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# Russia 2018

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# Genius
Watch: Ronaldo completes 51st career hat-trick with stunning free-kick
Pure genius.
# What A Game
Ronaldo's moment of magic earns Portugal a draw in World Cup thriller with Spain
Football at its brilliant best.
# Impact
Rare De Gea blunder gifts Ronaldo his second in thrilling Group B clash
The Man United ‘keeper won’t want to see this again.
Portugal v Spain, World Cup
We followed all the action from Sochi as the European champions and 2010 World Cup winners went head-to-head in Group B.
# no mo no party
'We didn't want to risk further injury': Egypt boss explains Salah absence
Hector Cuper said he wants to make sure the Liverpool forward is available for the games against Russia and Saudi Arabia.
# Late Late Show
Uruguay break Egyptian hearts as 89th minute Gimenez header snatches dramatic late win
With Mohamed Salah sat on the bench, Egypt suffered a heartbreaking late defeat in their first World Cup game since 1990.
# Pharaohs
Benched: Mohamed Salah named among substitutes for Egypt's opening World Cup game
The 26-year-old has been trying to regain full fitness after being forced off with a shoulder injury during the Champions League final.
# Report
A perfect start for hosts Russia as they earn emphatic victory in World Cup opener
The home side were far too good for Saudi Arabia today.
# mo worries
Salah declared fit to start Egypt's World Cup opener on Friday
The Liverpool forward has overcome the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final.
# Crystal Ball Gazing
Top scorer? Surprise package? Biggest flop? Our writers' World Cup predictions
The42′s journalists look ahead to Russia 2018.
# expectation
'Some players, it will really affect them when they see their name in the papers'
Ray Parlour believes certain England players will be feeling the pressure at the World Cup in Russia.
# Russia 2018
Loew pleads with Germany fans not to boo Ozil and Gundogan at World Cup
The pair have found themselves at the centre of a political row in the build-up to Germany’s campaign opener.
# Russia 2018
All hands on deck to help Messi perform at his best, say Argentina team-mates
Argentina get their World Cup campaign underway against Iceland on Saturday.
# 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.
# crisis
Spain sack their manager 48 hours before World Cup opener
Fernando Hierro will take charge for the duration of the World Cup.
# crafty
Ou est le piscine? Spanish reporter uses Google Translate to circumvent press conference ban
The French media officer had hoped to avoid transfer talk by only taking questions in French.
# Russia 2018
Kane: 'We may not be the golden generation but we are united'
England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia next Monday.
'Pogba performs best when he's angry': ex-World Cup winner wants passion from France star
Emmanuel Petit is looking for the Man United midfielder to do whatever it takes to play up to his true potential in Russia.
# Samba
'He has the swagger of a Brazilian' - Roberto Carlos backs Alli to impress at World Cup
The former Selecao left-back believes the Three Lions can challenge for the trophy and has backed the midfielder to shine at the finals in Russia
# Russia 2018
Ex-Arsenal skipper Adams believes Spurs contingent could cost England
“I’m really worried about these Tottenham players, I don’t think they know how to win.”
# Russia 2018
England defender won't allow his family to travel to World Cup over racism fears
Danny Rose: ‘It’s really sad. It’s just how it is. Somehow Russia got the World Cup and we have to get on with it.’
# Russia 2018
'I have to accept this decision' - Germany's Sane responds to shock World Cup omission
The Man City forward was not included in the World champions’ 23-man squad on Monday.
# Russia 2018
Fifa files criminal complaint against Viagogo over World Cup ticket sales
World football’s governing body says it is attempting ‘to protect the fans and prevent unauthorised ticket resales’ at this month’s tournament in Russia.
# The Egyptian King
Mohamed Salah has been named in Egypt's final World Cup squad despite injury
The forward suffered a worrying injury in the Champions League final but has been included in Egypt’s 23-man squad.
# surprise
Leroy Sane left out of Germany's World Cup squad while goalkeeper Neuer makes the cut
The PFA Young Player of the Year will not be going to the World Cup in Russia.
# brace
Peru captain grabs two goals just days after World Cup ban for drug use is overturned
Paolo Guerrero was cleared to play at the World Cup after his long legal battle against a 14-month drugs suspension.
# Samba
Neymar and Firmino shine as Brazil sink Croatia at Anfield ahead of World Cup
Brazil defeated Croatia thanks to goals from PSG star Neymar and Roberto Firmino.
# Super Eagles
Nigeria's new World Cup kit sells out after three million pre-orders ahead of England friendly
The Super Eagles are in action at Wembley this evening, with their new kit for the World Cup proving popular with supporters.
# Russia 2018
Southgate backs 'focused' Sterling to overcome gun tattoo controversy ahead of World Cup
England face Nigeria in a warm-up fixture on Saturday.
# Injury Scare
'I'm very relieved': Arsenal midfielder escapes serious injury at World Cup training camp
There were fears Granit Xhaka suffered knee ligament damage.
# cleared to play
Peru captain wins last-ditch appeal to play at World Cup despite drugs suspension
Paolo Guerrero had been originally banned until January 2019, but is now free to play in Russia.
# Claim
Lingard feels 'more comfortable' with England than at Man United
The Old Trafford academy graduate enjoyed the most productive season of his club career to date in 2017-18, but he relishes outings for his country.
# red carded
Fifa drop Saudi referee from World Cup after attempted match-fixing
Fahad al-Mirdasi banned in Saudi Arabia after being reported for soliciting a bribe ahead of the King’s Cup Final.
# Update
'I'm a fighter': Salah confident for World Cup despite shoulder injury
The Liverpool forward hopes to be in Russia to ‘make you all proud.’
# Attacking talent
Mauro Icardi misses out as Argentina name World Cup squad
The Inter striker was the joint-top scorer in Serie A this season.
# Russia 2018
Harry Kane to captain England at next month's World Cup
The Tottenham striker has been handed the role by Gareth Southgate.
# Team news
No place for Morata in Spanish World Cup squad
Julen Lopetegui named his squad today.
# Leading the line
Ronaldo leads Portugal's 23-man World Cup squad
The European champions have no place for Renato Sanches.
# Feeling Les Bleus
No Martial or Lacazette in star-studded France squad
The pair have been excluded from Didier Deschamps’ squad.
# Russia 2018
'I'm a victim of injustice': Peru captain to miss World Cup after doping sentence is increased
Despite previously being ruled eligible by Fifa, Paolo Guerrero will miss this summer’s World Cup.