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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)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes the Real ace should be in France’s squad, but the Champions League hero made it easy for Didier Deschamps to leave him out
Why Benzema is not the answer to France's No.9 problem
Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes the Real ace should be in France’s squad, but the Champions League hero made it easy for Didier Deschamps to leave him out
El ex presidente de la FIFA, Sepp Blatter, hace un gesto durante una mesa redonda con periodistas en Zurich, Suiza el 8 de marzo de 2018. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann
El ex presidente de la FIFA, Sepp Blatter, hace un gesto durante una mesa redonda con periodistas en Zurich, Suiza
El ex presidente de la FIFA, Sepp Blatter, hace un gesto durante una mesa redonda con periodistas en Zurich, Suiza el 8 de marzo de 2018. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann
Hinchas de Polonia apoyan a su selección durante el partido frente a Senegal - Estadio Spartak, Moscú, Rusia - 19 de junio de 2018 REUTERS / Carl Recine TPX IMÁGENES DEL DÍA
Hinchas de Polonia apoyan a su selección durante el partido frente a Senegal - Estadio Spartak, Moscú, Rusia
Hinchas de Polonia apoyan a su selección durante el partido frente a Senegal - Estadio Spartak, Moscú, Rusia - 19 de junio de 2018 REUTERS / Carl Recine TPX IMÁGENES DEL DÍA
The Hawks are rumored to be open to trading the No. 3 pick, but it won't come cheap.
Report: Hawks eyeing Luke Doncic with the No. 3 pick.
The Hawks are rumored to be open to trading the No. 3 pick, but it won't come cheap.
The Hawks are rumored to be open to trading the No. 3 pick, but it won't come cheap.
Report: Hawks eyeing Luke Doncic with the No. 3 pick.
The Hawks are rumored to be open to trading the No. 3 pick, but it won't come cheap.
El exitoso DT de Atlético de Madrid está acompañando a su hijo Gianluca, refuerzo de Unión La Calera, y estará este miércoles viendo la Copa Chile.
¿Qué hace Diego Simeone en suelo chileno?
El exitoso DT de Atlético de Madrid está acompañando a su hijo Gianluca, refuerzo de Unión La Calera, y estará este miércoles viendo la Copa Chile.
El exitoso DT de Atlético de Madrid está acompañando a su hijo Gianluca, refuerzo de Unión La Calera, y estará este miércoles viendo la Copa Chile.
¿Qué hace Diego Simeone en suelo chileno?
El exitoso DT de Atlético de Madrid está acompañando a su hijo Gianluca, refuerzo de Unión La Calera, y estará este miércoles viendo la Copa Chile.
El exitoso DT de Atlético de Madrid está acompañando a su hijo Gianluca, refuerzo de Unión La Calera, y estará este miércoles viendo la Copa Chile.
¿Qué hace Diego Simeone en suelo chileno?
El exitoso DT de Atlético de Madrid está acompañando a su hijo Gianluca, refuerzo de Unión La Calera, y estará este miércoles viendo la Copa Chile.
El exitoso DT de Atlético de Madrid está acompañando a su hijo Gianluca, refuerzo de Unión La Calera, y estará este miércoles viendo la Copa Chile.
¿Qué hace Diego Simeone en suelo chileno?
El exitoso DT de Atlético de Madrid está acompañando a su hijo Gianluca, refuerzo de Unión La Calera, y estará este miércoles viendo la Copa Chile.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Fans during the match REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Fans during the match REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
FILE PHOTO: Russian central bank deputy chairwoman Olga Skorobogatova holds the newly designed 100-rouble banknotes dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Russian central bank deputy chairwoman Skorobogatova holds the newly designed 100-rouble banknotes dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: Russian central bank deputy chairwoman Olga Skorobogatova holds the newly designed 100-rouble banknotes dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: General Director of Goznak state firm Arkady Trachuk attends a news conference unveiling the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: General Director of Goznak state firm Trachuk attends a news conference unveiling the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: General Director of Goznak state firm Arkady Trachuk attends a news conference unveiling the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: An employee holds the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: An employee holds the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: An employee holds the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Russian central bank deputy chairwoman Olga Skorobogatova and General Director of Goznak state firm Arkady Trachuk attend a news conference unveiling the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Russian central bank deputy chairwoman Skorobogatova and General Director of Goznak state firm Trachuk attend a news conference unveiling the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: Russian central bank deputy chairwoman Olga Skorobogatova and General Director of Goznak state firm Arkady Trachuk attend a news conference unveiling the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: The newly designed 100-rouble banknotes dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, are on display during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: The newly designed 100-rouble banknotes dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, are on display during a news conference in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: The newly designed 100-rouble banknotes dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, are on display during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: General Director of Goznak state firm Arkady Trachuk shows security features of the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: General Director of Goznak state firm Trachuk shows security features of the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: General Director of Goznak state firm Arkady Trachuk shows security features of the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: General Director of Goznak state firm Arkady Trachuk shows security features of the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: General Director of Goznak state firm Trachuk shows security features of the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: General Director of Goznak state firm Arkady Trachuk shows security features of the newly designed 100-rouble banknote dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during a news conference in Moscow, Russia May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
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
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
Alonso, a mejorar
La previa del GP de Francia
Alonso, a mejorar
Alonso, a mejorar
La previa del GP de Francia
Alonso, a mejorar
Alonso, a mejorar
La previa del GP de Francia
Alonso, a mejorar
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
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.
<p>The NFL has revealed the 90 of the Top 100 players in the league, but Redskins QB Alex Smith hasn't made the list. Yet. Could he crack the Top 10?</p>
The curious case of Alex Smith and the NFL Top 100 list

The NFL has revealed the 90 of the Top 100 players in the league, but Redskins QB Alex Smith hasn't made the list. Yet. Could he crack the Top 10?

