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World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries review the tournament

As the dust settles on the World Cup in Russia, readers have been sharing their verdicts on their teams’ performancesI could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. …

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World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 ga…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil reign while Sweden still edge England

With all the last-16 ties played we rank the teams who made it to the knockout stages of the World Cup, with Sweden and England rising while Spain plummet nine places to 16thIt looks like Brazil’s World Cup to lose now. They reduced Mexico to huff and …

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France have hit upon a strange winning formula at just the right time

France’s formation against Argentina was imbalanced but it brought the best from Kylian Mbappé. Will the feelgood story continue against Uruguay’s imperious defence?By Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThere is no doubting the extent to which Kyli…

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Lionel Messi’s smile laid to rest in France’s victory over Argentina

After his side crashed out of the World Cup, Messi will have been left wondering whether he should have returned to lead Argentina’s bereft finals showing in RussiaAs Argentina’s defenders punted the ball from net to centre circle for the third time, L…

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Kylian Mbappé doubles up in France’s rollercoaster victory over Argentina

Dreams can endure only so long before they are overwhelmed by reality – and there are few realities quite so brutally uncompromising as the pace and finishing of Kylian Mbappé, who scored twice and won a penalty in France’s 4-3 win.After a grim trudge …

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World Cup 2018: France v Argentina – live!

World Cup updates from the first last-16 tie of Russia 2018Jorge Valdano: I love football because it’s the opposite of scienceEmail Jacob here or tweet him here with your thoughts 10.44am BST A strange game to work out, this one. It’s a collision betwe…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama lastIt is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. Neymar has pranced and preened, par…

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World Cup 2018: buildup to the first knockout matches in Russia – live!

Live buildup to France v Argentina and Uruguay v PortugalWorld Cup stats: from best passers to slowest playersAfter epic group stage, it’s time for more dramaEmail or tweet your thoughts to Jonathan 6.04am BST The Tweet from Michael Nyman started me th…

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The best passers, hardest workers and slowest players of the World Cup so far

When it comes to passing, shooting and crossing one team outclassed all others in the World Cup group stage. When it came to winning, sadly, Germany didn’t do quite so wellThe group stage is over, 48 of the 64 matches have been played, 122 goals have b…

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Didier Deschamps hopes France’s La Liga trio can muzzle Lionel Messi

• ‘We’d like to neutralise him but know he can make difference’• France need Antoine Griezmann to spark against ArgentinaIf a manager’s demeanour in front of the cameras is an indication of the state of his team then France risk staring into the void. …

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Javier Mascherano’s legs may have gone but his heart has not

The 34-year-old midfielder is the epitome of the bronca, the spirit of defiance that so often propels Argentina, and a voice of reason in a chaotic campaignJavier Mascherano has spent much of the past week looking beat up. He had a black eye as he gave…

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Argentina succeeded where Germany failed by adapting to adversity | Liam Rosenior

Having ridden out a storm, Argentina may yet go far in this tournament whereas Germany paid the price for not being united or mentally equipped to deal with setbacksIn life it can be known as the moment of truth but in football it is the moment of adve…

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Lionel Messi reveals he wore reporter’s lucky charm for World Cup win – video

Argentina star Lionel Messi surprised a journalist by revealing he wore the lucky charm he gave him after his team’s draw against Iceland. Messi’s superb  goal against Nigeria helped the team progress to the last 16 – and the forward wore the…

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Messi’s in a mess and doesn’t seem to fit into the Argentina collective | Marcel Desailly

Lionel Messi scored a wonderful goal against Nigeria but Argentina are really struggling at this World Cup – and their style of play may suit France in the last 16A lot of the talk at this World Cup has been about big teams underperforming and, believe…

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Diego Maradona lives like he played, with blatant disregard for the rules and norms

His performance in the stands watching Argentina v Nigeria was a sad reminder of his struggles but we have to accept his extremes and that he is neither good or bad – but bothHalfway through the match between Argentina and Nigeria it looked as if somet…

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Argentinian press round-up: ‘Lionel Messi was angry. What great news!’

Jorge Sampaoli’s men are through to the last 16 thanks to a late winner against Nigeria. More importantly, their key player seems to be getting back to his bestFormer national team coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino said it best this week: Argentinians can’t…

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‘It was win or die’: Argentina savour their great World Cup escape

Relief was the overriding emotion in the Argentina camp after the dramatic win over Nigeria ended a week of torment and set up a last-16 match with FranceJavier Mascherano was bloodied but not beaten, the last to depart the stadium in St Petersburg whe…

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World Cup 2018: reaction to Argentina’s late win and Germany buildup – live!

Latest news from Russia as Groups E and F conclude‘I knew God was with us,’ says Lionel MessiAnd you can email, tweet or comment below the line 5.00am BST Cometh the 86th, cometh the man. No, not that man. Or even that other man. Or that man who was in…

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‘I knew God was with us’: Lionel Messi hails Argentina’s salvation

• Late Marcos Rojo goal secured victory over Nigeria• ‘I don’t remember having ever suffered so much’Lionel Messi said that he had never suffered as much as he did in St Petersburg, but insisted that he never feared Argentina being knocked out of the W…