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Christian Eriksen gave Denmark the lead, but Mile Jedinak equalised from the spot after a VAR review for handball gave a penalty. Join us and #AskESPNFC to get involved.

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Ronaldo vs. Messi

In the Messi vs. Ronaldo battle, the Portugal star is winning

The Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo debate will never go away, but at this World Cup, the battle seems pretty clear. Can Messi match his rival?

What it's really like to play with Ronaldo

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to actually play with Cristiano Ronaldo? Here's what his Portugal teammates have to say.

How to watch Ronaldo (and not get bored)

Who needs lung-busting runs or endless step-overs when you can create time and space where neither existed, and when it matters most?

Ahmed Musa is Nigeria's best hope for goals

Nigeria striker Ahmed Musa is the Joker in Gernot Rohr's pack, and one that should be played against Iceland if the Super Eagles are to succeed.

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Three things Nigeria must do to beat Iceland

The loss to Croatia has left Nigeria needing to beat Iceland to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Here are three ways they can do just that.

Mikel ready to sacrifice for Super Eagles

Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi says he will play anywhere on the pitch if that is what it takes to help the Super Eagles win.

Rohr: Nigeria have to be stronger

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr says his team needs to fight following their defeat to Croatia.


Udoh questions credibility of Nigeria live chicken request

ESPN FC's Colin Udoh spoke with leaders of two Nigeria fan groups who refuted rumours fans wanted to bring a live chicken into World Cup matches.


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Transfer Talk

Transfer Talk: Chelsea join Barca in race for Miralem Pjanic

If Maurizio Sarri goes to Stamford Bridge, might he bring Pjanic from Serie A? Transfer Talk is on it, plus Unai Emery's interest in Ever Banega.

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Who is Man United target Milinkovic-Savic?

By now you've probably heard of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Who is he, and why are Europe's grandest clubs ready to shell out £100m for him?

Should Atleti pursue sanctions for Barca's Griezmann pursuit?

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti questions if Atletico Madrid would have much of a case against Barcelona for approaching Antoine Griezmann.


European Club Football

Willian is the perfect Jose Mourinho player

Willian is the perfect Jose Mourinho player in the sense that he is tactically intelligent and works extremely hard in defence and attack.

Real Madrid heading in a new direction

Forget about the Galacticos. In hiring Julen Lopetegui and extending Raul de Tomas' contract, it's clear that Real Madrid want to build a new core.

Loftus-Cheek confident of Chelsea chance

Loftus-Cheek, 22, has made just 32 appearances for Chelsea since his senior debut in 2015 and his future at the club remains uncertain.

World Cup Insights

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Extra Time: Ronaldo's goatee; Uruguay the real deal?

The ESPN FC guys answer your tweets on Cristiano Ronaldo's new look and whether Uruguay can win the World Cup.


The 6,000km cycling journey without a match ticket

ESPN's Alison Bender catches up with a Spanish fan who embarked on a 74-day journey, cycling from Valencia to Moscow without a match ticket.


Fight erupts between Poland & Senegal fans

Chairs and benches were thrown among Poland and Senegal fans during their World Cup Group H opener.


Is Spain's World Cup on borrowed time?

Spain have defended sloppily and struggled to establish a rhythm in two group-stage matches. Could their World Cup be over before it really begins?

Analysis: Costa's fluke goal edges it for Spain

Fortune shone on Spain as a fluke goal gifted them a 1-0 win over Iran and put La Roja on the brink of moving on to the World Cup's knockout stage.

Burley: You'll see a better Spain against better teams

Spain managed to walk away with three points against Iran, but the FC crew explain how Iran managed to disrupt La Roja.


Uruguay reverting to safety-first football?

Oscar Tabarez famously abandoned his pragmatic approach to ensure Uruguay made it to the World Cup, but is showing signs of reviving old habits.

Uruguay's defensive approach paying dividends

Alejandro Moreno says Uruguay's style of leading from the back will continue to stifle opponents as it has Egypt and Saudi Arabia so far.


Uruguay's truest test will be vs. Russia

With Uruguay and Russia already through to the round of 16, Shaka Hislop believes the final group stage game could be the first real test for both sides.