The curious case of Alex Smith and the NFL Top 100 list
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
Ronaldo becomes Europe's highest scorer in international football
Ronaldo becomes Europe's highest scorer in international football
Ronaldo becomes Europe's highest scorer in international football
Ronaldo becomes Europe's highest scorer in international football
Ronaldo becomes Europe's highest scorer in international football
Ronaldo becomes Europe's highest scorer in international football
Ronaldo becomes Europe's highest scorer in international football
Ronaldo becomes Europe's highest scorer in international football
Ronaldo becomes Europe's highest scorer in international football
James Rodríguez y sus compañeros de la selección de Colombia lucen abatidos tras el juego contra Japón en el estadio Mordovia Arena en Saransk, Rusia, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
James Rodríguez y sus compañeros de la selección de Colombia lucen abatidos tras el juego contra Japón
James Rodríguez y sus compañeros de la selección de Colombia lucen abatidos tras el juego contra Japón en el estadio Mordovia Arena en Saransk, Rusia, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Uruguay's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Uruguay's World Cup squad - the 23-man names Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are the standout names in Uruguay's 23-man squad Credit: Uruguay Twitter Uruguay's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Russia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Uruguay's World Cup record World Cup record: Uraguay The kits See where Uruguay's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Uruguay to win the World Cup? 28/1. Who's the coach? The great revivalist and grand old man of Pampas football, Oscar Washington Tabarez, El Maestro, aged 71 and 12 years into his second spell. Who's the star? Still Luis Suarez with his mesmerisingly slick dribbling, cold-blooded finishing and red-blooded appetite for human flesh. Best thing about them Penetratingly skilful attacking of Suarez and Edinson Cavani combines harmoniously with their uncompromising cut-throat swagger. Worst thing about them Youthful midfield is rich in promise and has added pace to their famous guile but has made the side more open. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will lead the line for Uruguay Credit: Reuters You may recognise… Diego Godin, the world’s best defender, who turns every battle into a jarring, bruising ordeal. Has the heart and bite of a scrawny lion. Cameramen will be picking out… Cavani, his alice band and brooding countenance, Suarez’s notorious gnashers and his pistol-finger celebration. Fans' favourite chant "Soy celeste, soy celeste, celeste soy yo" (I am sky blue, I am sky blue, sky blue I am). On-field prediction Win the group but depart in the quarter-finals. Off-field prediction Brazil 2014’s best fans, weeping incontinently in joy and sorrow, but too sparse now to make the same impact. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Uruguay World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Uruguay's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Uruguay's World Cup squad - the 23-man names Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are the standout names in Uruguay's 23-man squad Credit: Uruguay Twitter Uruguay's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Russia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Uruguay's World Cup record World Cup record: Uraguay The kits See where Uruguay's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Uruguay to win the World Cup? 28/1. Who's the coach? The great revivalist and grand old man of Pampas football, Oscar Washington Tabarez, El Maestro, aged 71 and 12 years into his second spell. Who's the star? Still Luis Suarez with his mesmerisingly slick dribbling, cold-blooded finishing and red-blooded appetite for human flesh. Best thing about them Penetratingly skilful attacking of Suarez and Edinson Cavani combines harmoniously with their uncompromising cut-throat swagger. Worst thing about them Youthful midfield is rich in promise and has added pace to their famous guile but has made the side more open. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will lead the line for Uruguay Credit: Reuters You may recognise… Diego Godin, the world’s best defender, who turns every battle into a jarring, bruising ordeal. Has the heart and bite of a scrawny lion. Cameramen will be picking out… Cavani, his alice band and brooding countenance, Suarez’s notorious gnashers and his pistol-finger celebration. Fans' favourite chant "Soy celeste, soy celeste, celeste soy yo" (I am sky blue, I am sky blue, sky blue I am). On-field prediction Win the group but depart in the quarter-finals. Off-field prediction Brazil 2014’s best fans, weeping incontinently in joy and sorrow, but too sparse now to make the same impact. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Uruguay's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Uruguay's World Cup squad - the 23-man names Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are the standout names in Uruguay's 23-man squad Credit: Uruguay Twitter Uruguay's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Russia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Uruguay's World Cup record World Cup record: Uraguay The kits See where Uruguay's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Uruguay to win the World Cup? 28/1. Who's the coach? The great revivalist and grand old man of Pampas football, Oscar Washington Tabarez, El Maestro, aged 71 and 12 years into his second spell. Who's the star? Still Luis Suarez with his mesmerisingly slick dribbling, cold-blooded finishing and red-blooded appetite for human flesh. Best thing about them Penetratingly skilful attacking of Suarez and Edinson Cavani combines harmoniously with their uncompromising cut-throat swagger. Worst thing about them Youthful midfield is rich in promise and has added pace to their famous guile but has made the side more open. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will lead the line for Uruguay Credit: Reuters You may recognise… Diego Godin, the world’s best defender, who turns every battle into a jarring, bruising ordeal. Has the heart and bite of a scrawny lion. Cameramen will be picking out… Cavani, his alice band and brooding countenance, Suarez’s notorious gnashers and his pistol-finger celebration. Fans' favourite chant "Soy celeste, soy celeste, celeste soy yo" (I am sky blue, I am sky blue, sky blue I am). On-field prediction Win the group but depart in the quarter-finals. Off-field prediction Brazil 2014’s best fans, weeping incontinently in joy and sorrow, but too sparse now to make the same impact. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Uruguay World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Uruguay's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Uruguay's World Cup squad - the 23-man names Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are the standout names in Uruguay's 23-man squad Credit: Uruguay Twitter Uruguay's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Russia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Uruguay's World Cup record World Cup record: Uraguay The kits See where Uruguay's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Uruguay to win the World Cup? 28/1. Who's the coach? The great revivalist and grand old man of Pampas football, Oscar Washington Tabarez, El Maestro, aged 71 and 12 years into his second spell. Who's the star? Still Luis Suarez with his mesmerisingly slick dribbling, cold-blooded finishing and red-blooded appetite for human flesh. Best thing about them Penetratingly skilful attacking of Suarez and Edinson Cavani combines harmoniously with their uncompromising cut-throat swagger. Worst thing about them Youthful midfield is rich in promise and has added pace to their famous guile but has made the side more open. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will lead the line for Uruguay Credit: Reuters You may recognise… Diego Godin, the world’s best defender, who turns every battle into a jarring, bruising ordeal. Has the heart and bite of a scrawny lion. Cameramen will be picking out… Cavani, his alice band and brooding countenance, Suarez’s notorious gnashers and his pistol-finger celebration. Fans' favourite chant "Soy celeste, soy celeste, celeste soy yo" (I am sky blue, I am sky blue, sky blue I am). On-field prediction Win the group but depart in the quarter-finals. Off-field prediction Brazil 2014’s best fans, weeping incontinently in joy and sorrow, but too sparse now to make the same impact. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Uruguay's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Uruguay's World Cup squad - the 23-man names Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are the standout names in Uruguay's 23-man squad Credit: Uruguay Twitter Uruguay's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Russia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Uruguay's World Cup record World Cup record: Uraguay The kits See where Uruguay's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Uruguay to win the World Cup? 28/1. Who's the coach? The great revivalist and grand old man of Pampas football, Oscar Washington Tabarez, El Maestro, aged 71 and 12 years into his second spell. Who's the star? Still Luis Suarez with his mesmerisingly slick dribbling, cold-blooded finishing and red-blooded appetite for human flesh. Best thing about them Penetratingly skilful attacking of Suarez and Edinson Cavani combines harmoniously with their uncompromising cut-throat swagger. Worst thing about them Youthful midfield is rich in promise and has added pace to their famous guile but has made the side more open. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will lead the line for Uruguay Credit: Reuters You may recognise… Diego Godin, the world’s best defender, who turns every battle into a jarring, bruising ordeal. Has the heart and bite of a scrawny lion. Cameramen will be picking out… Cavani, his alice band and brooding countenance, Suarez’s notorious gnashers and his pistol-finger celebration. Fans' favourite chant "Soy celeste, soy celeste, celeste soy yo" (I am sky blue, I am sky blue, sky blue I am). On-field prediction Win the group but depart in the quarter-finals. Off-field prediction Brazil 2014’s best fans, weeping incontinently in joy and sorrow, but too sparse now to make the same impact. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Uruguay World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Uruguay's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Uruguay's World Cup squad - the 23-man names Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are the standout names in Uruguay's 23-man squad Credit: Uruguay Twitter Uruguay's World Cup 2018 fixtures Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Russia: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Uruguay's World Cup record World Cup record: Uraguay The kits See where Uruguay's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Uruguay to win the World Cup? 28/1. Who's the coach? The great revivalist and grand old man of Pampas football, Oscar Washington Tabarez, El Maestro, aged 71 and 12 years into his second spell. Who's the star? Still Luis Suarez with his mesmerisingly slick dribbling, cold-blooded finishing and red-blooded appetite for human flesh. Best thing about them Penetratingly skilful attacking of Suarez and Edinson Cavani combines harmoniously with their uncompromising cut-throat swagger. Worst thing about them Youthful midfield is rich in promise and has added pace to their famous guile but has made the side more open. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will lead the line for Uruguay Credit: Reuters You may recognise… Diego Godin, the world’s best defender, who turns every battle into a jarring, bruising ordeal. Has the heart and bite of a scrawny lion. Cameramen will be picking out… Cavani, his alice band and brooding countenance, Suarez’s notorious gnashers and his pistol-finger celebration. Fans' favourite chant "Soy celeste, soy celeste, celeste soy yo" (I am sky blue, I am sky blue, sky blue I am). On-field prediction Win the group but depart in the quarter-finals. Off-field prediction Brazil 2014’s best fans, weeping incontinently in joy and sorrow, but too sparse now to make the same impact. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Saudi Arabia's 2018 World Cup squad is thoroughly analysed below. This is your guide to everything you need to know about the players who will be representing their country at the tournament, when their games are taking place, who is in charge of the team, the key men to watch and how they're likely to fare in Russia. To read our comprehensive guide simply register with the Telegraph and log in to your account. Saudi Arabia's World Cup preliminary squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Saudi Arabia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Uruguay: Wednesday, June 20 at 4pm Egypt: Monday, June 25 at 3pm Saudi Arabia's World Cup record World Cup record: Saudi Arabia The kits See where Saudi Arabia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked What odds are Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup? 1000/1 Who's the coach? Juan Antonio Pizzi. Former Spain striker who played for Bobby Robson at Barcelona, Pizzi resigned as Chile manager and last November became the third Saudi manager in three months. Saudi Arabia will play in their first World Cup since 2006 Credit: Getty Images Who's the star? They’re not the lowest ranked team here for nothing - but Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored eight in qualification against East Timor. Mohammad Al-Sahlawi trained with Manchester United earlier this year Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Technically adept players with plenty of swazz, a lovely kit and in ‘the Green Falcons’, the best nickname. Worst thing about them Ponderous tempo and lack of physical stature make them as vulnerable as tethered goats for Uruguay’s ruthless predators. Saudi Arabia lost to Italy in a pre-World Cup friendly in May Credit: Getty Images You may recognise… Yaya Al-Shehri is a nippy, Bercow-sized left winger who could nutmeg opponents with his body as well as the ball. Cameramen will be picking out… As is the intrusive way these days, ostentatiously pious goal celebrations - in the remote possibility they score, of course. Fans' favourite chant Oh oh, oh oh, oh ya Saudi! On-field prediction Haven’t won a match in three World Cups since 1994 and that won’t change here. Off-field prediction Paeans of praise for the Crown Prince and an epidemic of tinnitus from insufferable inflatable cheering sticks. