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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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‘When there’s a star like Ronaldo on the pitch, the game can change’

Spain’s players and press react to one of the great games in World Cup history, in which they were undone by ‘too little luck, too much Ronaldo’Gerard Piqué said “there will be a time” to tell the story of the three days that shook Spain, but not yet. …

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Spain’s Nacho on Ronaldo foul : ‘I wouldn’t have given the penalty’ – video

Spain’s Nacho says that he did make contact with Ronaldo in the penalty box after only two minutes of play but that he ‘wouldn’t have given the penalty’. Spain defender Gerard Pique accused Ronaldo of diving to win the penalty, which was awarded with t…

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World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo saves Portugal in classic clash with Spain

Spain were held by Cristiano Ronaldo’s reigning European champions in a six-goal thriller which ended with a stunning free-kick Continue reading…

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Cristiano Ronaldo hits hat-trick as Portugal deny Spain in six-goal thriller

After all the fall-out, the football. A classic, Portugal manager Fernando Santos had predicted, and he wasn’t far off. Twice Portugal led, twice Spain equalised, and then they took a lead that felt like a liberation, but with just one minute to go Cri…

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Portugal v Spain: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group B updates from the 7pm BST matchComplete guide to all 736 players at the 2018 World CupFeel free to drop your thoughts to rob.smyth@theguardian.com 5.58pm BST Portugal (4-4-2) Patricio; Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Silva, Carvalho, M…

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Julen Lopetegui cries as he is unveiled as Real Madrid’s new coach – video

Julen Lopetegui, the former manager of Spain who was sacked due to secret negotiations with Real Madrid, has been unveiled as its new coach. At the press conference, Lopetegui described his sacking on the eve of the World Cup as ‘the saddest day of my …

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Sergio Ramos urges Spain to ignore the upheaval before Portugal clash

Defender says sacking of Julen Lopetegui will not affect Spain’s World Cup and there is no split in the squadSergio Ramos took one last look around the room and smiled, an invitation for others to join him. “This looks like a funeral parlour, and tomor…

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Real Madrid accuse Spain of ‘absurd reaction’ over Lopetegui sacking

• President Florentino Pérez defends conduct over appointment• New Madrid coach Lopetegui: it was “saddest day of my life”The Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, has accused the Spanish Football Federation of taking an “absurd reaction” in sacking…

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Anger and ethics at heart of Spain’s decision to sack Julen Lopetegui | Sid Lowe

Five minutes was all the warning Luis Rubiales had of Julen Lopetegui’s defection to Real Madrid – and to the head of the Spain Football Federation that was unforgivableLuis Rubiales took a call and listened in shock to what he was told. He asked for m…

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Spain ‘forced’ to sack Julen Lopetegui on eve of World Cup 2018 – video

The Spanish FA has sacked manager Julen Lopetegui just two days before the country’s World Cup opener against Portugal. Federation president Luis Rubiales said it had no choice after Tuesday’s announcement Lopetegui would become Zinedine Zidane’s …

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Julen Lopetegui sacked as Spain manager after accepting Real Madrid job

• Madrid said on Tuesday Lopetegui to take over after World Cup• Spain play opening game in Russia against Portugal on FridayJulen Lopetegui has been removed as Spain manager a day after it emerged that he had agreed to take over at Real Madrid after t…

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Julen Lopetegui to join Real Madrid as head coach after World Cup

• Spain coach signs three-year contract at the Bernabéu• Lopetegui’s side face Portugal in World Cup on FridayReal Madrid have announced that the Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as manager at the Bernabéu after 2018 World Cup in Russia….

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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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Belgium have the squad, Spain the swagger – but who will win in Russia?

Saudia Arabia are 2,000-1, but the chances are one of the top six in the bookies’ odds will lift the World Cup on 15 JulyHow do you build a team around a player without being reliant on h im? The tightrope that Jorge Sampaoli has to tread with Lionel M…

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Andrés Iniesta: ‘I’ve squeezed out every drop, there’s nothing left’ | Sid Lowe

As Spain’s midfielder prepares for his final World Cup he discusses how he spent his last minutes at Barcelona, the times he hit near-perfection and how football in his village shaped him“‘An intimate moment,” he calls it. Late on a Sunday night, his l…

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Iker Casillas picks his all-time Spain XI

The former La Roja goalkeeper takes on our challenge to pick his country’s all-time XI, resulting in an extraordinary line-upMy all-time Spanish team has to lean towards the players that I have seen, mostly from my generation, although it is true that …

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Spain’s all-time World Cup XI: create your own

Spain complete our 12-team series, in which readers can pick their best-ever XIs. Do you pick Raúl or Villa up front? Or maybe both?Iker Casillas picks his all-time Spain XI Continue reading…

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David de Gea mistake allows Switzerland to grab draw in Spain

Spain 1-1 SwitzerlandDavid de Gea made a rare error in Spain’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland, a game dominated by the home side in which they could not make their superior possession count.The Real Sociedad right-back Álvaro Odriozola scored his first inte…

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Rafael Nadal says the Spanish people would like a general election – video

The Spanish tennis player talked about his country’s political situation during a press conference after his victory over Richard Gasquet at the French Open. He said Spanish citizens are not comfortable with the way things are and talked of the need fo…