FIFA World Cup 2022

Best still to come in World Cup after shocks galore

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The World Cup in Qatar has already delivered plenty of major shocks but as it moves into the knockout phase the top contenders including Brazil and France have plenty to prove. This is the first World Cup since the South Africa tournament in 2010 in which teams from Asia, Africa… Read

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Mature tactics help Japan grow up at World Cup

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Japan were labelled naive when they exited the World Cup four years ago against Belgium. Now their canny tactics have upset Germany and Spain and taken them to the last 16. The Blue Samurai will face Croatia in the first knock-out round on Monday after topping Group E with two… Read

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Cameroon stun Brazil 1-0 but fail to advance

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Vincent Aboubakar headed in a stoppage-time winner and was then sent off as Cameroon claimed a memorable 1-0 victory over favorites Brazil at the World Cup on Friday, but still failed to go through to the last 16. Aboubakar, who had come in to captain Rigobert Song's team, connected with… Read

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S Korea advance after beating Portugal 2-1

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South Korea’s players formed a circle in the center of the field and trained their eyes on several cell phones showing a nearby match that would decide their future at the World Cup. The South Koreans had just about done their job, beating Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal teammates 2-1… Read

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Switzerland edge Serbia in feisty clash to make last 16

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Switzerland booked a last-16 showdown with Portugal at the World Cup on Friday after a 3-2 win over Serbia in a bad-tempered match secured them second place in Group G. Xherdan Shaqiri's deflected strike put the Swiss ahead but Aleksandar Mitrovic's fine header brought Serbia level at Stadium 974. Dusan… Read

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Uruguay beat Ghana 2-0 but both teams out

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This time, Luis Suarez cried on the sidelines after Uruguay was eliminated from the World Cup despite a 2-0 win over Ghana on Friday. The result also put Ghana out of the competition. Suarez played a key role in both first-half goals scored by Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Uruguay appeared… Read

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Argentina hopes to avoid World Cup upset against Australia

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Australia’s players speak in glowing, almost reverential terms about Lionel Messi. “He just does things that, you know, no one else can do,” forward Mathew Leckie said. Milos Degenek went even further. “Probably,” the Socceroos defender said, “the best footballer ever to grace the game.” Imagine, then, how they’ll be… Read

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Blue Samurai spirit: Japan explodes with World Cup joy

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As the final whistle blew on Japan's shock victory over Spain, thrilled fans flooded onto Tokyo's Shibuya scramble crossing early Friday morning to celebrate a win few had dared to dream of. "Japan, bravo! Japan, bravo!", they cheered after the 2-1 victory, singing the popular "Vamos Nippon" soccer chant and… Read

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Japan beats Spain 2-1 to advance to last 16 at World Cup

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Same stadium. Same result. Similar shocking victory for Japan at the World Cup. After beating Germany in the team's opener, Japan worked its way into the round of 16 of the World Cup on Thursday by defeating Spain 2-1 - the same score as last week. Spain also advanced despite the loss, knocking Germany… Read

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Belgium crash out of World Cup after 0-0 Croatia draw

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Romelu Lukaku missed a string of late chances as Belgium crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage after a 0-0 draw with Croatia on Thursday which sent the 2018 runners-up into the knockout phase. Roberto Martinez announced after the game he was stepping down as Belgium coach… Read

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