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Roma close in on Champions League last 16 with win over CSKA Moscow

Roma inched closer to a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over 10-man CSKA Moscow in the Luzhniki Stadium.
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Stanislav Cherchesov: Russia ‘disappointed’ despite run to World Cup quarterfinals

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said his side was disappointed after exiting the World Cup at the quarterfinals despite having made the country's best run at the tournament.
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Croatia oust Russia in another shootout to reach World Cup semifinals

Croatia won a second consecutive penalty shootout 4-3 to advance to the World Cup semifinals, ending the tournament for hosts Russia, who had equalised late in extra time.
Spain had the World Cup at their mercy given a gentle side of the bracket but they were deservedly eliminated. EPA-MAHMOUD KHALED

Spain blame game begins after World Cup penalty heartache

Spain’s World Cup roller-coaster ride finally ground to a halt on Sunday and the finger-pointing began after their third consecutive failure at a major tournament.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia

Vladimir Putin put no pressure on Russia to beat Spain at World Cup

President Vladimir Putin told Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov nobody was going to judge his team if they lost to Spain in the World Cup last 16 on Sunday -- a match they improbably won.
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Russia’s Igor Akinfeev thanks God for luck against Spain

Russia’s penalty shootout hero, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, thanked God, luck and the Luzhniki Stadium crowd for bringing the hosts home safely against Spain on Sunday to reach their first World Cup quarter-final since 1970.
Sergio Ramos of Spain

Sergio Ramos: Spain bow out of World Cup with heads held high

Sergio Ramos insists Spain leave with their "heads held high" after being dumped out of the World Cup by hosts Russia on Sunday.
Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev (R) dives for the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1, 2018. Antonin THUILLIER - AFP

Igor Akinfeev stars as Russia stun Spain on penalties

Russia captain Igor Akinfeev saved two penalties in a dramatic shootout as the World Cup hosts dumped title contenders Spain out in the last 16 following a 1-1 draw.
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Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Sergei Ignashevish's own goal gave Spain an early lead before Artem Dzyuba levelled, but neither side could find another breakthrough in extra time and Igor Akinfeev was Russia's hero of the hour, denying Koke and Iago Aspas in a dramatic shootout.
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Uruguay beat hosts Russia to finish top of Group A

Two early goals saw Uruguay finish top of group A as they inflicted Russia's first defeat of the World Cup in Samara, winning 3-0 to make it three victories from three and leave the hosts in second place.

Mo Salah declared fit for Egypt’s match against Russia

Mohamed Salah has been declared fit ahead of Egypt’s crunch game against Russia on Tuesday and coach Hector Cuper is optimistic his star striker will play.

World Cup: Russia ‘know how to stop’ Egypt’s Mo Salah

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov says the World Cup hosts have figured out a way to reign in Egypt’s striker Mohamed Salah on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg.

Russia hosts World Cup in heat of battle with West

The World Cup kicks off in Russia in a month’s time with the hosts at loggerheads with the West and intent on using the football showpiece to trumpet their superpower status.

Philippe Coutinho scores as Neymar-less Brazil breeze past Russia

Brazil began life without Neymar with a 3-0 victory over Russia in their international friendly on Friday.

Ahmed Musa makes CSKA Moscow squad for Europa League clash at Lyon

Leicester City loanee Ahmed Musa has been named by CSKA Moscow on the squad for a UEFA Europa League Round of 16 return leg at Lyon.

Sergio Aguero seals Argentina win in Moscow

A late goal from Sergio Aguero unlocked a stubborn Russian defence as Argentina showed their intent ahead of next year's World Cup with a 1-0 win over the tournament hosts here Saturday.

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