Umtiti header sends streetwise France into World Cup final

Umtiti header sends streetwise France into World Cup final

Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final on July 10. (Jul 11, 2018 04:30:53)


Belgium and France face off in mouth-watering semi-final

  Jul 09, 2018 10:38:10
Roberto Martinez’s swashbuckling Belgium side head into Tuesday’s semi-final with familiar foes France as the World Cup’s leading scorers, but their old rivals have evolved as the tournament has progressed and will also be full of confidence. 

FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-finals in review

  Jul 09, 2018 07:59:06
NDO - The last four of the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals have been confirmed following the series of quarter-final matches over the past two days. With Brazil and Uruguay both eliminated, the semi-finals of this year’s World Cup will be an internal competition of European football. In addition, hosts Russia cannot continue their miraculous journey at the tournament after their defeat in the penalty shootout to Croatia. 

Four things we learned from the World Cup quarter-finals

  Jul 09, 2018 07:17:42
And then there were four; the World Cup now has its four semi-finalists after a typically thrilling set of quarter-finals: here are four things we learned as eight contenders for the title were reduced to four. 

England main beneficiaries of set-piece goal glut

  Jul 09, 2018 06:54:12
After more goals came from set pieces in this World Cup's group stage than any other, set-play strategy has continued to have a huge impact in the knockout phase, with five of the 11 goals scored in the quarter-finals coming from free-kicks or corners. 

Russia's World Cup dream ends with Croatia shootout defeat

  Jul 08, 2018 08:46:47
Russia’s World Cup dream ended within agonizing sight of the semi-finals as they went down 4-3 on penalties to Croatia on Saturday after another gallant performance in front of their fanatical fans which again belied their lowly ranking.  

England move into semi-finals after 2-0 win over Sweden

  Jul 08, 2018 00:01:36
Headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli fired an impressive England into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years after they eased their way to a 2-0 victory over a dogged but disappointing Sweden on Saturday.  

Belgium holds off Brazil in thriller to reach semis

  Jul 07, 2018 06:19:04
Belgium struck early and then held off a late Brazil fightback to send the five-times champions tumbling out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 2-1 victory in an end-to-end thriller on July 6. 

France beat Uruguay 2-0 to secure World Cup semifinal spot

  Jul 06, 2018 23:15:39
Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann struck either side of halftime as France earned a World Cup semifinal berth with a 2-0 victory over Uruguay at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Friday. 

Maradona criticized by FIFA for “monumental theft” comments

  Jul 06, 2018 01:44:17
FIFA have “strongly rebuked” former Argentinean football legend Diego Maradona for comments he made about referee Mark Geiger's handling of the last 16 World Cup tie between Colombia and England on Tuesday night. Maradona commented that despite TV images showing it to be a clear penalty, England's win was a "monumental theft" and also criticized Geiger's designation as match official. 

Steely Uruguay ready for Mbappe-fired France

  Jul 06, 2018 01:36:43
Fleet-footed France will have to find a way past the tournament’s joint-meanest defenders Uruguay in the first of two inter-continental World Cup quarter-finals on Friday. 

Fresh feel as Europe and South America resume World Cup combat

  Jul 05, 2018 06:09:54
Europe and South America will do battle again for soccer supremacy in the World Cup quarter-finals but with many of the usual combatants having already exited, there is a fresh feel to a line-up that promises a new or long-absent finalist. 

[INFOGRAPHIC] Eight teams through to FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals

  Jul 04, 2018 16:16:19
NDO - England is the last name to be added to the last eight following their penalty shoot-out victory against Colombia in the early hours of July 4, with the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals set to kick off on July 6. 

Nike favoured to beat soccer juggernaut Adidas at World Cup

  Jul 04, 2018 07:37:28
In a World Cup brimming with upsets, Nike Inc looks on track to defeat soccer juggernaut and archrival Adidas AG in the closely watched jersey sponsorship battle. The Nike swoosh decorates the outfits of Brazil, France and England, the sides in the quarter-finals most favoured by betting websites to win the World Cup, plus Croatia. Top German sports brand Adidas has Belgium, Russia and Sweden in the quarter-finals, with the group of eight rounded out by Uruguay, sponsored by Puma SE. 

England ends penalty curse to reach last eight

  Jul 04, 2018 07:12:40
England finally overcame nearly 30 years of penalty pain when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans had equalized in the 93rd minute.