APRNEWS - Only six countries have won the World Cup in the last 50 years, but a thrilling group stage in Russia has increased the possibility of a fresh name at least making it to the final.
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APRNEWS - Diego Maradona says he is fine after sparking a health scare following Argentina’s dramatic late win against Nigeria that saw them progress to the last 16 of the World Cup.
Maradona had been visibly emotional during the match in Saint Petersburg, which Argentina had to win to stay in the tournament.
APRNEWS - Group: Group D
Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium
Time: 7 pm
Teams: Nigeria vs Argentina
In the final group game, the Super Eagles will play against Argentina in St. Petersburg for a spot in the last 16 for a fourth time.
APRNEWS - Egypt were eliminated from the World Cup with no win and no points earned, but the country’s goalkeeper Essam El Hadary will leave Russia with his head held high, having saved a penalty on the day he became the oldest player in World Cup history.
APRNEWS - Lying a humiliating last in a group they were expected to win, Argentina must beat Nigeria on Tuesday to have any chance of progressing and keeping alive captain Lionel Messi’s dream of winning a first World Cup.
AFP - Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and 2010 winners Spain can lock down spots in the World Cup last 16 on Monday, as hosts Russia ride a wave of national euphoria into their clash with Uruguay.
APRNEWS - Mohamed Salah’s World Cup campaign arguably ended when Egypt’s talisman tumbled to the turf in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26.
Uruguay administered the last rites on Wednesday but the Pharaohs already knew the writing was on the wall.
APRNEWS - Senegal proved to be Africa’s saving grace at the World Cup on Tuesday. Take away their win over Poland and it is five defeats in five for the continent’s representatives in Russia.
APRNEWS - Team: Tunisia vs England
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Volgograd Arena
APRNEWS - Russia have proved the doubters wrong — for the moment.
The World Cup hosts showed nerves of steel and ruthless finishing in thumping Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament’s opening match before an anxious crowd of nearly 80,000 in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.