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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)
La hispano-venezolana perdió en dos sets
Muguruza cae ante Strycova y deja malas sensaciones para Wimbledon
La hispano-venezolana perdió en dos sets
La hispano-venezolana perdió en dos sets
Muguruza cae ante Strycova y deja malas sensaciones para Wimbledon
La hispano-venezolana perdió en dos sets
La hispano-venezolana perdió en dos sets
Muguruza cae ante Strycova y deja malas sensaciones para Wimbledon
La hispano-venezolana perdió en dos sets
La hispano-venezolana perdió en dos sets
Muguruza cae ante Strycova y deja malas sensaciones para Wimbledon
La hispano-venezolana perdió en dos sets
La hispano-venezolana perdió en dos sets
Muguruza cae ante Strycova y deja malas sensaciones para Wimbledon
La hispano-venezolana perdió en dos sets
Center could have earned $4,256,250 in New York
Kyle O’Quinn opts out of Knicks contract
Center could have earned $4,256,250 in New York
Center could have earned $4,256,250 in New York
Kyle O’Quinn opts out of Knicks contract
Center could have earned $4,256,250 in New York
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Denmark coach Age Hareide shakes hands with Kasper Dolberg after the match REUTERS/David Gray
World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Denmark coach Age Hareide shakes hands with Kasper Dolberg after the match REUTERS/David Gray
FILE - In this June 16, 2018 file photo, Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson acknowledges spectators after a 1-1 draw in Group D between Argentina and Iceland at the World Cup at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
Iceland has to beware comedown from Argentina high
FILE - In this June 16, 2018 file photo, Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson acknowledges spectators after a 1-1 draw in Group D between Argentina and Iceland at the World Cup at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
<p>A walk-off retirement? Ex-Patriot Willie McGinest thinks it's possible Tom Brady may do just that if the Patriots win the Super Bowl.</p>
McGinest sees a possible dramatic Brady retirement

A walk-off retirement? Ex-Patriot Willie McGinest thinks it's possible Tom Brady may do just that if the Patriots win the Super Bowl.

Belgium players celebrate after Romelo Lukaku scored their side's second goal as Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, top, picks the ball inside the goal during the group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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Belgium players celebrate after Romelo Lukaku scored their side's second goal as Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, top, picks the ball inside the goal during the group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Belgium and Panama play the group G match at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. Belgium won 3-0. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Tunisia-Belgium Preview
Belgium and Panama play the group G match at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. Belgium won 3-0. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Belgium fans cheer at the end of the group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. Belgium won 3-0. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Tunisia-Belgium Preview
Belgium fans cheer at the end of the group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. Belgium won 3-0. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after he scored his side's third goal during the group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Tunisia-Belgium Preview
Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after he scored his side's third goal during the group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Three Swiss fans arrive in an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium, to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad, Russia June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Three Swiss fans arrive in an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium, to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad
Three Swiss fans arrive in an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium, to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad, Russia June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Three Swiss fans arrive in an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium, to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad, Russia June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Three Swiss fans arrive in an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium, to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad
Three Swiss fans arrive in an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium, to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad, Russia June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Swiss fans Josef Wyer, Beat Studer and Werner Zimmermann celebrate after driving an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad, Russia June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Swiss fans Josef Wyer, Beat Studer and Werner Zimmermann celebrate after driving an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad
Swiss fans Josef Wyer, Beat Studer and Werner Zimmermann celebrate after driving an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad, Russia June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Three Swiss fans arrive in an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium, to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad, Russia June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Three Swiss fans arrive in an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium, to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad
Three Swiss fans arrive in an old-time tractor from home to Kaliningrad stadium, to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad, Russia June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Swiss fan Beat Studer looks at an old-time tractor after driving with two friends, from home to Kaliningrad stadium to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad, Russia June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Swiss fan Beat Studer looks at an old-time tractor after driving with two friends, from home to Kaliningrad stadium to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad
Swiss fan Beat Studer looks at an old-time tractor after driving with two friends, from home to Kaliningrad stadium to watch their team playing against Serbia, in Kaliningrad, Russia June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova plays a shot during her tennis match against Australia's Daria Gavrilova during day four of the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, England, Thursday June 21, 2018. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP)
Muguruza loses in Birmingham 2nd round, Kvitova advances
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova plays a shot during her tennis match against Australia's Daria Gavrilova during day four of the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, England, Thursday June 21, 2018. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP)
Spain's Garbine Muguruza plays a shot during her tennis match against Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova during the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, England, Thursday June 21, 2018. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP)
Muguruza loses in Birmingham 2nd round, Kvitova advances
Spain's Garbine Muguruza plays a shot during her tennis match against Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova during the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, England, Thursday June 21, 2018. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP)
Spain's Garbine Muguruza plays a shot during her tennis match against Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova during the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, England, Thursday June 21, 2018. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP)
Muguruza loses in Birmingham 2nd round, Kvitova advances
Spain's Garbine Muguruza plays a shot during her tennis match against Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova during the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, England, Thursday June 21, 2018. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP)
The reigning champions need to bounce back from their opening defeat to Mexico, and the defender says they are more than ready to get back on track
Germany back in the right mood after Mexico upset, insists Hummels
The reigning champions need to bounce back from their opening defeat to Mexico, and the defender says they are more than ready to get back on track
Brazil's Neymar attends Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Brazil's Neymar attends Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili, right, and Brazil's Thiago Silva challenge for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Switzerland's Blerim Dzemaili, right, and Brazil's Thiago Silva challenge for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
FILE - In this June 14, 2018 file photo, fans cheer during a 2018 soccer World Cup group A at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. Some South American fans at the World Cup in Russia are receiving strong criticism for sexist behavior and could even face workplace consequences for posting videos in which fans encourage foreign women to say offensive things in languages they don't appear to understand. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
FILE - In this June 14, 2018 file photo, fans cheer during a 2018 soccer World Cup group A at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. Some South American fans at the World Cup in Russia are receiving strong criticism for sexist behavior and could even face workplace consequences for posting videos in which fans encourage foreign women to say offensive things in languages they don't appear to understand. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
