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Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
Arenado's slick barehanded stop
Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
Arenado's slick barehanded stop
Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
Arenado's slick barehanded stop
Michael Conforto hits a slow grounder to third, where Nolan Arenado charges for a terrific barehanded play to nab Conforto at first
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
Recap: TEX 6, KC 3
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
Recap: TEX 6, KC 3
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
Recap: TEX 6, KC 3
6/18/18: Choo, Beltre power Rangers to a 6-3 win
Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz hits a solo home run on a pitch from Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers
Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz hits a solo home run on a pitch from Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
As part of a Father's Day celebration, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) and relief pitcher Tom Koehler walk onto the field with their children before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers
As part of a Father's Day celebration, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) and relief pitcher Tom Koehler walk onto the field with their children before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) celebrates his two-run home run with Anthony Rendon (6) during the sixth inning of the continuation of a suspended baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. This game is a continuation of a suspended game from May 15. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers
Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) celebrates his two-run home run with Anthony Rendon (6) during the sixth inning of the continuation of a suspended baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. This game is a continuation of a suspended game from May 15. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The free screenings are welcome as watching in a local cafe proved too expensive for many camp residents (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
The free screenings are welcome as watching in a local cafe proved too expensive for many camp residents
The free screenings are welcome as watching in a local cafe proved too expensive for many camp residents (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
World Cup matches are screened inside tents during the day and outside in the evening (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
World Cup matches are screened inside tents during the day and outside in the evening
World Cup matches are screened inside tents during the day and outside in the evening (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
A local charity is screening all World Cup matches for free at the Ain Issa camp (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
A local charity is screening all World Cup matches for free at the Ain Issa camp
A local charity is screening all World Cup matches for free at the Ain Issa camp (AFP Photo/Delil SOULEIMAN)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Dodgers LHP Kershaw eyes return after throwing sim game
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez, front, doubles over as he is checked on by manager Joe Maddon after being hit by a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 17, 2018, in St. Louis. Baez left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Cubs INF Baez feeling better after hit by pitch
Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez, front, doubles over as he is checked on by manager Joe Maddon after being hit by a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 17, 2018, in St. Louis. Baez left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez (9) is checked on by manager Joe Maddon after being hit by a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 17, 2018, in St. Louis. Baez left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Cubs INF Baez feeling better after hit by pitch
Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez (9) is checked on by manager Joe Maddon after being hit by a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 17, 2018, in St. Louis. Baez left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, tags out Chicago White Sox's Yoan Moncada after Moncada tried to steal second base in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, tags out Chicago White Sox's Yoan Moncada after Moncada tried to steal second base in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor fields a ball hit by Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Abreu was out on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor fields a ball hit by Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Abreu was out on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, celebrates with Rajai Davis after the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-2 in a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, left, celebrates with Rajai Davis after the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-2 in a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Rajai Davis steals to second base as Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson waits for the ball in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Second base umpire Will Little watches. Davis was safe on the steal. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Rajai Davis steals to second base as Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson waits for the ball in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Second base umpire Will Little watches. Davis was safe on the steal. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis watches his ball after hitting a solo home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis watches his ball after hitting a solo home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Chicago White Sox's Yolmer Sanchez hits an RBI-single off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Evan Marshall in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Adam Engel scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Chicago White Sox's Yolmer Sanchez hits an RBI-single off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Evan Marshall in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Adam Engel scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson strikes out swinging in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson strikes out swinging in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis hits an RBI-single off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Rajai Davis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis hits an RBI-single off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Rajai Davis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez hits a ground rule double off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Lonnie Chisenhall and Rajai Davis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez hits a ground rule double off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. Lonnie Chisenhall and Rajai Davis scored on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey, right, waits for Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis, left, to run the bases after Kipnis hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox 6-2
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey, right, waits for Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis, left, to run the bases after Kipnis hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch (14) hugs Alex Bregman (2) after Bregman hit a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch (14) hugs Alex Bregman (2) after Bregman hit a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Tampa Bay Rays' Wilson Ramos celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Tampa Bay Rays' Wilson Ramos celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros' Tony Kemp, left, beats Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jonny Venters to first base for a hit during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros' Tony Kemp, left, beats Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jonny Venters to first base for a hit during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Tampa Bay Rays' Wilson Ramos, left, celebrates with Jake Bauers after both scored on Ramos' home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Tampa Bay Rays' Wilson Ramos, left, celebrates with Jake Bauers after both scored on Ramos' home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman points to dugout after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman points to dugout after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman hits a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman hits a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Bregman's game-ending 2B lifts Astros to 12th straight win
Houston Astros' Alex Bregman, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning double to score two runs against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in Houston. The Astros won 5-4. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
CS Sabeeth: Best Indian striker in 2nd Division I-League sets sights on the ISL
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
CS Sabeeth: Best Indian striker in 2nd Division I-League sets sights on the ISL
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
CS Sabeeth: Best Indian striker in 2nd Division I-League sets sights on the ISL
Despite scoring nine goals this season, his team Ozone FC missed out on qualification to the I-League and the striker discusses why...
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo watches the flight of a home run ball hit off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Harrison Musgrave during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Nimmo, Mets finally support deGrom in 12-2 win over Rockies
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo watches the flight of a home run ball hit off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Harrison Musgrave during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
Cara a cara: Francia vs Perú
What is it? Denmark are looking for a second Group C stage win in the 2018 World Cup, which would almost certainly see them go through to the last 16. Australia narrowly lost to France and will be tough opponents. When is it? Thursday June 21. What time is kick-off? 1pm BST What TV channel is it on? ITV or ITV HD. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? Samara Arena, Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena What is the team news? Denmark probable XI: Schmeichel, Larsen, Christensen, Kjaer, Dalsgaard, Schone, Delaney, Sisto Eriksen, Poulsen, Jorgensen. Australia probable XI: Ryan, Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich, Leckie, Mooy, Jedinak, Kruse, Rogic, Juric. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news on the two teams? Denmark will be without midfielder William Kvist after he fractured two ribs against Peru. He had to be stretchered off in the game, and looks set to miss the rest of the World Cup. Lasse Schone could take his place. Jonas Knudsen, the Ipswich defender, flew back to Denmark to welcome the birth of his baby daughter after Saturday's game, but returned to Russia on Tuesday and is also in contention to play. Australia could turn to veteran Tim Cahill, the only player without a club at this World Cup, in what is a must-win game for the Socceroos. They need a win to have a realistic chance of making it through the group stages. What are the odds? Denmark 10/11 Australia 5/2 Draw 3/1 What's our prediction? If Denmark can win here, they will have one foot in the last sixteen, which would be a fantastic result in a competitive group. Christian Eriksen will be key in midfield once again, but Kasper Schmeichel has been the real star of the team in their recent games. The keeper has kept a clean sheet for the Danes in each of his last five matches, last conceding a goal 534 minutes ago, against the Republic of Ireland. Australia have lost their last four World Cup games and lost seven of nine World Cup games against European opposition. Denmark 2 Australia 1 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Denmark vs Australia: What time is kick-off tomorrow, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? Denmark are looking for a second Group C stage win in the 2018 World Cup, which would almost certainly see them go through to the last 16. Australia narrowly lost to France and will be tough opponents. When is it? Thursday June 21. What time is kick-off? 1pm BST What TV channel is it on? ITV or ITV HD. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? Samara Arena, Samara World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena What is the team news? Denmark probable XI: Schmeichel, Larsen, Christensen, Kjaer, Dalsgaard, Schone, Delaney, Sisto Eriksen, Poulsen, Jorgensen. Australia probable XI: Ryan, Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich, Leckie, Mooy, Jedinak, Kruse, Rogic, Juric. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news on the two teams? Denmark will be without midfielder William Kvist after he fractured two ribs against Peru. He had to be stretchered off in the game, and looks set to miss the rest of the World Cup. Lasse Schone could take his place. Jonas Knudsen, the Ipswich defender, flew back to Denmark to welcome the birth of his baby daughter after Saturday's game, but returned to Russia on Tuesday and is also in contention to play. Australia could turn to veteran Tim Cahill, the only player without a club at this World Cup, in what is a must-win game for the Socceroos. They need a win to have a realistic chance of making it through the group stages. What are the odds? Denmark 10/11 Australia 5/2 Draw 3/1 What's our prediction? If Denmark can win here, they will have one foot in the last sixteen, which would be a fantastic result in a competitive group. Christian Eriksen will be key in midfield once again, but Kasper Schmeichel has been the real star of the team in their recent games. The keeper has kept a clean sheet for the Danes in each of his last five matches, last conceding a goal 534 minutes ago, against the Republic of Ireland. Australia have lost their last four World Cup games and lost seven of nine World Cup games against European opposition. Denmark 2 Australia 1 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Disgraced Sepp Blatter defies FIFA ban to attend World Cup as guest of Vladimir Putin
Disgraced Sepp Blatter defies FIFA ban to attend World Cup as guest of Vladimir Putin
Disgraced Sepp Blatter defies FIFA ban to attend World Cup as guest of Vladimir Putin
Disgraced Sepp Blatter defies FIFA ban to attend World Cup as guest of Vladimir Putin
Disgraced Sepp Blatter defies FIFA ban to attend World Cup as guest of Vladimir Putin
