FIFA World Cup: Scrappy Spain ride Costa goal to down gritty Iran 1-0 (Lead) (02:22)
Kazan, June 21 (IANS) Diego Costa scored a scrappy second-half winner to help Spain edge past doughty Iran in a key Group B FIFA World Cup game here on Wednesday.

FIFA World Cup: Spain ride Costa goal to down gritty Iran 1-0 (01:44)
Kazan (Russia), June 21 (IANS) Diego Costa scored a second-half winner to help Spain edge past doughty Iran 1-0 in a key Group B FIFA World Cup 2018 game here on Wednesday.

Peru coach Gareca vows to overcome mighty France (23:18)
Yekaterinburg (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Peru coach Ricardo Gareca emphasised on Wednesday that his side will do its best to beat France in the World Cup Group C match in Ekaterinburg Arena on Thursday.

Portugal may need change in strategy, says coach Santos (23:08)
Moscow, June 20 (IANS) Portugal chief coach Fernando Santos admitted his side might need tactical changes after grinding out a 1-0 victory over Morocco in their World Cup Group B fixture here on Wednesday.

Morocco coach Renard 'proud' of team (23:04)
Moscow, June 20 (IANS) Morocco head coach Herve Renard heaped praise on his footballers after the team's 0-1 defeat to Portugal here on Wednesday, a result that all but guarantees the African side's World Cup elimination from the group stage.

Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia to enter pre-quarters (Lead) (22:46)IANS Photo Service
Rostov-on-Don (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Veteran striker Luis Suarez marked his 100th international with a winning goal as Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a Group A clash here on Wednesday to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup.

Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia to enter pre-quarters (22:28)IANS Photo Service
Rostov-on-Don (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a Group A clash here on Wednesday to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup.

Australian fan detained for launching quadcopter on Red Square (21:28)
Moscow, June 20 (IANS) Moscow police on Wednesday detained an Australian football fan for trying to launch a quadcopter on Red Square, according to a source.

Serbia defender Tosic cautions team against over-confidence (21:10)IANS Photo Service
Saransk (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Serbia defender Dusko Tosic said on Wednesday that his national team is facing a must-win match against Switzerland, and cautioned against overconfidence after beating Costa Rica 1-0 in their debut in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Marco Reus wants to help Germany in World Cup campaign (21:10)IANS Photo Service
Sochi (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Germany's forward Marco Reus, whose team lost their debut match 0-1 to Mexico in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, on Wednesday said he wished he could play and help the team.

Denmark, Australia face-off in crunch Group C clash (Preview) (21:02)IANS Photo Service
Samara (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Denmark and Australia will lock horns in a crunch Group C contest in which the European side will aim to register their second consecutive win and seal a knockout berth, while the other team will eye survival on Thursday.

Germany sports chief predicts tough clash with Sweden (21:02)
Sochi (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Oliver Bierhoff, sporting director for the German football federation, DFB said on Wednesday that his country's upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup match against Sweden looks to be a tough game.

Muller says Germany must win remaining group matches (20:46)IANS Photo Service
Sochi (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Germany forward Thomas Muller, whose national team was on the wrong side of a surprise 0-1 defeat to Mexico in its 2018 FIFA World Cup debut in Russia, said on Wednesday that the team must win its next two matches against Sweden and South Korea.

Ronaldo fires Portugal to 1-0 victory over Morocco (Lead) (20:46)IANS Photo Service
Moscow, June 20 (IANS) Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's all-time leading scorer as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in their FIFA World Cup Group B match here at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Wednesday.

Desailly slams Neymar's 'individual play' (20:12)IANS Photo Service
Moscow, June 20 (IANS) Former France captain and 1998 FIFA World Cup winner Marcel Desailly has accused Brazil star Neymar of playing for himself to the detriment of his team.

Ronaldo helps Portugal pip Morocco 1-0 (19:32)IANS Photo Service
Moscow, June 20 (IANS) Christiano Ronaldo's solo goal helped Portugal notch up their first win in the 2018 FIFA World Cup as they pipped Morocco 1-0 in a Group B tie at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Wednesday.

France eye knockout berth with win over Peru (Preview) (19:28)IANS Photo Service
Yekaterinburg (Russia), June 20 (IANS) France will be keen to book an early place in the pre-quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup when they meet Peru, who are staring down the barrel of an early exit, in a Group C clash here on Thursday.

Colombia resumes training after surprise loss to Japan (19:06)IANS Photo Service
Kazan (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Colombia's national team resumed training on Wednesday, a day after Japan dealt them a surprising 2-1 defeat that doused the South Americans' hopes for a strong start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Germans prepare for must-win Sweden clash (19:02)IANS Photo Service
Sochi (Russia), June 20 (IANS) Germany's national football team trained at its FIFA World Cup headquarters in this Russian Black Sea resort city on Wednesday in preparation for its forthcoming game against current joint-leaders of Group F Sweden.

Ronaldo becomes Europe's all-time leading scorer (19:00)IANS Photo Service
Moscow, June 20 (IANS) Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's highest ever scorer in international football when he struck an early goal in Portugal's Group B match against Morocco here on Wednesday.

Messi's Argentina look to made amends against Croatia (Preview) (17:16)IANS Photo Service
Nizhny Novgorod, June 20 (IANS) Captain Lionel Messi will again be the centre of attraction when Argentina look to recover from their shock draw against Iceland and record a victory against a confident Croatia in a crucial Group D clash here on Thursday.

Blatter in Moscow for 'private' visit: Kremlin (16:56)
Moscow, June 20 (IANS) Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter is in Moscow on a private visit meaning that all the meetings he has during his stay in the Russian capital will be private as well, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednsesday.

Argentina wraps up training for momentous Croatia duel (16:54)IANS Photo Service
Moscow, June 20 (IANS) Argentina's national team on Wednesday completed its final training session in the Russian town of Bronnitsy near Moscow before heading to Nizhny Novgorod, where they will face Croatia in their second 2018 FIFA World Cup match in Group D.

Scoring winner in World Cup opener is dream come true: England skipper (16:40)IANS Photo Service
Saint Petersburg (Russia), June 20 (IANS) England football captain Harry Kane has said scoring the winner at such a high level was a dream come true, according to an interview shared by the English Football Association on Wednesday.

Asian rivals' winning performances stimulate South Korea, says Jung (15:14)IANS Photo Service
St. Petersburg, June 20 (IANS) South Korean defensive midfielder Jung Woo-young on Wednesday said that other Asian teams' winning performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup gives stimulations to his team.

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