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  • Croatia's Luka Modric and France's Kylian Mbappe, right, pose with their individual awards at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    World Cup Team of the Tournament

    July 17, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    With the World Cup now over SportsByte looks at the players that had the biggest impact across the tournament and picks the team of the tournament. Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford Jordan Pickford is one of the youngest keepers in this tournament. He has been praised for his fantastic kicking ability […]

     
  • Croatia's Luka Modric (centre) celebrates with team mates after the final whistle of the FIFA World Cup, Semi Final match at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.

    Five reasons why Croatia performed so well in the World Cup

    July 17, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    With the World Cup now over we take a look at the secrets to runners-up, Croatia’s, success throughout the tournament. Confident team spirit From the offset of the World Cup, Croatia maintained a first-rate team spirit- with the intention to go far in the tournament. Out of the 23-man squad […]

     
  • France's Olivier Giroud holds up the trophy as he celebrates with teammates at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    World Cup Final Report: France 4-2 Croatia

    July 17, 2018 at 11:42 am

    France won the World Cup for the second time after beating a spirited Croatia 4-2 in a spectacular final in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. In one of the most exciting World Cup finals of the modern era, France and Croatia delivered an absorbing spectacle that brought the joint highest goal tally […]

     
  • Croatia's Ivan Rakitic scores last penalty spot in a shootout at the end the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Quarter Final Report: Russia 2-2 Croatia AET: Croatia win 4-3 on penalties

    July 16, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive spot-kick as Croatia beat hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties to set up a last-four meeting with England. Following a 2-2 draw after extra-time, both sides had to endure another penalty shootout with Fedor Smolov and Mario Fernandes failing to score as Russia’s remarkable World Cup […]

     
  • France's Raphael Varane, second right, scores his side's first goal during the quarterfinal match between Uruguay and France at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Friday, July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    Quarter-Final match report: Uruguay 0-2 France

    July 16, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    France defeated Uruguay 2-0 in Nizhny Novgorod in their World Cup Quarter-Final. Goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann ensured Les Bleus progression to the Semi-Final. The team news confirmed Uruguay’s fears, Edinson Cavani was named on the bench having not fully recovered from an injury sustained in their Round […]

     
  • Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in Kazan, Russia, Friday, July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Quarter Final Report: Brazil 1-2 Belgium

    July 6, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Belgium set up a tie with France in the World Cup semi-finals as De Bruyne’s goal sent Brazil home. Belgium scored twice in the first half with a Fernandinho own goal and a De Bruyne strike. Roberto Martinez’s side were pegged back by a Renato Augusto goal in the latter […]

     
  • England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saves a penalty from Colombia's Carlos Bacca during the FIFA World Cup 2018, round of 16 match at the Spartak Stadium, Moscow.

    Last 16 Round Up Part 2: England win a penalty shoot-out, Belgium come from behind and Sweden knock out Switzerland

    July 5, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Belgium, England and Sweden completed the quarter-final line up with dramatic victories in their last 16 ties. Belgium 3-2 Japan Belgium recovered from 2-0 down to defeat Japan as Nacer Chadli’s last second goal clinched the Red Devils’ place in the last eight. After a slow opening 45 minutes the […]

     
  • France's Kylian Mbappe, 10, celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the round of 16 match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    Last 16 Round Up Part 1: Spain shocked by Russia, Portugal and Argentina heading home while France and Brazil march on

    July 4, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    In a World Cup full of shocks the round of 16 ties threw up further upsets as the line up for the quarter-finals was confirmed. France 4-3 Argentina 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe stole the show and announced himself on the biggest stage of all with a virtuoso performance that sent Lionel […]

     
  • Uruguay's Edinson Cavani (centre) scores his side's second goal of the game

    Last 16 Report: Uruguay 2-1 Portugal

    July 3, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Edinson Cavani’s stunning brace helped Uruguay beat Portugal 2-1 in Sochi and set up a quarter-final showdown with France.  Cavani opened the scoring with a thumping header before Pepe equalised in the 55th minute to become the first player to score against Uruguay in the tournament. However, Cavani hit back […]

     
  • Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz, left, celebrates with his teammates Rodney Wallace, center, and Kendall Waston after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Switzerland and Costa Rica, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Natasha Pisarenko)

    Group E Report: Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica

    June 28, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Switzerland reached the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 2-2 draw with already eliminated Costa Rica at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. The Red Crosses needed a draw to progress to the knockout stage and took the lead in the 31st minute through Blerim Dzemaili’s strike, […]