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World Cup 2018 day eight: buildup as Australia prepare to face Denmark – live!

Updates from Russia ahead of Group C and D matchesSocceroos braced for crucial Denmark clashGet in touch on email, Twitter or below the line 5.28am BST On that final point, Southgate’s unfortunate injury – sustained while going for a jog, of all things…

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World Cup 2018 day eight: buildup as Australia prepare to face Denmark – live!

Updates from Russia ahead of Group C and D matchesSocceroos braced for crucial Denmark clashGet in touch on email, Twitter or below the line 5.28am BST On that final point, Southgate’s unfortunate injury – sustained while going for a jog, of all things…

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Croatia send their reluctant substitute Nikola Kalinic home

• Striker refused to come off bench against Nigeria• Coach says same thing happened in Brazil friendlyThe Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup finals after refusing on Saturday to enter the Group D match against Nig…

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Joy, despair and crunching tackles: the best World Cup 2018 photos

We round up the best photography from the opening four days of the World Cup 2018• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography Continue reading…

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Luka Modric penalty secures victory for uninspiring Croatia over Nigeria

Croatia, considered tournament dark horses by many, cruised through their opening encounter with Nigeria thanks to an own goal from Etebo Karo and a penalty from Luka Modric. The victory leaves Croatia top of Group D, but after a largely forgettable ga…

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Croatia v Nigeria: World Cup 2018 – live!

Latest updates from the 8pm BST Group D kick-offModric: Great expectations are only fairFrance 2-1 Australia | Argentina 1-1 IcelandFeel free to email Ben or tweet: @benfisherj 6.38pm BST The final billing of a jam-packed day three. We’ve already had V…

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Croatia’s Luka Modric: ‘It is only right there are great expectations of us’

• Pressure on a high-quality squad to get out of the group stage• ‘We won’t give up on attacking football,’ Zlatko Dalic saysCroatia enter the World Cup on Saturday, their Golden Generation beginning what is surely a last quest towards making an impact…

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

Supporters from every country that qualified share their hopes and expectations for Russia 2018• Neutral’s choice: who are rest of the world supporting? Continue reading…

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How Luka Modric and Dejan Lovren got caught up in Croatian corruption case

Modric is facing the prospect of jail time while Lovren could be charged over a scandal that has taken down Zdravko Mamic – the most powerful figure in Croatian footballOn Wednesday afternoon, Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful figure in Croat…

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Croatia World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

Luka Modric has been moved into a more advanced role under Zlatko Dalic and is seeing less of the ball but the benefits may outweigh the drawbacksThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the …

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Andrej Kramaric: Croatia hero who risked his career for his principles

Forward left Dinamo Zagreb rather than agreeing to Zdravko Mamic’s demands and is respected by fans of all clubs in CroatiaThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisation…

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Neymar’s wonder goal on return from injury helps Brazil sink Croatia

• PSG forward comes on as a substitute in 2-0 win at Anfield• Roberto Firmino also scores as Brazil tune up for World CupNeymar marked his return from a knee injury in spectacular fashion as Brazil beat Croatia 2-0 in a friendly at Anfield.The Paris Sa…

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World Cup 2018 draw – live!

Russia 2018 groups decided at draw in Moscow, from 3pm GMTStadium guide | Create your own draw | How the draw worksAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 2.13pm GMT Update: Diego Maradona has located a razor. And a suit. And a comedy …

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Russia World Cup 2018 draw: team-by-team guide to all 32 countries

With the draw taking place in Moscow on Friday, here is everything you need to know about the teams, from star players to tactics and the ones to watch Continue reading…

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Croatia draw with Greece in second leg to qualify for 2018 World Cup

Croatia are in the World Cup finals after a 0-0 away draw on Sunday night put them through with a 4-1 aggregate across the two legs of their qualifying play-off with Greece.Zlatko Dalic’s side made sure of a place in Russia next summer by closing out a…

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Nikola Kalinic puts Croatia in control of World Cup playoff against Greece

Croatia edged closer to next year’s World Cup with a 4-1 home win over Greece in the first leg of their two-legged playoff.The result left the Greeks with a huge task in Athens on Sunday if they are to reach their third successive finals. Continue read…

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World Cup play-offs, final qualifiers and friendlies: 10 things to look out for

Republic of Ireland walk disciplinary tightrope, Italians seek revenge, Morocco and Senegal look for final step and will Wilfried Zaha be Ivory Coast’s saviour?Northern Ireland and Switzerland last met in a competitive fixture in 1964, when a home team…

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World Cup 2018: fans from around Europe preview the play-offs

Fans from Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland fill us in on their teams before the play-offsIt was disappointing to finish behind Iceland in our group. We are a strong team with promising young…

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World Cup play-offs: where the four European ties will be won and lost

Will Switzerland build on their form in qualifying? Are Italy going to a 15th straight World Cup? Will Croatia beat Greece? And will the Irish enjoy some luck?By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkSwitzerland have a right…

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World Cup 2018 play-off draw in full – video report

The Republic of Ireland will face Denmark and Northern Ireland will take on Switzerland in the World Cup play-offs after the draw for the games was made on Tuesday. Northern Ireland last qualified in 1986 while the Republic of Ireland last appeared at …