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, Russian soldiers stand at the Hall of Military Glory in Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, Russian soldiers stand at the Hall of Military Glory in Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, tourists visit the Motherland Calls monument which commemorates the victims of the Battle of Stalingrad, in which the Red Army turned back Nazi Germany's army in Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, tourists visit the Motherland Calls monument which commemorates the victims of the Battle of Stalingrad, in which the Red Army turned back Nazi Germany's army in Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, 72 year old Vitaly Danilkin holds up memorabilia and remains of battles that took place near Stalingrad, in Rossoshka, Russia. Vitaly Danilkin takes care for a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, 72 year old Vitaly Danilkin holds up memorabilia and remains of battles that took place near Stalingrad, in Rossoshka, Russia. Vitaly Danilkin takes care for a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, 72 year old Vitaly Danilkin holds up memorabilia and remains of battles that took place near Stalingrad, in Rossoshka, Russia. Vitaly Danilkin takes care for a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, 72 year old Vitaly Danilkin holds up memorabilia and remains of battles that took place near Stalingrad, in Rossoshka, Russia. Vitaly Danilkin takes care for a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, the names of the Nazi German soldiers who died in the World War II battle of Stalingrad are written on the Memorial cemetery near Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, the names of the Nazi German soldiers who died in the World War II battle of Stalingrad are written on the Memorial cemetery near Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, people enjoy a sunny day next to Volga river in Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, people enjoy a sunny day next to Volga river in Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, 72 year old Vitaly Danilkin holds up memorabilia and remains of battles that took place near Stalingrad, in Rossoshka, Russia. Vitaly Danilkin takes care for a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, 72 year old Vitaly Danilkin holds up memorabilia and remains of battles that took place near Stalingrad, in Rossoshka, Russia. Vitaly Danilkin takes care for a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
This photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, shows the Panorama Museum in Volgograd, built next to the gutted remains of a ruined mill. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Pylas)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
This photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, shows the Panorama Museum in Volgograd, built next to the gutted remains of a ruined mill. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Pylas)
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, 72 year old Vitaly Danilkin shows pictures of German soldiers in a small museum, near Stalingrad, in Rossoshka, Russia. Vitaly Danilkin takes care for a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, 72 year old Vitaly Danilkin shows pictures of German soldiers in a small museum, near Stalingrad, in Rossoshka, Russia. Vitaly Danilkin takes care for a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, graves of Russian soldiers in a cemetery near Stalingrad in Rossoshka, Russia, . 72-year-old Vitaly Danilkin takes care of a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, graves of Russian soldiers in a cemetery near Stalingrad in Rossoshka, Russia, . 72-year-old Vitaly Danilkin takes care of a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, graves of Russian soldiers in a cemetery near Stalingrad in Rossoshka, Russia, . 72-year-old Vitaly Danilkin takes care of a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this photo taken on Sunday, June 17, 2018, graves of Russian soldiers in a cemetery near Stalingrad in Rossoshka, Russia, . 72-year-old Vitaly Danilkin takes care of a cemetery some 40 miles northwest of Volgograd in Rossoshka, for German soldiers who perished at Stalingrad and nearby Rostov-on-Don, as well as a Soviet cemetery on the other side of the road. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, Russian soldiers take part in changing guard at the Hall of Military Glory in Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, Russian soldiers take part in changing guard at the Hall of Military Glory in Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, a boy rubs his eye as a Russian soldier stands guard at the Hall of Military Glory in Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo, a boy rubs his eye as a Russian soldier stands guard at the Hall of Military Glory in Volgograd, Russia. Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What England can expect from Panama... one or two bruises for a start
Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What England can expect from Panama... one or two bruises for a start
Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What England can expect from Panama... one or two bruises for a start
Panama are nothing if not physical, although it should probably be pointed out that the worst tackle in their 3-0 defeat to Belgium was actually made by Kevin De Bruyne two minutes from time, for which the Manchester City midfielder was booked. Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach, was distinctly unhappy afterwards with the treatment Eden Hazard got and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked about a need for referees to clamp down on the “cheap and unnecessary tackles” he felt Panama administered. The Panama defenders, Roman Torres and Michael Murillo, both received yellow cards for strong challenges on Hazard. But was this really that different from what the Chelsea forward gets in the Premier League most weeks? Most of the bookings Panama racked up - five inside an hour, the most by a team in a single game at a World Cup since Holland hacked lumps out of Spain in the 2010 final - were a consequence of clumsiness and difficulties dealing with the speed of their opponents than anything more sinister. Belgium only committed one tackle fewer than Panama’s 18. “I don’t know what people are complaining about,” Roman Torres, the Panama centre-half, said. “Football is like that - you always have to impose yourself, you have to mark out your territory.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more A lot of huff and puff... but a lack of mobility The spine of Panama’s team is ageing. Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo is 36, captain Torres 32, midfield sentry Gabriel Gomez 34 and, up front, Blas Perez is the oldest of the lot at 37. There was certainly a chronic lack of pace and mobility in the Panama ranks against Belgium but they strive to make up for that with a strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. The surprise in the first half, before Belgium’s superior quality told in the second, was the difficulty Martinez’s men had creating a numerical advantage in midfield, which led to a lot of long balls being pumped from defence and Hazard having to go it alone at times. If England can create overloads, Panama will be in trouble. