2018 Russia

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  • Location and Dates: Russia, 14th June to 15 July 2018. Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (cap: 78,011 will host seven matches cost: $410m); Otkritie Arena, Moscow (44,190 cost: $250m) 5; Saint-Petersburg Stadium (Krestovsky Stadium), St. Petersburg (64,468 cost: $735m) 7; Central Stadium, Ekaterinburg (33,061) 4; rebuilt for this tournament cost $220m; Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad (33,973 cost: $300m) 4; Kazan Arena, Kazan (42,873 cost: $250m) 6; Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod (43,319 cost: $307m) 6; Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don (43,472) 5; newly bilt for this tournament cost: $330m; Cosmos Arena, Samara (41,970) 6; newly built for this tournament cost $310m; Mordovia Arena, Saransk (41,685) 4; newly built for this tournament cost $295m; Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi (44,287 cost: $468m) 6; Volgograd Arena, Volgograd (43,713) 4 matches; rebuilt for tournament cost $300m. Est cost July 2018 on costructions for WC $4.2 billion. see FIFA and Money
  • Decided by bent FIFA Exco in Zürich, 2nd December 2010.
  • Entries deadline, th March 2015.
  • Qualifications drawn at Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, St. Petersburg, Russia 25th July 2015.
  • The qualifying format for the FIFA-affiliated UEFA teams was confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 22–23 March 2015 in Vienna. European play-offs drawn on 25 July 2015, at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  • For the first time all 211 FIFA member teams entered preliminary competition. Out of 210 eligible (excl. hosts Russia). 209 teams actually played 868 matches (2,454 goals) - Zimbabwe (suspended 12 March 2015) and Indonesia (suspended 30 May 2015) were disqualified. On 16 October 2015, the Kuwait FA was suspended by FIFA, after playng three of eight scheduled matches.
  • Finals drawn on 1 December 2017, at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
  • Almost the same format, with 32 teams in eight groups of four, top two of each group qualify for knockout stage. Gruop qualification decided by (in order): Points, goal difference, number of goals scored, if level outcome of encounter between the two sides, goal difference between teams concerned, number of goals scored in the group between teams concerned, new to 2018 fair play points, i.e. YC -1 point, 2YC -3 points, RC -5 points and finally drawing of lots by FIFA organising committee.
  • Squad numbers 1-23 are shown in [square brackets] and precede the player's names; (s) means "seeded".
  • Yellow card amnesty after the Quarter Final stage.
  • New to this WC is VAR (Video Assistant Referee) a team to support the decision making process on the game in play. VAR has four specific points to interact with during a game; when there is an incident involving i: Goals and offences leading up to a goal, ii: Penalty decisions and offences leading up to a penalty, iii: Direct red cards and iv: Cases of mistaken identity after a refereeing decision. VAR cannot make the final call on a decision as that lies with the ref. This is where the process can get confused for the crowd and TV watchers. At the 2018 WC, VAR will be used when the referee tells the VAR team to review an incident or when the VAR team tells the ref an incident or decision should be reviewed. The ref should signal this by drawing an imaginary box in the air. He can take the opinion of the VAR in his ear or review the footage himself via a momitor at the side of the pitch. The referee can also delay any restart at any time to chat to VAR. The signal for this by the referee is to hold a hand to their ear. There is, rather bafflingly, no time limit for the review process. Any decision given on the field will not be changed unless the video review shows that the decision was a clear and obvious error. Assistant referees have been told not to flag on tight offside calls, this will be done by VAR.The VAR team is based in Moscow's International Broadcast Centre and consists of the VAR and three 'assistant referees'. Already in this world cup VAR has shown it works....only when it doesn't.
    Also new for 2018 apart from the usual allowance of 3 substitutes in 90 minutes of play, if a game goes to extra time in the knockout stages a fourth sub will be allowed.
  • Participating Teams in Qualification order: Russia (66*) (Host Nation); Brazil (2), Iran (36), Japan, Mexico (15), Belgium (3), South Kore (61), Saudi Arabia (67), Germany (1), England (13), Spain (8), Nigeria (47), Costa Rica (25), Poland (10), Egypt (46), Iceland (22), Serbia (35), Portugal (4), France (7), Uruguay (17), Argentina (5), Colombia (16), Panama (55), Senegal (28), Morocco (42), Tunisia (14), Switzerland (6), Croatia (18), Sweden (23), Denmark (12), Australia (40), Peru (11). (*FIFA ranking 17 May 2018)
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First Stage

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Goupr A - RUSSIA*, EGYPT, SAUDI ARABIA, URUGUAY.


Game 1 [M1]: Played Thursday 14 June 2018 (18.00 MSK, or 15:00 BST) Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. [837]
note: All kick off times are local Moscow MSK official time (UTC+3 minus 3 hours for BST); Kaliningrad KALT (UTC+2 = minus 2 hours for BST); Samara SAMT (UTC+4 = minus 4 hours for BST); Yekaterinburg YEKT (UTC+5 = minus 5 hours for BST).
(78,011) Ref: Néstor Fabián Pitana (ARG); Assistants: Hérnan Maidana (ARG), Juan Pablo Bellati (ARG). VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).

RUSSIA 5, SAUDI ARABIA 0 (2:0).
1:0 Gazinsky 12, 2:0 Cheryšev 43, 3:0 Dzyuba 71, 4:0 Cheryšev 90+1, 5-0 Golovin 90+4.
Note: Match preceded by opening ceremony.
Ω Denotes FIFA Man of the Match.

RUS (4-2-3-1): [1] Igor Vladimirović Akinfeev (c.); [2] Mário Figueira Fernandes, [3] Ilya Olegović Kutepov, [4] Sergei Nikolayevich Ignashević, [18] Yuri Valentinović Zhirkov; - [11] Roman Sergeyević Zobnin, [8] Yuri Aleksandrović Gazinsky; - [19] Aleksandr Sergeyević Samedov (64' [7] Daler Adyamović Kuzyayev), [9] Alan Yelizbarović Dzagoev (24' [6] Denis Dmitriyević Cheryšev, played on the left, Golovin went central Ω ), [17] Aleksandr Sergeyević Golovin; - [10] Fyodor Mikhaylović Smolov (70' [22] Artyom Sergeyević Dzyuba).

KSA (4-1-4-1): [1] Abdullah Ibrahim al-Mayouf; - [6] Mohammed Ibrahim al-Breik, [3] Osama Abdulrzag Hawsawi (c.), [5] Omar Ibrahim Omar Othman Hawsawi, [13] Yasser Gharsan al-Shahrani; - [14] Abdullah Ibrahim Otayf (64' [19] Fahad Mosaed al-Muwallad alhrbi); - [8] Yahya Sulaiman Ali al-Shehri (72' [9] Hattan Sultan Bahebri), [17] Taiseer Jaber al-Jassam, [7] Salman Mohammed al-Faraj, [18] Salem Muhamed al-Dawsari; - [10] Mohammad Ibrahim Mohammad al-Sahlawi (85' [20] Muhannad Ahmed Abu Radeah Assiri).

1-0 Curled left foot cross from Golovan to unmarked Gazinsky who heads it across to the far side netting.
2-0 Quick ball to Smolov has him 3 on 2, he passes to Cheryšev badly but the sub skillfully dinks the ball over al-Breik and leathers it inside near post.
3-0 Cross by Golovan on the right finds big fella, sub Dzyuva on the pitch for 89 seconds, heads it back across goal as he himself fell backwards.
4-0 Cheryšev runs onto a knock down from Dzyuba and hits it with outside of his left boot across and over al-Mayouf.
5-0 A free-kick from 25 yards is curled precisely aroud outside of the wall and inside the near post via the right boot of Golovin.

YC: Golovin 88' lost the ball in traffic and tugged back Omar Hawsawi. / al-Jassam 90+3' tripped Golovin, who scored from resulting direct free-kick.
Sergei Ignashević at 38y 335 days became the oldet ever RUS world cup player, surpasing the great Lev Yasin at 36y 279 days at 1966 world cup.

Game 2 [M2]: Played Friday 15 June 2018 (17:00 YEKT), Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg. [838]
(27,015 lowest of 2018 WC) Ref: Björn Kuipers; Assists: Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra (HOL). VAR: Danny Desmond Makkelie (HOL).

EGYPT 0, URUGUAY 1 (0:0).
Giménez 89.

EGY (4-2-3-1): [23] Mohamed El-Shenawy Ω; - [7] Ahmed Fathy (c.), [2] Ali Gabr Gabr Mossad, [6] Ahmed Elsayed Ali Elsayed Hegazy, [13] Mohamed Abdel-Shafy; - [17] Mohamed Elneny, [8] Tarek Hamed (50' [5] Sam Sayed Morsy); - [22] Amr Medhat Warda (82' [14] Ramadan Sobhi Ramadan Ahmed), [19] Abdallah Mahmoud Said Mohamed, [21] Trézéguet - Mahmoud Ibrahim Hassan; - [9] Marwan Mohsen Fahmi Tharwat (63' [11] Kahraba - Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim).

URU (4-4-2): [1] Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol; - [4] Guillermo Varela Olivera, [2] José María Giménez de Vargas, [3] Diego Roberto Godín Leal (c.), [22] José Martín Cáceres Silva; - [8] Nahitan Michel Nández Acosta (58' [5] Carlos Andrés Sánchez Arcosa), [15] Matías Vecino Falero (87' [14] Lucas Sebastián Torreira Di Pascua), [6] Rodrigo Bentancur Colmán, [10] Giorgian Daniel De Arrascaeta Benedetti (59' [7] Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez Barotti); - [9] Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz, [21] Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez.

1-0 Sanchez delivers a free-kick from the right and Giménez rises to nod the ball into the net from seven yards.
Suárez "is playing like he is towing a caravan" Martin Keown.

YC: Morsey 90+4'; Ahmed Hegazy 90+6' foul on Suárez .
Mohamed Salah was not fit for this match. He was still recoveribg from his injury suffered in the Champions League final.
Uruguay have won their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1970, when they beat Israel. The low crowd attendance was blamed by FIFA on queueing problems. The ground has two enormous temporary stands at both ends of the ground, lots of empty seats a the side terraces. 33,061 tickets were allocated.


Game 3 [M17]: Played Tuesday 19 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg. [853]
(64,468), Ref: Enrique Patricio Cáceres Villafañe (PAR); Assists Eduardo Cardozo and Juan Zorrilla (PAR). VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).

RUSSIA 3, EGYPT 1 (0:0).
1-0 Fathy 47 o.g. 2-0 Cheryšev 59, 3-0 Dzyuba 62, 3-1 Salah 73 (pen).

RUS (4-2-3-1): [1] Igor Akinfeev (c.); - [2] Mário Fernandes, [3] Ilya Kutepov, [4] Sergei Ignashevich, [18] Yuri Zhirkov (86' [13] Fyodor Vasilievich Kudryašov); - [8] Yuri Gazinsky, [11] Roman Zobnin; - [19] Aleksandr Samedov, [17] Aleksandr Golovin, [6] Denis Cheryšev Ω (74' [7] Daler Kuzyayev); - [22] Artem Dzyuba (79' [10] Fyodor Smolov).

EGY (4-3-1-2): [23] Mohamed el-Shenawy; - [7] Ahmed Fathy (c.), [2] Ali Gabr, [6] Ahmed Hegazy, [13] Mohamed Abdel-Shafy; - [17] Mohamed Elneny (64' [22] Amr Warda), [8] Tarek Hamed, [21] Trézéguet (68' [14] Ramadan Sobhi); - [19] Abdallah Said; - [10] Mohamed Salah Ghaly, [9] Marwan Mohsen (82' [11] Kahraba).

1-0: El Shenawy needlessly punches away Golovin's cross when he could have caught it and Zobnin's follow-up shot from the edge of the area was going wide, then Fathy stepped across and steered the ball across his own goalkeeper and into the goal.
2-0: Samedov finds the overlapping run of full-back Fernandes, who gets to the by-line and pulls the ball back to Cheryšev eight yards out who strikes low first time.
3-0: Dzyuba chests down a high ball on the edge of the area and bullies his way past Gabr with ease and then snorts an unstoppable finish.
3-1 Zobnin was clearly tugging Salah and the foul continued into the box, although it took a VAR review to give the pen. Salah strikes it right and the ball passes behind the diving Akinfeev.

YC: Trézéguet 57'; Smolov 84'.
Not available: [9] Alan Dzagoev, left hamstring out injured.

Game 4 [M18]: Played Wednesday 20 June 2018 (18:00 MSK), Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don. [854]
(42,678) Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA); Assistant referees: Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore (FRA). VAR: Szymon Marciniak (POL).

URUGUAY 1, SAUDI ARABIA 0 (1:0).
Suárez 23.

URU (4-4-2): [1] Fernando Muslera; - [4] Guillermo Varela, [2] José Giménez, [3] Diego Godín (c.), [22] Martín Cáceres; - [5] Carlos Sánchez (82' [8] Nahitan Nández), [15] Matías Vecino (59' [14] Lucas Torreira), [6] Rodrigo Bentancur, [7] Cristian Rodríguez (59' [17] Diego Sebastián Laxalt Suárez); - [21] Edinson Cavani, [9] Luis Suárez Ω.

KSA (4-1-4-1): [22] Mohammed al-Owais; - [6] Mohammed al-Breik, [3] Osama Hawsawi (c.), [4] Ali al-Bulaihi, [13] Yasser al-Shahrani; - [14] Abdullah Otayf; - [9] Hattan Bahebri (75' [12] Mohamed Ibrahim Kanno), [17] Taisir al-Jassam (44' [16] Hussein Ali al-Mogahwi), [7] Salman al-Faraj, [18] Salem al-Dawsari; - [19] Fahad al-Muwallad (78' [10] Salem al-Dawsari).

1-0 Suárez taps-in after KSA GK al-Owais misses a cross from a

YC: none.

Game 5 [M33]: Played Monday 25 June 2018 (18:00 SAMT), Cosmos Arena, Samara. [869]
(41,970): Ref: Malang Diedhiou (SEN); Assists: Djibril Camara and El Hadji Samba (SENl); VAR: Clément Turpin (FRA) .

URUGUAY 3, RUSSIA 0 (2:0).
1:0 Suárez 10, 2:0 Cheryšev 23 o.g., 3:0 Cavani 90.

URU (4-3-1-2): [1] Fernando Muslera; - [22] Martín Cáceres, [19] Sebastián Coates Nion, [3] Diego Godín (c.), [17] Diego Laxalt; - [8] Nahitan Nández (73' [7] Cristian Rodríguez ), [14] Lucas Sebastián Torreira, [15] Matías Vecino; - [6] Rodrigo Bentancur (59' [10] Giorgian De Arrascaeta); - [9] Luis Suárez Ω, [21] Edinson Cavani (90+3' [18] Maximiliano 'Maxi' Gómez González).

RUS (4-2-3-1): [1] Igor Akinfeev (c.); - [23] Igor Aleksandrović Smolnikov, [3] Ilya Kutepov, [4] Sergei Ignashević, [13] Fyodor Kudryashov; - [8] Yuri Gazinsky (h-t [7] Daler Kuzyayev), [11] Roman Zobnin; - [19] Aleksandr Samedov, [15] Aleksei Andreyević Miranchuk (60' [10] Fyodor Smolov), [6] Denis Cheryšev (38' [2] Mário Fernandes); - [22] Artem Dzyuba.

1-0 Suárez finds a gap in the wall with a low right 20 yard free-kick. The gap was made by Ignashević pushing Urugaun's out of the way?
2-0 Laxalt takes a speculative shot from outside the box Cheryšev tries to block, but with his back to the strike it takes a massive deflection off his leg to wrongfoot and beat Akinfeev low at the post.
3-0 Godin's goalbound header from a corner saved by Akinfeev but Cavani pounces on the rebound.

RC: Smolnikov 36'.
YC: Betancur 63'; - Gazinsky 8' fouls Bentancur on the edge of the box, leads to goal; Smolnikov 27', tussling with Cavani; Smolnikov 36' cuts down Laxalt breaking on the left.
Not available: [2] José Giménez URU; [9] Alan Dzagoev RUS out injured.

Game 6 [M34]: Played Monday 25 June 2018 (17:00 MSK), Volgograd Arena, Volgograd. [870]
(36,823); Ref: Wilmar Alexander Roldán Pérez: Assists: Alexander Guzman and Cristian de la Cruz (COL); VAR: Artur Dias.

SAUDI ARABIA 2, EGYPT 1 (1:1).
0:1 Salah 22, al-Faraj 45+ (pen) probably one of the latest goals ever scored in the first half of a WC game 50' 36", al-Dawsari 90+.
el-Hadary became the oldest ever world cup goalie hero when he saved a penalty from al-Muwallad after 41 mins.

KSA (4-1-4-1): [21] Yasser Abdullah al-Mosailem; - [6] Mohammed al-Breik, [3] Osama Hawsawi (c.), [23] Motaz Ali Hassan Hawsawi, [13] Yasser al-Shahrani; - [14] Abdullah Otayf; - [9] Hattan Bahebri (65' [20] Muhannad Assiri), [16] Hussein al-Mogahwi, [7] Salman al-Faraj, [18] Salem al-Dawsari; - [19] Fahad al-Muwallad (79' [8] Yahya al-Shehri).

EGY (4-4-2): [1] Essam Kamal Tawfiq el-Hadary (c.); - [7] Ahmed Fathy, [2] Ali Gabr, [6] Ahmed Hegazy, [13] Mohamed Abdel-Shafy; - [19] Abdallah Said (45+7' [22] Amr Warda), [17] Mohamed Elneny, [8] Tarek Hamed, [21] Trézéguet (81' [11] Kahraba); - [10] Mohamed Salah Ω, [9] Marwan Mohsen (64' [14] Ramadan Sobhi).

0-1 A lomg ball from Said in his own half to Salah who takes one touch on the ball and lobs the outcoming al-Mosailem into an open net - the ball that is, not the goalkeeper.
39' Al Sharahni's cross hits Ahmed Fathy's trailing arm trying to block the cross. It's checked by VAR, penalty given. Al Muwallad hits it medium hight towards the goalkeeper's right but he dives across to tip it onto the crossbar with a strong left hand, great save.
1-1 Al Muwallad attacking again goes to ground in the area under a pushed challenge from Gabr. Given by VAR. Al-Faraj takes it left footed, and puts it left, al-Hadary went opposite.
2-1 Al-Breik's cross is flicked into the path of al-Dawsari, who drills the ball across el Hadary and into the far bottom corner.

YC: Gabr 45+5' for the penalty; Fathy 86'.
Not available: [4] Ali al-Bulaihi; [5] Omar Hawsawi; [17] Taisir al-Jassam KSA. [4] Omar Mahmoud Gaber EGY.

GROUP A Pld W D L F A Pts
URUGUAY 3 3 0 0 5 0 9
RUSSIA 3 2 0 1 8 4 6
SAUDI ARABIA 3 1 0 2 2 7 3
EGYPT 3 0 0 3 2 6 0


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Group B - PORTUGAL*, IRAN, MOROCCO, SPAIN.


Game 1 [M3]: Played Friday 15 June 2018 (18:00 MSK), Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg. [839]
(62,548) Ref: Cüneyt Çakır; Assist: Bahattin Duran and Tank Ongrun (TUR) ). VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER).

MOROCCO 0, IRAN 1 (0:0).
Bouhaddouz 90+5 o.g. .

MAR (4-2-3-1): [1] Yassine 'Bono' Bounou; - [16] Noureddine 'Nordin' Amrabat (76' [21] Sofyan Amrabat), [5] Medhi Amine El Mouttaqi Benatia (c.), [6] Romain Ghanem Pail Saïss, [2] Achraf Hakimi Mouth; - [8] Karim El Ahmadi Aroussi, [14] Moubarak 'Mbark' Boussoufa; - [7] Hakim Ziyech, [10] Younès Belhanda, [18] Amine Harit Ω (82' [4] Manuel Marouane da Costa Trindade Senoussi); - [9] Ayoub El Kaabi (77' [20] Aziz Bouhaddouz).

IRN (4-1-4-1): [1] Alireza Beiranvand; - [23] Ramin Rezaeian, [8] Morteza Pouraliganji, [4] Rouzbeh Cheshmi, [3] Ehsan Hajsafi; - [9] Omid Ebrahimi Zarandini (81' [19] Seyed Majid Hosseini); - [18] Alireza Jahanbakhsh (85' [14] Saman Ghoddos), [7] Masoud Soleimani Shojaei (c. 68' [17] Mehdi Taremi), [11] Vahid Amiri, [10] Karim Ansarifard; - [20] Sardar Azmoun.

74' Nordin Amrabat is caught by an accidental shoulder from Hajsafi and wallops his head on the turf.
1-0 Unchallenged at the near post substitute Bouhaddouz powerfully heads into his own net from a free kick taken on the left by Hajsafi.

YC: el Ahmadi 34' tripped Azmoun; Shojaei 10' for raking his studs down the shin of Mbark, Jahanbakhsh 47' stamping on the instep of Ziyech; Ansarifard 90+2' fracas on the touchline, don't know why he was booked.
Not available: [6] Saeid Ezatolahi of IRN not eligible to play.

Game 2 [M4]: Played Friday 15 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi. [840]
(43,866); Ref: Gianluca Rocchi; Assist: Elenito Di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini (ITA). VAR: Paolo Valeri (ITA)

PORTUGAL 3, SPAIN 3 (2:1).
1:0 Ronaldo 4 (pen), 1:1 Costa 24, 2:1 Ronaldo 44, 2:2 Costa 55, 2:3 Nacho 58, 3:3 Ronaldo 88.

POR (4-4-2): [1] Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício; - [21] Cédric Soares, [3] Pepe - Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira, [6] José Miguel da Rocha Fonte [5] Raphaël Adelino José Guerreiro; - [11] Bernardo Mota Veiga de Carvalho e Silva (69' [20] Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo), [8] João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho [14] William Silva de Carvalho, [16] Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes (68' [10] João Mário Naval da Costa Eduardo); - [17] Gonçalo Manuel Ganchinho Guedes (80' [9] André Miguel Valente da Silva) [7] Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (c. Ω).

ESP (4-3-3): [1] David de Gea Quintana; - [4] Nacho - José Ignacio Fernández Iglesias, [3] Gerard Piqué Bernabéu, [15] Sergio Ramos Garcia (c.), [18] Jordi Alba Ramos; - [8] Koke - Jorge Resurrección Merodio, [5] Sergio Busquets Burgos, [6] Andrés Iniesta Luján (70' [10] Thiago Alcántara do Nascimento); - [21] David Josué Jiménez Silva (86' [11] Lucas Vázquez Iglesias), [19] Diego da Silva Costa (77' [17] Iago Aspas Juncal), [22] Isco - Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez.

1-0 Ronaldo ran at Nacho on the left edge of the box, beating him with a stepover. Nacho dangled a leg absent-mindedly and brought him down. There's a delay because protests from Spain and as De Gea comes out and stands in front of the ball. Ronaldo fires the ball into the right hand corner of the net, sending De Gea the wrong way.
1-1 VAR's looked at the goal for at a potential foul from Costa on Pepe. The goal came from a long ball by Busquets, which Pepe could only head up in the air while being flattened by Costa’s challenge. Costa twists and turns on the edge of the area, gaining himself a yard on Fonte before dragging a low shot past Patricio from 12 yards.
2-1 It's a horrible, horrible moment for De Gea. Ronaldo, teed up in the D by a short pass from Guedes. Although a powerful shot it is straight at De Gea and it should be a routine save for a goalkeeper of his standards but instead it slithered through him and into the net.
2-2 Koke takes the free-kick short to Silva, who clips the ball to the back post where Busquets is waiting. Busquets's towered over his man and heads the ball back across goal where Costa is lying in wait, reacted fastest for a tap in from six yards.
2-3 With Portugal under all kinds of pressure, a desperate defensive clearance hit Carvalho and rebounded across the edge of the box. It bounced up awkwardly for Nacho, he shows brilliant technique to drill the ball powerfully off the inside of the far post and into the net. Great strike.
3-3 Pique fouls Ronaldo 25 yards from goal, slightly to the right of centre. He curls the ball over the wall and into the top right corner to bring Portugal level and complete his hat-trick.
At 33y 130d. Ronaldo’s three goals for Portugal made him the oldest hat-trick scorer in the history of the World Cup.

YC: Fernandes 28'; Busquets 17'.


Game 3 [M19]: Played Wednesday 20 June 2018 (15:00 MSK), Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. [855]
(78,011) Referee: Mark William Geiger (USA); Assistant referees: Joe Fletcher (CAN) and Frank Anderson (USA). VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER).

PORTUGAL 1, MOROCCO 0 (1:0).
Ronaldo 4.

POR (4-4-2): [1] Rui Patrício; - [21] Cédric Soares, [3] Pepe, [6] José Fonte [5] Raphaël Guerreiro; - [11] Bernardo Silva (59' [18] Gelson Dany Batalha Martins), [8] João Moutinho (89' [23] Adrien Sébastien Perruchet da Silva), [14] William Carvalho, [10] João Mário (70' [16] Bruno Fernandes); [17] Gonçalo Guedes, [7] Cristiano Ronaldo (c. Ω).

MAR (4-1-4-1): [12] Munir Mohand Mohamedi El Kajoui; - [17] Nabil Dirar, [5] Medhi Benatia (c.), [4] Manuel da Costa, [2] Achraf Hakimi; - [8] Karim el Ahmadi (86' [11] Fayçal Fajr);- [16] Nordin Amrabat wore a headguard first half after his KO v IRN, [10] Younès Belhanda (75' [23] Mehdi François Carcela-González), [14] Mbark Boussoufa, [7] Hakim Ziyech; - [13] Khalid Boutaïb (69' [9] Ayoub el Kaabi).

1-0 From a corner on the right Bernardo Silva takes it short to the oncoming Moutinho, who delivers a good cross. Unmarked, Ronaldo powers a diviing header home from eight yards.

YC: A. Silva 90+2'; Benatia 40'.
Not available: [15] Aït Bennasser, MAR injured.

Game 4 [M20]: Played Wednesday 20 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Kazan Arena, Kazan. [856]
(42,718) Referee: Andrés Ismael Cunha Soca; Assistant referees: Nicolás Tarán and Mauricio Espinosa (URU); VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG).

IRAN 0, SPAIN 1 (0:0).
Costa 54 .

IRN (6-3-1): [1] Alireza Beiranvand; - [17] Mehdi Taremi, [23] Ramin Rezaeian, [8] Morteza Pouraliganji, [19] Majid Hosseini, [3] Ehsan Hajsafi (c. 69' [5] Milad Mohammadi), [10] Karim Ansarifard (74' [18] Alireza Jahanbakhsh); - [9] Omid Ebrahimi, [6] Saeid Ezatolahi Afagh, [11] Vahid Amiri (86' [14] Saman Ghoddos); - [20] Sardar Azmoun. After Spain scored and Iran attacked they formed a 4-3-3. of [23], [8], [19], [3]; - [9], [6], [11]; - [17], [20], [10].

ESP (4-1-4-1): [1] David de Gea; - [2] Daniel 'Dani' Carvajal Ramos, [3] Gerard Piqué, [15] Sergio Ramos (c.), [18] Jordi Alba; - [5] Sergio Busquets; - [11] Lucas Vázquez (80' [20] Marco Asensio Willemsen), [21] David Silva, [6] Andrés Iniesta (71' [8] Koke), [22] Isco; - [19] Diego Costa Ω (89' [9] Rodrigo Moreno Machado.

39' Costa accidentally stood on the goalies foot and Beiranvand makes a meal of it to get Costa booked, but just mkes himself look foolish.
1-0 Iniesta slips the ball into the box which Costa picks up and attempts a shot as Rezaeian tackles - it bounces off Costa's right knee, beating the the in-rushing Jahanbakh and goalie to his right.
Lots of support for IRN and the loudest atmosphere so far in this world cup.

YC: Amiri 79', caught Carvajal late; Ebrahim 90+2'.
Not available: [4] Rouzbeh Cheshmi, IRN injured for the rest of the tournament.

Game 5 [M35]: Played Monday 25 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Mordovia Arena, Saransk. [871]
(41,685) Referee: Enrique Cáceres; Assistant referees: Eduardo Cardozo and Juan Zorilla (PAR) VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA) .

IRAN 1, PORTUGAL 1 (0:1).
0:1 Quaresma 45, 1:1 Ansarifard 90+ (pen).

IRN (4-1-4-1): [1] Alireza Beiranvand; - [23] Ramin Rezaeian, [8] Morteza Pouraliganji, [19] Majid Hosseini (centre backs had swapped to this postioning early first half), [3] Ehsan Hajsafi (c.) (56' [5] Milad Mohammadi); - [6] Saeid Ezatolahi (76 [10] Karim Ansarifard); - [18] Alireza Jahanbakhsh (70' [14] Saman Ghoddos), [9] Omid Ebrahimi, [11] Vahid Amiri, [17] Mehdi Taremi; - [20] Sardar Azmoun.

POR (4-4-2): [1] Rui Patrício; - [21] Cédric Soares, [3] Pepe, [6] José Fonte, [5] Raphaël Guerreiro; - [20] Ricardo Quaresma Ω (70' [11] Bernardo Silva), [23] Adrien Silva, [14] William Carvalho, [10] João Mário (84' [8] ) João Moutinho); - [9] André Silva (90+6' [17] Gonçalo Guedes), [7] Cristiano Ronaldo (c.).

0-1 Queresma cuts in fron the right, Adrien Silva slips him a pass and Quaresma strikes the ball from the very edge of the area - and the the outside of his right boot sees it curl beyond Beiranvand and into the side of the net.
51' Missed penalty. Ezatolahi stepped across Ronaldo and brought him down. Beiranvand dives to his left and saves it.
1-1 VAR checked an Iranian penalty appeal as a corner is headed onto the arm of Soares by Azmoun at very close range. After a delay of 6 minutes a penalty is awarded for handball and Asanifard smashed it.

YC: Hajsafi 52', Amzoun 54'; Guerreiro 33', Quaresma 64', a wild challenge as he flies in on Ezatolahi; Ronaldo 83', anxious wait as he could have got a red for his swinging arm off the ball on Pouraliganji.
Not available: [4] Rouzbeh Cheshmi, IRN absent.

Game 6 [M36]: Played Monday 25 June 2018 (20:00 KALT), Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad. [872]
(33,973): Referee: Ravshan Sayfiddinovich Irmatov; Assistant referees: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov and Jakhongir Saidov (UZB) VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED).

SPAIN 2, MOROCCO 2 (1:1).
0:1 Boutaib 14, 1:1 Isco 19, 1:2 En-Nesyri 81, 2:2 Aspas 90+1.

ESP (4-3-3): [1] David de Gea; - [2] Dani Carvajal, [3] Gerard Piqué, [15] Sergio Ramos (c.), [18] Jordi Alba; - [10] Thiago (74' [20] Marco Asensio), [5] Sergio Busquets, [6] Andrés Iniesta; [21] David Silva (84' [17] Iago Aspas), [19] Diego Costa (84' [9] Rodrigo), [22] Isco Ω.

MAR (4-1-4-1): [12] Munir; - [17] Nabil Dirar, [4] Manuel da Costa, [6] Romain Saïss, [2] Achraf Hakimi; - [8] Karim el Ahmadi;- [16] Nordin Amrabat, [14] Mbark Boussoufa (c.), [10] Younès Belhanda (63' [11] Fayçal Fajr), [7] Hakim Ziyech (85' [20] Aziz Bouhaddouz); - [13] Khalid Boutaïb (72' [19] Youssef En-Nesyri).

1-0 Iniesta passes to Ramos just inside Spain's half but Boutaib nicks it and runs all the way to put it thriugh the legs of de Gea.
1-1 Iniesta starts the move, bursting into the area and playing a one-two. He gets to the byline, pulls it back to Isco, who takes a touch and slams it into the roof of the net.
1-2 Sub to sub goal. Fajr takes a corner (only one in the match for Morocco) on the right, and En Nesyri, rises superbly to head into the far corner
2-2 Carvajal's cross from the right is flicked backheel by Aspas and into the far corner. Offside flag correctly overuled by VAR.
Although Morocco couldn't qualify they gave Spain a great game, especially memorable was the shot from Nordin that smashed onto the bar from 20 yds ofter 55 minutes.

YC: el Ahmadi 21', late on Busquets; Nordin 29' accidently stood on foot of Ramos, harsh; da Costa 31' into the back of Isco; Mbark 31' dissent; Munir 88' time wasting, Hakimi 90+3'.
Not available: [15] Aït Bennasser, injured; [22] Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti, absent MAR .

GROUP B Pld W D L F A Pts
SPAIN 3 1 2 0 6 5 5
PORTUGAL 3 1 2 0 5 4 5
IRAN 3 1 1 1 2 2 4
MOROCCO 3 0 1 2 2 4 1


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Group C - FRANCE *, AUSTRALIA, DENMARK, PERU.