England's Trent Alexander-Arnold listens ti a question from the media during a press conference at the England media centre in Repino, near St Petersburg, Russia Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
England's Trent Alexander-Arnold listens ti a question from the media during a press conference at the England media centre in Repino, near St Petersburg, Russia Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Iceland's Johann Gudmundsson sits on the grass as members of his team attend him during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Iceland's Johann Gudmundsson sits on the grass as members of his team attend him during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Australia's Mile Jedinak, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Australia's Mile Jedinak, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
Russian fans celebrate Russia's 3-1 victory over Egypt in the group A match at the 2018 soccer World Cup near Dvortsovy (Palace) drawbridge rising above the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia, early Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The World Cup's taking place during the "white nights", when the sun barely sets and it never gets completely dark. Around the longest day of the year on Thursday, it begins to get a little darker in St. Petersburg around 11 p.m., reaching a kind of inky-blue twilight around 2 a.m. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Russian fans celebrate Russia's 3-1 victory over Egypt in the group A match at the 2018 soccer World Cup near Dvortsovy (Palace) drawbridge rising above the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia, early Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The World Cup's taking place during the "white nights", when the sun barely sets and it never gets completely dark. Around the longest day of the year on Thursday, it begins to get a little darker in St. Petersburg around 11 p.m., reaching a kind of inky-blue twilight around 2 a.m. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Referee Mark Geiger from U.S. talks to Morocco coach Herve Renard during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Referee Mark Geiger from U.S. talks to Morocco coach Herve Renard during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Denmark's William Kvist lies on the pitch as Peru's Jefferson Farfan, right holds his hand as referee Bakary Gassama from Gambia, left, looks on during the group C match between Peru and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Denmark's William Kvist lies on the pitch as Peru's Jefferson Farfan, right holds his hand as referee Bakary Gassama from Gambia, left, looks on during the group C match between Peru and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.(AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
Australia's Mile Jedinak, left, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Australia's Mile Jedinak, left, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
Australia's Mile Jedinak leaves the pitch after a draw in the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Australia's Mile Jedinak leaves the pitch after a draw in the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
France's Adil Rami and Olivier Giroud warm up during France's official training at the eve of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
France's Adil Rami and Olivier Giroud warm up during France's official training at the eve of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
Australia's Andrew Nabbout grimaces in pain after suffering a shoulder injury during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
The Latest: A 2-on-1 plan for Neymar, but nothing rough
Australia's Andrew Nabbout grimaces in pain after suffering a shoulder injury during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Danny Cipriani returns to the England starting XV for the first time in almost decade and is feeling calm ahead of the third Test.
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Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany team group before the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany team group before the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany team group before the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
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Morocco's World Cup journey will conclude after the group stage, but the African side isn't pleased with how their second match transpired on Wednesday against Portugal.
American referee Geiger accused of asking for Portugal kit
Morocco's World Cup journey will conclude after the group stage, but the African side isn't pleased with how their second match transpired on Wednesday against Portugal.
Morocco's World Cup journey will conclude after the group stage, but the African side isn't pleased with how their second match transpired on Wednesday against Portugal.
American referee Geiger accused of asking for Portugal kit
Morocco's World Cup journey will conclude after the group stage, but the African side isn't pleased with how their second match transpired on Wednesday against Portugal.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Mexico Training - Mexico Training Camp, Moscow, Russia - June 18, 2018 Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio during training REUTERS/Albert Gea
World Cup - Mexico Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Mexico Training - Mexico Training Camp, Moscow, Russia - June 18, 2018 Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio during training REUTERS/Albert Gea
Soccer Football - World Cup - Mexico Training - Mexico Training Camp, Moscow, Russia - June 18, 2018 Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio during training REUTERS/Albert Gea
World Cup - Mexico Training
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France vs Peru, World Cup 2018 Group C, kicks off at 4pm on ITV 1 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Betting guide: predictions and tips for Denmark v Australia > 4:09PM 10 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Good work by Carrillo down the right - Peru will be enthused by the start he has made up against Hernandez - but his cross lets him down. 4:08PM 9 mins - France 0 Peru 0 France get their first bit of possession, and they manage to get up the pitch with a direct ball from Varane up to Giroud, who chests down to Pogba. They can't work an opening, though, and Peru clear. 4:07PM 7 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Big, big challenges flying in from Peru. Pogba doesn't look happy about one but it's a fair one according to the ref. The ball falls to Flores in midfield. He takes one look up and launches quite ludicrous effort at goal from the halfway line. For a split second it looks like Lloris might be in trouble, but it sails well over the bar. 4:05PM 5 mins - France 0 Peru 0 The Peru fans are making all the noise and their players are making all the early running down on the pitch, too. France have not got out of their half, yet, and I don't think Giroud has touched the ball. Plenty of time to go, of course. 4:03PM 2 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Early intentions made clear: centre-back Rodriguez tells Giroud he's up for the physical battle with a big challenge, then Carrillo gets his head down and charges at Hernandez at left-back. Lively start. Carrillo manages to hurt himself when going on another foray down the wing, but he looks okay to continue. 4:00PM 1 min - France 0 Peru 0 The stadium is absolutely bouncing, what an atmosphere for this one. We're up and running. 3:59PM Here we go then We're ready in Yekaterinburg, and France will get the match under way. 3:56PM It sounds like there are a lot of Peru fans there The stands are bathed in a sea of red, and the noise during the Peru national anthem suggests a very strong turn out from the South Americans. 3:53PM A reminder of how weird this stadium is This picture, taken during Uruguay's win against Egypt, shows the view from the back of the massive temporary stands at the Ekaterinburg Arena. Bizarre. The odd view from the top of the temporary stand in Yekaterinburg Credit: Getty images 3:43PM Big Ollie Giroud The Chelsea forward leads the line for France today having done well when he came on for the final 20 minutes against Australia. He is a player who really is far too underrated, I think just because he is a big man and he is so often given far too little credit for the quality in other parts of his game. Yes, he is great at holding the ball up, but his finishing and passing are also top drawer. Giroud starts for France today Credit: AP France have tried to play without him but always seem to do better when he is in the team. He scored three times in six appearances at Euro 2016, and it is the right decision to bring him in, here. 3:34PM Ton up Hugo Lloris makes his 100th France appearance today. Lloris warms up ahead of the game Credit: reuters 3:28PM How has this happened? Only Didier Deschamps could have players like Lemar, Dembele, Thauvin, Martial and Coman to pick from and still end up with Blaise Matuidi on the left wing.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) June 21, 2018 3:21PM A bit of fun Have a go on our match forecaster, and see who should win today based on six key factors. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game I'm predicting a 2-1 France win. 3:14PM Permutations After Denmark's draw with Australia, they top the group with four points from two games. France will qualify for the second round with a win against Peru here, while a draw or a Peru win would leave all four teams in with a chance of qualifying with one game to go. Defeat for Peru sends them out. 2:55PM It's all over in Samara Denmark vs Australia has just finished 1-1, which is the best possible result for the two teams counting down to kick off here. Avoid defeat, and Peru will still have a chance of progression to the knockout round. 