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Keisuke Honda has played his last match for Japan having won 97 caps - Reuters

Japan’s Keisuke Honda, Makoto Hasebe announce international retirement

The Blue Samurai led 2-0 in their Round of 16 fixture with Belgium before the Europeans launched a dramatic comeback to win 3-2 with a late Nacer Chadli goal.
Belgium's forward Eden Hazard eyes the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Odd ANDERSEN -

Memories of Euro 2016 shock haunted Eden Hazard in World Cup thriller

Eden Hazard admitted memories of Belgium's shock Euro 2016 defeat to Wales haunted him during their stunning 3-2 last-gasp win over Japan to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Win or bust for Iceland against familiar foe Croatia

Nothing less than a win will do for Iceland against Croatia if they are to emulate their Euro 2016 success by making it to the knockout stage at their first World Cup, but it will be a tall order against a familiar foe that leads Group D.
Croatia’s Luka Modric celebrated after scoring against Argentina on Thursday. Elsa | Getty Images

Vedran Corluka: Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic the best midfield in Russia

Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic are the best central midfield pairing at the 2018 World Cup according to experienced Croatia defender Vedran Corluka.

Uruguay into World Cup knockouts with win vs Saudi Arabia

The result had a number of repercussions for all teams in Group A as hosts Russia will join the South Americans in the round of 16 while Egypt are eliminated along with the Saudis with a game still to play.

Luis Suarez wins 100th Uruguay cap, Saudi Arabia drop goalkeeper

Luis Suarez will make his 100th international appearance for Uruguay on Wednesday after being named in the starting XI for their second World Cup match against Saudi Arabia in Rostov.

Carlos Osorio: Mexico squad suffering from flu during Germany win

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has confirmed that El Tri managed to defeat Germany on Sunday despite a flu bug in the camp and has hinted that he won't be making major changes to the team for Saturday's Group F match against South Korea.

Tite: Brazil’s Neymar not 100 percent

Brazil head coach Tite has admitted that Neymar is "not 100 percent" ahead of the Selecao's World Cup opener against Switzerland in Rostov on Sunday.

Manchester United agree deal to land Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Brazil international midfielder Fred, the Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday.

Russian pilot found 30 years after going missing in Afghanistan

A Russian pilot believed to have been shot down and killed 30 years ago during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has been found alive.

Fred: Manchester United talks at an advanced stage

Brazil midfielder Fred said he is fully focused on the World Cup despite admitting talks over a summer move to Manchester United are at "an advanced stage."

Super Eagles’ opponent Iceland names 23 players for World Cup

The Strákarnir Okkar, otherwise known as the “Our Boys” in English, will make their debut against Argentina on the 16th of June at the Otkritie Arena in Moscow.

Neymar excites Brazilians with hint of recovery

Soccer-crazy Brazilians were jubilant Friday with news that Neymar will recover well enough to make the Russia World Cup in June.

Injured Neymar out of Brazil’s friendlies against Russia, Germany

Brazilian coach Tite on Monday made the best of injured star Neymar’s forced absence by bringing new names into the national squad for friendlies against Russia and Germany.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar set to be out until May recovering from foot surgery

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is scheduled to have an operation on his foot injury that will see him return to action just one month before the start of this summer's World Cup finals, according to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte.

Investigators brave snow in hunt for clues over Russian plane crash

Investigators scoured the scene Monday after a passenger plane crashed near Moscow minutes after take-off, killing all 71 people on board, in one of Russia's worst-ever plane crashes.

Ahmed Musa should leave Leicester City – Isaac Okoronkwo

Former Nigeria international, Isaac Okoronkwo, has admitted that Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, did the right thing leaving Chelsea FC, adding that Leicester City striker Ahmed Musa should follow the footstep of his national team-mate.

Zenit boss Mancini desperate for a ‘backbone’

Roberto Mancini admits that his Russian Premier League table-toppers Zenit St Petersburg need to develop a “backbone” if they are to mount a double assault on the domestic and Europa League titles.

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