England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England's youthful team a match against either Croatia or host nation Russia for a place in the final on July 15.
Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1 Friday, sending Neymar home without living up to the expectations of being soccer's most expensive player.
England defender John Stones described Colombia as the "dirtiest team I've ever come up against" and said his team's ability to rise above the provocation is a sign of its growing maturity at the World Cup.
England ended its long run of penalty misery and reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 12 years, beating Colombia 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday.
Another World Cup knockout match for Switzerland, another defeat. After meekly falling to a 1-0 defeat by unfancied Sweden, it's now 64 years since Switzerland scored in a knockout match at soccer's premier tournament.
Nacer Chaldi capped a comeback from a two-goal deficit when he scored in the fourth minute of injury time to give Belgium a 3-2 victory over Japan on Monday and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.
The "quinto partido" curse goes on. Mexico fell 2-0 to Brazil on Monday, marking the seventh straight time that El Tri has failed to reach the quarterfinals — or the fifth game — at soccer's premier tournament.
Most Russian fans just hoped that this World Cup team would not embarrass itself at a home tournament. Now they are ecstatically flooding the streets to celebrate a massive upset with hopes for more.
Edinson Cavani upstaged Cristiano Ronaldo, first with his head and then with his right foot, and sent Uruguay to the World Cup quarterfinals. Cavani scored twice and Ronaldo none Saturday to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over Portugal.
What Lionel Messi has never done, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe did twice. The quick-footed French teenager scored two goals in a five-minute span of the second half to help his team rally for a 4-3 victory over Argentina. Saturday's victory gave France a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Lionel Messi and Argentina finally got things going at the World Cup. Messi scored an exquisite 14th-minute goal to give the two-time champions the lead in a must-win game against Nigeria on Tuesday, but it wasn't until Marcos Rojo's 86th-minute strike that Argentina was assured of a place in the round of 16 with a 2-1 victory.
Tim Cahill finally got onto the field in his fourth World Cup for Australia, asked to provide a spark with the Socceroos in desperate need of goals. The goals didn't follow and Cahill had no interest in talking about whether Australia's 2-0 loss to Peru on Tuesday to close out the World Cup would be his final international appearance for his country.
Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru isn't leaving Russia empty handed. The Peruvians failed to score a goal in their opening two matches, but the team finally gave its fans a reason to celebrate when it ended Australia's hopes of advancing to the knockout round with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.
Former Manu Samoa captain, Daniel Leo, is on a crusade. He believes it is critical to educate the Pacific Island community about rugby players' welfare.
Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the Russian on his rear.
The Cleveland Browns' long search for a franchise quarterback has led them to Baker Mayfield — the first of four passers to be drafted in the top 10 Thursday night.
Basketball's international governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.
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