It’s just emotion: Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri responds to goal celebration hand gesture

He and team-mate Granit Xhaka both celebrated their goals with an apparent gesture to the Albanian flag.

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Time to be less ABE and more Lincoln in World Cup

The Anyone-But-England brigade will be up bright and early tomorrow, whistling a merry tune and flexing the brims of their Panama hats.

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Xherdan Shaqiri scores late winner as Switzerland stun Serbia

Switzerland move into second place in Group E, level on four points from two games with Brazil.

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Joachim Low has faith Germany will bounce back from Mexico defeat

The reigning world champions face Sweden in their second group game.

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Watch: Canadian pundit’s incredible rant labels Messi a ‘fraud’

He also said Michael Carrick ‘sucks’ and referred to Brazilian legend Ronaldo as ‘fat’.

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Ahmed Musa at the double as Nigeria beat Iceland

The result leaves three teams battling for qualification alongside Croatia in Group D.

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Tite ‘tore some fibres’ celebrating Brazil’s late victory over Costa Rica

The Selecao boss took a tumble when Philippe Coutinho finally broke the deadlock in added time.

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Kyle Walker admits confusion over use of video assistant referees

The Manchester City defender conceded a penalty in Monday’s win over Tunisia.

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Southgate and Walker call for support from media after training notes made public

A picture of Steve Holland’s notes appeared to give away England’s team selection to face Panama.

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England’s Dele Alli unlikely to face Panama after suffering thigh strain

The Tottenham forward missed training again on Friday and is doubtful for Sunday’s match.

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Gareth Southgate downplays tactical significance of training ground photo

Steve Holland was pictured holding a note that showed the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation again this Sunday.

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World Cup reporter says case closed after man apologises for groping her on air

Julieth Gonzales Theran was reporting from Saransk when a man came into shot, groped her and kissed her on the cheek.

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Croatia’s World Cup celebration stirs Balkan tensions

Serbia’s president condemned the team’s singing of a nationalist song.

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Shakira congratulates partner Gerard Pique on winning 100 Spain caps

Barcelona defender reached the milestone in the win over Iran on Wednesday.

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5 things not to be missed on day 10 of the 2018 World Cup

The likes of Belgium, Sweden and Mexico look to continue winning starts as England head east ahead of Panama clash.

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Peter Shilton trolls Maradona after Argentina’s World Cup misery

The former England goalkeeper was famously beaten by the ‘Hand of God’ in 1986.

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Panama defender Cummings fires warning to England

England are 43 places higher in the FIFA rankings than Panama.

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Ardiles lashes out at ’embarrassing’ Argentina

Argentina suffered a 3-0 defeat to Croatia on Thursday night which places a big question mark over their World Cup future.

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Croatia stun Argentina to leave Messi’s men at risk of early elimination

Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic all scored in the second half to send Croatia through.

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No more moping around for England’s discarded keeper Joe Hart

The Manchester City player has had disappointing loan spells at Torino and West Ham.

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France fail to impress despite reaching World Cup knockout stages with Peru win

Didier Deschamps’ side are through with a game to spare.

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Watch as women in Iran make history watching live-streamed World Cup match

Iranian women had been banned from attending matches and other male-only sporting events since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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VAR is removing charm from football – Denmark boss Age Hareide

Australia sealed a World Cup draw against Denmark as video assistant referee aided a penalty decision in the Group C stalemate.

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5 things to look out for at the World Cup on Friday

There could be some awkward questions coming the way of Germany coach Joachim Low.

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England training note suggests Raheem Sterling will be dropped against Panama

Steve Holland was pictured holding a note that showed the side are preparing to play in 3-5-2 formation again this Sunday.

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Australia earn draw with Denmark following VAR penalty intervention

Mile Jedinak scored his second penalty of the World Cup to secure a 1-1 Group C draw for the Socceroos.

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World Cup reporter defiant after being groped during TV broadcast

Julieth Gonzales Theran was reporting from Saransk when a bearded man groped her and kissed her on the cheek.

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Tite insists he would not risk Neymar against Costa Rica if forward was not fit

The striker is ready to play despite limping out of training with an ankle injury on Tuesday.

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Portugal urged to grow lucky beards in bid to help win World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo's team-mates have been urged to follow his example and all grow lucky beards in a bizarre bid to help Portugal win the World Cup.

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Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter offers England help to land 2030 World Cup

The 82-year-old is a guest of Russian president Vladimir Putin at this year’s tournament.

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Catch up on the World Cup 2018 highlights so far in just under two minutes

If life has got in the way of World Cup 2018 fear not as RTE have helpfully captured all the highlights from Round 1.

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Argentina coach: ‘Stop comparing Messi and Maradona’

Argentina’s coach has urged fans to stop blaming Lionel Messi when games do not go to script and instead appreciate all their captain has done for the national side over the years.