Game 1 [M5]: Played Saturday 16 June 2018 (13:00 MSK), Kazan Arena, Kazan. [841]
(41,279). Referee: Andrés Cunha; Assistant referees: Nicolás Tarán and Mauricio Espinosa (URU); VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG).

FRANCE 2, AUSTRALIA 1 (0:0).
1:0 Griezmann 58 (pen) first VAR penalty award, 1:1 Jedinak 62 (pen), 2:1 Behich 81 o.g.

FRA (4-3-3): [1] Hugo Hadrien Dominique Lloris (c.); [2] Benjamin Jacques Marcel Pavard, [4] Raphael Xavier Varane, [5] Samuel Yves Umtiti, [21] Lucas François Bernard Hernández; - [12] Corentin Tolisso (78’ [14] Blaise Matuidi), [13] N'Golo Kanté, [6] Paul Labile Pogba; - [7] Antoine Griezmann Ω (70’ [9] Oliver Jonathan Giroud), [10] Kylian Mbappe Lottin, [11] Masour Ousmane Dembélé (70’ [18] Nabil Fekir).

AUS (4-4-1-1): [1] Mathew David Ryan; [19] Joshua Risdon, [20] Trent Lucas Sainsbury, [5] Mark Daniel Milligan, [16] Aziz Eraltay Behich; - [7] Mathew Allan Leckie, [15] Michael 'Mile' John Jedinak (c.) 62', [13] Aaron Frank Mooy, [10] Robbie Thomas Kruse (84' [17] Daniel Azani) ; - [23] Tomas Petar Rogic (72' [22] Jackson Alexander Irvine); - [11] Andrew Nabbout (64' [9] Tomi Petar Juric).

1-0 Ridson is ajudged to have tripped Greizmann on his sliding follow through. I thought he got the ball first but ref gives it after VAR pitchside review. Slammed into the right side netting, Ryan no chance, didn't move.
1-1 A free-kick in from the right is inexplicably handled by Umtiti who stuck up both arms and it hit his right hand, a moment of madness, no question. Jedinak puts it right as Lloris goes the other way
2-1 16 yds out Pogba shot deflected off tackling Behich and dropped behind the line off the crossbar then bounced back into play.

YC: Tolisso 76' tripped Juric; Leckie 13 ', Risdon 57' for foul on Griezmann when penalty awarded after VAR review; Behich 87'', bumped imto Fekir, a nothing challenge ref ran up to his face to flourish a card.


Game 2 [M6]: Played Saturday 16 June 2018 (19:00 MSK), Mordovia Arena, Saransk. [842]
(40,502) an estimated 40,000 Peru fans have travelled to Russia, they certainly outnumbered the Danes here: Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (GAM); Assistant referees: Jean Claude Birumushahu (BUR) and Abel Etchiali (ALG); VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER).

PERU 0, DENMARK 1 (0:0).
Poulsen 59.

PER (4-2-3-1): [1] Pedro David Gallese Quiroz; - [17] Luis Jan Piers Advíncula Castrillón, [15] Christian Guillermo Martín Ramos Garaga, [2] Alberto Junior Rodríguez Valdelomar - 'el mudo' (mule) (c.), [6] Miguel Ángel Trauco Saavedra; - [13] Renato Fabrizio Tapia Cortijo (87' [23] Pedro Jesús Aquino Sánchez), [19] Víctor Yoshimar Yotún Flores; - [18] André Martín Carrillo Díaz, [8] Christian Alberto Cueva Bravo 45+1', [20] Edison Michael Flores Peralta (62' [9] José Paolo Guerrero Gonzales Peru go 4-4-2); - [10] Jefferson Agustín Farfán Guadalupe (85' [11] Raúl Mario Ruidíaz Misitich).

DEN (4-2-3-1): [1] Kasper Peter Schmeichel; - [14] Henrik Dalsgaard, [4] Simon Thorup Kjaer (c.), [6] Andreas Bødtker Christensen (81' [13] Mathias Jattah-Njie 'Zanka' Jørgensen), [17] Jens Stryger Larsen; - [7] William Vitfed Kvist, went down after taking a knee to the ribs off Farfan, he is stretchered off (36' [19] Lasse Schöne), [8] Thomas Joseph Delaney; - [20] Yussuf Yurary Poulsen Ω, [10] Christian Denneman Eriksen, [23] Pione Sisto Ifolo Emirmija (67' [11] Martin Christensen Braithwaite); - [9] Nicolai Mick Jørgensen.

43' Carrilo goes down inside the area after Yussuf Poulsen had left his outstretched foot to fall over. The referee said no VAR says yes. Cueva misses by a mile over the bar.
0-1 With most of the play at the start of the second-half the Danes counter attack, Poulson latched onto an Erickson through ball for a cool finish.

YC: Tapia 38'; Delaney 56', Poulsen 90+3


Game 3 [M21 FIFA# M22]: Played Thursday 21 June 2018 (16:00 SAMT), Cosmos Arena, Samara. [857]
(40,727): Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz; Assistant referees: Pau Cebrián Devís and Roberto Díaz Pérez (all ESP) VAR: Mark Geiger (USA).

DENMARK 1, AUSTRALIA 1 (1:1).
1:0 Eriksen 7, 1:1 Jedinak 38 (pen).

DEN (4-2-3-1): [1] Kasper Schmeichel; - [14] Henrik Dalsgaard, [4] Simon Kjaer (c.), [6] Andreas Christensen, [17] Jens Stryger Larsen; - [19] Lasse Schöne, [8] Thomas Delaney; - [20] Yussuf Poulsen (59' [11] Martin Braithwaite), [10] Christian Eriksen Ω, [23] Pione Sisto; - [9] Nicolai Jørgensen (68' [21] Andreas Evald Cornelius).

AUS (4-2-3-1): AUS [1] Mathew Ryan; [19] Joshua Risdon, [20] Trent Sainsbury, [5] Mark Milligan, [16] Aziz Behich; - [15] Mile Jedinak (c.), [13] Aaron Mooy; - [7] Mathew Leckie, [23] Tomas Petar Rogic (82' [22] Jackson Irvine, [10] Robbie Kruse (68' [17] Daniel Azani) - [11] Andrew Nabbout (75' [9] Tomi Petar Juric).

1-0 Jorgensen brings the ball down in the box before feeding Eriksen with a second touch, who takes it in his stride and lashes the ball low past Ryan.
1-1 Poulsen heads against the arm of Leckie and a penalty is awarded after VAR review. Jedinak puts it low right goalie chose the other direction.

YC: Poulsen 37' misses next game, Sisco 84' dissent.
Not available: [7] William Kvist, DEN was sent home 17 June after he suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung against PER.

Game 4 [M22 FIFA# M21]: Played Thursday 21 June 2018 (20:00 YEKT), Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg. [858]
(32,789): Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed; Assistant referees: Mohamed Al Hammadi and Hasan al Mahri (UAE) VAR: Daniele Orsato.

FRANCE 1, PERU 0 (1:0).
Mbappé 34.

FRA (4-2-3-1): [1] Hugo Lloris (c.); [2] Benjamin Pavard, [4] Raphael Xavier Varane, [5] Samuel Umtiti, [21] Lucas Hernández; - [13] N'Golo Kanté, [6] Paul Pogba (89’ [15] Steven N'Kemboanza Mike Nzonzi); - [10] Kylian Mbappé Ω (75’ [11] Ousmane Dembélé), [7] Antoine Griezmann (80’ [18] Nabil Fekir), [14] Blaise Matuidi; - [9] Oliver Giroud.

PER (4-2-3-1): [1] Pedro Gallese; - [17] Luis Advíncula, [15] Christian Ramos, [2] Alberto Rodríguez (h-t [4] Anderson Santamaría Bardales), [6] Miguel Trauco; - [23] Pedro Aquino, [19] Yoshimar Yotún (h-t [10] Jefferson Farfán); - [18] André Carrillo, [8] Christian Cueva (82' [11] Raúl Ruidíaz), [20] Edison Flores, took position of Yotún second half ; - [9] Paolo Guerrero (c.).

1-0 Pogba plays in Giroud whose cross-shot is a tap in for Mbappé.

YC: Matuidi 16', Pogba 86' high boot in the face of Farfán; Guerrero 23' dissent, Aquino 81' a case for VAR mistaken identity, ref wrongly booked Flores initially.
Kylian Mbappé became France's youngest ever goalscorer at the World Cup, aged 19 years and 183 day. Previously held by David Trezeguet vs. Saudi Arabia in 1998 at 20y 246d.


Game 5 [M37]: Played Tuesday 26 June 2018 (17:00 MSK), Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. [873]
(78,011): Referee: Sandro Meira Ricci (BRZ); Assistant referees: Emerson de Carvalho and Marcelo van Gasse (BRZ) VAR: Mauro Vagliano (ARG).

DENMARK 0, FRANCE 0 (0:0).

DEN (4-1-4-1): [1] Kasper Schmeichel; - [14] Henrik Dalsgaard, [4] Simon Kjaer (c.), [13] Mathias Jørgensen, [17] Jens Stryger Larsen; - [6] Andreas Christensen; - [11] Martin Braithwaite, [10] Christian Eriksen, [8] Thomas Delaney (90’+2’ [18] Lukas Reiff Lerager), [23] Pione Sisto (60’ [15] Viktor Gorridsen Fischer); - [21] Andreas Cornelius (75 [12] Kasper Dolberg Rasmussen).

FRA (4-2-3-1): [16] Steve Mandanda Mpidi; - [19] Djibril Sidibe, [4] Raphael Varane (c.), [3] Presnel Kimpembe, [21] Lucas Hernandez (50' [22] Benjamin Mendy); - [13] N'Golo Kanté Ω, [15] Steven N'Zonzi; - [11] Ousmane Dembélé (78' [10] Kylian Mbappé), [7] Antoine Griezmann (68' [18] Nabil Fekir), [8] Thomas Benoit Lemar; - [9] Olivier Giroud.

YC: Jørgensen 45+3, chopped down Griezemann.
This was to be the only goalless draw of the 2018 world cup. After 36 scoring games beat the previous record set in 1954 when 26 matches saw at least one goal.


Game 6 [M38]: Played Tuesday 26 June 2018 (17:00 MSK), Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi. [874]
(44,073) Referee: Sergei Gennadyević Karasev; Assistant referees: Anton Averianov and Tikhon Kalugin (RUS) VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED).

AUSTRALIA 0, PERU 2 (1:0).
0-1 Carillo 18, 0:2 Guerrero 50.

AUS (4-2-3-1): [1] Mathew Ryan; [19] Joshua Risdon, [20] Trent Sainsbury, [5] Mark Milligan, [16] Aziz Behich; - [15] Mile Jedinak (c.), [13] Aaron Mooy; - [7] Mathew Leckie, [23] Tomas Rogic (72' [22] Jackson Irvine), [10] Robbie Kruse (58' [17] Daniel Arzani); - [9] Tomi Juric (53' [4] Timothy Filiga Cahill, became first Aussie to play at four WC finals).

PER (4-2-3-1): [1] Pedro Gallese; - [17] Luis Advíncula, [15] Christian Ramos, [4] Anderson Santamaría, [6] Miguel Trauco; - [3] Renato Tapia (63' [7] Cristopher Paolo César Hurtado Huertas), [19] Yoshimar Yotún (h-t [23] Pedro Aquino); - [18] André Carrillo Ω (79' [16] Wilder José Cartagena Mendoza), [8] Christian Cueva, [20] Edison Flores; - [9] Paolo Guerrero (c.).

1-0 In a rare attack, Guerrero spots Carrillo on the far side of the box and picks him out, and on the volley he makes no mistake beyond Ryan
2-0 Flores comes in off the left and his shot strikes Jedinak's heel, reaches Guerrero and his shot is deflected off Milligan.

YC: Jedinak 10' Axani 60' Rogic 66' pushed Cueva to the grass, Milligan 88' tripped Cueva; Yotún 45' Hurtado 79' late on Behich.


Pld W D L F A Pts
FRANCE 3 2 1 0 3 1 7
DENMARK 3 1 2 0 2 1 5
PERU 3 1 0 2 2 2 3
AUSTRALIA 3 0 1 2 2 5 1


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Group D - ARGENTINA *, CROATIA, ICELAND, NIGERIA


Game 1 [M7]: Played Saturday 16 June 2018 (16:00 MSK), Otkritie Arena, Moscow. [843]
(44,190): Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL); Assistant referees: Paweł Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL), VAR: Mark Geiger (USA).

ARGENTINA 1, ICELAND 1 (1:1).
1:0 Agüero 19, Finbogason 23.

ARG (4-2-3-1): [23] Wilfredo "Willy" Daniel Caballero Lazcano; - [18] Eduardo Antonio Salvio, [17] Nicolás Hernán Gonzalo Otamendi, [16] Faustino Marcos Alberto Rojo, [3] Nicolás Alejandro Tagliafico; - [14] Javier Alejandro Mascherano, [5] Lucas Rodrigo Biglia (54' [7] Éver Maximiliano David Banega); - [13] Maximiliano Eduardo Meza (84' [9] Gonzalo Gererdo Higuaín), [10] Lionel Andrés Messi (c.), [11] Ángel Fabián di María Hernández (75' [22] Cristian David Pavón); - [19] Sergio Leonel Agüero.

ICE (4-4-1-1): [1] Hannes Thór Halldórsson Ω; - [2] Birkir Mar Sævarsson, [14] Kári Arnason, [6] Ragnar Sigurðsson, [18] Hörður Björgvin Magnússon; - [7] Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (63' [19] Rúrik Gíslason), [17] Aron Einar Malmquist Gunnarsson (c. 76' [23] Ari Freyr Skúlason), [20] Emil Hallfreðsson, [8] Birkir Bjarnason; - [10] Gylfi Thór Sigurðsson, [11] Alfreð Finnbogason (89' [9] Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson).

1-0 Rojo mishits a shot from distance that falls straight at Aguero's feet in the box; the striker then turns past Ragnar Sigurðsson, before firing an unstoppable left footed shot into the roof of the net.
1-1 after a mad scramble in the box, the ball drops to the unmarked Sigurðsson at the far post. The forward's low driven shot then is contested by Magnússon and Caballero but runs nicely to Finnbogason's feet and he places it in.
64' Argentina then had the chance to go ahead again when Hörður Magnússon pushed Meza inside the box after 64 minutes. Halldórsson guesses right and dives the same way to save a poor effort from Messi.

YC: none.


Game 2 [M8]: Played Saturday 16 June 2018 (21:00 KALT), Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad. [844]
(31,136): Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRZ); Assistant referees: Emerson de Carvalho and Marcelo Van Gasse (BRZ) VAR: Daniele Orsato (ITA).

CROATIA 2, NIGERIA 0 (1:1).
1:0 Etebo 32 o.g, 2:0 Modrić 71 (pen).

CRO (4-2-3-1): [23] Danijel Subašić; - [2] Šime Vrsaljko, [6] Dejan Lovren, [21] Domagoj Vida, [3] Ivan Strinić; - [10] Luka Modrić (c. Ω), [7] Ivan Rakitić; - [4] Ivan Perišić, [9] Andrej Kramarić (60' [11] Marcelo Brozović), [18] Ante Rebić (78' [8] Mateo Kovačić); - [17] Mario Mandžukić (86' [20] Marko Pjaca).

NGR (4-1-4-1): [23] Francis Obinaka Uzoho; - [12] Shehu Unman Abdullahi, [5] William Paul Troost-Ekong, [6] Leon Aderemi Balogun, [2] Brian Oladapo Idowu; - [4] Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi, [8] Oghenekaro Peter Etebo; - [11] Victor Moses, [10] (John Michael Nchekwube Obinna) John Obi Mikel (c. 88' [13] Simeon ‘Simy’ Tochukwu Nwankwo), [18] Alexander 'Alex' Chuka Iwobi (62' [7] Ahmed Musa); - [9] Odion Jude Ighalo (73' [14] Kelechi Promise Iheanacho).

1-0 Modrić's corner, is flicked on by Rebić and Mandzukić's diving header towards goal is going wide until it bounces off Peter Etebo's foot and in at the far post.
2-0 Troost-Ekong ia all arms over Mandzukic as the corner comes in. Penalty and a YC. Modrić slots it left corner.

YC: Rakitić 30', catches Moses with his studs, Brozović 89; Troost-Ekong 70' foul for the penalty.


Game 3 [M23]: Played Thursday 21 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. [859]
(43,319): Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB); Assistant referees: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov and Jakhongir Saidov (UZB); VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER) .

ARGENTIA 0, CROATIA 3 (0:0).
0-1 Rebić 53, 0:2 Modrić 80, 0:3 Rakitić 90+1.

ARG (3-4-2-1): [23] Willy Caballero; - [2] Gabriel Iván Mercado, [17] Nicolás Otamendi, [3] Nicolás Tagliafico; - [18] Eduardo Salvio (56’ [22] Cristian Pavón), [15] Enzo Nicolás Pérez (68’ [21] Paulo Bruno Exequiel Dybala), [14] Javier Mascherano, [8] Marcos Javier Acuña; - [10] Lionel Messi (c.), [13] Maximiliano Meza; - [19] Sergio Agüero (55’ [9] Gonzalo Gererdo Higuaín).

CRO (4-1-4-1): [23] Danijel Subašić; - [2] Šime Vrsaljko, [6] Dejan Lovren, [21] Domagoj Vida, [3] Ivan Strinić; - [11] Marcelo Brozović; - [18] Ante Rebić (57’ [9] Andrej Kramarić), [10] Luka Modrić (c. Ω), [7] Ivan Rakitic, [4] Ivan Perišić (82’ [8] Mateo Kovačić); - [17] Mario Mandžukić (90+3’ [5] Vedran Ćorluka).

0-1 Nack pass to Caballero from Mercado is ballooned to Rebić who volleys it back over the keeper.
0-2 Modrić turns Otamendi this way and that and shoots from 25 yds inside the right post.
0-3 Caballero does brilliantly to save Rakitić's initial effort, but the ball falls to Kovacic who rolls the ball back to Rakitić and he passes past the man on the 6yd line, Acuña.

YC: Mercado 51’ chops down Rebić on half-way, Otamendi 85’ Mascherano takes down Rakitic and Otamendi smashes the ball into his face as he lies stricken on the floor; Acuna 87’; Rebić 39’ nasty one on Salvio; Mandžukić 58’; Vrsaljko 67’ late on Acuña; Ćorluka 90+4’.
Not available: [16] Nikola Kalinić CRO, sent home on 17 June for refusing to come on as a substitute v Nigeria.

Game 4 [M25 #FIFA# M24]: Played Friday 22 June 2018 (18:00), Volgograd Arena, Volgograd. [861]
(40,904): Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL); Assistant referees: Simon Lount (NZL) and Tevita Makasini (TON); VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).

NIGERIA 2, ICELAND 0 (0:0).
1:0 Musa 49, 2:0 Musa 75.

NGR (3-5-2): [23] Francis Uzoho; - [6] Leon Balogun, [5] William Troost-Ekong [22] Kenneth Josiah Omeruo; - [11] Victor Moses, [10] John Obi Mikel (c.), [4] Wilfred Ndidi, [8] Peter Etebo (90’ [18] Alex Iwobi), [2] Brian Idowu (h-t [21] Tyronne Efe Ebuehi); - [14] Kelechi Iheanacho (85’ [9] Odion Ighalo), [7] Ahmed Musa Ω.

ICE (4-4-2): [1] Hannes Halldórsson; - [2] Birkir Sævarsson, [14] Kári Árnason, [6] Ragnar Sigurðsson (65’ [5] Sverrir Ingi Ingason), [18] Hörður Magnússon; - [19] Rúrik Gíslason, [17] Aron Gunnarsson (c. 87’ [23] Ari Freyr Skúlason), [10] Gylfi Sigurðsson, [8] Birkir Bjarnason; - [11] Alfreð Finnbogason, [22] Jón Daði Böðvarsson (71’ [9] Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson).

1-0 Moses crosses from the right wing for Musa to stretch and control to volley into the net.
2-0 Balogun plays a perfect ball down the left flank and Musa darts inside Árnason, rounds Halldórsson and fires past Árnason again who got back on the line.
83' Ebuehi catches Finnbodvarsson in the back of the leg. VAR and the ref gives the penalty. Short run-up from Sigurðsson and aiming for the top right-hand corner, he sends the ball over the bar.

YC: Idowu 44’.
Nigerian GK Francis Uzoho becomes the second youngest to keep a clean sheet at a WC match at 19yrs 237d; youngest is Lee Chan-myong of DRK at 19yrs 198d. against ITA 1966.

Game 5 [M39]: Played Tuesday 26 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg. [875]
(64,468); Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR); Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran and Tarık Ongun (TUR); VAR: Daniele Orsato (ITA).

NIGERIA 1, ARGENTINA 2 (0:1).
0:1 Messi 14, 1:1 Moses 52 (pen), 1:2 Rojo 86.

NGR (3-5-2): [23] Francis Uzoho; - [6] Leon Balogun, [5] William Troost-Ekong [22] Kenneth Josiah Omeruo (90' [18] Alex Iwobi); - [11] Victor Moses, [4] Wilfred Ndidi, [10] John Obi Mikel (c.), [8] Peter Etebo, [2] Brian Idowu; - [14] Kelechi Iheanacho (h-t [9] Odion Ighalo), [7] Ahmed Musa (90+2’ [13] Simy Nwankwo).

ARG (4-3-3): [12] Franco Armani; - [2] Gabriel Mercado, [17] Nicolás Otamendi, [16] Marcos Rojo, [3] Nicolás Tagliafico (80' [19] Sergio Agüero); - [15] Enzo Pérez (61' [22] Cristian Pavón), [14] Javier Mascherano, [7] Éver Banega; - [10] Lionel Messi (c. Ω), [9] Gonzalo Higuaín, [11] Ángel di María (72’ [13] Maximiliano Meza).

0-1 Banega finds Messi running onto the box he controls it with his left knee, atouch with his left boot onto his right and fires it across the GK.
1-1 Moses strolls up and slots it right side, Armani chose his right.
1-2 Mercado cross from the right is sweetly volleyed in by Rojo acoss Uzoho.

YC: Balogun 6', Mikel 90+1'; Mascherano 49' ajudged to have pulled back Balogun at a corner for the penalty given after VAR, Banega 64' foul on Ndidi, Messi 90+4'.

Game 6 [M40]: Played Tuesday 26 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don. [876]
(43,472); Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP); Assistant referees: Pau Cebrián Devís and Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP); VAR: Paolo Valeri (ITA).

ICELAND 1, CROATIA 2 (0:0).
0:1 Badelj 53, 1:1 Sigurðsson 76 (pen), 1:2 Perišić 90.

ICE (4-2-3-1): [1] Hannes Halldórsson; - [2] Birkir Sævarsson, [5] Sverrir Ingi Ingason, [6] Ragnar Sigurðsson (70’ [9] Björn Sigurðarson), [18] Hörður Magnússon; - [20] Emil Hallfreðsson, [17] Aron Gunnarsson (c.); - [7] Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, [10] Gylfi Sigurðsson, [8] Birkir Bjarnason (90’ [21] Arnór Ingvi Traustason); - [11] Alfreð Finnbogason (85' [4] Albert Guðmundsson).

CRO (4-3-2-1): [12] Lovre Kalinić; [13] Tin Jedvaj, [5] Verdan Corluka, [15] Duje Ćaleta-Car, [22] Josip Pivarić; - [10] Luka Modrić (c. 65’ [14] Filip Bradarić), [19] Milan Badelj Ω, [8] Mateo Kovačić (82’ [7] Ivan Rakitic); - [20] Marko Pjaca (69’ [6] Dejan Lovren), [4] Ivan Perišić; - [9] Andrej Kramarić.

0-1 After a few ricochets the ball finds Badelj with an awkward bouncer he hits it into the ground to beat Halldórsson to his right side.
1-1 Bjarnason's cross strikes Lovren's arm - penalty. Sigurðsson puts it more centrally and not over the bar this time.
1-2 Badelj nicks the ball from Iceland and passes into the stride of Perišić who stings the GKs hands with his shot.

YC: Hallfreðsson 59', Finnbogason 64', Sævarsson 84'; Pjaca 14', Jedvaj 83.


Pld W D L F A Pts
CROATIA 3 3 0 0 7 1 9
ARGENTINA 3 1 1 1 3 5 4
NIGERIA 3 1 0 1 3 4 3
ICELAND 3 0 1 2 2 5 1


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Group E - BRAZIL*, COSTA RICA, SERBIA, SWITZERLAND.


Game 1 [M9 FIFA# M10]: Played Sunday 17 June 2018 (16.00 SAMT), Cosmos Arena, Samara. [845]
(41,432): Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN); Assistant referees: Djibril Camara and El Hadji Samba (SEN); VAR: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS).

COSTA RICA 0, SERBIA 1 (0:0).
0:1 Kolarov 56'.

CRC (3-4-2-1): [1] Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa; - [2] Jhonny Gerardo Acosta Zamora, [3] Giancarlo 'Pipo' González Castro, [6] Óscar Esaú Duarte Gaitán; - [16] Cristian Esteban Gamboa Luna, [5] Celso Borges Mora, [20] David Alberto Guzmán Pérez (73' [9] Daniel Colindres Solera), [15] Francisco Javier Calvo Quesada; - [10] Bryan Jafet Ruiz González (c. ), [11] Johan Alberto Venegas Ulloa (60' [7] Christian Bolaños Navarro); - [21] Marcos Danilo Ureña Porras (67' [12] Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels).

SRB (4-2-3-1): [1] Vladimir Stojković; - [6] Branislav Ivanović, [15] Nikola Milenković, [3] Dusko Tošić, [11] Aleksandar Kolarov (c. Ω); - [4] Luka Milivojević, [21] Nemanja Matić; - [10] Dušan Tadić (83' [2] Antonio Rukavina), [20] Sergej Milinković-Savić, [22] Adem Ljajić (70' [17] Filip Kostić); - [9] Aleksandar Mitrović (90' [8] Aleksandar Prijović).

0-1 From an acute angle of 30 yards, Kolorov bends the free-kick into the top right corner.

YC: Calvo 22', Guzmán 56' get booked for hugging and pulling back the breaking Mitrovic, scored from free-kick; Ivanović 59', Prijović 90+8’ at the end of play he is grabbed by Duarte and he flicks his had back, brushing the Costa Rican.


Game 2 [M10 FIFA# M9]: Played Sunday 17 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don. [846]
(43,109): Referee: César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos (MEX); Assistant referees: Marvin Torrentera and Miguel Hernández (MEX); VAR: Gabriel Victoria (PAN) .

BRAZIL 1, SWITZERLAND 1 (1:0).
1:0 Coutinho 20, 1:1 Zuber 50.

BRZ (4-3-3): [1] Alisson Ramses Becker; - [14] Danilo Luiz da Silva, [2] Thiago Emiliano da Silva, [3] João Miranda de Souza Filho, [12] Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior (c.); - [15] José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior - Paulinho (67' [8] Renato Soares de Oliveira Augusto), [5] Carlos Henrique Casimiro (60' [17] Fernando Luiz Roza – Fernandinho, [11] Philippe Coutinho Correia Ω; - [19] Willian Borges da Silva, [9] Gabriel Fernando de Jesus (79' [20] Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira), [10] Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior.

SUI (4-2-3-1): [1] Yann Sommer;- [2] Stephan Lichtsteiner (c. (87' [6] Michael Rico Lang), [22] Fabian Lukas Schär, [5] Manuel Obafemi Akanji, [13] Ricardo Iván Rodríguez Araya; - [11] Valon Behrami (had a great game on Naymar, 71' [17] Denis Lemi Zakaria), [10] Granit Xhaka; - [23] Xherdan Shaqiri, [15] Blerim Džemaili, [14] Steven Zuber; - [9] Haris Seferovic (80' [7] Breel Donald Embolo.

1-0 Marcelo’s cross was headed away to Coutinho. He shifts it onto his right boot and from 25 yards sends a strike twanging off the right hand post.
1-1 Shaqiri sends in a right-wing corner and Brazil just stand there and watch as Zuber heads in unmarked inside the six yard box.

YC: Casimiro 47'; Lichtsteiner 31', Schär 65' trying to swap shirts with Naymar, Behrami 68'.
Not available: [18] Fred BRZ absent.

Game 3 [M24 FIFA# M25]: Played Friday 22 June 2018 (15:00 MSK), Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg. [860]
(64,468): Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) ); Assistant referees: Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra (NED); VAR: Jure Praprotnik (SLO).

BRAZIL 2, COSTA RICA 0 (0:0).
1:0 Coutinho 90+1, 2:0 Neymar 90+7.

BRZ (4-3-3): [1] Alisson; - [22] Fagner Conserva Lemos, [2] Thiago Silva (c.), [3] Miranda, [12] Marcelo; - [15] Paulinho (68' [20] Roberto Firmino), [5] Casemiro, [11] Philippe Coutinho Ω; - [19] Willian (h-t [7] Douglas Costa de Sousa), [9] Gabriel Jesus (90+3' [17] Fernandinho), [10] Neymar.

CRC (3-4-2-1): [1] Keylor Navas; - [2] Jhonny Acosta, [3] Pipo González [6] Óscar Duarte; - [16] Cristian Gamboa (75' [15] Francisco Calvo), [5] Celso Borges [20] David Guzmán (83' [17] Yeltsin Ignacio Tejeda Valverde), [8] Bryan Josué Oviedo Jiménez; - [11] Johan Venegas, [10] Bryan Ruiz (c.); - [21] Marco Ureña (54' [7] Christian Bolaños).

78' Costa finds Jesus, who shuffles the ball to Neymar. He’s clear on the left but he decides to try one more trick and cut back inside. Gonzalez leans in, puts his arm on Neymar and a penalty’s awarded...ruled out correctly by VAR. Naymar gets award with diving, no YC.
1-0 Marcelo sends in a deep cross from the right. Firmino heads it back into the middle. Jesus miscontrols but the ball runs loose and Coutinho powers in to stab a shot under Navas.
2-0 Casmeiro released Costa on the right. He chips it across for Neymar to volley into an empty net ...off his left shin.

YC: Neymar 81' dissent when Acosta goes down, Philippe Coutinho 81' also dissent; Acosta 84'.
Not available: [14] Danilo BRZ, absent.

Game 4 [M26]: Played Friday 22 June 2018 (20:00 KALT), Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad. [862]
(33.167): Referee: Felix Brych (GER); Assistant referees: Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp (GER) VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER).

SERBIA 1, SWITZERLAND 2 (1:0).
1:0 Mitrović 5, 1:1 Xhaka 52, 2:1 Shaqiri 87.

SRB (4-4-2): [1] Vladimir Stojković; - [6] Branislav Ivanović, [15] Nikola Milenković, [3] Dusko Tošić, [11] Aleksandar Kolarov (c. ); - [4] Luka Milivojević (81’ [18] Nemanja Radonjić), [21] Nemanja Matić; - [10] Dušan Tadić, [20] Sergej Milinković-Savić, [17] Filip Kostić (65’ [22] Adem Ljajić); - [9] Aleksandar Mitrović.

SUI (4-3-3): [1] Yann Sommer;- [2] Stephan Lichtsteiner (c.), [22] Fabian Schär, [7] Manuel Akanji, [13] Ricardo Rodríguez; - [11] Valon Behrami, [10] Granit Xhaka; - [23] Xherdan Shaqiri Ω, [15] Blerim Džemaili (73’ [7] Breel Donald Embolo), [14] Steven Zuber (90+4’ [19] Josip Drmić); - [9] Haris Seferovic (h-t [18] Mario Gavranović).

1-0 Cross from Tadić on the right is met by a the head of a twisting in the air Mitrović to beat Sommer. Sommer had saved a carbon copy minutes before.
1-1 A shot by Shaqiri was deflectd into the path of Xhaka, running on to the ball about 25 yards out, to the left. He cracks a left footed shot across the keeper.
65' Tadić makes inroads down the right, then cuts on to his left and clips in a good cross. Mitrović meets it but can’t get a proper contact on it because he is quite obviously being held down by not one but two defenders. Not even looked at by VAR?
1-2 A pass to Shaquir from Gavranović and Tošić tries to catch him offside just inside his own half and then realises his mistake and begins to chase Shaqiri in a panic. But Shaqiri is too fast and keeps ahead of him as he scurries 40 yards forward, keeps his cool and slides the ball under the advancing Stojković. Great finish.

YC: Milinković-Savić 34', Milivojević 39' for hacking down Shaqiri, Matić 45+2' a nothing bump into Lichtsteiner, Mitrović 87' dissent; Shaqiri 90+1' for goal celebration a booking for removing his shirt and doing an 'Incredible Hulk' impression.
He was later non-apologatic about his Albanian eagle hand gesture, a slant at the Serbians from his Kossovo homeland. "You should never mix football and politics. It's important to be a fan and give respect" said Vladimir Petković the Swiss manager, who was born in Bosnia.


