Portugal(N) vs Morocco - Portugal boss Fernando Santos wary of Morocco threat

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PA

Portugal manager Fernando Santos has warned his team about the threat Morocco will pose in Wednesday’s World Cup Group B fixture.Morocco’s 1-0 defeat by Iran has put them under pressure to secure a positive result and revive their chances of progressing to the knockout stages.Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain also leaves them in an uncertain position, but although they remain favo...Full Story »

Uruguay(N) vs Saudi Arabia - Uruguay coach defends Luis Suarez: superstars are not ‘robots’

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PA

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has put a supportive arm around Luis Suarez and told the striker that even Pele, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi have had bad days.The Barcelona forward cut a frustrated figure in the 1-0 opening World Cup win over Egypt and appeared well short of the standard which has seen him register 51 goals to become his country’s all-time leading scorer.However, Tabarez i...Full Story »

Iran(N) vs Spain - Spain coach Fernando Hierro keeps faith with David de Gea for Iran tie

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PA

Trust has become the Spain camp’s buzzword following the shock pre-tournament sacking of coach Carlos Lopetegui with replacement Fernando Hierro the latest to use it to express his faith in David de Gea.The Manchester United goalkeeper was at fault for the second goal of Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal in Sochi in their Group B opener.It was a ra...Full Story »

Poland(N) vs Senegal - Poland are more than Lewandowski as Senegal look to main Mane

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by PA

Robert Lewandowski is “an example” to young players everywhere, according to his coach Adam Nawalka, but there is more to this Poland side than the Bayern Munich star’s goals.Speaking to reporters on the eve of Poland’s Group H opener against Senegal, Nawalka tried to deflect attention from his captain and talisman by talking up his squad’s collective quality.But wh...Full Story »

Russia vs Egypt - Egypt keep Russia guessing over return of Mohamed Salah

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by PA

Egypt boss Hector Cuper has kept Russia guessing over whether or not he will be able to unleash “one of the best players in the world” on them in St Petersburg on Tuesday.The Group A rivals go head to head with the hosts knowing a second successive victory could secure their progression to the second round, but equally aware that the impending return of Mohamed Salah from injury may ...Full Story »

Colombia(N) vs Japan - Japan coach Nishino admits earthquake has upset his players

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by PA

Japan boss Akira Nishino admits the squad have been shaken by the earthquake back home ahead of their World Cup opener against Colombia.They embark on their sixth straight campaign on Tuesday when they kick off in Group H.But Sunday’s 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Osaka, which has reportedly killed two and injured more than 200, has upset the team.SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) ente...Full Story »

Tunisia vs England - Southgate puts positive spin on negative history

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by PA

Gareth Southgate has told England’s young squad to attack the World Cup unburdened by failings of the past.Seamless preparations have been underpinned by anticipation and hope, leaving the Three Lions in fine fettle ahead of Monday’s Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd.Southgate’s promising young side look ready to make a mark on the world stage and help atone for the d...Full Story »

Belgium vs Panama - Martinez feeling privileged to coach such a talented squad

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by PA

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez admits he is “privileged” to have such a strong squad at his disposal and believes his players are capable of anything.The Red Devils’ so-called golden generation begin their World Cup campaign on Monday against finals debutants Panama in Sochi.Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United striker R...Full Story »

Sweden vs South Korea - Sweden play down spying row with South Korea ahead of clash

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by PA

Sweden coach Janne Andersson has played down a spying row with South Korea ahead of Monday’s World Cup clash between the two countries in Nizhny Novgorod.One of the Andersson’s coaching staff attended a Korea training session during their pre-tournament preparation camp in Austria and was asked to leave.Andersson, whose side beat Italy in a play-off to qualify, insists this was a sim...Full Story »

Brazil vs Switzerland - Tite admits Neymar not fully fit for Brazil’s World Cup opener

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by PA

Brazil coach Tite admits Neymar is not fully fit but believes his captain is in impressive shape ahead of their World Cup opener.Paris St Germain forward Neymar has been battling back from injury having suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in February.The 26-year-old – who is sporting a new bleached blonde hair cut – is expected to start on Sunday when five-time world c...Full Story »

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