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From Ronaldo to Neymar: winners and losers of World Cup’s first week | Paul MacInnes

Denis Cheryshev, Gareth Southgate and Aliou Cissé have enjoyed a fine opening seven days but it’s not been all roses for Mo Salah or Sami Khedira Continue reading…

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‘Ros! Si! Ya!’ Energised Russia is one nation under a World Cup chant

Expectations could barely have been lower for the World Cup hosts, but with qualification for the last 16 confirmed a wave of optimism is lighting up the nation – and the tournamentThey chanted it inside the St Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday night. They…

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Artem Dzyuba secures second win for Russia with victory over Egypt

Artem Dzyuba sealed victory for Russia in their second Group A, as the host nation all but qualified with a 3-1 win against Egypt. The host nation will qualify on Wednesday providing Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay. Related: World Cup 2018: Russia v …

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Artem Dzyuba secures second win for Russia with victory over Egypt

Artem Dzyuba sealed victory for Russia in their second Group A, as the host nation all but qualified with a 3-1 win against Egypt. The host nation will qualify on Wednesday providing Saudi Arabia fail to beat Uruguay. Related: World Cup 2018: Russia v …

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Russia v Egypt: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group A updates from the 7pm BST kick-offDavid Squires on … England, VAR and the World Cup so farAny comments? You can email Paul or tweet Paul Doyle 5.34pm BST Russia: to follow …Egypt: El Shenawy; Fathi, Hegazi, Gabr, Shafy; Elneny, Hamed…

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Egypt ready to take a risk on fitness of talisman Mo Salah

After the opening World Cup defeat to Uruguay, Egypt and their manager Héctor Cúper have a big decision to make for Tuesday’s match with Russia in St PetersburgFor the Egypt fans taking in the sights of St Petersburg there was no mistaking the focus fo…

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Russia ready to take historic World Cup step but tensions still run high | Andrew Roth

Victory over Egypt will put Russia on the brink of their first World Cup knockout game since the Soviet era, but the squad have not forgotten the widespread pre-tournament pessimismIt has been a long time since Russia’s national team have given their c…

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Praise for organisers and friendly Russians in Volgograd

‘The warmth of the welcome has been outstanding’Turnout of England fans lowest for decadesBritish diplomats and football officials have lavished praise on the organisation of the World Cup in Russia, before England’s first game against Tunisia in Volgo…

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My grandad was captured by Russians in the second world war and kept alive

I may be in Volgograd to cover the football but family history gives me pause for thoughtThere is a time and place for first-person stories, which is usually no time and no place. But this is the only time I’ll get to tell this one. It’s quite good. An…

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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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England camp on high terror alert before Volgograd opener

Russian city’s proximity to restive North Caucusus prompts unprecedented hotel securitySecurity is tight in Volgograd as England prepare for their opening World Cup game in the south-west Russian city on Monday.There is a heightened police presence and…

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Diversity fan zone blocked from opening in St Petersburg

‘Safe space’ to celebrate minorities in football shuttered in city known for hard line on LGBT activismA “safe space” meant to celebrate diversity in football on the sidelines of the World Cup has been prevented for opening for several days, after what…

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Nigeria game first big test of Russia’s resolve to stamp out racism

World Cup atmosphere has been festive so far, but concerns persist about how seriously officials take problemThe potential for racism during the World Cup has been one of the most pained issues in the build-up to the tournament, with the track record o…

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‘I think it’ll be all right’: England fans begin arriving in Volgograd

There is nervousness among some supporters before World Cup opener but most feel welcomedEngland fans have started arriving in the Russian city of Volgograd before their team’s opening World Cup game on Monday and are abiding by strict warnings not to …

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Football: it’s a funny old racist, money-grabbing game | Letters

Readers on the dearth of non-white managers, Amazon’s entry to the broadcasting Premier League, rail seating at football grounds, and the World CupWe have no doubt at all that there are many white men in football who react adversely to “outspoken black…

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‘The people should celebrate’: Russian press reaction to rout of Saudi Arabia

Pre-tournament pessimism has been washed away by the hosts’ thumping 5-0 win, but some observers are urging caution“Exhale!” screamed the top line in the Russian daily Sport Express.As Russia steamrolled its way to a 5-0 thrashing of a helpless Saudi A…

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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…

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World Cup 2018: Opening ceremony and Russia’s flying start – in pictures

The best images from Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as the 2018 World Cup got under way with Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina starring in a glamorous opening ceremony before the host nation got off to a dream start with a 5-0 defeat of …

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Russians enjoy dream World Cup opening despite Robbie Williams’ finger

• British pop star gestures to camera as he sings Rock DJ• But home team stun everyone with 5-0 win over Saudi ArabiaThe first day of the 2018 World Cup went off almost without a hitch for the hosts, Russia, with a barnstorming victory after a brief bu…

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‘It barely feels like Moscow right now. People are smiling’

The World Cup has come to Russia and Muscovites embraced the riot of colour on the streetsRussia’s World Cup has finally begun, to the cheers and quiet relief of a nation curious to see what an estimated $14bn (£10.5bn) and years of planning have bough…