Game 5 [M41]: Played Wednesday 27 June 2018 (21:00 MSK) Otkritie Arena, Moscow. [877].
(44,190): Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN); Assistant referees: Reza Sokhandan and Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN); VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA) .

SERBIA 0, BRAZIL 2 (0:1).
0:1 Paulinho 36, 0:2 Thiago Silva 68.

SRB (4-2-3-1): [1] Vladimir Stojković; - [2] Antonio Rukavina, [15] Nikola Milenković, [13] Miloš Veljković, [11] Aleksandar Kolarov (c. ); - [20] Sergej Milinković-Savić, [21] Nemanja Matić; - [10] Dušan Tadić, [22] Adem Ljajić (75’ [7] Andrija Živković), [17] Filip Kostić (82' [17] Nemanja Radonjić); - [9] Aleksandar Mitrović (89’ [19] Luka Jović).

BRZ (4-3-3): [1] Alisson; - [22] Fagner, [2] Thiago Silva, [3] Miranda (c.), [12] Marcelo (has a back spasm, 10' [6] Filipe Luís Kasmirski); - [15] Paulinho Ω (66' [17] Fernandinho), [5] Casemiro, [11] Philippe Coutinho (80' [8] Renato Augusto); - [19] Willian, [9] Gabriel Jesus, [10] Neymar.

0-1 Coutinho spots a run from deep by Paulinho and clips the perfect pass through to him. The keeper charges out but Paulinho gets there first, lets it bounce and pokes the bouncing ball over him.
0-2 Neymar curls the a corner from the left into the near post and Thiago Silva beating Milenkovic, powers the header in the net from six yards.

YC: Ljajić 33' Neymar beats Ljajic to a breaking ball near the left touchline, he treads on him and Naymar rolls and rolls, Matić 48' for nailing down Jesus, Mitrović 70' dissent.
Not available: [7] Douglas Costa and [14] Danilo BRZ, absent.


Game 6 [M42]: Played Wednesday 27 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. [878]
(43,319): Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA); Assistant referees: Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore (FRA) VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER).

SWITZERLAND 2, COSTA RICA 2 (1:0).
1:0 Džemaili 31, 1:1 Waston 56, 2:1 Drmić 88, 2:2 Sommer 90+3 o.g.from a Campbell penalty, an off the bar rebound.

SUI (4-2-3-1): [1] Jann Sommer; - [2] Stephan Lichtsteiner (c.) , [22] Fabian Schär, [5] Manuel Akanji, [13] Ricardo Rodríguez; - [11] Valon Behrami (60' [17] Denis Zakaria), [10] Granit Xhaka; - [23] Xherdan Shaqiri (81' [6] Michael Lang), [15] Blerim Džemaili Ω, [7] Breel Embolo; - [18] Mario Gavranovic (69' [19] Josip Drmić).

CRC (3-4-2-1): [1] Keylor Navas; - [2] Jhonny Acosta, [3] Pipo González, [19] Kendall Jamaal Waston Manley; - [16] Cristian Gamboa 11' (90+3' [4] Ian Rey Smith Quirós, [5] Celso Borges, [20] David Guzmán (90+1' [14] Randall Azofeifa Corrales, [8] Bryan Oviedo; - [10] Bryan Ruiz (c.), [9] Daniel Colindres (81' [13] Rodney Wallace Burns); - [12] Joel Campbell.

6' Borges powers a header towards goal and Sommer at full stretch tips it onto the right hand post, a fantastic save.
10' Colindres absolutely hammers an effort towards goal and it nearly cracks the crossbar.
1-0 Lichtsteiner’s deep cross was headed down superbly by Embolo into the path of Dzemaili, who steadied and battered it into the net.
1-1 Campbell swerved a right-wing corner towards Waston, who brushes Behrami away and flicked an great header into the corner.
78' a thumping header from Embolo’s flat cross, but Drmić hits the woodwork.
2-1 Zakaria played a low ball into the box from the right, and when Acosta slipped it allowed Drmić to curl a classy first-time shot into the far corner.
89' Ruiz goes down in the area after a tussle with Rodríguez and the referee gives a penalty. Overturned by VAR.
2-2 Campbell goes over after a challenge from Zakaria, no hesitation from the ref. Bryan Ruiz misses his penalty onto the bar ..but it speeds back onto the back of goalkeeper Sommer's head and into the net.

YC: Lichtsteiner 37' late on Colindres, who feels his studs, Zakaria 75' pulling back Gamboa, Schär 83' pulling back Campbell; Gamboa 11' foul on Embolo, Campbell 29' slightly caught Akanji with an elbow, who goes down holding his face, Waston 89', shoved the ref as he appealed for a penalty, not given by VAR.
Not available: [14] Steven Zuber SUI absent.

Pld W D L F A Pts
BRAZIL 3 2 1 0 5 1 7
SWITZERLAND 3 1 2 0 5 4 5
SERBIA 3 1 0 2 2 4 3
COSTA RICA 3 0 1 2 2 5 1


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Group F - GERMANY *, MEXICO, SOUTH KOREA, SWEDEN.


Game 1 [M11]: Played Sunday 17 June 2018 (18:00 MSK), Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. [847]
(78,011): Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN); Assistant referees: Reza Sokhandan and Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN); VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).

GERMANY 0, MEXICO 1 (0:1).
0:1 Lozano 35.

GER (5-3-2): [1] Manuel Neuer (c.); - [18] Joshua Walter Kimmich, [17] Jérôme Agyenim Boateng, [5] Mats Hummels, [2] Marvin Plattenhardt (79' [23] Mario Gómez Garcia; - [6] Sami Khedira (60' [11] Marco Reus), [8] Toni Kroos; - [13] Thomas Müller, [10] Mesut Özil, [7] Julian Draxler; - [9] Timo Werner (86' [20] Julian Brandt).

MEX (4-2-3-1): [13] Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña; - [3] Carlos Joel Salcedo Hernández, [2] Hugo Ayala Castro, [15] Héctor Alfredo Moreno Herrera, [23] Jesús Daniel Gallardo Vasconcelos; - [16] Héctor Miguel Herrera López, [18] José Andrés Guardado Hernández (c. 74' [4] Rafael Márquez Álvarez); - [7] Miguel Arturo Layún Prado, [11] Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido (58' [21] Edson Omar Álvarez Velázquez , [22] Hirving Rodrigo Lozano Bahena Ω (66' [9] Raúl Alonso Jiménez Rodríguez; - [14] Javier Hernández Balcázar – Chicharito.

0-1 Hernandez turning brilliantly near halfway to leave Hummels and Boateng in their wake. He finds Lozano in space on the left. Lozano cuts inside again, beating Ozil, who had desperately hared back to provide cover at right back. Lozano finally has space for a shot with his right foot and he hammers the ball low to Neuer’s right.
89' Brandt hits a the post with a brilliant snap-shot from 20 yards.

YC: Müller 83' cynical trip on Herrera, Hummels 84' late on Alvarez; Moreno 40' timewasting at a free-kick, Herrera 90'.

Not available: [3] Jonas Hector GER, did not travel due to illness.
Mexico and Germany always, it seems, meet somewhere during a WC finals, but this is only the second time that the Mexicans have beaten the European powerhouse.Kimmich was badly exposed on his flank, everything of meaning came from the Mexican left.

Game 2 [M12]: Played Monday 18 June 2018 (15:00 MSK), Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. [848]
(42,300) Referee: Joel Antonio Aguilar Chicas (SAL); Assistant referees: Juan Zumba (SAL) and Juan Carlos Mora (CRC); VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG).

SWEDEN 1, SOUTH KOREA 0 (0:0).
Granqvist 65 (pen).

SWE (4-4-1-1): [1] Robin Patrick Olsson; - [2] Carl Mikael Lustig, [18] Pontus Sven Gustav Jansson, [4] Andreas Granqvist (c. Ω), [6] Hans Carl Ludwig Augustinsson; - [17] Viktor Claesson, [7] Sebastian Bengt Ulf Larsson (81 [13] Gustav Svensson), [8] Albin Ekdal (71' [15] Oscar Carl Niclas Hiljemark), [10] Emil Peter Forsberg; - [20] Nils Ola Toivonen (77' [22] Isaac Kiese Thelin); - [9] Marcus Berg.

KOR (4-1-4-1): [23] Cho Hyun-woo; - [2] Lee Yong, [20] Jang Hyun-soo, [19] Kim Young-gwon, [6] Park Joo-Ho (28' [12] Kim Min-woo); - [16] Ki Sung-yueng (c.); - [11] Hwang Hee-chan, [17] Lee Jae-sung, [13] Koo Ja-cheol (73' [10] Lee Seung-woo), [7] Son Heung-min; - [9] Kim Shin-wook (66' [15] Jung Woo-young).

64' Kim Min-woo slids in to recover a gk punch out into the box, but takes out Viktor Claesson instead, leading to a VAR decision penalty.
1-0 Granqvist cooly places it into the bottom right hand corner sending Cho the wrong way.

YC: Claesson 61' lunges in and catches Hwang. / Kim Shin-wook 13' caught top of Ekdal's boot, Hwang Hee-chan 55' shove on Augustinsson.
Not available: [3] Victor Lindelof SWE, did not travel due to illness.

Game 3 [M27 FIFA# M28]: Played Saturday 23 June 2018 (18:00 MSK), Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don. [863]
(43,472); Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB); Assistant referees: Milovan Ristić and Dalibor Đurđević (SRB); VAR: Daniele Orsato (ITA).

SOUTH KOREA 1, MEXICO 2 (1:0).
0-1 Vela 26 (pen), 0-2 Hernández 66, 1-2 Son Heung-min 90+3.

KOR (4-2-3-1): [23] Cho Hyun-woo; - [2] Lee Yong, [20] Jang Hyun-soo, [19] Kim Young-gwon, [12] Kim Min-woo (84 [14] Hong Chul); - [8] Ju Se-jong (64 [10] Lee Seung-woo), [16] Ki Sung-yueng (c.); - [18] Moon Seon-min (77 [15] Jung Woo-young), [17] Lee Jae-sung, [11] Hwang Hee-chan; - [7] Son Heung-min.

MEX (4-2-3-1): [13] Guillermo Ochoa; - [21] Edson Álvarez, [3] Carlos Salcedo, [15] Héctor Moreno, [23] Jesús Gallardo; - [16] Héctor Herrera, [18] Andrés Guardado his 150th cap (c. 68 [4] Rafael Márquez vc.); - [7] Miguel Layún, [11] Carlos Vela (77 [10] Giovani dos Santos Ramírez), [22] Hirving Lozano (71 [17] Jesús Manuel Corona Ruíz); - [14] Chicharito Ω.

0-1 Sliding to block Jang left his arm up and it stopped Guardado's cross. Vela slots it right.
0-2 3 on 2 break Lozano to Chicharito who checks passed Jang and puts it inside the sprawling Cho.
1-2 Son cuts inside onto his left from just outside the box after moving inside, and cannes one inside the far post.

YC: Kim Young-gwon 58' unnecessary foul on Vela, who was going nowhere, Lee Yong 63' left his foot in on Lozano, Lee Seung-woo 72' foul on Layun; Jung Woo-young 80' caught Chicharito with an elbow.
Javier Hernandez is only the third player to score at three different World Cups for Mexico after Cuauhtémoc Blanco and Rafael Márquez.


Game 4 [M28 FIFA# M27]: Played Saturday 23 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi. [864]
(44,287); Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL); Assistant referees: Paweł Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL); VAR: Clément Turpin (FRA).

GERMANY 2, SWEDEN 1 (0:1).
0:1 Toivonen 32, 1:1 Reus 48, 2:1 Kroos 90+5.

GER (4-2-3-1): [1] Manuel Neuer (c.); - [18] Joshua Kimmich, [17] Jérôme Boateng, [16] Antonio Rüdiger, [3] Jonas Hector (87' [20] Julian Brandt); - [19] Sebastian Rudy (31' [21] İlkay Gündoğan), [8] Toni Kroos; - [13] Thomas Müller, [11] Marco Reus Ω, [7] Julian Draxler (h/t [23] Mario Gómez went CF); - [9] Timo Werner (went LW after h/t).

SWE (4-4-2): [1] Robin Olsen; - [2] Mikael Lustig, [3] Victor Lindelöf, [4] Andreas Granqvist (c.), [6] Ludwig Augustinsson; - [17] Viktor Claesson (74' [21] Jakup Jimmy Durmaz), [7] Sebastian Larsson, [8] Albin Ekdal, [10] Emil Forsberg; - [20] Ola Toivonen (78' [11] John Alberto Guidetti), [9] Marcus Berg (90' [22] Isaac Kiese Thelin).

12' Sweden should have had a penalty a clear shove and foul after seeing the replay, confirmed my initial instinct.
25' blood is pouring out of Rudy's nose. he's had to go off to get a change of shirt after an accidental boot from Toivonen. Soon replaced by Gündoğan
0-1 Claesson looks up and sees Toivonen in the middle. He picks him out with a lovely cross that cuts out Kroos and Rudiger. He takes the ball on his chest and then lobs it superbly over the onrushing Neuer with his right foot.
1-1 Werner gets to the byline and cuts the ball back for Reus, beats Augustinsson to the ball and diverts it with his knee or lower left leg anyway.
90+2' The ball bounces and the winger Brandt, lets rip from 20 yards with his left foot, it flies past Olsen and clatters the right post. Playing like England!
90+5' Werner running hard past Durmaz, who brings him down on the edge of the area.
2-1 A tap from Rues and Kroos curles it across the box into the far side netting. Got to hand it to the manager Joachim Low and the players for going for it with ten men.

RC: Boateng 82', needless late foul on Berg, second yellow and off after VAR review.
YC: Boateng 71' for tripping Forsberg, Boateng 82'. / Ekdal 52' pole-axed Müller, Larsson 90+7' dissent.
There was a Polish conpiracy here - or maybe something more sinister - why a clear penalty by Boateng on striker Marcus Berg after 12' wasn't given in the first place and then not reviewed, as all penalty decisions must be! “I have not watched it but the people on my team who have say this is a clear penalty,” Andersson said. After a very late winner Sweden manager Janne Andersson had this to say “Some of the group leaders of their team celebrated by running in our direction and rubbing it into our faces by making gestures and that really got me annoyed, We fight it out for 95 minutes and then you shake it out and leave so I was very angry. People behaved in ways that you do not do. This is probably the most crushing end to a game I’ve experienced.” also “You should leave your opponents to feel sad. You do not act in the way they did. We reacted very strongly.”
Not available: [5] Mats Hummels GER, neck injury.

Permutations before these two games kick-off: Mexico will qualify with a draw. They also qualify if Germany fail to beat South Korea. Sweden qualify if they get a better result than Germany. Germany qualify if they beat South Korea by two goals or more. If Germany and Sweden both draw their games, then the team involved with the higher-scoring draw will go through, alongside Mexico. Even eithout any points South Korea can still go through if they win heavily and Mexico also win.

Game 5 [M43]: Played Wednesday 27 June 2018 (17:00 MSK), Kazan Arena, Kazan. [879]
(41,835); Referee: Mark Geiger (USA); Assistant referees: Joe Fletcher (CAN) and Frank Anderson (USA); VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED).

SOUTH KOREA 2, GERMANY 0 (0:0).
1:0 Kim Young-gwan 90+3, 2:0 Son Heung-min 90+6.

KOR (4-2-3-1): [23] Cho Hyun-woo Ω; - [2] Lee Yong, [5] Yun Young-sun, [19] Kim Young-gwon, [14] Hong Chul; - [20] Hyun-soo Jang, [15] Jung Woo-young; - [17] Lee Jae-sung, [13] Koo Ja-cheol (56’ [11] Hwang Hee-chan, 79’ [22] Go Yo-han), [18] Moon Seon-min (69’ [8] Ju Se-jong); - [7] Son Heung-min (c.).

GER (4-2-3-1): [1] Manuel Neuer (c.); - [18] Joshua Kimmich, [15] Niklas Süle, [5] Mats Hummels, [3] Jonas Hector (78' [20] Julian Brandt); - [6] Sami Khedira (58' [23] Mario Gómez), [8] Toni Kroos; - [14] Leon Christophe Goretzka (63' [13] Thomas Müller), [10] Mesut Özil, [11] Marco Reus; - [9] Timo Werner.

1-0 Offside overuled by ref after looking at VAR. A goalmouth scramble from a corner and Kim Y-g taps in after coming off legs of centre back Süle.
2-0 Son races from his own half to pass into an empty net, as Neuer - playing in midfield - is caught in possession by Ju in Korea's half.

YC: Jung Woo-young 9' crops Özil, suspended next game, Lee Jae-sung 23' persistent fouling, Moon Seon-min 48' takes too long to shoot, loses the ball and fouls Kroos, Son Heung-min 65' diving.
Not available: [17] Jérôme Boateng GER, suspended.

Game 6 [M44]: Played Wednesday 27 June 2018 (19:00 YEKT), Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg. [880]
(33,061); Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG); Assistant referees: Hernán Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG); VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG).

MEXICO 0, SWEDEN 3 (0:0).
0:1 Augustinsson 50, 0:2 Granqvist 62 (pen), 0:3 Álvarez 74 o.g.

MEX (4-2-3-1): [13] Guillermo Ochoa; - [21] Edson Álvarez, [3] Carlos Salcedo, [15] Héctor Moreno, [23] Jesús Gallardo (65' [8] Marco Fabián de la Mora; - [18] Andrés Guardado (c. 75' [17] Jesús Corona), [16] Héctor Herrera; - [7] Miguel Layún (89' [19] Oribe Peralta Morones), [11] Carlos Vela, [22] Hirving Lozano; - [14] Chicharito.

SWE (4-4-2): [1] Robin Olsen; - [2] Mikael Lustig, [3] Victor Lindelöf, [4] Andreas Granqvist (c.), [6] Ludwig Augustinsson Ω;- [17] Viktor Claesson, [7] Sebastian Larsson (57' [13] Gustav Svensson, [8] Albin Ekdal (80' [15] Oscar Hiljemark), [10] Emil Forsberg; - [9] Marcus Berg (68' [22] Isaac Kiese Thelin), [20] Ola Toivonen.

0-1 Cross from the right by Berg is miskicked by Claesson - falls on the volley to Augstinsson left foot acrooss Ochoa.
0-2 Granqvist makes no mistake! The centre-back and captain scores his second penalty of the World Cup, lashing it into the left top corner of the net.
0-3 A long throw is flicked on by Thelin and Alvarez somehow contrived to kick it on to his own standing right leg into his own goal.

YC: Gallardo 15 seconds a WC record, took out Toivonon in mid-air, Moreno 61' brought down Berg for the penalty, Layún 85' elbow into the back of the head of Toivonen; Larsson 26' high boot on Lozano, suspended next game, Lustig 88' lunge on Lozano.


Pld W D L F A Pts
SWEDEN 3 2 0 1 5 2 6
MEXICO 3 2 0 1 3 4 6
SOUTH KOREA 3 1 0 2 3 3 3
GERMANY 3 1 0 2 2 4 3



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Group G - BELGIUM *, ENGLAND, PANAMA, TUNISIA.


Game 1 [M13]: Played Monday 18 June 2018 (18:00 MSK), Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi. [849]
(43,257) Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM); Assistant referees: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG) and Zakhele Siwela (RSA); VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER).

BELGIUM 3, PANAMA 0 (0:0).
1:0 Mertens 47, 2:0 Lukaku 69, 3:0 Lukaku 75.

BEL (3-4-3): [1] Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois; - [2] Toby Albertine Maurits Alderweireld, [20] Anga Dedryck Boyata, [5] Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen; - [15] Thomas Meunier, [7] Kevin De Bruyne, [6] Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel (90' [22] Nacer Chadli), [11] Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (74' [19] Moussa Sidi Yaya Dembélé); - [14] Dries Mertens (83' [16] Thorgan Ganael Francis Hazard), [9] Romelu Menama Lukaku Bolingoli, [10] Eden Michael Hazard (c.).

PAN (4-1-4-1): [1] Jaime Manuel Penedo Cano; - [2] Michael Amir Murillo Bermudez, [5] Román Aureliano Torres Morcillo (c.), [4] Fidel Escobar Mendieta, [15] Erick Javier Davis Grajales; - [6] Gabriel Enrique Gómez Girón; - [8] Édgar Joel Bárcenas Herrera (63' [9] Gabriel Arturo Torres Tejada), [11] Armando Enrique Cooper Whitaker, [20] Aníbal Cesis Godoy Lemus, [21] José Luis Rodríguez Francis (63' [10] Ismael Díaz de León); - [7] Blas Antonio Miguel Pérez Ortega (73' [18] Luis Carlos Tejada Hansell).

1-0 First time dipping volley from Mertens over Penedo and into the bottom left-hand corner.
2-0 Hazard pulls the ball back for De Bruyne outside the area, who in turn takes a few steps into the box before curling a ball with the outside of his right boot into the middle for Lukaku to head home.
3-0 Hazard powering through the middle of the park picks out Lukaku to his left. He then makes no mistake as he lifts the ball over the onrushing Penedo.

YC: Meunier 14' as he puts an arm around the middle of Rodriguez's nothing in it, Vertonghen 59' fouled Cooper, De Bruyne 88' high and followed through on Tadeja; Davis 18' slid in on Mertens, Barcenas 45+2 foul on Witsel', Cooper 49' foul on Hazard, Murillo 51' foul on Carrasco, Godoy 57' dissent.
Not available: [3] Thomas Vermaelen, Hamstring and [4] Vincent Kompany, groin injury BEL.

Game 2 [M14]: Played Monday 18 June 2018 (21:00 MSK 19:00 BST), Volgograd Arena, Volgograd. [850]
(41,064); Referee: Wilmar Alexander Roldán Pérez (COL); Assistant referees: Alexander Guzmán and Cristian de la Cruz (COL); VAR: Sandro Ricci (BRZ).

TUNISIA 1, ENGLAND 2 (1:1).
0:1 Kane 11, 1:1 Sassi 35 (pen), 1-2 Kane 90+1. The first penalty ENG have conceded in open play since Batistuta (ARG) scored in 1998 WC.

TUN (4-1-4-1): [22] Mouez Hassen, he hurt his left arm early on (15' [1] Farouk Ben Mustapha); - [11] Dylan Daniel Mahmoud Bronn, [2] Syam Habib Ben Youssef, [4] Yassine Meriah, [12] Ali Maâloul; - [17] Ellyes Joris Skhiri; - [8] Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, [13] Ferjani Sassi, [9] Anice Badri, [23] Naïm Sliti (74' [14] Mohamed Amine Ben Amor); - [10] Wahbi Khazri (c. 85' [19] Saber Khalifa).

ENG (3-3-2-2): [1] Jordan Lee Pickford; - [2] Kyle Andrew Walker, [5] John Stones, [6] Jacob Harry Maguire; - [12] Kieran John Trippier; [8] Jordan Brian Henderson, [18] Ashley Simon Young; - [7] Jesse Ellis Lingard (90+3 [4] Eric Jeremy Edward Dier), [20] Bamidele 'Dele' Jermaine Alli (80 [21] Ruben Ira Loftus-Cheek); - [10] Raheem Shaquille Sterling (68 [19] Marcus Rashford), [9] Harry Edward Kane (c. Ω) .

0-1 Corner from the left by Young is met by the head of Stones with a bullet header that produces a wonder save from Hassen, Kane gollops up the rebound.
33' Kyle Walker is penalised for catching Ben Youssef with a stray arm behind himself - bad defending but soft. VAR give the penalty.
1-1 Sassi stroked into the bottom left corner and out of Pickford’s reach.
39' VAR check and Kane is manhandled to the ground by Sassi; no penalty my arse. Alli hits the bar.
44' Lingard pokes a chip over the goalie to hit the outside of the post.
1-2 Trippier's corner is flicked on brilliantly by Maguire, and Kane is unmarked at the far post to carefully pick his header between Ben Mustapa and the near post.

YC: Walker 33' for the penalty.
Worst VAR and referee yet, missed two blatant penalties.


Game 3 [M29]: Played Saturday 23 June 2018 (15:00 MSK), Otkritie Arena, Moscow. [865]
(44,190): Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA); Assistant referees: Corey Rockwell (USA) and Juan Zumba (SAL); VAR: Mark Geiger (USA).

BELGUIM 5, TUNISIA 2 (3:1).
1:0 E. Hazard 6 (pen), 2:0 Lukaku 16, 2:1 Bronn 18, 3:1 Lukaku 45+3, 4:1 E. Hazard 51, 5:1 Batshuayi 90, 5:2 Khazri 90+3.

BEL (3-4-3): [1] Thibaut Courtois; - [2] Toby Alderweireld, [20] Dedryck Boyata, [5] Jan Vertonghen; - [15] Thomas Meunier, [7] Kevin De Bruyne, [6] Axel Witsel, [11] Yannick Carrasco; - [14] Dries Mertens (86' [17] Youri Tielemans), [9] Romelu Lukaku (59' [8] Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui), [10] Eden Hazard (c. Ω 68' [21] Michy Batshuayi Atunga).

TUN (4-2-3-1): [1] Farouk Ben Mustapha; - [11] Dylan Bronn (24' [21] Hamdi Nagguez), [2] Syam Ben Youssef (41' [3] Yohan Benalouane), [4] Yassine Meriah, [12] Ali Maâloul; - [17] Ellyes Skhiri, [13] Ferjani Sassi (59' [23] Naïm Sliti); - [8] Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, [7] Saif-Eddine Khaoui, [9] Anice Badri; - [10] Wahbi Khazri (c.).

1-0 Hazard runng down the right 18 yd line is upended by Bem Youssef. Hazard puts it in his left corner, bemusing Ben Mustapha.
2-0 Mertens sends it down the inside-left channel after beating dawdling Maâloul, Lukaku is on to it and puts it across the keeper to his left.
2-1 Khazri curls in a free-kick from the left and Bronn heads into the side netting.
3-1 Meunier glides in from the right, draws a couple of defenders, and puts a pass through for Lukaku who lifts it across and over the keeper.
4-1 Long ball from Alerweireld puts Hazard past the defence - once touch past the GK and the next is in the net.
75'-79' Batshuayi has an effert off the line by Meriah, a stop by the onrushing Mustapha off his chest and then rattles the bar then a point blank save.
5-1 Tielemans whips a lovely ball towards the back post and the sub Batshuyi half volleys in with a slide.
5-2 Naguez dribbles towards the byline on the right. He pulls back for Khazri, who cuts it across Courtois on the spin.

YC: Sassi 14' dissent, after foul on Hazard.
Not available: [22] Mouaz Hassen TUN absent injured.

Game 4 [M30]: Played Sunday 24 June 2018 (15:00 MSK), Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. [866]
(43,319): Referee: Gehad Zaglol Grisha (EGY); Assistant referees: Redouane Achik (MAR) and Waleed Ahmed (SUD); VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED).

ENGLAND 6, PANAMA 1 (5:0).
1:0 Stones 8, 2:0 Kane 22 (pen), 3:0 Lingard 36, 4:0 Stones 40, 5:0 Kane 45 (pen), 6:0 Kane 62, 6:1 Baloy 78.

ENG (3-3-2-2): [1] Jordan Pickford; - [2] Kyle Walker, [5] John Stones, [6] Harry Maguire; - [12] Kieran Trippier (70 [3] Daniel Lee Rose); [8] Jordan Henderson vc., [18] Ashley Young; - [21] Ruben Loftus-Cheek, [7] Jesse Lingard (63 [17] Fabian Delph); - [10] Raheem Sterling, [9] Harry Kane (c. Ω 63 [11] Jamie Richard Vardy).

PAN (4-1-4-1): [1] Jaime Penedo; - [2] Michael Amir Murillo, [5] Román Torres (c.), [4] Fidel Escobar, [15] Eric Davis; - [6] Gabriel Gómez (69' [23] Felipe Abdiel Baloy Ramírez took capt armband); - [8] Edgar Yoel Barcenas (69' [16] Abdiel Arroyo Molinar), [11] Armando Cooper, [20] Anibal Godoy (63' [19] Ricardo Guardia Ávila), [21] Jose Luis Rodriguez; - [7] Blas Perez.

1-0 Looping corner from Trippier on the right and an unmarked Stones nuts it into bottom left corner.
2-0 Lingard is bundled over by a combination of Escobar and Torres. Kane hits a thunderbastard top left corner. Panama geeting some naughty fouls in.
3-0 Lingard drifts in from the left one-two with Sterling and Lingard, sweeps a majestic shot into the far top corner from 20 yards.
4-0 Another set-piece Trippier played it short to Henderson, who clipped it first time beyind the far post. Kane headed it back across the face of goal to Sterling, whose close-range header was saved by Penedo. It rebounded to Stones, who headed into the roof of the net.
43' Kane is wrestled to the ground by Godoy like celebrity come dancing, and this time it is given by VAR. Panama protest!
5-0 Harry cannes a carbon copy of his first pen. England have scored five goals in a World Cup game for the first time in their history, and it’s not even half time!
45+2' Maguire gets an elbow in the kisser from Cooper but VAR ignore it - should have been sent off.
6-0 Fluke goal off the heel of Kane's boot. It was a shot from Loftus-Cheek can was just ambling into a position in the box.
6-1 Avila's free-kick from the right is poked home by the sliding sub Baloy. First ever finals goal by Panama/.

YC: Loftus-Cheek 21' something at first penalty, encroaching?; Cooper 10' very late hack on Lingard, Escobar 45' dissent at penalty, arguing and delaying the kick, Murillo 72' kicked Sterling in the heel.
John Stones became the first Manchester City player to score in the WC finals since Trevor Francis 1982.


Game 5 [M45]: Played Thursday 28 June 2018 (20:00 KALT), Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad. [881]
(33.973): Referee: Damir Skomina (SLO); Assistant referees: Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan (SLO); VAR: Artur Soares Dias (POR).

ENGLAND 0, BELGIUM 1 (0:0).
Januzaj 51.

ENG (3-3-2-2): [1] Jordan Pickford; - [16] Philip Anthony Jones, [5] John Stones (h/t [6] Harry Maguire), [15] Gary James Cahill; - [22] Trent John Alexander-Arnold (79 [14] Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck), [4] Eric Dier (c.), [3] Danny Rose; - [21] Ruben Loftus-Cheek, [17] Fabian Delph; - [19] Marcus Rashford, [11] Jamie Vardy.

BEL (3-4-3): [1] Thibaut Courtois (c.); - [23] Leander Dendoncker, [20] Dedryck Boyata, [3] Thomas Vermaelen (74 [4] Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany); - [22] Nacer Chadli, [17] Youri Tielemans, [19] Mousa Dembélé, [16] Thorgan Hazard; - [18] Adnan Januzaj Ω (86 [14] Dries Mertens), [21] Michy Batshuayi, [8] Marouane Fellaini, played high left all game.

0-1 Januzaj cuts in from the right, drops a shoulder past Rose, and curls an unstoppable shot across Pickford and into the top left corner.

YC: Tielemans 19' hack on Rose down the left, Dendoncker 33' late on Rose.
Both teams had already qualified before the kick-off. England (and Belgium) were in a strange position where, because of the draw you were favoured if you came second in the group.


Game 6 [M46]: Played Thursday 28 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Mordovia Arena, Saransk. [882]
(37,168): Referee: Nawaf Abdullah Ghayyath Shukrallah (BRN); Assistant referees: Yaser Tulefat (BRN) and Taleb Al Maari (QAT); VAR: Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins (POR).

PANAMA 1, TUNISIA 2 (1:0).
1:0 Meriah 33 o.g. 1:1 F. Ben Youssef 51, 1:2 Khazri 66.

PAN (4-1-4-1): [1] Jaime Penedo; - [13] Adolfo Abdiel Machado, [5] Roman Torres (c. 56' [18] Luis Tadeja), [4] Fidel Escobar, [17] Luis Carlos Ovalle Victoria; - [6] Gabriel Gómez; - [21] José Luis Rodríguez, [20] Anibal Godoy, [19] Ricardo Guardia Avila (81' [16] Abdiel Arroyo), [8] Edgar Yoel Barcenas; - [9] Gabriel Torres (h-t [3] Harold Oshkaly Cummings Segura).

TUN (4-1-4-1): [16] Aymen Mathlouthi (c.); - [21] Hamdi Nagguez, [6] Rami Bedoui, [4] Yassine Meriah, [5] Oussama Haddadi; - [17] Ellyes Skhiri; - [8] Fakhreddine Ben Youssef Ω, [20] Ghaylène Chaalali, [13] Ferjani Sassi (h-t [9] Anice Badri), [23] Naim Sliti (77' [15] Ahmed Khalil); - [10] Wahbi Khazri (89' [18] Bassem Srarfi).

