FIFA 2018

Moscow: France will bid to win their second FIFA World Cup title as they will start as slight favourites against maiden finalists Croatia in the 2018 edition title-decider at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Sunday. The title clash refreshes memory of their 1998 semi-final when two near-identical second half strikes by right-back Liliam Thuram propelled France …

Moscow: Croatia entered the final of the FIFA World Cup for the first time as a late goal from striker Mario Mandzukic helped them overcome a combative England with a 2-1 victory here on Wednesday to set-up a title-decider against France. Croatia, featuring in a World Cup semi-final only for the second time after a gap …

Nizhny Novgorod (Russia): A hat-trick from Harry Kane helped England thrash Panama 6-1 in the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group G game here on Sunday. The match against Panama marked England’s biggest win ever at the World Cup finals, which secured a last 16 place for the Three Lions while Harry Kane, the captain of England …

Sochi: Toni Kroos produced a last gasp winner as Germany revived their campaign with a 2-1 win over Sweden in a Group F match of the FIFA 2018 World Cup here. Ola Toivonen gave Sweden the lead with a superb finish in the 32nd minute during the match on Saturday. Germany displayed large doses of their …

Kaliningrad (Russia): A late goal by Xherdan Shaqiri earned Switzerland 2-1 win over Serbia in a Group E clash of the FIFA World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium here. Aleksandar Mitrovic handed Serbia the lead in the fifth minute during the match on Friday. Switzerland equalised in the second half, thanks to a superb long range …

Saransk (Russia): A female reporter was sexually harassed, here, amid live broadcast of FIFA 2018 world cup in Russia. Julieth Gonzalez, a sports correspondent, was groped and kissed by a stranger from the crowd, who was going inside the stadium to watch the football match, while she was reporting live from the venue. It was a …

Kazan: 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. After a barren first-half where Spain were left frustrated as Iran defended brilliantly, Costa (54th) broke the deadlock albeit in fortuitous circumstances. Costa’s neat turn and quick shot took …

St. Petersburg: Russia defeated Egypt 3-1 in a Group A clash on Tuesday to virtually assure themselves a place in the next round of the FIFA World Cup here. A goal by Egypt defender Ahmed Fathi (47th minute) opened the scoring just after the break. Denis Cheryshev (59th) and Artem Dzyuba (62nd) produced two superb strikes …