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2018 World Cup

No team? No problem for Chinese World Cup sponsors

Even without a team in the World Cup, it's hard not to notice China’s presence at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Edinson Cavani scores twice in Uruguay's 2-1 win over Portugal

Edinson Cavani scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo none, giving Uruguay a 2-1 victory over Portugal on Saturday at the World Cup.  On the same day Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina's loss, the other “GOAT” at this tournament was also eliminated. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat...

Colombia star James Rodriguez misses practice

James Rodriguez was the only Colombia player who didn't take part in training Saturday, raising further doubts about whether he will be fully fit for the World Cup knockout match against England.

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Here's a look at Sunday's World Cup games

Spain plays host Russia and Croatia takes on Denmark during Sunday's World Cup action.

David Silva says Spain needs to use speed against Russia

With Russia expected to defend in numbers, Spain's speed and attack will be crucial in their last-16 match at the World Cup.  One of the players the 2010 champions will be relying on to cut through the host's back line is David Silva.  He scored for Spain in its 3-0 win over Russia in the semifin...

Argentina defender Javier Mascherano quits after loss to France

Javier Mascherano has announced he's retiring from the national team after Argentina was eliminated from the World Cup.  The 34-year-old midfielder says “It's time to say goodbye and for the younger players to step in.”  Argentina had a 2-1 lead early in the second half but France, often choosing...

Mbappe becomes second teenager to score twice in knockout stage game as France eliminates Messi and Argentina

Teenager Kylian Mbappe struck twice inside five second-half minutes to ensure France beat Argentina 4-3 and became the first team to qualify for the World Cup quarterfinals.  Following an exhilarating display between two former champions, France came from behind to defeat Lionel Messi's Argentina...

Mexico is relishing a chance to make history against Brazil

If Mexico had taken care of business in its final group-stage game with Sweden, it would be facing Switzerland in the round of 16 this week, safely tucked in the softer side of the World Cup bracket alongside Russia, Denmark and Colombia.

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World Cup: Saturday's matchups

A look at the World Cup matchups for Saturday, including TV listings: France vs. Argentina and Uruguay vs. Portugal.

Brazil and the Russian city it will play in are both seeking a comeback

What will happen to Brazil as the advance to the Round of 16 vs. Mexico.

Former Ducks, Dodgers announcer lending his voice to the World Cup

Mike Carlucci has served as the public-address announcer for the Ducks, Dodgers, UCLA baseball and the minor league San Diego Gulls. It’s a resume that helped win him a job as the English-language PA voice of the World Cup games at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

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World Cup's knockout phase gives teams a second chance at greatness

Roberto Martinez believes the best way to win a World Cup is to have won one before. That’s good news for Brazil, France, Spain and Argentina, who have all won World Cups since 1986 and have made it to the knockout phase. Not so much for the likes of Mexico, Belgium, England and Croatia.

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Mexico focuses on first two wins, not loss to Sweden

Mexico is on to the final 16 for a seventh straight World Cup and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa says the team should be recognized for how it got there, not for the fact it almost tripped on its way through the door.

Belgium edges England 1-0 to win Group G

In a match neither team had to win, Belgium came out on top and took first place in its World Cup group with a 1-0 victory over England on Thursday in Kaliningrad, Russia. Adnan Januzaj scored with a curling shot in the 51st minute on a night of little tension or attacking intent.

Japan loses to Poland but moves on to knockout round

Japan advanced to the knockout round at the World Cup on a tiebreaker, fewer yellow cards than Senegal. The Japanese lost to Poland 1-0 Thursday in their final group match, but they still reached the round of 16 because Colombia beat Senegal 1-0. Both Japan and Senegal finished the group phase wi...

Colombia advances while Senegal is eliminated by 'fair play' tiebreaker

Yerry Mina scored on a header in the 74th minute and Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 Thursday to advance to the World Cup knockout stage. Senegal became the first team ever eliminated by a new tiebreaker — number of yellow cards. Poland defeated Japan 1-0 in the other group match. Japan and Senegal...

Brazil escapes World Cup elimination with 2-0 victory over Serbia

Count Brazil among those teams breathing a sigh of relief that the unpredictable World Cup group stage is over. The South Americans staved off elimination and  confirmed their passage to the second round Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Serbia.