1-0 Torres' initial shot is blocked and Meriah, unwittingly deflected Rodriguez’s rebound shot from 25 yards into his own goal.
1-1 Great move by TUN, Sliti puts in some good work to pick out Khazri on the right hand side he crosses the face of goal, and Ben Youssef lifts it into the back of the net.
2-1 Sliti and Haddadi made it with a sharp exchange down the left before Haddadi teed up Khazro for the tap-in at the back post.
73' Barcenas sends a magnificent curling rocket into the net from 20 yards! But it won’t count because the whistle had already gone for a nothing foul hand on Meriah by Tejada

YC: Avila 78' stamps on Ben Youssef, went down as if shot Gomez 80' foul on Chaaleli's foot, Tajeda 90+6' nothing in it, collided with Mathlouthi; Sassi 44' slyly chopped down Rodríguez, Badri 71' cynical shirt pull on Barcenas, Chaaleli 90+3' a mad tackle on Godoy.
Not available: [2] Michael Murillo, [11] Armando Cooper, both suspended and [10] Ismael Diaz PAN injured. [1] Farouk Ben Mustapha injured knee during training, [2] Syam Ben Yousef, [11] Dylan Bronn leg injury, and [22] Mouaz Hassen, has had surgery on his left shoulder TUN all absent.
Panama's defeat means they have become the first nation since Serbia and Togo in 2006 to lose each of their first three World Cup games.


Pld W D L F A Pts
BELGIUM 3 3 0 0 9 2 9
ENGLAND 3 2 0 1 8 3 6
TUNISIA 3 1 0 2 5 8 3
PANAMA 3 0 0 3 2 11 0



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Group H - POLAND *, COLOMBIA, JAPAN, SENEGAL.


Game 1 [M15]: Played Tueesday 19 June 2018 (15:00 MSK), Mordovia Arena, Saransk. [851]
(40,842) Referee: Damir Skomina (SLO); Assistant referees: Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan(SLO); VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED).

COLOMBIA 1, JAPAN 2 (1:1).
0:1 Kagawa 6 (pen), 1:1 Quintero 39, 1:2 Osako 73.

COL (4-2-3-1): [1] David Ospina Ramírez; - [4] Santiago "Santi" Arias Naranjo, [23] Dávinson Sánchez Mina, [3] Óscar Fabián Murillo Murillo, [17] Johan Andrés Mojica Palacio; - [16] Jefferson Andrés Lerma Solís, [6] Carlos Alberto Sánchez Moreno; - [11] Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello (31’ [5] Wílmar Enrique Barrios Terán), [20] Juan Fernando Quintero Paniagua (59’ [10] James David Rodríguez Rubio), [21] José Heriberto Izquierdo Mena (70’ [7] Carlos Arturo Bacca Ahumada); - [9] Radamel Falcao García Zárate (c.).

JPN (4-2-3-1): [1] Eiji Kawashima; - [19] Hiroki Sakai, [22] Maya Yoshida, [3] Gen Shoji, [5] Yuto Nagatomo; - [7] Gaku Shibasaki (80' [16] Hotaru Yamaguchi), [17] Makoto Hasebe (c.); - [8] Genki Haraguchi, [10] Shinji Kagawa 6' (70' [4] Keisuke Honda), [14] Takashi Inui; - [15] Yuya Osako Ω (85' [9] Shinji Okazaki).

3' Osako wriggles free of Dávinson Sánchez. He’s clear down the middle. Ospina smothers his shot, but the ball rebounds to Kagawa, who smacks the ball goalwards. Carlos Sánchez sticks his right arm out to save. He tries to stay on but has gone for the fastest ever sending off.
0-1 Kagawa staggers to take it and as Ospina dives to his right he slots it mid right.
1-1 Falcao is brushed to the floor by Hasebe, free-kick. Quintero takes the free kick and as the wall jumps his hits it low inside the near right post - Kawashima should have saved it.
1-2 Honda takes a corner from the left. Osako meets it with a header into the top right corner. Ospina nowhere.

RC: C. Sánchez 3' straight red after professional foul, for handling Osako's goalbound shot
YC: Barrios 64' stood on Kagawa’s toe from behind, Rodríguez 86' late lunge on Haraguchi; Kawashima 90+3' timewasting.
Japan have become the first ever Asian side to defeat South American opposition at the World Cup, also first win in Europe. Colombia's Carlos Sánchez was red carded after 2':56 seconds - the second fastest shown in World Cup history, after Jose Alberto Batista for Uruguay vs Scotland in 1986 (54 seconds).
Not available: All available.

Game 2 [M16]: Played Tuesday 17 June 2018 (19:00), Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá. [852]
(44,190) Referee: Nawaf Abdullah Ghayyath Shukralla (BRN); Assistant referees: Yaser Tulefat (BRN) and Taleb Al Maari (QAT); VAR: Artur Soares Dias (POR).

POLAND 1, SENEGAL 2 (0:1).
0:1 Cionek 37 o.g, 1:1 Niang 60, 1:2 Krychowiak 86.

POL (4-2-3-1): [1] Wojciech Tomasz Szczęsny; - [20] Łukasz Piotr Piszczek (83' [18] Bartosz Bereszyński), [4] Thiago Rangel Cionek, [2] Michal Pazdan, [13] Maciej Rybus; - [10] Grzegorz Krychowiak, [19] Piotr Sebastian Zieliński; - [16] Jakub Blaszczykowski (h-t [5] Jan Kacper Bednarek, played CD went 3-4-3), [7] Arkadiusz ‘Arek’ Krystian Milik (73' [23] Dawid Igor Kownacki), [11] Kamil Paweł Grosicki; - [9] Robert Lewandowski (c.).

SEN (4-4-2): [16] Serigne Khadim N'Diaye; - [22] Moussa Wagué, [6] Salif Sané, [3] Kalidou Koulibaly, [12] Youssouf Sabaly; - [18] Ismaila Sarr, [5] Idrissa Gana Gueye, [13] Alfred John Momar N'Diaye (87' [8] Cheikhou Kouyaté), [10] Sadio Mané (c.); - [9] Mame Biram Diouf (62' [11] Cheikh Tidiane N'Doye), [19] M'Baye Hamady Niang Ω (75' [14] Pape Moussa Konaté).

0-1 Gueye hits a low drive that took a deflection off Cionek and went into the bottom right-hand corner with goalkeeper Szczęsny helpeless.
1-1 Vad error by Krychowiak who tries to loft a 50 yard pass back to his own goalkeeper, Niang beats Bednarek in the chase taps round the goalie and has an empty net.
1-2 Free-kick into the box by Grosicki and the high stretching diving Krychowiak puts it across goal with a header.

YC: Krychowiak 12' foul on Niang; Sané 49' brought down Lewandowski, Gueye 72' foul on Lewandowski.
Not available: [15] Kamil Glik POL injured his shoulder in training.


Game 3 [M31]: Played Sunday 24 June 2018 (20:00 YEKT), Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg. [867]
(42,189): Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA); Assistant referees: Elenito di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini (ITA); VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).

JAPAN 2, SENEGAL 2 (1:1).
0:1 Mané 11, 1:1 Inui 34, 1:2 Wagué 71, Honda 78.

JPN (4-2-3-1): [1] Eiji Kawashima; - [19] Hiroki Sakai, [22] Maya Yoshida, [3] Gen Shoji, [5] Yuto Nagatomo; - [17] Makoto Hasebe (c.), [7] Gaku Shibasaki; - [8] Genki Haraguchi (75' [9] Shinji Okazaki), [10] Shinji Kagawa (72' [4] Keisuke Honda), [14] Takashi Inui (87' [11] Takashi Usami); - [15] Yuya Osako.

SEN (4-1-4-1): [16] Khadim N'Diaye; - [22] Moussa Wagué, [6] Salif Sané, [3] Kalidou Koulibaly, [12] Youssouf Sabaly; - [13] Alfred N'Diaye (65' [8] Cheikhou Kouyaté); - [18] Ismaila Sarr, [17] ‘Badou’ Papa Alioune Ndiaye (81' [11] Cheikh N'Doye), [5] Idrissa Gueye, [10] Sadio Mané (c. Ω); - [19] M'Baye Niang (86' [9] Mame Biram Diouf).

0-1 Haraguchi doesn't clear it with a header and Sabaly tries a shot a pathetic low punch by Kawashima bounces back off Mané.
1-1 Good work by Nagatomo, on the left leaves it for oncoming Inui who curls it acrss the gk into for corner.
1-2 Neat pullback stepover by Sabaly down the left crosses along the six yard line for RB Wagué to slot up over gk inside right post from a tight angle.
2-2 Ndiaye came for a cross but flapped at it, and when the ball was cut back across goal by Inui sub Honda controlled it and picked his spot from 7 yards

YC: Inui 68' Sarr flies down the right and taken out, Hasebe 90+4'; Niang 59' accidentally caught Shoji in the face with a hand, Sabaly 90' barging into the back of Usami, N'Doye 90+1' nothing challenge on Yoshida, claimed elbowing .
Not available: All available.


Game 4 [M32]: Played Sunday 24 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Kazan Arena, Kazan. [868]
(42,873): Referee: César Arturo Ramos (MEX); Assistant referees: Marvin Torrentera and Miguel Hernández (MEX); VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG).

POLAND 0, COLOMBIA 3 (0:1).
0:1 Mina 40, 0:2 Falcao 70, 0:3 Ju. Cuadrado 78.

POL (3-4-3): [1] Wojciech Szczęsny; - [20] Łukasz Piszczek, [5] Jan Bednarek, [2] Michal Pazdan (80' [15] Kamil Jacek Glik); - [18] Bartosz Bereszynski (72' [14] Łukasz Teodorczyk), [10] Grzegorz Krychowiak, [6] Jacek Góralski, [13] Maciej Rybus; - [19] Piotr Sebastian Zieliński, [9] Robert Lewandowski (c.), [23] Dawid Kownacki (57' [11] Kamil Grosicki).

COL (4-2-3-1): [1] David Ospina; - [4] Santi Arias, [13] Yerry Fernando Mina González, [23] Dávinson Sánchez, [17] Johan Mojica; - [5] Wilmar Barrios, [8] Abel Enrique Aguilar Tapias (stretchered off 32' [15] Andrés Mateus Uribe Villa); - [11] Juan Cuadrado, [20] Juan Quintero (73' [16] Jefferrson Lerma), [10] James Rodríguez vc. Ω; - [9] Falcao (c. 78' [7] Carlos Bacca.

0-1 Rodríguez chips a cross to 0-2 Quintero slices Poland’s defence apart with a low pass from the middle of the pitch, Falcao runs clear into the area, and drills it low into the far corner.
0-3 Rodríguez slots Cuadrado through and carries it to the box and curls it around Szczęsny bottom right.

YC: Bednarek 61' crops Uribe, Góralski 85' late on Rodríguez.
Not available: [6] Carlos Sánchez COL, suspended.
Poland are the first European nation to be eliminated from the 2018 World Cup.


Game 5 [M47]: Played Thursday 28 June 2018 (17:00 MSK), Volgograd Arena, Volgograd. [883]
(42,189): Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM); Assistant referees: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG) and Zakhele Siwela (RSA); VAR: Daniele Orsato (ITA).

JAPAN 0, POLAND 1 (0:0).
Bednarek 59.

JPN (4-4-2): [1] Eiji Kawashima (c.); - [19] Hiroki Sakai, [22] Maya Yoshida, [20] Tomoaki Makino, [5] Yuto Nagatomo; - [21] Gotoku Sakai, [7] Gaku Shibasaki, [16] Hotaru Yamaguchi, [11] Takashi Usami (65' [14] Takashi Inui); - [13] Yoshinori Muto (82' [17] Makoto Hasebe), [9] Shinji Okazaki (47' [15] Yūya Ōsako).

POL (4-2-3-1): [22] Łukasz Fabiański; - [18] Bartosz Bereszynski, [15] Kamil Glik, [5] Jan Bednarek Ω, [3] Artur Marcin Jędrzejczyk; - [10] Grzegorz Krychowiak, [6] Jacek Goralski; - [11] Kamil Grosicki, [19] Piotr Zielinski (79' [14] Łukasz Teodorczyk), [21] Rafal Kurzawa (80' [17] Sławomir Konrad Peszko; - [9] Robert Lewandowski (c.).

0-1 Free-kick on the inside-left Kurzawa curled the ball across the face of goal towards the far post. Running towards goal, Bednarek struck the ball past Kawashima with a deft side-footed effort

YC: Makino 66' shove on Lewandowski.
Not available: All available.


Game 6 [M48]: Played Thursday 28 June 2018 (18:00 SAMT), Cosmos Arena, Samara. [884]
(41,970): Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB); Assistant referees: Milovan Ristić and Dalibor Đurđević (SRB); VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED).

SENEGAL 0, COLOMBIA 1 (0-0).
Mina 74.

SEN (4-4-2): [16] Khadim N'Diaye; - [21 Lamine Gassama, [6] Salif Sané, [3] Kalidou Koulibaly, [12] Youssouf Sabaly (74' [22] Moussa Wagué); - [18] Ismaila Sarr, [8] Cheikhou Kouyaté (c.), [5] Idrissa Gueye, [20] Keita Baldé Diao (80' [14] Moussa Konaté); - [10] Sadio Mané, [19] M'Baye Niang (86' [15] Diafra Sakho)..

COL (4-2-3-1): [1] David Ospina; - [4] Santi Arias, [13] Yerry Mina Ω, [23] Dávinson Sánchez, [17] Johan Mojica; - [6] Carlos Sánchez, [15] Mateus Uribe (83' [16] Jefferson Lerna); - [11] Juan Cuadrado, [20] Juan Quintero, [10] James Rodríguez (31' [14] Luis Fernando Muriel Fruto); - [9] Falcao (c. 89' [19] Miguel Ángel Borja Hernández).

0-1 Corner from the right and Mina meets it with a leap, his downeard header bounces past N'Diaye.

YC: Niang 51' Mina over-reacts to a tap; Mojica 45' stopped an attack by stopping Sarr.
Not available: [8] Abel Aguilar COL, abesnt injured.

Pld W D L F A Pts
COLOMBIA 3 2 0 1 5 2 6
JAPAN 3 1 1 1 4 4 4
SENEGAL 3 1 1 1 4 4 4
POLAND 3 1 0 2 2 5 3
Japan became the first group qualifier on the fair play criteria, Points Japan -4, Senegal -6. Japan recieved 4 YCs Senegal 6.

GROUP STAGE: Total number of goals scored: 122. incl. 18 pens, from 24 awarded, 9 o.gs. Average goals per match: 2.54
Total number of yellow cards: 158 (incl two 2ndYC). Total number of red cards: 3



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Second Round.

[M49 FIFA# M50]: Played Saturday 30 June 2018 (17:00 MSK), Kazan Arena, Kazan. [885]
(42,873); Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN); Assistant referees: Reza Sokhandan and Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN); VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).

FRANCE 4, ARGENTINA 3 (1:1).
1:0 Griezmann 13 (pen), 1:1 di María 41, 1:2 Mercado 48, 2:2 Pavard 57, 3:2 Mbappé 64, 4:2 Mbappé 68, 4:3 Agüero 90+3.

FRA (4-2-3-1): [1] Hugo Lloris (c.); - [2] Benjamin Pavard, [4] Raphael Varane, [5] Samuel Umtiti, [21] Lucas Hernández; - [6] Paul Pogba, [13] N'Golo Kanté; - [10] Kylian Mbappé Ω (89' [20] Florian Tristan Mariano Thauvin), [7] Antoine Griezmann (83' [18] Nabil Fekir), [14] Blaise Matuidi (75' [12] Corentin Tolisso); - [9] Olivier Giroud.

ARG (4-1-2-3): [12] Franco Armani; - [2] Gabriel Mercado, [17] Nicolás Otamendi, [16] Marcos Rojo (h-t [6] Federico Julián Fazio, swapped place with Otamendi), [3] Nicolás Tagliafico; - [14] Javier Mascherano; - [15] Enzo Pérez (66' [19] Sergio Agüero), [7] Éver Banega; - [22] Cristian Pavón (75' [13] Maximiliano Meza, [10] Lionel Messi (c. ), [11] Ángel di María.

1-0 Griezmann puts it down the middle as Armani dives right.
1-1 Wonder strike from di María from 25 yards, top right corner.
1-2 Nothing shot from Messi on the left and Mercado with his back to goal in the area tries to control it with his left foot - or avoid it, but only manages to deflect it past the stranded Lloris.
2-2 Cut back by Hernández on the left by-line across the area finds Pavard who pings it with a superb right foot volley back acoss into the side netting.
3-2 Mbappé cuts a left footer shot back acoss Armani who can only get a weak left hand on its way into goal.
4-2 On a break Giroud feeds Mbappé to his right again and the lad takes it in his stride into the bottom left corner.
4-3 Cross by Messi and finds perfect outlet at the back-post Sergio Agüero, heads inside the upright.

YC: Matuidi 72' , Pavard 73' late on di María, Giroud 90+3' protest over Otamendi incident turn into pushing and shoving; Rojo 11' bundles Mbappé over for penalty, Tagliafico 19' takes out Mbappé who is on fire just outside the box, Mascherano 43' after loads of fouls he finally gets one carded by felling Kanté, and carries on fouling, Banega 50' slides into Mbappé with a heavy challenge, Otamendi 90+3' Pogba clattered by Mercado, then ball blasted at him by Otamendi.
Not available: All available.
The French, and especially young Mbappé shine in a seven goal thriller after dour group games. Sampaoli the ARG manager opted for a fourth different formation in four games, without a recognised striker.

[M50 FIFA# M49]: Played Saturday 30 June 2018 (21:00 MSK), Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi. [886]
(44,287); Referee: César Arturo Ramos (MEX); Assistant referees: Marvin Torrentera and Miguel Hernández (MEX); VAR: Mark Geiger (USA).

URUGUAY 2, PORTUGAL 1 (1:0).
1:0 Cavani 7, 1:1 Pepe 55, first goal URU had conceded 2:1 Cavani 62.

URU (4-1-3-2): [1] Fernando Muslera; - [22] Martin Cáceres, [2] José Giménez, [3] Diego Godín (c.), [17] Diego Laxalt; - [14] Lucas Torreira; - [8] Nahitan Nandez (81' [5] Carlos Sánchez, [15] Matías Vecino, [6] Rodrigo Bentancur (63' [7] Cristian Rodríguez); - [9] Luis Suárez, [21] Edinson Cavani (Ω 74' hobbled off [11] Cristhian Ricardo Stuani Curbelo).

POR (4-4-2): [1] Rui Patrício; - [15] Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira, [3] Pepe, [6] José Fonte, [5] Raphaël Guerreiro; - [11] Bernardo Silva, [23] Adrien Silva (65' [20] Ricardo Queresma), [14] William Carvalho, [10] João Mário (85' [4] Manuel Henrique Tavares Fernandes); - [17] Goncalo Guedes (74' [9] André Silva), [7] Cristiano Ronaldo (c.).

1-0 Cavani lays it off to Suárez on the left who whips it to the far post back tto Cavani after ghosting in meets it with his face falling backwards putting it high inside the post.
1-1 A short corner and Guerreiro whips an outswingerl in from the left-hand side on to the head of the unmarked Pepe and he powers it in. Pepe at 35y 124d became POR oldest WC scorer.
2-1 Bentancur picks out Cavani who curls it from inside left across the diving Rui Patrício.

YC: Ronaldo 90+3' dissent.
Not available: All available.

[M51]: Played Sunday 1 July 2018 (17:00 MSK), Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. [887]
(78,011); Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED); Assistant referees: Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra (NED); VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED).

SPAIN 1, RUSSIA 1 (1:1), (1:1), AET. Russia won 4-3 on penalties.
1:0 Ignashević 12 o.g. 1:1 Dzyuba 41 (pen).
Penalty shoot-out: 1-0 Iniesta; 1-1 Smolov - De Gea got a hand to it diving right; 2-1 Piqué; 2-2 Ignashević; 2-2 Koke, saved; 2-3 Golovin; 3-3 Ramos; 3-4 Cheryšev; 3-4 Aspas, saved with left foot.

ESP (4-2-3-1): [1] David De Gea;- [4] Nacho (70' [2] Dani Carvajal), [3] Gerard Piqué, [15] Sergio Ramos (c.), [18] Jordi Alba; - [8] Koke, [5] Sergio Busquets; - [20] Marco Asensio (104' [9] Rodrigo Moreno), [21] David Silva (67' [6] Andrés Iniesta), [22] Isco; - [19] Diego Costa (80' [17] Iago Aspas).

RUS (3-4-2-1): [1] Igor Akinfeev (c. Ω); - [3] Ilya Kutepov, [4] Sergei Ignashević, [13] Fyodor Kudryashov; - [2] Mario Fernandes, [7] Daler Kuzyaev (97' [21] Aleksandr Yuriević Erokhin), [11] Roman Zobnin, [18] Yuri Zhirkov (h-t [14] Vladimir Vasilyević Granat); - [19] Alexander Samedov (61' [6] Denis Cheryšev), [17] Aleksandr Golovin; - [22] Artyom Dzyuba (65' [10] Fyodor Smolov).

1-0 Aesnsio curled over a freekick towards the back post. Ramos and the defender tussle and as the both fall it bounces in off the heel of Ignashević.
1-1 Samedov produces a good delivery from a right side corner. Dzyuba heads for goal and it’s blocked by Pique’s arm in the air, penalty. Dzyuba slots it cool as a cucumber.

YC: Piqué 40' handball on the penalty; Kutepov 54' catches Isco, nothing foul, Zobnin 71' foul from behind on Alba.
Not available: [23] Igor Smolikov RUS suspended.
Both teams took advantage of the new substitution rule in extra-time. Alex Erokhin of RUS became the first 4th sub in a WC match as an outfield player.

[M52]: Played Sunday 1 July 2018 (21:00 MSK), Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. [888]
(40,851) Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG); Assistant referees: Hernán Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG); VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG).

CROATIA 1, DENMARK 1 (1:1), (1:1), AET. Croatia won 3-2 on penalties.
0:1 M. Jørgensen 57 seconds, 1:1 Mandžukić 4' (3':40").
Penalty shoot-out: 0-0 Eriksen, hit left post; 0-0 Badelj saved; 1-0 Kjaer; 1-1 Kramarić; 2-1 Krohn-Dehli; 2-2 Modrić; 2-2 Schöne, saved; 2-2 Pivarić, saved; 2-2 N. Jørgensen, saved; 2-3 Rakitić.

CRO (4-1-4-1): [23] Danijel Subašić; - [2] Šime Vrsaljko, [6] Dejan Lovren, [21] Domagoj Vida, [3] Ivan Strinić (81' [22] Josip Pivarić); - [11] Marcelo Brozović (71' [8] Mateo Kovačić); - [18] Ante Rebić, [10] Luka Modrić (c.), [7] Ivan Rakitić, [4] Ivan Perisic (97' [9] Andrej Kramarić); - [17] Mario Mandžukić (108' [19] Milan Badelj.

DEN (4-4-1-1): [1] Kasper Schmeichel Ω; - [14] Henrik Dalsgaard, [4] Simon Kjaer (c.), [13] Mathias Jørgensen, [5] Jonas Hjort Knudsen; - [20] Yussuf Poulsen, [6] Andreas Christensen (h-t [19] Lasse Schöne), [8] Thomas Delaney (98' [2] Michael Krohn-Dehli), [11] Martin Braithwaite (105' [23] Pione Sisto); - [10] Christian Eriksen; - [21] Andreas Cornelius (66' [9] Nicolai Jørgensen).

0-1 Subasic SHOULD save this, but it deflects off him, off the near post and over the line.
1-1 Vrsaljko gets down the right, but his hopeful low poke into the box is cleared by Dalsgaard. It ricochets off the head of Christensen, and falls perfectly to Mandzukic's path and he pops it in from 10 yds.
116' Schmeichel guesses correctly an dives to his left early, and saves not a great pen from Modrić. Where was VAR?

YC: M. Jørgensen 115' last ditch sliding foul on Modrić for the penalty.
Kasper Schmeichel got FIFA man of the match for his penalty saves which were all illegal. He got away with - and so did Subašić - moving off his lone before the ball was kickedon all the penalties he took. I don't blame him, just the gutless officials.
Not available: [16] Nikola Kalinić CRO doing the Zagreb Times crossword, sent home.

[M53]: Played Monday 2 July 2018 (18:00 SAMT), Cosmos Arena, Samara. [889]
(41,970): Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA); Assistant referees: Elenito di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini (ITA); VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).

BRAZIL 2, MEXICO 0 (0:0).
1:0 Netmar 51, 2:0 Firmino 88.

BRZ (4-1-3-2): [1] Alisson; - [22] Fagner, [2] Thiago Silva (c.), [3] Miranda, [6] Filipe Luis; - [5] Casemiro; - [19] Willian (90+1' [13] Marcos Aoás Corrêa - Marquinhos), [15] Paulinho (80' [17] Fernandinho), [11] Philippe Coutinho (86' [20] Roberto Firmino); - [9] Gabriel Jesus, [10] Neymar Ω.

MEX (4-3-3): [13] Guillermo Ochoa; - [21] Edson Álvarez (55' [6] Jonathan dos Santos Ramírez), [2] Hugo Ayala, [3] Carlos Salcedo, [23] Jesús Gallardo; - [16] Héctor Herrera, [4] Rafael Márquez (c. h-t [7] Miguel Layún), [18] Andrés Guardado; - [22] Hirving Lozano, [14] Chicharito (60' [9] Raúl Jiménez), [11] Carlos Vela.

1-0 Neymar backheels to Willian on the edge of the Mexico penalty area and continues a curling run into the box towards goal. His low cross beats the defence for Naymar to tap in far post.
71' Naymar down in agony. Layun caught him with a sneaky stamp as he went to pick up the ball from between Neymar’s legs. His over-reaction prabably gets Layun off without pinishment.
2-0 Layun lost possession up the pitch and Neymar speeds to the goal. Drawing Guillermo off his line, Neymar toe-pokes the ball past the goalkeeper, who got a touch. Firmino, taps in far post.

YC: Filipe Luis 43' crops Vela, Casemiro 59' misses next game; Álvarez 38' late lunge on Neymar, Herrera 55' for dragging Willian back, Salcedo 77' late on Neymar, Guardado 90+2' dissent.
Not available: [7] Douglas Costa BRZ injured; [15] Héctor Moreno MEX suspended.
Mexico fail at the last 16 stage for the seventh successive time. Rafael Márquez created history as the first to play as a captain in five successive world cup finals 2002-18. Also at 39 years and 139 days, become the oldest outfield player to start a World Cup knockout match since England's Stanley Matthews against Uruguay in 1954.

[M54]: Played Monday 2 July 2018 (21:00 MSK), Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don. [890]
(41,466); Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN); Assistant referees: Djibril Camara and Hadji Samba (SEN); VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER).

BELGIUM 3, JAPAN 2 (0:0).
0:1 Haraguchi 48, 0:2 Inui 52, 1:2 Vertonghen 69, 2:2 Fellaini 74, 3:2 Chadli 90+4.

(3-4-2-1): [1] Thibaut Courtois; - [2] Toby Alderweireld, [4] Vincent Kompany, [5] Jan Vertonghen; - [15] Thomas Meunier, [7] Kevin De Bruyne, [6] Axel Witsel, [11] Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (65' [22] Nacer Chadli); - [14] Dries Mertens (65' [7] Marouane Fellaini), [10] Eden Hazard (c. Ω); - [9] Romelu Lukaku.

(4-2-3-1): [1] Eiji Kawashima; - [19] Hiroki Sakai, [22] Maya Yoshida, [3] Gen Shoji, [5] Yuto Nagatomo; - [17] Makoto Hasebe (c.), [7] Gaku Shibasaki 40' yc 81’ [16] Hotaru Yamaguchi); - [8] Genki Haraguchi (81' [4] Keisuke Honda), [10] Shinji Kagawa, [14] Takashi Inui; - [15] Yuya Osako.

0-1 Shibasaki plays a long pass that should never have made it past Vertonghen, gets through to Haraguchi, who then unleashes a low drive that flies in at the far post
0-2 Kagawa chests the ball down on the edge of the area and lays it off to Inui, whose shot arrows past Courtois and into the rigyht corner
1-2 A Belgium corner was flapped at by Kawashima and then headed away, but Vertonghen scores with a 15-yard looping header from an acute angle over the goalie.
2-2 Left-wing cross from Hazard is thumped in by the head of Fellaini.
3-2 From a Japan corner Courtois rolls it to De Bruyne, who runs half the lenght of the field and feeds Meunier, and Lukaku's dummy finds Chadli at the back post to turn into the empty net. Japan were totally commited to attack.

YC: Shibasaki 40' took out Hazard breaking away.
Not available: All available.
Best game of the tournament. First time a team has come back from a 2-0 deficit in normal time since West Germany v Hungary in the 1954 WC final. West Germany did it against England in 1970 after extra-time. There have now been nine 90th minute winning goals in the 2018 World Cup. There were just 10 in the previous five tournaments combined.

[M55]: Played Tuesday 3 July 2018 (17:00 MSK), Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg. [891]
(64,042) Referee: Damir Skomina (SLO); Assistant referees: Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan (SLO); VAR: Daniele Orsato (ITA).

SWEDEN 1, SWITZERLAND 0 (0:0).
Forsberg 66.

SWE (4-4-2): [1] Robin Olsen; - [2] Mikael Lustig (82' [16] Emil Henry Kristoffer Krafth), [3] Victor Lindelöf, [4] Andreas Granqvist (c.), [6] Ludwig Augustinsson; - [17] Viktor Claesson, [13] Gustav Svensson, [8] Albin Ekdal, [10] Emil Forsberg Ω (82' [5] Martin Tony Waikwa Olsson); - [9] Marcus Berg (90' [22] Isaac Kiese), [20] Ola Toivonen.

SUI (4-2-3-1): [1] Yann Sommer; - [6] Michael Lang, [20] Johan Djourou, [5] Manuel Akanji, [13] Ricardo Rodríguez; - [11] Valon Behrami (c., [10] Granit Xhaka; - [23] Xherdan Shaqiri, [15] Blerim Dzemaili (73' [7] Breel Embolo), [14] Steven Zuber (73' [9] Haris Seferović); - [19] Josip Drmić.

1-0 Forsberg hits it from 20 yards it bounces off an attempted block by Akanji and Sommer is completely wrong-footed by the deflection.

RC: Michael Lang 90+4' straight red. Lang shoves Martin Olsson, who is put clean through on goal, he falls to the ground in stages and is sent off. VAR for a possible pen is turned down as the foul is outside the box.
YC: Lustig 31' shirt pull on Drmić, misses next game; Behrami 61' dissent for foul on Forsberg and fouls him again a minute later, Xhaka 68' cynical foul on Claesson.
Watched this match having a beef Lasagne €9 and beer surrounded by well behaved yellow shirted Swedes at Plankstek, Los Boliches.
Not available: [7] Sebastian Larsson SWE, [2] Stephan Lichtsteiner and [22] Fabian Schär SUI all suspended.

[M56]: Played Tuesday 3 July 2018 (21:00 MSK), Otkritie Arena, Moscow. [892]
(44,190): Referee: Michael Geiger (USA); Assistant referees: Joe Fletcher (CAN) and Frank Anderson (USA); VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED).

COLOMBIA 1, ENGLAND 1 (0:0), (1-1) AET. England won their first ever world cup penalty shoot out 4-3.
0:1 Kane 57 (pen), 1:1 Mina 90+3.
Penalty shoot-out: 1:0 Falcao, 1:1 Kane, 2:1 Ju. Cuadrado, 2:2 Rashford, 3:2 Muriel, 3:2 Henderson shot is saved by a great dive to his left by Ospina, 3:2 Uribe hits the crossbar high right, Campbell goes bananas.3:3 Trippier blasts it into the left top corner, 3:3 Bacca hits it mid-right and Pickford diving the right way saves with a strong left hand, Campbell goes bananas. 3:4 Dier hits a low shot right and beats Ospina's hand. England have at last won a penalty shoot-out. Campbell goes ape-shit in the Sorrento restaurant, Los Boliches.

COL (4-3-2-1): [1] David Ospina; - [4] Santiago Arias (116 [2] Cristian Zapata), [13] Yerry Mina, [23] Dávinson Sánchez, [17] Johan Mojica; - [5] Wílmar Barrios, [6] Carlos Sánchez (79 [15] Marcus Uribe), [16] Jefferson Lerma (61 [7] Carlos Bacca); - [11] Juan Cuadrado, [20] Juan Fernando Quintero (88 [14] Luis Muriel); - [9] Radamel Falcao (c.).

ENG (3-3-2-2): [1] Jordan Pickford; - [2] Kyle Walker (113 [19] Marcus Rashford, became England's first ever wc fourth sub), [5] John Stones, [6] Harry Maguire; - [12] Kieran Trippier, [8] Jordan Henderson, [18] Ashley Young (102 [3] Danny Rose); - [7] Jesse Lingard, [20] Dele Alli (didn't look fit to me, 81 [4] Eric Dier); - [10] Raheem Sterling (88 [11] Jamie Vardy), [9] Harry Kane (c. Ω).