Disgraced Sepp Blatter defies FIFA ban to attend World Cup as guest of Vladimir Putin
The mid-engined V12 supercar with gullwing doors took the shape of a road-going Group C machine with active aerodynamics.
1991 Mercedes C 112: Concept We Forgot
The mid-engined V12 supercar with gullwing doors took the shape of a road-going Group C machine with active aerodynamics.
The mid-engined V12 supercar with gullwing doors took the shape of a road-going Group C machine with active aerodynamics.
1991 Mercedes C 112: Concept We Forgot
The mid-engined V12 supercar with gullwing doors took the shape of a road-going Group C machine with active aerodynamics.
The mid-engined V12 supercar with gullwing doors took the shape of a road-going Group C machine with active aerodynamics.
1991 Mercedes C 112: Concept We Forgot
The mid-engined V12 supercar with gullwing doors took the shape of a road-going Group C machine with active aerodynamics.
The mid-engined V12 supercar with gullwing doors took the shape of a road-going Group C machine with active aerodynamics.
1991 Mercedes C 112: Concept We Forgot
The mid-engined V12 supercar with gullwing doors took the shape of a road-going Group C machine with active aerodynamics.
En la imagen, el seleccionador de Irán, Carlos Queiroz, durante una conferencia deprensa en el Kazan Arena, en Kazan, Rusia el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/John Sibley
La España de Hierro necesita traspasar el muro del Irán de Queiroz
En la imagen, el seleccionador de Irán, Carlos Queiroz, durante una conferencia deprensa en el Kazan Arena, en Kazan, Rusia el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/John Sibley
Bruce Arena coached Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy and thinks the former Liverpool midfielder has what it takes to succeed as a senior manager.
Gerrard can become a strong manager - Arena
Bruce Arena coached Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy and thinks the former Liverpool midfielder has what it takes to succeed as a senior manager.
En la imagen, el jugador egipcio Mohamed Salah tras el partido ante Rusia en San Petersburgo, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Egipto paga un precio alto por los errores y la ausencia del "factor" Salah
En la imagen, el jugador egipcio Mohamed Salah tras el partido ante Rusia en San Petersburgo, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Daniel Norcross and Adam Collins mull over England's latest crushing ODI defeat of their oldest enemies after posting 481 runs off 50 overs
Summer of cricket: England's world record demolition of Australia
Daniel Norcross and Adam Collins mull over England's latest crushing ODI defeat of their oldest enemies after posting 481 runs off 50 overs
Daniel Norcross and Adam Collins mull over England's latest crushing ODI defeat of their oldest enemies after posting 481 runs off 50 overs
Summer of cricket: England's world record demolition of Australia
Daniel Norcross and Adam Collins mull over England's latest crushing ODI defeat of their oldest enemies after posting 481 runs off 50 overs
Daniel Norcross and Adam Collins mull over England's latest crushing ODI defeat of their oldest enemies after posting 481 runs off 50 overs
Summer of cricket: England's world record demolition of Australia
Daniel Norcross and Adam Collins mull over England's latest crushing ODI defeat of their oldest enemies after posting 481 runs off 50 overs
Daniel Norcross and Adam Collins mull over England's latest crushing ODI defeat of their oldest enemies after posting 481 runs off 50 overs
Summer of cricket: England's world record demolition of Australia
Daniel Norcross and Adam Collins mull over England's latest crushing ODI defeat of their oldest enemies after posting 481 runs off 50 overs
Senegal players go to celebrate with Mbaye Niang after he got what proved to be their winner against Poland (AFP Photo/Alexander NEMENOV)
Senegal players go to celebrate with Mbaye Niang after he got what proved to be their winner against Poland
Senegal players go to celebrate with Mbaye Niang after he got what proved to be their winner against Poland (AFP Photo/Alexander NEMENOV)
Mohamed Salah (L) and Egypt endured a difficult night against Russia and are already staring at the World Cup exit door (AFP Photo/Giuseppe CACACE)
Mohamed Salah (L) and Egypt endured a difficult night against Russia and are already staring at the World Cup exit door
Mohamed Salah (L) and Egypt endured a difficult night against Russia and are already staring at the World Cup exit door (AFP Photo/Giuseppe CACACE)
Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen comes off against England, his World Cup already over (AFP Photo/Mark RALSTON)
Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen comes off against England, his World Cup already over
Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen comes off against England, his World Cup already over (AFP Photo/Mark RALSTON)
Nigeria's teenage goalkeeper Francis Uzoho comes to claim the ball during his side's defeat at the hands of Croatia (AFP Photo/Attila KISBENEDEK)
Nigeria's teenage goalkeeper Francis Uzoho comes to claim the ball during his side's defeat at the hands of Croatia
Nigeria's teenage goalkeeper Francis Uzoho comes to claim the ball during his side's defeat at the hands of Croatia (AFP Photo/Attila KISBENEDEK)
Arsenal could be closing in on a €30million deal for Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira, with Massimo Ferrero announcing he "has left".
Arsenal target Torreira has left for €30m, says Sampdoria chief
Arsenal could be closing in on a €30million deal for Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira, with Massimo Ferrero announcing he "has left".
The Spanish striker is one of four modern stars whose journeys are being celebrated by BOSS Parfums...
BOSS Parfums Man Of Today: Alvaro Morata
The Spanish striker is one of four modern stars whose journeys are being celebrated by BOSS Parfums...
The Spanish striker is one of four modern stars whose journeys are being celebrated by BOSS Parfums...
BOSS Parfums Man Of Today: Alvaro Morata
The Spanish striker is one of four modern stars whose journeys are being celebrated by BOSS Parfums...
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, plays the ball with teammates during Portugal's official training on the eve of the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Kratovo, outskirts Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, plays the ball with teammates during Portugal's official training on the eve of the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Kratovo, outskirts Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Poland's and Morocco's soccer fans hug each other as they pose for a photo in Red Square ahead of the group H match between Poland and Senegal during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup
Poland's and Morocco's soccer fans hug each other as they pose for a photo in Red Square ahead of the group H match between Poland and Senegal during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Iran's Sardar Azmoun, bottom, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, middle, and Ramin Rezaeian, top, celebrate their team's victory after 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/Themba Hadebe)
Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup
Iran's Sardar Azmoun, bottom, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, middle, and Ramin Rezaeian, top, celebrate their team's victory after 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/Themba Hadebe)
In this June 14, 2018 photo soccer fans ride in the metro near the Luzhniki stadium before the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup
In this June 14, 2018 photo soccer fans ride in the metro near the Luzhniki stadium before the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Spain's Diego Costa leaps to head the ball during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup
Spain's Diego Costa leaps to head the ball during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Uruguay's Luis Suarez, left, challenges for the ball with Egypt's Sam Morsy during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup
Uruguay's Luis Suarez, left, challenges for the ball with Egypt's Sam Morsy during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
En la imagen, el seleccionador de Irán Carlos Queiroz junto a Masoud Shojaei en una rueda de prensa, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/John Sibley
Irán recurrirá al espíritu de lucha para contener a la poderosa España
En la imagen, el seleccionador de Irán Carlos Queiroz junto a Masoud Shojaei en una rueda de prensa, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/John Sibley
Marat Gurjan, a 15-year-old lifeguard, poses for a picture showing his phone with a note in Russian and English on Google Translate in Samara, Russia, Tuesday June 19, 2018. Google Translate has been key to leap over the language barrier at the World Cup in Russia. Fans have also used the mobile app to order food, change money and meet new people, especially in cities like Samara, where few people speak anything but Russian. (AP photo/ Luis Andres Henao)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
Marat Gurjan, a 15-year-old lifeguard, poses for a picture showing his phone with a note in Russian and English on Google Translate in Samara, Russia, Tuesday June 19, 2018. Google Translate has been key to leap over the language barrier at the World Cup in Russia. Fans have also used the mobile app to order food, change money and meet new people, especially in cities like Samara, where few people speak anything but Russian. (AP photo/ Luis Andres Henao)
T-shirts depicting the former Soviet leader Josef Stalin are seen for sale at a tourist kiosk during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Volgograd, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Tunisia will play against England on Monday, June 17, in the Volgograd Arena. The T-shirt, left, reads in Russian ''Thank you for the Victory'' and the right bottom ''I am fan of Russia.'' (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
T-shirts depicting the former Soviet leader Josef Stalin are seen for sale at a tourist kiosk during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Volgograd, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Tunisia will play against England on Monday, June 17, in the Volgograd Arena. The T-shirt, left, reads in Russian ''Thank you for the Victory'' and the right bottom ''I am fan of Russia.'' (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A soccer fan walks past two Russian police officers as they control an entrance ahead of the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
A soccer fan walks past two Russian police officers as they control an entrance ahead of the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
In this June 14, 2018 photo a woman screams holding a small dog as fans celebrate after Russia scored the third goal during the opening match of the 2018 soccer World Cup, between Russia and Saudi Arabia, in the fan zone in Yekaterinburg, Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
In this June 14, 2018 photo a woman screams holding a small dog as fans celebrate after Russia scored the third goal during the opening match of the 2018 soccer World Cup, between Russia and Saudi Arabia, in the fan zone in Yekaterinburg, Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Russian soccer fans celebrate the national team victory after the group A match between Russia and Egypt during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, early Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
Russian soccer fans celebrate the national team victory after the group A match between Russia and Egypt during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, early Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
In this June 14, 2018 photo a woman in Russian colors stands on an escalator of the Metro after Russia won the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
In this June 14, 2018 photo a woman in Russian colors stands on an escalator of the Metro after Russia won the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Russian soccer fans share a tender moment celebrating the national team victory after the group A match between Russia and Egypt during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, early Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
Russian soccer fans share a tender moment celebrating the national team victory after the group A match between Russia and Egypt during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, early Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Argentine fans pose for a photo next to the stature of Russian player Fedor Cherenkov ahead of 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/Rebecca Blackwell)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
Argentine fans pose for a photo next to the stature of Russian player Fedor Cherenkov ahead of 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/Rebecca Blackwell)
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo people watch the sunset over the river Wolga during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
In this Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo people watch the sunset over the river Wolga during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
In this June 15, 2018 photo a man carrying balloons walks on a bridge during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
In this June 15, 2018 photo a man carrying balloons walks on a bridge during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A fan walks past a sign in Russian saying "Welcome to Russia" ahead of 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/Rebecca Blackwell)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
A fan walks past a sign in Russian saying "Welcome to Russia" ahead of 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/Rebecca Blackwell)
Soccer fans and tourists stroll around in Red Square with the Historical Museum, left, and the State Shop, GUM, right, in the background during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
Soccer fans and tourists stroll around in Red Square with the Historical Museum, left, and the State Shop, GUM, right, in the background during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
In this June 15, 2018 photo a vendor sells balloons decorated with lights as a woman takes a photo, on a bridge in central Moscow, Russia, during the 2018 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
In this June 15, 2018 photo a vendor sells balloons decorated with lights as a woman takes a photo, on a bridge in central Moscow, Russia, during the 2018 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Mexico soccer fans join in with a Russian jazz band ahead of the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
Mexico soccer fans join in with a Russian jazz band ahead of the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
