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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 - 2:59 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Germany didn't play the way it usually plays. Coach Joachim Loew isn't sure why. Stymied by Mexico's skillful forwards and speedy counterattacks, the defending World Cup champions played a sloppy first half, gave up too many chances and ultimately conceded a goal that held up in...
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In this image taken from video provided by Viktoria Geranovich, a taxi driver, right, runs away from the scene after he crashed his taxi into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. Eight people, including two from Mexico, were injured in the crash. Video circulated on Russian social media and some news websites showed the taxi approaching a stopped line of cars, then veering onto the sidewalk and striking pedestrians. It then hit a traffic sign and bystanders tried to wrestle the driver out of the taxi, but he broke their grip and ran away; it was not clear how he was finally detained. (Viktoria Geranovich via AP)
June 17, 2018 - 12:58 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The suspect in a taxi crash near Red Square that injured two Mexican soccer fans and six other pedestrians as Russia hosts the World Cup told interrogators he fell asleep at the wheel, Moscow city police said Sunday. The police released a video of an interrogation session with a man...
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Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates scoring the opening goal during 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 17, 2018 - 12:39 pm
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — With a curling free kick that decided the outcome of the match, Aleksandar Kolarov immediately drew some comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Serbia captain's left-footed strike proved to be the difference in a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday at the World Cup. It came...
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Brazil's Neymar, left and Thiago Silva talk to other players during Brazil's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
June 17, 2018 - 12:01 pm
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — With Brazil in town, Rostov has turned yellow. The five-time World Cup champions have their opening match in the Russian city, and the local residents have joined the foreign visitors in donning yellow in honor of the team's shirts. Misha and Dima, 13-year-old friends...
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FILE - In the June 16, 2018 file photo a police officer patrols outside the stadium ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, file)
June 17, 2018 - 11:51 am
MOSCOW (AP) — When a taxi driver suddenly rammed into pedestrians near Red Square, despite intense security measures around Russian cities for the World Cup, fans and other visitors asked themselves: Are we safe? Moscow authorities insist Saturday's taxi crash was an accident, after the driver...
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Spain's Diego Costa celebrates his side's equalizing goal 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/Francisco Seco)
June 17, 2018 - 8:47 am
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Even with a pair of goals himself, Diego Costa joined the chorus praising his higher-profile opponent's hat trick in Spain's 3-3 draw with Portugal. "Cristiano Ronaldo is Cristiano Ronaldo," Costa said. "I wish I could be like him." But make no mistake about it: Costa knows he...
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Former soccer star Diego Maradona, center, watches the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
June 17, 2018 - 7:58 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Diego Maradona has given his version of an exchange with an Asian fan at a World Cup game in Moscow that witnesses perceived as racist. British television staff working in Spartak Stadium during Argentina's 1-1 draw with Iceland on Saturday reported seeing Maradona respond to South...
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FILE - In this June 11, 2002 file photo Senegal's players celebrate after scoring their third goal in the first half of their 2002 World Cup Group A soccer match against Uruguay at the Suwon World Cup stadium in Suwon, South Korea. From left are Aliou Cisse, Alassane Ndour, Henri Camara, Khalilou Fadiga, Papa Bouba Diop (hidden) and El Hadji Diouf. The other teams in Group A are France and Denmark. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, file)
June 17, 2018 - 6:48 am
MOSCOW (AP) — For unfashionable teams, Poland and Senegal feature quite glamorous stars. Poland captain Robert Lewandowski led European qualifying with 16 goals, one more than Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, and scored five goals in a nine-minute span for Bayern Munich against Wolfsburg in February...
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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 - 5:20 am
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — In the euphoria of the moment and the kind of exhilaration he had never experienced before, Roman Torres completely lost sense of time. He ran, and screamed, and ripped off his shirt amid the noise echoing through Estadio Rommel Fernandez creating a haze of joy and excitement...
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Nigeria's national soccer team fans reacts after Luka Modric scores the winning goal during a televised broadcast of the Russia 2018 World Cup match between Croatia and Nigeria, in Lagos, Nigeria, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
June 17, 2018 - 5:01 am
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — African teams have so far lost three matches from three starts at the World Cup in Russia. It's now up to Tunisia and Senegal to get the continent's teams back on track. Luckily for those willing Africa on, both teams have a heritage they can draw on. Tunisia will forever...
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