2:53PM Two changes for Peru Paolo Guerrero and Pedro Aquino, who both appeared from the bench against Denmark, come in for Renato Tapia and Jefferson Farfan: Gallese; Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco; Aquino, Yotun; Carrillo, Cueva, Flores; Guerrero 2:50PM The teams are in As expected, Giroud and Matuidi start for France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Kante, Pogba; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud La composition de l'Equipe de France ! #FRAPERpic.twitter.com/czfTXXnnpI— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 21, 2018 2:48PM Jeremy Wilson's preview Our man in Ekaterinburg wrote this piece yesterday on the pressure building on France manager Didier Deschamps. Go have a read. 2:41PM Some pre-match entertainment Have a go at our 'You are the VAR' game. It's tough. Trust me. test - do not delete 2:33PM And on the eighth day... The football schedule is gloriously unrelenting right now, and today the 2018 World Cup continues with France trying to improve on their dreadful opening performance, this time facing fans' second team, Peru. The French scraped past Australia last week with the help of a VAR-reviewed penalty and a fortunate own goal. They might have won, but the display was extremely unconvincing, and manager Didier Deschamps has since come under heavy pressure to get this talented group of players firing. He is expected to attempt to do so today by changing his lineup, bringing in Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi. France and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris agrees that improvement is necessary. "There is always pressure for all matches, especially when we started the World Cup," said the Tottenham player at his pre-match press conference. "But this is when you have to go beyond your own capacities as a competitor. Olivier Giroud is expected to start today Credit: AFP "Tomorrow is going to be a difficult match; if we do not raise our quality level, we are going to have some difficulties." Today's opponents Peru were, for the most part, the better team in defeat to Denmark on Saturday. Christian Cueva sent a first half penalty over the bar, while Jefferson Farfan and Paolo Guerrero both missed good chances to rescue a point. Lloris is well aware of the threat their South American opponents pose. "Peru are a quality team, a difficult team to beat. We know that the players are committed to playing for their country. "It is their last chance to go through the group stages so they are going to give everything and we are going to have to raise our quality level so we can get the three points." In a World Cup dominated by teams who think sitting deep is the best route to success , the attacking football Peru played in their first match has meant plenty of fans want to see them succeed. Their play should, at least, help produce a good game today.
France vs Peru, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
France vs Peru, World Cup 2018 Group C, kicks off at 4pm on ITV 1 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Betting guide: predictions and tips for Denmark v Australia > 4:09PM 10 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Good work by Carrillo down the right - Peru will be enthused by the start he has made up against Hernandez - but his cross lets him down. 4:08PM 9 mins - France 0 Peru 0 France get their first bit of possession, and they manage to get up the pitch with a direct ball from Varane up to Giroud, who chests down to Pogba. They can't work an opening, though, and Peru clear. 4:07PM 7 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Big, big challenges flying in from Peru. Pogba doesn't look happy about one but it's a fair one according to the ref. The ball falls to Flores in midfield. He takes one look up and launches quite ludicrous effort at goal from the halfway line. For a split second it looks like Lloris might be in trouble, but it sails well over the bar. 4:05PM 5 mins - France 0 Peru 0 The Peru fans are making all the noise and their players are making all the early running down on the pitch, too. France have not got out of their half, yet, and I don't think Giroud has touched the ball. Plenty of time to go, of course. 4:03PM 2 mins - France 0 Peru 0 Early intentions made clear: centre-back Rodriguez tells Giroud he's up for the physical battle with a big challenge, then Carrillo gets his head down and charges at Hernandez at left-back. Lively start. Carrillo manages to hurt himself when going on another foray down the wing, but he looks okay to continue. 4:00PM 1 min - France 0 Peru 0 The stadium is absolutely bouncing, what an atmosphere for this one. We're up and running. 3:59PM Here we go then We're ready in Yekaterinburg, and France will get the match under way. 3:56PM It sounds like there are a lot of Peru fans there The stands are bathed in a sea of red, and the noise during the Peru national anthem suggests a very strong turn out from the South Americans. 3:53PM A reminder of how weird this stadium is This picture, taken during Uruguay's win against Egypt, shows the view from the back of the massive temporary stands at the Ekaterinburg Arena. Bizarre. The odd view from the top of the temporary stand in Yekaterinburg Credit: Getty images 3:43PM Big Ollie Giroud The Chelsea forward leads the line for France today having done well when he came on for the final 20 minutes against Australia. He is a player who really is far too underrated, I think just because he is a big man and he is so often given far too little credit for the quality in other parts of his game. Yes, he is great at holding the ball up, but his finishing and passing are also top drawer. Giroud starts for France today Credit: AP France have tried to play without him but always seem to do better when he is in the team. He scored three times in six appearances at Euro 2016, and it is the right decision to bring him in, here. 3:34PM Ton up Hugo Lloris makes his 100th France appearance today. Lloris warms up ahead of the game Credit: reuters 3:28PM How has this happened? Only Didier Deschamps could have players like Lemar, Dembele, Thauvin, Martial and Coman to pick from and still end up with Blaise Matuidi on the left wing.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) June 21, 2018 3:21PM A bit of fun Have a go on our match forecaster, and see who should win today based on six key factors. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game I'm predicting a 2-1 France win. 3:14PM Permutations After Denmark's draw with Australia, they top the group with four points from two games. France will qualify for the second round with a win against Peru here, while a draw or a Peru win would leave all four teams in with a chance of qualifying with one game to go. Defeat for Peru sends them out. 2:55PM It's all over in Samara Denmark vs Australia has just finished 1-1, which is the best possible result for the two teams counting down to kick off here. Avoid defeat, and Peru will still have a chance of progression to the knockout round. 2:53PM Two changes for Peru Paolo Guerrero and Pedro Aquino, who both appeared from the bench against Denmark, come in for Renato Tapia and Jefferson Farfan: Gallese; Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco; Aquino, Yotun; Carrillo, Cueva, Flores; Guerrero 2:50PM The teams are in As expected, Giroud and Matuidi start for France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Kante, Pogba; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud La composition de l'Equipe de France ! #FRAPERpic.twitter.com/czfTXXnnpI— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 21, 2018 2:48PM Jeremy Wilson's preview Our man in Ekaterinburg wrote this piece yesterday on the pressure building on France manager Didier Deschamps. Go have a read. 2:41PM Some pre-match entertainment Have a go at our 'You are the VAR' game. It's tough. Trust me. test - do not delete 2:33PM And on the eighth day... The football schedule is gloriously unrelenting right now, and today the 2018 World Cup continues with France trying to improve on their dreadful opening performance, this time facing fans' second team, Peru. The French scraped past Australia last week with the help of a VAR-reviewed penalty and a fortunate own goal. They might have won, but the display was extremely unconvincing, and manager Didier Deschamps has since come under heavy pressure to get this talented group of players firing. He is expected to attempt to do so today by changing his lineup, bringing in Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi. France and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris agrees that improvement is necessary. "There is always pressure for all matches, especially when we started the World Cup," said the Tottenham player at his pre-match press conference. "But this is when you have to go beyond your own capacities as a competitor. Olivier Giroud is expected to start today Credit: AFP "Tomorrow is going to be a difficult match; if we do not raise our quality level, we are going to have some difficulties." Today's opponents Peru were, for the most part, the better team in defeat to Denmark on Saturday. Christian Cueva sent a first half penalty over the bar, while Jefferson Farfan and Paolo Guerrero both missed good chances to rescue a point. Lloris is well aware of the threat their South American opponents pose. "Peru are a quality team, a difficult team to beat. We know that the players are committed to playing for their country. "It is their last chance to go through the group stages so they are going to give everything and we are going to have to raise our quality level so we can get the three points." In a World Cup dominated by teams who think sitting deep is the best route to success , the attacking football Peru played in their first match has meant plenty of fans want to see them succeed. Their play should, at least, help produce a good game today.