In this June 16, 2018 photo people sit at a cafe in the Moscow GUM State Department store decorated with giant soccer's balls during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
In this June 16, 2018 photo people sit at a cafe in the Moscow GUM State Department store decorated with giant soccer's balls during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
In this June 16, 2018 photo a couple embraces as they ride the escalator up to exit from the subway, during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
In this June 16, 2018 photo a couple embraces as they ride the escalator up to exit from the subway, during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
In this June 15, 2018 photo a boy plays in a ball near the Qolsharif Mosque, a day before the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
In this June 15, 2018 photo a boy plays in a ball near the Qolsharif Mosque, a day before the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
In this June 17, 2018 photo tourists visit the Motherland Calls monument as the portrait of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin is seen on the wall in front during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Volgograd, Russia. The monument commemorates the victims of the Battle of Stalingrad, in which the Red Army turned back Nazi Germany's army in Volgograd. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image
In this June 17, 2018 photo tourists visit the Motherland Calls monument as the portrait of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin is seen on the wall in front during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Volgograd, Russia. The monument commemorates the victims of the Battle of Stalingrad, in which the Red Army turned back Nazi Germany's army in Volgograd. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2018. Nicolas Kicker of Argentina hits a shot against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2018. Nicolas Kicker of Argentina hits a shot against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. REUTERS/Edgar Su
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2018. Nicolas Kicker of Argentina hits a shot against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2018. Nicolas Kicker of Argentina hits a shot against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. REUTERS/Edgar Su
The agreement is currently subject to approval from the applicable regulatory authorities.
Audi And Hyundai Team Up To Work On Fuel Cell Tech
The agreement is currently subject to approval from the applicable regulatory authorities.
The agreement is currently subject to approval from the applicable regulatory authorities.
Audi And Hyundai Team Up To Work On Fuel Cell Tech
The agreement is currently subject to approval from the applicable regulatory authorities.
The agreement is currently subject to approval from the applicable regulatory authorities.
Audi And Hyundai Team Up To Work On Fuel Cell Tech
The agreement is currently subject to approval from the applicable regulatory authorities.
Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho has described Neymar as a 'brave' player who faces up to his opponents and is important to his team.
'Brave' Neymar important to Brazil - Coutinho
Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho has described Neymar as a 'brave' player who faces up to his opponents and is important to his team.
Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho has described Neymar as a 'brave' player who faces up to his opponents and is important to his team.
'Brave' Neymar important to Brazil - Coutinho
Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho has described Neymar as a 'brave' player who faces up to his opponents and is important to his team.
Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho has described Neymar as a 'brave' player who faces up to his opponents and is important to his team.
'Brave' Neymar important to Brazil - Coutinho
Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho has described Neymar as a 'brave' player who faces up to his opponents and is important to his team.
If everything goes as planned, Mohammed will join the growing list of Kenyan players in the Zambian league
Former Gor Mahia captain Musa Mohammed set to join Zambian club Nkana FC
If everything goes as planned, Mohammed will join the growing list of Kenyan players in the Zambian league
Although Perak could only muster a draw against Selangor, head coach Mehmet Durakovic has praised his charges' performance.
"It isn't over until the last game" - Durakovic upbeat despite Perak draw against Selangor
Although Perak could only muster a draw against Selangor, head coach Mehmet Durakovic has praised his charges' performance.
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as Argentina and Croatia - the two heavyweights of Group D - go head to head. Argentina desperately need three points after drawing with Iceland in their opening match. Croatia got up and running with a 2-0 win over Nigeria. When is it? Thursday, June 21. What time is kick-off? 7pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BBC One. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod. World Cup 2018 stadium: Nizhny Nogorod Stadium What is the team news? Stung by his failure to score a penalty and avert a disappointing draw against Iceland, the pressure is on Argentina's captain and talisman, Lionel Messi, to make amends against Croatia. Having led Argentina to an agonising World Cup final defeat to Germany four years ago, Messi turns 31 in a few days and may be playing his last World Cup. He needs to win it to rival fellow great Diego Maradona. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has unashamedly turned to midfielder Ivan Rakitic - a team mate of Messi's at Barcelona - for tactics to stop him. For reasons hard to fathom, Argentina have looked ponderous and lacking in creative thrust throughout coach Jorge Sampaoli's year in charge despite boasting Messi and other big names like Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria. Sampaoli hasn't used the same line-up twice in the 12 games he's been in charge and he'll probably juggle again, this time starting with 22-year-old Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon up front with Messi. Pavon is quick, can play on the right or left and is likely to replace Di Maria. Croatia themselves are not short on top-quality players. As well as Rakitic, they also have the talented Luka Modric in midfield and towering hitman Mario Madzukic up front. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more The squads in full: Argentina Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. ----- Croatia Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) What's the latest news on the two teams? As mentioned earlier, Messi's 31st birthday this weekend is an ominous reminder Russia may be his last World Cup and final chance to emulate fellow Argentine great Maradona in lifting the ultimate prize. The diminutive Argentine captain, known as "La Pulga" (The Flea), has won every club accolade imaginable with Barcelona, but has agonisingly missed out on international trophies both at the World Cup and Copa America. For many Argentines that means that while he may currently be the world's best player, Messi has not entered the same pantheon as Maradona, "El Pibe" (The Kid), who won the 1986 World Cup. With Argentina looking dysfunctional and under-performing throughout the qualifiers, Messi's dream of matching Maradona in Russia always looked a tall order. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game But it became harder in the 64th minute of Argentina's opener when his tame penalty was saved by Iceland's goalkeeper - watched inevitably by Maradona who had lapped up adoring cries of "Dieeeeego!" beforehand. Though Maradona, 57, consoled Messi that even he too once missed five consecutive penalties and the 1-1 draw with Iceland was a collective failure, the signs are bad. "Look, I love Messi, we all do. But it's just not working out for him internationally," said Guillermo Aguirre, strolling round Nizhny Novgorod as Argentine fans begin to arrive for Thursday's game. "I want to see him lift the cup so the Maradona debate can be ended because it's not fair on him. But if I'm realistic, Brazil was the best opportunity." How the big-name strikers performed in their opening games What are the odds? Argentina win - EVENS Draw - 9/4 Croatia win - 3/1 What's our prediction? This is going to be so tight and could go either way. Both teams have quality, but Croatia are more of a team, Argentina too reliant on one man - Messi. If Argentina are to prevail it will be thanks to a moment of brilliance from Messi or Aguero or Dybala. Croatia, though, are too organised to give them that many openings. Prediction: Argentina 1 Croatia 1. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Argentina vs Croatia: What time is kick-off tomorrow, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as Argentina and Croatia - the two heavyweights of Group D - go head to head. Argentina desperately need three points after drawing with Iceland in their opening match. Croatia got up and running with a 2-0 win over Nigeria. When is it? Thursday, June 21. What time is kick-off? 7pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BBC One. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod. World Cup 2018 stadium: Nizhny Nogorod Stadium What is the team news? Stung by his failure to score a penalty and avert a disappointing draw against Iceland, the pressure is on Argentina's captain and talisman, Lionel Messi, to make amends against Croatia. Having led Argentina to an agonising World Cup final defeat to Germany four years ago, Messi turns 31 in a few days and may be playing his last World Cup. He needs to win it to rival fellow great Diego Maradona. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has unashamedly turned to midfielder Ivan Rakitic - a team mate of Messi's at Barcelona - for tactics to stop him. For reasons hard to fathom, Argentina have looked ponderous and lacking in creative thrust throughout coach Jorge Sampaoli's year in charge despite boasting Messi and other big names like Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria. Sampaoli hasn't used the same line-up twice in the 12 games he's been in charge and he'll probably juggle again, this time starting with 22-year-old Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon up front with Messi. Pavon is quick, can play on the right or left and is likely to replace Di Maria. Croatia themselves are not short on top-quality players. As well as Rakitic, they also have the talented Luka Modric in midfield and towering hitman Mario Madzukic up front. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more The squads in full: Argentina Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. ----- Croatia Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) What's the latest news on the two teams? As mentioned earlier, Messi's 31st birthday this weekend is an ominous reminder Russia may be his last World Cup and final chance to emulate fellow Argentine great Maradona in lifting the ultimate prize. The diminutive Argentine captain, known as "La Pulga" (The Flea), has won every club accolade imaginable with Barcelona, but has agonisingly missed out on international trophies both at the World Cup and Copa America. For many Argentines that means that while he may currently be the world's best player, Messi has not entered the same pantheon as Maradona, "El Pibe" (The Kid), who won the 1986 World Cup. With Argentina looking dysfunctional and under-performing throughout the qualifiers, Messi's dream of matching Maradona in Russia always looked a tall order. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game But it became harder in the 64th minute of Argentina's opener when his tame penalty was saved by Iceland's goalkeeper - watched inevitably by Maradona who had lapped up adoring cries of "Dieeeeego!" beforehand. Though Maradona, 57, consoled Messi that even he too once missed five consecutive penalties and the 1-1 draw with Iceland was a collective failure, the signs are bad. "Look, I love Messi, we all do. But it's just not working out for him internationally," said Guillermo Aguirre, strolling round Nizhny Novgorod as Argentine fans begin to arrive for Thursday's game. "I want to see him lift the cup so the Maradona debate can be ended because it's not fair on him. But if I'm realistic, Brazil was the best opportunity." How the big-name strikers performed in their opening games What are the odds? Argentina win - EVENS Draw - 9/4 Croatia win - 3/1 What's our prediction? This is going to be so tight and could go either way. Both teams have quality, but Croatia are more of a team, Argentina too reliant on one man - Messi. If Argentina are to prevail it will be thanks to a moment of brilliance from Messi or Aguero or Dybala. Croatia, though, are too organised to give them that many openings. Prediction: Argentina 1 Croatia 1. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Andy Murray is not ruling anything out when asked if he will play in his home grand slam at Wimbledon.
Murray unsure over Wimbledon participation
Andy Murray is not ruling anything out when asked if he will play in his home grand slam at Wimbledon.
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
Cómo ver Portugal vs. Marruecos en vivo y online: streaming y TV
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
Cómo ver Portugal vs. Marruecos en vivo y online: streaming y TV
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
Cómo ver Portugal vs. Marruecos en vivo y online: streaming y TV
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
Cómo ver Portugal vs. Marruecos en vivo y online: streaming y TV
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
Cómo ver Portugal vs. Marruecos en vivo y online: streaming y TV
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
Cómo ver Portugal vs. Marruecos en vivo y online: streaming y TV
La Selección liderada por Cristiano Ronaldo buscará una victoria para intentar asegurarse el pase a la siguiente ronda del Mundial.
Australia's Mile Jedinak, center, speaks with his teammates after the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
World Cup games to air on free TV amid problems in Australia
Australia's Mile Jedinak, center, speaks with his teammates after the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
What Senegal and Japan fans did after their World Cup wins was just incredible
What Senegal and Japan fans did after their World Cup wins was just incredible
What Senegal and Japan fans did after their World Cup wins was just incredible
What Senegal and Japan fans did after their World Cup wins was just incredible
What Senegal and Japan fans did after their World Cup wins was just incredible
What Senegal and Japan fans did after their World Cup wins was just incredible
<p>俄羅斯球迷揮舞國旗加油。(TSNA/法新社/GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(06/20)-俄羅斯氣勢高昂 擊退埃及豪取2連勝

