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World Cup Match Day Live

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  • 14 minutes ago
    Mbappe lauded plenty of praise of Griezmann when speaking to the press, claiming that the Atletico Madrid striker has what it takes to lead France to glory:

    I think that he is the boss since the Euro already. When you end the European Championship the best goalscorer in your own country, you show the world that you have the shoulders to handle the pressure.

    It’s true that he went through a bad patch following the competition but he showed how [much of] an amazing player he was and he is by scoring goal after goal.

    He will be pivotal for us if we want to get results.


  • 18 minutes ago
    It’ll certainly be interesting to see how France perform in their opening game on Saturday. Les Bleus have been named alongside the likes of Spain, Germany and Brazil as one of the favourites to win the tournament, but they haven’t been in the best of form recently and will be aiming to kick off the World Cup with a convincing victory.
    They’ve only lost one of their last 12 games but were booed in their final friendly against the United States, where they limped to a drab 1-1 draw at the Groupama Stadium.
    Nonetheless, with players like Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba in their side, they certainly have enough talent to go all the way.

  • 21 minutes ago
    Australia have only won once at a World Cup since 2006, but veteran Tim Cahill believes they have what it takes to beat France in their opening group stage game:

    In a short space of time we have to implement a structure inside a game to beat France. I think we’ve got all the tools but now it comes down to Saturday to put that into action.

    So you see the Czech [Republic] game, that was a good game. You see the Hungary game, it was average. Now it’s not a dress rehearsal. Now the big dance is here. And this is where you have to step up.

    Everyone wants to win and they’ve [Bert van Marwijk] given us some good insights into the world of international football.

  • 28 minutes ago

    Low shows off skills in Germany training

  • 32 minutes ago
    Big Tom has his seat sorted!
  • 36 minutes ago
    Kroos also spoke about the young players in the Germany squad and the recent whistling that was directed at Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil, who faced criticism for being photographed alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

    I love Leon Goretzka’s style of playing and his attitude. And we don’t have to talk about Joshua Kimmich, because he’s already a world-class player who will have a key position within the national team in the upcoming years.

    The mood within the team is very good. Nobody actually talks about their photo with Erdogan. We focus on football and not on gossip on some talkshows.

    You could say that it was wrong what they did, but you couldn’t cheer for them at the World Cup some moments later. That doesn’t fit together.

  • 40 minutes ago
    With Spain potentially harmed by Lopetegui’s sacking, Germany certainly start the tournament as one of the favourites to lift the trophy for the second consecutive time.
    Low’s side are in action against Mexico in their opening game on Sunday, but Toni Kroos, who has been speaking to the press today, believes they need to improve after struggling in their final few pre-World Cup friendlies:

    We definitely know that we have to pick up our pace in the upcoming matches to compete with the best. I criticised them [the players] after the friendly against Austria because I felt we had a lack of attitude. Against Saudi-Arabia, we played much better and everybody was more focused to win.

    [Mexico] are a good team. I know Chicharito from our time at Real Madrid, but it would be unfair to reduce the Mexican team just to him.

  • 44 minutes ago
  • an hour ago
    The Lopetegui situation has certainly come at the worst possible time for Spain, who were not only set to start the World Cup as one of the favourites to win the whole thing but are desperately aiming to bounce back from a disappointing time four years ago.
    The 2010 winners were unable to match their spectacular triumph in Brazil, where they failed to make it out of the group stage for only the second time since 1978. They were thrashed 5-1 by the Netherlands in their opening game – one that, coincidentally, took place exactly four years ago yesterday – before going on to lose 2-0 against Chile.
    They were able to win their final group stage match against Australia, but by that point it was too late and they were dumped out of the tournament. A repeat of that feat this year would be an absolute disaster, to say the least.

  • an hour ago
    However, Germany boss Joachim Low believes Lopetegui’s dismissal will cause “difficulties and unrest”, despite Spain’s strengths:

    I was also surprised and it very much came out of the blue. I’ve no idea about the background of the Spanish Federation’s decision. To put it mildly, it is very unusual, if not a total bombshell.

    Let’s not beat about the bush – it will lead to difficulties and a bit of unrest. Fernando Hierro has experience in coaching and I think he was assistant coach for Real Madrid for a while. He went to Valencia and was head of sporting affairs but I cannot evaluate his qualities as a coach.

    However, Spain has been together for years and years. They have a clear philosophy. Just look at Barcelona and Real Madrid who leave their mark on the national team.

    The players know each other well and have done for many years, so at the end of day Lopetegui or no Lopetegui, Spain will not lose any of their class or quality.

  • an hour ago
    Despite Lopetegui’s sacking, Brazil midfielder Paulinho believes Spain are still one of the favourites to win this summer’s tournament:

    The fact they no longer have their trainer, I don’t want to comment on that. A lot has been said, I don’t want to stick my finger in that. My focus is on Brazil, but definitely Spain are one of the favourites.

    We have teams with high-level players. I would include Germany, France, Belgium, Spain – teams we know are doing a good job.

    They are some of the favourites, including Argentina. I’m sure this is going to be a very good World Cup with a lot of competition.

  • an hour ago
    “Union brings strength.”
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