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There is more to Croatia than just Modric magic

MOSCOW: Croatia’s run to the World Cup final is largely down to Luka Modric’s tireless work in midfield but their ability to switch tactics efficiently should be a warning for opponents France on Sunday. When the two sides meet at…

France not expecting tired Croatia in World Cup final

MOSCOW: France have been surprised by the physical fortitude of Croatia and are not expecting a tired opponent in Sunday’s World Cup final, midfielder Blaise Matuidi said on Friday. Croatia have been forced into extra time in each of…

Soccer World Cup de-toxifies Russia’s global brand

MOSCOW: When the last fan files out of Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday after the soccer World Cup final, Vladimir Putin can bask in the knowledge that his objective for the tournament has been met: Russia has, for now at least, been…

Russians pray for another underdog upset

MOSCOW: Many Russian soccer fans believe their underdog national team can pull off another upset when they take on Croatia in the World Cup quarter-finals later on Saturday, allowing them to stay in the tournament against the odds. “I…

Argentina fans left in Russia wonder what to do

KAZAN, Russia: Argentina may have been knocked out of the World Cup in Russia, but plenty of their frustrated fans remain, holding tickets to finals they expected their team to feature in - while hoping desperately that bitter rivals Brazil…

England dare to dream after Belgium World Cup heroics

MOSCOW: England chase their first win in a tournament knockout match for 12 years on Tuesday (today) as they face Colombia after the World Cup draw opened up invitingly for Harry Kane's team. In a tournament full of surprises, Gareth…

Football team found alive in cave after nine days

Twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded Thai cave for nine days were "found safe" late Monday, in a miracle rescue after days of painstaking searching by divers. There had been no contact with the boys, aged between 11…