They have cap space, assets to trade and a lot of needs.
Carolina Hurricanes might be busy this weekend
They have cap space, assets to trade and a lot of needs.
They have cap space, assets to trade and a lot of needs.
Carolina Hurricanes might be busy this weekend
They have cap space, assets to trade and a lot of needs.
Formula One F1 - Monaco Grand Prix - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco - May 27, 2018 Princess Charlene of Monaco holds a bottle of champagne on the podium after Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo winning the Formula One race, at the Monaco racetrack. Picture taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Formula One F1 - Monaco Grand Prix
Formula One F1 - Monaco Grand Prix - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco - May 27, 2018 Princess Charlene of Monaco holds a bottle of champagne on the podium after Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo winning the Formula One race, at the Monaco racetrack. Picture taken May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell details for NASCAR.com the ongoing industry discussions surrounding the drafting package.
O’Donnell: Drafting package effort better used for 2019
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell details for NASCAR.com the ongoing industry discussions surrounding the drafting package.
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell details for NASCAR.com the ongoing industry discussions surrounding the drafting package.
O’Donnell: Drafting package effort better used for 2019
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell details for NASCAR.com the ongoing industry discussions surrounding the drafting package.
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell details for NASCAR.com the ongoing industry discussions surrounding the drafting package.
O’Donnell: Drafting package effort better used for 2019
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell details for NASCAR.com the ongoing industry discussions surrounding the drafting package.
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell details for NASCAR.com the ongoing industry discussions surrounding the drafting package.
O’Donnell: Drafting package effort better used for 2019
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell details for NASCAR.com the ongoing industry discussions surrounding the drafting package.
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell details for NASCAR.com the ongoing industry discussions surrounding the drafting package.
O’Donnell: Drafting package effort better used for 2019
NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell details for NASCAR.com the ongoing industry discussions surrounding the drafting package.
Hugo Lloris was named between the posts for France's World Cup clash with Peru, becoming his nation's seventh centurion.
C'est magnifique! Lloris earns 100th France cap
Hugo Lloris was named between the posts for France's World Cup clash with Peru, becoming his nation's seventh centurion.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Iran vs Spain - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 20, 2018 Iran fans inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Jorge Silva
World Cup - Group B - Iran vs Spain
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Iran vs Spain - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 20, 2018 Iran fans inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Jorge Silva
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Iran vs Spain - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 20, 2018 Iran's Alireza Jahanbakhsh talks with fans after the match REUTERS/Toru Hanai
World Cup - Group B - Iran vs Spain
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Iran vs Spain - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 20, 2018 Iran's Alireza Jahanbakhsh talks with fans after the match REUTERS/Toru Hanai
England soccer fans watch the team's first match in the World Cup against Tunisia at Flat Iron Square in London, Britain, June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
England soccer fans watch the team's first match in the World Cup against Tunisia at Flat Iron Square in London
England soccer fans watch the team's first match in the World Cup against Tunisia at Flat Iron Square in London, Britain, June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Iceland fans chant during the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Iceland fans chant during the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico fans wearing headdresses before the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico fans wearing headdresses before the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Sweden vs South Korea - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - June 18, 2018 Sweden's Andreas Granqvist celebrates scoring their first goal in front of fans with team mates REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
World Cup - Group F - Sweden vs South Korea
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Sweden vs South Korea - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - June 18, 2018 Sweden's Andreas Granqvist celebrates scoring their first goal in front of fans with team mates REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Iran vs Spain - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 20, 2018 Iran fans inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Jorge Silva
World Cup - Group B - Iran vs Spain
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Iran vs Spain - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 20, 2018 Iran fans inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Jorge Silva
Fans react as they watch the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Group E soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 17, 2018. The sign reads: "Faith." REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Fans react as they watch the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Group E soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, in Rio de Janeiro
Fans react as they watch the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Group E soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 17, 2018. The sign reads: "Faith." REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 20, 2018 Uruguay fans with a cut out of Luis Suarez before the match REUTERS/Marko Djurica
World Cup - Group A - Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 20, 2018 Uruguay fans with a cut out of Luis Suarez before the match REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Morocco - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 20, 2018 Fans before the match 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 Fans before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Poland vs Senegal - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 19, 2018 Poland fans before the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group H - Poland vs Senegal
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Poland vs Senegal - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 19, 2018 Poland fans before the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Fans react as they watch the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Group E soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 17, 2018. The sign reads: "Faith." REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Fans react as they watch the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Group E soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, in Rio de Janeiro
Fans react as they watch the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Group E soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 17, 2018. The sign reads: "Faith." REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group G - Belgium vs Panama - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 18, 2018 Panama fans during the match REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
World Cup - Group G - Belgium vs Panama
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group G - Belgium vs Panama - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 18, 2018 Panama fans during the match REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 18, 2018 Tunisia fan looks dejected after England's Harry Kane (not pictured) scored their second goal REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 18, 2018 Tunisia fan looks dejected after England's Harry Kane (not pictured) scored their second goal REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
The Mazda Road to Indy is back in action this weekend at Road America, with Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, and USF2000 all set for double headers at the 4.048-mile road course.
MRTI: Road America preview
The Mazda Road to Indy is back in action this weekend at Road America, with Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, and USF2000 all set for double headers at the 4.048-mile road course.
