International soccer

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev attends a news conference on the eve of the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
June 18, 2018 - 9:14 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Not everyone is all that excited about Mohamed Salah's possible World Cup debut against Russia on Tuesday. The Egypt striker, who missed his team's opening match with a shoulder injury, is expected to play in the game against the host nation. But Russia goalkeeper Igor...
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores his third goal with a free kick during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
June 18, 2018 - 8:46 am
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — The possession football championed by coaches like Pep Guardiola is supposed to produce aesthetically-pleasing goals. Against strong defenses and world-class goalkeepers, sometimes you need to go back to basics. This World Cup has started with a spate of goals off of set...
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France's Paul Pogba, right, celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
June 18, 2018 - 8:34 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Paul Pogba is no longer the scorer of France's winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Australia. FIFA says its panel of former coaches and players analyzing World Cup games judged that Australia defender Aziz Behich got...
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Brazil's Neymar gestures during the group E match against Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
June 18, 2018 - 7:53 am
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — This is unfamiliar territory for five-time World Cup champion Brazil. The last time it didn't win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer. The "Selecao" had won every one of its opening matches since 1978, a year after "The King's" farewell. Brazil drew...
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Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates at the end of the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
June 18, 2018 - 7:35 am
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Serbia's victorious national team didn't get to watch the match between group rivals Brazil and Switzerland because it had a late-night flight out of Samara. Upon landing, the Serbians were still on top — the result of their first win to open a World Cup in 20 years. Now, the...
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Denmark's William Kvist leaves the field injured during the group C match between Peru and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
June 18, 2018 - 5:44 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Denmark midfielder who sustained two broken ribs and a punctured lung after a hard collision with Peru's Jefferson Farfan says he is doing better and hopes to return at the World Cup. William Kvist posted a video on Facebook from the hospital in Saransk to say he was...
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Brazil's Neymar reacts after failing to score during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 17, 2018 - 7:36 pm
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0. Philippe Coutinho,...
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Brazil soccer fan reacts as they watch a live telecast of their team's World Cup match against Switzerland at Maua square in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 17, 2018. The match ended in a draw 1-1. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
June 17, 2018 - 6:59 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Disappointment and frustration swept over Brazilians who gathered at public squares, bars and parks across Latin America's biggest country to watch their national team end up with a 1-1 tie in its opening World Cup match. In Rio de Janeiro, thousands jammed the downtown Maua...
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FILE - In this file photo from Oct. 10, 2017, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez celebrates with Roman Torres, who scored his team's second goal, after a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
June 17, 2018 - 6:08 pm
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn't in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup. The Central American team has trouble scoring and his players will need to have a good day to have any chance against Belgium on...
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Germany's Thomas Mueller walks off the pitch at the end of the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mexico won 1-0. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
June 17, 2018 - 5:41 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Parity has come to the World Cup. Five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. Only two of the top dozen teams have victories. Top-ranked Germany lost to No. 15 Mexico, second-ranked Brazil tied No. 6 Switzerland, No. 4 Portugal drew 10th-ranked...
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