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Knockout stage seems to be lacking a Cinderella story

The elimination of Iceland, Panama and Egypt has left the World Cup without an underdog heading into the round of 16.

Mexicans shower Koreans with love after Asian team's World Cup win over Germany

Mexican fans cheered wildly when Kim Young-gwon fired off the first goal two minutes into extra time. The celebration that followed was one for the books.

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Here's a look at Thursday's World Cup games

Here's a look at the matchups for Thursday the World Cup.

Switzerland advances after 2-2 draw with Costa Rica

Switzerland has qualified for the round of 16 at the World Cup despite twice losing the lead in a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica, which had already been eliminated. Costa Rica scored on a Bryan Ruiz penalty kick in stoppage time to tie the match on Wednesday night, but it didn't affect Switzerland's pr...

Fans stunned by Germany's World Cup elimination

Germans shook their heads in disbelief Wednesday after their defending champion team was eliminated from the group stage of the World Cup in a 2-0 loss to South Korea. Tens of thousands of fans watched the German team's lackluster performance from Berlin's “Fan Mile” — a major downtown street run...

Defending champion Germany is eliminated from World Cup after 2-0 loss to South Korea

Defending champion Germany has been eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup in a 2-0 stoppage-time loss to South Korea and Sweden has topped Group F with a 3-0 win over Mexico. South Korea's first goal in injury time was initially disallowed for offside but that decision was overturned aft...

Mexico falls to Sweden but advances to knockout round with an assist from South Korea

Mexico’s World Cup is alive but only by the thinnest of margins. Playing in Yekaterinburg, the eastern-most World Cup city on the border between Asia and Europe, Sweden got second goals from Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist and an own goal contributed by Mexican defender Edson Alvarez to st...

Mexico's Jesus Gallardo picks up fastest card in World Cup history

Jesus Gallardo has received what FIFA is calling the fastest yellow card in World Cup history. The Mexico fullback was booked for a hard tackle just 13 seconds into Wednesday's match against Sweden. The record for the fastest red card still belongs to Uruguay's Jose Batista, who was sent off in t...

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Steve Mandanda becomes oldest French player to make World Cup debut

Through two World Cups and three European Championships, through 19 major championship matches, goalkeeper Steve Mandanda had watched from the bench. He didn't complain. He didn't walk away. On Tuesday, he made his World Cup debut when starter Hugo Lloris rested, helping France to a 0-0 draw.

Croatia reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland 2-1 at World Cup

Fielding a side filled with reserves, Croatia ended Iceland's first ever World Cup run with a 2-1 win in Rostov-on-Don. Milan Badelj crashed a volley against the bar, and moments later scored for Croatia in the 53th minute, sprinting into the area to fire a bouncing shot past goalkeeper Hannes Ha...

Lionel Messi, Marcos Rojo score in Argentina's 2-1 win over Nigeria

Argentina has scraped into the knockout stage of the World Cup after a tense 2-1 victory over Nigeria in a must-win last group game. Defender Marcos Rojo scored in the 86th to secure the win with volley from the right to spark wild celebrations on the Argentina bench.

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Here's a look at Wednesday's World Cup matches

Here's a look at the matchups for Wednesday in the World Cup.

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World Cup: France and Denmark achieve goal without scoring one

The first scoreless draw of the World Cup was enough to give France the Group C title while Denmark earned a berth in the second round when Peru beat Australia 800 miles away in Sochi, eliminating the Aussies and sending the Danes through.

Peru defeats Australia 2-0 for first World Cup win since 1978

Peru has won its first game at the World Cup since 1978 with a 2-0 victory over Australia. Veteran striker Paolo Guerrero assisted on the first goal when Andre Carrillo volleyed the cross and beat Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan in the 18th minute. Guerrero then got a goal of his own in the 50th, f...

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Mexico goal is to win group, not just qualify for next round

Mexico needs a point to move on to the knockout round as the group champion; a win or draw will accomplish that. But a loss to Sweden, combined with a German win over South Korea in the other Group F finale, would open up a whole range of possibilities, many would end Mexico's tournament.