CR7 does just enough ... and that's a problem

Cristiano Ronaldo got the early goal as Portugal got an "unfair" 1-0 win over Morocco but his teammates need to step up if they're to go far.

Concussed Amrabat: I chose to play

Morocco's Nourdinne Amrabat revealed on Wednesday that he took the decision to play against Portugal, despite suffering a concussion against Iran.

Hislop: Ronaldo's focused on being a leader with Portugal

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, who is becoming the leader his country need at the World Cup.


Ronaldo makes history in Portugal's sub-par display

While Portugal may over rely on Cristiano Ronaldo and Rui Patricio, FC's Shaka Hislop feels they have the right formula to make a run at the World Cup.


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Quality full-back play absent so far at World Cup

Normally having two good full-backs is a recipe for World Cup success. One problem so far at this World Cup is no side has featured two good ones.

Eboue: African teams must defend better

Former Ivory Coast right-back Emmanuel Eboue says African teams will continue to struggle at the World Cup if they don't improve their defence.

Giroud, Matuidi to start for France vs. Peru

France coach Didier Deschamps will include Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi in his starting XI to face Peru on Thursday in Yekaterinburg.

Peru fans in Russia on the trip of a lifetime

Thousands of Peruvians have made their way to Russia for the World Cup. For them, it's about much more than just the team's displays on the pitch.

Lloris too humble, focused to celebrate 100 caps for France

This Thursday Hugo Lloris will become just the seventh French player in history to reach 100 caps, a testament to his character and class in goal.

Marcotti: I wouldn't want to face Peru if I'm France

With questions being asked of France after their opening match against Australia, Gab Marcotti explains what they are up against with Peru.


Players fly Denmark teammate home after daughter birth

Knudsen's wife Trine gave birth to a girl earlier than expected after the 25-year-old left-back had arrived in Russia.

Van Marwijk: 'Chance' Cahill starts vs. Denmark

Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk isn't ruling out changes -- including starting Tim Cahill -- as Australia ready to face Denmark in Group C.

Delaney could be leading U.S. in alternate universe

Thomas Delaney might not have been at the World Cup; not because Denmark didn't want him, but because he could've chosen to play for the U.S.

Transfer Talk

Torreira to join Arsenal for €30m - Samp chief

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has confirmed that midfielder Lucas Torreira is set to join Arsenal in a €30 million deal.

Transfer Talk: Spurs' Zaha chase shut down by Palace

Crystal Palace will offer Wilfried Zaha more than £120,000 a week to persuade him to turn down Tottenham. Transfer Talk has the latest.

Galatasaray eyeing move for Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa looks set for another spell away from Leicester City next season, with Turkish giant Galatasaray keen to take him on loan.

Salah makes scoring return but cannot stop Russia

The last 16 looms for the hosts after another impressive display, while Egypt are on the verge of elimination despite the return of their talisman.

Russia have already defied the odds and aren't done yet

Hosts Russia were not expected to do anything at the World Cup but a ragtag group has come together against all odds to put them in prime position.

Resting Salah comes back to haunt Egypt vs. Russia

After Russia's big win over Egypt, the FC crew assess what's going right for the hosts and reflect on Egypt's choice to rest Mo Salah vs. Uruguay.


Mbaye Niang epitomises Senegal vibrancy as Poland fall

Senegal returned to the World Cup after a 16-year wait in some style as they delivered a vibrant, aggressive display to defeat Poland 2-1.

Senegal fans celebrate their side's 2-1 victory over Poland in Moscow - and there's clearly joy after a vibrant, aggressive performance. Even the Polish supporters are admitting that the Lions deserved this one.

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Fight erupts between Poland & Senegal fans

Chairs and benches were thrown among Poland and Senegal fans during their World Cup Group H opener.


McManaman: Not surprising to see Senegal overpower Poland

Steve McManaman and the FC crew point to Senegal's counterattack and physicality as the main factors that led to their victory over Poland.


Senegal fans all smiles & elated after win over Poland

Senegal became the first African nation to win at the 2018 World Cup and the fans were out in full force to enjoy the moment.


