Category Archives: Sports

Ronaldo: That was my best at a World Cup

Sochi – Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliant hat-trick for Portugal that lit up the World Cup on Friday capped one of the most extraordinary days in his remarkable career. In the afternoon, news broke in Spain that the Portuguese superstar has agreed to pay a huge, multi-million euro fine to settle a tax fraud claim, before his goals secured a 3-3 draw […]

Croatia v Nigeria preview and predictions: Super Eagles seek to end winless run

Croatia and Nigeria meet for the first time in Kaliningrad on Saturday (kick-off 10 PM EAT) in a World Cup clash that could prove crucial to their chances. Argentina are hot favourites to win Group D and, with Euro 2016 quarter-finalists Iceland potentially awkward opponents, both sides will aim to boost their hopes of progressing […]

Argentina v Iceland preview and predictions: Lionel Messi in World Cup action

Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mates kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland in Moscow on Saturday (kick-off 2pm BST). England’s Euro 2016 conquerors are making their World Cup debut and boss Heimir Hallgrimsson has labelled the Group D opener against Messi and co as “the biggest game in the history of Icelandic football”. […]

Peru v Denmark preview and predictions: Paolo Guerrero available for Group C clash

Paolo Guerrero is fit to start Peru’s World Cup opener against Denmark on Saturday (kick-off 5pm BST) after being reprieved from a doping ban in time for the tournament. Peru’s all-time top-scorer missed the play-offs against New Zealand after he tested positive for a cocaine byproduct contained in a tea. Guerrero said he ingested the drug […]

France v Australia preview and predictions: World Cup Group C starts in Kazan

France will look to get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start when they face Australia in Kazan on Saturday (kick-off 1PM EAT). Les Bleus are one of the favourites to win the tournament, but head coach Didier Deschamps faces tough choices over his front three. He fielded experienced Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud […]

Saudi thumping offers little hope for Asian teams

Cape Town – Asia’s quartet of World Cuprepresentatives failed to deliver a single victory four years ago and hopes of a turnaround in Russia are low, with continental powerhouses Japan and South Korea struggling for form. Five nations qualified from the Asian confederation for the 2018 World Cup but Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 thumping at the hands of the hosts in the tournament opener followed the pattern […]

Shell-shocked Spain face Portugal in early World Cup treat

Moscow – Spain and Portugal clash on Friday in an early highlight of the World Cup in Russia as the Spanish camp insist they are united despite this week’s extraordinary sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui. Egyptian fans, meanwhile, will hold their breath to see if prolific Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah really has recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered […]

Messi, the superstar illuminating a small Russian town

Bronnitsy – Lionel Messi’s arrival in Bronnitsy, a quiet town with 20 000 residents some 50km southeast of Moscow, has brought an unprecedented level of attention to a place most renowned for its Archangel Michael cathedral. But as the euphoric shouts echoing around a temporary stand suggests, its selection as Argentina’s team base camp has transformed it […]

Portugal v Spain preview and predictions: Fernando Hierro takes charge of Spain against European champions

Spain face European champions Portugal in their opening Group B match on Friday evening (9PM EAT) hoping to shrug off the drama of their managerial change on the eve of the tournament. Julen Lopetegui was sacked just two days before Spain’s opening fixture after accepting the Real Madrid job, plunging the 2010 world champions’ preparations into […]

Morocco v Iran Preview and Predictions: First World Cup meeting between sides

Morocco will play Iran for the first time in a World Cup as they start their Group B campaigns on Friday afternoon (6PM EAT). Morocco and Iran boast strong defensive records heading into their opening game at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. Morocco were the only team not to concede a single goal in […]