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game No shortage of confidence but a lack of ideas going forward Panama may be one of the weakest teams in the tournament but their pride at reaching a first World Cup shines through and there is no shortage of confidence that they can beat or at least frustrate England. There is a clear belief in their ranks that Belgium would provide their stiffest test in Group G so England are likely to encounter opponents determined to cause an upset. Gareth Southgate’s side must show that confidence is misplaced. “For me, Belgium are a more difficult opponent than England,” midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez said. That belief was echoed by the Panama president, who is in regular conversation with the squad and coach Hernan Gomez. “We feel the hard game was today’s,” Juan Carlos Varela said of the Belgium match as he looked ahead to England. Jose Luis Rodriguez (left) says Belgium are better than England Credit: afp That is all very well but Panama would have to show a lot more wit and imagination once they cross their own half-way line than they managed against Belgium. The one time they did get in behind Belgium, Courtois was off his line quick to deny Murillo. It was not as if Panama ventured forward enough to pose a threat from set pieces either. They had three corners in total against Belgium and no direct or indirect free-kicks near goal. A susceptibility on the counter-attack Whoever Southgate decides to pick, it is imperative England’s attack is flush with pace. Whether it is Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford or Jamie Vardy supplementing Harry Kane, or perhaps two of them, Panama are susceptible to pace on the break and England should have plenty of joy if they can get in behind their opponents. For a team that defend in numbers, Panama still left a lot of space for Belgium to exploit. They also tired visibly in the final half an hour so, if things are not going to plan for Southgate, as they were not for Martinez for a good while, the likelihood is space will eventually start to open up. Belgium’s third goal on the counter had begun with De Bruyne intercepting deep in Belgium territory but Panama were unable to deal with the speed with which Belgium then went through the gears. Eden Hazard breaks through the Panama defence Credit: getty images A robust centre-half pairing Torres plays his football with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS and Fidel Escobar also plies his trade in the US with New York Red Bulls. Neither are going to challenge the best central-defensive pairings at this tournament but they impressed in the first half against Belgium especially and coped well, at that stage, with what Romelu Lukaku had to offer. Torres made a crucial clearance from a dangerous De Bruyne cross and Escobar cut a fairly composed figure for a 23 year-old playing on the biggest stage of his life. Kane should still fancy his chances, though. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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
1:14PM 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
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
Owino believes that Mathare can still mount a strong title challenge in the second leg
Mathare United skipper George Owino hails 'fantastic' Samuel Olwande
Owino believes that Mathare can still mount a strong title challenge in the second leg
What is it? It's the Group D match between two-time winners Argentina and 1998 semi-finalists Croatia. When is it? Thursday June 21, 2018. What time is kick-off? The match gets under way at 7pm (BST). What TV channel is it on? The match will be broadcast live on BBC1, though you can follow all the build-up, live minute-by-minute commentary and post-match analysis right here. Just bookmark this page and come back on Thursday evening. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? The match will be held at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, the home of FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod, in Nizhny Novgorod. Obviously. World Cup 2018 stadium: Nizhny Nogorod Stadium What is the team news? Angel Di Maria, Maximiliano Meza, Lucas Biglia and Marcos Rojo are all expected to be dropped by Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli who will likely replace the quartet with Marcos Acuna, Enzo Perez, Cristian Pavon and Gabriel Mercado. Andrej Kramaric, meanwhile, is expected to drop out of the Croatia starting XI with Marcelo Brozovic coming in. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news on the two teams? As it stands, neither squad are understood to be carrying any serious injuries. What are the odds? Argentina to win: Evens Draw: 12/5 Croatia to win: 3/1 What's our prediction? Argentina may have the heritage and, of course, one of the world's best players in Lionel Messi, but Croatia possess something much, much more important: a well-rounded squad with purpose and for this reason we're predicting a minor upset. Argentina 1 Croatia 2 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Argentina vs Croatia: What time is kick-off tomorrow, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? It's the Group D match between two-time winners Argentina and 1998 semi-finalists Croatia. When is it? Thursday June 21, 2018. What time is kick-off? The match gets under way at 7pm (BST). What TV channel is it on? The match will be broadcast live on BBC1, though you can follow all the build-up, live minute-by-minute commentary and post-match analysis right here. Just bookmark this page and come back on Thursday evening. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? The match will be held at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, the home of FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod, in Nizhny Novgorod. Obviously. World Cup 2018 stadium: Nizhny Nogorod Stadium What is the team news? Angel Di Maria, Maximiliano Meza, Lucas Biglia and Marcos Rojo are all expected to be dropped by Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli who will likely replace the quartet with Marcos Acuna, Enzo Perez, Cristian Pavon and Gabriel Mercado. Andrej Kramaric, meanwhile, is expected to drop out of the Croatia starting XI with Marcelo Brozovic coming in. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news on the two teams? As it stands, neither squad are understood to be carrying any serious injuries. What are the odds? Argentina to win: Evens Draw: 12/5 Croatia to win: 3/1 What's our prediction? Argentina may have the heritage and, of course, one of the world's best players in Lionel Messi, but Croatia possess something much, much more important: a well-rounded squad with purpose and for this reason we're predicting a minor upset. Argentina 1 Croatia 2 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
His strike for Portugal against Morocco saw Cristiano Ronaldo surpass Ferenc Puskas as international football's record European goalscorer.
Remarkable Ronaldo breaks Puskas' European record
His strike for Portugal against Morocco saw Cristiano Ronaldo surpass Ferenc Puskas as international football's record European goalscorer.
The Real Madrid man is now only behind Iran legend Ali Daei in the rankings after finding the back of the net once again
Portugal star Ronaldo becomes second leading international scorer with Morocco goal
The Real Madrid man is now only behind Iran legend Ali Daei in the rankings after finding the back of the net once again
The Real Madrid man is now only behind Iran legend Ali Daei in the rankings after finding the back of the net once again
Portugal star Ronaldo becomes second leading international scorer with Morocco goal
The Real Madrid man is now only behind Iran legend Ali Daei in the rankings after finding the back of the net once again
The Real Madrid man is now only behind Iran legend Ali Daei in the rankings after finding the back of the net once again
Portugal star Ronaldo becomes second leading international scorer with Morocco goal
The Real Madrid man is now only behind Iran legend Ali Daei in the rankings after finding the back of the net once again
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps will continued to stage Formula One races for at least another three years.
