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Kolarov scores from free kick, Serbia beats Costa Rica 1-0

Jun. 17, 2018 12:40 PM EDT

SAMARA, Russia (AP) — With a curling free kick that decided the outcome of the match, Aleksandar Kolarov immediately drew some comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Serbia captain's left-footed strike proved to be the difference in a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday at the World Cup. It came two days...

Ivanovic poised to set record for Serbia at World Cup

Jun. 16, 2018 10:08 AM EDT

SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Serbia's World Cup opener against Costa Rica on Sunday will have added significance for Branislav Ivanovic. A win would be nice, but the 34-year-old defender and former Chelsea player could make his record 104th appearance for the national team, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. "He is one...

The Latest: Argentina looking up at towering foe Iceland

Jun. 13, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup , including the FIFA Congress vote for the 2026 hosting rights (all times local): 9:23 p.m. In theory, two-time World Cup winner Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing tournament rookies Iceland. But there is a bit of worry in the Argentina camp: the...

WORLD CUP: England looks to break cycle of humiliation, pain

Jun. 12, 2018 9:31 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — England is attempting to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb. A loss to Iceland in the last 16 of the 2016 European Championship was perhaps the ultimate embarrassment. Or maybe that came when...

WORLD CUP: Belgium has exceptional talent but so many doubts

Jun. 12, 2018 9:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With a wealth of attacking options, Belgium should be a potent force going forward at the World Cup. They might need to be, because with injury and fitness clouds over key defenders, the team could be vulnerable at the back. Just two days before Martinez named his final squad, center back...

WORLD CUP: Balanced Brazil reduces dependence on Neymar

Jun. 12, 2018 7:40 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is still shaking off the embarrassment of losing to Germany 7-1 in its home World Cup. Since Tite took over as coach in 2016, the five-time world champions have become a winning machine again and were the first to qualify for Russia. Neymar, who missed the humiliating match against...

WORLD CUP: Nigeria strong and calm under Rohr, for now

Jun. 11, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

Coach Gernot Rohr has restored stability to Nigeria heading into the World Cup. The German brought a sense of calm to a team that went through five coaches in two years following the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Africa's most populous nation flew through qualifying and was the first team to qualify from the region,...

WORLD CUP: Argentina reliant on Messi, burdened by setbacks

Jun. 11, 2018 3:28 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Without Lionel Messi, would Argentina even be going to the World Cup? The team's destiny is more closely tied to the Barcelona forward than ever before. There are plenty of doubts for coach Jorge Sampaoli ahead of the tournament in Russia. Defender Javier Mascherano is...

WORLD CUP: Eriksen key to Denmark emulating 1992 heroics

Jun. 11, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

There are two reasons why Denmark should not be completely written off at the World Cup. Firstly, remember 1992? The Danes won the European Championship, having been told they were playing in the tournament only a week before it started after Yugoslavia was excluded while in a state of civil war. It remains one...

WORLD CUP: Time for Deschamps' talented France to win trophy

Jun. 11, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France has options, too many perhaps. Especially up front where the dilemma is who to leave out at the World Cup. And that's without Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, a four-time Champions League winner once again overlooked by coach Didier Deschamps. How other national coaches must envy...