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Author Archive for Barney Ronay at the Luzhniki Stadium

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France boast seductive future with Kylian Mbappé their leading man | Barney Ronay

France stake claim to be planet’s most powerful football nation as World Cup is won by second-youngest squad in RussiaAnd fade to blue. On a stormy, slightly wild afternoon in Moscow France became world champions for the second time, providing a b…

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No more tears or pain now – this young England team deserve our applause | Barney Ronay

A young, unheralded bunch of players have gone further than those before who were more obviously talented but in the end England fell short against a superior sideLeave the flags out. Have another glass. Take another look, if you can, at those moments …

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Tiki-taxi for Spain as style becomes vice against Russia’s rearguard | Barney Ronay

Finesse was no match for the World Cup hosts’ tenacity in their Moscow last?16 showdownTiki-taxi for Spain. On a slow-burn, increasingly wild afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium the outstanding team of the age produced a quietly extraordinary performance…

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Pomp, absurdity and goals galore get Russia’s show off to a delirious start

Opening night in Moscow had grandeur and hugeness, plus a home team so urgent and creative it was tempting to wonder if a Russia+1 filter had been placed over the pitchTake that! On opening night in Moscow the World Cup turned a full-flush red, setting…