Belgian Grand Prix deal agreed until 2021
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps will continued to stage Formula One races for at least another three years.
Entrenamiento de la selección de Francia en Moscú, el 18 de junio de 2018. REUTERS / Albert Gea
Francia buscará la clasificación a octavos ante una necesitada Perú
Entrenamiento de la selección de Francia en Moscú, el 18 de junio de 2018. REUTERS / Albert Gea
NASCAR road racing has evolved from the days road specialists contended for wins and might some day include a street course.
NASCAR America: Road racing’s evolution is not yet complete
NASCAR road racing has evolved from the days road specialists contended for wins and might some day include a street course.
England players pose for a team group photo before the match. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England
England players pose for a team group photo before the match. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
England players pose for a team group photo before the match. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England
England players pose for a team group photo before the match. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
El colegiado norteamericano que impartirá justicia en Rusia 2018 tendrá frente así su segunda Copa del Mundo por delante. Repasa su polémica carrera.
¿Quién es Mark Geiger, el árbitro estadounidense del Portugal - Marruecos en el Mundial Rusia 2018?
El colegiado norteamericano que impartirá justicia en Rusia 2018 tendrá frente así su segunda Copa del Mundo por delante. Repasa su polémica carrera.
El colegiado norteamericano que impartirá justicia en Rusia 2018 tendrá frente así su segunda Copa del Mundo por delante. Repasa su polémica carrera.
¿Quién es Mark Geiger, el árbitro estadounidense del Portugal - Marruecos en el Mundial Rusia 2018?
El colegiado norteamericano que impartirá justicia en Rusia 2018 tendrá frente así su segunda Copa del Mundo por delante. Repasa su polémica carrera.
Entrenamiento de la selección de Francia, Moscú, Rusia - 18 de junio, 2018 REUTERS / Albert Gea
Entrenamiento de la selección de Francia, Moscú, Rusia
Entrenamiento de la selección de Francia, Moscú, Rusia - 18 de junio, 2018 REUTERS / Albert Gea
World Cup 2018: Portugal vs Morocco, 1pm kick off, TV: BBC1 Ronaldo continues to take limelight at 33 while rivals go missing Ranking every World Cup 2018 team, after one game each Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (4pm kick-off) Iran vs Spain (7pm kick-off) Betting guide: predictions and tips for Portugal v Morocco 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 from Cristiano Ronaldo's second match
World Cup 2018: Portugal vs Morocco, 1pm kick off, TV: BBC1 Ronaldo continues to take limelight at 33 while rivals go missing Ranking every World Cup 2018 team, after one game each Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (4pm kick-off) Iran vs Spain (7pm kick-off) Betting guide: predictions and tips for Portugal v Morocco 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.
He signed a jersey with Steve Nash's retired number on it, but it must have been fun anyway.
Deandre Ayton is already signing Phoenix Suns jerseys (PHOTO)
He signed a jersey with Steve Nash's retired number on it, but it must have been fun anyway.
He signed a jersey with Steve Nash's retired number on it, but it must have been fun anyway.
Deandre Ayton is already signing Phoenix Suns jerseys (PHOTO)
He signed a jersey with Steve Nash's retired number on it, but it must have been fun anyway.
World Cup 2018: Portugal vs Morocco, 1pm kick off, TV: BBC1 Ronaldo continues to take limelight at 33 while rivals go missing Ranking every World Cup 2018 team, after one game each Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (4pm kick-off) Iran vs Spain (7pm kick-off) Betting guide: predictions and tips for Portugal v Morocco 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 from Cristiano Ronaldo's second match
World Cup 2018: Portugal vs Morocco, 1pm kick off, TV: BBC1 Ronaldo continues to take limelight at 33 while rivals go missing Ranking every World Cup 2018 team, after one game each Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (4pm kick-off) Iran vs Spain (7pm kick-off) Betting guide: predictions and tips for Portugal v Morocco 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.
Se trata de Danny Pérez, de 18 años, quien jugó en el Sub-17 de su país. Ya se realizó los chequeos médicos y llegaría a préstamo.
Una promesa del fútbol venezolano sería el primer refuerzo de Colo Colo
Se trata de Danny Pérez, de 18 años, quien jugó en el Sub-17 de su país. Ya se realizó los chequeos médicos y llegaría a préstamo.
Se trata de Danny Pérez, de 18 años, quien jugó en el Sub-17 de su país. Ya se realizó los chequeos médicos y llegaría a préstamo.
Una promesa del fútbol venezolano sería el primer refuerzo de Colo Colo
Se trata de Danny Pérez, de 18 años, quien jugó en el Sub-17 de su país. Ya se realizó los chequeos médicos y llegaría a préstamo.
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Estadio Luzhniki: cómo es y cuánta capacidad tiene el estadio del Marruecos - Portugal del Mundial Rusia 2018
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Estadio Luzhniki: cómo es y cuánta capacidad tiene el estadio del Marruecos - Portugal del Mundial Rusia 2018
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Estadio Luzhniki: cómo es y cuánta capacidad tiene el estadio del Marruecos - Portugal del Mundial Rusia 2018
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Estadio Luzhniki: cómo es y cuánta capacidad tiene el estadio del Marruecos - Portugal del Mundial Rusia 2018
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Estadio Luzhniki: cómo es y cuánta capacidad tiene el estadio del Marruecos - Portugal del Mundial Rusia 2018
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Estadio Luzhniki: cómo es y cuánta capacidad tiene el estadio del Marruecos - Portugal del Mundial Rusia 2018
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Estadio Luzhniki: cómo es y cuánta capacidad tiene el estadio del Marruecos - Portugal del Mundial Rusia 2018
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
Estadio Luzhniki: cómo es y cuánta capacidad tiene el estadio del Marruecos - Portugal del Mundial Rusia 2018
Así es el estadio que será sede del primer y último partido de la Copa del Mundo, casa de la Selección rusa.
