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From left, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, and Russian President Vladimir Putin watch the match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
June 21, 2018 - 5:38 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Saudi Arabia's sports minister has criticized the president of European soccer on Twitter in an escalating dispute over Qatar-owned sports broadcasting rights. World Cup and Champions League TV rights for the Middle East are a proxy battleground in a year-old, Saudi-led boycott of...
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Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, leaves the pitch as Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko celebrates his side's 3-0 victory at the end of the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
June 21, 2018 - 4:36 pm
SARANSK, Russia (AP) — With nagging injuries, heavy marking from opponents and some simply uninspired play, the top stars of the 2018 World Cup have struggled to deliver on the impossible expectations they carried into the tournament, with one prominent Portuguese exception. Aside from Cristiano...
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Argentina's former soccer star Diego Maradona cheers for his team before the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
June 21, 2018 - 2:36 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 9:30 p.m. An Argentina fan has been banned from attending World Cup matches after posting a sexist video in which he encouraged a Russian woman to say offensive things in Spanish. The video shows the fan asking the young woman...
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Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
June 21, 2018 - 11:57 am
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Mile Jedinak has a knack for penalty kicks and his strategy is beyond simple. "Just to get that ball in the back in the net," the Australia captain said after converting from the spot to give Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday and new life at the World Cup. The...
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)
June 20, 2018 - 5:17 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:16 a.m. Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup. Ronaldo has all of Portugal's goals, a tournament-leading four so far, and has been getting in digs at Messi...
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Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat is attended to after suffering an injury during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 20, 2018 - 2:56 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The impact to his head was so violent that Nordin Amrabat can't remember the World Cup match at all, even though he was playing in it. "Five, six hours, gone. Totally gone," the Morocco midfielder said of the concussion sustained in his team's opening match against Iran. "When you...
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Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the group A match against Saudi Arabia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 20, 2018 - 11:55 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 6:53 p.m. Uruguay is on course for early qualification in Group A, leading Saudi Arabia 1-0 at halftime with a goal from Luis Suarez. Suarez scored in the 23rd minute, flicking in a corner from Carlos Sanchez to score in his...
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Brazil's Gabriel Jesus, center, Filipe Luis, left, Roberto Firmino, practice during a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
June 20, 2018 - 4:56 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The liveliest selection debate swirling around Brazil's national team heading into the World Cup has become more intense one game into the tournament. Should it be Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino in the lone-striker role? A favorite of Tite's since the coach took...
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, plays the ball with teammates during Portugal's official training on the eve of the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Kratovo, outskirts Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
June 20, 2018 - 4:15 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal's opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the opening Group B match against Spain, a 3-3 draw that so far stands as the most exciting game of this year...
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Egypt's Mohamed Salah reacts as Russia won the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
June 19, 2018 - 3:56 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Russia scored three goals in 15 minutes early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt that moved the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage on Tuesday. Mohamed Salah won and converted a...
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