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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | After only 2 matches, Egypt eliminated from World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Egypt arrived in Russia with Mohamed Salah and some high expectations. The team, playing at the World Cup for the first time since 1990, was sure it had the ability to grind out results, even with Salah still recovering from a shoulder injury. But after two matches, the Egyptians were … Continue reading ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | After only 2 matches, Egypt eliminated from World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Russia on brink of last 16 at World Cup, beats Egypt 3-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Two wins, eight goals and almost certainly a place in the knockout stage for first time since the Soviet era. Russia is enjoying quite the party at its own World Cup — and not even the highly anticipated return of Mohamed Salah could slow it down on Tuesday. Confounding grim … Continue reading ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Russia on brink of last 16 at World Cup, beats Egypt 3-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — What a transformation. Russia’s World Cup soccer team, metamorphosed from national laughingstock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. And no one is more stunned than their own fans. Chants of “Ro-see-ya! Ro-see-ya!” reverberated through the St. Petersburg Stadium and along the nearby wind-whipped shores of the … Continue reading ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | US serial sperm donor banned from donating in Israel

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after its fans used an anti-gay slur during the team’s 1-0 win over Germany. Some Mexican supporters chanted the slur when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute of Sunday’s game at the Luzhniki Stadium in … Continue reading ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | US serial sperm donor banned from donating in Israel

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Russian lawmaker wants to ban ‘mockery’ of soccer team

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A legislator in Russia says he wants to ban “mockery” of the country’s national soccer team because the players are “fighting for the honor of our country.” Vitaly Milonov told The Associated Press on Monday that soccer players and their coach should be considered like “our diplomats, our army,” especially … Continue reading ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Russian lawmaker wants to ban ‘mockery’ of soccer team

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Egypt goalkeeper declines beer-sponsored World Cup award

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — An Egypt team official has confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons. The trophy, an artistic red goblet, is sponsored by Budweiser. Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Egypt team director Ihab Leheta told The Associated Press … Continue reading ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Egypt goalkeeper declines beer-sponsored World Cup award

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Burdened Salah to lead Egypt against Russia at World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Amid price hikes and growing discontent with the government back home, fans of Egypt’s national team are counting on Mohamed Salah to ease their pain both on the field and off. Salah, a 26-year-old Liverpool striker who was the player of the year in the Premier League, was forced to … Continue reading ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Burdened Salah to lead Egypt against Russia at World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Midfield contest crucial as Morocco faces Iran at World Cup

PETERSBURG, Russia — With Morocco and Iran both priding themselves on rock-solid defending and relentless pressing in midfield, their Group B opener at the World Cup on Friday might look destined to be a stifling match. Morocco didn’t concede a goal in the decisive round of qualifying and Juventus center half Mehdi Benatia provides exceptional … Continue reading ST. PETERSBURG, Russia | Midfield contest crucial as Morocco faces Iran at World Cup