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Kroos's redemption gives Germany belief

Germany looked destined to draw with Sweden, all but condemning them to a group-stage exit. That's why Toni Kroos' late winner changes everything.

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Chicharito's Mexico 'imagining amazing things'

Javier Hernandez was short of form entering this World Cup, but after two games, he's proven that he and Mexico should be taken seriously in Russia.

Kroos: Critics wanted us to crash out

Toni Kroos says his late winning goal will upset many of Germany's critics at home whom he believes were rooting for Die Mannschaft to be eliminated.

Swedes accuse Germans of 'rubbing in' win

Sweden coach Janne Andersson hit out at the German bench for rubbing it in as they celebrated Toni Kroos' stoppage-time winner in Germany's win.

Kroos stunner keeps Germany's hopes alive

Germany were on the brink of elimination against Sweden, but a late Toni Kroos stunner has the defending champions back in the mix.

Football Headlines

South Korea 1-2 Mexico: Chicharito's half century

Chicharito scored his 50th goal for Mexico in their 2-1 win over South Korea to remain top of Group F heading into their final match versus Sweden.


South Korea's 24 fouls anger Mexico's Osorio

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio urged action against repetitive fouling after his team was on the receiving end of 24 fouls in their 2-1 win over So

Carlos Vela finds World Cup redemption

Four years on from passing on the chance to play for Mexico in the World Cup, Carlos Vela is back and at the heart of El Tri's electric attack.

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Extra Time: Best World Cup goal, Belgium's chances and more

The guys respond to your tweets about Nigeria vs. Argentina, Belgium's chances of winning, respect for Romelu Lukaku and the World Cup's best goal.


Are Belgium likelier World Cup winners than Germany?

Belgium's hot start at the World Cup leads the FC crew to examine their status among the contenders and whether they can go farther than Germany.


Do Panama stand a chance against England?

Ale Moreno assesses the likelihood of a Panama upset of England, while Craig Burley predicts how Gareth Southgate will approach the game with Belgium in mind.


How will Colombia respond against Poland?

The FC crew don't give Poland much of a chance against Colombia, and envision what impact a healthy James Rodriguez will have on the game.


Belgium easily outclass Tunisia

Belgium hit five goals past Tunisia, but will the 'golden generation' be able to keep this up against England in their final group match?


Belgium hero Lukaku optimistic on ankle injury

Romelu Lukaku is optimistic that he will be able to play against England on Thursday in Kaliningrad despite injuring his ankle against Tunisia.

Lukaku has Belgium raising expectations

Romelu Lukaku's power was showcased again as he took his World Cup goal tally to four, raising expectations that Belgium can reach the semifinals.

Nigeria 2-0 Iceland: Super Eagles soar to second

Nigeria roared to life in the second half after a dull opening 45 minutes, benefitting from two lovely goals from Ahmed Musa to see off Iceland.


Omeruo makes his mark against Iceland

Ahmed Musa was praised for his two goals for Nigeria against Iceland on Friday, but one other Super Eagles player impressed too - Kenneth Omeruo.

3 Takeaways from Nigeria's win over Iceland

Ahmed Musa scored twice in a blood and thunder performance from Nigeria's Super Eagles which propelled them to a 2-0 win over Iceland in Volgograd.

Serbia 1-2 Switzerland: Heroic Shaqiri lifts Swiss

Switzerland moved ahead of Serbia in Group E thanks to a dramatic second-half comeback with goals by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.


Petkovic hails Swiss 'fighting mentality' against Serbia

Switzerland's never-say-die attitude and will to win was the key to overturning a first-half deficit to beat Serbia 2-1 on Friday.

Swiss scorers' Albanian flag celebrations in focus

Both Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals for Switzerland against Serbia on Friday by making a nationalist symbol of Albania.

Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica: Coutinho's late winner

Philippe Coutinho finally put Brazil ahead in the stoppage time and Neymar added a second as Brazil survived against Costa Rica.


For Neymar, relief replaces frustration

It looked like VAR's penalty reversal would cap a difficult day for Neymar, but Brazil found a way vs. Costa Rica... and he found a goal.

Brazil, and VAR, finally get their big wins

Brazil will get the headlines for leaving it late, but the biggest triumph was having Neymar's penalty overturned by VAR review.


World Cup Trouble

Argentina's shambles starts with Sampaoli

Thursday's 3-0 thrashing was just the last symptom of a relationship between coach and country that never got off to the right start.

Simeone slams Argentina 'anarchy' - report

An audio clip reportedly of Diego Simeone, a former midfielder for Argentina, has gone viral after he described the national team as "anarchy."

Kempes: Argentina's a total disaster

World Cup winner Mario Kempes' faith in Argentina's chances of qualifying for the round of 16 has all but gone after their crushing defeat to Croatia.


Pundits and fans tear into Argentina

After their 3-0 loss to Croatia - ESPN pundits and fans give their opinion on Lionel Messi and Jorge Sampaoli


Unhappy Argentina fans react to Croatia defeat

Argentina fans react to 3-0 loss against Croatia.


