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Cristiano Ronaldo and a final quest for invincibility

The planet’s most famous athlete has been on fire, in what could possibly be his World Cup swansong. Now can he lift Portugal to the ultimate prize in football?

World Cup: Ronaldo earns Portugal 1-0 win as Morocco's hopes end

Cristiano Ronaldo powered-home a fourth-minute header to give Portugal a 1-0 World Cup victory over Morocco that took them top of Group B on Wednesday (Jun 20) and meant the unlucky North African side become the first to be eliminated from…

World Cup shock and awe: Russia aren't that bad

The host nation defied critics and confounded expectations by easing past Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday (Jun 19), all but assuring their place in the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time since the Soviet era.

Africa showing few signs of making World Cup breakthrough

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia: Africa's much-awaited and coveted tilt at World Cup glory looks as far off as ever after a dismal round of opening fixtures for the continent's teams at the tournament in Russia.

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Denmark more of a team than France, says Australia coach

SAMARA, Russia: France may have a glittering array of individual talent but Denmark are more of team, according to Australia coach Bert van Marwijk whose side take on the Danes in their second World Cup Group C match on Thursday.

Halep withdraws from Eastbourne to rest ahead of Wimbledon

World number one Simona Halep has pulled out of next week's Nature Valley International in Eastbourne as she looks to regain full fitness ahead of Wimbledon.


VAR, free-kick crackers make it 'set-piece World Cup'

VAR and a trio of spectacular free kicks have led to a spike in the number of goals from set plays in Russia, with some already calling it "the World Cup of set pieces".


Tunisia goalkeeper Hassen out of World Cup

MOSCOW: Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen's World Cup is over after just 16 minutes of action due to an injured shoulder suffered in Monday's 2-1 loss to England, team officials said.


Japan's World Cup win over Colombia lifts mood after quake

TOKYO: Japan on Wednesday (Jun 20) basked in the glow of its national football team's historic win over Colombia in the World Cup, a victory that has lifted the nation's mood after an earthquake struck its second-biggest metropolis Osaka.


World Cup: Rashford should replace Sterling for Panama game, says Carragher

London: Former England defender Jamie Carragher believes Marcus Rashford should replace fellow forward Raheem Sterling for the World Cup fixture against Panama on Sunday, explaining that the Manchester United player is better suited to the…

World Cup: England midfielder Alli nursing thigh strain

REPINO, Russia: England midfielder Dele Alli suffered a slight thigh strain in their opening 2-1 Group G win over Tunisia and the injury will have to be managed over the coming days, the FA said on Twitter.

Extra time in Russia: This Bud's not for you

The first round of the World Cup wraps up with both the expected and unexpected for Channel NewsAsia’s man on the ground.


World Cup: In-form Ronaldo looms for Morocco, Spain face Iran

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia: Cristiano Ronaldo will hone in on Morocco on Wednesday (Jun 20) after his stunning hat-trick in Portugal's World Cup opener, while 2010 winners Spain play Iran in Group B.


World Cup delivers mixed signals on LGBT situation in Russia

At this year’s World Cup, Russian officials have allowed the rainbow flag - a symbol of gay rights - to be displayed at venues.


World Cup: 5 talking points as rampant Russia silence Salah and company

They weren't supposed to be this good. The lowest-ranked side in this year’s competition, not many gave Russia a chance of progressing past the group stages. And yet they are on the verge of marching on, with an impressive 5-0 thrashing of…


Cricket: Record-breaking England rout Australia to seal ODI series win

NOTTINGHAM: England posted the highest total ever scored in a men's one-day international of 481 for six as they thrashed Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday (Jun 19) to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in a five-match series.

Arsenal's Wilshere to leave, German keeper Leno joins

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said on Tuesday that he was leaving the Premier league club, which earlier announced that Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno was joining.

World Cup: Russia sour Salah's return to close in on last 16

SAINT PETERSBURG: The return of Mohamed Salah from injury couldn't prevent World Cup hosts Russia virtually sealing their place in the last 16 by beating Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday (Jun 19).

World Cup: Japan's Princess Takamado makes surprise Russia visit

MOSCOW: Princess Takamado of Japan on Tuesday (Jun 19) watched her country play Colombia in the World Cup in the small Russian city of Saransk, becoming the first member of Japan's royal family to visit the country since 1916, Russian…


World Cup: Senegal beat Poland 2-1 in group game

MOSCOW: Senegal coach Aliou Cisse warned World Cup rivals that the West Africans had added tactical expertise to their enormous talent on Tuesday (Jun 19) after they opened their campaign with a convincing 2-1 win over Poland.

Tuesday, Jun 19

World Cup: Japan beat 10-man Colombia to create history

SARANSK, Russia: Japan became the first Asian team to conquer a South American side at the World Cup on Tuesday (Jun 19), beating 10-man Colombia 2-1 to exact sweet revenge for a painful defeat at Brazil in 2014.

