Neymar blames ‘brattish’ behaviour on his inner child

Neymar has tackled critics who derided his play-acting at the World Cup, admitting he “overreacts” and blaming his “brat” like behaviour on his inner child. The Brazilian superstar was widely lambasted in Russia for his theatrical reactions to challenges which…

France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

France won the World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia’s dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory on Sunday in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades. France led 2-1 at halftime…

2018 World Cup: Belgium beat England to finish third

Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and send Gareth Southgate’s side home with a second straight loss. France will face Croatia in Sunday’s final…

FIFA president Infantino thanks Russia for ‘best World Cup’ ever

FIFA president Gianni Infantino thanked the Russian people and government on Friday for what he described as the “best World Cup” ever. Sporting a FIFA volunteers’ jacket, Infantino told reporters in Moscow that Russia’s infrastructure and welcome allied to the…

Argentina’s Nestor Pitana to referee World Cup final

Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana, along with his assistants Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti, will officiate the final of the 2018 Fifa World Cup between France and Croatia on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Pitana, a 43-year-old physical…

England defeat will hurt for a long time, says Kane

England’s World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia will hurt for a long time, striker Harry Kane said after their 2-1 extra-time defeat on Wednesday. “It’s tough, we’re gutted,” he said. “We worked so hard, the fans were amazing, it was…

Mandzukic sends Croatia to first World Cup final

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday and reach their first World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday, and send the Balkan nation…

Pogba dedicates France semi win to rescued Thai boys

France midfielder Paul Pogba dedicated his side’s World Cup 1-0 semifinal win over Belgium to the 12 Thai boys who were rescued from a flooded cave along with their coach on Tuesday. “This victory goes to the heroes of the…

Umtiti goal enough as France beat Belgium to reach final

Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semifinal on Tuesday. Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the…

French icon Henry plots his country’s downfall

The irony of Thierry Henry, one of France’s all-time soccer greats, plotting his own country’s downfall at the World Cup in Russia has not been lost on his former team mate Didier Deschamps, who calls it a bizarre situation. When…

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