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Lack of parity in Russia doesn't bode well for expanded World Cup in 2026

The World Cup field will grow to 48 teams when the tournament lands in North America in 2026, opening the door to more countries and more players. But based on the results thus far in Russia, an expanded field is likely to dilute the level of play, leading to more unwatchable blowouts.

Portugal advances after 1-1 draw with Iran

Cristiano Ronaldo's missed penalty cost Portugal first place in its World Cup group on Monday. Portugal finished second in Group B after a 1-1 draw with Iran. The 2016 European champions will next face Uruguay on Saturday in the round of 16.

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A look at Tuesday's World Cup schedule

A look at the matchups for World Cup games Tuesday, including TV information: Australia-Peru, Denmark-France, Iceland-Croatia and Nigeria-Argentina..

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Argentina's lack of talent and philosophy are making it nearly impossible for Lionel Messi to succeed

Even before the start of the World Cup, the photographs invited mockery.

Saudi Arabia sinks Egypt with injury-time goal

Saudi Arabia edged Egypt 2-1 after Salem Aldawsari scored with almost the final kick in a contest where both teams were trying to avoid the last spot in their World Cup group. Saudi Arabia ends Group A in third place with three points and Egypt finishes with three losses.

Uruguay downs host Russia 3-0, but both teams advance to knockout round

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani scored a goal each and Uruguay went on to defeat Russia 3-0 on Monday, finishing undefeated in group play and handing the host nation its first loss of the World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo appeals for quiet to noisy Iranian fans outside Portugal's hotel overnight before showdown

Hundreds of Iranian fans spent several overnight hours surrounding the hotel where Portugal's national team is based, making loud noises in an attempt to disrupt their opponents' sleep before a decisive World Cup match later Monday. Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed by Portuguese TV RTP late...

FIFA investigating Switzerland's 'provocative' celebration

Despite goal celebrations seen as inflaming political tensions with Serbia, the head of Switzerland's soccer federation said Sunday he doesn't expect FIFA to suspend his players.  FIFA has added a third Swiss player — captain Stephan Lichtsteiner — to an investigation of both scorers in a 2-1 win...

Colombia comes alive in 3-0 win; Poland eliminated

Radamel Falcao's first World Cup goal led Colombia to a 3-0 victory over Poland on Sunday and kept the team in the running for a spot in the knockout round.  Poland was eliminated.  Falcao, who missed the 2014 World Cup because of a knee injury, made it 2-0 with a 70th-minute goal.  Yerry Mina sc...

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A look at Monday's World Cup schedule

A look at the matchups for World Cup games Monday, including TV information: Saudi Arabia-Egypt, Uruguay-Russia, Iran-Portugal, Spain-Morocco.

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Winning changes everything for once-ridiculed Russian national team

Once dismissed as something of a national embarrassment, the Russian soccer team has become a national treasure heading into Monday’s group-stage finale with Uruguay.

Key Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez ruled out for final group stage match with injury

Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez has been ruled out of the team's final World Cup group match because of a right thigh injury.  Gimenez scored in the team's opening match of the tournament, a 1-0 victory over Egypt. Uruguay also defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 to secure a spot in the round of 16 as ...

Back-and-forth Senegal-Japan match ends in 2-2 tie

Senegal twice took the lead. Japan tied it up both times.  Keisuke Honda came off the bench and scored from close range in the 78th minute to give the Japanese a 2-2 draw with Senegal on Sunday at the World Cup.  The draw keeps the two teams at the top of Group H ahead of their final matches.  Sa...

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Mexico's future in the World Cup? The possibilities are endless

Heading into its final group-stage game with Sweden on Wednesday, Mexico is facing several scenarios that could either send it on to the knockout rounds as Group F champion or send it home.

Harry Kane nets hat trick as England routs Panama 6-1

Harry Kane scored a hat trick to help England to its most one-sided World Cup victory, a 6-1 rout of Panama on Sunday that secured a place in the last 16 with a game to spare.  John Stones headed in two goals and Jesse Lingard curled in another. England's previous high for goals in a World Cup ma...

In Mexico the joy continues as national team wins again in the World Cup

The zocalo in Mexico City seemed to cheer, groan and hold its collective breath like a single massive organism as thousands of Mexicans gathered to watch their national team play South Korea.

Number of black players at World Cup is way up, but there's only one black coach

Senegal’s Aliou Cisse is the only black coach at this year’s World Cup and he says more must be done to create opportunities for others to follow in his path.

