France win World Cup after beating Croatia in Moscow thriller

France celebrated their second World Cup win 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, overcoming a passionate Croatia side 4-2 in one of the most gripping finals in recent history. The breathless victory under stormy skies at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium means Didier Deschamps’ side — balancing youthful vitality and tournament nous — have buried […]

Croatia reach first World Cup final as England pain goes on

Croatia reached the World Cup final for the first time in their history on Wednesday, after Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time winner prolonged England’s suffering in major tournaments and set up a decider against France. Luka Modric’s team fell behind in just the fifth minute to Kieran Trippier’s superb free-kick but hit back through Ivan Perisic and […]

Ronaldo joins Juventus for 112 million euros

ROME: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Italian champions Juventus Football Club, the Spanish football club announced  on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported. The two clubs reached a deal reportedly worth 112 million euros (about US$132 million). The 33-year-old Portuguese signed a four-year deal with the Turin-based club. “Real Madrid has ceded to Cristiano Ronaldo’s wishes and at his […]

Sadness as Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ exit World Cup

Belgium’s defeat by France in their World Cup semi-final produced mixed feelings of sadness, gratitude and pride from fans at home on Tuesday, who bemoaned a missed opportunity for their “golden generation”. A second-half header from Samuel Umtiti in Saint Petersburg gave France a 1-0 win, earning them a place in Sunday’s final in Moscow […]

England thrive in World Cup ‘bubble’ ahead of Croatia semi-final

As excitement builds in England in the run-up to the country’s first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, midfielder Dele Alli insists Gareth Southgate’s team are keeping a cool head in their tournament “bubble”. England’s matches so far in Russia have attracted huge television audiences at home and wild celebrations, with affable coach Gareth Southgate […]

Rakitic dreaming of going further than Croatia’s heroes of 1998

Ivan Rakitic is hoping this Croatia team can go a step further after matching the country’s heroes of 1998 by making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Barcelona midfielder Rakitic scored the decisive spot-kick as Croatia beat Russia 4-3 on penalties after a dramatic quarter-final in Sochi on Saturday finished 2-2 at the […]