Soccer

Iran's Sardar Azmoun, left, and Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat, right, compete for the ball during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 18, 2018 - 9:42 am
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — It was on a cold night of November two years ago that Iran center forward Sardar Azmoun displayed his class to the world. Playing against Bayern Munich in the Champions League with his Russian Premier League club Rostov, Azmoun collected a pass from a teammate on the edge of...
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Sweden's Andreas Granqvist, center, celebrates after scoring with his teammates a penalty kick during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
June 18, 2018 - 9:41 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Captain Andreas Granqvist has scored from a penalty after a review by the video assistant referee to give Sweden a 1-0 lead over South Korea at the World Cup. Granqvist slid his penalty kick into the bottom right...
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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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