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POrtugal secured a 1-0 win over Morocco but their left-side attack was a weak spot in the FIFA World Cup 2018 encounter.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal’s left-back issues, Spain and Uruguay’s pain points

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shijith P Kunhitty
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2018 09:15 AM IST
Portugal’s national football team attacked little from the left in their game against Morocco while Spain and Uruguay are plagued with midfield and short passes issue.
Luis Suarez and Sofia Balbi will soon become parents for the third time.(Twitter)
Luis Suarez and Sofia Balbi will soon become parents for the third time.(Twitter)

Luis Suarez announces wife’s pregnancy after FIFA World Cup heroics

Omnisport, Moscow | By By Iain Strachan
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2018 01:16 PM IST
After scoring in his 100th Uruguay game to secure FIFA World Cup progression, Luis Suarez revealed his wife is pregnant for the third time.
Luis Suarez scored a goal in the 23rd minute as Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 to enter the round of 16 from Group A along with Russia.(AP)
Luis Suarez scored a goal in the 23rd minute as Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 to enter the round of 16 from Group A along with Russia.(AP)

FIFA World Cup: Luis Suarez goal helps Uruguay, Russia qualify for last 16

Reuters, Moscow | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2018 10:53 PM IST
Luis Suarez scored a goal in his 100th international appearance for Uruguay as they beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 to qualify for the last 16 along with hosts Russia.
Luis Suarez was presented with his 100th cap for Uruguay in the game against Saudi Arabia in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)
Luis Suarez was presented with his 100th cap for Uruguay in the game against Saudi Arabia in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Luis Suarez earns 100th Uruguay cap

Omnisport, Rostov Arena | By Iain Strachan
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2018 08:38 PM IST
Luis Suarez earned his 100th cap for Uruguay in the game against Saudi Arabia in the FIFA World Cup game at Rostov-on-Don
Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 thanks to a wonderful goal from Luis Suarez to help the team qualify for the round of 16. Get highlights of Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia, FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A match here(REUTERS)
Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 thanks to a wonderful goal from Luis Suarez to help the team qualify for the round of 16. Get highlights of Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia, FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A match here(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018, Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia, highlights: URU beat KSA 1-0, qualify for round of 16

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2018 10:27 PM IST
Get highlights of Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia, FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A match here. Luis Suarez’s goal helped Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 and qualify for the next round.
Egypt were completely outplayed by Russia as the hosts won the match 3-1 in the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Tuesday.(AFP)
Egypt were completely outplayed by Russia as the hosts won the match 3-1 in the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Tuesday.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Hector Cuper uncertain over Egypt future after loss to Russia

Associated Press, St Petersburg | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2018 07:35 AM IST
Egypt’s FIFA World Cup 2018 hopes were left in tatters after a disastrous spell at the start of the second half in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to hosts Russia.
Russia players celebrate after the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A match vs Egypt at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia on June 19, 2018.(REUTERS)
Russia players celebrate after the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A match vs Egypt at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia on June 19, 2018.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Free-flowing Russia break their own goal-scoring records

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shayne Dias
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2018 01:48 AM IST
Russia have now scored 8 goals in the FIFA World Cup 2018, which is more than the combined number of goals they scored in 2002 and 2014 and the most they’ve scored since 1986.
Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez attends a training session at the Sport Centre Borsky in Nizhny Novgorod on June 17, 2018, ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match against Saudi Arabia.(AFP)
Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez attends a training session at the Sport Centre Borsky in Nizhny Novgorod on June 17, 2018, ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match against Saudi Arabia.(AFP)

Luis Suarez seeks FIFA World Cup redemption as Uruguay brace for Saudi Arabia

Press Trust of India, Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia) | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2018 08:23 PM IST
Luis Suarez will likely reach his century of games for Uruguay on Wednesday when they play Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don in Group A’s second round of FIFA World Cup 2018 matches on Wednesday.
The Saudi Arabia national team arriving in Rostov on Don for their FIFA World Cup 2018 match.(Twitter)
The Saudi Arabia national team arriving in Rostov on Don for their FIFA World Cup 2018 match.(Twitter)

Saudi Arabia FIFA World Cup 2018 team plane catches fire, players safe

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2018 02:00 AM IST
Unverified video footage showed the wing of the aeroplane in fire, in which the Saudi Arabia national team was travelling . The Saudi Arabian Football Federation was quick to release a statement saying that the players are safe.
Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah arrives for a training session at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny on June 17, 2018, ahead of the team's Russia World Cup 2018 Group A football match against Russia.(AFP)
Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah arrives for a training session at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny on June 17, 2018, ahead of the team's Russia World Cup 2018 Group A football match against Russia.(AFP)

Mohamed Salah return stands in Russia’s road to last 16 of FIFA World Cup 2018

Agence France-Presse, Saint Petersburg | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2018 06:21 PM IST
The seven-time African champions Egypt will pose a much tougher task for Russia, but a lot will depend upon Mohamed Salah’s fitness.
Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy said a “few words” and posed for photos in a brief ceremony, but did not take the goblet sponsored by Budweiser.(AP)
Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy said a “few words” and posed for photos in a brief ceremony, but did not take the goblet sponsored by Budweiser.(AP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Egypt goalkeeper declines beer-sponsored award

