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Ronaldo dropped, Ramos scores 3 for Portugal at World Cup

Ronaldo dropped, Ramos scores 3 for Portugal at World Cup

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — A chant of “RONALDO! RONALDO!” swept around the biggest stadium at the World Cup, followed by loud jeers when the fans realized their idol wasn’t coming onto the field. Cristiano Ronaldo was, in fact, sitting in the Portuguese dugout, looking glum and still wearing a substitute’s bib. And the guy who …

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Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands are a tactical outlier at this World Cup

On the one hand, it was a game that came down to finishing. If Christian Pulisic had scored his very presentable early chance, this would have been an entirely different contest. The US had other fine chances, and the Dutch were simply more clinical. On the other hand, the Dutch were also superior tactically. Yes, …

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England 3-0 Senegal: Bellingham sparkles, eight World Cup scorers, Henderson sets the tone

England eased into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win against Senegal and, not for the first time in Qatar, Jude Bellingham was the star. The teenage midfielder set up Jordan Henderson’s opening goal after a brilliant run beyond the Senegal defense and played a key role in the second, scored by Harry Kane. …

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England’s ITV curse and why the TV company will be ‘hating it’

You don’t tend to hear broadcasters mention their rivals by name too often but Gary Lineker, with a trademark knowing glance, couldn’t help himself. “England finished top and will take on Senegal at 7pm on Sunday,” he said after the 3-0 win over Wales. “That’s live on, well, ITV. Oh well.” Whether Lineker was merely …

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Argentina 2-1 Australia: Messi scores in 1,000th game and big Martinez save denies Kuol

Lionel Messi scored on his 1,000th career appearance to put Argentina in the driving seat against Australia, and Julian Alvarez added a second, but Lionel Scaloni’s side were pushed all the way in the second half. A deflected effort by Craig Goodwin reduced the deficit and future Newcastle United player Garang Kuol forced an excellent …

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How Luis Suarez went from triumph to tears – in 10 pictures

During the build-up to the crucial Group H clash between Ghana and Uruguay, television cameras inside the Al Janoub Stadium panned to a Ghanaian fan who was holding up a placard which said “Revenge for 2010.’ When the World Cup group-stage draw was made in April, this fixture immediately jumped out. Ghana were being given …

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Germany’s World Cup failure: ‘It’s not just bad luck, it’s inability’

You can slice and dice this nightmare a thousand ways, smother it in narrative, toss in a few dollops of socio-political allegories and hunt for a couple of details that really spoil the taste — it was the remote base camp at the northern end of Qatar that lost it, or the unworn armband or …

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The two sides of the United States men’s national team

It was a week of reminders that the United States has never been entirely uncomplicated, identity-wise. Iranian journalists grabbed the mic at a World Cup press conference to point out that their opponents were comfortable explaining why their boys are in the Persian Gulf (to kick ass and change the way the world views American …

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Bookings, bets, Mexico misery and Poland’s PM on phone – the finale to Group C

Find us a more dramatic finale to a World Cup group — we dare you. The last 30 minutes of Group C in Qatar, played simultaneously in two stadiums on Wednesday, will take some beating. Argentina, despite Lionel Messi having a penalty saved last night and that shock loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening …

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