SOCCER Headlines

  • Croatia in dreamland as Messi's Argentina suffer nightmare

    NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Croatia were in dreamland on Thursday after advancing to the knockout phase of the World Cup for the first time in 20 years with a 3-0 rout of Argentina that left a subdued Lionel Messi and his team mates facing yet another flop.

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  • Soccer: Classy Croatia rout Argentina to reach second round

    NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Croatia marched into the World Cup knockout stage by handing Argentina a 3-0 drubbing with goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in their Group D match on Thursday to leave the hopes of the twice world champions hanging by a thread.

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  • Injured Danilo out of Brazil's game with Costa Rica

    SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Brazil defender Danilo has been ruled out of Friday's Group E game with Costa Rica with a thigh problem and will be replaced by Corinthians right back Fagner, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday.

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  • Soccer: Croatia crush Argentina 3-0 to reach knockout stage

    NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Classy Croatia handed Argentina a 3-0 drubbing to claim a place in the World Cup knockout stage thanks to goals by Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in their Group D match on Thursday.

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  • World Cup matches screened for Moscow commuters in metro carriages

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Some Muscovites have found their daily commute on one of the busiest underground systems in the world flying past after city authorities began screening live broadcasts of the soccer World Cup in metro carriages.

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  • Croatia crushes Argentina 3-0 to reach knockout stage

    NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Classy Croatia handed Argentina a 3-0 drubbing to claim a place in the World Cup knockout stage thanks to goals by Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in their Group D match on Thursday.

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  • Russia World Cup coach wins graffiti honor

    ST. PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Stanislav Cherchesov is getting the big graffiti treatment in Russia after coaching the home team to the second round of the World Cup for the first time in 32 years.

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  • Soccer: Russia World Cup coach wins graffiti honour

    ST. PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Stanislav Cherchesov is getting the big graffiti treatment in Russia after coaching the home team to the second round of the World Cup for the first time in 32 years.

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  • Soccer: France yet to shine but Kante's steel bodes well

    YEKATERINBURG, France (Reuters) - While their attack has yet to sparkle, France have shown the grit and steel that could still take them to the deep end of the World Cup as they beat Peru 1-0 to reach the last 16 on Thursday.

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  • Argentina and Croatia drawing 0-0 at halftime

    NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Argentina were being held to a 0-0 draw by Croatia at halftime in their World Cup Group D match on Thursday in a scrappy game that saw chances wasted at both ends.

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  • Soccer: Match winner Mbappe draws praise from Deschamps

    (Reuters) - France coach Didier Deschamps hailed young striker Kylian Mbappe for his decisive contribution in the 1-0 victory over Peru in Yekaterinburg that enabled them to progress from Group C into the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday.

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  • Soccer: Argentina and Croatia drawing 0-0 at halftime

    NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Argentina were held to 0-0 draw by Croatia at halftime in their World Cup Group D match on Thursday in a scrappy game that saw chances wasted at both ends.

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  • Soccer: For Serbia 'hellish' Swiss win could avoid Brazil nightmare

    KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Serbia are prepared for a "hellish" game against Switzerland, said Nemanja Matic on Thursday -- but the midfield talisman knows it would be nothing compared to the World Cup nightmare that would await them should they lose the Group E clash.

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  • Soccer: Gareca puts brave face on Peru exit, expresses sadness for fans

    YEKATERINBURG, Russia - Peru coach Ricardo Gareca put a brave face on his team's premature World Cup exit, saying his side had left a positive image but that he was sorry for their huge army of travelling fans.

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  • Unconvincing France beat Peru 1-0 to book last-16 place

    YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - France beat Peru 1-0 with a goal from Kylian Mbappe on Thursday to book their place in the last 16 of the World Cup and crush the South Americans' hopes of progressing in their first appearance at the tournament for 36 years.

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  • Costa Rica coach may use two players to man mark Neymar

    ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez could task two of his players with man-marking Brazil playmaker Neymar when the teams clash in St Petersburg on Friday, but said his side would not try to foul the forward out of the game.

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  • Aguero leads the line again for Argentina v Croatia

    NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli stuck with Sergio Aguero over Gonzalo Higuain to lead the line again in their Group D match against Croatia on Thursday, but dropped winger Angel Di Maria among three changes to his starting eleven.

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  • 'More aggressive' Poland to make changes for Colombia

    SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Poland will make changes for their match against Colombia and start "more aggressively" in what will be a key match against opponents who also lost their opening contest, striker Dawid Kownacki said on Thursday.

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  • Soccer: 'More aggressive' Poland to make changes for Colombia

    SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Poland will make changes for their match against Colombia and start "more aggressively" in what will be a key match against opponents who also lost their opening contest, striker Dawid Kownacki said on Thursday.

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  • Russian amber sellers hope World Cup shines a light on 'Baltic gold'

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Soccer fans travelling to Kaliningrad, one of Russia's 11 World Cup host cities, could strike gold on its nearby Baltic Sea beach resorts.

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  • Mbappe puts France ahead to become youngest scorer for Les Bleus

    YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest scorer at a World Cup when he put Les Bleus 1-0 ahead at halftime against Peru in their second Group C game on Thursday.

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  • Soccer: Mbappe puts France ahead to become youngest scorer for Les Bleus

    YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest scorer at a World Cup when he put Les Bleus 1-0 ahead at halftime against Peru in their second Group C game on Thursday.

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  • Soccer: Neymar fitness not a concern for Brazil coach Tite

    ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Neymar needs at least five matches to return to top form after a long injury layoff, but Brazil have not asked their talismanic forward to gamble on his fitness just to be improve their chances at the World Cup, coach Tite said on Thursday.

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  • Neymar fitness not a concern for Brazil coach Tite

    ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Neymar needs at least five matches to return to top form after a long injury layoff, but Brazil have not asked their talismanic forward to gamble on his fitness just to be improve their chances at the World Cup, coach Tite said on Thursday.

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