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World Cup goals are coming from surprising places, at dramatic times

It’s not so much the number of goals that have been scored as it is how and when some of them happened that’s surprising.

Playing with 10 men, Germany scores in stoppage time to beat Sweden

Toni Kroos scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time from outside the penalty area, and 10-man Germany rallied to beat Sweden 2-1 on Saturday to stay alive at the World Cup.  Kroos' goal came off a set play after a foul in the closing minutes of stoppage time. Kroos tapped the ball to Marco Reu...

World Cup: Sunday's TV schedule

Matchups for Sunday's games in the World Cup: England vs. Panama, Japan vs. Senegal and Poland vs. Colombia

Cocaine and pot seized in World Cup trophy replicas in Argentina

The security minister of Buenos Aires province said Friday that police have broken up an organization that trafficked marijuana and cocaine in fake World Cup trophies.

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Mexico closes in on knockout stage with 2-1 win over South Korea

Mexico moved a big step closer to the knockout round of a seventh straight World Cup with a 2-1 win over South Korea on Saturday at Rostov Arena in the southern port city of Rostov-on-Don.

Soccer fans gather across Los Angeles to watch Mexico vs. South Korea match

Thousands of soccer fans gather in sports bars, churches, pubs, football clubs and makeshift viewing stands all over Southern California on Saturday to watch the World Cup soccer match between Mexico and South Korea.

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Belgium blitzes Tunisia as it eyes path to final

With heavy favorites Argentina, Spain, Germany and Brazil struggling to find their World Cup footing, a path to the final may be opening up for Belgium, which blitzed Tunisia 5-2 Saturday, giving it two dominant victories in as many games in Russia.

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20 years ago, Mexico and South Korea faced off at the World Cup. Here's what happened

Mexico and South Korea will face each other in the World Cup on Saturday, but it won't be the first time the teams have met. They played each other at the 1998 World Cup in France.

What to eat in Los Angeles while watching the Mexico vs. South Korea World Cup match

Jonathan Gold considers the mash-up of Mexican and Korean food possible on the occasion of Mexico playing South Korea in the World Cup

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Sunil Gulati deserves an assist for bringing 2026 World Cup to North America

Sunil Gulati has been the forgotten man in the successful three-country bid for the 2026 World Cup. But if Carlos Cordeiro got the ball across the finish line, Gulati was the one who got the ball rolling.

Update: Who's in and who's out at the World Cup

Who's in, who's out and possible scenarios at the World Cup after Friday’s play.

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Mexican team isn't just playing well, it's eating well too

An army travels on its stomach. So, apparently, do soccer teams since the Mexican national team brought two tons of food to Russia.

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland's 2-0 victory over Serbia at the World Cup and both celebrated by making a nationalist symbol to their ethnic Albanian heritage.

Brazil scores late goals to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup

Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored injury-time goals to help Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the World Cup.

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Peru lost on the field, but its fans made their presence felt

France had the advantage on the field Thursday, beating Peru 1-0 to ensure passage to the second round. But Peru had an overwhelming advantage in the streets of Yekaterinburg, where its supporters outnumbered French fans about 7 to 1.

Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup; Croatia advances

Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates are on the verge of World Cup elimination. Croatia is moving on. Argentina was handily beaten by Croatia 3-0 in a loss that makes advancement very difficult with only one group match remaining. It was Argentina's worst loss in group play in 60 years.

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To make history, Mexico must guard against complacency

A win and Mexico’s passage to the knockout round of a seventh consecutive World Cup is virtually assured. A loss and Mexico will go into its final group-stage game with Sweden next week facing elimination.

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A look at Friday's World Cup schedule

A look at the matchups for World Cup games Friday, including TV information: Brazil-Costa Rica, Serbia-Switzerland, Nigeria-Iceland.

Kylian Mbappe sends France into knockout stage — and himself into the record books — with 1-0 win over Peru

Kylian Mbappe's first World Cup goal put France into the round of 16. The teenage forward tapped in a ball headed toward goal in the 34th minute to give France a 1-0 victory over Peru. Mbappe became the youngest scorer in France's World Cup history.

Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup

Mile Jedinak's penalty kick gave Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark and new life at the World Cup. Christian Eriksen scored in the opening minutes for Denmark. But Jussuf Poulsen's handball after a video review set up Jedinak's opportunity in the 38th minute.

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Mexican soccer federation fined for discriminatory chants at World Cup

The Mexican soccer federation has been fined for "discriminatory and insulting chants" during Sunday’s World Cup game against Germany but the penalty was less than a slap on the wrist: just $10,000.

Burger King apologizes for offering lifetime of burgers for women impregnated by World Cup players

Burger King says it's sorry for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant from World Cup players.  Critics assailed the offer, announced on Russian social media, as sexist and demeaning.  The announcement was removed Tuesday from Burger King's social media accounts ...

Suarez scores in 100th international cap to send Uruguay into round of 16

Luis Suarez put both Uruguay and host Russia into the second round of the World Cup while eliminating Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time.

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Brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo scores game's lone goal in Portugal's win over Morocco

This World Cup will have a winner and undoubtedly will produce many memorable moments over the next 3 1/2 weeks. But it may forever be remembered for Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Landon Donovan's heart was in the right place, but the U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry is too intense

Landon Donovan is backing Mexico during this World Cup — for many Americans, including this columnist, that's like asking Red Sox fans to cheer for the Yankees.

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How a small dry cleaners in Pasadena is uniting a community around the World Cup

L.A. dry cleaner never has a TV in his shop, except every four years when the World Cup happens. He is not a big sports fan, but loves this soccer extravaganza and sharing the experience with the neighborhood.

Ukrainian film director on hunger strike in a Russian prison casts dark cloud over World Cup

Revered Ukrainian film writer Oleg Sentsov has been on a hunger strike for 36 days in a Russian prison colony in northern Siberia. Concerns are growing about his fate after he has refused to eat until the Kremlin releases all 64 Ukrainian political prisoners.

A look at Wednesday's World Cup schedule

A look at the matchups for World Cup games Wednesday, including TV information: Portugal-Morocco, Uruguay-Saudi Arabia, Iran-Spain.

Russia on verge of round of 16 after beating Egypt 3-1

Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage.  Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty for a consolation goal on his return from injury but Egypt's first Wo...

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Telemundo draws record audience for Mexico-Germany World Cup game

Telemundo drew an average audience of 6.56 million viewers for Sunday’s Mexico-Germany game, making it the most-watched sporting event in the Spanish-language network’s history.

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Senegal gets Africa's first points in World Cup, upsetting Poland 2-1

Senegal took advantage of two Polish mistakes for a 2-1 win, disappointing most in an overwhelmingly pro-Poland crowd of 44,190 at Spartak Stadium.

Early red card dooms Colombia in 2-1 loss to Japan

Yuya Osako had a surprise in store for those who thought the absence of Shinji Okazaki left Japan little hope of competing with Colombia at the World Cup.

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Mexico's Osorio has proved his worth — and proved the critics wrong

Juan Carlos Osorio wasn’t even a year into his stint as manager of Mexico’s national team when the country’s fickle fans began calling for him to be fired.

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FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Mexico over anti-gay chant

The shine from Mexico’s opening-game win over Germany was dulled Monday when the Associated Press reported FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the team because its fans used an anti-gay slur during the game.

Harry Kane's late header pushes England past Tunisia

Harry Kane scored two goals, including an injury-time header, to give England a 2-1 victory over Tunisia on Monday at the World Cup.  Standing alone at the far post, Kane guided a headed pass from Harry Maguire into the net.  The winning goal came at the end of a drab second half in which Tunisia...

Panama's World Cup debut spoiled by Belgium

Romelu Lukaku scored two goals in a six-minute span and Dries Mertens put in another Monday to give Belgium a 3-0 win over Panama at the World Cup.  Saddled with massive expectations and a lineup of talent the envy of others in the tournament, Belgium finally showed flashes of being the dominant ...

Penalty kick gives Sweden 1-0 win over South Korea in foul fest

Another video review led to a penalty at the World Cup, this time helping Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 Monday.  Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist converted from the spot, sliding his shot into the bottom right corner in the 65th minute.  Referee Joel Aguilar used the replay technology to decide whe...

