World Cup quarterfinals: Belgium can upset Brazil, England’s Sweden test, France to beat Uruguay?

Russia 2018 has been one of the most compelling, entertaining and unpredictable World Cups in living memory, with pre-tournament favourites Germany, Argentina, Spain and Portugal already out of the competition. The quarterfinals begin on Friday with some heavyweight match-ups and unfancied nations facing each other as they attempt to secure a berth in the final…

Argentina reach last 16 thanks to late winner

Marcos Rojo scored a fine late volley to send Argentina through to the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup with a dramatic victory over Nigeria in St Petersburg. A lacklustre Argentina were on the verge of an embarrassing exit, before Manchester United defender Rojo surged into the area to place Gabriel Mercado’s cross into…

Kroos steps forward as Germany’s undisputed leader

Toni Kroos’ injury-time winner against Sweden revived defending champions Germany’s hopes of becoming the first side to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962. Ola Toivonen’s deft first-half lob had left Joachim Low’s side facing elimination but Marco Reus, starting in place of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, prodded in an equaliser as Germany assumed control…

Spain edged Iran in an absorbing contest

Spain edged out a gallant Iran in an absorbing contest to ensure they will reach the World Cup knockout stage with a draw in their final group game. The 2010 champions needed a fortuitous Diego Costa goal after half-time, having been frustrated in an opening period in which they had 81% of possession. Iran, who…