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Japan resets after avenging '14 loss

by Sean Miyaguchi

For veterans of Japan's 2014 World Cup campaign, avenging a painful loss at that tournament to Colombia was cause for only momentary celebration, goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima said Wednesday. In the buildup to the rematch between the two sides in Saransk on Tuesday, the 35-year-old custodian conceded Japan's 4-1 loss to Colombia ...

Russian fans hail once-maligned team as heroes

/ Jun 20, 2018

Russian fans hail once-maligned team as heroes

by Angela Charlton

What a transformation. Russia's World Cup soccer team, metamorphosed from national laughingstock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. And no one is more stunned than their own fans. Chants of "Ro-see-ya! Ro-see-ya!" reverberated through the St. Petersburg Stadium and along the nearby ...

Banned former FIFA president Blatter in Russia for World Cup

/ Jun 20, 2018

Banned former FIFA president Blatter in Russia for World Cup

Suspended former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has arrived in Moscow for a World Cup visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Blatter posed for photographs with fans from Mexico and Portugal on his arrival Tuesday at a five-star downtown hotel. The 82-year-old Blatter ...

Senegal beats Poland; Russia keeps run going

/ Jun 20, 2018

Senegal beats Poland; Russia keeps run going

Senegal midfielder Mbaye Niang saw the signal from the referee to re-enter following treatment for an injury and jogged along the center line. Then Niang noticed Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn't realized Niang was back on the field. Niang ...

Sweden edges S. Korea with help from review

/ Jun 19, 2018

Sweden edges S. Korea with help from review

Sweden got the break it needed from the video review system, and team captain Andreas Granqvist didn't waste the chance. Granqvist slid his penalty kick into the bottom right corner of the net in the 65th minute to give Sweden a 1-0 victory over South ...

Belgium surges past Panama in second half

/ Jun 19, 2018

Belgium surges past Panama in second half

Unlike the other World Cup favorites that struggled through their opening matches, Belgium looked every part the title contender. Having Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku capable of scoring the way they did against Panama helps. "People know I am supposed to score goals," Lukaku said. "The ...

England prevails on late Harry Kane goal

/ Jun 19, 2018

England prevails on late Harry Kane goal

Twice wrestled to the ground during the match, England captain Harry Kane finally evaded the Tunisian defense just as time was running out. Kane found an open area of space at the far post and used his head to meet Harry Maguire's flick-on, scoring the ...

Japan sends Princess Hisako to Russia for World Cup

/ Jun 18, 2018

Japan sends Princess Hisako to Russia for World Cup

Princess Hisako, honorary patron of the Japan Football Association, left Japan on Monday to attend games of the ongoing World Cup in Russia, marking the first visit to the country by a Japanese imperial family member in over a century. The trip by the 64-year-old ...

Honda happy to return to Russia

/ Jun 18, 2018

Honda happy to return to Russia

by Sean Miyaguchi

Having won a slew of trophies with Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow, this World Cup is a happy homecoming of sorts for Keisuke Honda. Honda, who joined CSKA in January 2010, helped the team win back-to-back first-division titles in 2013 and 2014. It also captured two ...

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