing economic clout to secure top-dollar seats and dreaming of the day, perhaps not that far off, when China will host football's showcase. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018 file photo, a soccer fan from China carries his national flag as the walks inside the Luzhniki Stadium during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Chinese sponsors are more visible than ever and tens of thousands of Chinese fans have descended on Moscow, using their growing economic clout to secure top-dollar seats and dreaming of the day, perhaps not that far off, when China will host football's showcase. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
More than ever, and without a team, it is China's World Cup
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018 file photo, a soccer fan from China carries his national flag as the walks inside the Luzhniki Stadium during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Chinese sponsors are more visible than ever and tens of thousands of Chinese fans have descended on Moscow, using their growing economic clout to secure top-dollar seats and dreaming of the day, perhaps not that far off, when China will host football's showcase. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, a Chinese soccer fan waves a China's national flag after the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia . Chinese sponsors are more visible than ever and tens of thousands of Chinese fans have descended on Moscow, using their growing economic clout to secure top-dollar seats and dreaming of the day, perhaps not that far off, when China will host football's showcase. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
More than ever, and without a team, it is China's World Cup
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, a Chinese soccer fan waves a China's national flag after the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia . Chinese sponsors are more visible than ever and tens of thousands of Chinese fans have descended on Moscow, using their growing economic clout to secure top-dollar seats and dreaming of the day, perhaps not that far off, when China will host football's showcase. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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)
FIFA criticism adds to Morocco hat-trick of World Cup losses
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)
Switzerland Roger Federer returns a ball to France's Benoit Paire in their round of 16 match at the ATP tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)
Federer edges Paire to advance in Halle
Switzerland Roger Federer returns a ball to France's Benoit Paire in their round of 16 match at the ATP tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)
Switzerland Roger Federer returns a ball to France's Benoit Paire in their round of 16 match at the ATP tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)
Federer edges Paire to advance in Halle
Switzerland Roger Federer returns a ball to France's Benoit Paire in their round of 16 match at the ATP tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)
Switzerland Roger Federer waves after winning against France's Benoit Paire in their round of 16 match at the ATP tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)
Federer edges Paire to advance in Halle
Switzerland Roger Federer waves after winning against France's Benoit Paire in their round of 16 match at the ATP tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho speaks during a press conference on the eve of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Nigeria's young goalkeeper shows no sign of stage fright
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho speaks during a press conference on the eve of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho arrives for a press conference on the eve of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Nigeria's young goalkeeper shows no sign of stage fright
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho arrives for a press conference on the eve of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho listens to a question during a press conference on the eve of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Nigeria's young goalkeeper shows no sign of stage fright
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho listens to a question during a press conference on the eve of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho listens to a question during a press conference on the eve of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Nigeria's young goalkeeper shows no sign of stage fright
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho listens to a question during a press conference on the eve of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Formula One F1 - Canadian Grand Prix - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada - June 10, 2018 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Formula One F1 - Canadian Grand Prix
Formula One F1 - Canadian Grand Prix - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada - June 10, 2018 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
The goalkeeper was angry at the impact that the Video Assistant Referee had when they awarded a penalty against his side
VAR needs more work after 'exceptionally harsh decision' goes against Denmark, claims Schmeichel
The goalkeeper was angry at the impact that the Video Assistant Referee had when they awarded a penalty against his side
The goalkeeper was angry at the impact that the Video Assistant Referee had when they awarded a penalty against his side
VAR needs more work after 'exceptionally harsh decision' goes against Denmark, claims Schmeichel
The goalkeeper was angry at the impact that the Video Assistant Referee had when they awarded a penalty against his side
Olivier Giroud was back in the France starting XI against Peru on Wednesday and, while were not great, his return was telling.
Giroud return brings structure to France, but again they disappoint
Olivier Giroud was back in the France starting XI against Peru on Wednesday and, while were not great, his return was telling.
Less than a week ago Trotz resigned from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
Islanders closing in on hiring Barry Trotz: Report
Less than a week ago Trotz resigned from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
Less than a week ago Trotz resigned from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
Islanders closing in on hiring Barry Trotz: Report
Less than a week ago Trotz resigned from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
See How New Suzuki Jimny Looks As Pickup, Four-Door
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
See How New Suzuki Jimny Looks As Pickup, Four-Door
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
See How New Suzuki Jimny Looks As Pickup, Four-Door
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
See How New Suzuki Jimny Would Look As Pickup, Four-Door
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
See How New Suzuki Jimny Looks As Pickup, Four-Door
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
See How New Suzuki Jimny Looks As Pickup, Four-Door
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
See How New Suzuki Jimny Would Look As Pickup, Four-Door
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
See How New Suzuki Jimny Looks As Pickup, Four-Door
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
See How New Suzuki Jimny Looks As Pickup, Four-Door
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
See How New Suzuki Jimny Would Look As Pickup, Four-Door
Suzuki has built multiple versions of the Jimny in the past, so it's conceivable that there could be more than just a hard top for the new one.
Escape artist: Roger Federer saves two match points to beat Benoit Paire in Halle on Thursday (AFP Photo/Friso Gentsch)
Escape artist: Roger Federer saves two match points to beat Benoit Paire in Halle on Thursday
Escape artist: Roger Federer saves two match points to beat Benoit Paire in Halle on Thursday (AFP Photo/Friso Gentsch)
Eloy Jimenez and a bunch of White Sox prospects get promoted as the rebuild advances
Goalkeeper Jason Steele has signed for Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion on a three-year deal from Sunderland.
Brighton sign Sunderland goalkeeper Steele
Goalkeeper Jason Steele has signed for Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion on a three-year deal from Sunderland.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Costa Rica vs Serbia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 17, 2018 Costa Rica team group before the match REUTERS/Michael Dalder
World Cup - Group E - Costa Rica vs Serbia
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Costa Rica vs Serbia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 17, 2018 Costa Rica team group before the match REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Costa Rica vs Serbia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 17, 2018 Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez during the match REUTERS/Michael Dalder
World Cup - Group E - Costa Rica vs Serbia
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Costa Rica vs Serbia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 17, 2018 Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez during the match REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Zach Johnson walks up to the third green during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Zach Johnson holds early lead at Travelers Championship
Zach Johnson walks up to the third green during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Aaron Judge smashes a two-run home run to right-center field to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st
Judge's 2-run homer
Aaron Judge smashes a two-run home run to right-center field to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st
Aaron Judge smashes a two-run home run to right-center field to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st
Judge's 2-run homer
Aaron Judge smashes a two-run home run to right-center field to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st
Aaron Judge smashes a two-run home run to right-center field to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st
Judge's 2-run homer
Aaron Judge smashes a two-run home run to right-center field to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st
On my way: Julian Nagelsmann will leave Hoffenheim for Leipzig (AFP Photo/Amelie QUERFURTH)
On my way: Julian Nagelsmann will leave Hoffenheim for Leipzig
On my way: Julian Nagelsmann will leave Hoffenheim for Leipzig (AFP Photo/Amelie QUERFURTH)
Nigeria's coach Gernot Rohr reiterated that he thought his side had been unlucky to lose their opener and had played well (AFP Photo/Mark RALSTON)
Nigeria's coach Gernot Rohr reiterated that he thought his side had been unlucky to lose their opener and had played well
Nigeria's coach Gernot Rohr reiterated that he thought his side had been unlucky to lose their opener and had played well (AFP Photo/Mark RALSTON)
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Una hincha peruana reacciona tras la derrota de su selección frente a Francia por el grupo C de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Ekaterimburgo, Rusia, jun 21, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Una hincha peruana reacciona tras la derrota de su selección frente a Francia por el grupo C de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Ekaterimburgo, Rusia
Una hincha peruana reacciona tras la derrota de su selección frente a Francia por el grupo C de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Ekaterimburgo, Rusia, jun 21, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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La Roja por fin podrá utilizar su equipación local en Rusia 2018 tras ser visitante ante Portugal e Irán.
La Roja por fin podrá utilizar su equipación local en Rusia 2018 tras ser visitante ante Portugal e Irán.
¿Con qué camisetas jugarán España y Marruecos?
La Roja por fin podrá utilizar su equipación local en Rusia 2018 tras ser visitante ante Portugal e Irán.
La Roja por fin podrá utilizar su equipación local en Rusia 2018 tras ser visitante ante Portugal e Irán.
¿Con qué camisetas jugarán España y Marruecos?
La Roja por fin podrá utilizar su equipación local en Rusia 2018 tras ser visitante ante Portugal e Irán.