俄羅斯球迷揮舞國旗加油。(TSNA/法新社/GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP)

<p>俄羅斯後衛Ilja Kutepov(圖左)與埃及前鋒Marwan Mohsen於比賽中爭搶球。(TSNA/法新社/Giuseppe CACACE/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(06/20)-俄羅斯氣勢高昂 擊退埃及豪取2連勝

俄羅斯後衛Ilja Kutepov(圖左)與埃及前鋒Marwan Mohsen於比賽中爭搶球。(TSNA/法新社/Giuseppe CACACE/AFP)

<p>俄羅斯後衛Ilja Kutepov做出倒掛金鉤動作。(TSNA/法新社/GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(06/20)-俄羅斯氣勢高昂 擊退埃及豪取2連勝

俄羅斯後衛Ilja Kutepov做出倒掛金鉤動作。(TSNA/法新社/GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP)

<p>俄羅斯中場Denis Cheryshev踢進球隊第2分。(TSNA/法新社/GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(06/20)-俄羅斯氣勢高昂 擊退埃及豪取2連勝

俄羅斯中場Denis Cheryshev踢進球隊第2分。(TSNA/法新社/GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP)

<p>埃及球迷在場邊歡呼。(TSNA/法新社/Paul ELLIS/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(06/20)-俄羅斯氣勢高昂 擊退埃及豪取2連勝

埃及球迷在場邊歡呼。(TSNA/法新社/Paul ELLIS/AFP)

<p>俄羅斯前鋒Artem Dzyuba與埃及後衛 Ali Gabr(圖上)於比賽中爭搶球。(TSNA/法新社/Giuseppe CACACE/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(06/20)-俄羅斯氣勢高昂 擊退埃及豪取2連勝

俄羅斯前鋒Artem Dzyuba與埃及後衛 Ali Gabr(圖上)於比賽中爭搶球。(TSNA/法新社/Giuseppe CACACE/AFP)

<p>埃及前鋒Mohamed Salah操刀12碼罰球得分。(TSNA/法新社/Paul ELLIS/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(06/20)-俄羅斯氣勢高昂 擊退埃及豪取2連勝

埃及前鋒Mohamed Salah操刀12碼罰球得分。(TSNA/法新社/Paul ELLIS/AFP)

<p>埃及前鋒Mohamed Salah輸球後做出的反應。(TSNA/法新社/CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(06/20)-俄羅斯氣勢高昂 擊退埃及豪取2連勝

埃及前鋒Mohamed Salah輸球後做出的反應。(TSNA/法新社/CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP)

<p>俄羅斯中場Roman Zobnin和羅斯前鋒Artem Dzyuba慶祝球隊取得1比0領先。(TSNA/法新社/GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(06/20)-俄羅斯氣勢高昂 擊退埃及豪取2連勝

俄羅斯中場Roman Zobnin和羅斯前鋒Artem Dzyuba慶祝球隊取得1比0領先。(TSNA/法新社/GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP)

<p>俄羅斯前鋒Artem Dzyuba(圖中)踢進球隊第3分後,與隊友一同慶祝。(TSNA/法新社/Paul ELLIS/AFP) </p>
2018世界盃精彩照片(06/20)-俄羅斯氣勢高昂 擊退埃及豪取2連勝

俄羅斯前鋒Artem Dzyuba(圖中)踢進球隊第3分後,與隊友一同慶祝。(TSNA/法新社/Paul ELLIS/AFP)

Japanese fans celebrate the victory after the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Japanese fans celebrate the victory after the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo
Japanese fans celebrate the victory after the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato
A Japanese soccer fan reacts as she watches a broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event in Tokyo, Japan June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato
A Japanese soccer fan reacts as she watches a broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event in Tokyo
A Japanese soccer fan reacts as she watches a broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event in Tokyo, Japan June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan players and coaching staff celebrate with fans after the match REUTERS/Darren Staples
World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan players and coaching staff celebrate with fans after the match REUTERS/Darren Staples
Japanese soccer fans react as they watch a broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event in Tokyo, Japan June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Japanese soccer fans react as they watch a broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event in Tokyo
Japanese soccer fans react as they watch a broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event in Tokyo, Japan June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan's Shinji Kagawa scores their first goal from the penalty spot REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan's Shinji Kagawa scores their first goal from the penalty spot REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Japanese soccer fan reacts as she watches a broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event in Tokyo, Japan June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato
A Japanese soccer fan reacts as she watches a broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event in Tokyo
A Japanese soccer fan reacts as she watches a broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at a public viewing event in Tokyo, Japan June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan fans celebrate after the match REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan fans celebrate after the match REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
Japanese descendants react during the second goal of Japan as they watch the broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match between Japan and Colombia at Liberdade, a Japanese neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
Japanese descendants react during the second goal of Japan as they watch the broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match between Japan and Colombia at Liberdade, a Japanese neighborhood in Sao Paulo
Japanese descendants react during the second goal of Japan as they watch the broadcast of the World Cup Group H soccer match between Japan and Colombia at Liberdade, a Japanese neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
Police officers try to control Japanese soccer fans who gathered at an intersection after they celebrate the victory after the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at Shibuya district in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo take by Kyodo from the glass wall of 'MAGNET by Shibuya 109', June 19, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
Police officers try to control Japanese soccer fans who gathered at an intersection after they celebrate the victory after the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at Shibuya district in Tokyo
Police officers try to control Japanese soccer fans who gathered at an intersection after they celebrate the victory after the World Cup Group H soccer match Colombia vs Japan, at Shibuya district in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo take by Kyodo from the glass wall of 'MAGNET by Shibuya 109', June 19, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2004, file photo Australian golfer Peter Thomson poses for a photo after an exhibition match at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney. Golf Australia says on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the family of five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson has announced his death. He was 88. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson dies aged 88
FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2004, file photo Australian golfer Peter Thomson poses for a photo after an exhibition match at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney. Golf Australia says on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the family of five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson has announced his death. He was 88. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
Russia's Denis Cheryshev has scored three goals at the World Cup (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
Russia's Denis Cheryshev has scored three goals at the World Cup
Russia's Denis Cheryshev has scored three goals at the World Cup (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
Russia's 3-1 victory against Egypt means they almost certain to reach the World Cup knockout stages (AFP Photo/Ozan KOSE)
Russia's 3-1 victory against Egypt means they almost certain to reach the World Cup knockout stages
Russia's 3-1 victory against Egypt means they almost certain to reach the World Cup knockout stages (AFP Photo/Ozan KOSE)
El lateral recibe el alta competitiva para debutar con España en un torneo grande después de las decepciones de 2014 y 2016. Un camino de espinas...
Carvajal: sin Cibeles pero, por fin, en un Mundial
El lateral recibe el alta competitiva para debutar con España en un torneo grande después de las decepciones de 2014 y 2016. Un camino de espinas...
El lateral recibe el alta competitiva para debutar con España en un torneo grande después de las decepciones de 2014 y 2016. Un camino de espinas...
Carvajal: sin Cibeles pero, por fin, en un Mundial
El lateral recibe el alta competitiva para debutar con España en un torneo grande después de las decepciones de 2014 y 2016. Un camino de espinas...
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan's Yuya Osako celebrates scoring their second goal with Yuto Nagatomo REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan's Yuya Osako celebrates scoring their second goal with Yuto Nagatomo REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan's Yuya Osako celebrates scoring their second goal with Yuto Nagatomo REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan's Yuya Osako celebrates scoring their second goal with Yuto Nagatomo REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan's Yuya Osako celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group H - Colombia vs Japan - Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia - June 19, 2018 Japan's Yuya Osako celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
The two, who turned out for Thika United and Mathare United respectively have signed three year deals with Ingwe
Gilbert Selebwa: New signings will help AFC Leopards to challenge for title
The two, who turned out for Thika United and Mathare United respectively have signed three year deals with Ingwe
Condensed Game: ARI@LAA - 6/18/19
CG: ARI@LAA - 6/18/19
Condensed Game: ARI@LAA - 6/18/19
Condensed Game: ARI@LAA - 6/18/19
CG: ARI@LAA - 6/18/19
Condensed Game: ARI@LAA - 6/18/19
Condensed Game: ARI@LAA - 6/18/19
CG: ARI@LAA - 6/18/19
Condensed Game: ARI@LAA - 6/18/19
The Red Devils boss said their win over Panama was 'exactly what we wanted' but called for his side to be even better against Tunisia
Martinez demands improvement from Belgium despite 3-0 win
The Red Devils boss said their win over Panama was 'exactly what we wanted' but called for his side to be even better against Tunisia
The Soweto giants look set to beef up their technical team ahead of the new season
Andrew Sparkes to join Orlando Pirates from Swansea City
The Soweto giants look set to beef up their technical team ahead of the new season
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi looks dejected REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi looks dejected REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Argentina vs Iceland - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 16, 2018 Argentina's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Carl Recine
Condensed Game: MIA@SF - 6/19/18
CG: MIA@SF - 6/19/18
Condensed Game: MIA@SF - 6/19/18
Condensed Game: MIA@SF - 6/19/18
CG: MIA@SF - 6/19/18
Condensed Game: MIA@SF - 6/19/18
Condensed Game: MIA@SF - 6/19/18
CG: MIA@SF - 6/19/18
Condensed Game: MIA@SF - 6/19/18
Former Denmark international Michael Jakobsen said stopping Christian Eriksen was key for Australia
Denmark will 'struggle' if Australia stop Christian Eriksen, says Michael Jakobsen
Former Denmark international Michael Jakobsen said stopping Christian Eriksen was key for Australia
En la imagen, el jugador y el seleccionador de la selección española, Andrés Iniesta y Fernando Hierro, durante una rueda de prensa en Kazán, Rusia, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/John Sibley
Iniesta espera con ganas a Irán y da por zanjado el tema Lopetegui
En la imagen, el jugador y el seleccionador de la selección española, Andrés Iniesta y Fernando Hierro, durante una rueda de prensa en Kazán, Rusia, el 19 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/John Sibley
Rimac focuses on high-voltage battery technology, electric powertrains, and human-machine interfaces.
Porsche Takes 10 Percent Stake In Electric Supercar Company Rimac
Rimac focuses on high-voltage battery technology, electric powertrains, and human-machine interfaces.
Rimac focuses on high-voltage battery technology, electric powertrains, and human-machine interfaces.
Porsche Takes 10 Percent Stake In Electric Supercar Company Rimac
Rimac focuses on high-voltage battery technology, electric powertrains, and human-machine interfaces.
<p><a href="https://www.motor1.com/news/139042/rimac-concept-one-power-upgrade/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:With the Concept One, Rimac proved" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">With the Concept One, Rimac proved</a> it was able to build an electric hypercar with absolutely insane performance. At the Geneva Motor Show, the firm debuted the new <a href="https://www.motor1.com/news/235215/rimac-c2-ev-geneva-debut/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:C_Two with similarly incredible specs" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">C_Two with similarly incredible specs</a>. With a model on the road, we're more likely to believe the astounding claims for the latest vehicle.</p> <p>The C_Two allegedly has 1,888 horsepower and can reach 60 miles per hour in just 1.85 seconds. The impressive performance reportedly comes with a maximum driving range of 404 miles in the NEDC test.</p> <p>While the powertrain numbers are on the razor's edge of being unbelievable, the tech claims are where the C_Two really strain credibility. According to Rimac, the model features Level 4 autonomous driving ability, which means the vehicle can entirely pilot itself if necessary. </p> <p>Creating a fully self-driving vehicle is a project that the auto and technology industries are investing billions of dollars in. It's difficult to believe that a tiny company like Rimac somehow has a solution that much larger competitors don't.</p>
Porsche Takes 10 Percent Stake In Electric Supercar Company Rimac

With the Concept One, Rimac proved it was able to build an electric hypercar with absolutely insane performance. At the Geneva Motor Show, the firm debuted the new C_Two with similarly incredible specs. With a model on the road, we're more likely to believe the astounding claims for the latest vehicle.

