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The Latest: Germany makes 4 changes in lineup to play Sweden

Jun. 23, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Germany coach Joachim Loew has made four changes to his starting lineup for the crucial World Cup match against Sweden, most notably dropping Mesut Ozil and inserting Marco Reus. Sami Khedira and Marvin Plattenhardt were...

Iceland, Mexico, England vie for US World Cup support

Jun. 23, 2018 1:12 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — American soccer fans: Iceland's prime minister wants your support. The United States is absent from the World Cup for the first time since 1986, which means up to 325 million Americans are temporarily free agents. Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir says her island nation about 900 miles...

Mexico wins again at World Cup, beats South Korea 2-1

Jun. 23, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored a goal each to move Mexico closer to a spot in the round of 16 by beating South Korea 2-1 Saturday at the World Cup. Mexico, which upset defending champion Germany in its opening match, took the lead when Vela converted from the penalty...

Friendship between players has limits at World Cup

Jun. 23, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Even a great friendship between players who used to be at the same club has its limits when it comes to the World Cup. Senegal forward Sadio Mane can attest to that. The African team faces Japan in their second Group H game on Sunday in Yekaterinburg, and a defensive mainstay...

Belgium looks best yet at World Cup in 5-2 rout of Tunisia

Jun. 23, 2018 12:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Belgium seems to be getting better and better — maybe even the best yet at the World Cup. It's still early, but a hugely talented Belgian squad made a big statement on Saturday in its 5-2 rout of Tunisia. No team has scored more goals than Belgium's eight, and only Cristiano Ronaldo...

Tunisia's defeat caps a miserable World Cup for Arab nations

Jun. 23, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Arab nations came to the World Cup with high hopes but they've been dashed. With four Arab teams in the tournament — the most ever — and one of the game's biggest stars in Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, some sensed this could be Arab football's breakthrough year. So far, Arab...

Hurting Neymar gets emotional at the World Cup

Jun. 23, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Neymar is hurting, probably physically and almost for sure emotionally. The Brazil striker, the face of the team at the World Cup and the one carrying the hopes of the nation on his shoulders, came into the tournament with a foot injury. And after a dramatic outburst late in...

Chechnya leader grants Salah honorary citizenship

Jun. 23, 2018 11:20 AM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov has granted honorary citizenship to striker Mohamed Salah at a banquet held to say goodbye to Egypt's World Cup squad. The Pharaohs, as the Egyptian squad is known, adopted the Russian region's capital, Grozny, as their base for the tournament, a...

Kickoff: Tiny Panama stands in way of England advancing

Jun. 23, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — For an England team that came to the World Cup with reduced expectations, things are setting up nicely. The younger, friendlier squad — a minor dust-up with the media notwithstanding — began with a 2-1 win over Tunisia on a late header by Harry Kane, who also scored the team's...

Egypt-Saudi spat provides backdrop to their World Cup clash

Jun. 23, 2018 10:04 AM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — In theory, it's an inconsequential match between two teams already eliminated from the World Cup. In reality, Monday's clash between Egypt and Saudi Arabia is about pride, politics and maybe some score settling too. Fans in the two nations are locked in a public quarrel pitting...