0-1 Lane strikes the peanalty down the middle as Aspina dives to his right.
1-1 After a brilliant save by Pickford from Uribe. Mina rises so high above Maguire from Cuadrano corner. He heads it down to the ground, and beats Trippier on the line, from the crossbar.

YC: Barrios 41' for sneaky head butt on Henderson should have been a RC after VAR review, Arias 52' free-kick, jumping into the back of Kane, Sanchez 54' rugby tackle on Kane for pen, Falcao 63' dissent telling ref Maguire should be punished for his dive, Bacca 64' collided with Stones, COL losing it, Cuadrado 118' hacked down Rose on the left; Henderson 56' got involved with penalty protests from COL, Lingard 69' left a foot in on Sánchez.
The team going first in a penalty shootout have now lost all three penalty shootouts at the 2018 World Cup. Harry Kane became the first player to score in six consecutive England appearances since Tommy Lawton did so in 1939.
Not available: [10] James Rodríguez right calf, [19] Miguel Borja COL; and [17] Fabian Delph ENG all injured.


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QUARTER FINALS

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[M57]: Played Friday 6 July 2018 (17:00 MSK), Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod. [893]
(43,319) Ref: Néstor Pitana (ARG), Assists: Hernán Maidana and Juan Pablo Bellati (ARG); VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).

URUGUAY 0, FRANCE 2 (0:1).
0:1 Varane 40, 0:2 Griezmann 61.

URU (4-3-1-2): [1] Fernando Muslera; - [22] Martin Cáceres, [2] José Giménez, [3] Diego Godín (c.), [17] Diego Laxalt; - [8] Nahitan Nández (73' [20] Jonathan Matías Urretaviscaya da Luz), [14] Lucas Torreira, [15] Matías Vecino; - [6] Rodrigo Bentancur (59' [7] Cristian Rodríguez); - [9] Luis Suárez, [11] Christian Stuani (59' [18] Maxi Gómez).

FRA (4-2-3-1): [1] Hugo Lloris (c.); - [2] Benjamin Pavard, [4] Raphael Varane, [5] Samuel Umtiti, [21] Lucas Hernández; - [6] Paul Pogba, [13] N'Golo Kanté; - [10] Kylian Mbappé (88' [11] Ousmane Dembélé), [7] Antoine Griezmann Ω (90+3' [18] Nabil Fekir), [12] Corentin Tolisso (80' [15] Steven Nzonzi); - [9] Olivier Giroud.

0-1 Griezmann's free-kick is met by Varane, who runs onto it out of nowhere and flick-heads the ball acoss just inside the far post.
0-2 Griezmann hits a slightly swerving left foot strike from 20 yards and a regulation save if fluffed by Muslera. Classic parry intread of catch attempt.

YC: Betancur 38' hacks dowb Tolisso, Rodríguez 69' see Mbappé; Hernández 33' shirt pulling on Nández, Mbappé 69' goes down easily from a nothing touch by Rodríguez, booked in resulting pantomime.
Not available: [14] Blaise Matuidi FRA suspended; [21] Edinson Cavani URU injured.

[M58]: Played Friday 6 July 2018 (21:00 MSK), Kazan Arena, Kazan. [894]
(42,873) Ref: Milorad Mažić (SRB), Assists: Milovan Ristić and Dalibor Đurđević (SRB); VAR: Daniele Orsato (ITA).

BRAZIL 1, BELGIUM 2 (0:2).
0:1 Fernandinho 13 o.g.0:2 de Bruyne 31, 1:2 Renato Augusto 76.

BRZ (4-1-2-3): [1] Alisson; - [22] Fagner, [2] Thiago Silva, [3] Miranda (c.), [12] Marcelo; - [17] Fernandinho; - [15] Paulinho (73' [8] Renato Augusto), [11] Philippe Coutinho; - [19] Willian (h/t [20] Roberto Firmino), [9] Gabriel Jesus (58' [7] Douglas Costa), [10] Neymar.

BEL (4-3-1-2): [1] Thibaut Courtois; - [15] Thomas Meunier, [2] Toby Alderweireld, [4] Vincent Kompany, [5] Jan Vertonghen; - [8] Marouane Fellaini, [6] Axel Witsel, [22] Nacer Chadli (83' [3] Thomas Vemaelen); - [7] Kevin De Bruyne Ω; - [9] Romelu Lukaku (87' [17] Youri Tielmans), [10] Eden Hazard (c.).

0-1 Corner by Chadli on the left skids off the head of Kompany and goes in off the right arm of Fernandinho.
0-2 On the break, Lukaku rolls a pass right to De Bruyne, who takes a stride and launches a low scorcher into the bottom left corner.
1-2 Coutinho, 30 yards out spots Augusto alone in the area. He slots perfectly weighted cross onto Augusto’s head, who guides his header into the bottom right corner.

YC: Alderweireld 47' barged over Paulinho, Meunier 71' body check on Neymar; Fernandinho 85' tripped Hazrd, Fagner 90' stopped Hazard break away.
Not available: [5] Casimero, supended and [14] Danilo, injured BRZ.
Belgium are now unbeaten in 24 games in all competitions (W19 D5) and reach the semi-finals for only the second time, losing out to eventual winners Argentina in 1986.


[M59 FIFA# M60]: Played Saturday 7 July 2018 (18:00 SAMT), Cosmos Arena, Samara. [895]
(39,991); Ref: Björn Kuipers (HOL), Assists: Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra (NED). VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED).

SWEDEN 0, ENGLAND 2 (0:1).
0:1 Maguire 30, 0:2 Alli 59.

SWE (4-4-2): [1] Robin Olsen; - [16] Emil Krafth (85 [18] Pontus Jansson), [3] Victor Lindelöf, [4] Andreas Granqvist (c.), [6] Ludwig Augustinsson; - [17] Viktor Claesson, [7] Sebastian Larsson , [8] Albin Ekdal, [10] Emil Forsberg (65 [5] Martin Olsson); - [9] Marcus Berg, [20] Ola Toivonen (65 [11] John Guidetti).

ENG (3-3-2-2): [1] Jordan Pickford Ω; - [2] Kyle Walker, [5] John Stones, [6] Harry Maguire; - [12] Kieran Trippier, [8] Jordan Henderson (85 [4] Eric Dier), [18] Ashley Young; - [7] Jesse Lingard, [20] Dele Alli (77 [17] Fabian Delph); - [10] Raheem Sterling (90+1 [19] Marcus Rashford), [9] Harry Kane (c.).

0-1 From Young's corner Maguire rose at the penalty spot to send a powerful header inside the left post.
0-2 Dele Alli heads home completely unmarked at the far post from five yards out after leaping to convert a Jesse Lingard cross from the right.

YC: Maguire 87' for dissent kicking the ball away after ajudged to have fouled Guidetti, 87' also booked for dissent, S. Larsson 90+4' foul on Kane in the corner section of the SWE half.
Not available: [2] Mikael Lustig SWE suspended.
Deli Alli became the second youngest to score for England at 22 yr 87 days behind Michael Owen see 1998. England have scored 11 goals in a World Cup tournament for only the second time since their victorious year of 1966.

[M60 FIFA# M59]: Played Saturday 7 July 2018 (21:00 MSK), Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi. [896]
(44,287); Ref: Sandro Ricci (BRZ), Assist: Emerson de Carvalho and Marcelo Van Gasse (BRZ). VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).

RUSSIA 2, CROATIA 2 (1:1), (2:2) AET Croatia won 4-3 on penalties.
1:0 Cheryšev 31, 1:1 Kramarić 39, 1:2 Vida 101, 2-2 Fernandes 115.
Penalty shoot-out: 0-0 Smolov, dinks it left easy save; 0-1 Brozović high right; 1-1 Dzagoev bottom right; 1-1 Kovačić, saved bottom right, as Akinfeev guesses correctly; 1-1 Fernandes misses the target wide left; 1-2 Modrić low left goalie gets a hand on it; 2-2 Ignashević smashes it low left; 2-3 Vida hard low left; 3-3 Kuzyaev places it bottom left; 3-4 Rakitić finishes it low left.

RUS (4-2-3-1): [1] Igor Akinfeev (c.); - [2] Mario Fernandes, [3] Ilya Kutepov, [4] Sergei Ignashević, [13] Fyodor Kudryashov; - [7] Daler Kuzyaev, [11] Roman Zobnin; - [19] Alexander Samedov (54' [21] Aleksandr Erokhin), [17] Aleksandr Golovin (102' [9] Alan Dzagoev), [6] Denis Cheryšev (67' [10] Fyodor Smolov); - [22] Artem Dzyuba (79' [8] Yuri Gazinsky).

CRO (4-2-3-1): [23] Danijel Subašić; - [2] Šime Vrsaljko (97’ [5] Vedran Ćorluka), [6] Dejan Lovren, [21] Domagoj Vida, [3] Ivan Strinić (74’ [22] Josip Pivarić); - [10] Luka Modrić (c. Ω), [7] Ivan Rakitić; - [18] Ante Rebić, [9] Andrej Kramarić (88' [8] Mateo Kovačić), [4] Ivan Perišić (63' [11] Marcelo Brozović); - [17] Mario Mandžukić.

1-0 Fantastic strike from 20 yards swerving in top left.
1-1 Mandžukić tees up Kramarić who stoops to head across Akinfeev.
1-2 Vida rises to head a corner from Modrić downward into the bottom right.
2-2 Free-kick is curled into the box by Dzagoev. Fernandes rises highest, nods a header into the bottom left.

YC: Gazinsky 109' hacked down Mandžukić; Lovren 35' sythes down Dzyuba from behind, Strinić 38' tugging back Samedov by his shirt, Vida 101' shirt off celebrating his goal, Pivarić 114' handball just outside the area, led to the 2-2 equaliser.
Not available: [16] Nikola Kalinić CRO sent home.
Croatia become the second team to go through after winning two penalty shoot-outs - the other was Argentina 1990. There were three headed goals in this match - the most in a World Cup match since Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia in 2002 (5 headed goals).


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SEMI FINALS


[M61]: Played Tuesday 10 July 2018 (21:00 MSK), Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg. [897]
(64,286); Referee: Andrés Cunha (URU); Assistant referees: Nicolás Tarán and Mauricio Espinosa (URU); VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).

FRANCE 1, BELGIUM 0 (0:0).
1:0 Umtiti 51.

FRA (4-2-3-1): [1] Hugo Lloris (c.); - [2] Benjamin Pavard, [4] Raphael Varane, [5] Samuel Umtiti Ω, [21] Lucas Hernández; - [6] Paul Pogba, [13] N'Golo Kanté; - [10] Kylian Mbappé, [7] Antoine Griezmann, [14] Blaise Matuidi (86’ [12] Corentin Tolisso); - [9] Olivier Giroud (85' [15] Steven Nzonzi).

BEL (4-2-3-1): [1] Thibaut Courtois; - [22] Nacer Chadli (90+1' [21] Michy Batshuayi), [2] Toby Alderweireld, [4] Vincent Kompany, [5] Jan Vertonghen; - [6] Axel Witsel, [19] Mousa Dembélé (60' [14] Dries Mertens); - [7] Kevin De Bruyne, [8] Marouane Fellaini (80' [11] Yannick Carrasco), [10] Eden Hazard (c.); - [9] Romelu Lukaku.

1-0 Griezmann corner met by Umtiti who beats Fellaini to the header that goes inside Courtois at the near post.

YC: Kanté 87' all over Hazard, Mbappé 90+3' dribbling the ball away, time wasting; Hazard 63' pulls back Matuidi, Alderweireld 71' stops Matuidi on the couter-attack, Vertonghen 90+4' late on Mbappé.
Not available: [15] Thomas Meunier BEL suspended.

[M62]: Played Wednesday 11 July 2018 (21:00 MSK), Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. [898]
(78,011): Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR); Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran and Tarık Ongun (TUR); VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED).

ENGLAND 1, CROATIA 2 (1:0) AET.
1:0 Trippier 5, 1-1 Perišić 68, 1:2 Mandžukić 109.

ENG (3-3-2-2): [1] Jordan Pickford Ω; - [2] Kyle Walker (112' [11] Jamie Vardy), [5] John Stones, [6] Harry Maguire; - [12] Kieran Trippier, [8] Jordan Henderson (97' [4] Eric Dier), [18] Ashley Young (91' [3] Danny Rose); - [7] Jesse Lingard, [20] Dele Alli; - [10] Raheem Sterling (74' [19] Marcus Rashford), [9] Harry Kane (c.).

CRO (4-1-4-1): [23] Danijel Subašić; - [2] Šime Vrsaljko, [6] Dejan Lovren, [21] Domagoj Vida, [3] Ivan Strinić (95’ [22] Josip Pivarić); - [11] Marcelo Brozović; - [18] Ante Rebić (101' [8] Mateo Kovačić), [10] Luka Modrić (c. [19] Milan Badelj), [7] Ivan Rakitić, [4] Ivan Perišić Ω; - [17] Mario Mandžukić (115' [5] Vedran Ćorluka).

1-0 Alli is bundled over by Modrić for free-kick central outside the D. Trippier whips it over the wall, and into the top right corner.
30' Lingard plays Kane in behind the backline, and he's one-on-one with Subasic, but can only hit the near post.
1-1 Vrsaljko cross from the right is met by a high boot from Perišić, beating a static Walker it flys past Pickford bottom left.
1-2 Headed back into the box by Perišić from a half-clearance off Stones. Mandžukić twats it low across Pickford.

YC: Walker 54' grabbed the ball stopping Rebić taking a quick throw-in; Mandžukić 48' dissent, booked for angrily punching the ball away, Rebić 96' cynical foul from behid on Rose, he was away down the middle - he should have been booked a few times earlier in the game.
Not available: [16] Nikola Kalinić CRO sent home.
Tripper could barely walk in the ens of extra-time. Kieran Trippier’s goal after 4 minutes and 44 seconds was the fastest goal scored in a World Cup semi-final since 1958 (Vava after two minutes for Brazil v France).


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THIRD PLACE MATCH


[M63]: Played Saturday 14 July 2018 (17:00 MSK), Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg. [899]
(64,406); Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN); Assists: Reza Sokhandan and Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN); VAR: Mark Geiger (USA).

BELGIUM 2, ENGLAND 0 (1:0).
1:0 Meunier 4, 2:0 E. Hazard 82.

BEL (3-4-3): [1] Thibaut Courtois; - [2] Toby Alderweireld, [4] Vincent Kompany, [5] Jan Vertonghen; - [15] Thomas Meunier, [17] Youri Tielemans (78 [19] Mousa Dembélé), [6] Axel Witsel, [22] Nacer Chadli (39 [3] Thomas Vermaelen); - [7] Kevin De Bruyne, [9] Romelu Lukaku (60 [14] Dries Mertens), [10] Eden Hazard (c. Ω).

ENG (3-3-2-2): [1] Jordan Pickford; - [16] Phil Jones, [5] John Stones, [6] Harry Maguire; [12] Kieran Trippier, [4] Eric Dier, [3] Danny Rose (h/t [7] Jesse Lingard); - [21] Ruben Loftus-Cheek (84 [20] Dele Alli), [17] Fabian Delph; - [10] Raheem Sterling (h/t [19] Marcus Rashford), [9] Harry Kane (c. ).

1-0 Lukaku feeds Chadli on the left his first time cross finds Meunier. He beats Rose to put it across the goalie with a sliding right boot.
2-0 De Bruyne slides the ball through for Hazard, who gets in behind Jones. He shapes to shoot towards the far corner but drills it low near post.

YC: Witsel 90+3' delaying a free-kick, time-wasting; Stones 52' pulling down Hazard, Maguire 76' dissent over a free-kick award.
Not available: All available.


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FINAL


[M64]: Played Sunday 15 July 2018 (18:00 MSK), Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. [900]
(78,011); Referee: Néstor Fabián Pitana (ARG); Assists: Hernán Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG). VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).

FRANCE 4, CROATIA 2 (2:1), AET.
1:0 Mandžukić o.g. 18, first ever own goal in a WC final 1:1 Perišić 28, 2:1 Griesmann 38 pen, 3:1 Pogba 59, 4:1 Mbappé 65, 4:2 Mandžukić 69.

(4-4-2): [1] Hugo Lloris (c.); - [2] Benjamin Pavard, [4] Raphaël Varane, [5] Samuel Umtiti, [21] Lucas Hernández; - [10] Kylian Mbappé, [6] Paul Pogba, [13] N'Golo Kanté (55' [15] Steven Nzonzi), [14] Blaise Matuidi (73 [12] Corentin Tolisso); - [7] Antoine Griezmann (Ω), [9] Olivier Giroud (81 [18] Nabil Fekir).

CRO (4-1-4-1): [23] Danijel Subašić; - [2] Šime Vrsaljko, [6] Dejan Lovren, [21] Domagoj Vida, [3] Ivan Strinić (81 [20] Marko Pjaca); - [11] Marcelo Brozović; - [18] Ante Rebić {71 [9] Andrej Kramarić), [10] Luka Modrić (c.), [7] Ivan Rakitić, [4] Ivan Perišić; - [17] Mario Mandžukić.

1-0 Against the run of play. Greizmann puts a free-kick into the box for Mandžukić to head a ball too high for himself into the far corner, with Subašić stranded.
1-1 Vrsaljko heads Modrić's free-kick back across goal to Perišić on the edge of the penalty area. he takes a touch, shifting the ball past Kante before drilling a powerful left footed shot across Lloris into the bottom corner.
2-1 Ball hits Perišić's arm; VAR says penalty. Griesmann slots it centre left GK went early the other way.
3-1 Pogba shoots and is blocked, bouces back to him and puts it wide of Subašić with a well placed left boot.
4-1 Kylian Mbappé shoots from 25 yards low and it nestles in the left bottom corner.
4-2 Lloris makes a hash of whatever he was trying to do - play it out of the six yard box. Mandžukić can't belive his luck to tap it in.

YC: Kanté 27' tripped Perišić, Hernández 41' late on Rebić; Vrsaljko 90+2' late on Griesmann.

Not available: [16] Nikola Kalinić CRO sent home.
France’s Paul Pogba became the first Manchester United player to score in a World Cup final, and was the first scored from outside the box in a World Cup final since Marco Tardelli for Italy vs West Germany in 1982. Didier Deschamps is the third person to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager, after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer. France’s Kylian Mbappé at 19y 207d. is the second youngest player to score in a World Cup final, after Pele for Brazil in 1958 (17y 249d).


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Other Information / Stats

TOP SCORERS

Goals

Player(s)

6

Harry Kane (ENG).

5

Romelu Lukau (BEL), Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann (FRA), Denis Cheryshev (RUS), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR).

3

Eden Hazard (BEL), Yerry Mina (COL), Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Perišić (CRO), Artem Dzyuba (RUS), Diego Costa (ESP), Edinson Cavani (URU).


    • Own Goals 12 a new record beating 1998 of six.
    • In total 169 Avg: 2.64 per match. 22 penalties from 29 awarded.
    • 16 goals by substitutes.
    • Red cards 4; Yellow cards 219 (including 2 second yellows).
    • Of the 736 players at Russia 2018, 186 were at Brazil 2014, 61 were at South Africa 2010, 21 were at Germany 2006 and one player Rafael Márquez MEX played at Korea/Japan 2002. Equaling the record of Antonio Carbajal, Lothar Matthäus and Gianluigi Buffon to have played at five WC Final Tournaments. 53 squad players have previously scored in a WC match.
    • VAR: 17 decisions were changed with the aid of VAR. 9 penalties awarded - after 8 On Field Reviews by the referee; 3 penalties were cancelled after OFR; 2 potential dismissals were changed to YCs; 2 goals were awarded after OFR overturning offside decisions and one case of mistaken identity cleared.
    • 35 referees and 62 assistant referees (including 13 VARs).
    • Total attendance – group matches (1 to 48).
      Average attendance of Group matches:
    • Total attendance – second round (49 to 64).
      Average attendance of Second Round matches:
    • Total attendance 3,031,768 – 2018 matches 1 to 64, 2,857,241 tickets available from Sept 2017:
      Comparison with Brazil: 3,429,856
    • Average attendance 47,371 – 2018 matches 1 to 64
      Comparison with Brazil: 53,592.


    COACHES, ASSISTANTS, PLAYERS and RESERVE PLAYERS -

    TV COVERAGE: The BBC team: presenters Gary Lineker - the main man, with Gabby Logan, Dan Walker, Mark Chapman and Jason Mohammed. pundits Alan Shearer, Danny Murphy, Phil Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Alex Scott, Martin Keown and Jermain Jenas. Also guestin Didier Drogba, Pablo Zabaleta, Jurgen Klinsmann and Cesc Fabregas. Commentary from Guy Mowbray, Jonathan Pearce, Steve Wilson, Steve Bower and Simon Brotherton, with Vicki Sparks becoming first woman at WC for BBC., assisted by Kevin Kilbane and Mark Lawrenson.
    The ITV team: Anchor - Mark Pugatch, with Jacqui Oatley, Gabriel Clarke and Seema Jaswal at pitch side. Gary Neville, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Ian Wright, Lee Dixon, Slaven Bilic, Martin O'Neill, Aniola Aluko, Patrice Evra and Henrik Larsson. Mark Clattenburg will expain the unexplainable on VAR and so on. Connentary by Clive Tyldesley, Jon Champion, Joe Speight and Sam Matterface assisted by Glenn Hoddle, Ally McCoist and Iain Dowie.

    FIFA Stipulated (8 Feb 2018) that a release list from no more than 30 to up to 35 players will be submitted by 14 May and a final list of 23 players to be with FIFA by 4 June 2018.

    Note: Betting odds are best pre-World Cup online (Oddschecker 17 May).



    ARG: Coach: Jorge Luis Sampaoli Moya (from 20 May 2017 - 15 July 2019); Assistant Coach:Sebastian Beccacece, Lionel Scaloni GK Coach: Hugo Tocalli; Trainers; Jorge Deso, Martin Bressan). | 14 May - 35 man squad announced. final squad
    Goalkeepers: [23] Wilfredo "Willy" Daniel Caballero Lazcano (36 - 3) Chelsea; ENG; [1] Nahuel Ignacio Guzmán Palomeque (32 - 6) UANL MEX; [12] Franco Armani (31 - 0), River Plate.
    Defenders: [2] Gabriel Iván Mercado RB (31 - 20 - goals 3) Sevilla ESP; [18] Eduardo "Toto" Antonio Salvio RWB (27 - 9) Benfica POR; [14] Javier Alejandro Mascherano CB (34 - 142-3) Hebei China Fortune CHN; [17] Nicolás Hernán Gonzalo Otamendi CB (29 - 53-4) Manchester City ENG; [6] Federico Julián Fazio, CB (31 - 8-1) Roma ITA; [16] Faustino Marcos Alberto Rojo, CB (27 - 55-2) Manchester United ENG; [3] Nicolás Alejandro Tagliafico, LB (25 - 3) AF Ajax HOL; [8] Marcos Javier Acuña (26 - 9) LWB-LMF Sporting CP POR; [4] Cristian Daniel Ansaldi, (31 - 5) L-RB Torino ITA.
    Midfielders: [13] Maximiliano Eduardo Meza AMF (26 - 2) Club Atlético Independiente; [5] Lucas Rodrigo Biglia, DMF (32 - 36-1)AC Milan ITA; [15] Enzo Nicolás Pérez Seguí CMF (32 - 23-1) River Plate;; [7] Éver Maximiliano David Banega, CMF (29 - 62-6) Sevilla ESP; [20] Giovani Lo Celso, CMF (22 - 5) Paris Saint-Germain FRA; [11] Ángel Fabián di María Hernández, RWF-MF (30 - 93-19) Paris Saint-Germain FRA; [22] Cristian David Pavón RWF (22 - 5) Boca Juniors.
    Forwards: [21] Paulo Bruno Exequiel Dybala, SS (24 - 12) Juventus ITA; [10] Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini, (c. 30 - 124-64) RWA Barcelona ESP; [19] Sergio Leonel Agüero, CF (30 - 85-37) Manchester City ENG; [9] Gonzalo Gererdo Higuaín, CF (30 - 71-31) Juventus ITA;
    Preliminary squad - standby: Germán Alejo Pezzella, (26 - 2) CB Fiorentina ITA; José Ramiro Funes Mori, CB (27 - 19-1) Everton ENG; Adrián Ricardo Centurión, LW (25 0) Racing Club; Guido Hernán Pizarro Demestri (28 - 3- ) DMF Sevilla ESP; Leandro Daniel Paredes, D-CMF (23 - 3-1) Zenit Saint Petersburg RUS; Rodrigo Andrés Battaglia, CMF (26 - 0) Sporting CP POR; Pablo Javier Pérez, CMF (32 - 1) Boca Juniors.; Diego Perotti LWF (29 - 5) Roma ITA; Lautaro Javier Martínez, CF (20 - 1) Racing Club;; Mauro Emanuel Icardi, CF (25 - 4) Internazionale ITA.
    Based: Bronnitsy Training Centre, 40km south of Moscow. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBeQrKWapC
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 11-1.
    Unlucky: [1] Sergio Germán Romero GK (aged 31 caps 94) GK Manchester United; ENG suffered a knee injury training and will need surgery, replaced by Nahuel Guzmán 23 May; [15] Manuel Lanzini (25 - 3-1), AMF West Ham United ENG on 8 June 2018, Lanzini was ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a ruptured anterior knee ligament injury in training, replaced by Enzo Perez.



    AUS: Coach: Lambertus "Bert" van Marwijk HOL (24 Jan 2018 - 14 July 2018) Assists: Roel Coumans, Jurgen Dirkx and Mark van Bommel, GK coach: Tony Franken, Trainer: Craig Duncan and Fabian Ehrmann. Australia had to play a record 22 games to qualify for Russia 2018, losing twice. After four play off games they saw off Honduras in Sydney only to see coach Angelos "Ange" Postecoglou resign two weeks later.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Mathew David Ryan GK (26 - 42) Brighton and Hove Albion ENG; [12] Bradley 'Brad' Scott Jones GK (36 - 5) Feyenoord HOL; [18] Daniel 'Danny' Vukovic GK (3 - 13) Genk BEL.
    Defenders: [19] Joshua Risdon RB (25 - 8) Western Sydney Wanderers; [20] Trent Lucas Sainsbury CB (26 - 35-3) Grasshoppers SUI; [2] Milos Degenek CB (24 - 18) Yokohama F. Marinos JPN; [6] Matthew John Jurman CB (28 - 4) Suwon Samsung Bluewings KOR; [3] James Gregory Meredith LB (30 - 2) Millwall ENG; [16] Aziz Eraltay Behich LB (27 - 23-2) Bursaspor TUR; .
    Midfielders: [15] Michael 'Mile' John Jedinak DMF (Captain (33 - 76-18) Aston Villa ENG); [22] Jackson Alexander Irvine DMF (25 - 19-2) Hull City ENG; [8] Massimo Corey Luongo CMF (25 - 36-5) Queens Park Rangers ENG); [5] Mark Daniel Milligan DMF (32 - 71-6) Al Ahli KSA; [23] Tomas Petar Rogic AMF (25 - 37-7) Celtic SCO; [13] Aaron Frank Mooy CMF (27 - 34-5) Huddersfield Town ENG; [21] Dimitrios Petratos AMF (25 - 2) Newcastle Jets; [17] Daniel Arzani RW (19 - 2-1) Melbourne City.
    Forwards: [4] Timothy Filiga Cahill CF-AMF (38 - 106-50) Millwall ENG; [7] Matthew Allan Leckie RW (27 - 53-8) Hertha BSC GER; [10] Robbie Thomas Kruse LW (29 - 62-5) VfL Bochum GER; [14] Jamie MacLaren CF (24 -6) SV Darmstadt 98, on loan to Hibernian SCO, was previously dropped when squad cut to 26;; [9] Tomi Juric CF (26 - 34-8) Luzern SUI; [11] Andrew Nabbout (25 -2) RW Urawa Red Diamonds JPN.
    Standby: Mitchell James Langarak GK (29 -8) Nagoya Grampus JPN; Fran Karačić RB (22 - 0) NK Lokomotiva CRO; Bailey Colin Wright CB ( 25 - 23-1) Bristol City ENG; Aleksandar Šušnjar CB (22 - 1) FK Mladá Boleslav TCH; Alexander Joseph Gersbach LB (21 - 4) RC de Lens FRA; Alex James Troisi AMF (29 - 37-5) Melbourne Victory; Joshua Brillante CMF (25 - 5) Sydney FC; Nikita Vadymovych Rukavytsya RW (b. UKR 30 - 18-1) Maccabi Haifa ISR; Apostolos Giannou CF (28 - 5) AEK Larnaca CYP.
    Based: Kazan. Aq Bars ice hockey club, Kazan. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBeQrOWCwA
    Kit: Nike.
    Betting: 750-1.
    Unlucky: .



    BEL: Coach: Roberto Martínez Montoliu ESP; 3 August 2016 - ); Assists: Graeme Anthony Jones ENG, Thierry Daniel Henry FRA, GK Coach: Erwin Lemmens, Trainer: Richard Evans.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois (26 - 58) Chelsea ENG; [12] Simon Luc Hildebert Mignolet, (30 - 21) Liverpool ENG; [13] Koen Casteels, (25 - 0) VfL Wolfsburg GER;
    Defenders: [2] Toby Albertine Maurits Alderweireld, CB-RB (29 - 71-3) Tottenham Hotspur ENG; [3] Thomas Vermaelen CB (32 - 64-1), Barcelona ESP; [4] Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany LCB (32 - 73-4) Manchester City ENG; [5] Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen RCB-LB (31 - 97-8), Tottenham Hotspur ENG; [15] Thomas Meunier RB (26 - 22-5) Paris Saint-Germain FRA; [20] Anga Dedryck Boyata CB-RB (27 - 4) Celtic SCO.
    Midfielders: [6] Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel CMF (29 - 85-9), Tianjin Quanjian CHN; [7] Kevin De Bruyne AMF (26 - 56-13), Manchester City ENG; [8] Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui, CMF (30 - 78-16), Manchester United ENG; [19] Moussa Sidi Yaya Dembélé CMF (30 - 73-5), Tottenham Hotspur ENG; [17] Youri Tielemans CMF (21 - 7), AS Monaco FRA; [11] Yannick Ferreira Carrasco LW (24 -22-5), Dalian Yifang CHN; [22] Nacer Chadli LW (28 - 43-4), West Bromwich Albion ENG; [23] Leander Dendoncker, DMF (23 - 5), Anderlecht.
    Forwards: [18] Adnan Januzai RW (23 -8) Real Sociedad ESP; [9] Romelu Menama Lukaku Bolingoli, CF (25 - 63-30) Manchester United ENG; [10] Eden Michael Hazard LW Captain (27 - 84-22) Chelsea ENG; [14] Dries Mertens CF (31 - 67-14), Napoli ITA; [16] Thorgan Ganael Francis Hazard LW (25 - 10-1), Borussia Mönchengladbach GER; [21] Michy Batshuayi Atunga CF (24 - 15-6), Borussia Dortmund GER.
    Standby: Matz Willy Sels, GK (26 - 0) Anderlecht; Laurent Franco Ciman CB (32 - 19-1), Los Angeles USA;. Jordan Zacharie Lukaku Menama Mokelenge LB (23 - 8) Lazio ITA; Christian Kabasele CB (27 - 2) Watford ENG; Radja Nainggolan CMF (30 - 29-6), AS Roma ITA; Anthony Limbombe Ekango LMF (23 - 1), Club Brugge; Kevin Antonio Joel Gislain Mirallas y Castillo RW (30 - 57-10), Olympiacos - loan from Everton 2018 GRE; Divock Okoth Origi CF (23 - 24-3), VfL Wolfsburg GER; Christian Benteke Liolo CF (27 - 31-11), Crystal Palace ENG.
    Based: Krasnogprsky. Moscow Country Club, an international-class suburban hotel and golf club. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBeZM0bE8B
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 12-1.
    Unlucky: Roberto Nainggolan. Lucky: Januzai.