The C_Two allegedly has 1,888 horsepower and can reach 60 miles per hour in just 1.85 seconds. The impressive performance reportedly comes with a maximum driving range of 404 miles in the NEDC test.

While the powertrain numbers are on the razor's edge of being unbelievable, the tech claims are where the C_Two really strain credibility. According to Rimac, the model features Level 4 autonomous driving ability, which means the vehicle can entirely pilot itself if necessary.

Creating a fully self-driving vehicle is a project that the auto and technology industries are investing billions of dollars in. It's difficult to believe that a tiny company like Rimac somehow has a solution that much larger competitors don't.

Rimac focuses on high-voltage battery technology, electric powertrains, and human-machine interfaces.
Porsche Takes 10 Percent Stake In Electric Supercar Company Rimac
Rimac focuses on high-voltage battery technology, electric powertrains, and human-machine interfaces.
He made a huge mistake against Portugal, but the 'world class' David de Gea must recover quickly against Iran, says Mark Bosnich.
De Gea has to bounce back from Ronaldo shocker - Bosnich
He made a huge mistake against Portugal, but the 'world class' David de Gea must recover quickly against Iran, says Mark Bosnich.
Condensed Game: OAK@SD - 6/19/18
CG: OAK@SD - 6/19/18
Condensed Game: OAK@SD - 6/19/18
Condensed Game: OAK@SD - 6/19/18
CG: OAK@SD - 6/19/18
Condensed Game: OAK@SD - 6/19/18
Condensed Game: OAK@SD - 6/19/18
CG: OAK@SD - 6/19/18
Condensed Game: OAK@SD - 6/19/18
Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt hits a two-run home run during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Trout stays hot, Angels hold on for 5-4 win over Arizona
Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt hits a two-run home run during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte, left, catches the throw to force out Los Angeles Angels' Martin Maldonado during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Maldonado was originally called safe, but, after review, he was ruled out. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Trout stays hot, Angels hold on for 5-4 win over Arizona
Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte, left, catches the throw to force out Los Angeles Angels' Martin Maldonado during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Maldonado was originally called safe, but, after review, he was ruled out. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout runs to first base after hitting a two-run single during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Trout stays hot, Angels hold on for 5-4 win over Arizona
Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout runs to first base after hitting a two-run single during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Matt Koch, right, looks at the ball after hitting Los Angeles Angels' Ian Kinsler with a pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Trout stays hot, Angels hold on for 5-4 win over Arizona
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Matt Koch, right, looks at the ball after hitting Los Angeles Angels' Ian Kinsler with a pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Matt Koch walks back to the mound as Los Angeles Angels' Kole Calhoun, background left, runs the bases after hitting a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Trout stays hot, Angels hold on for 5-4 win over Arizona
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Matt Koch walks back to the mound as Los Angeles Angels' Kole Calhoun, background left, runs the bases after hitting a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Roberto Martinez said Belgium's win over Panama was "exactly what we wanted" and called for more of the same against Tunisia.
Martinez not looking for perfection
Roberto Martinez said Belgium's win over Panama was "exactly what we wanted" and called for more of the same against Tunisia.
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow was unavailable Tuesday after hurting his back taking off his pants.
Brandon Morrow injured his back taking off his pants
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow was unavailable Tuesday after hurting his back taking off his pants.
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow was unavailable Tuesday after hurting his back taking off his pants.
Brandon Morrow injured his back taking off his pants
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow was unavailable Tuesday after hurting his back taking off his pants.
The Giants and Marlins got into a beanball war on Tuesday night, stemming from Hunter Strickland's meltdown on Monday.
Marlins, Giants get into heated beanball war
The Giants and Marlins got into a beanball war on Tuesday night, stemming from Hunter Strickland's meltdown on Monday.
The Giants and Marlins got into a beanball war on Tuesday night, stemming from Hunter Strickland's meltdown on Monday.
Marlins, Giants get into heated beanball war
The Giants and Marlins got into a beanball war on Tuesday night, stemming from Hunter Strickland's meltdown on Monday.
Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez (5) is congratulated by manager Bud Black after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Rockies power up, snap home skid by beating Mets 10-8
Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez (5) is congratulated by manager Bud Black after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story (27) celebrates a solo home run with Ian Desmond (20) during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Rockies power up, snap home skid by beating Mets 10-8
Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story (27) celebrates a solo home run with Ian Desmond (20) during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jason Vargas reacts to giving up a two-run home run to Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Rockies power up, snap home skid by beating Mets 10-8
New York Mets relief pitcher Jason Vargas reacts to giving up a two-run home run to Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez throws against the New York Mets during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Rockies power up, snap home skid by beating Mets 10-8
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez throws against the New York Mets during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
New York Mets' Michael Conforto looks back as he heads to the dugout after striking out during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game, against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Rockies power up, snap home skid by beating Mets 10-8
New York Mets' Michael Conforto looks back as he heads to the dugout after striking out during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game, against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) runs home to score on a Todd Frazier sacrifice fly during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Rockies power up, snap home skid by beating Mets 10-8
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) runs home to score on a Todd Frazier sacrifice fly during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jason Vargas throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Rockies power up, snap home skid by beating Mets 10-8
New York Mets relief pitcher Jason Vargas throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
A few fans sit under umbrellas in the rain during a delayed baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the New York Mets, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Rockies power up, snap home skid by beating Mets 10-8
A few fans sit under umbrellas in the rain during a delayed baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the New York Mets, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to do everything in their power to retain LeBron James.
Rumor: Cavaliers could have trade interest in Kemba Walker
The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to do everything in their power to retain LeBron James.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to do everything in their power to retain LeBron James.
Rumor: Cavaliers could have trade interest in Kemba Walker
The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to do everything in their power to retain LeBron James.
6/19/18: Piscotty, Lowrie belt late HRs to lift A's
Recap: OAK 4, SD 2 - F/10
6/19/18: Piscotty, Lowrie belt late HRs to lift A's
6/19/18: Piscotty, Lowrie belt late HRs to lift A's
Recap: OAK 4, SD 2 - F/10
6/19/18: Piscotty, Lowrie belt late HRs to lift A's
6/19/18: Piscotty, Lowrie belt late HRs to lift A's
Recap: OAK 4, SD 2 - F/10
6/19/18: Piscotty, Lowrie belt late HRs to lift A's
FILE - In this May 11, 2018, file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal talks to receiver Michael Gallup (13) during the team's NFL football rookie minicamp in Frisco, Texas. Lal replaced Derek Dooley as part of an overhaul of coach Jason Garretts staff. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)
Cowboys stress numbers over No. 1 at receiver without Bryant
FILE - In this May 11, 2018, file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal talks to receiver Michael Gallup (13) during the team's NFL football rookie minicamp in Frisco, Texas. Lal replaced Derek Dooley as part of an overhaul of coach Jason Garretts staff. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) catches a pass for a touchdown in front of Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House (31) during the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. Dallas isnt necessarily looking for a new No. 1 receiver. Headlined by holdovers Beasley and Terrance Williams and newcomers Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin, the Cowboys think their strength could be in numbers--and matchups. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
Cowboys stress numbers over No. 1 at receiver without Bryant
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) catches a pass for a touchdown in front of Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House (31) during the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. Dallas isnt necessarily looking for a new No. 1 receiver. Headlined by holdovers Beasley and Terrance Williams and newcomers Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin, the Cowboys think their strength could be in numbers--and matchups. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Allen Hurns (17) catches a pass as wide receivers Deonte Thompson (15) and Michael Gallup (13) watch during an organized team activity at the Cowboys' football training facility in Frisco, Texas. Hurns, a free agent addition going into his fifth season, didnt reach 500 yards in either of his two years in Jacksonville. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
Cowboys stress numbers over No. 1 at receiver without Bryant
FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Allen Hurns (17) catches a pass as wide receivers Deonte Thompson (15) and Michael Gallup (13) watch during an organized team activity at the Cowboys' football training facility in Frisco, Texas. Hurns, a free agent addition going into his fifth season, didnt reach 500 yards in either of his two years in Jacksonville. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
6/19/18: Trout, Kinsler lead Angels over D-backs, 5-4
Recap: LAA 5, ARI 4
6/19/18: Trout, Kinsler lead Angels over D-backs, 5-4
6/19/18: Trout, Kinsler lead Angels over D-backs, 5-4
Recap: LAA 5, ARI 4
6/19/18: Trout, Kinsler lead Angels over D-backs, 5-4
6/19/18: Trout, Kinsler lead Angels over D-backs, 5-4
Recap: LAA 5, ARI 4
6/19/18: Trout, Kinsler lead Angels over D-backs, 5-4
The family of five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thomson has announced his death. He was 88.
Five-time Open champ Thomson passes at 88
The family of five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thomson has announced his death. He was 88.
The former Mannschaft captain believes that his country can turn things around in Russia following their shock opening game defeat to Mexico
Lahm backs Low & Germany despite poor World Cup start
The former Mannschaft captain believes that his country can turn things around in Russia following their shock opening game defeat to Mexico
Optus have decided to continue teaming up with SBS but are confident of handling the knockout stages solo
2018 World Cup: Optus Sport team up with SBS for all remaining group matches
Optus have decided to continue teaming up with SBS but are confident of handling the knockout stages solo
