France labour but secure knockout-round progress

France joined Russia and Uruguay in securing a place in the World Cup second round, but it took a Kylian Mbappe strike in the first half to seal another unconvincing victory for the 1998 champions. Mbappe was already his country's youngest-ever player at a major tournament and become its youngest World

World Cup 2018: Why Cristiano Ronaldo stands sideways while team-mates face the front during national anthem

Cristiano Ronaldo had heads scratching after turning to the side during Portugal's national anthem. With his team-mates looking straight ahead, the captain was the only player to face in a different direction before his country's clash against Morocco. The 33-year-old did the same before bagging a hat-trick against Spain and Argentina's Willy

Cristiano Ronaldo strikes again to knock Morocco out

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal in two World Cup matches as Portugal won 1-0 against a Morocco side that created plenty of chances but were eliminated from the tournament. Morocco made a bright start and threatened inside the opening couple of minutes when Noureddine Amrabat crossed and Hakim Ziyech set up

Jack Wilshere confirms Arsenal departure

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says he will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June. The 26-year-old England international made his Gunners debut in 2008 and has made 197 first-team appearances. However, his future at Emirates Stadium was in doubt following the arrival of new manager Unai Emery. "I

Sanchez sent off as Japan stun Colombia

Japan got their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-1 win over Colombia, who suffered the tournament's first red card after only three minutes. Carlos Sanchez was dismissed for handball as Japan won the penalty from which Shinji Kagawa gave them the lead and, although Juan Quintero

Lukaku scores twice as Belgium ease past Panama

Belgium laboured for large periods but still ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Panama in Sochi. All the goals came in the second half, with Dries Mertens scoring a superb volley before Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku put the game to bed. Belgium dominated the opening exchanges, with Eden Hazard firing into