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World Cup Heartbreak for Egypt as Salah Sits and Team Falls

YEKATERINBURG, Russia — There were no words needed when the two strangers, one Russian, the other Egyptian, crossed paths on a downtown street here late Friday morning.


Croatia coach Dalic banks on mix of youth and experience

KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident he has the perfect mix of youth and experience as his team gear up for their World Cup Group D opener against Nigeria on Saturday.


Iran delight, Morocco despair at stoppage-time own goal

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - A heartbreaking stoppage-time own goal from substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz gave Iran a dramatic 1-0 win over Morocco in their World Cup Group B opener on Friday, a result they celebrated with unbridled delight.


Spain's Costa first player to be awarded World Cup goal through VAR

SOCHI (Reuters) - Diego Costa's equaliser for Spain against Portugal on Friday was the first time a World Cup goal was awarded after a review from the video assistant referee (VAR).


Iran need to score their own goals against Spain, Portugal

(Reuters) - An own goal in stoppage time seemingly sent from the heavens gave Iran a 1-0 win over Morocco in their World Cup opener but they will need their own players to find a way to score against heavyweights Spain and Portugal if they hope to advance.


World Cup TV rights complaint provokes new Gulf Arab row

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Football's governing body FIFA on Friday accused television channel BeoutQ, which is widely available in Saudi Arabia, of illegally broadcasting the opening games of the World Cup.


Queiroz calls for unity and fairness after Iran beat Morocco

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Iran coach Carlos Queiroz made a plea for football to be separated from politics, minutes after his team beat Morocco 1-0 in their first match of the World Cup on Friday.


England's Loftus-Cheek talks down racism concerns

REPINO, Russia (Reuters) - England may have discussed the question of how to react if there are racist incidents at the World Cup but midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek says the issue is not on his mind.


From Messi to Machu Picchu, Latin American fans win over Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Latin American fans are winning the hearts of the Muscovites, singing to the residents of the Russian capital as they arrive for their World Cup matches.


Oracle tapir predicts Sweden will beat South Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - With three days until the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod hosts its first World Cup match between Sweden and South Korea, a local zoo on Friday asked its "animal oracle" for the result.