Unlike England's record in big tournaments, you can almost always rely on the TV coverage to impress. And with ITV and BBC assembling a stellar line-up of pundits for the 2018 World Cup, this year looks no different. The two channels are once again sharing the rights to show the competition to UK audiences, with all 64 matches shown live. Former World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker is fronting the BBC's coverage of the event while Mark Pougatch is the face of ITV's offering. Regular BBC contributors Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are joined by fresh additions in Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta. Telegraph Sport columnists Alex Scott and Cesc Fabregas are also being employed as pundits. Rio Ferdinand is on the BBC's coverage Credit: Getty Images ITV also have a stellar line up including former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs. Here's a full rundown of which channel will be showing which match. Group Stages Wed June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Group B), 1pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A), 4pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Iran v Spain (Group B), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C), 1pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg, 4pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D),7pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E), 1pm - ITV1 Fri June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D), 4pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E), 7pm - BBC One Sat June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sat June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F), 4pm - ITV1 Sat June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F), 7pm - ITV1 Sun June 24: England v Panama (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) 4pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) 7pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A), 3pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A), 3pm - ITV4 Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 3pm - ITV1 Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C), 3pm - ITV4 Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D), 7pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F), 3pm - BBC One Wed June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F), 3pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E), 7pm - ITV1 Wed June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E), 7pm - ITV4 Thu June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H), 3pm - BBC One Thu June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H), 3pm - BBC Two Thu June 28: England v Belgium (Group G), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G), 7pm - ITV4 World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Round of 16 Sat June 30: Winner C v Runner-up D, 3pm - ITV1 Sat June 30: Winner A v Runner-up B, 7pm - ITV1 Sun July 1: Winner B v Runner-up A, 3pm - BBC One Sun July 1: Winner D v Runner-up C, 7pm - ITV1 Mon July 2: Winner E v Runner-up F, 3pm - BBC One Mon July 2: Winner G v Runner-up H, 7pm - BBC One Tues July 3: Winner F v Runner-up E, 3pm - ITV1 Tues July 3: Winner H v Runner-up G, 7pm - BBC One Quarter-finals Fri July 6: Quarter-final one, 3pm - BBC One Fri July 6: Quarter-final two, 7pm - BBC One Saturday July 7: Quarter-final three, 3pm - ITV1 Saturday July 7: Quarter-final four, 7pm - ITV1 Semi-finals Tues July 10: Semi-final one, 7pm - ITV1 Weds July 11: Semi-final two, 7pm - BBC One Sat July 14:Third place play-off: Losers of two semi-finals, 3pm - ITV1 Final Sun July 15: World Cup final, 4pm ITV1 and BBC One
World Cup 2018 TV schedule: how to watch every match on ITV or BBC
Unlike England's record in big tournaments, you can almost always rely on the TV coverage to impress. And with ITV and BBC assembling a stellar line-up of pundits for the 2018 World Cup, this year looks no different. The two channels are once again sharing the rights to show the competition to UK audiences, with all 64 matches shown live. Former World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker is fronting the BBC's coverage of the event while Mark Pougatch is the face of ITV's offering. Regular BBC contributors Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are joined by fresh additions in Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta. Telegraph Sport columnists Alex Scott and Cesc Fabregas are also being employed as pundits. Rio Ferdinand is on the BBC's coverage Credit: Getty Images ITV also have a stellar line up including former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs. Here's a full rundown of which channel will be showing which match. Group Stages Wed June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Group B), 1pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A), 4pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Iran v Spain (Group B), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C), 1pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg, 4pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D),7pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E), 1pm - ITV1 Fri June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D), 4pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E), 7pm - BBC One Sat June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sat June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F), 4pm - ITV1 Sat June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F), 7pm - ITV1 Sun June 24: England v Panama (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) 4pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) 7pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A), 3pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A), 3pm - ITV4 Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 3pm - ITV1 Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C), 3pm - ITV4 Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D), 7pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F), 3pm - BBC One Wed June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F), 3pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E), 7pm - ITV1 Wed June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E), 7pm - ITV4 Thu June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H), 3pm - BBC One Thu June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H), 3pm - BBC Two Thu June 28: England v Belgium (Group G), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G), 7pm - ITV4 World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more Round of 16 Sat June 30: Winner C v Runner-up D, 3pm - ITV1 Sat June 30: Winner A v Runner-up B, 7pm - ITV1 Sun July 1: Winner B v Runner-up A, 3pm - BBC One Sun July 1: Winner D v Runner-up C, 7pm - ITV1 Mon July 2: Winner E v Runner-up F, 3pm - BBC One Mon July 2: Winner G v Runner-up H, 7pm - BBC One Tues July 3: Winner F v Runner-up E, 3pm - ITV1 Tues July 3: Winner H v Runner-up G, 7pm - BBC One Quarter-finals Fri July 6: Quarter-final one, 3pm - BBC One Fri July 6: Quarter-final two, 7pm - BBC One Saturday July 7: Quarter-final three, 3pm - ITV1 Saturday July 7: Quarter-final four, 7pm - ITV1 Semi-finals Tues July 10: Semi-final one, 7pm - ITV1 Weds July 11: Semi-final two, 7pm - BBC One Sat July 14:Third place play-off: Losers of two semi-finals, 3pm - ITV1 Final Sun July 15: World Cup final, 4pm ITV1 and BBC One
With an elbow on the desk and one hand propping up his chin, the Portugal manager Fernando Santos takes question after question about Cristiano Ronaldo with the resignation of a pub landlord waiting for the last boisterous clientele to drink up and clear off. Why, he must wonder, does no one ever ask how he masterminded a European championship-winning team built from one single superstar and 10 others you might struggle to name. Twenty minutes in at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday evening, ahead of Portugal’s second group game against Morocco, Santos was asked whether Ronaldo could break the 1958 record of 13 goals at a single tournament by Just Fontaine, the Morocco-born France international. The Portugal coach had run out of politeness. “Maybe. I don’t know. This is a World Cup, and these are all national teams. The important thing is to respect Morocco and all our opponents,” he said. The issue for those who would like a break from Ronaldo, even a 63-year-old coach whose team won a Euro 2016 final against France in Paris without their No 7 for 85 of the 120 minutes, is that the relentless CR7 is already leading the big names at Russia 2018. Lionel Messi? Missed a penalty. Neymar? Limping after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Eden Hazard? Failed to fill his boots against Panama. Thomas Muller? Anonymous against Mexico. Fontaine? Now 84 and unlikely to add to his international tally. Over the years, the cult of Ronaldo, the obsessive hunting of the Ballon D’Or, the dizzying number of goals, the unashamedly distraught reaction to not being passed the ball at every occasion, the constant shooting – has also become an unending conflict. Fernando Santos faced plenty of questions about you know who Credit: afp Every goal and its accompanying celebration now has to be a point proven against someone or something, whether those targets are interpreted as commercials featuring Messi and farmyard animals, or veiled messages to the Spanish tax authorities. When Patrice Evra tells the story of being invited to lunch at Ronaldo’s home during their time at Manchester United and being served a joyless plate of plain chicken and salad before his host insisted on a game of two-touch football, that too feeds into the legend of the perfectionist. The man who would forego a little sauce to bestride the football world and all its rewards, including lucrative endorsements with Egyptian steel companies and that Japanese invention that helps you develop a six-pack. The argument can get a little wearying at times, as if to concede any weakness or self-doubt would be to admit to a defeat in itself. You have to wonder how he will cope with the decline, whenever it does come – by current standards some time around his mid-forties. When Ronaldo came into the press room at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi last week, notably content and at peace after that dramatic hat-trick against Spain, it did occur whether this tournament might indeed be the peak in a colossal career of achievement. Zinedine Zidane turned 34 during the 2006 World Cup finals, when he was still arguably the tournament’s best player, and Ronaldo does not reach 34 until next February. Zinedine Zidane was 34 at the 2006 World Cup Credit: Getty images His performance against Spain was the textbook late-era Ronaldo, picking out the moments he could prevail and the individuals in the Spain team whose vulnerabilities he could exploit. He won the penalty from Nacho, a team-mate at Real Madrid he will know well and a downgrade on the first-choice right back Dani Carvajal. He may well have spotted something in David de Gea that tempted him into the shot for the second that the goalkeeper let in – not that it takes much for Ronaldo to shoot. It was Ronaldo who won the foul for the free-kick from which he struck a glorious third. An equally remarkable testament to all those years of dedication to plain chicken was one first-half sprint again from Portugal’s area to Spain’s to support a counter-attack. Fifa clocked his top speed at 33.98 km/h, and the footage of him rocketing past younger team-mates will resonate most among the World Cup’s competing players, who will have noted that example of his physicality. World Cup whatsapp promo It contributes to the general sense of awe around him from most of his peers, the glances his way in the tunnel, the surreptitious shirt exchange requests – all of which play into the influence he has on the game and the tournament. Santos did drop into the conversation that it was he who first decided that Ronaldo might be best moved back into a central position in his thirties, rather than anyone at Real Madrid. The Portugal manager concluded with some more praise for his captain and then the observation: “I have never seen one player win a game on his own.” Which strictly speaking is true, but then teams without players like Ronaldo also tend not to win tournaments. A World Cup winners’ medal would leave Ronaldo no heights left to scale and even with Portugal as the current European champions it feels improbable. Yet against Spain there was the unmistakable aura about him. The moments aside from his goals when he did that thing he often does when the action goes stagnant, dropping deep to take a few touches on the ball, just to remind his opponents who he is and what he is capable of doing. It is some power he wields, and more goals against Morocco today will only amplify it. 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Cristiano Ronaldo grabbing World Cup limelight at 33 while other superstars go missing
With an elbow on the desk and one hand propping up his chin, the Portugal manager Fernando Santos takes question after question about Cristiano Ronaldo with the resignation of a pub landlord waiting for the last boisterous clientele to drink up and clear off. Why, he must wonder, does no one ever ask how he masterminded a European championship-winning team built from one single superstar and 10 others you might struggle to name. Twenty minutes in at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday evening, ahead of Portugal’s second group game against Morocco, Santos was asked whether Ronaldo could break the 1958 record of 13 goals at a single tournament by Just Fontaine, the Morocco-born France international. The Portugal coach had run out of politeness. “Maybe. I don’t know. This is a World Cup, and these are all national teams. The important thing is to respect Morocco and all our opponents,” he said. The issue for those who would like a break from Ronaldo, even a 63-year-old coach whose team won a Euro 2016 final against France in Paris without their No 7 for 85 of the 120 minutes, is that the relentless CR7 is already leading the big names at Russia 2018. Lionel Messi? Missed a penalty. Neymar? Limping after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Eden Hazard? Failed to fill his boots against Panama. Thomas Muller? Anonymous against Mexico. Fontaine? Now 84 and unlikely to add to his international tally. Over the years, the cult of Ronaldo, the obsessive hunting of the Ballon D’Or, the dizzying number of goals, the unashamedly distraught reaction to not being passed the ball at every occasion, the constant shooting – has also become an unending conflict. Fernando Santos faced plenty of questions about you know who Credit: afp Every goal and its accompanying celebration now has to be a point proven against someone or something, whether those targets are interpreted as commercials featuring Messi and farmyard animals, or veiled messages to the Spanish tax authorities. When Patrice Evra tells the story of being invited to lunch at Ronaldo’s home during their time at Manchester United and being served a joyless plate of plain chicken and salad before his host insisted on a game of two-touch football, that too feeds into the legend of the perfectionist. The man who would forego a little sauce to bestride the football world and all its rewards, including lucrative endorsements with Egyptian steel companies and that Japanese invention that helps you develop a six-pack. The argument can get a little wearying at times, as if to concede any weakness or self-doubt would be to admit to a defeat in itself. You have to wonder how he will cope with the decline, whenever it does come – by current standards some time around his mid-forties. When Ronaldo came into the press room at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi last week, notably content and at peace after that