    BRZ: Coach: Adenor Leonardo Bacchi - Tite, 57, 20 June 2016 - ); Assist: Cléber Xavier, Mathias Bachi and Sylvinho. GK Coach; Taffarel. Trainer: Fábio Mahseredjian and Ricardo Rosa. | squad early May -
    Goalkeepers: [1] Alisson Ramses Becker, inj (25 - 24) AS Roma ITA; [23] Ederson Santana de Moraes (24 - 1) Manchester City ENG; [16] Cássio Ramos GK (31 - 1), Corinthians; .
    Defenders: [14] Danilo Luiz da Silva RB (26 - 16) Manchester City ENG; [22] Fagner Conserva Lemos RB (29 - 4) Corinthians; [6] Filipe Luís Kasmirski LB (32 - 31-2) Atlético Madrid ESP; [4] Pedro Tonon Geromel CB (aged 32 - 2) Grêmio ITA; [12] Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior LB (30 - 52-6) Real Madrid ESP; [13] Marcos Aoás Corrêa - Marquinhos CB (24 - 0) Paris Saint-Germain FRA; [3] João Miranda de Souza Filho CB (33 - 45-2) Internazionale ITA; [2] Thiago Emiliano da Silva (Capt) ( 33 - 69-5) Paris Saint-Germain FRA.
    Midfielders: [5] Carlos Henrique Casimiro DMF (aged 26 - 22), Real Madrid ESP; [11] Philippe Coutinho Correia LWF (26 - 36-9) Barcelona ESP; [17] Fernando Luiz Roza - Fernandinho DMF (33 - 42-2) Manchester City ENG; [18] Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos - Fred CMF (25 - 7), Shakhtar Donetsk UKR; [15] José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior - Paulinho CMF (29 - 48-12) Barcelona ESP; [8] Renato Soares de Oliveira Augusto CMF (30 - 28-5) Beijing Sinobo Guoan CHN; [19] Willian Borges da Silva RWF (29 - 55-8) Chelsea ENG.
    Forwards: [7] Douglas Costa de Sousa LW (27 - 24-3) Juventus ITA; [20] Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira SS (26 - 20-6) Liverpool ENG; [9] Gabriel Fernando de Jesus CF (21 - 15-9) Manchester City ENG; [21] Taison Barcellos Freda LFW (30 - 7-1) Shakhtar Donetsk UKR; [10] Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior LFW (26 - 83-53) Paris Saint-Germain FRA.
    Standby: Norberto Murara Neto GK (28 0) Valencia ESP; Rodrigo Caio Coquette Russo CD (24 - 4) São Paulo;
    Based: Sochi. Swissôtel Resort Sochi Camellia, Sochi. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBeQv6RW3D
    Kit: Nike.
    Betting: 23-5.
    Unlucky: Daniel Alves da Silva INJ RB (35 - 107-7), Paris Saint-Germain FRA; Alex Sandro Lobo Silva LB (27 - 10) Juventus ITA;



    COL: Coach: José Néstor Pékerman Krimen ARG (appt: Feb 2012 - August 2018 ); Assists: Néstor Gabriel Lorenzo, Patricio Alejandro Camps, and Pablo Garabello (all ARG); Tactical coach: Gabriel Wainer; GK coach Eduardo Niño García; Trainer: Eduardo Urtasún. | 35 man squad 14 May -
    Goalkeepers: [1] David Ospina Ramírez (29 - 86) Arsenal ENG; [12] Camilo Andrés Vargas Gil (29 - 5) Deportivo Cali; [22] José Fernando Cuadrado Romero (33 1) Once Caldas.
    Defenders: [4] Santiago "Santi" Arias Naranjo RB (26 - 41) PSV Eindhoven HOL; [2] Cristián Eduardo Zapata Valencia CB (31 - 55-2) AC Milan ITA; [23] Dávinson Sánchez Mina CB (22 - 9) Tottenham Hotspur ENG; [3] Óscar Fabián Murillo Murillo CB (30 - 13) Pachuca MEX; [17] Johan Andrés Mojica Palacio LB (26 - 4-1) Girona, on loan from Rayo Vallecano de Madrid ESP; [13] Yerry Fernando Mina González CB (23 - 12-3) Barcelona ESP; [18] Farid Alfonso Díaz Rhenals LB (34 - 13) Olimpia PAR.
    Midfielders: [5] Wílmar Enrique Barrios Terán DMF (24 - 10) Boca Juniors ARG; [6] Carlos Alberto Sánchez Moreno DMF (32 - 85) Espanyol, ESP on loan from Fiorentina ITA; [16] Jefferson Andrés Lerma Solís DMF (23 - 5) Levante UD ESP; [8] Abel Enrique Aguilar Tapias DMF (33 - 70-7) Deportivo Cali; [10] James David Rodríguez Rubio AMF (vc. 26 - 63-21) Bayern Munich GER; [15] Andrés Mateus Uribe Villa CMF (27 - 8) Club América MEX; [20] Juan Fernando Quintero Paniagua AMF (25 - 15-2) River Plate ARG.
    Forwards:; [11] Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello RW (30 - 70-7) Juventus ITA; [9] Radamel Falcao García Zárate Captain CF (c. 32 - 73-29) AS Monaco FRA; [19] Miguel Ángel Borja Hernández CF (25 - 7-2) Palmeiras BRZ; [7] Carlos Arturo Bacca Ahumada CF (31 - 45-14) Villarreal ESP; [14] Luis Fernando Muriel Fruto CF (27 - 18-2) Sevilla ESP; [21] José Heriberto Izquierdo Mena LW (25 - 5-1) Brighton & Hove Albion ENG.
    35 man squad - Standby: Iván Mauricio Arboleda GK (22 - ) CA Banfield ARG; William José Tesillo Gutiérrez CB (28 - 3) Club León MEX; Bernardo José Espinosa Zúñiga CB (28 - 0) Girona ESP; John Stefan Medina Ramírez RB-CB (26 - 11) Monterrey MEX; Giovanni Andrés Moreno Cardona AMF (31 - 21-3) Shanghai Greenland Shenhua CHN; Yimmi Javier Chará Zamora RW (27 - 7) Atlético Mineiro BRZ from Atlético Junior; Edwin Andrés Cardona Bedoya AMF (25 - 31-5) Boca Juniors ARG; Gustavo Leonardo Cuéllar Gallego CMF (25 - 3) Flamengo BRZ; Duván Esteban Zapata Banguero CF (27 - 5) Sampdoria ITA; Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio SS (33 - 51-15) Atlético Junior.
    Based: Verkhneuslonski. Déjà Vu hotel. "Kazan" downhill ski resort and sports & health complex. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBeZMLcf-D
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 50-1
    Unlucky: Frank Yusty Fabra Palacios LB (27 - 18-1) Boca Juniors ARG; injured; anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee during training on 9 June 2018.



    CRC: Coach: Óscar Antonio Gerardo Ramírez Hernández 53 Apt: 18 Aug 2015 - 5 July 2018); Assists: Alejandro Larrea and Luis Antonio Marín Murillo; GK coach: Luis Gabelo Conejo; Trainer: Erick Sánchez. Final squad announced 14 May 2018. Costa Rica are the only Central American team to win a WC finals match.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa (vc. 31 - 80) Real Madrid ESP; [18] Patrick Alberto Pemberton Bernard (36 - 39) Alajuelense; [23] Leonel Gerardo Moreira Ledezma (28 - 9) Herediano.
    Defenders: [16] Cristian Esteban Gamboa Luna RWB (28 - 67-3) Celtic SCO; [4] Ian Rey Smith Quirós RWB (20 - 3) IFK Norrköping SWE; [19] Kendall Jamaal Waston Manley RCB (30 - 26-3) Vancouver Whitecaps CAN; [2] Jhonny 'Johnny' Gerardo Acosta Zamora CB (34 - 69-2) Rionegro Águilas COL; [3] Giancarlo 'Pipo' González Castro CB (30 - 69-2) Bologna ITA; [6] Óscar Esaú Duarte Gaitán CB (29 - 38-2) RCD Espanyol ESP; [15] Francisco Javier Calvo Quesada LCB (25 - 37-4) Minnesota United USA; [8] Bryan Josué Oviedo Jiménez LWB (28 - 43-1) Sunderlad ENG; [22] Kenner Gutiérrez Cerdas CB (28-9) Alajuelense.
    Midfielders: [20] David Alberto Guzmán Pérez DMF (28 - 42) Portland timbers USA; [17] Yeltsin Ignacio Tejeda Valverde DMF (26 - 50) Lausanne-Sport SUI; [14] Randall Azofeifa Corrales DMF (33- 57-3) Herediano; [11] Johan Alberto Venegas Ulloa ARMF (29 - 46-10) Deportivo Saprissa; [5] Celso Borges Mora CMF (30 - 110-21) Deportivo La Coruña ESP; [10] Bryan Jafet Ruiz González LMF Captain (32 - 109-23) Sporting CP POR; [13] Rodney Wallace Burns LMF (29 - 30-4) New York City USA.
    Forwards: [12] Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels RW (25 - 76-15) Real Betis ESP; [21] Marcos Danilo Ureña Porras CF (28 - 63-15) Los Angeles FC USA; [7] Christian Bolaños Navarro LW (34 - 80-6) Deportivo Saprissa; [9] Daniel Colindres Solera LW (33 - 12) Deportivo Saprissa.
    Standby: Danny Gabriel Carvajal Rodríguez GK (29 - 4) Deportivo Saprissa; Kenner Gutiérrez Cerdas CB (28 - 9) Alajuelense; Wilmer Jesús Azofeifa Valverde CMF (24 - 1) Santos de Guápiles; David Gerardo Ramírez Ruiz LWF (25 - 15-4) Deportivo Saprissa; Yendrick Alberto Ruiz González CF (31 - 8) Herediano, were all in the preliminary squad.
    Based: Hilton ExpoForum, Saint Petersburg. Training at Olimpiets Stadium in Pavlovsk. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBe6QPb0sC
    Kit: New Balance.
    Betting: 750-1.
    Unlucky: [22] Rónald Alberto Matarrita Ulate LWB (23 - 23-2) New York City USA had to withdraw from final 23 on 17 June and was replaced by CB Kenner Gutiérrez; José Andres Salvatierra López RB (28 - 36) Alajuelense withdrew through injury




    CRO: Coach: Zlatko Dalić (App: 7 Oct 2017 after sacking Ante Čačić); Assist: Dražen Ladić, Ivica Olić; GK coach: Marjan Mrmić, Trainer: Luka Milanović. Final squad announced 14 May 2018.
    Goalkeepers: [23] Danijel Subašić (33-38) AS Monaco FRA; [12] Lovre Kalinić (23-11) Gent BEL; [1] Dominik Livaković (28-1) Dinamo Zagreb.
    Defenders: [2] Šime Vrsaljko RB (26-35) Atlético Madrid ESP; [5] Vedran Ćorluka CB-RB vc (32-99 (4) Lokomotiv Moscow RUS; [21] Domagoj Vida CB (28-59 (2) Beşiktaş TUR; [3] Ivan Strinić LB (30-43) Sampdoria ITA; [6] Dejan Lovren CB (28-39 (2) Liverpool ENG; [22] Josip Pivarić LB (29-19) Dynamo Kiev; [13] Tin Jedvaj CB (22-12) Beyer Leverkusen GER; [15] Duje Ćaleta-Car CB (21-1) Red Bull Salzburg AUT.
    Midfielders: [10] Luka Modrić CMF Captain (32-106 (12) Real Madrid ESP; [7] Ivan Rakitić CMF (30-92 (14) Barcelaona ESP; [8] Mateo Kovačić CMF (24-41 (1) Real Madrid ESP; [19] Milan Badelj DMF (29-38 (1) Fiorentina ITA; [11] Marcelo Brozović CMF (25-34 (6) Inter Milan ITA; [14] Filip Bradarić DMF (26-4) Rijeka.
    Forwards: [17] Mario Mandžukić CF (32-83 (30) Juventus ITA; [4] Ivan Perišić LW (29-66 (18) Inter Milan ITA; [16] Nikola Kalinić CF (30-42 (15) AC Milan he was removed from the squad on 17 June for refusing to come on as a substitute v Nigeria; [9] Andrej Kramarić CF (26-31 (9) 1899 Hoffenheim GER; [20] Marko Pjaca LW (23-16 (1) Schalke 04 GER; [18] Ante Rebić RW (24-16 (1) Eintracht Frankfurt GER.
    32 - Standby: Karlo Letica GK (21-0) Club Brugge BEL; Matej Mitrović CB (24-9 (1) Club Brugge BEL; Borna Barišić LB (25-3) Osijek; Borna Sosa LB (20-0) VfB Stuttgart GER; Zoran Nižić CB (28-2) Hajduk Split; Marko Rog CMF (22-12) Napoli ITA; Mario Pašalić CMF (23-6) Spartak Moscow RUS on loan from Chelsea ENG; Duje Čop CF (28-13 (2) Standard Liège BEL; Ivan Santini CF (29-3) Caen FRA.
    Based: Vyborgski. Lesnaya Rapsodiya (Woodland Rhapsody) resort complex on the shores of Bolshoye Semaginskoye Lake 60 km away from St. Petersburg. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBeZQQvx~C
    Kit: Nike.
    Betting: 35-1.
    Unlucky:.



    DEN: Coach: Åge Fridtjof Hareide 64 - Appt 10 Dec 2015- ); Assistants: Jon Dahl Tomasson; GK Coach: Lars Høgh, Trainer: Ben Rosen. | 30 squad
    Goalkeepers: [1] Kasper Peter Schmeichel GK (vc. 31 - 34) Leicester City ENG; [22] Frederik Riis Rønnow GK (25 - 6) Brøndby will join Eintracht Frankfurt GER in July; [16] Jonas Bybjerg Lössl GK (29 - 1) Huddersfield Town ENG.
    Defenders: [4] Simon Thorup Kjær CB Captain (29-78-3) Sevilla ESP; [13] Mathias Jattah-Njie 'Zanka' Jørgensen CB (28 - 12) Huddersfield Town ENG; [17] Jens Stryger Larsen RB (27 - 13-1) Udinese ITA; [5] Jonas Hjort Knudsen LB (25 - 3) Ipswich Town ENG; [3] Jannik Vestergaard CB (25 - 16-1) Borussia Mönchengladbach GER; [6] Andreas Bødtker Christensen CB (22 - 16-1) Chelsea ENG; [14] Henrik Dalsgaard RB (28 - 11) Brentford ENG.
    Midfielders: [7] William Vitved Kvist DMF (33 - 80-2) FC København; [10] Christian Dannemann Eriksen AMF (26 - 78-22) Tottenham Hotspur ENG; [19] Lasse Schöne DMF (32 - 36-3) AFC Ajax HOL; [8] Thomas Joseph Delaney DMF (26-27 (4) Werder Bremen, will join Borussia Dortmund 1st July GER; [18] Lukas Reiff Lerager CMF (24 - 4) Bordeaux FRA; [2] Michael Krohn-Dehli CMF (35 - 59-6) Deportivo La Coruña ESP;
    Forwards: [9] Nicolai Mick Jørgensen CF (27 - 31-8) Feyenoord HOL; [20] Yussuf Yurary Poulsen CF (23 - 28-4) RB Leipzig GER; [21] Andreas Evald Cornelius CF (25 - 18-4) Atalanta BC ITA; [11] Martin Christensen Braithwaite Christensen CF (27 - 20-1) Bordeaux, on loan from Middlesbrough FRA; [15] Viktor Gorridsen Fischer LW (24 - 19-3) FC København; [12] Kasper Dolberg Rasmussen CF (20 - 6-1) AFC Ajax HOL; [23] Pione Sisto Ifolo Emirmija LW (23 - 14-1) Celta Vigo ESP.
    Preliminary 35 - Standby: Jesper Hansen GK (33 - 0) Midtjylland; Peter Ankersen RB () FC København; Riza Durmisi LB (24 - 23) Real de Betis ESP; Nicolai Møller Boilesen LB (26 - 17-1) FC København; Andreas Bjelland CB (29 - 28) Brentford ENG; Mathias Jensen CMF (22 - 0) Nordsjælland NOR; Mike Lindemann Jensen MF (30 - 6) Rosenborg NOR; Pierre-Emile Kordt Højbjerg (22 - 17-1) Southampton ENG; Daniel Wass RW (29 - 16) Celta Vigo ESP; Robert Skov RW (22 - 0) FC København; Nicklas Bendtner CF (30 - 81-30) Rosenborg NOR; Albin Kenneth Dahrup Zohore (24 -0) Cardiff City ENG.
    Based: Beton Brut, Anapa, on the Black Sea coast, in the southwest of the Krasnodar Region. Train at Pontos Stadium, part of Vityazevo sports complex. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBeQv8CTDC
    Kit Hummel.
    Betting: 100-1
    Unlucky:



    EGY : Coach:.Héctor Raúl Cúper (ARG 2 March 2015 - 26 June 2018) Assist: Mahmoud El-Ghamrawy Osama Nabieh; 1st Assit Coach: José Fantaguzzi (ARG); Team Director: Ehab Lehata, GK coach: Ahmed Nagy, Trainer: Antonio Sarioglou (GRE) and John Kiely. | 29 man squad 11 May 2018. Squad numbers were revealed on 2 June.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Essam Kamal Tawfiq el-Hadary Captain (45-158) al-Taawoun KSA; [16] Sherif Ekramy ِAhmed Ahmed el-Shahat (34 - 22) Al Ahly SC; [23] Mohamed El-Shenawy (29 - 3) Al Ahly SC.
    Defenders: [3] Ahmed Eissa Elmohamady Abdel Fattah RB (30 - 78-2) Aston Villa; ENG; [7] Ahmed Fathy RB (vc. 33 - 126-3) Al Ahly SC; [4] Omar Mahmoud Gaber CB (26 - 23) Los Angeles FC USA; [2] Ali Gabr Gabr Mossad CB (29 - 22-1) Zamalek SC on loan to West Bromwich Albion ENG; [20] Saad el-Din Samir CB (29 - 11) Al Ahly SC; [12] Ayman Ashraf CB (27 - 5-1) Al Ahly SC; 15] El-Winsh - Mahmoud Hamdy CB (23 - 1) Zamalek SC; [6] Ahmed Elsayed Ali Elsayed Hegazy CB (27 - 45-1) West Bromwich Albion; ENG; [13] Mohamed Abdel-Shafy LB (32 - 51-1) Al Fateh SC KSA.
    Midfielders: [8] Tarek Hamed DMF (29 - 22) Zamalek SC; [17] Mohamed Elneny DMF (25 - 61-5) Arsenal ENG; [19] Abdallah Mahmoud Said Mohamed AMF (32 - 37-6) Al-Ahli SFC KSA; [18] Shikabala - Mahmoud Abdel Razek Fadlallah RW (32 - 30-2) Al Raed KSA; [21] Trézéguet - Mahmoud Ibrahim Hassan LW (23 - 25-2) Kasımpaşa SK TUR; [14] Ramadan Sobhi Ramadan Ahmed LW-AMF (21 - 24-1) Stoke City ENG; [5] Sam Sayed Morsy CMF (26 - 5) Wigan Athletic ENG.
    Forwards: [10] Mohamed Salah Ghaly RW (25 - 57-33) Liverpool ENG PFA player of the year 2017-18; [9] Marwan Mohsen Fahmi Tharwat CF (29 - 25-4) Al Ahly SC; [11] Kahraba - Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim LWF (24 - 20-3) Al Ittihad CSA KSA; [22] Amr Medhat Warda LW (24 - 16) Atromitos Athensc FC GRE.
    On Standby or were in initial squad: Mohamed Hussein Awad Moussa GK (25 - 3) Ismaily, on loan to Al Wehda, KSA; Amer Mohamed GK (31 - 0) El-Entag El-Harby SC; Karim Ramadan Hafez LB (22 - 6) RC de Lens FRA; Amro Tarek Abdel-Aziz CB (26 - 1) Orlando City USA; Hamada Tolba - Mohamed Maher Taha Tolba LB (36 - 3) EMPPI SC; Mahmoud Abdel Aziz DMF (27 - 2) Zamalek SC; Walid Soliman Said Obaid (33 -23-1) Al Ahly SC; Hossam Mohamed Ashour Sanad Attia (32 - 12) Al Akly SC; Moamen Zakaria Abas AMF (30 - 11) Al Ahly SC on loan to Al Ahli Saaud, KSA; Kouka - Ahmed Hassan Mahgoub CF (25 - 16-5) SC de Braga POR; Amr Gamal CF (26 - 18-3) HJK FIN; Ahmed Gomaa CF (29 - 2) Al Masry.
    Based: Grozny, Chechnya train at Akhmat arena. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBeZQFFrSB
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 200-1
    Unlucky: Basem Morsy Elkotb Abdalla CF (26 - 10-7) Zamalek, not picked since he went missing after being substituted against Ghana Nov 2016.



    ENG: Coach: Gareth Southgate (took over as caretaker 27 Sept 2016 on resignation of Allardyce and has been there since); Assist manager: Steve Holland (2016 - ) Allan Russell and Aidy Boothroyd; GK Coach: Martyn Margetson; Fitness Coach: Chris Neville Trainers: Ben Rosenblatt, Bryson Cavanagh and Michael Naylor. | 16 May, Squad numbers confirmed 2 June 2018:
    Goalkeepers: [1] Jordan Lee Pickford (24-3) Everton; [13] Jack Butland (25-8) Stoke City; [23] Nicholas David Pope (26-1) Burnley.
    Defenders: [2] Kyle Andrew Walker RWB (28-35) Manchester City; [22] Trent John Alexander-Arnold RWB (19-1) Liverpool; [5] John Stones CB (24-26) Manchester City; [15] Gary James Cahill CB (32-60 (5) Chelsea; [6] Jacob Harry Maguire LCB (25-5) Leicester City; [16] Philip Anthony Jones RCB (25-25) Manchester United; [12] Kieran John Trippier RWB-CB (27-7) Tottenham Hotspur; [18] Ashley Simon Young LWB (32-34 (7) Manchester United; [3] Daniel Lee Rose LWB (27-18) Tottenham Hotspur.
    Midfielders: [8] Jordan Brian Henderson DMF (vc. 27-39) Liverpool; [4] Eric Jeremy Edward Dier DMF (24-6 (3) Tottenham Hotspur; [17] Fabian Delph LCMF (28-11) Manchester City; [7] Jesse Ellis Lingard AMF (25-12 (1) Manchester United; [20] Bamidele Jermaine Alli AMF (22-25 (2) Tottenham Hotspur; [21] Ruben Ira Loftus-Cheek RCMF (22-4) Chelsea.
    Forwards: [9] Harry Edward Kane CF (c. 24-24 (13) Tottenham Hotspur; [19] Marcus Rashford CF (20-19 (3) Manchester United; [11] Jamie Richard Vardy CF (31-22 (7) Leicester City; [14] Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck CF (27-38 (16) Arsenal; [10] Raheem Shaquille Sterling (b. Kingston, Jamaica) LFW (23-38 (2) Manchester City.
    Based on players' age on the first matchday, England have named their third youngest squad for a World Cup (26 years 18 days) this is behind only the 1958 (25 years 81 days) and 2006 (25 years 286 days) squads. 57 goals between them.
    On Standby: [24] Thomas David Heaton (GK 31-3) Burnley; James AlanTarkowski (CB 25-1) Burnley; [26] Jake Cyril Livermore (MF 28-7) West Bromwich Albion; Lewis John Cook (CMF 21-1) AFC Bournemouth; [25] Adam David Lallana AMF 34-3) Liverpool.
    Based: Forrest Mix Sport & Relax, Leningrad Region, 40km from Saint Petersburg. Training in Zelenogorsk, 3km from Repino. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBe6UER28D
    Kit: Nike.
    Betting: 20-1.
    Unlucky: Alex Mark David Oxlade-Chamberlain AMF 24-32 (6) Liverpool badly injured his knee in ECL semi-final vs AS Roma on 25 April 2018; Jack Andrew Garry Wilshire (CMF 26-34 (2) Arsenal left out because of his fondness for injuries; Although he was probably not surprised he was left out Joe Hart West Ham United was first choice GK for Englamd since 2010, his last game for England was 14 Nov 2017 vs Brazil, 75th cap; he has been unsettled since he was let go from City by Pep Guardiola. Christopher Llotd Smalling (CB 28-31 (1) Manchester United had a good season for United but left out by Southgate; Harry Billy Winks (MF 22-1) Tottenham Hotspur one for the future.



    FRA: Coach: Didier Claude Deschamps, 49, (8 July 2012 - ); Assist: Guy Stéphan, GK Coach: Frank Raviot, Trainer Grégory Dupont. | 13 May -
    Goalkeepers: [1] Hugo Hadrien Dominique Lloris Captain (31-98) Tottenham Hotspur ENG; [16] Steve Mandanda Mpidi (33-27) Marseille; [23] Alphonse Areola (25-0) Paris Saint-Germain.
    Defenders: [19] Djibril Sidibé RB (25-17 (1) Marseille [2] Benjamin Jacques Marcel Pavard CB (22-6) Vfb Stuttgart GER; [3] Presnel Kimpembe CB (22-2) Paris Saint-Germain; [4] Raphaël Xavier Varane vc. CB (42-2) Real Madrid ESP; [5] Samuel Yves Umtiti CB (24-19 (2) Barcelona; [17] Adi Rami CB (32-35 (1) Marseille; [21] Lucas François Bernard Hernández LB (22-5) Atlético Madrid ESP; [22] Benjamin Mendy LB (23-7) Manchester City ENG.
    Midfielders: [13] N'Golo Kanté DMF (27-24 (1) Chelsea ENG; [15] Steven N'Kemboanza Mike Nzonzi DMF (29-4) Sevilla ESP; [6] Paul Labile Pogba CMF (25-54 (9) Manchester United ENG; [12] Corentin Tolisso CMF (23-9) Bayern Munich GER; [14] Blaise Matuidi CMF (31-67 (9) Juventus ITA; [18] Nabil Fekir (24-12 (2) Lyon.
    Forwards: [20] Florian Tristan Mariano Thauvin RW (25-4) Marseille [11] Masour Ousmane Dembélé RW (21-12 (2) Barcelona ESP; [10] Kylian Mbappé Lottin RW (19-15 (4) Paris Saint-Germain; [7] Antoine Griezmann CF (27-54 (20) Atlético Madrid ESP; [9] Olivier Jonathan Giroud CF (31-74 (31) Chelsea ENG; [8] Thomas Benoit Lemar LW (22-12 (3) Monaco
    Standby or in prelim squad: Benoît Costil GK (31-1) Bordeax; Mathieu Debuchy RB (33-27 (2) Saint-Étienne; Lucas Digne LB (25-21) Everton ENG; Laurent Koscielny CB (32-51 (2) Arsenal ENG; Mamadou Sakho CB (28-28 (2) Crystal Palace ENG; Kurt Happy Zouma CB (23-2) Everton ENG; Moussa Sissoko CMF (29-53 (2) Tottenham Hotspur ENG;Anthony Martial CF (22-18 (1) Manchester United ENG; Adrien Rabiot MF (23-6) Paris Saint-Germain; Wissam Ben Yedder CF (28-1) Sevilla ESP;
    Based: Istra. The Hilton Garden Inn Moscow New Riga, training at Glebovets Stadium nearby. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBe6UYUwTD
    Kit: Nike.
    Betting: 7-1.
    Unlucky: Laurent Koscielny CB (32-51 (1) Arsenal ENG was injured achilles vs Atletico Madrid ELSF



    GER: Coach: Joachim 'Jogi' Löw, 59 (13 July 2006 - ); Assist Coach: Marcus Sorg, Thomas Schneider; Fitness coaches: Yann-Benjamin Kugel; GK coach: Andreas Köpke; Trainers: Oliver Broome, Nicklas Dietrich, Shad Forsythe and Darcy Norman.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Manuel Neuer (captain 32-76) Bayern Munich; [22] Marc-André ter Stegen (26-20) Barcelona ESP; [12] Kevin Trapp (27-3) Borussia Dortmund.
    Defenders: [18] Joshua Walter Kimmich RB (23-29 (3) Bayern Munich; [17] Jérôme Agyenim Boateng CB (29-71 (1) Bayern Munich; [4] Matthias Ginter CB (24-18) Borussia Mönchengladbach; [5] Mats Hummels CB (29-64 (5) Bayern Munich; [16] Antonio Rüdiger CB (25-24 (1) Chelsea ENG; [15] Niklas Süle CB (22-11) Bayern Munich; [2] Marvin Plattenhardt LB (26-6) Hertha BSC; [3] Jonas Hector LB (28-38 (3) 1 FC Köln.
    Midfielders: [19] Sebastian Rudy DMF (28-25 (1) Bayern Munich; [14] Leon Christophe Goretzka CMF (23-15 (6) Schalke 04; [21] İlkay Gündoğan CMF (27-26 (4) Manchester City ENG; [6] Sami Khedira CMF (31-75 (7) Juventus ITA; [8] Toni Kroos CMF (28-83 (12) Real Madrid ESP; [10] Mesut Özil AMF (29-90 (23) Arsenal ENG;
    Forwards: [23] Mario Gómez Garcia CF (32-75 (31) VfB Stuttgart; [13] Thomas Müller RW (28-91 (38) Bayern Munich; [11] Marco Reus RW (29-31 (9) Borussia Dortmund; [9] Timo Werner CF (22-14 (8) RB Leipzig; [20] Julian Brandt LW (22-16 (1) Beyer Leverkusen; [7] Julian Draxler LW (24-44 (6) PSG FRA.
    Standby or in prelim 27 squad: Bernd Leno GK (26-6) Beyer Leverkusen; Jonathan Glao Tah CB (22-3) Beyer Leverkusen; Leroy Aziz Sané AMF (22-12) Manchester City ENG; Nils Petersen CF (29-1) SC Freiburg.
    Based: Vatutinki Health Complex, New Moscow. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBe6UJrm8C
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 5-1.
    Unlucky: Mario Götze AMF (25-63 (17) Borussia Dortmund was a surpise miss for filal squad.



    ISL: Coach: Heimir Hallgrímsson (apt. 14 Oct 2011 - 17 July 2018); Assist: Helgi Kolviðsson, GK Coahces: Guðmundur Hreiðarsson, Trainer: Sebastian Boxleitner. 26 man squad named. final squad 11 May 2018.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Hannes Þór Halldórsson (34-49) Randers DEN; [12] Frederik August Albrecht Schram (32-4) Roskilde; [13] Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (23-3) Nordsjælland DEN.
    Defenders: [2] Birkir Már Sævarsson RB (33-79 (1) Valur; [6] Ragnar Sigurðsson CB (31-77 (3) Rostov RUS; [14] Kári Árnason CB (35-67 (5) Aberdeen SCO; [23] Ari Freyr Skúlason LB (31-56) Lokeren BEL; [5] Sverrir Ingi Ingason CB (24-20 (3) Rostiov RUS; [18] Hörður Björgvin Magnússon LB (25-16 (2) Bristol City ENG; [15] Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson CB (27-10 (1) Levski Sofia BUL; [3] Samúel Kári Friðjónsson DMF (22-4) Vålerenga NOR.
    Midfielders: [17] Aron Einar Malmquist Gunnarsson DMF (captain 29-77 (2) Cardiff City ENG; [8] Birkir Bjarnason LW (30-67 (9) Aston Villa ENG; [7] Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson AMF (27-67 (7) Burnley ENG; [20] Emil Hallfreðsson DMF (33-64 (1) Udinese ITA; [10] Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson CMF (28-57 (19) Everton ENG; [19] Rúrik Gíslason RW (30-47 (3) SV Sandhausen GER; [16] Ólafur Ingi Skúlason DMF (35-36 (1) Kardemir Karabükspor TUR; [21] Arnór Ingvi Traustason LMF (25-19 (5) Malmö FF SWE.
    Strikers: [11] Alfreð Finnbogason (29-47 (13) FC Augsburg GER;; [22] Jón Daði Böðvarsson CF (26-38 (2) Reading ENG; [9] Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson CF (27-12 (1) Rostov RUS; [4] Albert Guðmundsson RW (20-5 (3) PSV Eindhoven NED.
    Standby or in prelim squad: Anton Ari Einarsson GK (23-1) Valur Ögmundur Kristinsson GK (28-15) Excelsior HOL; Diego Johannesson Pando RB (24-3) Oviedo ESP; Haukur Heiðar Hauksson RB (26-7) AIK SWE; Jón Guðni Fjóluson CB (29-13 (1) FK Norrköping SWE, Haukur Páll Sigurdsson DMF (31-) Valur; Vidar Ari Jonsson RB () Braan NOR, Felix Orn Fredriksson LB (19-2) IBV, Hjortur Hermannsson CB (23-7 (1) Brøndby IF DEN; Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson CMF (19-15 (1) Grasshopper SUI; LWF Aron Siguroarson (23-6 (2) Start NOR; Arnor Smarason WF (29-24 (3) Hammarby IF SWE; Theódór Elmar Bjarnason CMF (31-40 (1) Elazığspor; Hilmar Árni Halldórsson CF (26-2) Stjarnan; Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson FWD (27-16 (1) Molde NOR; Aron Elís Þrándarson MF (23-2) Aalesund NOR; Orri Sigurður Ómarsson DF (23-4) Sarpsborg 08 NOR; Árni Vilhjálmsson CF (24-1) Jönköpings Södra IF SWE; Kolbeinn Sigþórsson CF (28-44 (22) Nantes, FRA Galatasaray on loan TUR; Óttar Magnús Karlsson () Molde NOR, on loan to Trelleborgs FF SWE; Andri Rúnar Bjarnason FWD (27-2) Grindavík; Kristjan Flóki Finnbogason (23-4 (1) Start NOR; Kjartan Henry Finnbogason CF (31-11 (2) Horsens DEN; Elias Mar Omarsson (-0) ; Eiður Guðjohnsen CF (39-88 (26) possible call from retirement; Vidar Kjartansson FWD (28-18 (2) Maccabi Tel Aviv ISR.
    Based: Nadezhda Resort Complex, Gelendjik a town on the Black Sea coast 230km NW of Sochi. Training at Olimp Stadium. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBe6U0sedA
    Kit Errea.
    Betting: 300-1
    Unlucky: .