Barry Trotz finds contract he was looking for, expected to be named New York Islanders new head coach
Argentina vs Croatia, World Cup 2018 Group D clash, kicks off at 7pm on BBC 1 Cesc Fabregas exclusive column: Lionel Messi and me - my 18-year friendship with the world's greatest player You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Betting guide: predictions and tips for Argentina v Croatia WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 6:30PM Tick Tock, tick tock On BBC One Tomasz Schafernaker has finished his weather report without swearing, which is good, and the coverage is about to begin. You can follow all the match updates on @telefootball or tweet me directly @jamieojohnson 6:26PM While you wait The Telegraph has launched a fantastic interactive and you should really give it go. You are the VAR. Follow the link below. test - do not delete 6:23PM Argentina: Meza in, Di Maria out TEAM NEWS // #ARGCRO This promises to be a good one in Nizhny Novgorod... ��������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/4MuxZz1NEW— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 Jorge Sampaoli has given Independiente forward Maximiliano Meza the left wing berth for tonight's game in place of Angel Di Maria. The 25-year-old has leapfrogged Boca Juniors' Cristian Pavon into the starting XI. The Argentina team is: Caballero; Tagliafico, Otamendi, Mercado; Acuna, Perez, Mascherano, Salvio; Meza, Messi; Aguero 6:08PM Croatia team news Croatia have announced their line up for tonight's game. Subasic, Strinic, Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic, Modric, Rebic, Mandzukic. ���������� ⬇️ #CRO starting lineup!#BeProud#FlamingPride#ARGCRO#WorldCup#Vatreni�� pic.twitter.com/E0vsQGFnqf— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) June 21, 2018 6:02PM The teams have arrived Argentina and Croatia have both arrived at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Teams to come shortly [SELECCIÓN MAYOR] @Argentina ya está en el estadio. ¡¡¡Vamos albiceleste!!! �� #SomosArgentinapic.twitter.com/2tokathO72— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) June 21, 2018 ���������� �� #CRO arrived to Nizhny Novgorod Stadium!#BeProud#ARGCRO#WorldCup#Vatreni�� pic.twitter.com/GdY1sIX9Pr— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) June 21, 2018 5:59PM It's all over at the Ekaterinburg Arena France have beaten Peru 1-0 and have reached the last 16 of the World Cup. Kylian Mbappe has become their youngest ever scorer at a World Cup, poking home from a couple of yards out in the 34th minute. Peru, and their tearful captain Paolo Guerrero, are out. Pedro Gallese looks dejected as France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring the only goal of the game Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge 5:51PM Lawro watch Mark Lawrenson is back in the BBC commentary box tonight, alongside Steve Wilson. The former Liverpool defender has been blasted on social media for his grumpy demeanour during the Belgium vs Panama game, as well as for his poor jokes and his apparently shallow insight. This week, Alan Tyers came to his defence, in a piece which you can read here. If tonight, all eyes are on Messi, all ears will be on Lawrenson. 5:39PM Good afternoon, football fans Hola, zdravo, hello. Welcome to Argentina vs Croatia - the 23rd game of the 2018 World Cup. This match should be a real cracker, with both teams vying for the top spot in group D ahead of Nigeria and Iceland. Tonight, at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium we should see lots of expansive, expressive football and hopefully some goals. Argentina's Angel Di Maria looks likely to drop to the bench. In his place will be 22-year-old Cristian Pavon, the Boca Juniors forward who once expressed his love for arch rivals River Plate. Joining him in attack will be Sergio Aguero and their captain, Lionel Messi. There has been a huge amount of attention on the Barcelona forward since the Iceland game, where he missed penalty and failed to score in 11 shots. Looking ahead to tonight, the stats are on Messi’s side: he has scored in each of his two previous appearances against Croatia, including his first ever goal for Argentina back in March 2006. Yesterday in the Croatian press conference, midfielder Ivan Rakitic said: “Tomorrow will be a beautiful day. Croatia needs a perfect performance against Argentina.” In their last match against Nigeria, they won at a canter, and posed a real threat in the middle of the park. A spine of Subasic, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric and Mandzukic is pretty fearsome, and the Argentines will not be treating them lightly. One man they won’t need to worry about is Nikola Kalinic. The striker warmed up against Nigeria, but then told coach Zlatko Dalic he had a back issue and refused to come on. He was later sent home. As omens go, it’s not brilliant for Croatia: they have lost all four of their World Cup meetings with South American sides, and haven’t won back-to-back World Cup games since the 1998 tournament. Stay tuned for the team news as we get it, and in the meantime, why not join Alistair Tweedale for the last 15 minutes of France vs Peru.
Argentina vs Croatia, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
Argentina vs Croatia, World Cup 2018 Group D clash, kicks off at 7pm on BBC 1 Cesc Fabregas exclusive column: Lionel Messi and me - my 18-year friendship with the world's greatest player You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Betting guide: predictions and tips for Argentina v Croatia WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 6:30PM Tick Tock, tick tock On BBC One Tomasz Schafernaker has finished his weather report without swearing, which is good, and the coverage is about to begin. You can follow all the match updates on @telefootball or tweet me directly @jamieojohnson 6:26PM While you wait The Telegraph has launched a fantastic interactive and you should really give it go. You are the VAR. Follow the link below. test - do not delete 6:23PM Argentina: Meza in, Di Maria out TEAM NEWS // #ARGCRO This promises to be a good one in Nizhny Novgorod... ��������#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/4MuxZz1NEW— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 Jorge Sampaoli has given Independiente forward Maximiliano Meza the left wing berth for tonight's game in place of Angel Di Maria. The 25-year-old has leapfrogged Boca Juniors' Cristian Pavon into the starting XI. The Argentina team is: Caballero; Tagliafico, Otamendi, Mercado; Acuna, Perez, Mascherano, Salvio; Meza, Messi; Aguero 6:08PM Croatia team news Croatia have announced their line up for tonight's game. Subasic, Strinic, Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic, Modric, Rebic, Mandzukic. ���������� ⬇️ #CRO starting lineup!#BeProud#FlamingPride#ARGCRO#WorldCup#Vatreni�� pic.twitter.com/E0vsQGFnqf— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) June 21, 2018 6:02PM The teams have arrived Argentina and Croatia have both arrived at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Teams to come shortly [SELECCIÓN MAYOR] @Argentina ya está en el estadio. ¡¡¡Vamos albiceleste!!! �� #SomosArgentinapic.twitter.com/2tokathO72— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) June 21, 2018 ���������� �� #CRO arrived to Nizhny Novgorod Stadium!#BeProud#ARGCRO#WorldCup#Vatreni�� pic.twitter.com/GdY1sIX9Pr— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) June 21, 2018 5:59PM It's all over at the Ekaterinburg Arena France have beaten Peru 1-0 and have reached the last 16 of the World Cup. Kylian Mbappe has become their youngest ever scorer at a World Cup, poking home from a couple of yards out in the 34th minute. Peru, and their tearful captain Paolo Guerrero, are out. Pedro Gallese looks dejected as France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring the only goal of the game Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge 5:51PM Lawro watch Mark Lawrenson is back in the BBC commentary box tonight, alongside Steve Wilson. The former Liverpool defender has been blasted on social media for his grumpy demeanour during the Belgium vs Panama game, as well as for his poor jokes and his apparently shallow insight. This week, Alan Tyers came to his defence, in a piece which you can read here. If tonight, all eyes are on Messi, all ears will be on Lawrenson. 5:39PM Good afternoon, football fans Hola, zdravo, hello. Welcome to Argentina vs Croatia - the 23rd game of the 2018 World Cup. This match should be a real cracker, with both teams vying for the top spot in group D ahead of Nigeria and Iceland. Tonight, at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium we should see lots of expansive, expressive football and hopefully some goals. Argentina's Angel Di Maria looks likely to drop to the bench. In his place will be 22-year-old Cristian Pavon, the Boca Juniors forward who once expressed his love for arch rivals River Plate. Joining him in attack will be Sergio Aguero and their captain, Lionel Messi. There has been a huge amount of attention on the Barcelona forward since the Iceland game, where he missed penalty and failed to score in 11 shots. Looking ahead to tonight, the stats are on Messi’s side: he has scored in each of his two previous appearances against Croatia, including his first ever goal for Argentina back in March 2006. Yesterday in the Croatian press conference, midfielder Ivan Rakitic said: “Tomorrow will be a beautiful day. Croatia needs a perfect performance against Argentina.” In their last match against Nigeria, they won at a canter, and posed a real threat in the middle of the park. A spine of Subasic, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric and Mandzukic is pretty fearsome, and the Argentines will not be treating them lightly. One man they won’t need to worry about is Nikola Kalinic. The striker warmed up against Nigeria, but then told coach Zlatko Dalic he had a back issue and refused to come on. He was later sent home. As omens go, it’s not brilliant for Croatia: they have lost all four of their World Cup meetings with South American sides, and haven’t won back-to-back World Cup games since the 1998 tournament. Stay tuned for the team news as we get it, and in the meantime, why not join Alistair Tweedale for the last 15 minutes of France vs Peru.
El arquero de la selección peruana de fútbol Pedro Gallese en su encuentro frente a Francia por el grupo C de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Ekaterimburgo, Rusia, jun 21, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
El arquero de la selección peruana de fútbol Pedro Gallese en su encuentro frente a Francia por el grupo C de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Ekaterimburgo, Rusia
El arquero de la selección peruana de fútbol Pedro Gallese en su encuentro frente a Francia por el grupo C de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Ekaterimburgo, Rusia, jun 21, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge
In this May 16, 2018 photo American soccer referees Mark Geiger, left, and Jair Marrufo are interviewed in New York. While the United States is missing from soccer's showcase for the first time since 1986, it is the only nation with two referees working the tournament. Geiger will become the second American to referee at two World Cups. The 43-year-old from Beachwood, New Jersey, worked Chile-Spain and Colombia-Greece during the group stage in Brazil four years ago, then became the first American to work a knockout stage match. Marrufo will be working his first World Cup after getting cut in 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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In this May 16, 2018 photo American soccer referees Mark Geiger, left, and Jair Marrufo are interviewed in New York. While the United States is missing from soccer's showcase for the first time since 1986, it is the only nation with two referees working the tournament. Geiger will become the second American to referee at two World Cups. The 43-year-old from Beachwood, New Jersey, worked Chile-Spain and Colombia-Greece during the group stage in Brazil four years ago, then became the first American to work a knockout stage match. Marrufo will be working his first World Cup after getting cut in 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Lionel Messi arrives for a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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Lionel Messi arrives for a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Brazil's Neymar attends Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
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Brazil's Neymar attends Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili, right, and Brazil's Thiago Silva challenge for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili, right, and Brazil's Thiago Silva challenge for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Peru's Paolo Guerrero gestures during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Peru's Paolo Guerrero gestures during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
FILE - In this June 14, 2018 file photo, fans cheer during a 2018 soccer World Cup group A at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. Some South American fans at the World Cup in Russia are receiving strong criticism for sexist behavior and could even face workplace consequences for posting videos in which fans encourage foreign women to say offensive things in languages they don't appear to understand. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
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FILE - In this June 14, 2018 file photo, fans cheer during a 2018 soccer World Cup group A at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. Some South American fans at the World Cup in Russia are receiving strong criticism for sexist behavior and could even face workplace consequences for posting videos in which fans encourage foreign women to say offensive things in languages they don't appear to understand. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
England's Trent Alexander-Arnold listens ti a question from the media during a press conference at the England media centre in Repino, near St Petersburg, Russia Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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England's Trent Alexander-Arnold listens ti a question from the media during a press conference at the England media centre in Repino, near St Petersburg, Russia Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Iceland's Johann Gudmundsson sits on the grass as members of his team attend him during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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Iceland's Johann Gudmundsson sits on the grass as members of his team attend him during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Australia's Mile Jedinak, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Australia's Mile Jedinak, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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)
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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)
Russian fans celebrate Russia's 3-1 victory over Egypt in the group A match at the 2018 soccer World Cup near Dvortsovy (Palace) drawbridge rising above the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia, early Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The World Cup's taking place during the "white nights", when the sun barely sets and it never gets completely dark. Around the longest day of the year on Thursday, it begins to get a little darker in St. Petersburg around 11 p.m., reaching a kind of inky-blue twilight around 2 a.m. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
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Russian fans celebrate Russia's 3-1 victory over Egypt in the group A match at the 2018 soccer World Cup near Dvortsovy (Palace) drawbridge rising above the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia, early Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The World Cup's taking place during the "white nights", when the sun barely sets and it never gets completely dark. Around the longest day of the year on Thursday, it begins to get a little darker in St. Petersburg around 11 p.m., reaching a kind of inky-blue twilight around 2 a.m. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Switzerland head coach Vladimir Petkovic gestures as he arrives for the official training session of the Swiss team one the eve of the group E match between Switzerland and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at Kaliningrad stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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Switzerland head coach Vladimir Petkovic gestures as he arrives for the official training session of the Swiss team one the eve of the group E match between Switzerland and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at Kaliningrad stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Denmark's William Kvist lies on the pitch as Peru's Jefferson Farfan, right holds his hand as referee Bakary Gassama from Gambia, left, looks on during the group C match between Peru and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Denmark's William Kvist lies on the pitch as Peru's Jefferson Farfan, right holds his hand as referee Bakary Gassama from Gambia, left, looks on during the group C match between Peru and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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)
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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)
Australia's Mile Jedinak, left, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Australia's Mile Jedinak, left, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Soccer fans and tourists gather near Saint Basil's Cathedral on the Red Square during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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Soccer fans and tourists gather near Saint Basil's Cathedral on the Red Square during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
France's Kylian Mbappe, left celebrates with teammate France's Antoine Griezmann after scoring the opening goal of the game during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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France's Kylian Mbappe, left celebrates with teammate France's Antoine Griezmann after scoring the opening goal of the game during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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)
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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)
Australia's Mile Jedinak leaves the pitch after a draw in the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Australia's Mile Jedinak leaves the pitch after a draw in the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
France's Kylian Mbappe, right, scores his side's opening goal during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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France's Kylian Mbappe, right, scores his side's opening goal during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
France's Adil Rami and Olivier Giroud warm up during France's official training at the eve of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
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France's Adil Rami and Olivier Giroud warm up during France's official training at the eve of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Australia's Andrew Nabbout grimaces in pain after suffering a shoulder injury during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Australia's Andrew Nabbout grimaces in pain after suffering a shoulder injury during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
En tres mundiales se inició con derrota y en todos no se pasó de la fase de grupos. ¿Podrá Pékerman cambiar la historia?