Michallik: Poland got it all wrong & choked

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik says Poland only have themselves to blame for their mistakes in a 2-1 defeat to Senegal.


Premier Soccer League

Mosimane revels in finest details to keep Sundowns top

Mamelodi Sundowns have the financial muscle to rule the PSL, but it would mean nothing without the attention to detail of coach Pitso Mosimane.

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Celtic a neat fit as Komphela looks to rebuild reputation

Steve Komphela's arrival at Bloemfontein Celtic could turn out to be a shrewd career move as he seeks to rebuild a shattered reputation.

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No chickens to see here

Nigeria fans deny 'ridiculous' chicken story

Nigerian football fan groups have been left bemused by reports of a request to Russian officials to have live chickens taken into World Cup venues.

Udoh questions credibility of Nigeria live chicken request



For all his potential, Wilshere embodied Arsenal's past

A sensational debut aged 16 suggested a bright future for Jack Wilshere, but he came to embody an obsolete era at Arsenal and had to go.

Leno move a gamble as Cech still holds No.1 spot

Think Bernd Leno is Arsenal's new No.1? Think again. His move is a big gamble and it's likely Petr Cech will remain first choice next season.

Wilshere leaving Arsenal due to limited minutes

Jack Wilshere has confirmed he will leave Arsenal this summer by posting a video to Instagram saying "thanks for the memories."

The Toe Poke

Corden, England players pitch American fans

England players are eager for American fans to root for them in the World Cup. Or at least, James Corden says they are.

Evra: If Ronaldo invites you over for lunch, don't go

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has advised against accepting post-training lunch invitations from his ex-teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Colombia need James, Quintero in tandem after Japan shock

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman got it wrong as his side suffered against Japan. If Colombia are to advance, they need their top talent in tandem.

Sanchez sent off as Japan beat Colombia

Carlos Sanchez was dismissed for handball as Japan won the penalty from which Shinji Kagawa gave them the lead.

Moreno: Conservative tactics doomed Colombia vs. Japan

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains how Colombia's second-half change in tactics allowed Japan to take control and find the game-winning goal.


Robson: Japan made the extra man count

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson feels Japan should've dominated 10-man Colombia, but did just enough in the second half to earn a win in their Group H opener.



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Visa gaffe strands Nigeria fans in Kaliningrad

About 100 Nigerian fans stranded in Kaliningrad following their team's loss to Croatia in their World Cup opener were finally on the move on Monday.

Mikel looking to make amends

As Nigeria resumed full training after Saturday's opening loss to Croatia, captain John Mikel Obi is exuding the body language of one determined to make amends.


Tunisia betray themselves with England defeat

The Carthage Eagles sacrificed some of their chief strengths as they succumbed to England in their World Cup opener.

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England need more than Kane's goals

Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard have played 78 games for England, but have delivered a combined total of just five goals.

England feel-good factor could set stage for World Cup

England have a history of stumbling out of the gates of major tournaments, so Monday's win vs. Tunisia might bode well for their campaign in Russia.

Atletico Madrid

Griezmann Stays

Barca to probe Pique role in Griezmann saga

Barcelona will speak to Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti over their involvement in Antoine Griezmann's decision to turn them down for Atletico Madrid.

Atletico give Griezmann new deal until 2023

Atletico Madrid announced a new contract for Antoine Griezmann on Monday, days after he committed his future to the club.

Griezmann's 'Decision' was the right one but done all wrong

Despite the joy over him staying at Atletico Madrid, the way it played out makes what could be the coup of the summer feel like a hollow victory.

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Ibrahimovic: No regrets about not playing in World Cup


Real Madrid

Ronaldo agrees €18.8m tax fine - sources

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has reached a deal with Spain's tax authorities to pay an €18.8 million fine, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

Bale set for crunch Madrid talks - sources

A meeting between Gareth Bale's representatives and Real Madrid chiefs which could decide his long term future is to take place soon, sources say.

Transfer Talk

Transfer Talk: United eye £60m Willian bid

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is keen to reunite with Willian, a player he coached at Chelsea. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Arsenal agree deal for keeper Leno - sources

Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, sources have told ESPN FC.