A 400km de Moscú, sede de Argentina-Croacia y bunker de Uruguay, suena música electrónica en la radio y el cemento sigue fresco.
Nizhny Nóvgorod no sabe ni le interesa saber que se juega un Mundial
A 400km de Moscú, sede de Argentina-Croacia y bunker de Uruguay, suena música electrónica en la radio y el cemento sigue fresco.
A 400km de Moscú, sede de Argentina-Croacia y bunker de Uruguay, suena música electrónica en la radio y el cemento sigue fresco.
Nizhny Nóvgorod no sabe ni le interesa saber que se juega un Mundial
A 400km de Moscú, sede de Argentina-Croacia y bunker de Uruguay, suena música electrónica en la radio y el cemento sigue fresco.
A 400km de Moscú, sede de Argentina-Croacia y bunker de Uruguay, suena música electrónica en la radio y el cemento sigue fresco.
Nizhny Nóvgorod no sabe ni le interesa saber que se juega un Mundial
A 400km de Moscú, sede de Argentina-Croacia y bunker de Uruguay, suena música electrónica en la radio y el cemento sigue fresco.
A 400km de Moscú, sede de Argentina-Croacia y bunker de Uruguay, suena música electrónica en la radio y el cemento sigue fresco.
Nizhny Nóvgorod no sabe ni le interesa saber que se juega un Mundial
A 400km de Moscú, sede de Argentina-Croacia y bunker de Uruguay, suena música electrónica en la radio y el cemento sigue fresco.
Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick may have saved a point for Portugal, but Isco joked he will no longer speak to him because of it.
Isco: I'm not going to speak to Ronaldo again!
Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick may have saved a point for Portugal, but Isco joked he will no longer speak to him because of it.
Labour prime minister Gordon Brown made Alan Sugar, 71, a lord in 2009, but he left the party in 2015, citing its "negative business policies" (AFP Photo/PAUL EDWARDS)
Labour prime minister Gordon Brown made Alan Sugar, 71, a lord in 2009, but he left the party in 2015, citing its "negative business policies"
Labour prime minister Gordon Brown made Alan Sugar, 71, a lord in 2009, but he left the party in 2015, citing its "negative business policies" (AFP Photo/PAUL EDWARDS)
Entrenamiento de la selección de Argentina, Moscú, Rusia, 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS / Albert Gea
Entrenamiento de la selección de Argentina, Moscú, Rusia, 20 de junio de 2018
Entrenamiento de la selección de Argentina, Moscú, Rusia, 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS / Albert Gea
En la imagen, un mural gigantesco del delantero argentino Lionel Messi en un edificio en Bronnitsy, Rusia, el 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea
La Argentina de Messi busca redención contra una peligrosa Croacia
En la imagen, un mural gigantesco del delantero argentino Lionel Messi en un edificio en Bronnitsy, Rusia, el 20 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst
Hinchas de Uruguay sostienen máscaras de jugadores antes del partido contra Egipto, Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterimburgo, Rusia - 15 de junio de 2018 REUTERS / Andrew Couldridge
Hinchas de Uruguay sostienen máscaras de jugadores antes del partido contra Egipto, Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterimburgo, Rusia
Hinchas de Uruguay sostienen máscaras de jugadores antes del partido contra Egipto, Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterimburgo, Rusia - 15 de junio de 2018 REUTERS / Andrew Couldridge
Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, front, tosses a ball to his players during a training exercise in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
South African who lost his legs fulfills football dream
Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, front, tosses a ball to his players during a training exercise in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
A young player controls a ball during a training session under the watchful eye of Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, during training in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
South African who lost his legs fulfills football dream
A young player controls a ball during a training session under the watchful eye of Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, during training in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, left, keeps an eye on his players during a training exercise in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
South African who lost his legs fulfills football dream
Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, left, keeps an eye on his players during a training exercise in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, front, tosses a ball to his players during a training exercise in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
South African who lost his legs fulfills football dream
Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, front, tosses a ball to his players during a training exercise in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
A young player controls a ball during a training session under the watchful eye of Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, during training in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
South African who lost his legs fulfills football dream
A young player controls a ball during a training session under the watchful eye of Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, during training in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, left, keeps an eye on his players during a training exercise in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
South African who lost his legs fulfills football dream
Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, left, keeps an eye on his players during a training exercise in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Young footballers play a friendly soccer match during practice in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Tebogo Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler in South Africa, but that didn't stop him from fulfilling his dream of coaching young football players. Mofokeng, 18, is following the World Cup closely, but on Sunday morning he was on a dusty field in Winderveldt, a poor area northwest of the capital, Pretoria. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
South African who lost his legs fulfills football dream
Young footballers play a friendly soccer match during practice in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Tebogo Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler in South Africa, but that didn't stop him from fulfilling his dream of coaching young football players. Mofokeng, 18, is following the World Cup closely, but on Sunday morning he was on a dusty field in Winderveldt, a poor area northwest of the capital, Pretoria. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Young players huddle for a war cry after weekly training under the watchful eye of Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, during practice in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
South African who lost his legs fulfills football dream
Young players huddle for a war cry after weekly training under the watchful eye of Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, during practice in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, centre, talks with his players prior to a friendly soccer match during a training session in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
South African who lost his legs fulfills football dream
Double amputee and soccer coach, Tebogo Mofokeng, centre, talks with his players prior to a friendly soccer match during a training session in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Double amputee and soccer coach Tebogo Mofokeng left, keeps an eye on his players during a friendly soccer match in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
South African who lost his legs fulfills football dream
Double amputee and soccer coach Tebogo Mofokeng left, keeps an eye on his players during a friendly soccer match in Winterveldt, South Africa, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mofokeng's legs were amputated when he was a toddler but that didn't stop him fulfilling his dream of coaching young children. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Mundial Rusia 2018: formación, figura, plantel y todo lo que hay que saber de Panamá
La Marea Roja se presenta por primera vez en un Mundial con la mejor generación de su historia guiada por un DT que vive su tercera experiencia.
