Saudi Arabia vs Egypt - Cuper wishes Salah had been fully fit for Egypt

Posted Monday, June 25, 2018 by PA

Already eliminated Egypt face Saudi Arabia in a dead rubber on Monday, with boss Hector Cuper left to reflect on what might have been had Mohamed Salah been fully fit in Russia.The two Group A nations were the first to be eliminated from the World Cup after collecting zero points from their opening two games against Uruguay and hosts Russia.Liverpool forward Salah, whose goal in qualifying sent ...Full Story »

Iran vs Portugal - Queiroz accuses FIFA of ‘taking the game from the people’ with VAR

Posted Monday, June 25, 2018 by PA

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has strongly criticised FIFA’s decision to introduce video assistant referees at the World Cup, saying it has taken the game away from the fans and created confusion.The former Manchester United assistant manager was speaking ahead of Iran’s Group B decider against his native Portugal – a team he managed between 2008 and 2010 – in Saransk on Mond...Full Story »

Spain vs Morocco - Hierro warns Spain to remain fully focused ahead of Morocco clash

Posted Monday, June 25, 2018 by PA

Spain coach Fernando Hierro insists his side can take nothing for granted when they face Morocco in the World Cup on Monday – even though their opponents have already been eliminated.After a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw with Portugal in their opening Group B game, Spain pulled off a narrow 1-0 win over Iran.Hierro, who took over on the eve of the finals following the sacking of Real Madrid-bound m...Full Story »

Uruguay vs Russia - 'Russia's runners are fuelled by hard work and home pride, not drugs'

Posted Sunday, June 24, 2018 by PA

Russia’s impressive running statistics at the World Cup are based on hard work and motivation, not thanks to doping, national team coach Stanislav Cherchesov has insisted.The 54-year-old was speaking to reporters before Monday’s Group A decider between Uruguay and Russia in Samara, with both teams already certain of knockout football after beating Egypt and Saudi Arabia.Russia came i...Full Story »

Japan vs Senegal - Japan coach highlights Mane threat ahead of Senegal clash

Posted Sunday, June 24, 2018 by PA

Japan head coach Akira Nishino believes stopping Sadio Mane is the key to his side’s chances against Senegal.The two sides clash in Ekaterinburg on Sunday, with both nations having won their opening games in Group H.Mane was instrumental in Senegal’s 2-1 victory against Poland, who at times during the game doubled up on the Liverpool winger.Sadio Mane was closely watched by Poland (E...Full Story »

Poland vs Colombia - James Rodriguez set to start for Colombia

Posted Sunday, June 24, 2018 by PA

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman is preparing to unleash James Rodriguez on Poland in an attempt to prevent an early World Cup exit.Playmaker Rodriguez was restricted to a substitute appearance in the opening defeat against Japan due to a calf injury.The 26-year-old, winner of the golden boot in Brazil four years ago, came on for the final half an hour in Saransk but was unable to help his team salv...Full Story »

Germany vs Sweden - Low has faith Germany will bounce back from Mexico defeat

Posted Saturday, June 23, 2018 by PA

Germany boss Joachim Low is confident his side will bounce back against Group F rivals Sweden in Sochi on Saturday.Low’s reigning champions suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico in their opening game in Moscow on Sunday and Low expects a big response from his players against Sweden, who saw off South Korea 1-0.“This week the players have shown a reaction in training, but tomorrow is ...Full Story »

South Korea vs Mexico - Juan Osorio warns Mexico against letting standards slip

Posted Saturday, June 23, 2018 by PA

Mexico are ready for the challenge of meeting the heightened expectations generated by their shock victory over Germany, boss Juan Carlos Osorio has said.El Tri put in a hugely impressive performance in their World Cup Group F opener on Sunday as they defeated the defending champions 1-0, with Hirving Lozano netting a first-half winner.Osorio said at his pre-match conference, streamed on FIFA&rs...Full Story »

Belgium vs Tunisia - Being boring is fine by Martinez as there is work to be done

Posted Saturday, June 23, 2018 by PA

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has apologised to journalists for making their lives harder by putting an end to the dramas and in-fighting that have characterised Belgian squads in the past.Martinez’s side kicked off their World Cup campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Panama and are determined to continue to let their football do the talking.Speaking to reporters before Saturday&rsquo...Full Story »

Serbia vs Switzerland - Switzerland and Serbia determined to let football do the talking

Posted Friday, June 22, 2018 by PA

Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic has refused to ignite a political row ahead of their key World Cup clash with Serbia.The teams face off in Group E on Friday with Serbia top after their opening win over Costa Rica.Stoke midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is expected to continue to wear footwear which will have the Kosovo flag on his right heel to pay tribute to his heritage.Stoke’s Xhe...Full Story »

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