El antecedente que pone en peligro la clasificación de Colombia a octavos de final en Rusia 2018
En tres mundiales se inició con derrota y en todos no se pasó de la fase de grupos. ¿Podrá Pékerman cambiar la historia?
En tres mundiales se inició con derrota y en todos no se pasó de la fase de grupos. ¿Podrá Pékerman cambiar la historia?
El antecedente que pone en peligro la clasificación de Colombia a octavos de final en Rusia 2018
En tres mundiales se inició con derrota y en todos no se pasó de la fase de grupos. ¿Podrá Pékerman cambiar la historia?
Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Djokovic eases past Dimitrov at Queen's Club
Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a return to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Djokovic eases past Dimitrov at Queen's Club
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Djokovic eases past Dimitrov at Queen's Club
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays a return to Kyle Edmund of Britain during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Djokovic eases past Dimitrov at Queen's Club
Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays a return to Kyle Edmund of Britain during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates winning his match against Kyle Edmund of Britain during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Djokovic eases past Dimitrov at Queen's Club
Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates winning his match against Kyle Edmund of Britain during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria wipes his face after he plays a return to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Djokovic eases past Dimitrov at Queen's Club
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria wipes his face after he plays a return to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their singles tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Deschamps abandona este dibujo en el segundo partido ante Perú y sienta al extremo barcelonista en el banquillo tras su irregular debut como titular.
Deschamps encadena a Dembélé al 4-3-3
Deschamps abandona este dibujo en el segundo partido ante Perú y sienta al extremo barcelonista en el banquillo tras su irregular debut como titular.
Moscow has implemented a Fan ID system that exempts visiting football fans from Russia's strict visa system and allows them to move freely between host cities for the World Cup (AFP Photo/Mladen ANTONOV)
Moscow has implemented a Fan ID system that exempts visiting football fans from Russia's strict visa system and allows them to move freely between host cities for the World Cup
Moscow has implemented a Fan ID system that exempts visiting football fans from Russia's strict visa system and allows them to move freely between host cities for the World Cup (AFP Photo/Mladen ANTONOV)
Argentina's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their first goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea
World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland
Argentina's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their first goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Argentina's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their first goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea
World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland
Argentina's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their first goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain remonstrates with referee Szymon Marciniak REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain remonstrates with referee Szymon Marciniak REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
El crack del PSG se convirtió en el jugador más joven de Les Bleus en marcar en un Mundial.
Mbappé rompe un récord de la Selección de Francia
El crack del PSG se convirtió en el jugador más joven de Les Bleus en marcar en un Mundial.
The VAR system dominated the headlines once again in Denmark's draw with Australia and Kasper Schmeichel feels the technology is not ready.
Schmeichel and Eriksen blast 'exceptionally harsh' VAR penalty
The VAR system dominated the headlines once again in Denmark's draw with Australia and Kasper Schmeichel feels the technology is not ready.
<p>You are probably nodding your head furiously right now and/or yelling 'Yes!"</p>
JJ Redick loves Chris Paul, 'but he's got some bulls**t with his game'

You are probably nodding your head furiously right now and/or yelling 'Yes!"

Connor McDavid, who hasn't missed a game in two seasons, also picked up the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer (AFP Photo/BRUCE BENNETT)
Connor McDavid, who hasn't missed a game in two seasons, also picked up the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer
Connor McDavid, who hasn't missed a game in two seasons, also picked up the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer (AFP Photo/BRUCE BENNETT)
With cameos from George Steinbrenner, Dave Winfield and . . . Daniel Descalso?
The day Giancarlo Stanton became a “True Yankee”
With cameos from George Steinbrenner, Dave Winfield and . . . Daniel Descalso?
With cameos from George Steinbrenner, Dave Winfield and . . . Daniel Descalso?
The day Giancarlo Stanton became a “True Yankee”
With cameos from George Steinbrenner, Dave Winfield and . . . Daniel Descalso?
With cameos from George Steinbrenner, Dave Winfield and . . . Daniel Descalso?
The day Giancarlo Stanton became a “True Yankee”
With cameos from George Steinbrenner, Dave Winfield and . . . Daniel Descalso?
With cameos from George Steinbrenner, Dave Winfield and . . . Daniel Descalso?
The day Giancarlo Stanton became a “True Yankee”
With cameos from George Steinbrenner, Dave Winfield and . . . Daniel Descalso?
With cameos from George Steinbrenner, Dave Winfield and . . . Daniel Descalso?
The day Giancarlo Stanton became a “True Yankee”
With cameos from George Steinbrenner, Dave Winfield and . . . Daniel Descalso?
How would a Love-led Cleveland perform next season?
Report: Cavaliers not planning to trade Kevin Love, no matter what LeBron James does
How would a Love-led Cleveland perform next season?
How would a Love-led Cleveland perform next season?
Report: Cavaliers not planning to trade Kevin Love, no matter what LeBron James does
How would a Love-led Cleveland perform next season?
Glen Miller alleged that Ollie paid a recruit's mother and asked his agent to steer players to him.
Former UConn assistant levies serious accusations at Kevin Ollie
Glen Miller alleged that Ollie paid a recruit's mother and asked his agent to steer players to him.
Glen Miller alleged that Ollie paid a recruit's mother and asked his agent to steer players to him.
Former UConn assistant levies serious accusations at Kevin Ollie
Glen Miller alleged that Ollie paid a recruit's mother and asked his agent to steer players to him.
El extremo argentino Cristian Pavón (22) en su encuentro frente a Islandia por el grupo D de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Moscú, jun 16, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
El extremo argentino Cristian Pavón (22) en su encuentro frente a Islandia por el grupo D de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Moscú
El extremo argentino Cristian Pavón (22) en su encuentro frente a Islandia por el grupo D de la Copa del Mundo de la FIFA en Moscú, jun 16, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Queen Elizabeth II presented Frankie Dettori with a saddle cloth to commemorate his 60th winner at Royal Ascot after winning the Ascot Gold Cup on Stradivarius, the Italian describing receiving the trophy from the Queen as 'a magical moment' (AFP Photo/Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)
Queen Elizabeth II presented Frankie Dettori with a saddle cloth to commemorate his 60th winner at Royal Ascot after winning the Ascot Gold Cup on Stradivarius, the Italian describing receiving the trophy from the Queen as 'a magical moment'
Queen Elizabeth II presented Frankie Dettori with a saddle cloth to commemorate his 60th winner at Royal Ascot after winning the Ascot Gold Cup on Stradivarius, the Italian describing receiving the trophy from the Queen as 'a magical moment' (AFP Photo/Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)
Superstar Frankie Dettori rode a sublime race on Stradivarius to win Royal Ascot's most historic race the Ascot Gold Cup for the sixth time and record his 60th winner at the meeting in a thrilling contest (AFP Photo/Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)
Superstar Frankie Dettori rode a sublime race on Stradivarius to win Royal Ascot's most historic race the Ascot Gold Cup for the sixth time and record his 60th winner at the meeting in a thrilling contest
Superstar Frankie Dettori rode a sublime race on Stradivarius to win Royal Ascot's most historic race the Ascot Gold Cup for the sixth time and record his 60th winner at the meeting in a thrilling contest (AFP Photo/Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018, file photo, then-Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie watches the first half an NCAA college basketball game, in Storrs, Conn. The University of Connecticut says it fired men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie after finding NCAA violations that included improper workouts and improper contact with recruits by Ollie and former UConn star Ray Allen. In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, June 21, 2018, Ollie's lawyer Jacques Parenteau called the infractions cited by UConn in firing Ollie minimal and isolated. He also says they fail to justify withholding the more than $10 million they believe Ollie is owed under his contract. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
UConn: Ollie fired for impermissible contact, workouts
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018, file photo, then-Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie watches the first half an NCAA college basketball game, in Storrs, Conn. The University of Connecticut says it fired men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie after finding NCAA violations that included improper workouts and improper contact with recruits by Ollie and former UConn star Ray Allen. In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, June 21, 2018, Ollie's lawyer Jacques Parenteau called the infractions cited by UConn in firing Ollie minimal and isolated. He also says they fail to justify withholding the more than $10 million they believe Ollie is owed under his contract. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
Soccer Football - World Cup - Japan Training - Japan Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - June 21, 2018 Japan's Princess Takamado poses for a picture with Japan's players and staff during training REUTERS/John Sibley
World Cup - Japan Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Japan Training - Japan Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - June 21, 2018 Japan's Princess Takamado poses for a picture with Japan's players and staff during training REUTERS/John Sibley
Soccer Football - World Cup - Japan Training - Japan Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - June 21, 2018 Japan's Princess Takamado attends the training REUTERS/John Sibley
World Cup - Japan Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Japan Training - Japan Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - June 21, 2018 Japan's Princess Takamado attends the training REUTERS/John Sibley
Soccer Football - World Cup - Japan Training - Japan Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - June 21, 2018 Japan's Princess Takamado poses for a picture with Japan's players and staff during training REUTERS/John Sibley
World Cup - Japan Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Japan Training - Japan Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - June 21, 2018 Japan's Princess Takamado poses for a picture with Japan's players and staff during training REUTERS/John Sibley
Soccer Football - World Cup - Japan Training - Japan Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - June 21, 2018 Japan's Princess Takamado shakes hands with Eiji Kawashima during training REUTERS/John Sibley
World Cup - Japan Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Japan Training - Japan Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - June 21, 2018 Japan's Princess Takamado shakes hands with Eiji Kawashima during training REUTERS/John Sibley
Soccer Football - World Cup - Japan Training - Japan Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - June 21, 2018 Japan's Princess Takamado attends the training REUTERS/John Sibley
World Cup - Japan Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Japan Training - Japan Training Camp, Kazan, Russia - June 21, 2018 Japan's Princess Takamado attends the training REUTERS/John Sibley
Australia's Mile Jedinak, third left, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup
Australia's Mile Jedinak, third left, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup
Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Australia's Mile Jedinak scores his side's opening goal from the penalty spot during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup
Australia's Mile Jedinak scores his side's opening goal from the penalty spot during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
<p>The Chicago Bulls wanted to be higher up in the NBA Draft order and armed with two first-rounders are looking to make a move, according to a report.</p>
Report: Bulls looking to move up in NBA Draft for Bamba or Jackson

The Chicago Bulls wanted to be higher up in the NBA Draft order and armed with two first-rounders are looking to make a move, according to a report.

