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Switzerland earn draw against lively Costa Rica to set up Sweden clash

Posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 by PA

Switzerland will meet Sweden in the last 16 of the World Cup as they secured safe passage from Group E with a dramatic late draw against Costa Rica.While Costa Rica were already out having lost their opening two matches, they were the better side in Nizhny Novgorod and were good value for their 2-2 draw.Blerim Dzemaili opened the scoring for Switzerland after they had been largely on the back-fo...Full Story »

Improving Brazil see off Serbia to set up last-16 clash with Mexico

Posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 by PA

Brazil eased into the last 16 of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over a combative but limited Serbia in their Group E decider at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.It was from from fluent at times but goals from Paulinho and Thiago Silva were a fair return on what was their best performance at Russia 2018 so far. And with news of Germany’s shock exit still settling in as the match started, Brazil...Full Story »

Korea dump champions Germany out of the World Cup

Posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 by PA

Holders Germany were sensationally dumped out of the World Cup after a late VAR review set South Korea on the way to a 2-0 win in their Group F encounter.Kim Young-gwon thought he had fired the Koreans ahead a minute into added time but the goal was initially disallowed for offside. However, after a VAR review showed Germany’s Toni Kroos got the last touch, the decision was overturned.Tott...Full Story »

Super Sweden march on with Mexico as Germany head for home

Posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 by PA

Sweden thrashed Mexico 3-0 to top Group F as defending champions Germany incredibly crashed out of the World Cup.Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist, with a penalty, put Sweden in control before Edson Alvarez’s own goal saw the Scandinavians make certain of their place in the second round.Mexico joined them despite the defeat after Germany finished bottom thanks to a shock 2-0 d...Full Story »

Last-gasp Perisic strike sends Iceland home and gives Croatia maximum points

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by PA

Ivan Perisic ended Iceland’s World Cup dream with a 90th-minute winner as Croatia racked up a third successive victory in Group D.Iceland’s hopes of an improbable place in the knockout stages were raised when Gylfi Sigurdsson exorcised the demons of his penalty miss against Nigeria last time out with a spot-kick equaliser with 15 minutes to go.But substitute Perisic fired home right ...Full Story »

Marcos Rojo hits late winner as Argentina reach last 16 with win over Nigeria

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by PA

Marcos Rojo was Argentina’s unlikely saviour as the South Americans beat Nigeria 2-1 to advance to the last 16 of the World Cup.The Manchester United defender volleyed home Gabriel Mercardo’s right-wing cross four minutes from time to book a knock-out clash against France.Nigeria had been on the verge of progressing instead after Victor Moses’ penalty early in the second half h...Full Story »

Denmark join France in progressing from Group C after dull draw in Moscow

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by PA

Denmark and France played out one of the less memorable games of Russia 2018 so far but a 0-0 draw will have pleased both sides’ coaches and fans.The point was enough to give France top spot in Group C and Denmark came into the game knowing a point would guarantee them a last-16 spot.As it happened, Australia’s defeat by Peru meant they could have lost this game and still advanced bu...Full Story »

Australia 0 - 2 Peru: Guerrero on target as Peru sign off with win

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by PA

Peru signed off their World Cup in fairytale fashion as captain Paulo Guerrero scored in a 2-0 win to end Australia’s hopes of making the knockout phase for only the second time in their history.The 34-year-old, who had a 14-month suspension after testing positive for cocaine – which he maintains came from contaminated tea – temporarily lifted two weeks before the tournament, p...Full Story »

Portugal limp into the last 16 with draw against Iran

Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by PA

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty and Portugal blew the chance to finish top of Group B, with a dramatic climax seeing them draw 1-1 with minnows Iran.The European champions were leading through Ricardo Quaresma’s stunning goal but were dramatically pegged back in stoppage time by a controversial spot-kick – and they would have gone out of the tournament had Mehdi Taremi not missed ...Full Story »

Spain snatch late draw against Morocco to set up last-16 clash with Russia

Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by PA

Spain will face hosts Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup after finishing top of Group B following a dramatic 2-2 draw with already-eliminated Morocco in Kaliningrad.Spain, 2-1 down thanks to Morocco substitute Youssef En-Nesyri’s 81st minute header, were set to finish second and therefore take on Uruguay in the next round.Their substitute Iago Aspas then flicked the ball into the net i...Full Story »

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