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World Cup Semi-Final Preview: England vs. Croatia

England and Croatia are well aware of the golden opportunity that lies ahead of them on Wednesday. After a string of upsets and some good fortune with the bracket, they are 90 minutes away from a shock trip to the World Cup final. Both sets of players have the chance to earn legend status. Here’s a look at some of the key themes heading in the second semi-final. Can Jordan Henderson stifle Luka Modric’s influence in midfield? Modric is arguably

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World Cup Semi-Final Preview: France vs. Belgium

After all the thrills and spills of the past three weeks, we have an all-European World Cup semi-final picture. World Cup pools across the globe have been torn apart by Germany’s early exit combined with Spain, Argentina and Brazil also heading home. Now only France, Belgium, England and Croatia are still standing. Let’s start with the France-Belgium showdown, which promises so much with the array of attacking stars in both line-ups. Here are some of the key questions that will

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World Cup Quarter-Finals – The Heroes of the Round

We’re down to the final four in Russia – France, Belgium, England and Croatia. Here’s a look at 5 heroes from the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals. Raphaël Varane, France Antoine Griezmann stepped up with a (very fortunate) goal and an assist, but Varane was France’s man of the match in the World Cup quarter-finals against Uruguay. Yes, it helped that Luis Suárez’s strike-partner was Cristhian Stuani rather than Edinson Cavani, but Varane still did his job brilliantly. The Real Madrid

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World Cup Quarter-Finals – Players With a Point to Prove

From 32 teams, we’re now down to just 8! Ahead of the 2018 World Cup Quarter-finals, here’s a look at 5 key players with a point still to prove in Russia. Antoine Griezmann, France Kylian Mbappé is taking all the plaudits right now, and in the process, he’s taking some of the pressure off Griezmann. So far, the Atlético Madrid forward has struggled to continue his club form at the World Cup. He has 2 goals to his name but

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World Cup Quarter-Finals Preview (Part 2)

This side of the draw has provided some of the most shocking, memorable moments of this World Cup. Now, one of the England-Sweden-Russia-Croatia quartet will be playing in the World Cup Final in Moscow – not Spain, not Germany, not Argentina, who were all expected to win their groups and end up in this half of the bracket. While Harry Kane and Luka Modric have been among the biggest stars of the tournament, the common thread for these four teams

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World Cup Quarter-Finals Preview (Part 1)

The pool of 32 teams has been cut down to eight, and the World Cup stakes are now even higher heading into four intriguing showdowns. Much has been made of the tournament upsets and the early exits for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but the quarter-finals are not short of star power. Just look at Friday’s cast: Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and so on. With that in mind,

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The World Cup Round of 16 – 8 Heroes for Russia 2018

Some feared that Russia 2018 might lose its sense of fun after the group stage. Knockout football can be a tense, dull affair at times but we needn’t have worried. The World Cup Round of 16 proved to be just as dramatic and entertaining. Here’s a look at the hero for each of the 8 quarter-finalists. France – Kylian Mbappé A big shout-out to Benjamin Pavard but the 4-3 win over Argentina belonged to Mbappé. First, he created France’s opening

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Brazil – 5 Takeaways from the Game vs Mexico

After a valiant first-half display, Mexico eventually succumbed to Brazil’s superior quality in Samara. The Seleção coach Tite will be satisfied with his team’s performance but Belgium will prove tougher opponents in the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals. Just how strong are Brazil right now? It’s too early to tell but here are 5 takeaways from the Mexico victory. Willian Makes it a Fantastic Four Poor Willian. There’s so much talk about Brazil’s star trio – Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel

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World Cup preview: Tuesday’s games

Tuesday’s action will determine the final two spots in the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals, with four teams eyeing the chance of a deeper run than many predicted. This side of the draw has opened up further with Spain’s exit, guaranteeing us a surprise World Cup finalist. One of Croatia, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, England and Colombia will be playing for the big prize on July 15. Here’s a quick look ahead to Tuesday’s clashes: Sweden vs. Switzerland While Switzerland seemed a

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France – 5 Takeaways from the Game vs Argentina

After a slow start to World Cup 2018, Didier Deschamps’ France team brought out the big guns to down Argentina in the Round of 16. Next up: Uruguay in the quarter-finals. Here are 5 French takeaways from that 7-goal thriller. Kylian Mbappé is Ready to Shine Although France vs Argentina was much more than just Mbappé vs Messi, it did feel like a turning point at the top. Mbappé is now not just the future of world football; he’s also

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World Cup preview: Monday’s games

While Spain’s shock exit has left one side of the World Cup draw packed with unexpected challengers, Monday’s action features the other half of the bracket, where bigger powerhouses still remain. Here’s a look at what to expect from two intriguing battles: Brazil vs. Mexico The Brazilians got better with each group stage outing, and the pressure eased a little after topping Group E. However, only lifting the trophy will be considered a success and the disappointment of 2014 lingers.