Eduardo Escobar is on pace to set an 87 year-old record. But do you know which one?
And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights
Eduardo Escobar is on pace to set an 87 year-old record. But do you know which one?
Eduardo Escobar is on pace to set an 87 year-old record. But do you know which one?
And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights
Eduardo Escobar is on pace to set an 87 year-old record. But do you know which one?
Eduardo Escobar is on pace to set an 87 year-old record. But do you know which one?
And That Happened: Tuesday’s Scores and Highlights
Eduardo Escobar is on pace to set an 87 year-old record. But do you know which one?
Sebastien Bourdais says IndyCar's 2018 universal aerokit is not to blame for the "over the top difficult" racing on ovals this season
Bourdais: IndyCar aerokit not to blame for 'difficult' oval racing
Sebastien Bourdais says IndyCar's 2018 universal aerokit is not to blame for the "over the top difficult" racing on ovals this season
Sebastien Bourdais says IndyCar's 2018 universal aerokit is not to blame for the "over the top difficult" racing on ovals this season
Bourdais: IndyCar aerokit not to blame for 'difficult' oval racing
Sebastien Bourdais says IndyCar's 2018 universal aerokit is not to blame for the "over the top difficult" racing on ovals this season
Sebastien Bourdais says IndyCar's 2018 universal aerokit is not to blame for the "over the top difficult" racing on ovals this season
Bourdais: IndyCar aerokit not to blame for 'difficult' oval racing
Sebastien Bourdais says IndyCar's 2018 universal aerokit is not to blame for the "over the top difficult" racing on ovals this season
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Wimbledon 2018: Dan Evans must win six matches in eight days after wildcard snub
Il figlio di Bjorn Borg pronto per inseguire la carriera di papà
Il figlio di Bjorn Borg pronto per inseguire la carriera di papà
Il figlio di Bjorn Borg pronto per inseguire la carriera di papà
Il figlio di Bjorn Borg pronto per inseguire la carriera di papà
Il figlio di Bjorn Borg pronto per inseguire la carriera di papà
Il figlio di Bjorn Borg pronto per inseguire la carriera di papà
Il figlio di Bjorn Borg pronto per inseguire la carriera di papà
Il figlio di Bjorn Borg pronto per inseguire la carriera di papà
Il figlio di Bjorn Borg pronto per inseguire la carriera di papà
Kalidou Koulibaly, the Senegal and Napoli defender, has effectively confirmed that Maurizio Sarri will be Chelsea manager after delivering a ringing endorsement of his work in Naples. Speaking after Senegal’s 2-1 win against Poland on Tuesday night, Koulibaly stressed that Sarri would need time at Chelsea but is confident that he will ultimately deliver exciting football. “You can expect nice football because he's a very good coach,” said Koulibaly. “It's disappointing that he leaves like this. We have now a big coach and we know we can win something with him. I hope he can win something with Chelsea. “When a person like this comes, he needs time. They have to give him time because he will suit the football of Chelsea. I think Chelsea fans will enjoy the style of football he plays. At Napoli, we enjoyed so much the play and the supporters enjoyed so much too. I think at Chelsea it will be the same.” Chelsea are now close to confirming the appointment of Sarri, who has been Napoli manager for the past three season, and it is also believed that he is keen on the idea of having club favourite Gianfranco Zola with him. Premier League club-by-club review Zola would be a popular appointment with both the fans and a number of members of Chelsea’s first-team squad, and there is likely to be space for him either on the coaching or technical side. The former West Ham striker Diafro Sakho, who is now at Rennes, also predicted that Senegal or another African team were still good enough to win this World Cup. Senegal’s victory was the first by an African country following defeats for Tunisia, Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco. “We need to be together if the African continent is going to win a World Cup,” said Sakho. “It's a very important job for us to keep it this way, to play together. It's time now to give us all in Africa one opportunity to win a World Cup.”
Chelsea fans will enjoy the style of football Maurizio Sarri plays, says Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly, the Senegal and Napoli defender, has effectively confirmed that Maurizio Sarri will be Chelsea manager after delivering a ringing endorsement of his work in Naples. Speaking after Senegal’s 2-1 win against Poland on Tuesday night, Koulibaly stressed that Sarri would need time at Chelsea but is confident that he will ultimately deliver exciting football. “You can expect nice football because he's a very good coach,” said Koulibaly. “It's disappointing that he leaves like this. We have now a big coach and we know we can win something with him. I hope he can win something with Chelsea. “When a person like this comes, he needs time. They have to give him time because he will suit the football of Chelsea. I think Chelsea fans will enjoy the style of football he plays. At Napoli, we enjoyed so much the play and the supporters enjoyed so much too. I think at Chelsea it will be the same.” Chelsea are now close to confirming the appointment of Sarri, who has been Napoli manager for the past three season, and it is also believed that he is keen on the idea of having club favourite Gianfranco Zola with him. Premier League club-by-club review Zola would be a popular appointment with both the fans and a number of members of Chelsea’s first-team squad, and there is likely to be space for him either on the coaching or technical side. The former West Ham striker Diafro Sakho, who is now at Rennes, also predicted that Senegal or another African team were still good enough to win this World Cup. Senegal’s victory was the first by an African country following defeats for Tunisia, Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco. “We need to be together if the African continent is going to win a World Cup,” said Sakho. “It's a very important job for us to keep it this way, to play together. It's time now to give us all in Africa one opportunity to win a World Cup.”
En la imagen, el árbitro uruguayo Andrés Cunha marcando un penalti para Francia en el partido contra Australia, el 16 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Andrés Cunha será el árbitro en el partido entre España e Irán por segunda jornada del Grupo B
En la imagen, el árbitro uruguayo Andrés Cunha marcando un penalti para Francia en el partido contra Australia, el 16 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

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