A difficult battle awaits, Messi warns

Argentina captain Lionel Messi and coach Lionel Scaloni predicted a tough but beautiful encounter with the Netherlands when the sides meet in Friday’s World Cup quarter-final.

Pele and Messi in poetic mesh

Some hours before Lionel Messi once again rocked Bangladesh and the world on Saturday night, news started trickling in that Edson Arantes do Nascimento, much better known as Pele, had entered palliative care after his body had stopped responding to chemotherapy treatment for cancer. 

Pele says he’s ‘strong, with a lot of hope’

Brazilian football legend Pele said on Saturday that he feels “strong, with a lot of hope” despite medical problems that have kept the 82-year-old sports icon in the hospital with a respiratory infection.

France, England in spotlight after Messi fires Argentina into quarters

France's bid to retain the World Cup continues against Poland on Sunday, while England's pursuit of a first major trophy in 56 years will be tested by African champions Senegal.

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‘I'm strong, with a lot of hope’

Brazilian football legend Pele said on Saturday that he feels "strong, with a lot of hope" despite medical problems that have kept the 82-year-old sports icon in the hospital with a respiratory infection.

‘The whole of Argentina would love to be here’

Argentina players came off the pitch on Saturday elated and relieved to have made it to the World Cup quarter-finals after Lionel Messi set them on their way to a 2-1 win but Australia stormed back in the final minutes for a thrilling end.

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

Focus on Kane as England face Senegal

The prospect of Harry Kane not scoring in any of England’s group games at the World Cup might have left fans fearing the worst but instead there is a growing sense of optimism as Gareth Southgate’s side eye Sunday’s last-16 clash with Senegal.

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

Scaloni excited to take on his idol Van Gaal

Lionel Scaloni said he was looking forward to taking on Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal in the World Cup quarter-finals after his Argentina side beat Australia 2-1 on Saturday.

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

France, England in spotlight after Messi fires Argentina into quarters

France's bid to retain the World Cup continues against Poland on Sunday, while England's pursuit of a first major trophy in 56 years will be tested by African champions Senegal.

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

‘I'm strong, with a lot of hope’

Brazilian football legend Pele said on Saturday that he feels "strong, with a lot of hope" despite medical problems that have kept the 82-year-old sports icon in the hospital with a respiratory infection.

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

‘The whole of Argentina would love to be here’

Argentina players came off the pitch on Saturday elated and relieved to have made it to the World Cup quarter-finals after Lionel Messi set them on their way to a 2-1 win but Australia stormed back in the final minutes for a thrilling end.

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

World Cup lights up to show support for hospitalised Pele

World Cup host nation Qatar showed its support for Pele on Saturday, lighting up buildings with a "Get well soon" message for the Brazil football great.

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

Argentina's Di Maria out, Australia also make one change

Argentina replaced striker Angel Di Maria with Alejandro Gomez alongside Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez in attack against Australia in Saturday's World Cup last 16 clash.

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

Son eyes ‘another miracle’

Son Heung-min wants his South Korea side to pull off “another miracle” and beat Brazil on Monday in the World Cup last 16 after their last-gasp heroics against Portugal.

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

Africa’s emphatic response in Qatar

Four years ago Africa was left without a representative in the World Cup last 16 for the first time since the round was introduced in 1986, but the response has been emphatic in Qatar.

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

We can be even better, Van Dijk warns

Netherlands defender Denzel Dumfries set up their first two goals and netted a decisive third to ensure a 3-1 victory over the United States on Saturday and a spot in the World Cup quarter-finals, thwarting US efforts at a late comeback.