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MOSCOW | The Latest: Van Basten rejects criticism of Putin meeting

MOSCOW — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 4 p.m. Ex-Netherlands player and coach Marco van Basten says he only discussed soccer with Russian President Vladimir Putin during meetings at the World Cup. Van Basten, now FIFA’s chief officer for technical development, has been criticized for meeting Putin by families … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Van Basten rejects criticism of Putin meeting

MOSCOW | The Latest: Expert panel praises Belgium’s tactical approach

MOSCOW — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Belgium outwitting Brazil in the quarterfinals has been hailed by FIFA’s expert panel as the best tactical success at the World Cup. A 2-1 win in Kazan was built on Belgium’s impressive first half. Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scored after … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Expert panel praises Belgium’s tactical approach