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Germany's Ozil fit for their World Cup opener v Mexico - Loew

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has fully recovered from a minor knee injury in their penultimate warm-up match and is fit to play in their World Cup opener against Mexico on Sunday, coach Joachim Loew said on Saturday.


A First Test for France, and for VAR. Both Pass.

Paul Pogba’s late goal, on a shot that deflected off a defender’s foot and the crossbar before slamming down just across the goal line, gave France a 2-1 victory over Australia on Saturday in Kazan in the 2018 World Cup Group C opener for both teams.


Iceland fans warm up with Viking clap

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iceland fans made the most of their reputation as fiery Vikings on Saturday, practising their thunderous "Viking clap" ahead of their World Cup match in Moscow.


Aguero to lead Argentina attack against Iceland

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Sergio Aguero was chosen as Argentina's centre-forward ahead of Gonzalo Higuain for their World Cup Group D match against Iceland at the Spartak Stadium on Saturday.


Fans rage on social media over empty seats at World Cup

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian fans took to social media on Saturday to demand why whole rows of prime pitch-side seats were empty during the World Cup match between Egypt and Uruguay, while locals had to pay nearly a third of an average monthly salary for a poorer view.


How Soccer's Minnows Got to the World Cup

MOSCOW — They are largely minnows in the soccer world, countries that have far fewer people and far less money than the countries they had to beat to get to the World Cup.


Peru Invades Russia. Well, at Least Many of Its Fans Have.

SARANSK, Russia — Augusto Caceres, 81, had all but given up hope of seeing his beloved Peru at a World Cup again during his lifetime.


Costa Rica ready for new adventure starting against Serbia

SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Costa Rica were the surprise team of the World Cup four years ago in Brazil, reaching the quarter-finals on the back of resilient defensive organisation.


Technology helps France to 2-1 win over Australia

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - France needed the help of the first World Cup penalty awarded after a video review and a deflected Paul Pogba goal to get their World Cup campaign underway with a scrappy 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.


Southgate tells England players his secret starting team

REPINO, Russia (Reuters) - England manager Gareth Southgate has told his players the starting line-up for Monday's World Cup Group G opener against Tunisia and is hoping to keep it secret until shortly before kick off.