One of three men charged with breaking into New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski’s house while the tight end was in Minneapolis playing in Super Bowl LII was arraigned in a Massachusetts court on Wednesday.
Man who robbed Rob Gronkowski's home during Super Bowl arraigned in court
One of three men charged with breaking into New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski’s house while the tight end was in Minneapolis playing in Super Bowl LII was arraigned in a Massachusetts court on Wednesday.
One of three men charged with breaking into New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski’s house while the tight end was in Minneapolis playing in Super Bowl LII was arraigned in a Massachusetts court on Wednesday.
Man who robbed Rob Gronkowski's home during Super Bowl arraigned in court
One of three men charged with breaking into New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski’s house while the tight end was in Minneapolis playing in Super Bowl LII was arraigned in a Massachusetts court on Wednesday.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao, front gestures after Colombia's Juan Quintero scored his side's first goal during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Colombia captain wants World Cup team to use past resolve
Colombia's Radamel Falcao, front gestures after Colombia's Juan Quintero scored his side's first goal during the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
The 30-year-old has spent two seasons managing Hoffenheim, guiding the club to back-to-back top-four finishes in the Bundesliga.
RB Leipzig names Julian Nagelsmann future manager
The 30-year-old has spent two seasons managing Hoffenheim, guiding the club to back-to-back top-four finishes in the Bundesliga.
The 30-year-old has spent two seasons managing Hoffenheim, guiding the club to back-to-back top-four finishes in the Bundesliga.
RB Leipzig names Julian Nagelsmann future manager
The 30-year-old has spent two seasons managing Hoffenheim, guiding the club to back-to-back top-four finishes in the Bundesliga.
Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr claims his young squad could shine at the 2022 World Cup, and is backing them to avoid defeat against Iceland.
Nigeria's young World Cup squad learning on the job - Rohr
Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr claims his young squad could shine at the 2022 World Cup, and is backing them to avoid defeat against Iceland.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Switzerland Training - Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia - June 21, 2018 Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic and physio Nicolas Mathieu during training REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
World Cup - Switzerland Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Switzerland Training - Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia - June 21, 2018 Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic and physio Nicolas Mathieu during training REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Soccer Football - World Cup - Switzerland Training - Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia - June 21, 2018 Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic and physio Nicolas Mathieu during training REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
World Cup - Switzerland Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Switzerland Training - Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia - June 21, 2018 Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic and physio Nicolas Mathieu during training REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Kylian Mbappe (right) celebrates his goal against Peru at the World Cup (AFP Photo/Anne-Christine POUJOULAT)
Kylian Mbappe (right) celebrates his goal against Peru at the World Cup
Kylian Mbappe (right) celebrates his goal against Peru at the World Cup (AFP Photo/Anne-Christine POUJOULAT)
World Cup winner Lewis Moody has called on the RFU to ease England's workload to ensure they are competitive in Japan next year.
Moody: England players need protection
World Cup winner Lewis Moody has called on the RFU to ease England's workload to ensure they are competitive in Japan next year.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Poland Training - Poland Training Camp, Sochi, Russia - June 21, 2018 General view during training REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
World Cup - Poland Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Poland Training - Poland Training Camp, Sochi, Russia - June 21, 2018 General view during training REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Soccer Football - World Cup - Poland Training - Poland Training Camp, Sochi, Russia - June 21, 2018 General view during training REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
World Cup - Poland Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Poland Training - Poland Training Camp, Sochi, Russia - June 21, 2018 General view during training REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Soccer Football - World Cup - Poland Training - Poland Training Camp, Sochi, Russia - June 21, 2018 General view during training REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
World Cup - Poland Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Poland Training - Poland Training Camp, Sochi, Russia - June 21, 2018 General view during training REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
France's Blaise Matuidi, right holds up France's Kylian Mbappe's hand as they celebrate after Mbappe scored the opening goal of the game during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru
France's Blaise Matuidi, right holds up France's Kylian Mbappe's hand as they celebrate after Mbappe scored the opening goal of the game during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring the opening goal with teammate France's Antoine Griezmann, left, during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru
France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring the opening goal with teammate France's Antoine Griezmann, left, during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese dives for a save during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru
Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese dives for a save during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
France's Olivier Giroud, top, is challenged by Peru's Yoshimar Yotun during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru
France's Olivier Giroud, top, is challenged by Peru's Yoshimar Yotun during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
France's Lucas Hernandez, left, and Peru's Andre Carrillo compete for the ball during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru
France's Lucas Hernandez, left, and Peru's Andre Carrillo compete for the ball during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
France's Samuel Umtiti walks off the pitch with a member of the French staff after being injured during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru
France's Samuel Umtiti walks off the pitch with a member of the French staff after being injured during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese makes a save during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru
Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese makes a save during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
France's Kylian Mbappe is challenged by Peru's Jefferson Farfan, top, during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru
France's Kylian Mbappe is challenged by Peru's Jefferson Farfan, top, during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A man dressed like World Cup mascot Zabivaka holds a replica world cup trophy, as he sits on a bench prior the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Lima, Peru, Thursday, June 21, 2018.(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru
A man dressed like World Cup mascot Zabivaka holds a replica world cup trophy, as he sits on a bench prior the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Lima, Peru, Thursday, June 21, 2018.(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
France's Kylian Mbappe, front, is challenged by Peru's Pedro Aquino during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru
France's Kylian Mbappe, front, is challenged by Peru's Pedro Aquino during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Peru fans waited more than a decade to see what their best player, Paolo Guerrero, could do on the world's biggest stage. After a short cameo off the bench against Denmark, Guerreros's first full 90 minutes of this World Cup was anti-climactic to say the least, as opponents France forced Guerrero deeper down the field until he gave away the ball that led to their opening goal. Peru's 4-2-3-1 formation is set up to provide Guerrero with as much service as possible from midfield, with Andre Carillo, Christian Cueva and Edison Flores all working to provide him the ball. Peru manager Ricardo Gareca used this formation throughout qualifying, and reaped the rewards as Peru outscored Argentina and Colombia, with Guerrero scoring five goals. France force Guerrero deep Usually, Guerrero prefers to stay as high up the field as possible, but the striker only managed five touches in the final third during the first half, as he was forced to drop deeper as France won the midfield battle. Here are his first half touches against France: Paolo Guerrero's first half touches against France Desperate to get involved, Guerrero was tackled by as he tried to take the ball through midfield, and Pogba's pass then found Giroud in the box. Here's how the goal was scored. France 1 - 0 Peru (Kylian Mbappé, 34 min) In the second half, France kept Peru chasing the ball in midfield and Guerrero was unable to play the role that has served him and his national side so well in the run up to the tournament. Here are the average touch maps for France and Peru. Peru number 9, Guerrero, was not even the most advanced player in his team. Average touch positions (53 min) When Peru found themselves in possession, France restricted service to Guerrero by keeping their centre-backs either side of the forward, whilst their midfield also protected him. Guerrero isolated upfront as France defend well Credit: BBC As France sat back and soaked up pressure, Peru's main chances came through their wingers and Guerrero was limited to just two shots on target. The 1-0 defeat means that they are knocked out of the 2018 Russia World Cup. At 34-years-old, Paolo Guerrero is unlikely to play in another major tournament. Peru, who waited 36 years to return to this tournament, will hope they don't have to wait as long for another opportunity to show the world just how good they can be.
How Paolo Guerrero's desperation led to Peru's downfall
Peru fans waited more than a decade to see what their best player, Paolo Guerrero, could do on the world's biggest stage. After a short cameo off the bench against Denmark, Guerreros's first full 90 minutes of this World Cup was anti-climactic to say the least, as opponents France forced Guerrero deeper down the field until he gave away the ball that led to their opening goal. Peru's 4-2-3-1 formation is set up to provide Guerrero with as much service as possible from midfield, with Andre Carillo, Christian Cueva and Edison Flores all working to provide him the ball. Peru manager Ricardo Gareca used this formation throughout qualifying, and reaped the rewards as Peru outscored Argentina and Colombia, with Guerrero scoring five goals. France force Guerrero deep Usually, Guerrero prefers to stay as high up the field as possible, but the striker only managed five touches in the final third during the first half, as he was forced to drop deeper as France won the midfield battle. Here are his first half touches against France: Paolo Guerrero's first half touches against France Desperate to get involved, Guerrero was tackled by as he tried to take the ball through midfield, and Pogba's pass then found Giroud in the box. Here's how the goal was scored. France 1 - 0 Peru (Kylian Mbappé, 34 min) In the second half, France kept Peru chasing the ball in midfield and Guerrero was unable to play the role that has served him and his national side so well in the run up to the tournament. Here are the average touch maps for France and Peru. Peru number 9, Guerrero, was not even the most advanced player in his team. Average touch positions (53 min) When Peru found themselves in possession, France restricted service to Guerrero by keeping their centre-backs either side of the forward, whilst their midfield also protected him. Guerrero isolated upfront as France defend well Credit: BBC As France sat back and soaked up pressure, Peru's main chances came through their wingers and Guerrero was limited to just two shots on target. The 1-0 defeat means that they are knocked out of the 2018 Russia World Cup. At 34-years-old, Paolo Guerrero is unlikely to play in another major tournament. Peru, who waited 36 years to return to this tournament, will hope they don't have to wait as long for another opportunity to show the world just how good they can be.
