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World Cup 2018: Uruguay v Russia – live!

World Cup Group A updates from the 3pm BST kick-off Saudi Arabia v Egypt – live! Join Barry Glendenning nowAny thoughts? Email Jacob or tweet at @JacobSteinberg 2.29pm BST Related: Goals, celebrations and Maradona’s dismay – the best World Cup 2018 ph…

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Saudi Arabia v Egypt: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group A updates from the 3pm BST kick-offUruguay v Russia – live! Join Jacob Steinberg nowAny thoughts? Email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 2.28pm BST Saudi Arabia: Al-Mosailem, Al-Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Motaz Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani, Bahbir, Al-F…

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Goals, celebrations and Maradona’s dismay – the best World Cup 2018 photos from week two

We round up the best photography from the second week of the World Cup in Russia, including some thumping strikes and tidy celebrations• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography Continue reading…

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Mikel aiming to turn tables 13 years after Messi took his Golden Ball

Nigeria v Argentina has rich World Cup history and this meeting falls more than a decade after the captains met in a youth finalMikel John Obi smiles. “Yeah, Messi stole the Golden Ball off me,” the Nigeria captain says, and he remembers how it happene…

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The Football Atlas: the illustrations putting the World Cup on the map

Michael Raisch has combined his love of maps, football and design to create a series of love letters to the World Cup Interview by Will Sharp for These Football TimesArtist and designer Michael Raisch has combined his expertise in photorealistic portr…

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Mohamed Salah ‘happy’ with Egypt amid Chechnya political symbol furore

• Salah said to be angry about team banquet with Kadyrov• Egyptian FA says there is ‘no problem’ and Salah is ‘happy’The Egypt football federation has said that Mohamed Salah is training well and has no desire to leave the World Cup despite reports cla…

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Mohamed Salah ‘happy’ with Egypt amid Chechnya political symbol furore

• Salah said to be angry about team banquet with Kadyrov• Egyptian FA says there is ‘no problem’ and Salah is ‘happy’The Egypt football federation has said that Mohamed Salah is training well and has no desire to leave the World Cup despite reports cla…

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Ten talking points from the second round of World Cup 2018 matches

VAR confounds sceptics, the World Cup shows its capacity to unite, Peru and Egypt go out partying and passions run highThis hasn’t been an easy talking point to write. But maybe, in the end, it’s not you. It’s us. The experience of Video Assistant Refe…

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Iran women fans resist harassment to attend team’s game with Spain | Shaun Walker

Campaigners against a ban on female fans in Iran going to games have taken their battle to Russia where they watched their team’s second match despite invasive security checksWhen Iran take on Portugal in Saransk on Monday night, there will be a group …

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World Cup 2018: Groups A and B get set for finales – live!

Live updates from Russia ahead of the final matches in Groups A and BSweden squad rally behind Durmaz after racial abuse onlineAny comments? You can email or tweet @rrjparkin 5.15am BST But before we delve into Day 12’s tantalising encounters, like a p…

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Jesse Lingard laughs off Panama bruisers to help England find their joy | Barney Ronay

Tireless midfielder is becoming the grinning symbol of a team that has come to Russia with a strange sense of exuberanceWell, that was fun, in between the painful bits. First, it is necessary to issue the disclaimers. Yes, Panama unravelled like a chea…

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‘Felipe Baloy scores. Panama make history. The whole country explodes’ | Fernando Cuenco

In Panama City thousands gather in the early morning to watch the ‘Sele’ take on England and in the hearts of everyone Baloy’s ‘consolation’ makes it 1-0 to La Marea Roja5am, around the Rommel Fernández Stadium. An unusual encounter on the Vía España f…

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‘Felipe Baloy scores. Panama make history. The whole country explodes’ | Fernando Cuenco

In Panama City thousands gather in the early morning to watch the ‘Sele’ take on England and in the hearts of everyone Baloy’s ‘consolation’ makes it 1-0 to La Marea Roja5am, around the Rommel Fernández Stadium. An unusual encounter on the Vía España f…

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‘Felipe Baloy scores. Panama make history. The whole country explodes’ | Fernando Cuenco

In Panama City thousands gather in the early morning to watch the ‘Sele’ take on England and in the hearts of everyone Baloy’s ‘consolation’ makes it 1-0 to La Marea Roja5am, around the Rommel Fernández Stadium. An unusual encounter on the Vía España f…

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Colombia’s triple hammer blow dumps Poland out of World Cup

Poland have been eliminated from the World Cup, beaten 3-0 by Colombia in Kazan. James Rodríguez and co will now qualify if they beat Senegal in their last match, turning round their position after the opening 2-1 defeat against Japan.For Poland, who c…

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Spain can take nothing for granted against unlucky losers Morocco, says Busquets | Sid Lowe

Midfielder’s opinion differs from head coach as final Group B game offers chance to finish top and steer a less treacherous path in knockout stagesAccording to Sergio Busquets, football has not been fair to Morocco and they agree. Hervé Renard insisted…

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Gareth Southgate: ‘We wouldn’t swap Harry Kane for anyone’

• England manager praises captain as ‘irreplaceable’• ‘You know that, when he gets opportunities, he’ll bury them‘Gareth Southgate has called Harry Kane “irreplaceable” and praised the striker’s mental strength, selfless work ethic and ruthless finishi…

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Socceroos’ time of transition sees baton pass from Cahill to Arzani | John Davidson

The World Cup has shown 18-year-old Daniel Arzani is the future of Australian football“Bert draws a blank,” the Courier-Mail’s back page screamed after Australia’s 1-1 draw with Denmark. “Golden opportunity goes begging as Socceroos coach leaves our gr…

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Blissed-out Gary Lineker an equal match for Rio Ferdinand’s reality check | Scott Murray

BBC’s TV presenters started out on the cautious side before the goals flooded in and even then one remained unimpressedComplain about the licence fee if you must but the bottom line is the BBC’s comprehensive World Cup coverage offers something for eve…

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‘In a dream world’ – England fans in Nizhny Novogorod react to Panama rout

Travelling supporters were few in number as Gareth Southgate’s side won 6-1 in stifling heat, but they more than made up for that both in and out of the stadiumThe victory was never in question, only the score. England fans flush from 30-degree heat an…