Lukaku scores brace as Belgium beat Panama 3-0

In the end, the gap was too great and reality got in the way. The Panama manager, Hernán Dario “Bolillo” Gómez, had warned there would be four possible outcomes in

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Brazil held to 1-1 draw by resilient Swiss

This was not how Brazil had scripted it. The five-times world champions were in control thanks to a trademark Philippe Coutinho screamer and the first step to avenge the trauma

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Mexico stun holders Germany 1-0

Has there been a more wild, bizarrely open start to a defence of a World Cup title than this? Germany ended a 1-0 defeat by Mexico in Moscow with six

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Kolarov’s free-kick gives Serbia victory against Costa Rica

In a World Cup that had already been illuminated by exquisite free-kicks, Aleksandar Kolarov provided a masterpiece of his own. This was not a performance to dispel doubts over Serbia’s

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Eagles lose opening game 0-2 to Croatia

Croatia, considered tournament dark horses by many, cruised through their opening encounter with Nigeria thanks to an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric. The victory leaves Croatia

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Ronaldo hits hat-trick in thriller against Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo produced one of the great World Cup performances as his dramatic late free-kick earned Portugal a draw with Spain in a classic encounter in Sochi. The Real Madrid

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Iran win first World Cup game in 20 years

Iran won their first match at a World Cup finals since 1998 as Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal in injury time. Bouhaddouz put the ball into his

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Russia maul Saudi 5-0 in World Cup opener

After all that negative talk in the lead-up, and the inescapable sense of unease that this opening match could turn into a humiliating experience for the host nation it was

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Super Eagles will fight against Croatian stars – Rohr

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has admitted he has respect for Croatia but insists his young side will not be overrun by the Europeans when both teams meet in

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Arsenal host champions, Man City, in opening weekend, United host Leicester

Champions Manchester City will travel to Arsenal on the weekend of 11-12 August for their opening match of the 2018-19 Premier League season. Tottenham visit Newcastle first, then play Fulham

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