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Say what? Croatia coach: Argentina the 'easiest game for us'

Jun. 20, 2018 3:04 PM EDT

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic's analysis of the World Cup game against Argentina required a double take. He said Wednesday that Argentina would be the "easiest game" for the Croatians in the group stage. Say what? Dalic clarified: "I didn't say that Argentina was the easiest...

Suarez sends Uruguay, and Russia, to last 16 at World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 3:04 PM EDT

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — With a single goal, Luis Suarez settled the fate of four teams in the group stage of the World Cup. The controversial striker, who was making his 100th appearance in his national team's light blue, scored Wednesday to give Uruguay a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia and a spot in...

The Latest: Iran fending off Spain at halftime in Kazan

Jun. 20, 2018 2:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 9:50 p.m. The first half of the match between Spain and Iran has been a game of attack vs. defense, with the Persian team holding the 2010 champions to a goalless draw at the break. Facing a very compact Iranian team that came out on...

England coach dislocates shoulder while running

Jun. 20, 2018 2:47 PM EDT

REPINO, Russia (AP) — England's players got a bit of a surprise when they arrived for a team meeting at their World Cup base on Wednesday: Their coach had his right arm in a sling. Gareth Southgate dislocated his right shoulder while out running during England's scheduled day off from training and was...

Nothing stops Messi fan from rooting for star in Russia

Jun. 20, 2018 2:45 PM EDT

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Nothing has stopped Argentine fan Nora Espector from following Lionel Messi wherever he plays. Espector, who needs a wheelchair because she has multiple sclerosis, traveled to the World Cup in Russia with her youngest son. The soccer passion runs in her family: Her...

Russian players who could become hot transfer targets

Jun. 20, 2018 2:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's success at the World Cup has taken fans by surprise, especially because its players aren't well known outside of their home nation. Of the 23 players in the squad, 21 play in the Russian league, where a limit on foreign players drives up wages for locals and discourages them from...

The Latest: Rakitic casts vote for Messi in GOAT debate

Jun. 20, 2018 1:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Ivan Rakitic has taken sides in the Messi vs. Ronaldo debate. The Croatia midfielder says "For me, Lionel Messi is the best player of all time. And I hope he will continue playing for as long as he wants." Rakitic's spoke...

Sampaoli: Messi 'shouldn't shoulder all the responsibility'

Jun. 20, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Lionel Messi, it seems, can do only so much. Ahead of Thursday's critical World Cup match against Croatia on the banks of the Volga River, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli tried to temper the expectations weighing on his star player. "Leo shouldn't shoulder all the...

Changes coming to Colombia's team at World Cup after loss

Jun. 20, 2018 1:40 PM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Changes are coming to Colombia's team at the World Cup after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Japan. The South Americans thrashed the same opponent 4-1 in the group stage in the 2014 edition in Brazil, so Tuesday's defeat was even more upsetting for Colombia. Coach Jose Pekerman now is...

Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 1:25 PM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Nearly 60 years since it changed its name to Volgograd, the Russian city once called Stalingrad and its bloody history loom large even in the midst of the fun and football of the World Cup. Stalingrad, the name of the city on the Volga river between 1925 and 1961, is now often...