dramatic hat-trick against Spain, it did occur whether this tournament might indeed be the peak in a colossal career of achievement. Zinedine Zidane turned 34 during the 2006 World Cup finals, when he was still arguably the tournament’s best player, and Ronaldo does not reach 34 until next February. Zinedine Zidane was 34 at the 2006 World Cup Credit: Getty images His performance against Spain was the textbook late-era Ronaldo, picking out the moments he could prevail and the individuals in the Spain team whose vulnerabilities he could exploit. He won the penalty from Nacho, a team-mate at Real Madrid he will know well and a downgrade on the first-choice right back Dani Carvajal. He may well have spotted something in David de Gea that tempted him into the shot for the second that the goalkeeper let in – not that it takes much for Ronaldo to shoot. It was Ronaldo who won the foul for the free-kick from which he struck a glorious third. An equally remarkable testament to all those years of dedication to plain chicken was one first-half sprint again from Portugal’s area to Spain’s to support a counter-attack. Fifa clocked his top speed at 33.98 km/h, and the footage of him rocketing past younger team-mates will resonate most among the World Cup’s competing players, who will have noted that example of his physicality. World Cup whatsapp promo It contributes to the general sense of awe around him from most of his peers, the glances his way in the tunnel, the surreptitious shirt exchange requests – all of which play into the influence he has on the game and the tournament. Santos did drop into the conversation that it was he who first decided that Ronaldo might be best moved back into a central position in his thirties, rather than anyone at Real Madrid. The Portugal manager concluded with some more praise for his captain and then the observation: “I have never seen one player win a game on his own.” Which strictly speaking is true, but then teams without players like Ronaldo also tend not to win tournaments. A World Cup winners’ medal would leave Ronaldo no heights left to scale and even with Portugal as the current European champions it feels improbable. Yet against Spain there was the unmistakable aura about him. The moments aside from his goals when he did that thing he often does when the action goes stagnant, dropping deep to take a few touches on the ball, just to remind his opponents who he is and what he is capable of doing. It is some power he wields, and more goals against Morocco today will only amplify it. 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With an elbow on the desk and one hand propping up his chin, the Portugal manager Fernando Santos takes question after question about Cristiano Ronaldo with the resignation of a pub landlord waiting for the last boisterous clientele to drink up and clear off. Why, he must wonder, does no one ever ask how he masterminded a European championship-winning team built from one single superstar and 10 others you might struggle to name. Twenty minutes in at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday evening, ahead of Portugal’s second group game against Morocco, Santos was asked whether Ronaldo could break the 1958 record of 13 goals at a single tournament by Just Fontaine, the Morocco-born France international. The Portugal coach had run out of politeness. “Maybe. I don’t know. This is a World Cup, and these are all national teams. The important thing is to respect Morocco and all our opponents,” he said. The issue for those who would like a break from Ronaldo, even a 63-year-old coach whose team won a Euro 2016 final against France in Paris without their No 7 for 85 of the 120 minutes, is that the relentless CR7 is already leading the big names at Russia 2018. Lionel Messi? Missed a penalty. Neymar? Limping after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Eden Hazard? Failed to fill his boots against Panama. Thomas Muller? Anonymous against Mexico. Fontaine? Now 84 and unlikely to add to his international tally. Over the years, the cult of Ronaldo, the obsessive hunting of the Ballon D’Or, the dizzying number of goals, the unashamedly distraught reaction to not being passed the ball at every occasion, the constant shooting – has also become an unending conflict. Fernando Santos faced plenty of questions about you know who Credit: afp Every goal and its accompanying celebration now has to be a point proven against someone or something, whether those targets are interpreted as commercials featuring Messi and farmyard animals, or veiled messages to the Spanish tax authorities. When Patrice Evra tells the story of being invited to lunch at Ronaldo’s home during their time at Manchester United and being served a joyless plate of plain chicken and salad before his host insisted on a game of two-touch football, that too feeds into the legend of the perfectionist. The man who would forego a little sauce to bestride the football world and all its rewards, including lucrative endorsements with Egyptian steel companies and that Japanese invention that helps you develop a six-pack. The argument can get a little wearying at times, as if to concede any weakness or self-doubt would be to admit to a defeat in itself. You have to wonder how he will cope with the decline, whenever it does come – by current standards some time around his mid-forties. When Ronaldo came into the press room at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi last week, notably content and at peace after that dramatic hat-trick against Spain, it did occur whether this tournament might indeed be the peak in a colossal career of achievement. Zinedine Zidane turned 34 during the 2006 World Cup finals, when he was still arguably the tournament’s best player, and Ronaldo does not reach 34 until next February. Zinedine Zidane was 34 at the 2006 World Cup Credit: Getty images His performance against Spain was the textbook late-era Ronaldo, picking out the moments he could prevail and the individuals in the Spain team whose vulnerabilities he could exploit. He won the penalty from Nacho, a team-mate at Real Madrid he will know well and a downgrade on the first-choice right back Dani Carvajal. He may well have spotted something in David de Gea that tempted him into the shot for the second that the goalkeeper let in – not that it takes much for Ronaldo to shoot. It was Ronaldo who won the foul for the free-kick from which he struck a glorious third. An equally remarkable testament to all those years of dedication to plain chicken was one first-half sprint again from Portugal’s area to Spain’s to support a counter-attack. Fifa clocked his top speed at 33.98 km/h, and the footage of him rocketing past younger team-mates will resonate most among the World Cup’s competing players, who will have noted that example of his physicality. World Cup whatsapp promo It contributes to the general sense of awe around him from most of his peers, the glances his way in the tunnel, the surreptitious shirt exchange requests – all of which play into the influence he has on the game and the tournament. Santos did drop into the conversation that it was he who first decided that Ronaldo might be best moved back into a central position in his thirties, rather than anyone at Real Madrid. The Portugal manager concluded with some more praise for his captain and then the observation: “I have never seen one player win a game on his own.” Which strictly speaking is true, but then teams without players like Ronaldo also tend not to win tournaments. A World Cup winners’ medal would leave Ronaldo no heights left to scale and even with Portugal as the current European champions it feels improbable. Yet against Spain there was the unmistakable aura about him. The moments aside from his goals when he did that thing he often does when the action goes stagnant, dropping deep to take a few touches on the ball, just to remind his opponents who he is and what he is capable of doing. It is some power he wields, and more goals against Morocco today will only amplify it. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Cristiano Ronaldo grabbing World Cup limelight at 33 while other superstars go missing
With an elbow on the desk and one hand propping up his chin, the Portugal manager Fernando Santos takes question after question about Cristiano Ronaldo with the resignation of a pub landlord waiting for the last boisterous clientele to drink up and clear off. Why, he must wonder, does no one ever ask how he masterminded a European championship-winning team built from one single superstar and 10 others you might struggle to name. Twenty minutes in at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday evening, ahead of Portugal’s second group game against Morocco, Santos was asked whether Ronaldo could break the 1958 record of 13 goals at a single tournament by Just Fontaine, the Morocco-born France international. The Portugal coach had run out of politeness. “Maybe. I don’t know. This is a World Cup, and these are all national teams. The important thing is to respect Morocco and all our opponents,” he said. The issue for those who would like a break from Ronaldo, even a 63-year-old coach whose team won a Euro 2016 final against France in Paris without their No 7 for 85 of the 120 minutes, is that the relentless CR7 is already leading the big names at Russia 2018. Lionel Messi? Missed a penalty. Neymar? Limping after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Eden Hazard? Failed to fill his boots against Panama. Thomas Muller? Anonymous against Mexico. Fontaine? Now 84 and unlikely to add to his international tally. Over the years, the cult of Ronaldo, the obsessive hunting of the Ballon D’Or, the dizzying number of goals, the unashamedly distraught reaction to not being passed the ball at every occasion, the constant shooting – has also become an unending conflict. Fernando Santos faced plenty of questions about you know who Credit: afp Every goal and its accompanying celebration now has to be a point proven against someone or something, whether those targets are interpreted as commercials featuring Messi and farmyard animals, or veiled messages to the Spanish tax authorities. When Patrice Evra tells the story of being invited to lunch at Ronaldo’s home during their time at Manchester United and being served a joyless plate of plain chicken and salad before his host insisted on a game of two-touch football, that too feeds into the legend of the perfectionist. The man who would forego a little sauce to bestride the football world and all its rewards, including lucrative endorsements with Egyptian steel companies and that Japanese invention that helps you develop a six-pack. The argument can get a little wearying at times, as if to concede any weakness or self-doubt would be to admit to a defeat in itself. You have to wonder how he will cope with the decline, whenever it does come – by current standards some time around his mid-forties. When Ronaldo came into the press room at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi last week, notably content and at peace after that dramatic hat-trick against Spain, it did occur whether this tournament might indeed be the peak in a colossal career of achievement. Zinedine Zidane turned 34 during the 2006 World Cup finals, when he was still arguably the tournament’s best player, and Ronaldo does not reach 34 until next February. Zinedine Zidane was 34 at the 2006 World Cup Credit: Getty images His performance against Spain was the textbook late-era Ronaldo, picking out the moments he could prevail and the individuals in the Spain team whose vulnerabilities he could exploit. He won the penalty from Nacho, a team-mate at Real Madrid he will know well and a downgrade on the first-choice right back Dani Carvajal. He may well have spotted something in David de Gea that tempted him into the shot for the second that the goalkeeper let in – not that it takes much for Ronaldo to shoot. It was Ronaldo who won the foul for the free-kick from which he struck a glorious third. An equally remarkable testament to all those years of dedication to plain chicken was one first-half sprint again from Portugal’s area to Spain’s to support a counter-attack. Fifa clocked his top speed at 33.98 km/h, and the footage of him rocketing past younger team-mates will resonate most among the World Cup’s competing players, who will have noted that example of his physicality. World Cup whatsapp promo It contributes to the general sense of awe around him from most of his peers, the glances his way in the tunnel, the surreptitious shirt exchange requests – all of which play into the influence he has on the game and the tournament. Santos did drop into the conversation that it was he who first decided that Ronaldo might be best moved back into a central position in his thirties, rather than anyone at Real Madrid. The Portugal manager concluded with some more praise for his captain and then the observation: “I have never seen one player win a game on his own.” Which strictly speaking is true, but then teams without players like Ronaldo also tend not to win tournaments. A World Cup winners’ medal would leave Ronaldo no heights left to scale and even with Portugal as the current European champions it feels improbable. Yet against Spain there was the unmistakable aura about him. The moments aside from his goals when he did that thing he often does when the action goes stagnant, dropping deep to take a few touches on the ball, just to remind his opponents who he is and what he is capable of doing. It is some power he wields, and more goals against Morocco today will only amplify it. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
