World Cup

Croatia whip Argentina 3-0, threatening 1st-round exit for Messi & company

Croatia is into the next round of the FIFA World Cup after a 3-0 win over Argentina.

Argentina is now third in the Group D standings with the same points as Iceland, which is making its World Cup debut, after tying Iceland in the first match.

To make matters worse, a win over Nigeria would leave Iceland three points ahead and with at least a four-goal advantage in the goal differential column.

Argentina needs some help at this point to make it out of the group stage.

A goal differential of minus-3 is all but a death knell. 

France through to World Cup knockout stage with Mbappe strike

France are through to the knockout stage of the World Cup with a second win in as many matches, beating Peru 1-nil.

19-year-old Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest scorer at a World Cup when he earned Les Bleus the win in their second Group C game, sending the South Americans out of the tournament on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Mbappe tapped in after Olivier Giroud's shot looped over goalkeeper Pedro Gallese when it took a deflection off a defender in the 34th minute of a high-intensity match.

Kane double gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

England got its World Cup campaign off to a winning start as captain Harry Kane scored twice, including in injury time, to beat Tunisia 2-1 in Volgograd.

Kane scored after six minutes to give Gareth Southgate hope the perfect start in his first match in charge of the senior England team at a tournament but Tunisia hauled themselves level through Ferjani Sassi’s penalty, hit low to Jordan Pickford’s right, before half-time.

Russia opens World Cup with 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia

Hosts Russia roared its World Cup intent to the rafters with a 5-0 tournament-opening win over Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Russians served up an adrenaline-fuelled performance for an 80,000-capacity Luzhniki crowd that included President Vladimir Putin and the Saudi crown prince.

The Saudis, ranked three places above Russia at 67 in the world rankings, played some nice, tight football at times, but were never able to match the Russian hosts for energy or intent.