Latest Spain National Soccer Team News

The Latest: Portugal, Spain want routine wins to advance

Jun. 24, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:10 a.m. Portugal and Spain want routine victories to lock up its place in the knockout rounds. The first day of simultaneous matches at the tournament Monday includes Portugal playing Iran at the same time its neighbor and rival faces...

Spain needs to stay motivated for last World Cup group match

Jun. 24, 2018 4:01 PM EDT

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Spain doesn't need to win its last World Cup group match to advance, but that doesn't mean coach Fernando Hierro wants his team to look past Morocco to the round of 16. The 2010 champions can go through if they beat or draw with already-eliminated Morocco or if Portugal beats...

Iran coach lambasts World Cup use of video on close calls

Jun. 24, 2018 1:56 PM EDT

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Iran coach Carlos Queiroz lambasted what he said is the overuse of video review at the World Cup to overturn close and debatable calls instead of being limited to only correcting obvious mistakes. In the past, the Portuguese was an outspoken proponent, but now he's seeing problems...

Morocco coach complains about refs, hoping to spur team

Jun. 24, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Morocco is feeling hard done by at the World Cup. Coach Herve Renard hopes the feelings of injustice will spur his players as they bow out of the tournament against 2010 champion Spain. Renard complained on Sunday that his team suffered at the hands of match officials in its 1-0...

Kickoff: Spain, Portugal can't coast to World Cup 2nd round

Jun. 24, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Portugal and Spain opened up their World Cup campaigns with an entertaining draw. Now each team wants a routine victory to secure its place in the round of 16. The first day of simultaneous matches at the tournament includes Portugal playing Iran at the same time its neighbor and rival faces...

Bad news for Messi, Argentina as Croatia threatens rotation

Jun. 24, 2018 5:53 AM EDT

ROSCHINO, Russia (AP) — They are hardly the words Lionel Messi and Argentina wanted to hear with their World Cup future hanging in the balance. Dejan Lovren raised the likelihood of Croatia resting players for its last group game against Iceland, as much to protect the six who are threatened by suspension...

The Latest: England-Panama game could decide World Cup group

Jun. 23, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:11 a.m. If more stoppage-time drama is too much to ask of this suddenly stunner-filled World Cup, at least Sunday could bring more clarity about which teams will make it out of their groups. England starts the day with a question...

Belgium, team of tomorrow, hopes to finally win now

Jun. 23, 2018 2:21 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Belgium is the team of tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. De Rode Duivels, as the Red Devils are known, have been playing for 114 years and remain in search of their first major title. A polyglot known for waffles, chocolate and beer, the nation of 11 million hopes for soccer to join the...

Iran-Portugal group finale has high stakes, juicy subplots

Jun. 23, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — If Iran can be the first team to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring at this year's World Cup, the result could be historically significant. A final score favorable enough to move Iran into the knockout round for the first time also would carry considerable personal meaning for the...

Morocco aiming to salvage something from last game vs Spain

Jun. 23, 2018 7:46 AM EDT

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Morocco has lost both its matches at the World Cup and hasn't scored a goal. That doesn't mean Spain will have it easy against the North Africans. The Atlas Lions will be desperate to salvage something from what has been a miserable World Cup for Morocco when they take on Spain...