World Cup big guns fail to fire as lesser lights shine

Traditionally the stage on which the biggest teams parade their talents, this year's World Cup has seen the Goliaths of international football stumble when faced with industrious opponents of a lesser stature.

Spain face World Cup date with destiny against Iran

Spanish playmaker Isco say Wednesday's match against Iran will determine their World Cup destiny as they seek to register their first win in Russia following a gripping 3-3 draw against Portugal.

Extra Time in Russia: From VAR controversies to rowdy visitors, hosts grapple with new normal

MOSCOW: This past week since the World Cup kicked off must have come as a real shock to the system for the everyday people of hosts Russia. For football fans, the most obvious change to their viewing experience has been the debut of the…

Monday, Jun 18

World Cup: VAR penalty hands Sweden narrow win over South Korea

NIZHNIY NOVGOROD: Sweden coach Janne Andersson said his side's decisive penalty in their opening match against South Korea on Monday (Jun 18) was so obvious there was no need for the use of VAR.

Football: Singapore U-23 side vow to go all out to prove their worth against Myanmar

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Under-23 national team are raring to prove themselves worthy of a place in the Asian Games, even if a victory over Myanmar on Wednesday (Jun 20) could eventually prove futile.

'Dream come true' for China football fans flocking to World Cup in Russia

More than 40,000 match tickets have been allocated to Chinese fans, on top of the country’s biggest brands hopping on board to sponsor this year’s football showpiece event.

England seek World Cup exorcism as Belgium look to justify hype

VOLOGRAD, Russia: England open their World Cup campaign on Monday (Jun 18) with manager Gareth Southgate seeking to banish memories of dismal recent finals performances while Belgium's "Golden Generation" kick off as dark horse challengers.

Sunday, Jun 17

World Cup: Brazil held 1-1 by Switzerland

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia: Brazil's bid for a sixth World Cup got off to a slow start as Switzerland withstood an early onslaught to snatch a 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday (Jun 17).

World Cup: Holders Germany slide to Mexico defeat

MOSCOW: Defending champions Germany crashed to the first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982 as Hirving Lozano's clinical finish earned Mexico a shock 1-0 victory on Sunday (Jun 17).

World Cup: Kolarov's stunner hands Serbia victory over Costa Rica

SAMARA, Russia: Aleksandar Kolarov said Serbia "won't be doing the maths yet" after his brilliant second-half free-kick grabbed a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica, with the Balkan side drawing first blood in their World Cup group in Samara on…

Germany and Brazil roll into the World Cup

Brazil star Neymar will make his World Cup bow on Sunday as the five-time champions kick off quest for redemption while holders Germany launch their bid for back-to-back titles.

Saturday, Jun 16

Messi misses penalty as Iceland hold Argentina to 1-1 draw

MOSCOW: Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli refused to blame Lionel Messi for a "frustrating" draw with World Cup debutants Iceland on Saturday (Jun 16) after he missed a penalty, backing his star man to deliver.

‘They make us proud’: Iceland bask in World Cup debut after holding mighty Messi’s Argentina

Not even the presence of one Lionel Messi, the world’s best player five times over, could alter what purring Icelandic fans described post-match as “a victory for us”.

Iceland's hero keeper did homework to psych out Messi

Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson revealed Saturday how he worked on psyching out Argentine superstar Lionel Messi to make a penalty save that sealed a 1-1 draw with the footballing superpower.

Griezmann hits historic VAR penalty as France squeeze past Australia

KAZAN, Russia: Antoine Griezmann scored from the first VAR-assisted penalty awarded in the history of the World Cup as title hopefuls France battled to a 2-1 win over gutsy Australia in Kazan on Saturday.

Friday, Jun 15

World Cup: Iran grab late victory against Morocco

SAINT PETERSBURG: Iran's players stormed the pitch at full-time as if they had won the World Cup rather than just their opening match after an own goal from Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz gifted them a dramatic 1-0 victory on Friday (Jun 15).

World Cup: Uruguay beat Egypt 1-0 with late Gimenez header

YEKATERINBURG, Russia: Uruguay's Jose Gimenez cannoned in an 89th minute header to deal Egypt a 1-0 defeat in their World Cup opener on Friday, just as the North Africans appeared to have escaped with a point despite missing key striker…

Shellshocked Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat

MOSCOW: Shell-shocked Spain face Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Friday (Jun 15) in a mouthwatering clash following the extraordinary sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui as Egypt's Mohamed Salah is set for a dramatic return from injury…

Extra Time in Russia: Dream comes true for hosts, in winning start to World Cup

With all eyes on them, the Russians have managed to score a triumphant performance both on and off the pitch, says an impressed Justin Ong from Channel NewsAsia.