Peru fans waited more than a decade to see what their best player, Paolo Guerrero, could do on the world's biggest stage. After a short cameo off the bench against Denmark, Guerreros's first full 90 minutes of this World Cup was anti-climactic to say the least, as opponents France forced Guerrero deeper down the field until he gave away the ball that led to their opening goal. Peru's 4-2-3-1 formation is set up to provide Guerrero with as much service as possible from midfield, with Andre Carillo, Christian Cueva and Edison Flores all working to provide him the ball. Peru manager Ricardo Gareca used this formation throughout qualifying, and reaped the rewards as Peru outscored Argentina and Colombia, with Guerrero scoring five goals. France force Guerrero deep Usually, Guerrero prefers to stay as high up the field as possible, but the striker only managed five touches in the final third during the first half, as he was forced to drop deeper as France won the midfield battle. Here are his first half touches against France: Paolo Guerrero's first half touches against France Desperate to get involved, Guerrero was tackled by as he tried to take the ball through midfield, and Pogba's pass then found Giroud in the box. Here's how the goal was scored. France 1 - 0 Peru (Kylian Mbappé, 34 min) In the second half, France kept Peru chasing the ball in midfield and Guerrero was unable to play the role that has served him and his national side so well in the run up to the tournament. Here are the average touch maps for France and Peru. Peru number 9, Guerrero, was not even the most advanced player in his team. Average touch positions (53 min) When Peru found themselves in possession, France restricted service to Guerrero by keeping their centre-backs either side of the forward, whilst their midfield also protected him. Guerrero isolated upfront as France defend well Credit: BBC As France sat back and soaked up pressure, Peru's main chances came through their wingers and Guerrero was limited to just two shots on target. The 1-0 defeat means that they are knocked out of the 2018 Russia World Cup. At 34-years-old, Paolo Guerrero is unlikely to play in another major tournament. Peru, who waited 36 years to return to this tournament, will hope they don't have to wait as long for another opportunity to show the world just how good they can be.
How Paolo Guerrero's desperation led to Peru's downfall
Peru fans waited more than a decade to see what their best player, Paolo Guerrero, could do on the world's biggest stage. After a short cameo off the bench against Denmark, Guerreros's first full 90 minutes of this World Cup was anti-climactic to say the least, as opponents France forced Guerrero deeper down the field until he gave away the ball that led to their opening goal. Peru's 4-2-3-1 formation is set up to provide Guerrero with as much service as possible from midfield, with Andre Carillo, Christian Cueva and Edison Flores all working to provide him the ball. Peru manager Ricardo Gareca used this formation throughout qualifying, and reaped the rewards as Peru outscored Argentina and Colombia, with Guerrero scoring five goals. France force Guerrero deep Usually, Guerrero prefers to stay as high up the field as possible, but the striker only managed five touches in the final third during the first half, as he was forced to drop deeper as France won the midfield battle. Here are his first half touches against France: Paolo Guerrero's first half touches against France Desperate to get involved, Guerrero was tackled by as he tried to take the ball through midfield, and Pogba's pass then found Giroud in the box. Here's how the goal was scored. France 1 - 0 Peru (Kylian Mbappé, 34 min) In the second half, France kept Peru chasing the ball in midfield and Guerrero was unable to play the role that has served him and his national side so well in the run up to the tournament. Here are the average touch maps for France and Peru. Peru number 9, Guerrero, was not even the most advanced player in his team. Average touch positions (53 min) When Peru found themselves in possession, France restricted service to Guerrero by keeping their centre-backs either side of the forward, whilst their midfield also protected him. Guerrero isolated upfront as France defend well Credit: BBC As France sat back and soaked up pressure, Peru's main chances came through their wingers and Guerrero was limited to just two shots on target. The 1-0 defeat means that they are knocked out of the 2018 Russia World Cup. At 34-years-old, Paolo Guerrero is unlikely to play in another major tournament. Peru, who waited 36 years to return to this tournament, will hope they don't have to wait as long for another opportunity to show the world just how good they can be.
Peru fans waited more than a decade to see what their best player, Paolo Guerrero, could do on the world's biggest stage. After a short cameo off the bench against Denmark, Guerreros's first full 90 minutes of this World Cup was anti-climactic to say the least, as opponents France forced Guerrero deeper down the field until he gave away the ball that led to their opening goal. Peru's 4-2-3-1 formation is set up to provide Guerrero with as much service as possible from midfield, with Andre Carillo, Christian Cueva and Edison Flores all working to provide him the ball. Peru manager Ricardo Gareca used this formation throughout qualifying, and reaped the rewards as Peru outscored Argentina and Colombia, with Guerrero scoring five goals. France force Guerrero deep Usually, Guerrero prefers to stay as high up the field as possible, but the striker only managed five touches in the final third during the first half, as he was forced to drop deeper as France won the midfield battle. Here are his first half touches against France: Paolo Guerrero's first half touches against France Desperate to get involved, Guerrero was tackled by as he tried to take the ball through midfield, and Pogba's pass then found Giroud in the box. Here's how the goal was scored. France 1 - 0 Peru (Kylian Mbappé, 34 min) In the second half, France kept Peru chasing the ball in midfield and Guerrero was unable to play the role that has served him and his national side so well in the run up to the tournament. Here are the average touch maps for France and Peru. Peru number 9, Guerrero, was not even the most advanced player in his team. Average touch positions (53 min) When Peru found themselves in possession, France restricted service to Guerrero by keeping their centre-backs either side of the forward, whilst their midfield also protected him. Guerrero isolated upfront as France defend well Credit: BBC As France sat back and soaked up pressure, Peru's main chances came through their wingers and Guerrero was limited to just two shots on target. The 1-0 defeat means that they are knocked out of the 2018 Russia World Cup. At 34-years-old, Paolo Guerrero is unlikely to play in another major tournament. Peru, who waited 36 years to return to this tournament, will hope they don't have to wait as long for another opportunity to show the world just how good they can be.
How Paolo Guerrero's desperation led to Peru's downfall
Peru fans waited more than a decade to see what their best player, Paolo Guerrero, could do on the world's biggest stage. After a short cameo off the bench against Denmark, Guerreros's first full 90 minutes of this World Cup was anti-climactic to say the least, as opponents France forced Guerrero deeper down the field until he gave away the ball that led to their opening goal. Peru's 4-2-3-1 formation is set up to provide Guerrero with as much service as possible from midfield, with Andre Carillo, Christian Cueva and Edison Flores all working to provide him the ball. Peru manager Ricardo Gareca used this formation throughout qualifying, and reaped the rewards as Peru outscored Argentina and Colombia, with Guerrero scoring five goals. France force Guerrero deep Usually, Guerrero prefers to stay as high up the field as possible, but the striker only managed five touches in the final third during the first half, as he was forced to drop deeper as France won the midfield battle. Here are his first half touches against France: Paolo Guerrero's first half touches against France Desperate to get involved, Guerrero was tackled by as he tried to take the ball through midfield, and Pogba's pass then found Giroud in the box. Here's how the goal was scored. France 1 - 0 Peru (Kylian Mbappé, 34 min) In the second half, France kept Peru chasing the ball in midfield and Guerrero was unable to play the role that has served him and his national side so well in the run up to the tournament. Here are the average touch maps for France and Peru. Peru number 9, Guerrero, was not even the most advanced player in his team. Average touch positions (53 min) When Peru found themselves in possession, France restricted service to Guerrero by keeping their centre-backs either side of the forward, whilst their midfield also protected him. Guerrero isolated upfront as France defend well Credit: BBC As France sat back and soaked up pressure, Peru's main chances came through their wingers and Guerrero was limited to just two shots on target. The 1-0 defeat means that they are knocked out of the 2018 Russia World Cup. At 34-years-old, Paolo Guerrero is unlikely to play in another major tournament. Peru, who waited 36 years to return to this tournament, will hope they don't have to wait as long for another opportunity to show the world just how good they can be.
