FIFA World Cup

New Delhi:  Cricket remains the major contributor to sports viewership on Indian television, but football got a boost with the just-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia where India was not even participating. Sports viewership year-on-year has gone up. While it contributed 2.8 per cent to total TV viewership in 2016, it grew to 3.2 per …

Moscow: Russian punk protest organisation and band Pussy Riot has claimed responsibility for four people running onto the field at the Luzhniki Stadium here during the final match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 between France and Croatia. In a statement posted on its Twitter account, Pussy Riot wrote that the disruption was meant to protest …

Moscow: In a dramatic 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, France outplayed Croatia 4-2 by scoring twice in both half of the game to clinch their second title in 20 years here on Sunday. A first-ever own goal in a World Cup final gave France the lead as Mario Mandzukic headed a free-kick into his own net …

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 …

Moscow: As England edged past Colombia 4-3 on penalties to qualify for the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup, the performance of referee Mark Geiger was the biggest talking point of the round-of-16 tie. Besides issuing as many as eight yellow cards throughout the game which was locked 1-1 after regulation time, referee Geiger failed to …

Moscow: England survived a penalty shootout for the first time in their FIFA World Cup history as they overcame a combative Colombian team with a 4-3 (1-1) victory on penalties here on Tuesday to set-up a quarter-final against Sweden. Harry Kane marked his sixth goal of the tournament as he converted a penalty to give England …