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VOLGOGRAD, Russia | Sources: Salah considering retiring from national team

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Mohamed Salah told Egypt team officials and teammates that he is considering retiring from international play because he is angry about being used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Chechnya, two people close to the player told The Associated Press. Salah said he was particularly … Continue reading VOLGOGRAD, Russia | Sources: Salah considering retiring from national team

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia | Panama’s captain makes history with World Cup goal

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — He made his World Cup debut at age 37, when he’s about to hang up his boots, and scored his country’s first-ever goal on soccer’s biggest stage. What more could Panama captain and defender Felipe Baloy ask for. The 6-1 thrashing that Panama suffered at England’s hands on Sunday and … Continue reading NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia | Panama’s captain makes history with World Cup goal

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia | With luck, Kane joins England’s great World Cup strikers

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Harry Kane now has a permanent souvenir from the World Cup. The England striker grabbed the game ball and kept it in his grasp after scoring a hat trick in his team’s 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday. Those goals — two penalties and a lucky deflection — made Kane … Continue reading NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia | With luck, Kane joins England’s great World Cup strikers

KALININGRAD, Russia | Serbia FA complains of ‘biased’ referee in Switzerland match

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — A day after being put under investigation by FIFA for complaining about the refereeing of their 2-1 World Cup loss to Switzerland and misbehavior by fans, Serbia’s football association has filed an official complaint with the sport’s governing body alleging “biased officiating” by referee Feliz Brych. In a statement posted on … Continue reading KALININGRAD, Russia | Serbia FA complains of ‘biased’ referee in Switzerland match

SARANSK, Russia | Iran coach lambasts World Cup use of VAR on close calls

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Iran coach Carlos Queiroz lambasted what he said is the overuse of video review at the World Cup to overturn close and debatable calls instead of being limited to only correcting obvious mistakes. In the past, the Portuguese was an outspoken proponent, but now he’s seeing problems with the implementation of … Continue reading SARANSK, Russia | Iran coach lambasts World Cup use of VAR on close calls

VOLGOGRAD, Russia | Salah in better shape before Egypt’s last World Cup match

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Egypt striker Mohamed Salah’s shoulder injury appeared Sunday to have significantly improved before the Pharaohs’ last World Cup game against Saudi Arabia. The 26-year-old Liverpool player, however, didn’t seem to be 100-percent fit during warmup drills in the team’s final training session. Salah, Injured in last month’s Champions League final, showed … Continue reading VOLGOGRAD, Russia | Salah in better shape before Egypt’s last World Cup match

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia | Seeing red: Iceland promises Croatia grueling group finish

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Iceland defender Kari Arnason isn’t afraid to see red if it means stopping one of the World Cup’s most creative sides when it takes on Croatia on Tuesday. Both teams have a history of sending offs when they meet, with three red cards handed out in their last four matches. Arnason … Continue reading ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia | Seeing red: Iceland promises Croatia grueling group finish

SOCHI, Russia | Kroos scores late to give Germany 2-1 win over Sweden

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The desperate world champions from Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden’s penalty area. With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a trick play from training that … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Kroos scores late to give Germany 2-1 win over Sweden