Hazard: Chelsea must improve for me to stay

Eden Hazard said only wants to stay at Chelsea beyond this summer if the club is in a position to improve on last season.

Neymar: My goal is for Brazil to win the WC

Neymar said he is more focused on success with Brazil at the World Cup in Russia rather than his own performances.

Switzerland serve Brazil a dose of reality

One result does not change that Brazil are still among the favourites to be smiling in Moscow on July 15. But it might just temper their optimism.

Brazil won't blame fouls for draw - Tite

Brazil's stuttering performance stemmed from anxiety at playing their first World Cup game, coach Tite said after their 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

Expert analysis

Honigstein: Old issues resurfaced for Germany vs. Mexico

Raphael Honigstein joins the FC panel to discuss the ramifications of Germany's defeat to Mexico, Mats Hummels' postmatch comments and more.


Mexico's tactical masterclass and what lays ahead

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez explain how Juan Carlos Osorio's tactics played a big role in Mexico's defeat of Germany at the World Cup.


McManaman: Neymar disappointed in Brazil's draw

Steve McManaman breaks down Neymar's performance as the FC crew react to Brazil's draw with Switzerland in their World Cup opener.


Mexico won't soon forget win vs. Germany

Mexico played the sort of game pundits and fans alike have long since suspected it was capable of in an impressive World Cup win vs. Germany.

We can't be confident vs. S. Korea - Guardado

Andres Guardado believes Mexico's game against South Korea on Saturday could be even more difficult following their victory against Germany.

Herrera is Mexico's unheralded star

After Mexico's stunning 1-0 win over Germany, there will be plenty of talk regarding match winner Hirving Lozano. But what about Hector Herrera?


World Cup 2018

Anthem crying 'a sign of weakness' - Rivaldo

If Brazil have any hopes of winning the World Cup this summer, they must use their emotion to fire them up and not cry, according to legend Rivaldo.

Neymar at the peak of his powers to lead Brazil to glory

Neymar's last World Cup ended in agony. Now, four years on, history suggests the 26-year-old could be about to make this World Cup his own.

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Messi must ignore Ronaldo comparisons

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi seem to be perpetually in each other's orbits, but one has started the World Cup better and one needs work.

Messi 'hurt' by miss, feels responsible for draw

Lionel Messi said he was responsible for Argentina failing to beat Iceland after he could not convert a penalty in the 1-1 draw which.

Messi 'showed he's human' with miss - Aguero

Argentina's Lionel Messi had a penalty saved, but his strike partner Sergio Aguero says the team will continue to support him.

Peru excite, but Denmark make them pay for errors

At World Cup level, Peru have seldom played better than they did in Saransk. But they lost due to a lack of concentration.

Denmark boss: Peru 'probably deserved more'

Denmark coach Age Hareide credited his defence and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for preserving a 1-0 win over Peru in their World Cup opener.

Poulsen punishes Peru after penalty miss

Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen made Peru pay for Christian Cueva's penalty miss, awarded after a VAR review, as they won 1-0.

Manchester United

Martial's desire to leave is sad

With so much talent, it would be a shame if the French international were to depart. The blame for his stagnation should be shared.

Martial's misery: United ace finished under Mourinho

Not for the first time, a young talent is struggling under Jose Mourinho. Anthony Martial isn't trusted at Man United and that's a real shame.

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Man United top Forbes' list of most valuable

Manchester United are the world's most valuable football club for a second consecutive year, according to the annual list published by Forbes.

Premier League

2018-19 Fixtures Released

Full Premier League fixtures 2018-19

Check out the full fixture list for the 2018-19 Premier League season. All fixtures are subject to change for television coverage.

New Prem fixtures: Emery's nightmare start

Unai Emery faces a baptism of fire in his start as Arsenal manager, while Liverpool vs. Manchester City may be the season's most anticipated fixture

Ranked: Top clubs' key Prem fixtures

In ascending order of importance, ESPN FC's club correspondents rank their team's five key fixtures ahead of the new campaign.

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