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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# FIFA World Cup

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# Last Chance Saloon
On the brink, Argentina handed a final shot at World Cup salvation
Leo Messi and the rest of Jorge Sampaoli’s troubled squad have one final shot at redemption against Nigeria on Tuesday.
# dream chasers
Queiroz: Iran will follow the 'three Rs' against Ronaldo and Portugal
The Iranians can still qualify from Group B but will need a victory over the European champions to do so.
# Sorry
Germany apologise for provocative goal celebrations
Toni Kroos’ stoppage-time winner was followed by clashes on the touchline.
# One-sided
Kane bags hat-trick as England put six past Panama in their biggest-ever World Cup win
The Tottenham striker is now leading the goalscoring charts at Russia 2018, while Gareth Southgate’s side are through to the knockout stages.
# Trouble
Swiss pair could be set for bans following controversial goal celebrations
Fifa confirmed it has opened disciplinary proceedings against Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.
# His name is luka
'Modric would maybe be a Ballon d’Or winner if he was German or Spanish'
The Croatia captain as been one of the stars of this World Cup but Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.
England vs Panama, World Cup
We went minute-by-minute as England took on Panama in Group G at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
# Claim
'I'm realistic about the fact that it may be my last World Cup'
Knowing he is not certain to play in any future tournaments, Paul Pogba wants to help France to glory in the 2018 World Cup.
Germany v Sweden, World Cup 2018, Group G
The reigning champions needed to bounce back with a win in Sochi this evening after losing out to Mexico.
# Wikileaks
Leaked England team gives Panama no advantage, insists Gomez
The sides meet in Group G tomorrow.
# Man Down
On your bike! Iceland physio returning home from World Cup after cycling accident
Team physio Petur Orn Gunnarsson suffered a hand injury in a cycling accident, but it is hoped he will return to work during Iceland’s participation.
# Unimpressed
Southgate criticises English press for team leak
Various outlets published images of Sunday’s supposed line-up against Panama, much to the chagrin of the Three Lions’ manager.
# the son what won it
They want to pull you down - Sterling hits out at tabloid press
The Three Lions star says the British tabloids attacked him for buying his mother a home.
# dalic cowboys
Argentina concerns grow as Dalic vows to rest players against Iceland
The Albiceleste need a favour from Croatia against Iceland, but their manager plans to rest some key players for their final group game.
# Man Marked
Neymar won't need to worry about 'unfair attacks', insists Costa Rica boss
Oscar Ramirez says Costa Rica will not go out to kick the PSG star when the sides meet on Friday.
Argentina vs Croatia, World Cup
We went minute-by-minute as Argentina faced Croatia in a crucial Group D encounter.
# Argument
'Maradona is light years behind Messi' - Sergio Ramos hits back at Argentina legend
The Spain defender considers a domestic rival at Barcelona to be a better player than an illustrious World Cup winner.
# getting shirty
World Cup referee 'strongly refutes' claims he asked for Ronaldo's jersey at half-time
Fifa has leapt to the defence of referee Mark Geiger, who took charge of Portugal’s game with Morocco.
# Claim
Mousa Dembele will not join a Spurs rival
The Belgium international is assessing his options this summer but has assured Tottenham fans he will not join a top Premier League side.
# Cheeky
Swedish journalist hands Sami Khedira a boarding pass for early flight home
Germany need to beat Sweden on Saturday after a shock defeat to Mexico.
# From Russia With Love
Denmark players charter plane for team-mate to fly home from World Cup after daughter's birth
It was an eventful few days for defender Jonas Knudsen.
# Chance
Chelsea youngster ready to answer England's call
With Dele Alli doubtful through injury, Ruben Loftus-Cheek could start against Panama.
# Star Man
'I want to prove people wrong': Kane aiming to reach Ronaldo and Messi levels
The England captain says he is out to prove a point at the World Cup.
# Swiss miss
Brazil demanding explanation from Fifa for VAR controversy against Switzerland
Following two contentious incidents in the 1-1 draw, Brazil have written to Fifa to seek clarity.
# You're a wizard Harry
The only thing Kane hasn't done is score in August - Southgate
The Tottenham striker inspired his country to a 2-1 win over Tunisia last night.
# Reaction
Kane: England players had flies in our mouths
Much of the pre-match attention had been on the large increase in temperatures expected at the stadium.
# Russia 2018
Bullish Dele Alli believes England 'can go all the way'
The Tottenham star issued a rallying cry to his England team-mates ahead of their World Cup opener.
# Vulnerable
'We now have to win both games and are under extreme pressure' — Thomas Muller
Germany’s chastening loss to Mexico in Moscow has their World Cup defence in jeopardy and Muller urged his colleagues to response.
# Not happy
Pogba: I'm the most criticised player in the world
After helping France to a win over Australia, Paul Pogba said he was the most criticised player in the world.
# peach
Stunning Kolarov free-kick seals all three points as Serbia get off to winning start
Aleksandar Kolarov’s sublime free-kick secured a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday.
# World Cup
'It's a journey I didn't expect or want to be on'
Gareth Southgate’s England get their World Cup campaign underway tomorrow.
# Criticism
'Cristiano is prone to diving'
Gerard Pique was unhappy with the Real Madrid star after Spain’s World Cup draw against Portugal
# World Cup
Deflected Pogba effort delivers victory for stuttering French against Australia
Paul Pogba’s effort clipped an opponent and the bar before crossing the line to great French relief.
# Nothing to hide
Argentina boss denies underestimating Iceland despite naming XI a day early
Marcos Rojo and Maxi Meza will start for Argentina against Iceland at Spartak Stadium on Saturday.
England can win the World Cup - Mourinho
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes Gareth Southgate’s side are contenders to prevail in Russia.
# Claim
'There is nothing that justifies Julen Lopetegui not being on bench for tomorrow's game'
Real Madrid did not show any disloyalty towards Spain, according to Florentino Perez.
# Unhappy
'I would just like to leave this press conference because it seems like a funeral'
Sergio Ramos was in no mood to dwell on Julen Lopetegui’s departure on the eve of Spain’s World Cup Group B opener.
# Familiar Foes
Mesut Özil dreams of beating England in the World Cup final
We all dream of a team of Gary Breens, Mesut.
# Moving On
'We do not have time to regret:' Hierro looking ahead with Spain after Lopetegui sacking
Fernando Hierro is the new Spain boss after Julen Lopetegui’s shock departure two days before World Cup debut.
# turmoil
Ramos insists Spain are 'together' as former Real defender Hierro takes over
The sacking of Julen Lopetegui has not impacted the unity of the squad, the Spanish captain says.