2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

WC celebrations rock Paris

The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes' welcome yesterday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country's newest idols.

'I do not know where I am!'

Once the French have their hands on the coveted golden trophy, Griezmann grasp it and run down to fans behind the goal to show them the World Cup, before skipping back along the side of the pitch holding it aloft.

You don't give a penalty like that in a World Cup final, says Croatia coach Dalic

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic stated outright what he felt regarding the controversial penalty call following his side’s 4-2 defeat to France in Sunday’s World Cup final, saying : “You don't give a penalty like that in a World Cup final.”

Did controversies ruin the spectacle of the World Cup final?

It was the first time that Video Referee Assistant (VAR) technology was used in a World Cup final but controversial refereeing decsions ensured that a spectacle of the calibre of the final might have been marred by inconsistencies.

Young France promise even more

Energetic, disciplined and clinical, France won the World Cup on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Croatia that, even in such a moment of achievement, still left the feeling there may be much more to come from Didier Deschamps' outstanding young team.

Reason why protesters invaded pitch during World Cup final

The World Cup final between France and Croatia was briefly interrupted when three intruders affiliated to anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot ran onto the pitch before being hauled off by stewards.

Modric wins golden ball as best player at the 2018 World Cup

Croatia captain Luka Modric beat competetion from the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Eden Hazard to win the golden ball as the best player in the World Cup even as his side lost the final of the showpiece event 4-2 against France.

France again after 20 years

Paul Pogba wanted his own star and 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe wanted to make an everlasting impression on his World Cup debut. Their wishes were granted as France lifted the World Cup with a 4-2 win against Croatia in the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow yesterday.

France's second or Croatia's first?

A month ago, if someone had predicted that France and Croatia would play the World Cup final in Russia, most of us would have dumped it as an impossible option. But here we are with that spectacularly different reality -- the Les Bleus and the Blazers lining up for today's final at the Luzhniki Stadium.

June 28, 2018
June 28, 2018

Coutinho stealing Neymar's show

Brazil's star man at this World Cup was supposed to be Neymar but three games into the tournament it is Philippe Coutinho who is taking the plaudits and the Barcelona player was again prominent in Wednesday's 2-0 win over Serbia.

June 28, 2018
June 28, 2018

Is Sampaoli letting Messi make coaching decisions now?

Did Argentina’s estranged coach Jorge Sampaoli ask captain Lionel Messi whether to bring on Sergio Aguero during the must-win match against Nigeria?

June 28, 2018
June 28, 2018

Brazil turn it up

They were one of the three suspect heavyweights going into the final matchday of the group stages, but five-time champions Brazil moved to the round of 16 with flying colours, defeating Serbia 2-0 at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow yesterday.

June 28, 2018
June 28, 2018

Brazil top group with 2-0 win

Strikes from Paulinho and Thiago SIlva ensure Brazil's qualification to the last 16 as they romp to a 2-0 win over Serbia in their 2018 World Cup match to top Group E.

June 28, 2018
June 28, 2018

Europe's kings make a mark on the world

Eyes all over the globe are glued to television sets and online streams with the World Cup in full swing, but for those ardent fans who follow their club teams round the season year after year, there is a special meaning to every match and performance in Russia.

June 28, 2018
June 28, 2018

Champions crash out

Germany crashed out of the World Cup yesterday after a stoppage-time VAR-assisted goal from Younggwon Kim and a late second by Son Heungmin earned South Korea a famous 2-0 win.

June 28, 2018
June 28, 2018

Cheers, only for now

Lionel Messi lives on in the World Cup, at least for another match in Russia.

June 27, 2018
June 27, 2018

Messi suffered more than ever to reach World Cup last 16

A relieved Lionel Messi admitts the stress at the prospect of crashing out of the World Cup at the group stages is the worst he had ever experienced after Marcus Rojo's late strike beat Nigeria 2-1 to send Argentina into the last 16.

June 27, 2018
June 27, 2018

Do or die for Brazil against Serbia

Brazil may have been one of the big disappointments so far at the Russia World Cup, but the pressure is on their opponents Serbia in their final Group E match in Moscow on Wednesday.

June 25, 2018
June 25, 2018

Six-star England romp into last 16

England recorded their biggest ever World Cup finals win by thrashing an ill-disciplined Panama 6-1 on Sunday to breeze through to the knockout stage after two games.

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