The Mazda Road to Indy is back in action this weekend at Road America, with Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, and USF2000 all set for double headers at the 4.048-mile road course.
MRTI: Road America preview
The Mazda Road to Indy is back in action this weekend at Road America, with Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, and USF2000 all set for double headers at the 4.048-mile road course.
The Mazda Road to Indy is back in action this weekend at Road America, with Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, and USF2000 all set for double headers at the 4.048-mile road course.
MRTI: Road America preview
The Mazda Road to Indy is back in action this weekend at Road America, with Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, and USF2000 all set for double headers at the 4.048-mile road course.
The Mazda Road to Indy is back in action this weekend at Road America, with Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, and USF2000 all set for double headers at the 4.048-mile road course.
MRTI: Road America preview
The Mazda Road to Indy is back in action this weekend at Road America, with Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, and USF2000 all set for double headers at the 4.048-mile road course.
Cup teams race at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. Camping World Truck Series teams race at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Weekend schedule at Sonoma, Gateway
Cup teams race at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. Camping World Truck Series teams race at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Cup teams race at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. Camping World Truck Series teams race at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Weekend schedule at Sonoma, Gateway
Cup teams race at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. Camping World Truck Series teams race at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Yelp reviews for Ayesha Curry's restaurant in Houston just plain mean-spirited sabotage disguised as hyperfandom
Germany midfielder Sami Khedira came under fire for his performance against Mexico (AFP Photo/Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV)
Germany midfielder Sami Khedira came under fire for his performance against Mexico
Germany midfielder Sami Khedira came under fire for his performance against Mexico (AFP Photo/Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV)
Supporters of the Peruvian national soccer team, a participant of the soccer World Cup, react during a gathering near the State Historical Museum and the Kremlin in central Moscow, Russia June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Supporters of the Peruvian national soccer team gather in central Moscow
Supporters of the Peruvian national soccer team, a participant of the soccer World Cup, react during a gathering near the State Historical Museum and the Kremlin in central Moscow, Russia June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Supporters of the Argentine national soccer team, a participant of the soccer World Cup, lift a journalist during a gathering in central Moscow, Russia June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Supporters of the Argentine national soccer team lift a journalist during a gathering in central Moscow
Supporters of the Argentine national soccer team, a participant of the soccer World Cup, lift a journalist during a gathering in central Moscow, Russia June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A supporter of the Argentine national soccer team, a participant of the World Cup, smiles during a gathering in central Moscow, Russia June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A supporter of the Argentine national soccer team smiles during a gathering in central Moscow
A supporter of the Argentine national soccer team, a participant of the World Cup, smiles during a gathering in central Moscow, Russia June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
People, including supporters of the Argentine and Peruvian national soccer teams, participants of the soccer World Cup, gather in Manezh Square in central Moscow, Russia June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Soccer supporters gather in central Moscow
People, including supporters of the Argentine and Peruvian national soccer teams, participants of the soccer World Cup, gather in Manezh Square in central Moscow, Russia June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
People, including supporters of the Argentine and Peruvian national soccer teams, participants of the soccer World Cup, gather in Manezh Square in central Moscow, Russia June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Soccer supporters gather in central Moscow
People, including supporters of the Argentine and Peruvian national soccer teams, participants of the soccer World Cup, gather in Manezh Square in central Moscow, Russia June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Eden Hazard is confident this is the World Cup at which he will shine, ahead of Belgium's Group G clash with Tunisia.
Belgium v Tunisia: Hazard hoping for World Cup lift off
Eden Hazard is confident this is the World Cup at which he will shine, ahead of Belgium's Group G clash with Tunisia.
Foto del jueves de un grupo de hinchas de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo. Jun 21, 2018 REUTERS/Darren Staples
Foto del jueves de un grupo de hinchas de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo
Foto del jueves de un grupo de hinchas de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo. Jun 21, 2018 REUTERS/Darren Staples
Foto del jueves de un hincha de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo. Jun 21, 2018 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Foto del jueves de un hincha de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo
Foto del jueves de un hincha de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo. Jun 21, 2018 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Foto del jueves de un grupo de hinchas de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo. Jun 21, 2018 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Foto del jueves de un grupo de hinchas de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo
Foto del jueves de un grupo de hinchas de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo. Jun 21, 2018 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Foto del jueves de un hincha de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo. Jun 21, 2018 REUTERS/Darren Staples
Foto del jueves de un hincha de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo
Foto del jueves de un hincha de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo. Jun 21, 2018 REUTERS/Darren Staples
Foto del jueves de un hincha de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo. Jun 21, 2018 REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
Foto del jueves de un hincha de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo
Foto del jueves de un hincha de Perú antes del partido con Francia en Ekaerimburgo. Jun 21, 2018 REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah will bounce back after Egypt were knocked out of the World Cup.
Salah will bounce back from World Cup exit - Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah will bounce back after Egypt were knocked out of the World Cup.
Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah will bounce back after Egypt were knocked out of the World Cup.
Salah will bounce back from World Cup exit - Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah will bounce back after Egypt were knocked out of the World Cup.
Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah will bounce back after Egypt were knocked out of the World Cup.
Salah will bounce back from World Cup exit - Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah will bounce back after Egypt were knocked out of the World Cup.
Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain - June 21, 2018 Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova in action during her second round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic
Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain - June 21, 2018 Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova in action during her second round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain - June 21, 2018 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in action during her second round match against Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic
Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain - June 21, 2018 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in action during her second round match against Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain - June 21, 2018 Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova in action during her second round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic
Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain - June 21, 2018 Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova in action during her second round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain - June 21, 2018 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in action during her second round match against Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic
Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain - June 21, 2018 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in action during her second round match against Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain - June 21, 2018 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in action during her second round match against Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic
Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain - June 21, 2018 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in action during her second round match against Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes
The Italian full-back insists he is not looking to sever ties at Stamford Bridge and return to his homeland after just one season in English football
Zappacosta rules out Chelsea exit amid Inter interest
The Italian full-back insists he is not looking to sever ties at Stamford Bridge and return to his homeland after just one season in English football
El centrocampista, procedente del Liverpool, llega libre y firma por las próximas cuatro temporadas
La Juventus anuncia el fichaje de Emre Can
El centrocampista, procedente del Liverpool, llega libre y firma por las próximas cuatro temporadas
El centrocampista, procedente del Liverpool, llega libre y firma por las próximas cuatro temporadas
La Juventus anuncia el fichaje de Emre Can
El centrocampista, procedente del Liverpool, llega libre y firma por las próximas cuatro temporadas
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Brazil's World Cup is in danger of turning into the Neymar Show again
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Brazil's World Cup is in danger of turning into the Neymar Show again
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Brazil's World Cup is in danger of turning into the Neymar Show again
Four years after they held his shirt up during the anthems in the 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil still feel like the Neymar Show, with the manager forced to deny he has told the team’s global star to be less selfish against Costa Rica in game two. “It’s a lie,” declared Adenor Bacchi, better known as Tite, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium where Brazil will endeavour to improve on their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. In a media conference dominated by the world’s most expensive player, Tite was interrogated about suggestions back in Brazil that Neymar played his own private game against the Swiss and was asked to change his ways against Costa Rica. “I don’t like to personalise it, but absolutely not,” Tite told a Brazilian reporter. “The information you have is not true, not to say - it’s a lie, that didn’t happen. All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective but also being an individual. I’m not going to take away from him his ingenuity in the final third of the field - his genius. You have my word - this is not true. “The last third of the pitch - you have to go there, you have to create. I’m not going to take that away from anyone. The full-back [in you own team]? Yes, you have to keep an eye on him. But you have to create.” To find Neymar at the centre of attention four years after he missed the calamitous loss to Germany in Belo Horizonte through injury is hardly surprising, given his subsequent €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, and the constant dramas around his happiness, or otherwise, in France. The most heavily-branded player in Brazilian football history has also just returned from a foot fracture and limped out of training this week, only to return in time for Tite to name an unchanged team for Saint Petersburg. Neymar was fouled 10 times by Switzerland Credit: barcroft images With all this going on, you might forget that Brazil can also call on Gabriel Jesus, their first-choice centre-forward, Roberto Firmino, who replaced Jesus in Rostov-on-Don, Philippe Coutinho, who scored a sumptuous curled goal against Switzerland, and Douglas Costa, who many thought should have come on for Neymar in the opening Group E match. Brazil qualified for this World Cup impressively with 10 wins, two draws and 30 goals to start the long process of recovering from the mortification of 2014. Yet a failure to beat Costa Rica would extend to four their run of World Cup matches without a victory, matching the barren spell of 1974-78. Only in Pele’s homeland could a sequence of four win-less game be cast as a looming disaster. Tite’s team, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 13 while Costa Rica have lost seven of their last nine. Tite, though, has plainly staked his reputation on his household name and crowd-pleaser - Neymar - who was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, from a total of 19 fouls against the Selecao. Brazil were sufficiently rattled by that game to claim VAR was underused, but now Tite is retreating from that position. He says: “I don’t want any kind of advantage, we don’t need an advantage, we don’t want an advantage. We want to say we won because we played better. We respect the opponent.” Costa Rica’s coach, Oscar Ramirez, promised to play fair. “People have tried to stop him [Neymar] a little aggressively,” Ramirez said here. “Maybe we’ll cover him with two players. Of course we don’t want to see any unfair challenges against him.” Tite, meanwhile, insists Neymar’s hobbling in mid-week was not a recurrence of his old injury: “No, he had a blow there, but I think it was three-and-a-half months before he played his first game of 90 minutes. There’s a science and a lot of tranquility here. It’s a minimum of five matches you need to be spot on, and he’s already speeded up the process. There’s an evolution going on here, don’t worry. test - do not delete “You just speed up the steps, there’s no sacrifice. The coach is not going to play with a player’s health. That’s too high a price to pay. No way, no compromise.” Despite the draw with Switzerland, the mood in Brazil remains largely sanguine. England, it seems, are not the only side making an effort to communicate with their public directly, with social media posts multiplying. Tite said: “Of course the love of the fans brings a very strong emotional component and of course we’re happy with that. Parallel to that, there is a very high level of concentration. You have to be very focused and level-headed. Over the 90 minutes you have to bring the love of the fans and use it to play with lucidity. With emotion and reason.” Brazil in training Credit: afp Brazil’s rotating captaincy falls to Thiago Silva, the leader four years ago on home soil, who says: “The fight is on.” The Brazilian media circus retains its capacity to amaze and delight. Among the questions put to Thiago was how the team are coping with Saint Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’, in which, during May and June, darkness never quite seems to fall. With curtains might seem the obvious answer, but Thiago said: “We were told to turn off the ipad and cellphone to fall asleep; talking to friends and family in Brazil - this is going to give us sleeping problems.” Presumably the only topic of conversation is Neymar. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Brazil head coach Tite, right, and Neymar practice during a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil head coach Tite, right, and Neymar practice during a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil head coach Tite attends a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil head coach Tite attends a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar, right, leaves a training session because of pain in his right ankle, in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar, right, leaves a training session because of pain in his right ankle, in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar leaves a training session because of pain in his right ankle, in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar leaves a training session because of pain in his right ankle, in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar, centre, exercises with his teammates during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar, centre, exercises with his teammates during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Neymar, centre, exercises during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar, centre, exercises during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Australia's Andrew Nabbout leaves the pitch after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Michael Dalder
World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia
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Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Australia's Andrew Nabbout is on the floor after sustaining an injury as Denmark's Christian Eriksen looks on REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia
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Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Australia's Andrew Nabbout leaves the pitch after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Michael Dalder
World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia
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Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Australia's Andrew Nabbout and Jackson Irvine after the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia
