YEKATERINBURG, Russia—Seven teams have won their first two World Cup matches, and six of them are through to the next round. The exception is Mexico. El Tri still may need points to secure a place in the round of 16 for a seventh consecutive World Cup. Victories over defending champion Germany and South Korea weren’t … Continue reading YEKATERINBURG, Russia | Even with 2 wins, Mexico’s place in next round not secure
MOSCOW (AP) — Costa Rica and Panama were overwhelmed at the World Cup, both going two and out. What does that say about the United States, which didn’t even make it to soccer’s showcase? “It’s an extra twist of the knife,” said former U.S. forward Taylor Twellman, now ESPN’s lead soccer analyst. “It’s another reminder … Continue reading MOSCOW | What do Costa Rica, Panama early exits say about US soccer?
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 (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
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
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 4 p.m. England coach Gareth Southgate cautioned that the cannily taken photo of training ground notes that ruffled feathers between the team and the media didn’t indicate what the lineup could be for Sunday’s World Cup game against Panama. He was … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: England photo-gate fizzles as Sterling starts
MOSCOW — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 3:08 p.m. England has taken an early lead against Panama at the World Cup with a header by defender John Stones. Stones was unmarked when he met Kieran Trippier’s corner in the eighth minute and buried his header in the bottom left … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Stones’ header gives England 1-0 lead v Panama
MOSCOW — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 2:05 p.m. France forward Antoine Griezmann is confident his World Cup form will pick up following a slow start. Although he earned and scored a penalty as France opened its campaign with a 2-1 win against Australia, he had a quiet game … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Griezmann confident he’ll regain form in Russia