France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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World Cup - Group D - Croatia vs Nigeria
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World Cup - Group D - Croatia vs Nigeria
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Two sports in one: A fan holding a flag with a Ferrari logo watches the World Cup match between France and Peru on a large screen at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet (AFP Photo/Boris HORVAT)
Two sports in one: A fan holding a flag with a Ferrari logo watches the World Cup match between France and Peru on a large screen at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet
Two sports in one: A fan holding a flag with a Ferrari logo watches the World Cup match between France and Peru on a large screen at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet (AFP Photo/Boris HORVAT)
Jason Burt: England's team leak is embarrassing for all You are the VAR: See how you fare in our new game Australia keep hopes alive with draw against Denmark Argentina vs Croatia: live (7pm kick-off) Kylian Mbappe scored the only goal of the game as France stuttered their way back to the top of the Group C table, sealing their spot in the knockout stages and sending winless Peru out. Both goalkeepers were called into action in a tight opening half-hour that saw promising chances for either side go begging, before Mbappe broke the deadlock after 35 minutes. It was a simple enough task for the 19-year-old, who only had to tap into an empty net from a couple of yards after Olivier Giroud's blocked shot had looped over the goalkeeper and fallen into the Paris St-Germain player's path. The goal prompted a period of French domination, although they were unable to add to their lead before half-time. The break prompted a complete shift in momentum, with Peru on the front foot for much of the second half. Pedro Aquino flicked the outside of the post with a thunderous long-range shot that had Hugo Lloris rooted to the spot and - despite numerous attempts - Peru ultimately paid the price for failing to test the French goalkeeper enough. The defeat means Peru are out of the World Cup having failed to score in either of their defeats, while a draw in their final Group C match against Denmark will send France through as group winners. 6:02PM Disappointment all round Okay, France won't be too down after winning for a second successive game, but the fans won't be all that happy either, given the manner of this performance. It was definitely better than the laboured display against Australia, but they also did little to convince the doubters that they are contenders to win the competition. Peru, meanwhile, with their attack-minded play and so many passionate supporters in Russia, crash out at the earliest possible stage. Most people would have wanted to see them get a result here - and they probably deserved something from the game - but it wasn't to be. Bye, bye, Peru. Andre Carrillo reacts after Peru were knocked out of the World Cup Credit: AFP 5:53PM Full time France hold on for a narrow win and they have qualified for the second round. Peru are out of the 2018 World Cup. 5:53PM 90 mins +4 - France 1 Peru 0 Final minute, and France have the ball up the wrong end of the pitch. Dembele should keep it but he crosses and Gallese claims. He launches it up the field but Guerrero is tackled by the irrepressible Kante. France come again and Giroud wins a corner. That should be that. 5:51PM 90 mins +3 - France 1 Peru 0 A free-kick for Peru out on the right near halfway. A chance to lump the ball into the box. Avincula does just that, but Guerrero flicks on... and out of play. They'll be lucky to get another chance. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 - France 1 Peru 0 France wind down the clock with the ball in the corner. They eventually cross, and Matuidi fires a volley at goal from the edge of the box, but it goes well wide. 5:49PM 90 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Four minutes added on for Peru to find an equaliser. 5:47PM 89 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Final sub for France: Nzonzi replaces Pogba. Deschamps is trying to shut up shop. 5:46PM 88 mins - France 1 Peru 0 It's on target but far too weak, and central. Lloris saves easily. Only Peru's second shot on target tonight. France vs Peru shots on goal 5:45PM 87 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Farfan wins a free kick going down after Pogba catches him with a stray arm, and the ref gives him a pretty ridiculous yellow card. Pogba can't believe it. Peru have a free-kick 35 yards from goal, in a central position. Guerrero is over it. The Peru fans in the stands pray. 5:43PM 84 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Peru win a corner. Big opportunity. Lots of goals from corners at this tournament... It's hit too deep, though, and Umtiti flicks it clear. 5:40PM 82 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Dembele snatches at a falling ball on the edge of the box, sending his effort wide of the post. Ruidiaz replaces Cueva for Peru. 5:40PM 81 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Fekir's first contribution is to be fouled. The ref books Flores, but is then told by the VAR that he got the wrong man. Aquio eventually goes in the book. More seconds eaten up. 5:38PM 80 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Another France sub: Fekir replaces Griezmann. 5:37PM 78 mins - France 1 Peru 0 The clock is ticking and France are doing their best to slow this game right down. At every stoppage they're wasting Peru's precious seconds. 5:33PM 74 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Lovely move from Peru, ending with Carrillo crossing - this time slightly overhit - and Farfan can only hit the side netting. Ousmane Dembele replaces Mbappe for France. He's giving every France team-mate a high five as he takes an age to get off the pitch. 5:29PM 70 mins - France 1 Peru 0 20 minutes left for Peru to save their World Cup dream. 5:27PM 68 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Guerrero can't turn his header towards goal, instead only helping France to clear. Avincula fires over from distance. That was never troubling Lloris, just like most of Peru's efforts today. France vs Peru shots on goal 5:24PM 66 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Another poor cross does for Peru. Carrillo beats the full-back again but his cross is easily headed away by Umtiti. 5:23PM 64 mins - France 1 Peru 0 France are not scared to commit men forwards despite their lead. They break with numbers on both sides, but this attack breaks down when Mbappe delays too long and is eventually snuffed out. 5:20PM 61 mins - France 1 Peru 0 A short period of Peru pressure, here. Ramos slides a lovely ball between Umtiti and Hernandez for Avincula on the right wing, but his cross is poor. Farfan then gets in on the left but his cross lets him down, too. France fail to clear properly and Carrillo lines one up from distance. It's well hit, but he is just leaning back too much and it flies over the bar. Miss: France 1 - 0 Peru (André Carrillo, 61 min) 5:18PM 58 mins - France 1 Peru 0 A good ball down the line finds Carrillo on the right wing, and his well-placed cross has nobody there to meet it. He then goes down on the edge of the box and wants a free-kick, or even a penalty, but he was only brushed by Hernandez and the referee wave away his appeals. Nothing more from VAR, either. 5:12PM 54 mins - France 1 Peru 0 France win a free-kick out on the left win, a few yards deeper than the edge of the penalty area. Griezmann stands over it. Gallese eventually claims it after Peru fail to clear properly, and looks to launch a counter but only succeeds in booting straight out of play. 5:10PM 52 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Ooooooh wow so unlucky for Peru! Patient build up, and Farfan is at the centre of it all. He trades passes with Cueva and Flores, before nut-megging Griezmann (slightly fortunately), and laying off for Aquino, who smacks an effort with the outside of his boot towards the top corner. Lloris is rooted to the spot and it hits the outside of the post! So close to an equaliser! Post: France 1 - 0 Peru (Pedro Aquino, 50 min) 5:08PM 49 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Umtiti is quickly back on after a bit of magic spray. 5:06PM 47 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Umtiti is down, writhing around in pain holding his thigh after a challenge under a high ball with Farfan. He looks in a lot of pain and replays show Farfan's knee connected with the defender's thigh. He should be okay. 5:04PM A double change for Peru Santamaria comes on at centre-back for Rodriguez. Winger Farfan is also on for central midfielder Yotun in a more attacking move. Peru get the second half started. 5:00PM What will this half bring? Peru have to score, or they'll become the latest team to crash out of the 2018 World Cup. We should have an open second period, as a result. Just a few minutes until we restart. 4:49PM Half time A really, really entertaining half, that. Peru have again given a great account of themselves and might well have taken the lead, but in the end France's superior quality shone through. They had the lion's share of the chances, and a front line of Mbappe, Giroud and Griezmann won't need too many opportunities to score. France lead through Mbappe's 34th-minute opener at the break. France vs Peru shots on goal 4:45PM 45 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Two minutes added on. 4:44PM 44 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Peru need half time. They are beginning to get drawn out of position and France look like they could profit. 4:43PM 42 mins - France 1 Peru 0 France enjoying a bit of possession now, and they're happy to try and take the sting out of this with half time approaching. They build slowly, left to right, right to left, and the ball eventually finds Griezmann in a No 10 position. He turns and spots Hernandez on the overlap on the left, but the full-back's shot is charged down. 4:40PM 39 mins - France 1 Peru 0 It's opening up here as Peru push forward in search of an equaliser. Guerrero think he is fouled in the box but it's a desperate penalty shout, and France go racing up the other end. Mbappe charges down the right, leaving Rodriguez for dead, then feeds Griezmann in-field, who so, so nearly plays Giroud in on goal with a lovely poked dink with the outside of his boot, all done while running at full tilt. Incredible stuff. 4:38PM 36 mins - France 1 Peru 0 19 - Kylian Mbappe (19 years & 6 months) is the youngest France ���� player ever to score in a major tournament �� (World Cup + EURO). Speechless. #WorldCup#FRAPER pic.twitter.com/XqteY8tEM6— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 21, 2018 4:34PM GOOOOOOALLL! France 1 Peru 0 (Mbappe 34) Pogba is involved again, darting in from a left-of-centre position after stealing the ball as Peru try to play out from the back. He then disguises a reverse pass into Giroud on his favoured left foot. He shoots first time, and the defender's challenge takes the ball up and over Gallese in goal, allowing Kylian Mbappe time to catch the ball up and tap home to put France ahead! France 1 - 0 Peru (Kylian Mbappé, 34 min) 4:34PM 33 mins - France 0 Peru 0 There's that little bit of magic we know Pogba is capable of: he picks up the ball 30 yards from goal, turns away from a defender and lifts the ball over the Peru backline and into the path of Mbappe, but he can't quite turn it goalwards. 4:32PM 31 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Oooh just as I said Peru weren't finding a way through they work their best chance of the game. Flores gets free down the left and crosses low to Guerrero, who steals in to nick the ball away from Umtiti, and suddenly he has a clear sight of goal! He winds up with his left and shoots low and hard at goal, but Lloris saves well with his legs. Huge chance for Peru. 4:29PM 29 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Peru spreading play around nicely enough but haven't found a way through this France defence. 4:24PM 25 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Flores swings wildly at an effort from a difficult angle on the edge of the box. It goes well wide. Peru have made a decent start but their shots have been pretty ambitious. France vs Peru shots on goal 4:23PM 23 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Umtiti goes down holding his face after the slightest of touches from an outstretched Guerrero arm. The Peru captain cannot believe it, and lets Umtiti know it. The ref isn't happy about his reaction, and he books him for his trouble. 4:20PM 20 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Peru win a free kick in the attacking left corner of the pitch after a slightly harsh handball by Pavard. But it is wasted, when Umtiti is dragged to the ground in the box. 4:19PM 19 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Lots coming down the France right so far. Given they have no left winger, maybe that shouldn't be too much of a surprise. France vs Peru 4:17PM 16 mins - France 0 Peru 0 It's all happening now. Giroud nods a long ball down to Griezmann, who strikes at goal with his weaker right foot on the half-volley. He connects fairly well but Gallese saves pretty easily with his legs. Then Peru go to break, but Matuidi brings that attack to a swift end by tugging back Advincula. Quite rightly, he is booked. 