AP, St Petersburg | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2018 10:11 AM IST
Mohamed Elshenawy, the Egyptian goalkeeper in the FIFA World Cup 2018, has declined a trophy sponsored by Budweiser for religious reasons.
Antoine Griezmann scored from the first VAR-assisted penalty awarded in the history of the FIFA World Cup.(AP)
Antoine Griezmann scored from the first VAR-assisted penalty awarded in the history of the FIFA World Cup.(AP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: VAR makes controversial debut in Russia

Agence France-Presse, Kazan | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 07:04 PM IST
France needed the help of the first World Cup penalty awarded by VAR to beat Australia in their opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Saturday.
Serbia's goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic (C) takes part in a training session at the Samara Arena in Samara on June 16, 2018 on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Costa Rica and Serbia.(AFP)
Serbia's goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic (C) takes part in a training session at the Samara Arena in Samara on June 16, 2018 on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Costa Rica and Serbia.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Serbia and Costa Rica bring contrasting styles to dogfight

Reuters, Samara | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 06:19 PM IST
Costa Rica showed four years ago in reaching the quarter-finals that the ability to frustrate opponents with a far greater pedigree can take you a long way, as long as you can back up defensive organisation with Stakhanovite industry and a decent counter-punch.
Mohamed Salah received a 100kg cake from Chechen fans on his birthday. The Egypt striker missed his team’s FIFA World Cup 2018 opener due to injury concerns.(AFP)
Mohamed Salah received a 100kg cake from Chechen fans on his birthday. The Egypt striker missed his team’s FIFA World Cup 2018 opener due to injury concerns.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: How Chechen fans made Mohamed Salah smile on his birthday

Reuters, Grozny | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 04:51 PM IST
Mohamed Salah, who missed Egypt’s FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Uruguay, received a special present from Chechen fans on his birthday in Grozny.
Get full score of the FIFA World Cup 2018 opening Group C match between France and Australia here. Paul Pogba scored the winner for France.(REUTERS)
Get full score of the FIFA World Cup 2018 opening Group C match between France and Australia here. Paul Pogba scored the winner for France.(REUTERS)

Full score, FIFA World Cup 2018, Kazan: France beat Australia

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 05:34 PM IST
Get full score of the FIFA World Cup 2018 opening Group C match between France and Australia here. France score unconvincing win over Australia.
Stage tango world champion Maria Noel Sciuto (L), dances with Rodrigo Fleitas during an exhibition at Chamuyo milonga in Montevideo.(AFP)
Stage tango world champion Maria Noel Sciuto (L), dances with Rodrigo Fleitas during an exhibition at Chamuyo milonga in Montevideo.(AFP)

The tango emerged in Uruguay, but is now at risk of being forgotten there

Agence France-Presse, Montevideo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 12:10 PM IST
Tango was born in the late 19th-century, behind the closed doors of salons in Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Today, in Uruguay, tango is relegated to something old people do. But now, the scenario is changing.
An Egyptian fan seats after the end of the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. Uruguay defeated Egypt 1-0.(AP)
An Egyptian fan seats after the end of the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. Uruguay defeated Egypt 1-0.(AP)

FIFA probes empty seats at World Cup match in Yekaterinburg

Agence France-Presse, Moscow | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 03:03 AM IST
FIFA said nearly all the available tickets had been sold and it was investigating why there were so many no-shows.
Uruguay's Jose Gimenez celebrates scoring the only goal of the game against Egypt in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)
Uruguay's Jose Gimenez celebrates scoring the only goal of the game against Egypt in the FIFA World Cup 2018.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Who is Jose Gimenez, Uruguay’s goal-scorer against Egypt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 08:41 PM IST
The only goal of the game came in the penultimate minute of the normal time when defender Jose Gimenez popped up from a free kick to head in.
Jose Gimenez (2R) celebrates with his Uruguay teammates after scoring against Egypt in their FIFA World Cup 2018 clash on Friday.(REUTERS)
Jose Gimenez (2R) celebrates with his Uruguay teammates after scoring against Egypt in their FIFA World Cup 2018 clash on Friday.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Jose Gimenez helps Uruguay escape to victory over Egypt

Hindustan Times, Moscow | By Bhargab Sarmah
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 08:02 PM IST
Jose Gimenez cannoned in an 89th minute header to guide Uruguay to a narrow victory over Egypt in their FIFA World Cup 2018 opener in Moscow on Friday.
Get full score of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A match between Egypt and Uruguay here. Defender Jose Gimenez scored the only goal of the game to give Uruguay win over Egypt.(REUTERS)
Get full score of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A match between Egypt and Uruguay here. Defender Jose Gimenez scored the only goal of the game to give Uruguay win over Egypt.(REUTERS)

