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Germany face crunch Sweden clash as Belgium eye knockouts

Sochi - Germany could face an ignominious first-round exit from the World Cup in Russia unless they rediscover the form that propelled them to glory in Brazil in 2014 in a crunch match against Sweden on Saturday.

Neymar, Coutinho strike late to put Brazil bid back on track

Sanktpeterburg - Brazil needed two injury-time goals to defeat a dogged Costa Rica on Friday as Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored to put the five-time World Cup winners back on track for the last 16.

Kosovo will be cheering for Swiss against Serbia

Pristina - Kosovo's team is taking no part in the World Cup but emotions are running high ahead of Serbia's match between Switzerland, whose squad includes three players from Kosovo.

Messi under pressure at World Cup as Ronaldo scores again

Yekaterinburg - Lionel Messi is under pressure to deliver when Argentina face Croatia on Thursday after his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo streaked clear at the top of the World Cup goalscoring charts.

Review: Mondo Duplantis wins big in France, defeats Renaud Lavillenie Special

Montreuil - Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis has a major reason to celebrate. He won first place in the men's pole vault competition in Montreuil, France.

Iran in U-turn on women in stadiums as World Cup fever takes hold

Tehran - Tehran's largest football stadium is to admit thousands of women together with men for the first time since the the Islamic revolution of 1979 as World Cup fever grips Iran for its Wednesday evening group game against Spain.

World Cup brings no lasting cheer for Russian beer

Moscow - Football fans from around the world are flocking to Russia's bars, beer gardens and craft beer pubs to quench their thirst as the World Cup heats up.

Ronaldo looms for Morocco as Russia basks in glory

Moscow - Cristiano Ronaldo trained his sights on Morocco on Wednesday after his stunning hat-trick in Portugal's World Cup opener, while 2010 winners Spain play Iran with the host nation buzzing from Russia's unexpected success.

Sports-crazed Faroe Islands' quest for Olympic recognition

Klaksv - For elite swimmer Pal Joensen, representing Denmark twice in the Olympic Games just didn't feel right. The Faroe Islands native would have much preferred to compete under the flag of Denmark's autonomous territory in the North Atlantic.

Paddling for peace? S. Korea seeks joint canoe team at Asiad

Seoul - South Korea's canoe federation said Tuesday it has proposed forming a joint dragon boat team with North Korea, after the two nations agreed to compete together in some Asian Games events in a fresh show of rapprochement.

England expects as dark horses Belgium launch World Cup campaign

Volgograd - England open their World Cup campaign on Monday seeking to banish memories of dismal performances in recent tournaments as Belgium's "Golden Generation" kick off as dark-horse challengers.

England seek World Cup exorcism as Belgium expects

Volgograd - England open their World Cup campaign on Monday with manager Gareth Southgate seeking to banish memories of dismal recent finals performances while Belgium's "Golden Generation" kick off as dark horse challengers.

Mexico quakes with joy over World Cup upset win

Mexico - Thousands of jubilant Mexico supporters partied in the streets of the capital Sunday after their team's shock 1-0 victory over World Cup holders Germany -- singing, dancing, blaring car horns and cheering El Tri.

World Cup holders Germany crash to Mexico defeat

Moscow - Defending champions Germany crashed to the first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982 as Hirving Lozano's clinical finish earned Mexico a shock 1-0 victory on Sunday.

World Cup stars more protected than ever but the magic of the fans endures

Sanktpeterburg - Almost 10,000 miles separate Yekaterinburg and their school in Montevideo but for a group of Uruguayan children, Jose Gimenez's 89th-minute winner felt within touching distance.

Neymar to make World Cup bow as Germany launch campaign

Rostov-on-don - Neymar makes his World Cup bow on Sunday as five-time winners Brazil kick off their quest for redemption while defending champions Germany launch their bid for back-to-back titles.

Sex, drugs and... don't forget the football, Mexico

Mexico - Between the orgy accusations and the drug-trafficking charges facing their veteran star, Mexico have had their share of distractions heading into their World Cup opener against Germany on Sunday.

Zone for minority fans at Russia World Cup forced to move

Sanktpeterburg - A space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated.

North Korea hopes for sporting change in wake of summit

Pyongyang - North Korean sports administrators are hoping the country will come in from the sporting cold in the wake of leader Kim Jong Un's summit with Donald Trump in Singapore.
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