Cristiano Ronaldo took just four minutes to score the goal that made him the top-scoring European in international football as Portugal beat Morocco 1-0 in Moscow to dump Herve Renard's men out of the World Cup.
Record-breaker Ronaldo sends Renard's men out
Belgium need to improve on its performance in Monday's 3-0 win over Panama as its World Cup campaign progresses against Tunisia, according to head coach Roberto Martinez, but he said they "should not look for perfection".
Belgium’s Martinez not looking for perfection
Lionel Messi’s 31st birthday this weekend is an ominous reminder Russia may be his last World Cup and final chance to emulate fellow Argentine great Diego Maradona in lifting the ultimate prize.
Signs bad for Messi's last chance to emulate Maradona
Russia can afford to dream. The host nation defied critics and confounded expectations by easing past Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday.
Awe-inspiring Russians take world by surprise
The life story of the first-choice goalkeeper of the Iran men’s national football team Alireza Beiranvand, who worked in a bakery, a car wash, a pizzeria and as a street sweeper before rising to stardom, could be a source of inspiration for millions of soccer enthusiasts around the globe.
Iran goalkeeper Beiravand’s story source of inspiration for soccer fans worldwide
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said he could offer no magic potion to help his side cope with the might of Spain but promised his players would fight, fight and fight again when they meet the former world champions on Wednesday.
2018 World Cup: Iran gears up for Spain clash
Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in its opening Group H match on Tuesday, the first time an Asian team has overcome a South American one at the World Cup.
Japan stuns 10-man Colombia in another World Cup upset
Carlos Queiroz has guided three national teams to four World Cups but the game against Spain today could prove to be his finest hour and a half, not just on the global stage but in a long and distinguished coaching career.
Queiroz-powered Iran has nothing to fear against Spain, Portugal
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Mohajerani: Grit is Iran’s trump card
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has once against proven its potentials as a crucial technology in the 2018 World Cup as Sweden scores from a penalty given by the system to win its opening game against South Korea.
VAR penalty brings Sweden victory against South Korea in World Cup opener

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