Full score, FIFA World Cup 2018, Ekaterinburg: Egypt 0-1 Uruguay

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 09:19 PM IST
Get full score of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A match between Egypt and Uruguay here. Defender Jose Gimenez scored the only goal of the game to give Uruguay win over Egypt.
Get highlights of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A match between Egypt and Uruguay here. Jose Gimenez’s late header gives Uruguay all three points.(AP)
Get highlights of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A match between Egypt and Uruguay here. Jose Gimenez’s late header gives Uruguay all three points.(AP)

FIFA World Cup 2018, Egypt vs Uruguay, highlights: EGY 0-1 URU

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Himanshu Dhingra
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 07:37 PM IST
Get highlights of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A match between Egypt and Uruguay here. Jose Gimenez’s late header gives Uruguay all three points
Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah takes part in a training session at Ekaterinburg Stadium in Ekaterinburg ahead the team's Russia 2018 World Cup Group A opening football match against Uruguay.(AFP)
Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah takes part in a training session at Ekaterinburg Stadium in Ekaterinburg ahead the team's Russia 2018 World Cup Group A opening football match against Uruguay.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Diego Godin bristles at suggestion of physical approach to Mohamed Salah

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 11:49 PM IST
Diego Godin appeared offended by a question from a reporter who asked whether they would repeat what Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos did to Liverpool’s Salah in last month’s Champions League final.
Egypt's Mohamed Salah during training ahead of their FIFA World Cup 2018 opening match against Uruguay.(REUTERS)
Egypt's Mohamed Salah during training ahead of their FIFA World Cup 2018 opening match against Uruguay.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Mohamed Salah set for comeback in Egypt’s opener vs Uruguay

Hindustan Times, Moscow | By Bhargab Sarmah
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 07:06 PM IST
For Mohamed Salah, the build-up to the FIFA World Cup 2018 hasn’t been the best after a shoulder dislocation in the Champions League. However, he has recovered from a shoulder injury and is almost 100 percent certain to play in their opener against Uruguay
Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah (C) takes part in a training at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny on Wednesday ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AFP)
Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah (C) takes part in a training at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny on Wednesday ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Mohamed Salah shrugs off injury to join Egypt training

AFP, Grozny | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 10:21 AM IST
Mohamed Salah was sidelined after suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26, casting doubt on his FIFA World Cup participation. He took part in his first training session since the injury, going through a range of warm-up exercises.
Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah takes part in a training session of Egypt's national football team at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny on June 11, 2018, ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AFP)
Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah takes part in a training session of Egypt's national football team at the Akhmat Arena stadium in Grozny on June 11, 2018, ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Mohamed Salah still a doubt for Egypt’s opener vs Uruguay

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2018 09:41 AM IST
Mohamed Salah took part in light training on Monday but he is still a fitness doubt for Egypt’s opening match vs Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Costa Rica reached the quarter-final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.(REUTERS)
Costa Rica reached the quarter-final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018 team profile: Costa Rica look for repeat of 2014 heroics

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shayne Dias
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2018 08:59 PM IST
Costa Rica surprised many in the last edition of the FIFA World Cup with their performances and they will look to go one better in this year’s edition of the tournament.
Mohamed Salah, who has been sidelined by a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final, gave the promising update in a farewell event hosted by Egypt president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.(REUTERS)
Mohamed Salah, who has been sidelined by a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final, gave the promising update in a farewell event hosted by Egypt president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.(REUTERS)

Mohamed Salah expects to be fit for Egypt’s first FIFA World Cup 2018 game

Cairo | By OmniSport
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2018 06:01 PM IST
Mohamed Salah said he will be ready before Egypt’s first FIFA World Cup 2018 game vs Uruguay, thus handing the African nation a major boost less than a week out from the opening game.
Belgium are the most attacking side at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, going by their goalscoring statistics from the last three-and-a-half years.(AP)
Belgium are the most attacking side at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, going by their goalscoring statistics from the last three-and-a-half years.(AP)

Belgium most attacking, Morocco most miserly at 2018 FIFA World Cup

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shijith P Kunhitty
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2018 11:31 AM IST
Data from the football website eloratings.net for the period Jan. 1, 2015 to June 6, 2018 shows that Belgium has scored 100 goals in 37 matches, at a rate of 2.7 goals scored per game
Two-time champions Uruguay are the most decorated of the four teams in Group A, and are also the favourites to make the FIFA World Cup 2018 knockout stages.(REUTERS)
Two-time champions Uruguay are the most decorated of the four teams in Group A, and are also the favourites to make the FIFA World Cup 2018 knockout stages.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Uruguay favourites to top Group A, Egypt close second

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhargab Sarmah
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 10:56 AM IST
Uruguay, who are two-­time FIFA World Cup champions, look primed to make it to next round; but the onus is on Russia to better their 2014 show as Saudi Arabia look the weakest team.
Luis Suarez will be key to Uruguay’s future in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.(REUTERS)
Luis Suarez will be key to Uruguay’s future in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Luis Suarez aims to go out on a high for Uruguay

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Himanshu Dhingra
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 08:13 PM IST
Luis Suarez, who will probably be playing in his last FIFA World Cup, will look to guide Uruguay to their first world title since 1950.
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