Spain and Portugal finished 1-2 in Group B, but only after VAR intervened. And it could have been different yet. Read the whole story
Monday, June 25
Russia 0 Uruguay 3.
(Suarez 10, own goal 23, Cavani 90. Att.: 41,970.)
Saudi Arabia 2 Egypt 1.
(Al Faraj pen. 45+6, Al Dawsari 90+5; Salah 22. Att.: 36,823.)
Iran 1 Portugal 1.
(Ansarifard pen. 90+3; Quaresma 45. Att.: 41,685.)
Spain 2 Morocco 2.
(Isco 19, Iago Aspas 90+1; Boutaib 14, En-Nesyri 81. Att.: 33,973.)
Tuesday, June 26
Denmark vs. France, in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (10 am ET, Fox, Universo)
Australia vs. Peru, in Sochi (10 am ET, FS1, Telemundo)
Nigeria vs. Argentina, in St. Petersburg (2 pm ET, Fox, Telemundo)
Iceland vs. Croatia, in Rostov (2 pm ET, FS1, Universo)
So much for the idea that Russia, winner of its first two World Cup games, can play with the big boys of international soccer. Read the whole story
Just as Dani Carvajal's low cross was about to hit the grass, a hopping Iago Aspas redirected the ball into Morocco's net. Read the whole story
"If you implement VAR, then to make mistakes is not human. To make mistakes is when a man alone on the pitch could not see something. We accept that. But when you have high-technology, training,
thousands of dollars spent on one system and five guys sitting upstairs and they don't see an elbow. It's a yellow card? Give me a break."
-- Iran coach Carlos Queiroz, furious that Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo was issued a yellow card, not red, after a review of a red-card situation -- an off-the-ball elbow on Morteza Pouraliganji late in Iran's 1-1 tie with Portugal that eliminated Team Melli from the World Cup. The incident was one of three VAR decisions in the match. (Sky Sports)
First World Cup since ...
Ever Iceland (1 tie, 1 loss)
Ever *Panama (2 losses)
1982 *Peru (2 losses)
1990 *Egypt (3 losses)
1998 *Morocco (1 tie, 2 losses)
2002 Senegal (1 win, 1 tie)
2006 *Poland (2 losses)
2006 *Saudi Arabia (1 win, 2 losses)
2006 Sweden (1 win, 1 loss)
2006 *Tunisia (2 losses)
*Eliminated from 2018 World Cup.