Netherlands strikes late to beat Senegal

Senegal 0, Netherlands 2 Louis van Gaal’s gambles at both ends of the field paid off for the Netherlands. Up front, Memphis Depay returned

Lewandowski and Poland ready to face Mexico at World Cup

As Poland’s all-time leading scorer, Robert Lewandowski is still missing something from his collection: A goal at the World Cup. That could change today

Ronaldo downplays impact of tell-all pre-World Cup interview

Cristiano Ronaldo is unfazed by the drama created by his explosive pre- World Cup interview on British TV and maintained yesterday the atmosphere in Portugal’s squad was

European teams abandon plan to wear armbands at tournament

FIFA’s threat of on-field punishment for players forced World Cup teams to back down yesterday and abandon an anti-discrimination campaign aimed at host nation Qatar.

Dismay for Qatar as Ecuador wins opening game

Qatar 0, Ecuador 2 The large swathes of empty seats in the second half summed up the Qatar soccer team’s disappointing start to its first ever

Saka, Rashford help England rout Iran

England 6, Iran 2 Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford put last year’s European Championship loss behind them, combining to score three goals in England’s 6-2

US returns to finals against Wales after 8-year wait

Gio Reyna, Joe Scally and Yusuf Musah were 11 years old the last time the United States took the field in a World Cup match. On

France star Karim Benzema out for World Cup with leg injury

One month after raising the Ballon d’Or in triumph to crown his remarkable rise, Karim Benzema’s dream of winning the World Cup is over before he has

Where to get a beer? Bars packed amid Qatar’s alcohol limits

Chris, a British fan in Qatar for the World Cup, tried to order a beer with his dinner at a kebab joint on Sunday. He was

European clubs have 73% of players selected

European soccer shapes to have some World Cup winners with 73% of players at the tournament coming from clubs in the sport’s richest continent. That’s despite

Messi and Ronaldo look set for final shot at World Cup glory

The World Cup stage is set for perhaps one final shootout between the two greatest soccer players of their generation — and to many, the two

Football transcends elite level

  The  But football is not only about watching the world’s greatest players compete on the biggest stage. The sport transcends the elite level and

At G-20, FIFA head calls for World Cup ceasefire in Ukraine

FIFA President Gianni Infantino urged world leaders to call for a ceasefire in Russia’s war against Ukraine during the World Cup that starts this week. Just days after 

Qatar’s World Cup denounced for ‘washing’ country’s image

Qatar’s decision to launch itself into hosting the 2022 World Cup was a head-scratcher from the start. Why, some wondered, would a Middle Eastern kingdom with

Glazer to decide on Ronaldo’s Man United future: source

Manchester United co-owner Joel Glazer will make the final decision about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club after the forward’s incendiary TV interview, a person with knowledge of

Ronaldo’s Man United career looks over but who replaces him?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive TV interview with Piers Morgan seems certain to end his Manchester United career. It is hard to see a way back for the 37-year-old

All Blacks blow 14-0 start in comeback win over Scotland

Scotland 23, New Zealand 31 New Zealand remained undefeated against Scotland after a win at Murrayfield that was closer than the 31-23 scoreline suggested yesterday .

UEFA gathers European team to oppose Super League at meeting

Organizers of European soccer’s Super League project got the meeting they asked for yesterday with UEFA’s president. They found many more opponents also waiting there to

Blatter says picking Qatar as World Cup host was a ‘mistake’

Picking Qatar to host the World Cup was a mistake 12 years ago, FIFA’s president at the time Sepp Blatter said yesterday, again citing a meeting between

Pumas upset England to end 16-year wait at Twickenham

England 29, Argentina 30 Argentina pulled off an astonishing upset of England by 30-29 at Twickenham despite hardly any ball or territory and a battered scrum

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