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Russia bundles out Spain after shootout in Moscow epic

SPAIN 1 (Ignashevich 12’ og) RUSSIA 1 (Dzyuba 41’ pen) RUSSIA WIN 4-3 ON PENALTIES By Sam Burge Russia has bundled out the highly-fancied Spain after a dramatic penalty shootout to continue an unlikely fairy-tale. The hosts now book their spot in the quarter-finals where they will face Croatia who beat Denmark in a penalty […]

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Cavani double sends Uruguay to quarter-finals and Portugal home

URUGUAY 2 (Cavani 7’, 62’) PORTUGAL 1 (Pepe 55’) By Daniel Heinrich Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani scored twice to book Uruguay’s place in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory in Sochi that ended Portugal’s World Cup. Cavani’s opener came off the back of his own work, after he found strike partner Luis Suarez with a […]

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Portugal survive amid VAR drama as Iran exit

Portugal 1 (Quaresma 45’) Iran 1 (Ansarifard pen 93’) By Jacob Gaynor A controversial stoppage-time penalty given after a VAR review salvaged a draw for Iran after Ricardo Quaresma’s spectacular opener and Cristiano Ronaldo had a spot-kick saved. The late drama came when Sardar Azmoun headed the ball into Cedric Soares at close range and […]

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Tempers high after Spain saved at the death by VAR decision

Spain 2 (Isco 19’, I. Aspas 90+1’) Morocco 2 (Boutaib 14’, Y. En-Nesyri 81’) By Caleb Lawrence Iago Aspas equalizes late for Spain to share the points with Morocco! pic.twitter.com/uAJyURmsuq — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 25, 2018 Spain has finished on top of Group B after drawing 2-2 against Morocco in Kaliningrad thanks to a […]

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Fluke Diego Costa goal sees Spain edge past Iran 

By Jacob Gaynor Spain has moved to equal-top of Group B after an unconvincing win 1-0 over Iran at the Kazan Arena courtesy of a second half goal by striker Diego Costa that he knew very little about. The Atletico Madrid forward claimed his third goal of the tournament in the 54th minute when an […]

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Early Ronaldo goal sends Morocco home from Russia

Portugal 1 (Ronaldo 4’) Morocco 0 By Caleb Lawrence An early goal by Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo was enough to see off Morocco, eliminating them from the competition, with the game ending 1-0 to Portugal at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. It did not take long for Portugal captain Ronaldo to continue his goal scoring form […]

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Iran

By Caleb Lawrence Nickname: Team Melli World Cup appearances: 3 Coach: Carlos Queiroz Captain: Masoud Shojaei Player to watch: Sardar Azmoun. The 23-year-old scores goals for fun for Iran with 23 goals in 31 appearances. Azmoun will be hoping to continue his goal scoring form against world class defenders such as Ramos (Spain) and Pepe […]

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Morocco

By Caleb Lawrence Nickname:  Atlas Lions World Cup appearances: 5 Coach: Herve Renard Captain: Medhu Benatia Player to watch: Medhu Benatia. The veteran defender has made a name for himself with prestigious European club, Juventus. The Moroccan squad will be looking for Benatia’s leadership from the defensive backline to resist the world class attacking options […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick rescues point for Portugal against Spain

Spain 3 (Costa 24’ 55’, Nacho 58’) Portugal 3 (Ronaldo 4’ 44’ 88’) By Jacob Gaynor A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick salvaged Portugal a valuable point in a 3-3 draw against Spain in the two teams’ highly-anticipated clash on Friday. A first-half brace from Cristiano Ronaldo ensured the defending European champions would head into the break […]

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Iran breaks Morocco hearts with victory at the death

Iran 1 (Bouhaddouz OG, 90+2min) Morocco 0 By Caleb Lawrence The opening match for Group B saw Iran steal all three points against Morocco in the dying stages after an own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz in St Petersburg. The game was heading for a nil-all draw until the second minute of injury time, when an […]

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Getting Real About Illicit Drug Use at EDM Festivals

The electronic dance music (EDM) business, propelled by large scale music festivals, has grown to an estimated worth of $4.5 billion, […]

World XI – Jakob Gisik

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (France) Lloris edges out Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois as the starting goalkeeper. The French captain wasn’t […]

World XI – Vincent Smith-Koppie

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) Thibaut Courtois finished the World Cup with a tournament-high 27 saves including some special efforts in […]

World XI – Ben James

Goalkeeper – Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) The main reason behind Denmark’s group stage survival, Kasper more than lived up to his […]

World XI – Michael Djordjieski

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford (England) The 24-year-old Everton shot stopper was immense for England throughout the tournament. Pickford arguably produced […]

World XI – Josh Knox

Goalkeeper – Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico) Ochoa only featured in the four matches but made a whopping 25 saves in the […]

World XI – Dominic Unwin

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave veteran Joe Hart out of England’s squad paid off after Pickford […]