    IRN: Coach: Carlos Manuel Brito Leal Queiroz, 64 (POR 4 Apr 2011 - 28 Jan 2019. He has led three national teams to the WC finals; South Africa 2002, Portugal 2010 and now Iran 2014, 2018. He resigned after the 2019 Asian Cup having led Iran on exactly 100 games W60, L13 60%); Assist: Oceano Andrade da Cruz (POR), Markar Aghajanian and Rodolfo Luís Costa Miguens Correia POR; GK Coach: Alexandre Lopes; Trainers: Mikko Kujala abd Mic MacDiarmada. 30 preliminary squad final 23 named on 2 June.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Alireza Beiranvand (25 - 21) Persepolis; [12] Mohammad Rashid Mazaheri (29 - 3) Zob Ahan Isfahan; [22] Amir Abedzadeh (25 - 0) Marítimo POR.
    Defenders: [23] Ramin Rezaeian RB (28 - 27-2) KV Oostende BEL; [8] Morteza Pouraliganji CB (26 - 26-2) Al-Sadd QAT; [5] Milad Mohammadi Keshmarzi LB (24 - 18) Akhmat Grozny RUS; [13] Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh CB (27 - 11-1) Padideh; [4] Rouzbeh Cheshmi CB (24 - 7) Esteghlal; [19] Seyed Majid Hosseini CB (21 - 0) Esteghlal; [15] Pejman Montazeri CB (34 - 45-1) Esteghlal; [3] Ehsan Hajsafi LWB (28 - 93-6) Olympiacos Piraeus GRE.
    Midfielders:; [7] Masoud Soleimani Shojaei AMF Captain (34 - 73-8) AEK Athens GRE; [18] Alireza Jahanbakhsh RW (24 - 36-4) AZ Alkmaar HOL; [21] Seyed Ashkan Dejagah AMF (vc. 32 - 45-9) Nottingham Forest ENG; [11] Vahid Amiri LW (30 - 33-1) Persepolis; [9] Omid Ebrahimi Zarandini DMF (30 - 29) Esteghlal; [6] Saeid Ezatolahi Afagh CMF (aged 21 - 25-1) Amkar Perm RUS; [2] Mehdi Torabi LW (23 - 16-4) Saipa.
    Forwards: [10] Karim Ansarifard CF (28 - 63-16) Olympiacos Piraeus GRE; [16] Reza Ghoochannejhad CF (30 - 42-17) Heerenveen HOL; [14] Saman Ghoddos CF (24 - 7-1) Östersund FK SWE; [20] Sardar Azmoun CF (23 - 32-23) Rubin Kazan RUS; [17] Mehdi Taremi CF (25 - 25-11) Al-Gharafa QAT.
    Standby: Seyed Hossein Hosseini GK (25 - 1) Esteghlal; Jalal - Seyyed Jalaleddin Hosseini CB (36 - 114-8) Persepolis; Voria Ghafouri RB (30 - 20) Esteghlal; Steven Mehrdad Beitashour RB (31 - 6) Los Angeles FC USA; Saeid Aghaei LWB (23 - 5) Sepahan; Mohammad Ansari LB (26 - 4) Persepolis; Omid Noorafkan LB (21 - 1) Royal Charleroi SC BEL; Ali Karimi (24 - 9) Sepahan; Soroush Rafiei AMF (28 - 5) Al-Khor QAT; Ahmad Abdollahzadeh DMF (25 - 4) Foolad; Ali Gholizadeh Nojedeh RWF (22 - 2-2) Charleroi BEL; Kaveh Rezaei CF (26 - 9-1) Royal Charleroi SC BEL.
    Based: Bakovka Centre, Moscow Region. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBe6ULDG9B
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 750-1.
    Unlucky: .



    JAP: Coach: Akira Nishino (since April 2018 - when Vahid Halilhodžić was sacked); Assist: Makoto Teguramori, Hajime Moriyashu. Fitness coaches: Naoki Hayakawa, Tomohiro Ogai, Ryosuke Kikushima, Takaharin Kuboya, Hiroshi Maeda and Makoto Ikeuchi. GK coach: Yukiya Hamano.| 27 man squad released to press 18 May. Squad numbers 31 May.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Eiji Kawashima (35-84) Metz FRA; [12] Masaaki Higashiguchi (32-5) Gamba Osaka; [23] Kōsuke Nakamura (23-4) Kashiwa Reysol .
    Defenders: [19] Hiroki Sakai RB (28-43) Marseille FRA; [21] Gōtoku Sakai RB (27-41) Hamburger FC GER; [3] Gen Shōji CB (25-11 (1) Kashima Antlers ; [20] Tomoaki Makino CB (32-32 (4) Urawa Red Diamonds; [2] Naomichi Ueda CB (23-4) Kashima Antlers; [22] Maya Yoshida CB (29-82 (10) Southampton ENH; [5] Yūto Nagatomo LB (31-105 (3) Galatasaray TUR.
    Midfielders: [17] Makoto Hasebe DMF (captain 34-110 (2) Eintracht Frankfurt GER; [6] Wataru Endo DMF (25-12) Urawa Red Diamonds; [16] Hotaru Yamaguchi DMF (27-42 (2) Cerezo Osaka; [7] Gaku Shibasaki CMF (26-18 (3) Getafe ESP; [10] Shinji Kagawa AMF (29-92 (30) Borussia Dortmund GER; [14] Takashi Inui LW (30-27 (4) Eibar ESP; [18] Ryota Oshima CMF (25-5) Kawasaki Frontale .
    Forwards: [4] Keisuke Honda RW (31-) ; [8] Genki Haraguchi LW (27-33 (6) ; [9] Shinji Okazaki CF (32-113 (50) Leicester City ENG; [11] Takashi Usami (26-24 (3) Fortuna Düsseldorf GER; [13] Yoshinori Muto CF (25-24 (2) Mainz 05 GER; [15] Yūya Ōsako SS (28-29 (7) 1.FC Köln GER.
    Standby: Shūichi Gonda GK (29-3) Sagan Tosu Tomoya Ugajin LB (30-1) Urawa Red Diamonds; Shintarō Kurumaya LB (26-3) Kawasaki Frontale; Masato Morishige (31-41 (2) FC Tokyo; Kento Misao DMF (22-) Kashima Antlers; Shoya Nakajima MF (23-2 (1) FC Tokyo - on loan to Portimonense, POR; Ryota Morioka MF (27-5) Waasland-Beveren BEL; Toshihiro Aoyama DMF (32-8 (1) Sanfrecce Hiroshima; Yōsuke Ideguchi CMF (21-12 (2) Leeds United ENG; Takuma Asano (23-17 (3) Arsenal - on loan to Vfb Stuttgart ENG; Kenyū Sugimoto (25-6 (1) Cerezo Osaka; Yūya Kubo FWD (24-13 (2) Gent BEL on loan to 1.FC Nürnberg, GER.
    Based: FC Rubin training base, Kazan. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBe6UXAQKA
    Kit Adidas.
    Betting: 300-1.
    Unlucky: Yasuyuki Konno DMF-CB (INJ 35-93 (4) Gamba Osaka; Yu Kobayashi CF (30-13 (2) Kawasaki Frontale.



    KOR: Coach: Shin Tae-yong, 49 (apt 4 June 2017 - 18 July 2019); Assist: José Antonio 'Toni' Grande Cereijo [ESP] and Jeon Kyung-jun. Coaches: Kim Hae-woon (GK) Cha Du-ri (DF) Kim Nam-il (MF), Javier Miñano and Lee Jae-hong (Fitness). | 28 man squad 14 May. Final squad 2 June 2018.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Kim Seung-gyu (27-33) Vissel Kobe JAP; [21] Kim Jin-hyeon (30-15) Cerezo Osaka JAP; [23] Cho Hyun-woo (26-6) Daegu FC.
    Defenders: [19] Kim Young-gwon CB (28-53-(2) Guangzhou Evergrande CHN; [20] Jang Hyun-soo CB (26-51 (3) ; [6] Park Joo-ho LB (31-36) Ulsan Hyundai; [2] Lee Yong RB (31-28) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors; [22] Go Yo-han RB (30-20) FC Seoul; [12] Kim Min-woo LDMF (28-20 (1) Sangju Sangmu; [14] Hong Chul LB (27-14) Sangju Sangmu; [5] Yun Young-sun CB (29-6) Seongnam FC; [3] Jung Seung-hyun CB (24-6) Sagan Tosu JAP; [4] Oh Ban-suk CB (30-2) Jeju United.
    Midfielders: [16] Ki Sung-yueng (captain) DMF (29-102 (10) Swansea City ENG; [13] Koo Ja-cheol CMF (29-68 (19) FC Augsburg GER; [17] Lee Jae-sung AMF (25-35 (6) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors; [15] Jung Woo-young DMF (28-30 (1) Vissel Kobe JAP; [8] Ju Se-jong CMF (27-11 (1) Asan Mugunghwa; [10] Lee Seung-woo LW (20-4) Hellas Verona ITA; [18] Moon Seon-min LWF (26-3 (1) Incheon United.
    Forwards: [7] Son Heung-min LW (25-67 (21) Tottenham Hotspur ENG; [9] Kim Shin-wook CF (30-50 (10) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors; [11] Hwang Hee-chan CF (22-14 (2) Red Bull Salzburg AUT.
    Standby: Gu Sung-yun GK (24-0) Consadole Sapporo; Kim Jin-su LB (26-34) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors; Choi Chul-soon RB (31-11) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors; Kwon Kyung-won CB (26-5 (1) Tianjin Quanjian CHN; Lee Chung-yong MF (29-78 (8) Crystal Palace ENG; Lee Myung-joo CMF (28-17 (1) Asan Mugunghwa; Ji Dong-won CF (27-47 (11) FC Augsburg GER; Suk Hyun-jun CF (27-11 (4) Troyes FRA.
    Based: New Peterhof Hotel, Leningrad Region, training at Spartak Stadium in the town of Lomonosov. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBe6U2gQHB
    Kit: Nike.
    Betting: 750-1.
    Unlucky: Kwon Chang-hoon AMF (23-16 (4) Dijon FRA; and Lee Keun-ho WF (33-84 (19) Gangwon FCwithdrew through injury 22 May.



    MEX: Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio Arbeláez [COL] 56 (apt 14 October 2015 - 2 July 2018); Assists: Luis Pompilio Páez, Juan Ortega and Humberto Sierra. Coaches: Néstor Marín (GK), Jorge Ríos and Carlos Martinez (fitness). | 28 man preliminary squad 14 May; final 23 announced 4 June
    Goalkeepers: [1] José de Jesús Corona Rodríguez (37-52) Cruz Azul; [13] Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña (32-94) Standard Liège BEL; [12] Alfredo Talavera Diaz (35-27) Toluca.
    Defenders: [15] Héctor Alfredo Moreno Herrera CB (30-92 (3) Real Sociedad ESP; [7] Miguel Arturo Layún Prado RWB (29-64 (6) Sevilla ESP; [2] Hugo Ayala Castro CB (31-43 (1) UANL; [23] Jesús Daniel Gallardo Vasconcelos LWB (23=23) UNAM; [3] Carlos Joel Salcedo Hernández CB (24-21) Eintracht Frankfurt GER; [21] Edson Omar Álvarez Velázquez RB (20-13 (1) América.
    Midfielders: [18] José Andrés Guardado Hernández CMF (vc) (31-148 (25) Real Betis ESP; [8] Marco Fabián de la Mora AMF (28-39 (9) Eintracht Frankfurt GER; [16] Héctor Miguel Herrera López DMF (28-66 (5) FC Porto POR; [4] Rafael Márquez Álvarez CB/DMF (captain 39-145 (18) Atlas; [6] Jonathan dos Santos Ramírez CMF (28-32) LA Galaxy USA; [5] Érick Gabriel Gutiérrez Galaviz CMF (22-9) Pachuca
    Forwards: [20] Javier Ignacio Aquino Carmona LW (28-53) UANL; [14] Javier Hernández Balcázar - Chicharito CF (30-102 (49) West Ham United ENG; [11] Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido RW (29-68 (18) Los Angeles FC USA; [10] Giovani 'Gio' dos Santos Ramírez SS (29-105 (19) LA Galaxy USA; [19] Oribe Peralta Morones CF (34-67 (26) América; [9] Raúl Alonso Jiménez Rodríguez CF (27-63 (13) Benfica POR; [17] Jesús Manuel Corona Ruíz RWF (25-36 (7) FC Porto POR; [22] Hirving Rodrigo Lozano Bahena LW (22-28 (7) PSV Einhoven NED.
    Standby: Rodolfo Cota Robles GK (30-2) Guadalajara on loan from Pachuca; Diego Antonio Reyes Rosales CB (25-55 (1) Espanyol on loan from Porto; Oswaldo Alanís Pantoja CB (29-23 (2) Getafe ESP; Jesús Antonio Molina Granados DMF (30-32) Monterrey; Jürgen Damm Rascón WF (25-10 (1) UANL Jorge Daniel Hernández Govea MF (28-10) Pachuca; Omar Nicolás Govea García MF (22-3) América.
    Based: Khimki. Novogorsk training base, Moscow Region. https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CBeUEGXEtA
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 125-1.
    Unlucky: Néstor Alejandro Araujo Razo (26-27 (3) had to withdraw through injury in May.
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    MAR: Coach: Hervé Renard FRA apt: February 2016 - ); Assist Coach: Patrice Beaumelle FRA and Mustapha Hadji; GK Coach: Philippe Sence FRA; Trainers: Grégory Dupont FRA.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Yassine 'Bono' Bounou (27-4) Girona ESP, [22] Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (22-2) IR Tanqier, [12] Munir Mohand Mohamedi El Kajoui (28-0) Numancia de Soria ESP.
    Defenders: [2] Achraf Hakimi Mouth RB (19-10 (1) Real Madrid ESP, [17] Nabil Dirar RMF (32-34 (3) Fenerbahçe TUR; [5] Medhi Amine El Mouttaqi Benatia CB Captain (31-57 (2) Juventus ITA; [4] Manuel Marouane da Costa Trindade Senoussi CB (32-28 (1) Istanbul Başakşehir TUR; [3] Hamza Mendyl LB (20-13) Lille FRA.
    Midfielders: [6] Romain Ghanem Pail Saïss DMF (28-24 (1) Wolverhampton Wanderers ENG; [21] Sofyan Amrabat CMF (21-6) Feyenoord HOL; [15] Youssef Aït Bennasser CMF (21-14) Caen on loan from Monaco FRA; [8] Karim El Ahmadi Aroussi CMF (33-51 (1) Feyenoord HOL; [18] Amine Harit AMF (20-6) Schalke 04 GER; [7] Hakim Ziyech AMF (25-18 (9) Ajax HOL; [10] Younès Belhanda AMF (28-47 (5) Galatasaray TUR; [11] Fayçal Fajr AMF (23-2) Getafe ESP; [14] Moubarak 'Mbark' Boussoufa AMF (33-59 (7) Al-Jazira UAE.
    Forwards: [16] Noureddine 'Nordin' Amrabat RWF (31-44 (4) Leganés ESP; [13] Khalid Boutaïb (also Boutayeb) CF (31-18 (7) Yeni Malatyaspor TUR; [9] Ayoub El Kaabi CF (24-10 (11) RS Berkane; [20] Aziz Bouhaddouz CF (21-15 (3) FC St Pauli GER; [19] Youssef En-Nesyri CF (21-16 (2Málaga ESP; [23] Mehdi François Carcela-González LWF (28-20 (1) Standard Liège BEL.
    Standby or in early squad: [25] Qualid El Hajjam RB (27-1) Amiens FRA; [24] Badr Benoun CB (24-1) Raja Casablanca; Mohammed Nahiri LB/CB (26-11) Wydad Casablanca; Salaheddine Saidi DMF (31-18 (1) Wydad Casablanca ; [27] Yassin Ayoub CMF (24-0) FC Utrecht HOL; Sofiane Boufal AMF (24-5) Southampton ENG; [26] Zakaria Labyad AMF (25-3) FC Utrecht HOL; Walid Azoro (also Azarou) CF (22-4) Al Ahly EGY; Yacine Bammou RWF (26-6 (1) Nantes FRA.
    Based: Voronezh.
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 750-1
    Unlucky: Yassine El Kharroubi GK (28-2) Wydad Casablanca; Achraf Lazaar LB (26-17) Newcastle United on loan to Benevento ITA ENG.



    NGR: Coach: Gernot Rohr GER (appt: 9 Aug 2016 - ), Assist: Inama Amapakabo and Salisu Yusuf; GK coach: Alloy Agu and Enrico Ponetti; Trainers: Bernard Gines and Jean Luc Royer. | 30 squad.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Ikechukwu Vincent Ezenwa (29-24) Enyimba; [16] Daniel Akpeyi (31-7) Torino ITA; [23] Francis Odinaka Uzoho (19-6) Deportivo La Coruña ESP.
    Defenders: [21] Tyronne Efe Ebuehi (bn. Haarlem, NED) RB (23-7) BenficaPOR; [12] Shehu Unman Abdullahi RB (25-23) Bursaspor TUR; [5] William Paul Troost-Ekong (bn. Haarlem, NED) CB (24-22 (1) Bursaspor TUR; [6] Leon Aderemi Balogun (bn. West Berlin, GER) CB (28-19) Brighton & Hove Albion ENG; [22] Kenneth Josiah Omeruo CB (24-39) Chelsea ENG; [20] Chidozie Collins Awaziem CB (21-4) Porto, on laon to Nantes FRA, POR ; [2] Brian Oladapo Idowu bn. St Petersburg RUS, LB (26-5 (1) Amkar Perm RUS; [3] Elderson Uwa Echiéjilé LB (31-59 (2) Cercle Brugge, on loan from Monaco FRA BEL.
    Midfielders: [10] (John Michael Nchekwube Obinna) John Obi Mikel Captain DMF (31-85 (6) Tianjin Teda CHN; [17] Ogenyi Eddy Onazi DMF (25-52 (1) Trabzonspor TUR; [19] Ugochukwu John Ogu CMF (30-20 (2) Hapoel Be'er Sheva ISR; [4] Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi DMF (21-17) Leicester City ENG; [11] Victor Moses RMF (27-34 (11) Chelsea ENG; [8] Oghenekaro Peter Etebo AMF (22-14 (1) Stoke City ENG; [15] Joel Chukwuma Obi CMF (26-17) Torino ITA.
    Forwards: [9] Odion Jude Ighalo CF (28-19-4) Changchun Yatai CHN; [7] Ahmed Musa CF (25-72-(13) CSKA Moscow, loan from Leicester City ENG RUS; [14] Kelechi Promise Iheanacho CF (21-18-(8) Leicester City ENG; [15] Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo LW (25-2) Crotone ITA; [18] Alexander Chuka Iwobi LW (22-19 (5) Arsenal ENG.
    Standby: Temitayo Olufisayo Olaoluwa "Ola" Aina RB (21-5) Chelsea, on loan to Hull City ENG; Mikel Ndubusi Agu DMF (24-6) Bursaspor TUR; Junior Sewanu Lokosa CF (24-1) Kano Pillars.
    Players cut from squad 30 May: Oladele ‘Dele’ Muniru Ajiboye GK (27-3) Plateau United; Uche Henry Agbo DMF (22-1) Standard Liège BEL; Stephen Eze CB (24-13) Lokomotiv Plovdiv BUL.
    Based: Yessentuki.
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 250-1.
    Unlucky: Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon LW (Gent, BEL) was out due to injury .



    PAN: Coach: Hernán Darío Gómez Jaramillo COL 62 (apt: 15 Feb 2014 - 17 July 2018); Assist: Edgar Carvajal and Nelson Gallego ; GK Coach: Didier Munoz, Trainer: Elkin Sanchez. | 35 man squad 14 May final 23 announced 30 May 2018 .
    Goalkeepers: [12] José de Jesus Calderón Frias (32 - 31) Chorrillo; [1] Jaime Manuel Penedo Cano (36 - 131) Dinamo București ROM; [22] Álex Raúl Rodríguez Ledezma (27 - 6) San Francisco.
    Defenders: [2] Michael Amir Murillo Bermudez, RB (22 - 22-2) New York Red Bulls USA; [23] Felipe Abdiel Baloy Ramírez CB Captain (36-102 (3) Municipal GUA; [5] Román Aureliano Torres Morcillo CB (vc. 32 - 111-10) Seattle Sounders FC USA; [3] Harold Oshkaly Cummings Segura, CB (26 - 52) San Jose Earthquakes USA; [4] Fidel Escobar Mendieta CB (23 - 23-1) New York Red Bulls USA; [13] Adolfo Abdiel Machado, CB (33 - 76-1) Houston DynamoUSA; [15] Erick Javier Davis Grajales, LB (27 - 38) Dunajská Streda SLK; [17] Luis Carlos Ovalle Victoria, LB (29 - 25) CD Olimpia HON.
    Midfielders: [21] José Luis Rodríguez Francis RMF (19-2) Gent BEL; [6] Gabriel Enrique Gómez Girón, DMF (34 - 144-12) Atlético Bucaramanga COL; [19] Ricardo Guardia Ávila, replaced injured Alberto Quintero on 6 June DMF (32 - 5) Gent BEL; [20] Anibal Casis Godoy Lemus DMF (28-88 (2) San Jose Earthquakes USA; [8] Édgar Joel Bárcenas Herrera, LMF (24 - 29) Tapachula MEX; [11] Armando Enrique Cooper Whitaker CMF (30 - 98-7) Universidad de Chile CHI.
    Forwards: [14] Valentín Enrique Pimentel Armuelles RW (27 - 23-1) Plaza Amador; [16] Abdiel Arroyo Molinar, CF (24 - 33-5) Alajuelense CRC;
    [10] Ismael Díaz de León LW (21-11 (2) Deportivo Fabril ESP; [7] Blas Antonio Miguel Pérez Ortega, CF (37 - 118-43) Municipal GUA; [18] Luis Carlos "Matador" Tejada Hansell, CF (36 - 105-43) Sport Boys PER; [9] Gabriel Arturo Torres Tejada, CF (29 - 72-14) Huachipato CHI.
    Standby: Azmahar Aníbal Ariano Navarro CB (27 - 3) Patriotas COL; Francisco Antonio Palacios Alleyne, RB (27 - 1) San Francisco; Richard Peralta Robledo LB (24 - 7) Alianza FC; Ricardo Enrique Buitrago Medina, MF (33 - 27-3) CC Deportivo Municipal PER; Miguel Elías Camargo Cañizales MF (24 - 19-2) Universidad San Martín PER; Adalberto Carrasquilla MF (19 - 0) Tauro; José del Carmen González Joly, MF (27 - 10) Unión Comercio PER; Cristian Jesús Martínez (21 - 2) Columbus Crew SC USA; Rolando Manrique Blackburn Ortega (28 - 26-4) C.S.D. Comunicaciones, GUA on loan to Chorrillo; José Fajardo Nelson (24 - 2) Independiente Chorrera; Roberto Antonio Nurse Anguiano CF (34 - 21-3) Zacatecas MEX;
    Based: Saransk.
    Kit: New Balance.
    Betting: 2,000-1.
    Unlucky: Alberto Abdiel Quintero Medina, ARMF (30 - 91-5) Universitario PER; broken foot against NOR on 6 June.



    PER: Coach: Ricardo Alberto Gareca Nardi ARG 60 (apt: Feb 2015 - ) ARG; Assist: Hugo Alves, Sergio Santini and Nolberto Solano; GK Coach: Luis Honores Trainers: Nestor Bonillo and Adrian Vaccarini. | 5 May -final 23 named
    Goalkeepers: [1] Pedro David Gallese Quiroz (28-38) Veracruz MEX; [21] José Aurelio Carvallo Alonso (32-6) Universitario de Deportes; [12] Carlos Alberto Cáceda Ollaguez (26-6) Veracruz MEX.
    Defenders: [17] Luis Jan Piers Advíncula Castrillón RB (28-67) Lobos BUAP, on loan from Tigres UANL, MEX MEX; [3] Aldo Sebastián Corzo Chávez RB (28-26) Universitario de Deportes [5] Miguel Gianpierre Araujo Blanco CB (23-8) Alianza Lima; [15] Christian Guillermo Martín Ramos Garaga CB (29-68 (3) Veracruz MEX; [2] Alberto Junior Rodríguez Valdelomar - el mudo (mule) vc. CB (34-74) Junior COL; [4] Anderson Santamaría Bardales CB (26-6) Puebla MEX; [22] Nilson Evair Loyola Morales LB (23-3 [6] Miguel Ángel Trauco Saavedra LB (25-27) Flamengo BRZ.
    Midfielders: [23] Pedro Jesús Aquino Sánchez DMF (23-14) León, on loan from Monterrey MEX; [16] Wilder José Cartagena Mendoza DMF (22-3) Veracruz MEX; [7] Cristopher Paolo César Hurtado Huertas AMF (27-33 (3) Vitória de Guimarães POR; [8] Christian Alberto Cueva Bravo AMF (26-46 (8) São Paulo BRZ; [20] Edison Michael Flores Peralta LW (24-30 (9) Aalborg BK DEN; [13] Renato Fabrizio Tapia Cortijo CMF (22-33 (3) Feyenoord NED; [19] Víctor Yoshimar Yotún Flores CMF (28-74 (2) Orlando City USA.
    Forwards: [14] Andy Jorman Polo Andrade RW (23-17 (1) Portand Timbers USA, on loan from Morella MEX; [18] André Martín Carrillo Díaz RW (26-46 (5) Watford, on loan from Benfica POR ENG; [11] Raúl Mario Ruidíaz Misitich CF (27-30 (4) Morella MEX; [10] Jefferson Agustín Farfán Guadalupe RW (33-84 (25) Lokomotiv Moscow RUS; [9] José Paolo Guerrero Gonzales Captain CF (34-88 (34) Flamengo BRZ.
    Standby - Preliminary squad: Leao Butrón Gotuzzo GK (41-39) Alianza Lima; Rodrigo Cuba Piedra RB (25-0) Deportivo Municipal; Luis Alfonso Abram Ugarelli CB (22-4) Vélez Sarsfield ARG; Adrián Zela Terry CB (29-1) Deportivo Municipal; Sergio Fernando Peña Flores AMF (22-5) Grenada ESP; Luiz Humberto da Silva Silva CF (21-6 (1) Argentinos Juniors ARG, Cristian Benavente Bristol AMF (23-16 (2) Charleroi BEL.
    Based: Sheremetyevo.
    Kit: Umbro.
    Betting: 350-1
    Unlucky: Iván Bulos Guerrero CF (24-2) Boavista POR injured before the finals.



    POL: Coach: Adam Nawałka (appt: 1 Nov 2013 - 30 July 2018); Assists: Gerard Juszczak, Hubert Malowiejski, Bogdan Zajac and Remigiusz Rzepka, GK coach: Jaroslaw Tkocz. | 35 man squad announced 11 May.
    Goalkeepers: [12] Bartosz Marek Białkowski (27-1) Ipswich Town ENG, [22] Łukasz Fabiański (33-45) Swansea City ENG; [1] Wojciech Tomasz Szczęsny GK (28-35) Juventus ITA.
    Defenders: [5] Jan Kacper Bednarek CB (22-) Southampton ENG, [18] Bartosz Bereszyński RB (25-8) Sampdoria ITA; [4] Thiago Rangel Cionek CB (31-19) SPAL ITA; [15] Kamil Jacek Glik CB (30-58 (4) Monaco FRA; [3] Artur Marcin Jędrzejczyk (30-36 (3) Legia Warsaw [2] Michał Pazdan CB (30-33) Legia Warsaw; [20] Łukasz Piotr Piszczek RB (32-63 (3) Borussia DortmundGER, [13] Maciej Rybus LB-LW (28-51 (2) Lokomotiv Moscow RUS.
    Midfielders: [6] Jacek Góralski DMF (25-5) Ludogorets Razgrad BUL; [16] Jakub Błaszczykowski MF (32-99 (20) Vfl Wolfsburg GER; [11] Kamil Paweł Grosicki RWF (29-57 (12) Hull City ENG; [10] Grzegorz Krychowiak DMF (29-51 (2) PSG, on loan to WBA, ENG FRA; [21] Rafał Maciej Kurzawa LMF-LB (25-3) Górnik Zabrze ; [8] Karol Linetty DMF (23-20 (1) Sampdoria ITA; [17] Sławomir Konrad Peszko WF (33-43 (2) Lechia Gdańsk; [19] Piotr Sebastian Zieliński CMF (23-33 (5) Napoli ITA.
    Forwards: [23] Dawid Igor Kownacki CF (21-2 (1) Sampdoria ITA; [9] Robert Lewandowski CF Captain (29-95 (55) Bayern Munich GER; [7] Arkadiusz "Arek" Krystian Milik (23-40 (12) Napoli ITA; [14] Łukasz Teodorczyk CF (21-17 (4) Anderlecht BEL.
    In 35 man squad: Łukasz Skorupski GK (26-2) AS Roma ITA; Paweł Marek Dawidowicz CB (22-1) Palermo ITA; Marcin Kamiński CB (26-31 (2) VfB Stuttgartt GER; Tomasz Karol Kędziora RB (23-3) Dynamo Kiev UKR; Paweł Jaroszyński LB (23-0) Chievo ITA; Przemysław Frankowski MF (23-1) Jagiellonia Białystok; Maciej Makuszewski MF (28-5) Lech Poznań; Krzysztof Mączyński MF (30-31 (2) Legia Warsaw; Sebastian Szymański MF (18-0) Legia Warsaw; Szymon Żurkowski MF (20-0) Górnik Zabrze; Damian Kądzior RWF (25-0) Górnik Zabrze; Krzysztof Piątek CF (22-0) Cracovia; Kamil Wilczek CF (30-3) Brondby DEN.
    Based: Sochi.
    Kit: Nike.
    Betting: 80-1.
    Unlucky:



    POR: Coach: Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos; Assist: Loao Costa and Ilidio Vale, GK coach: Justino. | 35 man squad 14 May. Final squad 19 May, numbers 24 May.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício (30-69) Sporting [22] ‘Beto' - António Alberto Bastos Pimpare (36-14) Göztepe TUR; [12] Anthony Lopes (27-7) Lyon FRA.
    Defenders: [21] Cédric Soares RB (26-29 (1) Southampton ENG; [15] Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira (24-4) Porto; [2] Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves CB (36-96 (11) Rangers SCO; [3] Pepe - Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira CB (35-95 (5) Beşiktaş TUR; [6] José Miguel da Rocha Fonte CB (34-31) Dalian Yifang CHN; [13] Rúben Santos Gato Alves Dias CB (21-1) Benfica [5] Raphaël Adelino José Guerreiro LB (24-24 (2) Borussia Dortmund GER; [19] Mário Rui Silva Duarte LB (27-4) Napoli ITA.
    Midfielders: [14] William Silva de Carvalho DMF (26-43 (2) Sporting; [8] João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho CMF (31-110 (7) Monaco FRA; [10] João Mário Naval da Costa Eduardo AMF (25-36 (2) Internazionale ITA; [23] Adrien Sébastien Perruchet da Silva CMF (29-23 (1) Leicester City ENG; [4] Manuel Henrique Tavares Fernandes CMF (32-14 (3) Locomotiv Moscow RUS; [16] Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes AMF (23-6 (1) Sporting;
    Forwards: [7] Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro CF Captain (33-150 (81) Real Madrid ESP; [11] Bernardo Mota Veiga de Carvalho e Silva RWF (23-25 (2) Manchester City ENG; [20] Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo RWF (34-77 (9) Beşiktaş TUR; [9] André Miguel Valente da Silva CF (22-23 (12) AC Milan ITA; [18] Gelson Dany Batalha Martins RW (23-18) Sporting ; [17] Gonçalo Manuel Ganchinho Guedes LW (21-7 (1) Valencia ESP.
    35 squad - Standby: Nélson Cabral Semedo (24-8) Barcelona ESP; Rolando Jorge Pires da Fonseca (32-21) Marseille FRA; Luís Carlos Novo Neto CB (30-18) Fenerbahçe TUR; Vitorino Gabriel Pacheco Antunes LB (31-13) Getafe ESP; Rúben Diogo da Silva Neves DMF (21-5) Wolverhampton Wanderers ENG; André Filipe Tavares Gomes CMF (24-29) Barcelona ESP; Sérgio Miguel Relvas de Oliveira CMF (26-0) Porto; Nani - Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha RWF (31-112 (24) Lazio ITA; Eder - Ederzito António Macedo Lopes CF (30-33 (4) Lokomotiv Moscow RUS; Marcos Paulo Mesquita ‘Rony’ Lopes WF (22-1) Monaco FRA; Paulinho - João Paulo Dias Fernandes SS (25-0) Braga.
    Based: Ramenskoye.
    Kit: Nike.
    Betting: 28-1,
    Unlucky: João Pedro Cavaco Cancelo RWB (24-7 (3) Internazionale ITA; was in 35 man squad but was red carded vs Netherlands 26 March 2018.



