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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 ...

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 ...

Brazil held to draw by Switzerland at World Cup

/ Jun 18, 2018

Brazil held to draw by Switzerland at World Cup

APBrazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champion was held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0. Serbia got ...