Messi looked a 'broken man' in Croatia defeat

The FC crew lay into Jorge Sampaoli and inspect Lionel Messi's negative demeanour after Argentina's embarrassing defeat to Croatia.


Borden: Messi went missing against Croatia

ESPN's Sam Borden shares his thoughts on Croatia's 3-0 win which leaves Argentina on the brink of a World Cup exit.


Max Bretos recalls Maradona's 'Hand of God'

On June 22, 1986, Diego Maradona scored one of the most famous goals in World Cup history.


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Project Russia: "Who is the GOAT?" Messi, Ronaldo, Pele, Maradona


European Club Football

Shrewd shopping helped Juventus rise to the top

While Juve will splash for a star player here and there, the players who've fueled their success -- Pirlo, Pogba, Khedira -- were bargain buys.

Familiar problems surface at Chelsea

Chelsea fans are worried. With the management situation still unresolved and star players who could leave, what is going on Stamford Bridge?

Barca campaigner embraces Pique issue

Victor Font believes Gerard Pique's involvement in a documentary with Antoine Griezmann is the type of innovative thinking the club should embrace themselves.

Transfer Talk

LIVE: Sarri to raid Napoli for Chelsea?

Sarri is plotting a £76m raid on Napoli's roster if he moves to Stamford Bridge, and Juventus are eyeing Joao Cancelo. Transfer Talk is on it.

Lozano to decide future amid Barca links

Lozano scored 17 goals in 29 league matches for PSV this season, ending the campaign as their top scorer as they won the Eredivisie title.

Ronaldo will do 'best for himself' - Carvajal

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal says he does not know whether Cristiano Ronaldo will be at the Bernabeu next season.

Manchester United

Man United complete Fred signing

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Brazil international midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk on a five-year contract.

Five things to know about Man Utd's Fred

Fred has learned much from Ronaldinho, Dunga and Fernandinho and is wearing Brazil's yellow at the World Cup. Old Trafford will be his next journey.

Premier Soccer League

Sorry Amakhosi, Billiat has shown a lack of ambition

Has Khama Billiat showed a lack of ambition by staying in the PSL and joining Kaizer Chiefs instead of moving abroad?

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Sundowns face foreign quota conundrum

Mamelodi Sundowns' imminent acquisition of Venezuelan forward Jose Ali Meza leaves them needing to fit square pegs into round holes.

Benni a rookie no more as pressure mounts

Benni McCarthy's first season as a head coach at Cape Town City was a steep learning curve, and his second is likely to be even more pressurised.

Mbappe announces himself on WC stage

France's teenage star scored the winner versus Peru in a display that showcased his outstanding talent. But he must deal better with criticism.

France 1-0 Peru: Mbappe sends Peru out

Kylian Mbappe's first-half tap-in proved enough for France ending Peru's World Cup hopes in the process.


France secure passage but must improve

Didier Deschamps' men will have to improve if they are to make a deep run but, thanks to their teenage striker, a last-16 place is assured.

Australia deserving of a win against Denmark?

Australia's Bert van Marwijk speaks following Australia's draw against Denmark, where his side may feel hard done by for not coming out with a win.


Eriksen dazzles, VAR keeps Aussies alive

Christian Eriksen's superb opener looked to be sending Australia home but a VAR-referred penalty converted by Mile Jedinak kept the Socceroos alive.

Eriksen: Australia 'lucky' VAR gave penalty

Denmark's Christian Eriksen described the penalty awarded to Australia in their 1-1 draw as "lucky," after the VAR system intervened.

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.


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?

Iran 0-1 Spain: Costa makes the difference

Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lift Spain past Iran, despite the best efforts of Carlos Queiroz's side to find an equaliser.


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.

Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia: Suarez winner


Suarez celebration marks wife's pregnancy

Suarez scored the only goal after 23 minutes of his 100th international appearance to clinch qualification for the round-of-16 with a game to spare.

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.

Portugal 1-0 Morocco: Ronaldo nets again in scrappy win


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.

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.

Russia 3-1 Egypt: Salah's return not enough for Egypt

Russia are on the brink of qualifying for the last 16 after a dominant second-half display against Egypt, despite the return of Mohamed Salah.


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.

Poland 1-2 Senegal: Senegal hold on in Moscow

Senegal took advantage of some costly mistakes from Poland to become the first African side to win a game at Russia 2018.


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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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.


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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.

Zlatan on E:60

Ibrahimovic: No regrets about not playing in World Cup


Panama's World Cup moment far overshadows defeat

Despite losing their World Cup debut 3-0 to star-studded Belgium, Panama not only made its people proud but gave them a moment to cherish forever.

Belgium's class finally breaks Panama down

It took Belgium some time to finally break Panama down, but Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all contributed to a comfy 3-0 win.

Belgium 3-0 Panama: Lukaku double seals comfortable win


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.

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