A look at Tuesday's World Cup schedule

Tuesday World Cup matchups: Poland-Senegal (5 a.m.), Colombia-Japan (8 a.m.), Russia-Egypt (11 a.m.).

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Mexico takes over World Cup with 1-0 victory over reigning champion Germany

They played the game on the banks of the Moscow River, but given the noise, the waves of green Mexican national team jerseys and multi-colored sombreros and the loud pre-game rendition of “Cielito Lindo,” Luzhniki Stadium might as well have been Estadio Azteca.

Switzerland earns draw with Brazil 1-1

Switzerland's well-organized defending held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup opener, keeping Neymar and other attackers at bay for the most part.

Serbia opens with 1-0 win over Costa Rica

Aleksandar Kolarov's curling free kick in the 56th minute helped Serbia to a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in its World Cup opener.

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How the Mexican national team has brought me closer to my own father

Even if El Tri loses, even if Mexico's streak of flaming out in the World Cup's first knockout stage continues, it will still be worth it. My father and I will still have something to bond over.

Croatia leads Group D after 2-0 win over Nigeria

Luka Modric set up one goal and scored another from the penalty spot Saturday to give Croatia a 2-0 win over Nigeria at the World Cup.  The Real Madrid midfielder sent in a corner that was headed by two Croatians and then deflected into the net by Nigeria midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo in the 32nd m...

Denmark beats Peru 1-0 on Poulsen's goal

Kasper Schmeichel's slew of saves made Yussuf Poulsen's opportunistic second-half goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over Peru on Saturday at the World Cup.  The victory gave Denmark a crucial advantage in Group C, in which France defeated Australia 2-1 earlier in the day.

Driver of taxi that rammed into 8 pedestrians in Moscow tells police incident was not intentional

Police in Moscow say eight people have been injured when a taxi crashed into pedestrians near Red Square and the famous GUM shopping arcade.

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Mexico needs a tighter focus to get to a fifth game — and beyond

Every four years Mexico goes to the World Cup with great expectations, advances out of its group, then packs it bags and heads home one game into the knockout round. This tournament's challenge to get past a fifth game opens with Germany in group play on Sunday.

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Iceland goalie stops Messi penalty kick; Argentina can't break Iceland in 1-1 draw

If Iceland had any opening-night jitters before the first World Cup game in its history, its players did a pretty good job of hiding them Saturday, with the smallest country ever to qualify for the tournament holding fifth-ranked Argentina, a country that has won it twice, to a 1-1 draw.

Goal line technology helps France secure 2-1 win over Australia

Technology twice helped France at the World Cup on Saturday as the 1998 champions labored to beat a gritty Australia 2-1 in their opening game.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain on Friday at the World Cup. Ronaldo had twice given Portugal the lead with first-half goals, but Diego Costa equalized for Spain with a goal in each half.

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World Cup: Saturday's matchups

World Cup: Saturday games — France-Australia (3 a.m.) Argentina-Iceland (7 a.m.), Peru-Denmark (9 a.m.), Croatia-Nigeria (noon). Here's a preview of the matchups.

Own-goal during injury time earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco

Aziz Bouhaddouz headed a free kick into his own net in the fifth minute of injury time to gift Iran a 1-0 victory over Morocco on Friday at the World Cup. Only on the field as a 77th-minute substitute, the Morocco striker dived to reach a curling cross from the left but headed the ball past goalk...

Late goal by Jose Gimenez gives Uruguay a 1-0 win over Egypt

Jose Gimenez came to Uruguay's rescue by scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt on Friday in Group A of the World Cup. The Uruguay defender jumped in the area and headed home a free kick late in the 89th minute.

Trump on North America's successful 2026 World Cup bid: 'I worked hard on this'

President Trump said in a tweet Friday that he worked hard on the effort to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America and thanked Bob Kraft, owner of the NFL's New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. Trump signed letters to FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressing...

For L.A.'s Iranian American community, the World Cup means much more than soccer games

Iran will play its first match against Morocco today. For L.A.'s Iranian American community, the game will spark a longing for the motherland but serve as a reminder of a regime they've come to loathe.

Mexico's World Cup star is accused of helping a drug lord

Mexican soccer legend Rafael Marquez, who is preparing to compete in his fifth World Cup, was sanctioned last year by the U.S. Treasury Department for allegedly aiding a notorious drug trafficker.

