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Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill: Belgium game shows tougher standard at World Cup

England progressed to the knockout stages as runners-up in Group G following the 1-0 loss in Kaliningrad, where manager Gareth Southgate made eight changes to his starting XI.

World Cup kits go retro, but there’s only one winner

Captain John Obi Mikel wrote in an opinion piece published hours before their critical World Cup game against Argentina: "Nigeria is not here to wear a nice kit."
Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup

FIFA: No plans to change fair play rule

Japan and Senegal were both locked on four points in Group H with identical goal differences and the same number of goals scored, but the Asian side went through to the next round on Thursday after collecting fewer yellow cards in the group stage.
Brazil

World Cup wide open after dramatic group stage

Only six countries have won the World Cup in the last 50 years, but a thrilling group stage in Russia has increased the possibility of a fresh name at least making it to the final.
Sardar Azmoun

Iran striker retires at 23 over World Cup criticism

Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun has announced his retirement from international football aged just 23, saying criticism from fans of his performance at the World Cup had harmed his mother’s health.
England v Panama- Harry Kane of England carries the ball | Getty Images

World Cup: English Premier League leads in players

The English Premier League has more players featuring in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, more than any other league, with 136 players out of the 736 at the tournament.
Brazil forward Neymar

Andres Guardado: Neymar likes to exaggerate fouls

Mexico captain Andres Guardado has urged officials to keep a keen eye on Brazil forward Neymar "because he likes to exaggerate fouls."
Roberto Martínez

Roberto Martinez: Belgium deserved to beat England

Belgian coach Roberto Martinez has stated that his side were deserving of their win against England in their final Group G game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday night.
Lionel Messi

Federico Fazio: Lionel Messi’s change of attitude helped us beat Nigeria

Argentina defender Federico Fazio believes Lionel Messi showed a different attitude in their 2-1 win over Nigeria last Tuesday.
Senegal v Colombia- Salif Sane of Senegal looks dejected | Getty Images

World Cup: Senegal complete Africa’s misery

Yerry Mina’s second-half header sent Colombia into a potential last-16 tie with England at the World Cup at the expense of Senegal, who lost out to Japan having received more yellow cards.
Tunisia secured third place in Group G with a 2-1 victory over Panama in both sides' final World Cup game on Thursday.

World Cup: Tunisia secure third place in Group G with defeat of Panama

Tunisia secured third place in Group G with a 2-1 victory over Panama in both sides' final World Cup game on Thursday.
Then Belgium took the lead. With England pedestrian, the Belgium players passed around the defence and Adnan Januzaj beat Rose, cut inside on his left foot, and released an unstoppable shot into the far corner

Adnan Januzaj strike secures Belgium top spot

Belgium finished top of Group G after a 1-0 win over England in Kaliningrad, but find themselves in the tougher side of the knockout draw -- containing the likes of Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and France -- and face Japan in the round of 16.
Brazil star Thiago Silva has laughed off reports that his relationship with Neymar has soured, attributing the speculation to a joke that was taken the wrong way. | Getty Images

Thiago Silva: Stories of Neymar rift were a joke

Brazil star Thiago Silva has laughed off reports that his relationship with Neymar has soured, attributing the speculation to a joke that was taken the wrong way.
Senegal v Colombia- Salif Sane of Senegal looks dejected | Getty Images

Didier Drogba: African football suffers worst World Cup showing in 36 years

African football has suffered a "big step back" after Senegal's exit sealed the continent's worst World Cup showing for 36 years, says Didier Drogba.
Japan lost to Poland but qualified for the World Cup round of 16 by virtue of a better disciplinary record than Group F rivals Senegal | Getty Images

Japan lose to Poland but qualify for World Cup round of 16 via fair...

Japan lost to Poland but qualified for the World Cup round of 16 by virtue of a better disciplinary record than Group F rivals Senegal.
Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 to advance to the World Cup round of 16 as Group H winners in a result that sent the African side out of the competition on the fair play ranking | Getty Images

Colombia win to top World Cup group, eliminate Senegal on fair play

Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 to advance to the World Cup round of 16 as Group H winners in a result that sent the African side out of the competition on the fair play ranking.

World Cup: Emmanuel Amuneke urges NFF to create education programmes for players

Former Super Eagles winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, on Thursday called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to create education programmes aimed at improving players’ technical knowledge of football.
Former Argentina forward Diego Maradona (C) celebrates the opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 26, 2018. AFP | Giuseppe CACACE

Angry Diego Maradona offers reward over ‘death’ report

Diego Maradona has offered a $10,000 reward to identify the source of reports he had died after Argentina's World Cup match against Nigeria, his lawyer said Thursday.

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