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World Cup Diary: FAI silent on Blatter’s call for ‘Ireland & GB’ World Cup in 2030

The FAI were making no comment yesterday on Sepp Blatter’s suggestion that the UK and Ireland could jointly host the 2030 World Cup.

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Germans turn on ‘dead frog’ Mesut Ozil

It seems churlish to use the word ‘crisis’ after only one defeat but Germany’s World Cup defence is looking increasingly nervous as criticism of Mesut Ozil reached abusive levels yesterday and players had to rebut reports of cliques and disunity in the camp.

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Women working hard for a place on the punditry sofa

There was a time when a woman’s place on TV coverage of the World Cup was restricted to leering crowd shots of female fans.

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Brazil sweating on Neymar injury ahead of Switzerland clash

Brazil, already anxious and nervous after drawing their opening game against Switzerland, were given an almighty scare yesterday when Neymar limped off the training field with an ankle injury.

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Morocco coach Herve Renard: There’s no masterplan to stop Ronaldo

Even the best laid plans to limit the influence of Cristiano Ronaldo might not be enough for Morocco when they come up against Portugal at the World Cup in Moscow, coach Herve Renard said on the eve of the Group B game.

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Harry Kane: I’ll challenge Ronaldo and Messi as the world’s best

Harry Kane is setting his sights on challenging Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the title of best player on the planet.

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Russian Spy: Rossies edged by Galway but get the better of Germany

Germany weren’t just shocked by Mexico on Sunday, they were just pipped by Galway too. And Roscommon.

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Senegal’s Aliou Cisse wants more black coaches

Senegal will draw on the spirit of the late Bruno Metsu, the maverick French coach who led them to the 2002 quarter-finals, when they face Poland today in their first World Cup match in 16 years.

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Is this the set-piece World Cup?

The possession football championed by coaches like Pep Guardiola is supposed to produce aesthetically-pleasing goals. Against strong defences and world-class goalkeepers, sometimes you need to go back to basics.

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Egypt boss Cuper keeps Russia guessing over Salah fitness

Egypt boss Hector Cuper has kept Russia guessing over whether or not he will be able to unleash “one of the best players in the world” on them in St Petersburg tonight.

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Messi suffocated by love and fantasy

Argentina 1 Iceland 1: The interval was almost upon us at Spartak Stadium and Jorge Sampaoli’s stress levels had long since moved beyond critical. That’s actually where they started.

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Panama admit problem with ‘scoring the goals’

Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn’t in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup.

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Switzerland's Zuber spoils the party for wasteful Brazil

Brazil 1 Switzerland 1: Steven Zuber denied Brazil victory in their opening game of the World Cup last night, as Switzerland fought back to snatch a famous 1-1 Group E draw in Rostov-on-Don.

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Southgate won’t load England players with info

Gareth Southgate believes England’s players are as prepared, focused and ready as they can be for their eagerly anticipated World Cup opener against Tunisia.

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Mexican quake rocks Germany's foundations

Germany 0 Mexico 1: Back in Mexico City their exploits caused what was defined as an ‘artificial earthquake’. Here in Moscow the very real aftershocks will be felt for days and potentially weeks to come.

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Corrupt, but time to kick that to touch

It is a triumph to either the human spirit or man’s capacity for self-delusion that the tournament continues to be the repository of dreams...tune in, tun on and drop out, writes Michael Clifford

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Rebuilt Brazil gun for World Cup glory

Brazil have spent four years trying to atone for its last World Cup match, the calamitous 7-1 defeat as hosts by Germany.

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Lionel Messi can’t take ‘Icelandic madness’ with pinch of salt

To prepare for his job of keeping Lionel Messi quiet in Iceland’s opening game of the World Cup, defender Birkir Saevarsson worked as a salt-packer at a warehouse in an industrial zone of Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital. 

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Magical Ronaldo hat-trick gets World Cup party started for Portugal

The World Cup was crying out for a classic, and it certainly go one here in Sochi as Cristiano Ronaldo underlined his legendary status with a late free-kick to complete a hat-trick and seal a remarkable 3-3 draw for Portugal against underfire Spain.

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Uruguay won’t target Salah, vows Godin

Uruguay captain Diego Godin bristled at the suggestion that his team might resort to a physical approach to neutralise Egypt forward Mohamed Salah on his return from a shoulder injury in their World Cup opener today.

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Recovering Rashford gets chance to prove fitness

Marcus Rashford is set to boost England’s World Cup preparations by returning to training today.

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Ramos: It feels like we’re in a funeral parlour... we’re starting a World Cup, it’s time to smile

There have been some remarkable stories in the World Cup over the years but this one you really couldn’t make up.

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Truth laid bare as Russians show they are not so bad after all

‘Alie told often enough becomes the truth.’

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Australia must take leap of faith

When does an underdog need to stop behaving like an underdog?

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