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Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Australia's Andrew Nabbout receives medical attention after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Michael Dalder
World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Australia's Andrew Nabbout receives medical attention after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Australia's Andrew Nabbout receives medical attention after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Michael Dalder
World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Australia's Andrew Nabbout receives medical attention after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Australia's Andrew Nabbout after the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Australia's Andrew Nabbout after the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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France vs Peru, World Cup 2018 Group C clash, kicks off at 4pm on ITV 1 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Betting guide: predictions and tips for Denmark v Australia > WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 3:43PM Big Ollie Giroud The Chelsea forward leads the line for France today having done well when he came on for the final 20 minutes against Australia. He is a player who really is far too underrated, I think just because he is a big man and he is so often given far too little credit for the quality in other parts of his game. Yes, he is great at holding the ball up, but his finishing and passing are also top drawer. Giroud starts for France today Credit: AP France have tried to play without him but always seem to do better when he is in the team. He scored three times in six appearances at Euro 2016, and it is the right decision to bring him in, here. 3:34PM Ton up Hugo Lloris makes his 100th France appearance today. Lloris warms up ahead of the game Credit: reuters 3:28PM How has this happened? Only Didier Deschamps could have players like Lemar, Dembele, Thauvin, Martial and Coman to pick from and still end up with Blaise Matuidi on the left wing.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) June 21, 2018 3:21PM A bit of fun Have a go on our match forecaster, and see who should win today based on six key factors. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game I'm predicting a 2-1 France win. 3:14PM Permutations After Denmark's draw with Australia, they top the group with four points from two games. France will qualify for the second round with a win against Peru here, while a draw or a Peru win would leave all four teams in with a chance of qualifying with one game to go. Defeat for Peru sends them out. 2:55PM It's all over in Samara Denmark vs Australia has just finished 1-1, which is the best possible result for the two teams counting down to kick off here. Avoid defeat, and Peru will still have a chance of progression to the knockout round. 2:53PM Two changes for Peru Paolo Guerrero and Pedro Aquino, who both appeared from the bench against Denmark, come in for Renato Tapia and Jefferson Farfan: Gallese; Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco; Aquino, Yotun; Carrillo, Cueva, Flores; Guerrero 2:50PM The teams are in As expected, Giroud and Matuidi start for France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Kante, Pogba; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud La composition de l'Equipe de France ! #FRAPERpic.twitter.com/czfTXXnnpI— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 21, 2018 2:48PM Jeremy Wilson's preview Our man in Ekaterinburg wrote this piece yesterday on the pressure building on France manager Didier Deschamps. Go have a read. 2:41PM Some pre-match entertainment Have a go at our 'You are the VAR' game. It's tough. Trust me. test - do not delete 2:33PM And on the eighth day... The football schedule is gloriously unrelenting right now, and today the 2018 World Cup continues with France trying to improve on their dreadful opening performance, this time facing fans' second team, Peru. The French scraped past Australia last week with the help of a VAR-reviewed penalty and a fortunate own goal. They might have won, but the display was extremely unconvincing, and manager Didier Deschamps has since come under heavy pressure to get this talented group of players firing. He is expected to attempt to do so today by changing his lineup, bringing in Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi. France and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris agrees that improvement is necessary. "There is always pressure for all matches, especially when we started the World Cup," said the Tottenham player at his pre-match press conference. "But this is when you have to go beyond your own capacities as a competitor. Olivier Giroud is expected to start today Credit: AFP "Tomorrow is going to be a difficult match; if we do not raise our quality level, we are going to have some difficulties." Today's opponents Peru were, for the most part, the better team in defeat to Denmark on Saturday. Christian Cueva sent a first half penalty over the bar, while Jefferson Farfan and Paolo Guerrero both missed good chances to rescue a point. Lloris is well aware of the threat their South American opponents pose. "Peru are a quality team, a difficult team to beat. We know that the players are committed to playing for their country. "It is their last chance to go through the group stages so they are going to give everything and we are going to have to raise our quality level so we can get the three points." In a World Cup dominated by teams who think sitting deep is the best route to success , the attacking football Peru played in their first match has meant plenty of fans want to see them succeed. Their play should, at least, help produce a good game today.
France vs Peru, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
France vs Peru, World Cup 2018 Group C clash, kicks off at 4pm on ITV 1 You are the VAR: Think you can do better than the World Cup referees? Test yourself here Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Betting guide: predictions and tips for Denmark v Australia > WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article 3:43PM Big Ollie Giroud The Chelsea forward leads the line for France today having done well when he came on for the final 20 minutes against Australia. He is a player who really is far too underrated, I think just because he is a big man and he is so often given far too little credit for the quality in other parts of his game. Yes, he is great at holding the ball up, but his finishing and passing are also top drawer. Giroud starts for France today Credit: AP France have tried to play without him but always seem to do better when he is in the team. He scored three times in six appearances at Euro 2016, and it is the right decision to bring him in, here. 3:34PM Ton up Hugo Lloris makes his 100th France appearance today. Lloris warms up ahead of the game Credit: reuters 3:28PM How has this happened? Only Didier Deschamps could have players like Lemar, Dembele, Thauvin, Martial and Coman to pick from and still end up with Blaise Matuidi on the left wing.— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) June 21, 2018 3:21PM A bit of fun Have a go on our match forecaster, and see who should win today based on six key factors. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game I'm predicting a 2-1 France win. 3:14PM Permutations After Denmark's draw with Australia, they top the group with four points from two games. France will qualify for the second round with a win against Peru here, while a draw or a Peru win would leave all four teams in with a chance of qualifying with one game to go. Defeat for Peru sends them out. 2:55PM It's all over in Samara Denmark vs Australia has just finished 1-1, which is the best possible result for the two teams counting down to kick off here. Avoid defeat, and Peru will still have a chance of progression to the knockout round. 2:53PM Two changes for Peru Paolo Guerrero and Pedro Aquino, who both appeared from the bench against Denmark, come in for Renato Tapia and Jefferson Farfan: Gallese; Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco; Aquino, Yotun; Carrillo, Cueva, Flores; Guerrero 2:50PM The teams are in As expected, Giroud and Matuidi start for France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Kante, Pogba; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud La composition de l'Equipe de France ! #FRAPERpic.twitter.com/czfTXXnnpI— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 21, 2018 2:48PM Jeremy Wilson's preview Our man in Ekaterinburg wrote this piece yesterday on the pressure building on France manager Didier Deschamps. Go have a read. 2:41PM Some pre-match entertainment Have a go at our 'You are the VAR' game. It's tough. Trust me. test - do not delete 2:33PM And on the eighth day... The football schedule is gloriously unrelenting right now, and today the 2018 World Cup continues with France trying to improve on their dreadful opening performance, this time facing fans' second team, Peru. The French scraped past Australia last week with the help of a VAR-reviewed penalty and a fortunate own goal. They might have won, but the display was extremely unconvincing, and manager Didier Deschamps has since come under heavy pressure to get this talented group of players firing. He is expected to attempt to do so today by changing his lineup, bringing in Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi. France and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris agrees that improvement is necessary. "There is always pressure for all matches, especially when we started the World Cup," said the Tottenham player at his pre-match press conference. "But this is when you have to go beyond your own capacities as a competitor. Olivier Giroud is expected to start today Credit: AFP "Tomorrow is going to be a difficult match; if we do not raise our quality level, we are going to have some difficulties." Today's opponents Peru were, for the most part, the better team in defeat to Denmark on Saturday. Christian Cueva sent a first half penalty over the bar, while Jefferson Farfan and Paolo Guerrero both missed good chances to rescue a point. Lloris is well aware of the threat their South American opponents pose. "Peru are a quality team, a difficult team to beat. We know that the players are committed to playing for their country. "It is their last chance to go through the group stages so they are going to give everything and we are going to have to raise our quality level so we can get the three points." In a World Cup dominated by teams who think sitting deep is the best route to success , the attacking football Peru played in their first match has meant plenty of fans want to see them succeed. Their play should, at least, help produce a good game today.