    RUS: Coach: Stanislav Salamović Ćerćesov (August 2016 - ); Assists: Miroslav Yuryević Romasćenko, GK coach: Gintaras Staučė (LIT); Trainers: Paulino Greneiro and Vladimir Panikov. | 28 man squad 11 May -
    Goalkeepers: [1] Igor Vladimirović Akinfeev Captain (32 - 106) CSKA Moscow; [20] Vladimir Gabulov (34 - 10) Club Brugge BEL; [12] Andrei Yevgenyević Lunyov (26 -3) Zenit Saint Petersburg.
    Defenders: [2] Mário Figueira Fernandes RB (bn. São Caetano do Sul, Brazil. 27- 5) CSKA Moscow; [23] Igor Aleksandrović Smolnikov RB (29 - 27) Zenit Saint Petersburg; [4] Sergei Nikolayević Ignashević CB (38 - 122-8) CSKA Moscow; [14] Vladimir Vasilyević Granat CB (31 - 12-1) Rubin Kazan; [5] Andrei Sergeyević Semyonov CB (29 - 6) Akhmat Grozny; [3] Ilya Olegović Kutepov CB (24 - 7) Spartak Moscow; [13] Fyodor Vasiliević Kudryashov LB (31 - 19) Rubin Kazan.
    Midfielders: [8] Yuri Aleksandrović Gazinsky DMF (28 - 6) Krasnodar; [18] Yuri Valentinović Zhirkov LMF (34 - 84-2) Zenit Saint Petersburg; [9] Alan Yelizbarović Dzagoev CMF (27 - 57-9) CSKA Moscow; [11] Roman Sergeyević Zobnin CMF (24 - 12) Spartak Moscow; [17] Aleksandr Sergeyević Golovin LMF (22 - 19-2) CSKA Moscow; [7] Daler Adyamović Kuzyayev CMF (25 - 6) Zenit Saint Petersburg; [16] Anton Andreyević Miranchuk CMF (22 - 6) Lokomotiv Moscow; [15] Aleksei Andreyević Miranchuk AMF (22 - 18-4) Lokomotiv Moscow twin brother of Anton; [21] Aleksandr Yuriević Erokhin AMF (28 - 17) Zenit Saint Petersburg.
    Forwards: [19] Aleksandr Sergeyević Samedov RW (33 - 48-7) Spartak Moscow; [10] Fyodor Mikhailović Smolov CF (28 - 32-12) Krasnodar; [22] Artem Sergeyević Dzyuba CF (29 - 23-11) Arsenal Tula; [6] Denis Dmitriyević Cheryšev LW (27 - 11) Villarreal ESP.
    Standby or in preliminary squad: Soslan Totrazović Dzhanayev GK (31 - 1) Rubin Kazan; Guilherme Alvim Marinato GK (32 - 2) Lokomotiv Moscow; Roman Petrović Neustädter CB (30 - 6) Fenerbahçe TUR; Konstantin Victorović Rausch LB (28 - 5) Dynamo Moscow; Denis Borisović Glushakov DMF (31 - 57-5) Spatak Moscow; Anton Olegović Shvets CMF (25 - 1) Akhmat Grozny; Aleksandr Mikhailović Tashayev LMF (23 -0) Dynamo Moscow; Fyodor Nikolayević Chalov CF (20 - 0) CSKA Moscow; Dmitry Dmitriyević Poloz LW (26 - 15-2) Zenit Saint Petersburg; Anton Konstantinović Zabolotny CF (27 - 5) Zenit Saint Petersburg.
    Based: Khimki.
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 50-1.
    Unlucky: Ruslan Aleksandrovich Kambolov CB (28 - 2) Rubin Kazan injured in training and replaced by Sergei Ignashević on 14 May.



    KSA: Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi Torroja ARG 49, Pizzi suceded Edgardo Bauza who was coach for two months (appt: 28 Nov 2017 - 21 Jan 2019); Assists: Rolando Carlen, Felipe Correa, Emiliano Fleitas, Nicolas Antonio Pizzi and Manuel Suarez; GK coach: Frans Hoek, Trainer: Alejandro Richino. | 30 man squad.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Abdullah Ibrahim al-Mayouf (31-11) Al-Hilal; [21] Yasser Abdullah al-Mosailem (31-32) Al-Ahli; [22] Mohammed al-Owais (26-6) Al-Ahli.
    Defenders: [6] Mohammed Ibrahim al-Breik RB (25-5) Al-Hilal; [3] Osama Abdulrzag Hawsawi CB Captain (32-137 (7) Al-Hilal; [23] Motaz Ali Hassan Hawsawi CB (26-17) Al-Ahli; [5] Omar Ibrahim Omar Othman Hawsawi CB (32-42 (3) al-Nassr; [4] Ali Hadi al-Bulaihi CB (28-4) Al-Hilal; [13] Yasser Gharsan al-Shahrani LB (26-37) Al-Hilal; [2] Mansoor Ateeg al-Harbi LB (30-40 (1) Al-Ahli.
    Midfielders: [14] Abdullah Ibrahim Otayf DMF (25-16) Al-Hilal; [11] Abdulmalek Abdullah al-Khaibri DMF (32-36) Al-Hilal; [15] Abdullah Mohammed al-Khaibari DMF (21-5) Al-Shabab; [7] Salman Mohammed al-Faraj CMF (28-43 (3) Al-Hilal; [16] Hussein Ali al-Mogahwi CMF (30-18 (1) Al-Ahli; [17] Taisir Jaber al-Jassam CMF (33-132 (19) Al-Ahli; [12] Mohamed Ibrahim Kannno CMF (23-6 (1) Al-Hilal; [9] Hattan Sultan Bahebri AMF (25-5) Al-Shabab.
    Forwards: [8] Yahya Sulaiman Ali al-Shehri RWF (27-57 (8) Leganés ESP; [19] Fahad Mosaed al-Muwallad Al-Harbi RWF (23-45 (10) Levante ESP; [18] Salem Muhamed al-Dawsari RWF (26-33 (4) Villarreal ESP; [20] Muhannad Ahmed Abu Radeah Assiri CF (31-18 (4) Al-Ahil; [10] Mohammad Ibrahim Mohammad al-Sahlawi CF (31-40 (28) Al-Nassr.
    Stand by in final 28 ; Assaf al-Qarni GK (34-11) Al-Ittihad; Saeed Fawaz al-Mowalad RB (27-13) Al-Ahli; Mohammed Yahya Jahfali CB (27-2) Al-Halal; Nawaf Shaker al-Abed AMF (28-44 (8) Al-Hilal; Ibrahim Mohammed Ghaleb Jahshan CMF (27-20) Al-Nassr; Mohammed Marzoq al-Kuwaykibi WF (24-5) Al-Ettifaq;
    Based: St. Petersburg.
    Kit: Nike.
    Betting: 2,000-1.
    Unlucky: Fawaz Al Qarni GK (26-3) Al-Ittihad injured v GRE 15 May 2018.



    SEN: Coach: Aliou Cissé (appt: 5 March 2015- ); Assists: Regis Bogaert and Omar Daf, GK coach: Tony Sylva, Trainer: Teddy Pellerin. | 30 man squad.
    Goalkeepers: [16] Serigne Khadim N'Diaye (33-26) Horoya GUI; [1] Abdoulaye Diallo (26-17) Rennes FRA; [23] Amigo Alfred Junior Gomis (24-1) SPAL ITA.
    Defenders: [21] Lamine Gassama RB (28-36) Alanyaspor TUR; [12] Youssouf Sabaly RB (25-0) Bordeaux FRA; [22] Moussa Wagué RB (19-10) Eupen BEL; [4] Serigne Modou Kara Mbodj CB (28-47 (5) Anderlecht BEL; [6] Salif Sané CB (27-22) Hannover 96 GER; [3] Kalidou Koulibaly CB (26-26) Napoli ITA; [2] Adama Mbengue LB (24-6) Caen FRA; replaced the injured Saliou Ciss LB (28-18) Valenciennes, on loan fron Angers FRA.
    Midfielders: [8] Cheikhou Kouyaté vc. DMF (28-48 (2) West Ham United ENG; [13] Alfred John Momar N'Diaye DMF (28-21) Wolverhampton Wanderers ENG; [5] Idrissa Gana Gueye CMF (28-58 (1) Everton ENG; [11] Cheikh Tidiane N'Doye CMF Birmingham City ENG; [17] ‘Badou’ Papa Alioune Ndiaye (27-20 (1) Stoke City ENG.
    Forwards: [18] Ismaïla Sarr RW (20-16 (3) Rennes FRA; [10] Sadio Mané Captain LW (26-53 (14) Liverpool ENG; [7] Moussa Sow CF (32-50 (18) Bursaspor on loan fron Shabab Al-Ahli [UAE]TUR; [9] Mame Biram Diouf CF (30-49 (10) Stoke City ENG; [14] Pape Moussa Konaté CF (25-28 (10) Amiens FRA; [15] Diafra Sakho CF (28-12 (3) Rennes FRA; [20] Keita Baldé Diao LW (23-19 (3) AS Monaco FRA; [19] M'Baye Hamady Niang LW (23-7) Torino ITA.
    35 - Standby: Pape Seydou N'Diaye GK (10-0) Diaraf; Pape N'Diaye Souaré LB (27-26 (1) Crystal Palace ENG; El Hadji Papy Mison Djilobodji CB (29-17) Dijon on loan from Sunderland ENG FRA; Serigne Fallou Diagne CB (28-4) Metz on loan from Werder Bremen GER FRA; Armand Traoré LB (28-7) Cardiff City on loan from Nottingham Forest ENG ENG; Assane Dioussé El Hadji DMF (20-2) Saint-Étienne FRA; Henri Gregoire Saivet AMF (27-24 (1) Sivasspor, on loan from Newcastle United ENG TUR; Krépin Diatta RW (19-0) Club Brugge BEL; El Hadji Baye Oumar Niasse CF (28-9 (3) Everton ENG; Famara Diédhiou CF (25-7 (1) Bristol City ENG; Santy Ngom CF (25-2) Nantes FRA.
    Based: Kaluga.
    Kit: Puma.
    Betting: 250-1.
    Unlucky: Saliou Ciss was in the final 23 but injured during the freindly against Luxwmbourg on 31 May and was finaly replaced 17 June 2018



    SRB: Coach: Mladen Krstajić 44 (appt: 21 October 2017- ); Assists: Nemanja Milinčić, Milan Obradovic, Ljubisa Rankovic, and Milan Rastavic. GK coach: Nemanja Jovsic, Trainer: Marko Stojanovic. | 30 man squad.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Vladimir Stojković (34-81) Partizan; [12] Predrag Rajković (22-8) Maccabi Tel Aviv ISR; [23] Marko Dmitrović (26-2) Eibar ESP.
    Defenders: [2] Antonio Rukavina RB (34-47) Villareal ESP; [6] Branislav Ivanović RB-CB (34-103 (13) Zenit St Petersburg RUS; [3] Duško Tošić CB (33-24 (1) Beşiktaş TUR; [15] Nikola Maksimović CB (20-3) Fiorentina ITA; [13] Miloš Veljković CB (22-2) Werder Bremen GER; [5] Uroš Spajić CB (25-5) Anderlecht BEL; [11] Aleksandar Kolarov LB Captain (32-76 (10) Roma ITA; [14] Milan Rodić LB (27-1) Red Star Belgrade.
    Midfielders: [21] Nemanja Matić vc. DMF (30-42 (2) Manchester United ENG; [4] Luka Milivojević DMF (28-30 (1) Crystal Palace ENG; [22] Adem Ljajić AMF (27-31 (6) Torino ITA; [17] Filip Kostić LMF (26-25 (2) SV Hamburg GER; [7] Andrija Živković RMF (22-10) Benfica POR; [20] Sergej Milinković-Savić CMF (23-4) Lazio ITA; [16] Marko Grujić CMF (23-8) Liverpool ENG; [18] Nemanja Radonjić LW (22-3) Red Star Belgrade.
    Forwards: [9] Aleksandar Mitrović CF (24-39 (17) Newcastle United ENG; [8] Aleksandar Prijović CF (29-10 (1) PAOK GRE; [19] Luka Jović CF (21-1) Eintracht Frankfurt GER, on loan from Benfica POR; [10] Dušan Tadić LW (30-55 (13) Southampton ENG.
    PRE - Standby: Aleksandar Jovanović GK (26-1) AGF DEN; Dušan Basta RB (33-18 (2) Lazio ITA; Matija Nastasić CB (26-27) Schalke 04 GER; Ivan Obradović LB (29-27 (1) Anderlecht BEL; Nemanja Maksimović CMF (23-5) Valencia ESP; Mijat Gaćinović AMF (23-7 (2) Eintracht Frankfurt GER.
    Serbia were on a £10 million bonus if the won the world cup. The squad was anounced by the manager from a petrol station.
    Based: Svetlogorsk.
    Kit: Puma.
    Betting: 300-1.
    Unlucky: Vujadin Giška Savić CB (27-0) Red Star Belgrade was called up to squad in March 2018 but got injured.



    ESP: Coach: Fernando Ruiz Hierro, appointed two days before their fist game, sacked 8 July 2018. Luis Enrique Martínez García aged 48 was appointed 9 July 2018. Julen Lopetegui Argote (Apt: 21 July 2016 - was sacked on 13 June 2018. It was announced (by Real Madrid) that Lopetegui would take over as the head coach of Real Madrid on a three-year contract after the conclusion of Spain's involvement at the World Cup. The following day, he was dismissed from his job. Assist: Julian Calero, GK coach: , Trainer: | 30 man squad. Final squad 21 May.
    Goalkeepers: [1] David de Gea Quintana (27 - 29) Manchester United ENG; [13] Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta (23 - 1) Athletic Club Bilbao; [23] José Manuel "Pepe" Reina Páez (35 - 36) Napoli ITA.
    Defenders: [2] Daniel 'Dani' Carvajal Ramos RB (26 - 15) Real Madrid; [12] Álvaro Odriozola Arzallus RB (22 - 3 (1) Real Sociedad; [14] César Azpilicueta Tanc RB-RCB (28 - 22) Chelsea ENG; [15] Sergio Ramos Garcia Captain CB (32 - 151-13) Real MAdrid; [4] Nacho - José Ignacio Fernández Iglesias CB (28 - 16) Real Madrid; [3] Gerard Piqué Bernabéu CB (31 - 97-5) Barcelona; [16] Ignacio 'Nacho' Monreal Eraso CB (32-21 (1) Arsenal ENG; [18] Jordi Alba Ramos LB (29 - 61-8) Barcelona; [20] Marco Asensio Willemsen LWB (22 - 11) Real Madrid.
    Midfielders: [5] Sergio Busquets Burgos DMF (29-103 (2) Barcelona; [7] Saúl Ñíguez Esclápez CMF (23-10) Atlético Madrid; [8] Koke - Jorge Resurrección Merodio CMF (26-40) Atlético Madrid; [10] Thiago Alcántara do Nascimento CMF (27-29 (2) Bayern Munich; [6] Andrés Iniesta Luján CMF (34-127 (14) Barcelona; [22] Isco - Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez AMF (26-28 (10) Real Madrid; [21] David Josué Jiménez Silva AMF (32-121 (35) Manchester City ENG.
    Forwards: [11] Lucas Vázquez Iglesias RW (26-7) Real Madrid; [17] Iago Aspas Juncal RW (30-10 (5) Celya Vigo; [19] Diego da Silva Costa CF (29-20 (7) Atlético Madrid; [9] Rodrigo Moreno Machado CF (27-6 (2) Valencia.
    preliminary squad Unai Núñez Gestoso CB (21-0) Athletic Bilbao; Jesús Vallejo Lázaro CB (21-0) Real Madrid; Yeray Álvarez López CB Athletic Bilbao; Marcos Alonso LB ChelseaENG; Mikel Oyarzabal Ugarte LW (21-1) Real Sociedad; Rodrigo Hernández Cascante - Rodri DMF (21-1) Villareal; Carlos Soler Barragán CMF (21-0) Villareal; Iñaki Williams Arthuer CF (23-1) Athletic Bilbao.
    Based: Krasnodar.
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 7-1.
    Unlucky:



    SWE: Coach: Jan "Janne" Olof Andersson 55 (apt: 23 June 2016 - ); Assists: Peter Vettergren, GK coach: Maths Elfvendal, Trainer: Paul Balsom, | Final 23 announced 15 May 2018.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Robin Patrick Olsen (28-18) Copenhagen DEN; [12] Karl-Johan Johnsson (28-5) Guingamp FRA; [23] Bo Kristoffer Nordfeldt (28-8) Swansea City ENG.
    Defenders: [2] Carl Mikael Lustig RB (31-66 (6) Celtic SCO; [3] Victor Jörgen Nilsson Lindelöf RCB (23-21 (1) Manchester United ENG; [4] Andreas Granqvist CB Captain (33-72 (6) Krasnodar RUS; [6] Hans Carl Ludwig Augustinsson LB (24-15) Werder Bremen GER; [16] Emil Henry Kristoffer Krafth RB (23-13) Bologna ITA; [14] Filip Viktor Helander CB (25-4) Bologna ITA; [18] Pontus Sven Gustav Jansson CB (27-15) Leeds United ENG; [5] Martin Tony Waikwa Olsson LB (30-43 (5) Swansea City ENG.
    Midfielders: [10] Emil Peter Forsberg LWF (26-36 (6) RB Leipzig GER; [17] Viktor Claesson AMF (26-22 (3) Krasnodar RUS; [8] Albin Ekdal CMF (28-34) SV Hamburg GER; [7] Sebastian Bengt Ulf Larsson vc. CMF (33-100 (6) Hull City ENG; [21] Jakup Jimmy Durmaz LWF (29-45 (3) Toulouse FRA; [19] Marcus Rohdén CMF (27-12 (1) Crotone ITA; [15] Oscar Carl Niclas Hiljemark CMF (25-22 (2) Genoa ITA; [13] Gustav Svensson DMF (31-13) Seattle Sounders USA.
    Forwards: [20] Nils Ola Toivonen CF (31-59 (13) Toulouse FRA; [9] Marcus Berg CF (31-57 (18) Al Ain UAE; [11] John Alberto Guidetti CF (26-20 (1) Alavés ESP; [22] Isaac Kiese Thelin CF (28-8 (2) Waasland-Beveren BEL.
    Recent call ups: Jacob Karl Anders Rinne GK (24-2) Aalborg BK DEN; Niklas Hult LB (28-7) AEK Athens GRE; Johan Erik Liebert Larsson RB (28-6) Brøndby IF DEN; Alexander Martin Fransson DMF (24-6) Basel SUI; Ken Nlata Sema LMF (24-5) Östersunds FK; Christoffer 'Totte' Åke Sven Nyman CF (25-10 (1) Eintracht Braunschweig GER.
    Based: Gelendzhik.
    Kit: Adidas.
    Betting: 250-1.
    Unlucky:



    SUI: Coach: Vladimir Petković YUG 54, (appt: 1 July 2014 - ); Assist: Antonio Manicon, GK Coach: Patrick Foletti, Trainer: Oliver Riedwyl | 30 man squad.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Yann Sommer (29-35) Borussia Mönchengladbach GER; [21] Roman Bürki (27-9) Borussia Dortmund GER; [12] Yvon Landry Mvogo Nganoma (24-0) RB Leipzig GER.
    Defenders: [2] Stephan Lichtsteiner RB Captain (34-100 (8) Arsenal ENG; [6] Michael Rico Lang RB (27-24 (2) Basel; [5] Manuel Obafemi Akanji CB (22-7) Borussia Dortmund GER; [22] Fabian Lukas Schär CB (26-39 (7) Deportivo La Coruña ESP; [20] Danon Issouf Johannes 'Johan' Djourou Gbadjere bn. Abijdan, CIV. CB (31-74 (2) Antalyaspor TUR; [4] Nico Elvedi CB (21-6) Borussia Mönchengladbach GER; [13] Ricardo Iván Rodríguez Araya LB (25-53 (5) AC Milan ITA; [3] Jacques François Moubandje LB (27-18) Toulouse FRA.
    Midfielders: [11] Valon Behrami vc. bn. Mitrovica, Kosovo YUG. DMF (33-79 (2) Udinese ITA; [10] Granit Xhaka DMF (25-62 (9) Arsenal ENG; [16] Gelson da Conceição Tavares Fernandes bn. Praia Cape Verde. DMF (31-67 (2) Eintracht Frankfurt GER; [15] Blerim Džemaili bn. Tetovo, SR Macedonia,YUG. CMF (32-65 (9) Bologna ITA; [17] Denis Lemi Zakaria Lako Lado DMF (21-10) Borussia Mönchengladbach GER; [8] Remo Marko Freuler CMF (26-10) Atalanta ITA; [14] Steven Zuber LMF (26-12 (3) 1899 Hoffenheim GER.
    Forwards: [23] Xherdan Shaqiri bn. Gjan Kossovo YUG. RW (26-70 (20) Stoke City ENG; [9] Haris Seferović CF (26-51 (12) Benfica POR; [19] Josip Drmić CF (25-29 (9) Borussia Mönchengladbach GER; [7] Breel Donald Embolo bn. Yaoundé, CAM. CF (21-25 (3) Schalke 04 GER; [18] Mario Gavranović CF (28-14 (5) Dinamo Zagreb CRO.
    In Preliminary squad or standby Marwin Hitz GK (30-2) Borussia Dortmund GER; Silvan Widmer RB (25-9) Udinese ITA; Timm Klose CB (29-16) Norwich City ENG; Melingo Kevin Mbabu (23-0) Young Boys; Fabian Frei DMF (29-14 (3) Basel; Luka Zuffi MF (28-4) Basel; Edimilson Fernandes Ribeiro CMF (22-3) West Ham United ENG; Djibril Sow CMF (21-0) Young Boys; Dimitri Joseph Oberlin Mfomo bn. Yaoundé, CAM. CF (20-1) Basel; Eren Derdiyok (29-60 (11) Galatasaray TUR; Admir Mehmedi CF bn. Gostivar, SR Macedonia, YUG. (27-58 (7) VfL Wolfsburg GER; Albian Afrim Ajeti CF (21-0) Basel.
    Based: Togliatti.
    Kit: Puma.
    Betting: 200-1.
    Unlucky: .



    TUN: Coach: Nabil Maâloul 55 (appt: 27 April 2017 - 12 July 2018); Assists: Hatem Missaoui and Mourad Okbi, ), GK coach: Tarek Jalila, Trainers: Khalil Jebabli, Jalel Khalifa and Mohamed Tounsi | 30 man squad.
    Goalkeepers: [16] Aymen Mathlouthi Captain (33-70) Al-Batin KSA; [1] Farouk Ben Mustapha (28-15) Al-Shabab KSA; [22] Mouez Hassen bn. Fréjus, FRA (23-3) Châteauroux FRA.
    Defenders: [21] Hamdi Nagguez RB (25-15) Zamalek EGY; [6] Rami Bedoui CB (28-8) Étoile du Sahel; [3] Yohan Benalouane bn. Bagnols-sur-Cèze, FRA. CB (31-4) Leicester City ENG; [2] Syam Habib Ben Youssef bn. Marseilles, FRA. CB (29-42 (1) Kasımpaşa TUR; [4] Yassine Meriah CB (24-16 (1) CS Sfaxien; [11] Dylan Daniel Mahmoud Bronn bn. Cannes, FRA. CB (22-5) Gent BEL; [5] Oussama Haddadi LB (26-9) Dijon FRA; [12] Ali Maâlou LB (28-46) Al Ahly EGY.
    Midfielders: [17] Ellyes Joris Skhiri bn. Lunel FRA. DMF (23-5) Montpellier FRA; [14] Mohamed Amine Ben Amor DMF (26-26 (1) Al-Ahli KSA; [13] Ferjani Sassi CMF (26-39 (3) Al-Nassr KSA; [15] Ahmed Khalil DMF (23-3) Club Africain; [10] Wahbi Khazri AMF vc. (27-35 (12) Rennes FRA; [7] Saîf-Eddine Khaoui bn. Paris, FRA. AMF (23-5) Troyes FRA; [20] Ghailene Chaalali CMF (24-6 (1) Espérance.
    Forwards: [8] Fakhreddine Ben Youssef RW (25-39 (5) Al-Ettifaq KSA; [9] Anice Badri RW (27-7 (2) Espérance; [18] Bassem Srarfi RW (20-5) Nice FRA; [19] Saber Khalifa CF (31-44 (7) Club Africain; [23] Naïm Sliti bn. Marseilles, FRA LW (25-17 (3) Dijon FRA.
    In Preliminary squad or standby Moez Ben Cherifia GK (26-18) Espérance; Bilel Mohsni bn. Paris, FRA. CB (30-6) Dundee United SCO; Khalil Chemmam LB (30-21) Espérance; Mohamed Larbi AMF (30-4) Tours FRA; Ahmed Akaïchi CF (29-29 (9) al-Ittihad KSA; Karim Laribi LW (27-1) Cesena ITA.
    Based: Pervomayskoye.
    Kit: Uhlsport.
    Betting: 1,000-1.
    Unlucky: Youssef Msakni (WF 27-47 (9) Al Duhail QAT probably TUN best player injured his cruciate lihaments March 2018



    URU: Coach: Óscar Wáshington Tabárez Sclavo 71, (May 2006 - he currently holds the record for most international games in cheage of one team.); Assist: Celso Otero Quintás and Mario Rebollo, Trainers: Jose Herrera, Sebastian Urrutia, Enrique Antivero and Ciro Vargas.
    Goalkeepers: [1] Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol (31-97) Galatasaray TUR; [23] Martín Andrés Silva Leites (35-11) Vascvo da Gama BRZ; [12] Martín Nicolás Campaña Delgado (29-1) Independiente ARG.
    Defenders: [16] Victorio Maximiliano 'Maxi' Pereira Páez RB (34-125 (3) Porto POR; [4] Guillermo Varela Olivera RB (25-3) Peñarol; [3] Diego Roberto Godín Leal Captain CB (32-116 (8) Atlético Madrid ESP; [22] José Martín Cáceres Silva CB (31-76 (4) LazioITA; [2] José María Giménez de Vargas CB (23-42 (5) Atlético Madrid ESP; [19] Sebastián Coates Nion CB (27-30 (1) Sporting POR; [13] Gastón Alexis Silva Perdomo LB (24-17) Independiente ARG;
    Midfielders: [14] Lucas Sebastián Torreira Di Pascua DMF (22-3) Sampdoria ITA; [5] Carlos Andrés Sánchez Arcosa RMF (33-36 (1) Monterrey MEX; [15] Matías Vecino Falero CMF (26-22 (1) Internazionale ITA; [10] Giorgian Daniel De Arrascaeta Benedetti AMF (24-14 (2) Cruzeiro BRZ; [8] Nahitan Michel Nández Acosta CMF (22-12) Boca Juniors ARG; [6] Rodrigo Bentancur Colmán CMF (20-7) Juventus ITA; [7] Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez Barotti CMF (32-105 (11) Peñarol; [17] Diego Sebastián Laxalt Suárez LMF (25-6) Genoa ITA.
    Forwards: [20] Jonathan Matías Urretaviscaya da Luz RW (28-4) Monterrey MEX; [21] Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez CF (31-101 (42) Paris Saint-Germain FRA; [9] Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz CF (31-98 (51) Barcelona ESP; [11] Cristhian Ricardo Stuani Curbelo CF (31-41 (5) Girona ESP; [18] Maximiliano 'Maxi' Gómez González CF (21-5) Celta Vigo ESP.
    in final 26 squad: Federico Santiago Valverde Dipetta CMF (19-4 (1) Deportivo La Coruña on loan from Real Madrid ESP; Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez AMF (29-53 (4) Seattle Sounders USA; Gastón Exequiel Ramírez Pereyra AMF (27-43) Sampdoria ITA.
    Based: Nizhny Novgorod.
    Kit: Puma.
    Betting: 35-1.
    Unlucky: Abel Mathías Hernández Platero (28-29 (11) Hull City ENG; and Sebastián Bruno Fernández Miglierina (33-14(2) Nacional both strikers were injured.

    Australia's Daniel Arzani is the youngest at 19 years, 5 months, and 10 days as of the first day of the tournament Egypt's Essam El-Hadary is the oldest of all players and captain at 45 years. Mexico's Rafael Márquez is the oldest outfield player at 39. The youngest captain is England's Harry Kane at 24 years of age.


    Country Total Players Players Outside national squad
    England 130 107 Includes 22 players from the second tier and one player from the third tier.
    France 49 40
    Germany 67 52
    Italy 58 58
    Mexico 22 14
    Russia 36 15
    S Arabia 30 10
    Spain 81 64
    Turkey 22 22




    FIFA and money

    FIFA forecasts it will spend $3 billion on staging the 2018 World Cup Finals. However, according to Forbes business magazine the World Cup in Russia will generate $6.1 billion in total revenue for FIFA, or $1-3 ($4.8) billion more than 25% than the previous tournament in Brazil 2014, turning a $2.6 billion profit for the association. In 2014 broadcast revenue topped $2.43 billion, while sponsorships and ticket sales brought in $1.6 billion and $527 million, respectively. The vast majority of the money will come from the sale of television and marketing rights. The World Cup generates more revenue for its association than any other sports tournament, save the Olympics.
    Almost all of the revenue FIFA generates comes from television rights (over $3 billion) and marketing rights ($1.65 billion) from corporate partners like Adidas, Emirates, Sony, Visa, Hyundai and Coca-Cola In 2018 seven of the 20 companies sponsoring the tournament are Chinese up from only one in 2014. FIFA’s profit for the Brazil World Cup: $2 billion or £1,180,000,000. FIFA also saw a 233% increase in annual royalties last year from EA Sports, the maker of the popular FIFA video game franchise. The company paid FIFA $160 million in 2017. source: NY Times, June 2018
    FIFA requires bids to host the World Cup to include massive tax exemptions for the association. Germany offered FIFA an estimated $272 million in tax exemptions when it hosted the 2006 World Cup, with South Africa and Brazil following suit in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Rusia has forked out an estimated $13.2 in construction and preparation for the tournament, 70% from public funding. State officials in Russia claim the World Cup will add $26 billion to $31 billion to the national economy. The officials did not specify how contributions to the economy from the World Cup were counted.

    Prize money

    The greatest expenditure by FIFA is on the payment of prize money. The total prize money pool on offer for the tournament was confirmed by FIFA - Nov 2017 - as £591.668 million (US$791m the exchang rate used at the time of the announcement was £1 to US$1.333 or US$1 to £0.748p) This figure includes payments of £156.332 million (US$209m) to domestic clubs and the remaining $134 (£100.232) million will be insurance fee for clubs who players get injured during world cup, a 40 percent increase from the amount allocated in the 2014 tournament. Before the tournament, each of the 32 entrants will receive £1,122m (US$1.5 million) for preparation costs. Once at the tournament, the prize money of $400m (£299.2) will be distributed as follows:

    • £5.984 (US$8m) million – To each team eliminated at the group stage (16 teams).
    • £8.976 (US$12m) million – To each team eliminated in the second round of 16 (8 teams).
    • £11.068 (US$16m) million – To each team eliminated in the quarter-finals. (4 teams).
    • £16.456 (US$22m) million – Fourth placed team.
    • £17.952 (US$24m) million – Third placed team.
    • £20.944 (US$28m) million – Runner up.
    • £28.424m or US$38 million – for the Winners

    YOUNGEST AND OLDEST

    2014

    Youngest Oldest
    Player Daniel Arzani (AUS) 19y 163d Essam El-Hadary (EGY) 45y 161m
    Goalkeeper Maty Ryan (AUS) 22y 66d Essam El-Hadary (EGY) 45y 161d
    Scorer Kylian Mbappé (FRA) 19y 183d Felipe Baloy (PAN) 37y 120d
    Champion Kylian Mbappé (FRA) 19y 6m 25d Olivier Giroud (FRA) 31y 9m 15d
    Finalist Kylian Mbappé (FRA) 19y 216d Danijel Subašić (CRO) 32y 8m 18d
    Captain Koo Ja-Cheol (KOR) 25y 3m 17d Mario Yepes (COL) 38y 150d
    Coach Aliou Cissé (SEM) 42y 87d Óscar Tabárez (URU) 71y 104d
    Referee Wilmar Roldán (COL) 34y 4m 20d Noumandiez Doué (CIV) 43y 8m 15d

    Youngest, Oldest and Average age by Squad.


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