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KAZAN, Russia | Belgium eliminates Brazil, advances to World Cup semifinals

KAZAN, Russia — Neymar used Brazil’s famed yellow jersey to shield his anguish. The Belgians, clad in red and dancing in a celebratory circle nearby, couldn’t hide their relief. Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years, holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1 Friday in one of the country’s greatest … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | Belgium eliminates Brazil, advances to World Cup semifinals

KAZAN, Russia | Belgium eliminates Brazil from World Cup to reach semifinals

KAZAN, Russia — Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1 Friday, sending Neymar home without living up to the expectations of being soccer’s most expensive player. Belgium scored the decisive goal on a counterattack just after a corner had been taken by … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | Belgium eliminates Brazil from World Cup to reach semifinals

KAZAN, Russia | O Monstro’ Thiago Silva back to his best in Russia

KAZAN, Russia — Four years after Brazil’s humiliation at its home World Cup, Thiago Silva is back to his best in Russia, a country where his then-burgeoning career was almost tragically cut short years ago. The 33-year-old Brazil center back — who is nicknamed “O Monstro” for his exceptional physical abilities — is probably playing … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | O Monstro’ Thiago Silva back to his best in Russia

KAZAN, Russia | Belgium’s high scorers take on Brazil’s miserly defense

KAZAN, Russia — To get past Belgium in the quarterfinals at the World Cup, Brazil has to do something it has not been able to do since it last won the tournament in 2002: overcome European opposition in the knockout stages. Since beating Germany 2-0 in the 2002 World Cup final, the five-time winner has … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | Belgium’s high scorers take on Brazil’s miserly defense

KAZAN, Russia | Rodriguez misses Colombia training, scan shows calf swelling

KAZAN, Russia — James Rodriguez missed training on Saturday and a scan showed that he had minor swelling of his right calf, three days before a last-16 match against England at the World Cup. Rodriguez, who was the top scorer at the 2014 World Cup, has been bothered by the injury since the start of … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | Rodriguez misses Colombia training, scan shows calf swelling

KAZAN, Russia | Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez misses training

KAZAN, Russia — James Rodriguez was the only Colombia player who didn’t take part in training Saturday, raising further doubts about whether he will be fully fit for the World Cup knockout match against England. Rodriguez, who was the top scorer at the 2014 World Cup, has been bothered by a calf injury since the … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez misses training

KAZAN, Russia | Mbappe, not Messi, stars as France beats Argentina 4-3

KAZAN, Russia  — Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in a five-minute span to lead France over Argentina 4-3 Saturday and into the World Cup quarterfinals. The loss could be the end of Lionel Messi’s international career. Mbappe, a constant threat to Argentina’s creaking defense with his speed and skill, was at the heart of … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | Mbappe, not Messi, stars as France beats Argentina 4-3

KAZAN, Russia | France considers how to stop Messi ahead of Argentina clash

KAZAN, Russia — Like any other team facing Argentina, France faces the Lionel Messi question: How to stop the five-time world player of the year? Unlike many of its rivals at the World Cup, though, France has an answer: a center-half pairing of Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti. France, which plays Argentina for a spot … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | France considers how to stop Messi ahead of Argentina clash

KAZAN, Russia | Rudy ruled out of Germany’s final World Cup group match

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Germany midfielder Sebastian Rudy has been ruled out of the team’s final group game against South Korea at the World Cup after suffering multiple fractures to his nose. Coach Joachim Loew said Tuesday on the eve of the match that Rudy hadn’t recovered after undergoing surgery. Rudy picked up the injury … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | Rudy ruled out of Germany’s final World Cup group match

KAZAN, Russia | Colombia pairing of Rodriguez, Quintero works at World Cup

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — They’ve been friends since childhood and now they are forming a surprising midfield partnership for Colombia at the World Cup. James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero shined in the team’s 3-0 win over Poland, with three assists between them. The display helped keep the South Americans in contention to advance from their … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | Colombia pairing of Rodriguez, Quintero works at World Cup

KAZAN, Russia | Colombia coach gives 4-point wish list for World Cup match

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Colombia coach Jose Pekerman gave his wish list for the team’s next match against Poland, most importantly keeping all 11 players on the pitch. In a disappointing 2-1 loss to Japan in Colombia’s first match, the South Americans were reduced to 10 men and a goal behind in the opening minutes. … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | Colombia coach gives 4-point wish list for World Cup match

KAZAN, Russia | ‘Iranian Messi’ feels at home at World Cup before Spain game

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — It was on a cold night of November two years ago that Iran center forward Sardar Azmoun displayed his class to the world. Playing against Bayern Munich in the Champions League with his Russian Premier League club Rostov, Azmoun collected a pass from a teammate on the edge of the area. … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | ‘Iranian Messi’ feels at home at World Cup before Spain game

KAZAN, Russia | Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Technology twice helped France at the World Cup on Saturday in its 2-1 victory over Australia. The French team was given a penalty kick, eventually converted by Antoine Griezmann in the 58th minute, after the referee watched the replay of a foul on the sideline. Paul Pogba later scored the winning … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

KAZAN, Russia | France coach indulges Griezmann before World Cup match

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps has always been clear with his players since taking charge six years ago: there is no “I” in team. Deschamps, however, has made an exception with Antoine Griezmann, stopping short of criticizing the star striker a day after he theatrically announced his decision to stay with Atletico … Continue reading KAZAN, Russia | France coach indulges Griezmann before World Cup match