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Griezmann Accused Of Diving For Free Kick Leading To First French Goal

The biggest game in international football already has a controversial talking point. Favourites France are in action against a game Croatia side who have caused problems for Didier Deschamps men in the early going. The 18th minute saw French forward Antoine Greizmann seemingly brought down by Marcelo Brozovic around 30 yards away from the Croatian goal. But before Brozovic comes …

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Mbappe Shrugs Off Pele Comparisons After Starring Role In Argentina Win

Teenage star Kylian Mbappe played down comparisons with Brazil legend Pele after stealing the show in a 4-3 victory for France that sent Argentina crashing out of the World Cup. Billed as Lionel Messi’s chance to reignite stuttering Argentina’s hopes, the thrilling last-16 clash in Kazan instead saw 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe showcase his sublime skills as he became …

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Watch: Top Ten Goals Of The World Cup So Far Ranked

The second round of fixtures in the 2018 World Cup are in the books. This heralds the unfortunate end of games taking place at three different times (though productivity might rise again with the advent of free afternoons). We do have these gems from the first 11 days of play to cherish, however, so let’s take a look at the …

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Serbian Press Slams ‘Provocative’ Swiss Celebrations After 2-1 Defeat

Serbian papers slammed what they labelled “shameful provocation” by two Switzerland players of Kosovo origin who used political gestures to celebrate their goals in the 2-1 World Cup victory. Xherdan Shaqiri’s last minute winner capped an impressive comeback for the Swiss in Kaliningrad on Friday after Granit Xhaka levelled following Aleksandar Mitrovic’s opener. Both Shaqiri and Xhaka come from ethnic …

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Three Things We Learned On Day Seven At The World Cup

The World Cup produced three tight games on Wednesday as Portugal, Spain and Uruguay won but once again the favourites failed to shine. It was three of the world’s top marksmen who did get on the scoresheet, though, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa continued their fight for the Golden Boot, while Luis Suarez scored in his third World Cup. …

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Iceland Goalkeeper On The ‘Homework’ He Did 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. Halldorsson was the hero when he palmed away Messi’s spot kick in the 63rd minute, correctly gambling that the Barcelona talisman would shoot to his right. The man-of-the-match described the …

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Egyptian FA Declare Mo Salah Fit For Crucial Russian Tie

Friday saw Egypt face Uruguay in Group A of the World Cup, but all eyes were on a man who didn’t feature in the end. Mohamed Salah scored 44 goals in a tremendous season for Liverpool, earning a host of individual awards. But a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final last month after a challenge from Sergio Ramos threatened to …

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Laurent Koscielny’s World Cup Dream Is Over After Achilles Injury

Some distressing scenes occurred at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano during the Europa League semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal. Arsenal, who are trailing by an away goal after a 1-1 draw at the Emirates, were captained by their main man in defence, Laurent Koscielny. In the seventh minute, with no-one near him in midfield, the Frenchman went to ground and looked …

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Quiz: Can You Name Ireland’s Starting XI From When They Last Played Austria?

Vienna , Austria - 12 November 2016; Republic of Ireland and Austria supporters prior to the FIFA World Cup Group D Qualifier match between Austria and Republic of Ireland at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The Republic of Ireland go into this weekend’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier versus Austria knowing that a victory would propel them towards Russia next summer. Currently joint top of group D with Serbia on eleven points, Martin O’Neill’s men have the chance to seriously dent Austria’s hopes of qualifying with a win whilst potentially simultaneously moving clear of both …

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Video: Ireland Coach Joe Schmidt Wary Of Host Nation’s Threat

KYOTO, JAPAN - MAY 10: Joe Schmidt Head Coach of Ireland attends a press conference after the Rugby World Cup Pool Draw at the Kyoto State Guest House on May 10, 2017 in Kyoto, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, while picking up what is deemed a favourable group for the 2019 World Cup by most, is wary of the threat the host nation, Japan, pose in particular in Pool A. Ireland will also face Scotland in two years’ time at rugby’s showpiece event and, as Schmidt points out, likely Romania along with whoever the …

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