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Where to watch the World Cup in Los Angeles

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday in Russia. From June 14 until July 14, 32 teams will battle it out to crown themselves world champions. Want to watch? Here is where you can go watch the World Cup across the greater Los Angeles area.

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Russia beats Saudi Arabia 5-0 for first World Cup win in 16 years

Russia’s national team rode two goals from Denis Cheryshev and single scores from Yury Gazinsky, Artem Dzuba and Roman Zobnin to open the World Cup with a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia before a crowd of 78,011 at Luzhniki Stadium.

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World Cup notes: Spain replaces coach Julen Lopetegui with Fernando Hierro two days before opener

Spain will go into the World Cup under new management after the country’s soccer association fired manager Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday, two days before its tournament opener against Portugal in Sochi, Russia.

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World Cup: Egypt-Uruguay, Morocco-Iran, Portugal-Spain matches ready to kick off Friday

World Cup: Egypt-Uruguay, Morocco-Iran, Portugal-Spain matches ready to kick off.

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Russia foots huge bill to host World Cup, but what you see might not be what you get

Neither Marx nor Lenin lived long enough to see the first World Cup in 1930 but they’ve become part of the welcoming ceremony for the latest one, which kicks off Thursday with Russia playing Saudi Arabia.

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2026 World Cup is awarded to North America

The alliance of United States, Mexico and Canada was awarded the 2026 World Cup by FIFA, bringing the premier event in international sports back to the U.S. after a 32-year absence.

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The 2018 World Cup is here. What team will you be rooting for?

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14. The U.S. men's national team failed to qualify for the tournament, leaving many without a team to root for. Have you picked a team to watch? We want to know about it.

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Fans get excited for the 2018 World Cup

Fans around the world prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Leaders of North America's 2026 World Cup bid scurry to keep politics from trumping their advantage

United Bid, the North American campaign for the 2026 World Cup, is banking on projected profits of $11 billion to get it past Morocco in Wednesday's FIFA vote.

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Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez lead Colombia into World Cup competition

Four years ago, as Colombia prepared for its first World Cup in 16 years, Radamel Falcao struggled to get healthy.

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The party is just beginning for World Cup debutante Panama

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela took to Twitter in October to declare a national holiday after his country qualified for its first World Cup. Next week, Panama plays its tournament opener against Belgium, possibly necessitating another Twitter proclamation.

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Ramadan leaves Muslim World Cup players facing a tough choice

Omar Gaber made two commitments before leaving Egypt for Russia and the World Cup on Sunday. One was to his country, which hasn’t seen its national team play on soccer’s biggest stage in 28 years. The other was to his faith.

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Injuries leave questions for Germany, Mexico in World Cup Group F qualifying

Preview of Group F in World Cup 2018 in Russia: Germany, Mexico, South Korea and Sweden.

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On eve of World Cup, some fear the soccer will give way to chaos

Many worry that intolerance, Russian nationalism and the country’s virulent soccer hooligan subculture will create a toxic mix that could cause the 2018 World Cup to devolve into violent street clashes that will overshadow the competition.

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Defending World Cup champion Germany still has something to prove in Russia

Germany, the defending World Cup champion, has proved it can beat each team in its qualifying group. The Germans' biggest foe might just be history.

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Costa Rica confident even in a group that includes Brazil

Costa Rica didn’t lose a game in regulation in the World Cup four years ago in Brazil, where it was eliminated in a penalty-kick shootout.

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Argentina is easy favorite, but who else will advance from Group D

A look at the teams that make up Group D of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

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Iceland comfortable with Cinderella title, but wants to prove it belongs in the World Cup

Even Disney couldn’t have written Iceland’s World Cup story better. There’s just one problem with that narrative: Like “Cinderella,” it’s a fairytale — albeit one the team has gone along with because, well, it’s made Iceland the tournament’s lovable underdog.

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World Cup Group C capsules

A look at the teams in Group C of the 2018 Russia World Cup.

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Peru is back at the World Cup after 36-year absence and hopes for a long stay

No country has gone longer between World Cup appearances than tiny Peru, which returns to soccer’s biggest stage this month after a 36-year absence. And the country hasn’t stopped celebrating since it qualified last November.

