Latest International soccer News

The Latest: Amrabat starts for Morocco vs Ronaldo's Portugal

Jun. 20, 2018 7:13 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Noureddine Amrabat retains his place in the Morocco team to play Portugal, days after sustaining a head injury in a 1-0 loss against Iran. Amrabat was treated in a hospital and regarded as a doubtful starter for a game...

Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 6:56 AM 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...

Senegal beats Poland 2-1, 1st African win at World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 6:45 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Senegal midfielder Mbaye Niang saw the signal from the referee to re-enter following treatment for an injury and jogged along the center line. Then Niang noticed Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn't realized Niang was back on the field. Niang outsprinted...

Summer drinks may lack fizz amid carbon dioxide shortage

Jun. 20, 2018 6:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British trade group says there's a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe, sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup. Gavin Partington, director-general of the British Soft Drinks Association, says the shortage is due to the...

Nigeria needs win against Iceland after opening defeat

Jun. 20, 2018 6:24 AM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Few teams in this World Cup have underperformed their potential as much as Nigeria. And while it's still early in the tournament, few have exceeded expectations more than Iceland. The teams meet in Volgograd on Friday in their second group match, and Nigeria faces the prospect of...

Serbia won't ease off against Switzerland at World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 6:13 AM EDT

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Aleksandar Kolarov knows that after victory in its opening World Cup match his Serbia lineup cannot ease off the intensity against Switzerland. Two draws in its remaining matches could be enough to secure a spot in the round of 16 but with Brazil waiting in its last Group E game,...

Gabriel Jesus or Firmino? Brazil's dilemma vs Costa Rica

Jun. 20, 2018 5:27 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The liveliest selection debate swirling around Brazil's national team heading into the World Cup has become more intense one game into the tournament. Should it be Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino in the lone-striker role? A favorite of Tite's since the coach took charge in...

Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup

Jun. 20, 2018 4:16 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal's opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the opening Group B match against Spain, a 3-3 draw that so far stands as the most exciting game of this year's World...

Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image

Jun. 20, 2018 4:14 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Chilly, gray, threatening. To many outsiders, that's the image Russia conveys to the world. But that's not the Russia World Cup fans are discovering. A Moscow subway security guard gives a visitor a thumbs-up sign. A waitress in Saransk bubbles over in wonder at meeting her first-ever...

Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes

Jun. 19, 2018 7:33 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — What a transformation. Russia's World Cup soccer team, metamorphosed from national laughingstock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. And no one is more stunned than their own fans. Chants of "Ro-see-ya! Ro-see-ya!" reverberated through the St. Petersburg Stadium...