4:15PM 15 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Corner France. Mbappe wants the VAR to take another look at the grappling going on in the box. The referee tells him to get on with it. Varane attacks the cross, and rises, free from a marker to meet it perfectly. He fires a glanced header towards the far post but it just misses the target. France are growing into this. 4:13PM 12 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Griezmann flicks on to Giroud, who in turn looks to try and play his strike partner in. He fails, but the ball cannons off a defender and straight into Griezmann's path. The angling is tightening by the second, and he skews his effort wide of the near post. Pogba then lets rip from distance, and has Gallesse scrambling across to his right-hand post. For a split second it looks like it might sneak in but it skids just wide in the end. Miss: France 0 - 0 Peru (Paul Pogba, 12 min) 4:09PM 10 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Good work by Carrillo down the right - Peru will be enthused by the start he has made up against Hernandez - but his cross lets him down. 4:08PM 9 mins - France 0 Peru 0 France get their first bit of possession, and they manage to get up the pitch with a direct ball from Varane up to Giroud, who chests down to Pogba. They can't work an opening, though, and Peru clear. 4:07PM 7 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Big, big challenges flying in from Peru. Pogba doesn't look happy about one but it's a fair one according to the ref. The ball falls to Yotun in midfield. He takes one look up and launches quite ludicrous effort at goal from the halfway line. For a split second it looks like Lloris might be in trouble, but it sails well over the bar. Miss: France 0 - 0 Peru (Yoshimar Yotún, 6 min) 4:05PM 5 mins - France 0 Peru 0 The Peru fans are making all the noise and their players are making all the early running down on the pitch, too. France have not got out of their half, yet, and I don't think Giroud has touched the ball. Plenty of time to go, of course. 4:03PM 2 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Early intentions made clear: centre-back Rodriguez tells Giroud he's up for the physical battle with a big challenge, then Carrillo gets his head down and charges at Hernandez at left-back. Lively start. Carrillo manages to hurt himself when going on another foray down the wing, but he looks okay to continue. 4:00PM 1 min - France 0 Peru 0 The stadium is absolutely bouncing, what an atmosphere for this one. We're up and running. 3:59PM Here we go then We're ready in Yekaterinburg, and France will get the match under way. 3:56PM It sounds like there are a lot of Peru fans there The stands are bathed in a sea of red, and the noise during the Peru national anthem suggests a very strong turn out from the South Americans. 3:53PM A reminder of how weird this stadium is This picture, taken during Uruguay's win against Egypt, shows the view from the back of the massive temporary stands at the Ekaterinburg Arena. Bizarre. The odd view from the top of the temporary stand in Yekaterinburg Credit: Getty images 3:43PM Big Ollie Giroud The Chelsea forward leads the line for France today having done well when he came on for the final 20 minutes against Australia. He is a player who really is far too underrated, I think just because he is a big man and he is so often given far too little credit for the quality in other parts of his game. Yes, he is great at holding the ball up, but his finishing and passing are also top drawer. Giroud starts for France today Credit: AP France have tried to play without him but always seem to do better when he is in the team. He scored three times in six appearances at Euro 2016, and it is the right decision to bring him in, here. 3:34PM Ton up Hugo Lloris makes his 100th France appearance today. Lloris warms up ahead of the game Credit: reuters 3:28PM How has this happened? Only Didier Deschamps could have players like Lemar, Dembele, Thauvin, Martial and Coman to pick from and still end up with Blaise Matuidi on the left wing.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) June 21, 2018 3:21PM A bit of fun Have a go on our match forecaster, and see who should win today based on six key factors. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game I'm predicting a 2-1 France win. 3:14PM Permutations After Denmark's draw with Australia, they top the group with four points from two games. France will qualify for the second round with a win against Peru here, while a draw or a Peru win would leave all four teams in with a chance of qualifying with one game to go. Defeat for Peru sends them out. 2:55PM It's all over in Samara Denmark vs Australia has just finished 1-1, which is the best possible result for the two teams counting down to kick off here. Avoid defeat, and Peru will still have a chance of progression to the knockout round. 2:53PM Two changes for Peru Paolo Guerrero and Pedro Aquino, who both appeared from the bench against Denmark, come in for Renato Tapia and Jefferson Farfan: Gallese; Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco; Aquino, Yotun; Carrillo, Cueva, Flores; Guerrero 2:50PM The teams are in As expected, Giroud and Matuidi start for France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Kante, Pogba; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud La composition de l'Equipe de France ! #FRAPERpic.twitter.com/czfTXXnnpI— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 21, 2018 2:48PM Jeremy Wilson's preview Our man in Ekaterinburg wrote this piece yesterday on the pressure building on France manager Didier Deschamps. Go have a read. 2:41PM Some pre-match entertainment Have a go at our 'You are the VAR' game. It's tough. Trust me. test - do not delete 2:33PM And on the eighth day... The football schedule is gloriously unrelenting right now, and today the 2018 World Cup continues with France trying to improve on their dreadful opening performance, this time facing fans' second team, Peru. The French scraped past Australia last week with the help of a VAR-reviewed penalty and a fortunate own goal. They might have won, but the display was extremely unconvincing, and manager Didier Deschamps has since come under heavy pressure to get this talented group of players firing. He is expected to attempt to do so today by changing his lineup, bringing in Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi. France and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris agrees that improvement is necessary. "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. Olivier Giroud is expected to start today Credit: AFP "Tomorrow is going to be a difficult match; if we do not raise our quality level, we are going to have some difficulties." Today's opponents Peru were, for the most part, the better team in defeat to Denmark on Saturday. Christian Cueva sent a first half penalty over the bar, while Jefferson Farfan and Paolo Guerrero both missed good chances to rescue a point. Lloris is well aware of the threat their South American opponents pose. "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." In a World Cup dominated by teams who think sitting deep is the best route to success , the attacking football Peru played in their first match has meant plenty of fans want to see them succeed. Their play should, at least, help produce a good game today.
France book last-16 spot with underwhelming victory over Peru
Jason Burt: England's team leak is embarrassing for all You are the VAR: See how you fare in our new game Australia keep hopes alive with draw against Denmark Argentina vs Croatia: live (7pm kick-off) Kylian Mbappe scored the only goal of the game as France stuttered their way back to the top of the Group C table, sealing their spot in the knockout stages and sending winless Peru out. Both goalkeepers were called into action in a tight opening half-hour that saw promising chances for either side go begging, before Mbappe broke the deadlock after 35 minutes. It was a simple enough task for the 19-year-old, who only had to tap into an empty net from a couple of yards after Olivier Giroud's blocked shot had looped over the goalkeeper and fallen into the Paris St-Germain player's path. The goal prompted a period of French domination, although they were unable to add to their lead before half-time. The break prompted a complete shift in momentum, with Peru on the front foot for much of the second half. Pedro Aquino flicked the outside of the post with a thunderous long-range shot that had Hugo Lloris rooted to the spot and - despite numerous attempts - Peru ultimately paid the price for failing to test the French goalkeeper enough. The defeat means Peru are out of the World Cup having failed to score in either of their defeats, while a draw in their final Group C match against Denmark will send France through as group winners. 6:02PM Disappointment all round Okay, France won't be too down after winning for a second successive game, but the fans won't be all that happy either, given the manner of this performance. It was definitely better than the laboured display against Australia, but they also did little to convince the doubters that they are contenders to win the competition. Peru, meanwhile, with their attack-minded play and so many passionate supporters in Russia, crash out at the earliest possible stage. Most people would have wanted to see them get a result here - and they probably deserved something from the game - but it wasn't to be. Bye, bye, Peru. Andre Carrillo reacts after Peru were knocked out of the World Cup Credit: AFP 5:53PM Full time France hold on for a narrow win and they have qualified for the second round. Peru are out of the 2018 World Cup. 5:53PM 90 mins +4 - France 1 Peru 0 Final minute, and France have the ball up the wrong end of the pitch. Dembele should keep it but he crosses and Gallese claims. He launches it up the field but Guerrero is tackled by the irrepressible Kante. France come again and Giroud wins a corner. That should be that. 5:51PM 90 mins +3 - France 1 Peru 0 A free-kick for Peru out on the right near halfway. A chance to lump the ball into the box. Avincula does just that, but Guerrero flicks on... and out of play. They'll be lucky to get another chance. 5:50PM 90 mins +2 - France 1 Peru 0 France wind down the clock with the ball in the corner. They eventually cross, and Matuidi fires a volley at goal from the edge of the box, but it goes well wide. 5:49PM 90 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Four minutes added on for Peru to find an equaliser. 5:47PM 89 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Final sub for France: Nzonzi replaces Pogba. Deschamps is trying to shut up shop. 5:46PM 88 mins - France 1 Peru 0 It's on target but far too weak, and central. Lloris saves easily. Only Peru's second shot on target tonight. France vs Peru shots on goal 5:45PM 87 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Farfan wins a free kick going down after Pogba catches him with a stray arm, and the ref gives him a pretty ridiculous yellow card. Pogba can't believe it. Peru have a free-kick 35 yards from goal, in a central position. Guerrero is over it. The Peru fans in the stands pray. 5:43PM 84 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Peru win a corner. Big opportunity. Lots of goals from corners at this tournament... It's hit too deep, though, and Umtiti flicks it clear. 5:40PM 82 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Dembele snatches at a falling ball on the edge of the box, sending his effort wide of the post. Ruidiaz replaces Cueva for Peru. 5:40PM 81 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Fekir's first contribution is to be fouled. The ref books Flores, but is then told by the VAR that he got the wrong man. Aquio eventually goes in the book. More seconds eaten up. 5:38PM 80 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Another France sub: Fekir replaces Griezmann. 5:37PM 78 mins - France 1 Peru 0 The clock is ticking and France are doing their best to slow this game right down. At every stoppage they're wasting Peru's precious seconds. 5:33PM 74 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Lovely move from Peru, ending with Carrillo crossing - this time slightly overhit - and Farfan can only hit the side netting. Ousmane Dembele replaces Mbappe for France. He's giving every France team-mate a high five as he takes an age to get off the pitch. 5:29PM 70 mins - France 1 Peru 0 20 minutes left for Peru to save their World Cup dream. 5:27PM 68 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Guerrero can't turn his header towards goal, instead only helping France to clear. Avincula fires over from distance. That was never troubling Lloris, just like most of Peru's efforts today. France vs Peru shots on goal 5:24PM 66 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Another poor cross does for Peru. Carrillo beats the full-back again but his cross is easily headed away by Umtiti. 5:23PM 64 mins - France 1 Peru 0 France are not scared to commit men forwards despite their lead. They break with numbers on both sides, but this attack breaks down when Mbappe delays too long and is eventually snuffed out. 5:20PM 61 mins - France 1 Peru 0 A short period of Peru pressure, here. Ramos slides a lovely ball between Umtiti and Hernandez for Avincula on the right wing, but his cross is poor. Farfan then gets in on the left but his cross lets him down, too. France fail to clear properly and Carrillo lines one up from distance. It's well hit, but he is just leaning back too much and it flies over the bar. Miss: France 1 - 0 Peru (André Carrillo, 61 min) 5:18PM 58 mins - France 1 Peru 0 A good ball down the line finds Carrillo on the right wing, and his well-placed cross has nobody there to meet it. He then goes down on the edge of the box and wants a free-kick, or even a penalty, but he was only brushed by Hernandez and the referee wave away his appeals. Nothing more from VAR, either. 