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World Cup Group B preview: Cristiano Ronaldo has a pretty clear path to advance

Portugal is joined by Spain, Iran and Morocco in Group B of the World Cup in Russia. Here's a look at each team.

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Who’s better, Ronaldo or Messi? World Cup could end the debate

Neither star has held soccer’s biggest prize and this summer’s tournament could be the last chance at capturing a World Cup title for both: Ronaldo will be 37 when the next World Cup kicks off in Qatar while Messi, his longtime rival in Spain’s La Liga, will be 35.

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World Cup Group A: Bob Bradley laid foundation for Egypt's first trip to World Cup in 28 years

Mohamed Salah was a quiet teenager who had made just one appearance for Egypt when Bob Bradley took over the country’s national team in the summer of 2011.

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Dos Santos brothers and Carlos Vela lead MLS World Cup contingent

Brothers Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos of the Galaxy and forward Carlos Vela of LAFC were officially named Monday to Mexico’s 23-man World Cup roster but Vela’s LAFC teammate Laurent Ciman wasn’t as fortunate, with the central defender failing to make the final cut for the Belgium team.

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Fox Sports taking global perspective for U.S.-less World Cup

The U.S. won’t be in Russia but Fox will be, and the network is going all in, planning to broadcast a record 38 matches on network TV.

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Mexico left with few answers after 0-0 draw

Monday’s exhibition against Wales at the Rose Bowl was more about learning than about winning. The most important lesson learned from the 0-0 draw was that Mexico still have a lot of work to do before next month’s World Cup opener against Germany.

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Mexico faces roster issue ahead of friendly with Wales

Mexico goes into Monday’s friendly with Wales at the Rose Bowl carrying four players — midfielder Andres Guardado, defender Diego Reyes and the Galaxy’s brother duo of Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos — with injury concerns.

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Mexico and coach Juan Carlos Osorio heading for breakup no matter what happens at World Cup

The first step toward being fired as coach of the Mexican national team is being hired as coach of the Mexican national team. One follows the other as clearly as night follows day.

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A look at each of Mexico's disappointing finishes over the last six World Cups

Mexico has lost its first game in the knockout stage each time. As a result, El Tri goes to Russia still searching for that elusive fifth game, a milestone it achieved just once, in 1986, when it played host to the tournament and made it to the quarterfinals.

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A closer look at the technology inside the 2018 World Cup soccer ball

To design the most technologically advanced World Cup ball in history, Adidas had to go back to a time when TV transmissions were mostly black and white, soccer balls were made from heavy, unforgiving leather and the German sports-apparel giant was mainly a spectator at the World Cup.

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Win or lose, final thoughts stick with World Cup players who reached pinnacle

Fewer than 400 people know what it feels like to play in a World Cup final, a number that will swell slightly following this summer’s tournament in Russia. Unless you’re one of them, there’s no way to understand the high that comes from winning one — or disappointment and despair from losing one.

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World Cup teams making push for U.S. hearts, minds and money

With the U.S. out of the World Cup for the first time since 1986, who should you root for? From Mexico to Germany to Iceland, nations are lining up to capture the hearts and minds of American soccer fans.

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With the home team out, here are 10 World Cup teams worth cheering

The U.S. national team is sitting out this summer’s World Cup but that doesn’t mean U.S. fans have to remain on the sidelines.

After U.S. team misses qualifying for World Cup, ex-coach Bruce Arena writes about state of U.S. soccer

When Bruce Arena was asked to rescue a struggling U.S. national team in the fall of 2016, he was also asked to write a book about how he did it. He said yes to both requests. Neither one worked out quite the way he had hoped.

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As World Cup looms, U.S. players still lament loss in Trinidad

With this summer’s World Cup tournament in Russia just five weeks away, many still can’t believe the U.S. won’t be there.

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Missing in action: Five other teams that won’t be in Russia for World Cup

Here are five teams other than the United States whose absence in Russia will be noteworthy.

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World Cup won't have a U.S. team, but it will have plenty of American officials

The United States, which does not have a team in the competition, will be the only country to have two center referees among the pool of 99 officials.

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The 10 best players never to reach a World Cup final

One man’s list of 10 superstars who made it to the World Cup but never to the final.

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