With an elbow on the desk and one hand propping up his chin, the Portugal manager Fernando Santos takes question after question about Cristiano Ronaldo with the resignation of a pub landlord waiting for the last boisterous clientele to drink up and clear off. Why, he must wonder, does no one ever ask how he masterminded a European championship-winning team built from one single superstar and 10 others you might struggle to name. Twenty minutes in at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday evening, ahead of Portugal’s second group game against Morocco, Santos was asked whether Ronaldo could break the 1958 record of 13 goals at a single tournament by Just Fontaine, the Morocco-born France international. The Portugal coach had run out of politeness. “Maybe. I don’t know. This is a World Cup, and these are all national teams. The important thing is to respect Morocco and all our opponents,” he said. The issue for those who would like a break from Ronaldo, even a 63-year-old coach whose team won a Euro 2016 final against France in Paris without their No 7 for 85 of the 120 minutes, is that the relentless CR7 is already leading the big names at Russia 2018. Lionel Messi? Missed a penalty. Neymar? Limping after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Eden Hazard? Failed to fill his boots against Panama. Thomas Muller? Anonymous against Mexico. Fontaine? Now 84 and unlikely to add to his international tally. Over the years, the cult of Ronaldo, the obsessive hunting of the Ballon D’Or, the dizzying number of goals, the unashamedly distraught reaction to not being passed the ball at every occasion, the constant shooting – has also become an unending conflict. Fernando Santos faced plenty of questions about you know who Credit: afp Every goal and its accompanying celebration now has to be a point proven against someone or something, whether those targets are interpreted as commercials featuring Messi and farmyard animals, or veiled messages to the Spanish tax authorities. When Patrice Evra tells the story of being invited to lunch at Ronaldo’s home during their time at Manchester United and being served a joyless plate of plain chicken and salad before his host insisted on a game of two-touch football, that too feeds into the legend of the perfectionist. The man who would forego a little sauce to bestride the football world and all its rewards, including lucrative endorsements with Egyptian steel companies and that Japanese invention that helps you develop a six-pack. The argument can get a little wearying at times, as if to concede any weakness or self-doubt would be to admit to a defeat in itself. You have to wonder how he will cope with the decline, whenever it does come – by current standards some time around his mid-forties. When Ronaldo came into the press room at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi last week, notably content and at peace after that dramatic hat-trick against Spain, it did occur whether this tournament might indeed be the peak in a colossal career of achievement. Zinedine Zidane turned 34 during the 2006 World Cup finals, when he was still arguably the tournament’s best player, and Ronaldo does not reach 34 until next February. Zinedine Zidane was 34 at the 2006 World Cup Credit: Getty images His performance against Spain was the textbook late-era Ronaldo, picking out the moments he could prevail and the individuals in the Spain team whose vulnerabilities he could exploit. He won the penalty from Nacho, a team-mate at Real Madrid he will know well and a downgrade on the first-choice right back Dani Carvajal. He may well have spotted something in David de Gea that tempted him into the shot for the second that the goalkeeper let in – not that it takes much for Ronaldo to shoot. It was Ronaldo who won the foul for the free-kick from which he struck a glorious third. An equally remarkable testament to all those years of dedication to plain chicken was one first-half sprint again from Portugal’s area to Spain’s to support a counter-attack. Fifa clocked his top speed at 33.98 km/h, and the footage of him rocketing past younger team-mates will resonate most among the World Cup’s competing players, who will have noted that example of his physicality. World Cup whatsapp promo It contributes to the general sense of awe around him from most of his peers, the glances his way in the tunnel, the surreptitious shirt exchange requests – all of which play into the influence he has on the game and the tournament. Santos did drop into the conversation that it was he who first decided that Ronaldo might be best moved back into a central position in his thirties, rather than anyone at Real Madrid. The Portugal manager concluded with some more praise for his captain and then the observation: “I have never seen one player win a game on his own.” Which strictly speaking is true, but then teams without players like Ronaldo also tend not to win tournaments. A World Cup winners’ medal would leave Ronaldo no heights left to scale and even with Portugal as the current European champions it feels improbable. Yet against Spain there was the unmistakable aura about him. The moments aside from his goals when he did that thing he often does when the action goes stagnant, dropping deep to take a few touches on the ball, just to remind his opponents who he is and what he is capable of doing. It is some power he wields, and more goals against Morocco today will only amplify it. 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Cristiano Ronaldo grabbing World Cup limelight at 33 while other superstars go missing
With an elbow on the desk and one hand propping up his chin, the Portugal manager Fernando Santos takes question after question about Cristiano Ronaldo with the resignation of a pub landlord waiting for the last boisterous clientele to drink up and clear off. Why, he must wonder, does no one ever ask how he masterminded a European championship-winning team built from one single superstar and 10 others you might struggle to name. Twenty minutes in at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday evening, ahead of Portugal’s second group game against Morocco, Santos was asked whether Ronaldo could break the 1958 record of 13 goals at a single tournament by Just Fontaine, the Morocco-born France international. The Portugal coach had run out of politeness. “Maybe. I don’t know. This is a World Cup, and these are all national teams. The important thing is to respect Morocco and all our opponents,” he said. The issue for those who would like a break from Ronaldo, even a 63-year-old coach whose team won a Euro 2016 final against France in Paris without their No 7 for 85 of the 120 minutes, is that the relentless CR7 is already leading the big names at Russia 2018. Lionel Messi? Missed a penalty. Neymar? Limping after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Eden Hazard? Failed to fill his boots against Panama. Thomas Muller? Anonymous against Mexico. Fontaine? Now 84 and unlikely to add to his international tally. Over the years, the cult of Ronaldo, the obsessive hunting of the Ballon D’Or, the dizzying number of goals, the unashamedly distraught reaction to not being passed the ball at every occasion, the constant shooting – has also become an unending conflict. Fernando Santos faced plenty of questions about you know who Credit: afp Every goal and its accompanying celebration now has to be a point proven against someone or something, whether those targets are interpreted as commercials featuring Messi and farmyard animals, or veiled messages to the Spanish tax authorities. When Patrice Evra tells the story of being invited to lunch at Ronaldo’s home during their time at Manchester United and being served a joyless plate of plain chicken and salad before his host insisted on a game of two-touch football, that too feeds into the legend of the perfectionist. The man who would forego a little sauce to bestride the football world and all its rewards, including lucrative endorsements with Egyptian steel companies and that Japanese invention that helps you develop a six-pack. The argument can get a little wearying at times, as if to concede any weakness or self-doubt would be to admit to a defeat in itself. You have to wonder how he will cope with the decline, whenever it does come – by current standards some time around his mid-forties. When Ronaldo came into the press room at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi last week, notably content and at peace after that dramatic hat-trick against Spain, it did occur whether this tournament might indeed be the peak in a colossal career of achievement. Zinedine Zidane turned 34 during the 2006 World Cup finals, when he was still arguably the tournament’s best player, and Ronaldo does not reach 34 until next February. Zinedine Zidane was 34 at the 2006 World Cup Credit: Getty images His performance against Spain was the textbook late-era Ronaldo, picking out the moments he could prevail and the individuals in the Spain team whose vulnerabilities he could exploit. He won the penalty from Nacho, a team-mate at Real Madrid he will know well and a downgrade on the first-choice right back Dani Carvajal. He may well have spotted something in David de Gea that tempted him into the shot for the second that the goalkeeper let in – not that it takes much for Ronaldo to shoot. It was Ronaldo who won the foul for the free-kick from which he struck a glorious third. An equally remarkable testament to all those years of dedication to plain chicken was one first-half sprint again from Portugal’s area to Spain’s to support a counter-attack. Fifa clocked his top speed at 33.98 km/h, and the footage of him rocketing past younger team-mates will resonate most among the World Cup’s competing players, who will have noted that example of his physicality. World Cup whatsapp promo It contributes to the general sense of awe around him from most of his peers, the glances his way in the tunnel, the surreptitious shirt exchange requests – all of which play into the influence he has on the game and the tournament. Santos did drop into the conversation that it was he who first decided that Ronaldo might be best moved back into a central position in his thirties, rather than anyone at Real Madrid. The Portugal manager concluded with some more praise for his captain and then the observation: “I have never seen one player win a game on his own.” Which strictly speaking is true, but then teams without players like Ronaldo also tend not to win tournaments. A World Cup winners’ medal would leave Ronaldo no heights left to scale and even with Portugal as the current European champions it feels improbable. Yet against Spain there was the unmistakable aura about him. The moments aside from his goals when he did that thing he often does when the action goes stagnant, dropping deep to take a few touches on the ball, just to remind his opponents who he is and what he is capable of doing. It is some power he wields, and more goals against Morocco today will only amplify it. 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The 2018 Fifa World Cup includes eight groups of four teams in its first stage – but who is in best shape to progress to the round of 16? Here are the group tables and latest standings. Last December's draw in Moscow saw England placed in Group E with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. The top two in the group will qualify for the knockout stages. You can find details about each team, the World Cup group they are in and our prediction on who makes it through right here. World Cup Draw Live Widget 2018 Group A - Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Russia 3 Egypt 1 Our group prediction: Uruguay and Egypt to go through Group B - Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Morocco 0 Iran 1 Portugal 3 Spain 3 Our group prediction: Portugal and Spain to go through Group C - France, Australia, Peru, Denmark France 2 Australia 1 Peru 0 Denmark 1 Our prediction: France and Denmark to go through Group D - Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Croatia 2 Nigeria 0 Our prediction: Argentina and Croatia to go through Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Our prediction: Brazil and Switzerland to go through Group F - Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Germany 0 Mexico 1 Sweden 1 South Korea Our prediction: Germany and Mexico to go through Group G - Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England Belgium 3 Panama 0 Tunisia 1 England 2 Our prediction - Belgium and England to go through Group H - Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan Colombia 1 Japan 2 Poland 1 Senegal 2 Our prediction: Poland and Colombia to go through Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018 groups: Latest standings and tables
The 2018 Fifa World Cup includes eight groups of four teams in its first stage – but who is in best shape to progress to the round of 16? Here are the group tables and latest standings. Last December's draw in Moscow saw England placed in Group E with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. The top two in the group will qualify for the knockout stages. You can find details about each team, the World Cup group they are in and our prediction on who makes it through right here. World Cup Draw Live Widget 2018 Group A - Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0 Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 Russia 3 Egypt 1 Our group prediction: Uruguay and Egypt to go through Group B - Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Morocco 0 Iran 1 Portugal 3 Spain 3 Our group prediction: Portugal and Spain to go through Group C - France, Australia, Peru, Denmark France 2 Australia 1 Peru 0 Denmark 1 Our prediction: France and Denmark to go through Group D - Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Croatia 2 Nigeria 0 Our prediction: Argentina and Croatia to go through Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Our prediction: Brazil and Switzerland to go through Group F - Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Germany 0 Mexico 1 Sweden 1 South Korea Our prediction: Germany and Mexico to go through Group G - Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England Belgium 3 Panama 0 Tunisia 1 England 2 Our prediction - Belgium and England to go through Group H - Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan Colombia 1 Japan 2 Poland 1 Senegal 2 Our prediction: Poland and Colombia to go through Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis leaps out but cannot reach over the fence to catch a fly ball that went into the stands hit by Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis leaps out but cannot reach over the fence to catch a fly ball that went into the stands hit by Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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