5:12PM 54 mins - France 1 Peru 0 France win a free-kick out on the left win, a few yards deeper than the edge of the penalty area. Griezmann stands over it. Gallese eventually claims it after Peru fail to clear properly, and looks to launch a counter but only succeeds in booting straight out of play. 5:10PM 52 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Ooooooh wow so unlucky for Peru! Patient build up, and Farfan is at the centre of it all. He trades passes with Cueva and Flores, before nut-megging Griezmann (slightly fortunately), and laying off for Aquino, who smacks an effort with the outside of his boot towards the top corner. Lloris is rooted to the spot and it hits the outside of the post! So close to an equaliser! Post: France 1 - 0 Peru (Pedro Aquino, 50 min) 5:08PM 49 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Umtiti is quickly back on after a bit of magic spray. 5:06PM 47 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Umtiti is down, writhing around in pain holding his thigh after a challenge under a high ball with Farfan. He looks in a lot of pain and replays show Farfan's knee connected with the defender's thigh. He should be okay. 5:04PM A double change for Peru Santamaria comes on at centre-back for Rodriguez. Winger Farfan is also on for central midfielder Yotun in a more attacking move. Peru get the second half started. 5:00PM What will this half bring? Peru have to score, or they'll become the latest team to crash out of the 2018 World Cup. We should have an open second period, as a result. Just a few minutes until we restart. 4:49PM Half time A really, really entertaining half, that. Peru have again given a great account of themselves and might well have taken the lead, but in the end France's superior quality shone through. They had the lion's share of the chances, and a front line of Mbappe, Giroud and Griezmann won't need too many opportunities to score. France lead through Mbappe's 34th-minute opener at the break. France vs Peru shots on goal 4:45PM 45 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Two minutes added on. 4:44PM 44 mins - France 1 Peru 0 Peru need half time. They are beginning to get drawn out of position and France look like they could profit. 4:43PM 42 mins - France 1 Peru 0 France enjoying a bit of possession now, and they're happy to try and take the sting out of this with half time approaching. They build slowly, left to right, right to left, and the ball eventually finds Griezmann in a No 10 position. He turns and spots Hernandez on the overlap on the left, but the full-back's shot is charged down. 4:40PM 39 mins - France 1 Peru 0 It's opening up here as Peru push forward in search of an equaliser. Guerrero think he is fouled in the box but it's a desperate penalty shout, and France go racing up the other end. Mbappe charges down the right, leaving Rodriguez for dead, then feeds Griezmann in-field, who so, so nearly plays Giroud in on goal with a lovely poked dink with the outside of his boot, all done while running at full tilt. Incredible stuff. 4:38PM 36 mins - France 1 Peru 0 19 - Kylian Mbappe (19 years & 6 months) is the youngest France ���� player ever to score in a major tournament �� (World Cup + EURO). Speechless. #WorldCup#FRAPER pic.twitter.com/XqteY8tEM6— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 21, 2018 4:34PM GOOOOOOALLL! France 1 Peru 0 (Mbappe 34) Pogba is involved again, darting in from a left-of-centre position after stealing the ball as Peru try to play out from the back. He then disguises a reverse pass into Giroud on his favoured left foot. He shoots first time, and the defender's challenge takes the ball up and over Gallese in goal, allowing Kylian Mbappe time to catch the ball up and tap home to put France ahead! France 1 - 0 Peru (Kylian Mbappé, 34 min) 4:34PM 33 mins - France 0 Peru 0 There's that little bit of magic we know Pogba is capable of: he picks up the ball 30 yards from goal, turns away from a defender and lifts the ball over the Peru backline and into the path of Mbappe, but he can't quite turn it goalwards. 4:32PM 31 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Oooh just as I said Peru weren't finding a way through they work their best chance of the game. Flores gets free down the left and crosses low to Guerrero, who steals in to nick the ball away from Umtiti, and suddenly he has a clear sight of goal! He winds up with his left and shoots low and hard at goal, but Lloris saves well with his legs. Huge chance for Peru. 4:29PM 29 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Peru spreading play around nicely enough but haven't found a way through this France defence. 4:24PM 25 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Flores swings wildly at an effort from a difficult angle on the edge of the box. It goes well wide. Peru have made a decent start but their shots have been pretty ambitious. France vs Peru shots on goal 4:23PM 23 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Umtiti goes down holding his face after the slightest of touches from an outstretched Guerrero arm. The Peru captain cannot believe it, and lets Umtiti know it. The ref isn't happy about his reaction, and he books him for his trouble. 4:20PM 20 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Peru win a free kick in the attacking left corner of the pitch after a slightly harsh handball by Pavard. But it is wasted, when Umtiti is dragged to the ground in the box. 4:19PM 19 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Lots coming down the France right so far. Given they have no left winger, maybe that shouldn't be too much of a surprise. France vs Peru 4:17PM 16 mins - France 0 Peru 0 It's all happening now. Giroud nods a long ball down to Griezmann, who strikes at goal with his weaker right foot on the half-volley. He connects fairly well but Gallese saves pretty easily with his legs. Then Peru go to break, but Matuidi brings that attack to a swift end by tugging back Advincula. Quite rightly, he is booked. 4:15PM 15 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Corner France. Mbappe wants the VAR to take another look at the grappling going on in the box. The referee tells him to get on with it. Varane attacks the cross, and rises, free from a marker to meet it perfectly. He fires a glanced header towards the far post but it just misses the target. France are growing into this. 4:13PM 12 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Griezmann flicks on to Giroud, who in turn looks to try and play his strike partner in. He fails, but the ball cannons off a defender and straight into Griezmann's path. The angling is tightening by the second, and he skews his effort wide of the near post. Pogba then lets rip from distance, and has Gallesse scrambling across to his right-hand post. For a split second it looks like it might sneak in but it skids just wide in the end. Miss: France 0 - 0 Peru (Paul Pogba, 12 min) 4:09PM 10 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Good work by Carrillo down the right - Peru will be enthused by the start he has made up against Hernandez - but his cross lets him down. 4:08PM 9 mins - France 0 Peru 0 France get their first bit of possession, and they manage to get up the pitch with a direct ball from Varane up to Giroud, who chests down to Pogba. They can't work an opening, though, and Peru clear. 4:07PM 7 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Big, big challenges flying in from Peru. Pogba doesn't look happy about one but it's a fair one according to the ref. The ball falls to Yotun in midfield. He takes one look up and launches quite ludicrous effort at goal from the halfway line. For a split second it looks like Lloris might be in trouble, but it sails well over the bar. Miss: France 0 - 0 Peru (Yoshimar Yotún, 6 min) 4:05PM 5 mins - France 0 Peru 0 The Peru fans are making all the noise and their players are making all the early running down on the pitch, too. France have not got out of their half, yet, and I don't think Giroud has touched the ball. Plenty of time to go, of course. 4:03PM 2 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Early intentions made clear: centre-back Rodriguez tells Giroud he's up for the physical battle with a big challenge, then Carrillo gets his head down and charges at Hernandez at left-back. Lively start. Carrillo manages to hurt himself when going on another foray down the wing, but he looks okay to continue. 4:00PM 1 min - France 0 Peru 0 The stadium is absolutely bouncing, what an atmosphere for this one. We're up and running. 3:59PM Here we go then We're ready in Yekaterinburg, and France will get the match under way. 3:56PM It sounds like there are a lot of Peru fans there The stands are bathed in a sea of red, and the noise during the Peru national anthem suggests a very strong turn out from the South Americans. 3:53PM A reminder of how weird this stadium is This picture, taken during Uruguay's win against Egypt, shows the view from the back of the massive temporary stands at the Ekaterinburg Arena. Bizarre. The odd view from the top of the temporary stand in Yekaterinburg Credit: Getty images 3:43PM Big Ollie Giroud The Chelsea forward leads the line for France today having done well when he came on for the final 20 minutes against Australia. He is a player who really is far too underrated, I think just because he is a big man and he is so often given far too little credit for the quality in other parts of his game. Yes, he is great at holding the ball up, but his finishing and passing are also top drawer. Giroud starts for France today Credit: AP France have tried to play without him but always seem to do better when he is in the team. He scored three times in six appearances at Euro 2016, and it is the right decision to bring him in, here. 3:34PM Ton up Hugo Lloris makes his 100th France appearance today. Lloris warms up ahead of the game Credit: reuters 3:28PM How has this happened? Only Didier Deschamps could have players like Lemar, Dembele, Thauvin, Martial and Coman to pick from and still end up with Blaise Matuidi on the left wing.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) June 21, 2018 3:21PM A bit of fun Have a go on our match forecaster, and see who should win today based on six key factors. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game I'm predicting a 2-1 France win. 3:14PM Permutations After Denmark's draw with Australia, they top the group with four points from two games. France will qualify for the second round with a win against Peru here, while a draw or a Peru win would leave all four teams in with a chance of qualifying with one game to go. Defeat for Peru sends them out. 2:55PM It's all over in Samara Denmark vs Australia has just finished 1-1, which is the best possible result for the two teams counting down to kick off here. Avoid defeat, and Peru will still have a chance of progression to the knockout round. 2:53PM Two changes for Peru Paolo Guerrero and Pedro Aquino, who both appeared from the bench against Denmark, come in for Renato Tapia and Jefferson Farfan: Gallese; Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco; Aquino, Yotun; Carrillo, Cueva, Flores; Guerrero 2:50PM The teams are in As expected, Giroud and Matuidi start for France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Kante, Pogba; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud La composition de l'Equipe de France ! #FRAPERpic.twitter.com/czfTXXnnpI— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 21, 2018 2:48PM Jeremy Wilson's preview Our man in Ekaterinburg wrote this piece yesterday on the pressure building on France manager Didier Deschamps. Go have a read. 2:41PM Some pre-match entertainment Have a go at our 'You are the VAR' game. It's tough. Trust me. test - do not delete 2:33PM And on the eighth day... The football schedule is gloriously unrelenting right now, and today the 2018 World Cup continues with France trying to improve on their dreadful opening performance, this time facing fans' second team, Peru. The French scraped past Australia last week with the help of a VAR-reviewed penalty and a fortunate own goal. They might have won, but the display was extremely unconvincing, and manager Didier Deschamps has since come under heavy pressure to get this talented group of players firing. He is expected to attempt to do so today by changing his lineup, bringing in Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi. France and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris agrees that improvement is necessary. "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. Olivier Giroud is expected to start today Credit: AFP "Tomorrow is going to be a difficult match; if we do not raise our quality level, we are going to have some difficulties." Today's opponents Peru were, for the most part, the better team in defeat to Denmark on Saturday. Christian Cueva sent a first half penalty over the bar, while Jefferson Farfan and Paolo Guerrero both missed good chances to rescue a point. Lloris is well aware of the threat their South American opponents pose. "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." In a World Cup dominated by teams who think sitting deep is the best route to success , the attacking football Peru played in their first match has meant plenty of fans want to see them succeed. Their play should, at least, help produce a good game today.

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