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Win or bust for Iceland against familiar foe Croatia

1 hour 35 minutes ago
Iceland Croatia Fox Sports 1 6:00 PM UTC Match 40 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats By Philip O'ConnorGELENDZHIK, Russia, June 24 (Reuters) - Nothing less than a win will do for Iceland against Croatia if they are to emulate their Euro 2016 success by making it to the knockout stage at their first World Cup, but it will be a tall order against a familiar foe that leads Group D.The Croatians, who outclassed Argentina with a 3-0 win, are through already and will top the group with a win or a draw against Iceland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don.Having drawn with Argentina in their...
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Panama's World Cup woes remind U.S. fans of their team's failure

1 hour 35 minutes ago
Gab Marcotti details how the "luckiest goal" of Harry Kane's career put him in elite company and Panama making history despite England winning 6-1. England may have made it look easy against Panama, but Stevie Nicol cautions the Three Lions to not get carried away ahead of their crunch clash with Belgium. England dominated with a five-goal outburst in the first half and Harry Kane completed his hat trick in the second half en route to a 6-1 win over Panama. England dominated with a five-goal outburst in the first half and Harry Kane completed his hat trick in the second half en route to a 6-1 win over Panama. KALININGRAD, Russia -- For the United States, Panama's 6-1 thrashing at the hands of England rubs salt in a still gaping wound. While Saudi Arabia was the early front-runner for the unofficial title of "Worst Team in the World Cup" when it was thrashed 5-0 in the opening game by host Russia, Panama has taken over that moniker. Sure, the Canaleros might be happy just to have made it this far, and Felipe Baloy will go down in history as the country's first goal scorer at a World Cup. Meanwhile, Panama's...
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Senegal's Sadio Mane, Aliou Cisse frustrated after leads slip away in Japan draw

1 hour 42 minutes ago
Kwese's Andrew Kabuura and Daniel Amokachi discuss Senegal's standing in Group H and the areas in which they can improve upon moving forward. After Senegal were pegged back twice by Japan, ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol questions whether they can resolve their defensive issues to advance from the group. Sadio Mane scored the first World Cup goal of his career but Japan overcame a deficit on two occasions to earn a point in a 2-2 draw. Sadio Mane said Senegal were 'frustrated' after drawing 2-2 with Japan in their second World Cup game on Sunday. The Liverpool forward opened the scoring with a fortunate goal, with the ball bouncing in off his knee following a goalkeeping error. That was the first time Senegal took the lead, doing so again through Moussa Wague in the second half, but Japan levelled twice to earn a point, leaving Mane to lament the dropped points. "Of course, we were frustrated," Mane said afterwards. "We wanted...
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VAR harming 'prestige of the game,' says Iran manager Carlos Queiroz

1 hour 55 minutes ago
ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol and Alexis Nunes predict the outcomes of the first round of group finales, including Uruguay-Russia, Iran-Portugal and more. SARANSK, Russia -- Iran coach Carlos Queiroz criticised the video assistant referee (VAR) system on Sunday and said it has left many fans sitting in the stands scratching their heads about what was going on. The new system was intended to correct referee errors but has delivered more contention with technology playing a decisive role in some matches during the World Cup in Russia. The 65-year-old Portuguese manager was initially reluctant to comment on VAR for the fear of retribution from governing...
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