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World Cup 2018 day six: Tunisia-England reaction, Russia back in action – live!

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England fans enjoy stay in Volgograd with no repeat of Marseille violence

England supporters spent the early hours of Tuesday morning drinking in the bars of Volgograd, as the team’s first game at the tournament went off without trouble, despite fears before the tournament.

Thomas Lemar agrees to join Atlético Madrid as Griezmann extends contract

Thomas Lemar has agreed to join Atlético Madrid from Monaco, with the winger signing his contract at France’s World Cup base in Russia.

England leave it late, Belgium move through the gears – World Cup Football Daily

Max discusses day five with Barry Glendenning and Mark Langdon, including England’s last-gasp win, Belgium’s pasting of Panama, the Trans-Siberian Railway and what a Polish defender’s name means in Irish

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Kane double ensures England defeat Tunisia in World Cup opener

The clock had ticked past 90 minutes. Harry Kane was there and, in that position, Gareth Southgate could not have wished for any other player to be primed inside the penalty area. An old English routine: the corner, the flick-on, the back…


Harry Kane keeps his head and England find a ray of sunshine | Barney Ronay

England’s talismanic captain scores at both ends of the pitch, at both ends of the game and from about three yards each time


World Cup 2018: Tunisia 1-2 England – as it happened

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Harry Kane’s double secured a last-gasp win as England got their World Cup campaign off to a flyer in Group G


Players do battle with mosquitoes and midges at World Cup ground

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Swarms of mosquitoes and midges bothered England players during their World Cup tie in Volgograd on Monday evening.

Belgium 3-0 Panama: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

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After a worryingly sluggish start, Belgium saw off Panama in this Group G opener courtesy of three second-half goals


Romelu Lukaku double ensures Belgium stroll to win against Panama

In the end, the gap was too great and reality got in the way. It was always likely to. Panama’s manager, Hernán Darío Gómez warned that there would be four possible outcomes in every game when they finally reached the World Cup for the…


Senegal and Aliou Cissé quietly confident of recreating spirit of 2002 | Ed Aarons

At the 2002 World Cup Senegal beat the holders, France, in the opening match before reaching the quarter-finals. Their captain then coaches the current side

Joachim Löw faces biggest test but is unlikely to tinker with tactics | Thomas Hitzlsperger

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Germany are in a tight spot as they prepare to face Sweden in the World Cup on Saturday and their manager can be expected to change personnel rather than strategy


Sweden 1-0 South Korea: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

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Andreas Granqvist’s VAR-assisted penalty gave Sweden a deserved win in a largely forgettable game

Andreas Granqvist gives Sweden victory over South Korea after VAR intervention

There is a feeling with VAR that all it is doing is replacing one sort of controversy with another. In days gone by, Swedish fans would have railed against the non-award of a penalty for Kim Min-woo’s lunge on Viktor Claesson and the rest…

Argentina draw becomes most-watched Iceland sporting TV event in history

Smallest country to feature in World Cup made huge domestic TV debut, with 99.6% of everybody watching TV tuning in


Marta: ‘It has been a long journey but I expected much more from Brazil’

In her first World Cup column for the Guardian, Marta discusses the fallout from Brazil’s opening match – and notes that other favourites have struggled too


Kalinic to be sent home, England and more: World Cup day five – as it happened

Croatia are set to send home their Milan forward, England’s kick-off approaches and more from day five in Russia


Switzerland’s Stephan Lichtsteiner unhappy with Neymar and referee

It was always likely to be a pivotal duel. Stephan Lichtsteiner against Neymar. The Switzerland captain and right-back versus Brazil’s quicksilver threat off the left. Beforehand, Lichtsteiner had described it as “practically impossible to…

'Wake up!' – Germany's papers react to World Cup defeat by Mexico

Media commentators draw parallels with Angela Merkel’s struggle to keep the coalition government together


My grandad was captured by Russians in the second world war and kept alive

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I may be in Volgograd to cover the football but family history gives me pause for thought

Monday, Jun 18

Switzerland’s Zuber heads controversial equaliser to deny Brazil victory

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This was not how Brazil had scripted it. The five-times world champions were in control thanks to a Philippe Coutinho screamer and the first step of the mission to avenge the trauma from the previous finals looked set to be sure-footed.

Sunday, Jun 17

Mexico play for the love of winning to seal one of their greatest victories

Juan Carlos Osorio has been pilloried in the Mexican media for his constant tinkering but he masterminded a huge shock over world champions Germany

World Cup 2018: Brazil 1-1 Switzerland – as it happened

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Brazil failed to win their opening World Cup match for the first time in 40 years, with Steven Zuber’s controversial header cancelling out Philippe Coutinho’s gorgeous goal

Germany 0-1 Mexico: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

Mexico stunned the holders, handing Germany their first defeat in an opening game for the first time since 1982 thanks to a goal from Hirving Lozano

World Cup 2018 day four: latest news and previews – as it happened

How Brazil went from 7-1 humbling to World Cup favourites; Costa Rica v Serbia – live with Daniel Harris

Saturday, Jun 16

World Cup 2018: Peru 0-1 Denmark – as it happened

Yussuf Poulsen scored the winner as Denmark took all three points against luckless, valiant but ultimately profligate Peru

Argentina 1-1 Iceland: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as the Iceland fairytale continued with a draw against Argentina on their World Cup debut

Portugal 3-3 Spain: World Cup – as it happened

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a mighty hat-trick to earn Portugal a draw in a classic match against a very impressive Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo steals the spotlight despite Diego Costa’s best efforts | Paul MacInnes

Portugal captain’s hat-trick could jump-start the World Cup on its own but it was one of many subplots in the 3-3 draw with Spain

Friday, Jun 15

Cristiano Ronaldo hits hat-trick as Portugal deny Spain in six-goal thriller

After all the fall-out, the football: a classic clash, Portugal’s manager Fernando Santos had called it the day before and it turned out he was not far off. Twice Portugal led, twice Spain equalised and then took a lead that felt like a…

World Cup 2018: Morocco 0-1 Iran – as it happened

An own goal deep in added time gifted all three points to Iran in St Petersburg

Egypt 0-1 Uruguay: World Cup 2018 – as it happened

Egypt held out until the 90th minute when José María Giménez powered the winner for Uruguay

Rashford returns to England training: World Cup day two – as it happened

Marcus Rashford returned to England training on Friday morning on a busy day two, with press calls for Belgium and Iceland before three matches

Thursday, Jun 14

Pomp, absurdity and goals galore get Russia’s show off to a delirious start

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Opening night in Moscow had grandeur and hugeness, plus a home team so urgent and creative it was tempting to wonder if a Russia+1 filter had been placed over the pitch

World Cup 2018: Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia – as it happened

Denis Cheryshev came off the bench to score twice as hosts Russia swatted Saudi Arabia aside in the opening match of World Cup 2018

Opening ceremony: Robbie Williams sings at 2018 World Cup – as it happened

Thousands of delirious Russians let Robbie Williams entertain them as the World Cup got off to a lavishly costumed start

Morocco’s Hervé Renard: a maestro in Africa who cut his teeth at Cambridge | Michael Butler


The Morocco manager’s stint in League Two with Cambridge ended in failure but those who played under him there speak highly of a man ahead of his time