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World Cup preview: Sunday’s games

The other (supposedly weaker) side of the bracket gets started on Sunday, featuring the 2010 World Cup winners and perhaps the most impressive team from the group stage. Here’s a quick look at the two games: Spain vs. Russia Spain laboured through the group stage but remain among the favourites to lift the trophy in two weeks’ time. There have been obvious pluses – goals for Diego Costa, wizardry from Isco and Andres Iniesta – but now is the time

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World Cup preview: Saturday’s games

The 2018 World Cup is on course to go down as one of the most memorable ever. And the best may be yet to come as we move from the tension of the group stage to the do-or-die knockout rounds. With a few powerhouses finishing in second place, the bracket is set up for maximum drama. Here’s a look at the two Saturday games that kick off the Last 16. France vs. Argentina Not a bad way to get things

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England – 5 Takeaways from the Game vs Belgium

England vs Belgium was a strange old game that neither team really wanted to win. With qualification guaranteed, both managers took the chance to rest their stars and give the understudies some World Cup experience. It finished England B 0 Belgium B 1, but what, if anything, did we learn about Gareth Southgate’s side? 1. Jordan Henderson over Eric Dier Before the World Cup started, it felt like Henderson and Dier were pretty much on a par in England’s deep-lying

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Argentina at World Cup 2018 – Who stays, who goes and who comes in?

Somehow, despite three chaotic displays, Argentina live to fight another battle at World Cup 2018. Ahead of their Round of 16 tie against France on Saturday, what changes should Jorge Sampaoli make to his line-up? Who Should Stay Franco Armani Argentina’s reserve goalkeeper didn’t really put a glove or a foot wrong, unlike Willy Caballero… Marcos Rojo A rusty Rojo is still a lot better than no Rojo at all for Argentina. Even putting aside that wondergoal, the Manchester United man

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World Cup crunch time: Groups E and F

The 2018 World Cup continues to serve up drama, with Argentina’s last gasp heroics just the latest signature moment. Next up, it is Groups E and F, which have been far more tightly contested than most predicted. That means we get four tense games on Wednesday and the potential for some big-name stars to slip out of the tournament. Here’s a quick recap: Group E While Brazil (4 pts) were supposed to samba their way through Group E, the rest

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5 Reasons To Fear Uruguay at World Cup 2018

With 3 wins out of 3, Uruguay finished top of Group A. That was expected but just how far can they go? Next up, in the World Cup Round of 16, they face Cristiano Ronaldo and co. Here are 5 reasons why Portugal should be worried. 1. Defence If you had to pick one backline in the world to tame Ronaldo, you’d surely go for Uruguay. In Diego Godín and José Giménez, they have two of the best centre-backs in

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World Cup crunch time: Groups C and D

Uruguay, Russia, Spain and Portugal have booked their places in the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup, setting up two mouth-watering clashes. Attention turns to Groups C and D on Tuesday. Here’s a look at where things stand: Group C France are in the driver’s seat with maximum points from their first two games, despite not playing even close to their best. Their showdown with Denmark on Tuesday will determine top spot. The Danes (4 pts) have had

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World Cup 2018 heroes – unlikely stars of the Group Stage so far

Amazingly, we’re already halfway through the tournament, and two-thirds of the way through the Group Stage. What fun it’s been, without a single 0-0 draw in sight. Who have been the World Cup 2018 heroes so far? Many of the top performers have been pretty predictable – Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Luka Modrić, Christian Eriksen – but here’s a look at some of the more unlikely stars. Denis Cherysev (Russia and Villarreal) Cherysev is one of only two players in

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Red-hot Croatia keep rolling (and other thoughts)

We are only just into the second week of the 2018 World Cup and we already have our first heavyweight on the ropes. After the defeat to Croatia, Argentina have just a solitary point from their first two games and are now reliant on other results going their way. The likeliest scenario is that Lionel Messi and company will be packing their bags. Argentina may not be the only powerhouse heading for the exit either. The Germans have some serious

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