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    Germans ready to confirm favourites tag

    Reuters. Vatutinki | Updated at 12:05am on June 17, 2018

    World champions Germany know they must up their game when they kick off their world title defence against Mexico on Sunday if they are to...

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    Refreshed Brazil target strong start

    Reuters. Rostov-on-Don | Updated at 12:05am on June 17, 2018

    Brazil have shown all the signs they can rule the world yet again in Russia but they must make their excellent preparations count in their World Cup Group E opener against a resilient Switzerland side on Sunday in Rostov...

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    Pogba, technology earn France 2-1 win

    Reuters. Kazan | Updated at 05:37pm on June 16, 2018

    Paul Pogba scored a late goal to earn France a hard-fought 2-1 win against Australia as technology played a major part in their opening World Cup Group C game on Saturday....

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    Costa first player to be awarded WC goal through VAR

    Reuters. Sochi | Updated at 02:09am on June 16, 2018

    Diego Costa's equaliser for Spain against Portugal on Friday was the first time a World Cup goal was awarded after a review from the video assistant referee (VAR)....

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    Ronaldo hat-trick denies Spain win

    Reuters. Sochi | Updated at 01:57am on June 16, 2018

    Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo curled in a sizzling late free kick to strike the first hat-trick of the 2018 World Cup and grab his side a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain on Friday as the Group B blockbuster lived up to the hype...

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    Iran beat Morocco with 95th-minute own goal

    Reuters. St Petersburg | Updated at 11:05pm on June 15, 2018

    Aziz Bouhaddouz headed an own goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give Iran a stunning 1-0 victory over Morocco in the first Group B game of the World Cup on Friday...

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    Messi to put heat on Iceland as France target Australia

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 12:10am on June 16, 2018

    Lionel Messi's Argentina aim to put a shambolic World Cup build-up behind them and make a statement in their opening match against tournament debutants Iceland on Saturday.

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    Australia hope for ‘luck’ against France

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 16, 2018

    According to the calculations of Australia coach Bert van Marwijk, the Socceroos will probably lose their World Cup opener against France on Saturday and will need ‘luck’ as well as team spirit to emerge with a result...

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    Saudi women at WC talk up new found freedoms at home

    Reuters. Moscow | Updated at 08:45pm on June 15, 2018

    Saudi Arabia's soccer team may have been thrashed in its first World Cup match, but Saudi women attending the tournament said they still had lots to celebrate after a ban on them attending matches at home was lifted earlier this year...

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    Uruguay beat Egypt 1-0

    Reuters. Yekaterinburg | Updated at 08:18pm on June 15, 2018

    Uruguay's Jose Gimenez cannoned in an 89th minute header to deal Egypt a 1-0 defeat in their World Cup opener on Friday, just as the North Africans appeared to have escaped with a point despite missing key striker Mohamed Salah...