MOSCOW | The Latest: Neymar denied by video review reversal

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 4:38 p.m. Referee Bjorn Kuipers has reversed a decision to award a penalty to Brazil for an apparent foul on Neymar in the 78th minute. Costa Rica’s Giancarlo Gonzalez put his hand across Neymar on the left of the penalty area … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Neymar denied by video review reversal

MOSCOW | The Latest: Croatia celebration stirs Balkan tensions

MOSCOW — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 3:43 p.m. Croatia’s players have stoked ethnic tensions by celebrating their 3-0 victory against Argentina by singing a nationalist song that glorifies the Balkan country’s wartime struggle against the Serbs. A brief clip shows defender Dejan Lovren singing the song with other … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Croatia celebration stirs Balkan tensions

MOSCOW  | The Latest: Sans spaghetti, Neymar has new look at World Cup

MOSCOW  — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Brazil star Neymar caused a stir with his “spaghetti” hairstyle for his opening match at the World Cup. Five days later, it appears to have gone. Warming up for the game against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg, the Brazil forward … Continue reading MOSCOW  | The Latest: Sans spaghetti, Neymar has new look at World Cup

MOSCOW | The Latest: Oviedo replaces Calvo for Costa Rica vs Brazil

MOSCOW — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 2 p.m. Costa Rica is starting Bryan Oviedo ahead of Francisco Calvo in an attacking change for the World Cup match against Brazil in St. Petersburg. That is the only change from Costa Rica’s 1-0 loss to Serbia on Sunday. Brazil coach … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Oviedo replaces Calvo for Costa Rica vs Brazil

MOSCOW  | Brazil and Neymar try to bounce back from World Cup draw

MOSCOW  — The most decorated team in soccer plays on the same day as the newest stars on the international stage as Brazil and Iceland both hit the pitch Friday in group stage of the World Cup. Brazil opened Group E play with a 1-1 tie against Switzerland in a disappointing tournament opener for one … Continue reading MOSCOW  | Brazil and Neymar try to bounce back from World Cup draw

SARANSK, Russia | Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled

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 Ronaldo, who has all four of Portugal’s goals in its … Continue reading SARANSK, Russia | Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled

MOSCOW | The Latest: Mbappe gives France 1-0 halftime lead over Peru

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 6:47 p.m. France is leading Peru 1-0 at halftime after Kylian Mbappe became the youngest World Cup scorer for France, aged 19 years and 183 days. Mbappe knocked in an Olivier Giroud shot that was deflected by a defender in the … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Mbappe gives France 1-0 halftime lead over Peru

MOSCOW | The Latest: Reports contradict on GoalControl interference

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Russian authorities have made apparently conflicting claims about whether part of the Luzhniki stadium’s fire-detection equipment could have interfered with the goal-line technology system. The Russian state telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, says it found malfunctions with four pieces of equipment … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Reports contradict on GoalControl interference