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La selección de Colombia celebra luego de anotar un gol en el partido frente a Japón, Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Rusia
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Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen
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Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is the biggest star in Nordic football (AFP Photo/Jonathan NACKSTRAND)
Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is the biggest star in Nordic football
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Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie walks the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Houston, Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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The Paris Saint-Germain forward will not be told to temper the natural flair of his playing style to assist the World Cup cause of the Selecao
Neymar's 'genius' will not be reined in by Brazil boss Tite
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Foto del delantero de Perú Paolo Guerrero reaccionando tras desperdiciar una opción de gol en el choque contra Dinamarca. Jun 16, 2018 REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
Foto del delantero de Perú Paolo Guerrero reaccionando tras desperdiciar una opción de gol en el choque contra Dinamarca
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<p>In 2018, Jay Ajayi will set out to accomplish something only LeSean McCoy has been able to do before him.</p>
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Mesut Ozil has attracted widespread criticism following Germany's opening World Cup defeat to Mexico but Dietmar Hamann feels it's unfair.
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Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Denmark players react after the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia
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Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel makes a save REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia
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World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia
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El capitán de Francia en 1998 tendrá en Rusia, 20 años después, la posibilidad de conseguir el segundo título del mundo para Les Bleus.
¿Quién es Deschamps, el hombre que tocó el cielo con la Copa?
El capitán de Francia en 1998 tendrá en Rusia, 20 años después, la posibilidad de conseguir el segundo título del mundo para Les Bleus.
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¿Quién es Deschamps, el hombre que tocó el cielo con la Copa?
El capitán de Francia en 1998 tendrá en Rusia, 20 años después, la posibilidad de conseguir el segundo título del mundo para Les Bleus.
El capitán de Francia en 1998 tendrá en Rusia, 20 años después, la posibilidad de conseguir el segundo título del mundo para Les Bleus.
¿Quién es Deschamps, el hombre que tocó el cielo con la Copa?
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 27, 2018 file photo, Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia celebrates winning the Formula One race, at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco. Daniel Ricciardo said Thursday June 21, 2018 that over the next six weeks he wants to decide between staying at Red Bull or joining another Formula One team for next year. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
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The Bunley star suffered a muscle injury in his side’s stalemate with Argentina and could miss their tie with the Super Eagles
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The Bunley star suffered a muscle injury in his side’s stalemate with Argentina and could miss their tie with the Super Eagles
The Bunley star suffered a muscle injury in his side’s stalemate with Argentina and could miss their tie with the Super Eagles
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Stuart McInally returns to the Scotland starting XV after Gregor Townsend makes eight changes to the side that lost in the second Test.
McInally returns to Scotland starting line-up
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El juez de 39 años es uno de los 36 hombres que impartirán justicia en la Copa del Mundo, que será su primera experiencia mundialista.
¿Quién es Abdullah Hassan, el árbitro de Francia-Perú?
El juez de 39 años es uno de los 36 hombres que impartirán justicia en la Copa del Mundo, que será su primera experiencia mundialista.
El juez de 39 años es uno de los 36 hombres que impartirán justicia en la Copa del Mundo, que será su primera experiencia mundialista.
¿Quién es Abdullah Hassan, el árbitro de Francia-Perú?
El juez de 39 años es uno de los 36 hombres que impartirán justicia en la Copa del Mundo, que será su primera experiencia mundialista.
El juez de 39 años es uno de los 36 hombres que impartirán justicia en la Copa del Mundo, que será su primera experiencia mundialista.
¿Quién es Abdullah Hassan, el árbitro de Francia-Perú?
El juez de 39 años es uno de los 36 hombres que impartirán justicia en la Copa del Mundo, que será su primera experiencia mundialista.
El juez de 39 años es uno de los 36 hombres que impartirán justicia en la Copa del Mundo, que será su primera experiencia mundialista.
¿Quién es Abdullah Hassan, el árbitro de Francia-Perú?
El juez de 39 años es uno de los 36 hombres que impartirán justicia en la Copa del Mundo, que será su primera experiencia mundialista.
Tennis player Serena Williams reveals that being the mother of a daughter has made her a stronger advocate of Purple Purse, an anti-domestic violence charity. She also says she aims to compete at Wimbledon. (June 21)
Serena Williams speaks out against domestic violence
Tennis player Serena Williams reveals that being the mother of a daughter has made her a stronger advocate of Purple Purse, an anti-domestic violence charity. She also says she aims to compete at Wimbledon. (June 21)
Tennis player Serena Williams reveals that being the mother of a daughter has made her a stronger advocate of Purple Purse, an anti-domestic violence charity. She also says she aims to compete at Wimbledon. (June 21)
Serena Williams speaks out against domestic violence
Tennis player Serena Williams reveals that being the mother of a daughter has made her a stronger advocate of Purple Purse, an anti-domestic violence charity. She also says she aims to compete at Wimbledon. (June 21)
Tennis player Serena Williams reveals that being the mother of a daughter has made her a stronger advocate of Purple Purse, an anti-domestic violence charity. She also says she aims to compete at Wimbledon. (June 21)
Serena Williams speaks out against domestic violence
Tennis player Serena Williams reveals that being the mother of a daughter has made her a stronger advocate of Purple Purse, an anti-domestic violence charity. She also says she aims to compete at Wimbledon. (June 21)
Tennis player Serena Williams reveals that being the mother of a daughter has made her a stronger advocate of Purple Purse, an anti-domestic violence charity. She also says she aims to compete at Wimbledon. (June 21)
Serena Williams speaks out against domestic violence
Tennis player Serena Williams reveals that being the mother of a daughter has made her a stronger advocate of Purple Purse, an anti-domestic violence charity. She also says she aims to compete at Wimbledon. (June 21)
Tennis player Serena Williams reveals that being the mother of a daughter has made her a stronger advocate of Purple Purse, an anti-domestic violence charity. She also says she aims to compete at Wimbledon. (June 21)
Serena Williams speaks out against domestic violence
Tennis player Serena Williams reveals that being the mother of a daughter has made her a stronger advocate of Purple Purse, an anti-domestic violence charity. She also says she aims to compete at Wimbledon. (June 21)
Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen (right) celebrates his goal against Australia (AFP Photo/EMMANUEL DUNAND)
Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen (right) celebrates his goal against Australia
Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen (right) celebrates his goal against Australia (AFP Photo/EMMANUEL DUNAND)
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Juventus have completed the signing of midfielder Emre Can.
Emre Can officially moves to Juventus
Juventus have completed the signing of midfielder Emre Can.
Juventus have completed the signing of midfielder Emre Can.
Emre Can officially moves to Juventus
Juventus have completed the signing of midfielder Emre Can.

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