Jesse Lingard goal for England against Panama produces brilliant reaction from Manchester United fans

Jesse Lingard scored a fantastic goal for England in the 6-1 win against Panama.


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England 6-1 Panama: Harry Kane nets hat-trick as Three Lions create history in Nizhny Novgorod

England secured their biggest ever World Cup victory on Sunday afternoon, beating Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod to book their place in the last 16.

Harry Kane became the third player after Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker to score a finals hat-trick for the Three Lions, while John Stones added a brace of his own. Jesse Lingard also scored with a fine long-range effort that was England’s first proper open play goal of the tournament.

Kane became just the third England player to score a World Cup hat-trick

England have never before scored more than four goals in a World Cup match, and even Felipe Baloy’s late consolation strike will not take away from the history made by Gareth Southgate’s side.

Panama started brightly, Anibal Godoy wasting a fine chance to put his nation ahead when he wildly shot over after being played through on goal. Yoel Barcenas also went close a few moments later, but his curling effort flashed just wide of Jordan Pickford’s far post, with the keeper at full stretch.

Despite these chances in the final third, Panama were amateurish at the back, with Stones opening the scoring with a free header from a corner.

Kane grabbed his first of the game, from the penalty spot, after Fidel Escobar and Gabriel Torres pulled Lingard down inside the area, before Lingard himself netted from outside the box after a lovely give-and-go with Raheem Sterling.

Stones added England’s fourth four minutes later, after a brilliantly worked free-kick routine. Kieran Trippier laid the set-piece off to Jordan Henderson, who curled a first-time ball to the far post. Kane headed the ball back across the face of goal, only to see Sterling head straight at goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

However, the rebound fell straight to Stones, who headed past Penedo into the roof of the net.

Stones scored his first two goals for England against Panama

Just minutes later, the lead was extended again, with Kane scoring a perfect replica of his opening penalty to make it 5-0 at the break.

Understandably, England turned down the pace after the restart, but it took less than 10 minutes for Kane to complete his hat-trick – in the most fortuitous of circumstances. Ruben Loftus-Cheek worked his way into space on the edge of the Panama area, and he managed to get a shot off, but it travelled only a few yards before it hit the back of Kane’s foot and looped over Penedo into the back of the net.

Michael Murillo did threaten to pull one back for Panama, but Pickford did well to deny the wide player after a well-worked move saw him through on goal.

Torres should have scored after a cut-back fell to him at the far post, yet he poked the ball slightly wide, but Felipe Baloy made up for Torres’ error by netting Panama’s first ever World Cup goal when he broke England’s offside trap from a free-kick and slotted the ball into the corner of Pickford’s goal.

Baloy made history by scoring this debut goal for Panama, but England were the real history makers in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.


As in England’s World Cup opener, the defeat of Tunisia, Kieran Trippier put in a truly superb performance down the right flank.

Trippier played 70 minutes before being replaced by Danny Rose

The wing-back was challenged defensively even less in this match than he was against Tunisia, but that meant he could dominate the right flank when England were on the attack. He sent in the corner from which Stones scored the opening goal, and was a constant menace with some excellent crosses from open play. Trippier has also developed into a fine set-piece taker, and Gareth Southgate has utilised this talent remarkably well at the tournament.


Any one of the goals could be regarded as the finest moment of the match – even Panama’s debut strike at a World Cup finals – but Kane’s hat-trick finish will go down in history. He was ridiculously lucky to score in the manner he did, as Loftus-Cheek’s shot flicked of Kane’s boot into the back of the net, but that strike made Kane the first England player to score a hat-trick at the World Cup since Gary Lineker in 1986.


England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier (Rose 70′), Loftus-Cheek, Henderson, Lingard (Delph 63′), Young, Sterling, Kane (Vardy 63′)
Subs not used: Butland, Dier, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Rashford, Alli, Alexander-Arnold, Pope

Panama: Penedo, Murillo, Roman Torres, Escobar, Davis, Barcenas (Arroyo 69′), Cooper, Gomez (Baloy 69′), Godoy (Avila 62′), Jose Luis Rodriguez, Perez
Subs not used: Calderon, Cummings, Gabriel Torres, Diaz, Machado, Pimentel, Ovalle, Tejada, Alex Rodriguez


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‘Panama players are brilliant wrestlers’ – funniest reaction to England World Cup match

We heard Panama like to play with aggression, but this was ridiculous.

Against England in their second game of Group G, it looked like the players were auditioning for the next series of The Ultimate Fighter. UFC President Dana White would definitely have been impressed by what he saw.

Raheem Sterling is bundled over by a Panama tag team

It didn’t effect England’s players in any case as they shot into a 5-0 lead thanks to Harry Kane and John Stones, who both scored twice and a brilliant effort from Jesse Lingard.

And Twitter is great when it is used for good, and by this we obviously mean people posting hilarious GIFS and memes to highlight events like a World Cup group game and have a laugh.

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Riyad Mahrez’s £75m Manchester City transfer stalls as star demands Leicester pay-off

Riyad Mahrez’s potential Manchester City move has hit a stalling point as the Algerian reportedly wants a pay-off from Leicester before he joins the Premier League champions.

According to the Sun, a £75m deal is close to being agreed, however Mahrez is now trying to get a portion of the Foxes’ profit.

Mahrez was blocked from moving by Leicester in January

The King Power Stadium club have no intention of paying the winger anything as it was him who submitted a transfer request when the deal was initially prevented in January.

Mahrez later withdrew the request, but Leicester’s owners are still reluctant to pay him.

The 27-year-old has racked up 48 Leicester goals in his 179 appearances for the club, and was famously a key part of their remarkable title winning 2015/16 season.

It is understood that Claude Puel and the Foxes’ chiefs have already picked out Basel star Mohamed Elyounoussi their ideal replacement for Mahrez.

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Mateo Kovacic transfer latest: Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City target has £264million release clause in Real Madrid contract

It has been revealed that Mateo Kovacic has a £264million (€300m) release clause in his Real Madrid contract.

Kovacic, the Croatia midfielder, has admitted he wants to leave Los Blancos this summer to guarantee playing time he is not certain of at the Bernabeu.

Kovacic has admitted he may have to leave Real Madrid

The 24-year-old started just 10 LaLiga matches last season, and he said about his situation: “I would like to play more at Real Madrid because I love football and I love being on the pitch.

“I know that it’s difficult to be a starter at Real Madrid, especially when I arrived at a really young age.

“I understand the situation, but because of that I believe the best thing for me would be to go to another club where I’d have the opportunity to play regularly as a starter.”

However, Real Madrid are not willing to sell Kovacic, despite the midfielder reportedly being the subject of offers from Premier League trio Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal, as well as teams from Germany and Italy.

There was the chance any interested party could trigger Kovacic’s release clause to force Real into selling him, with it widely reported the clause was set at around £44million (€50m).

Kovacic started just 10 league games last season

However, it has now been reported by Marca that the clause is actually set at an eye-watering £264m (€300m), which is likely to deter any side from triggering the clause.

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‘Some England players didn’t want to be there, but manager Gareth Southgate has changed that,’ says Rio Ferdinand

England manager Gareth Southgate has created a ‘club environment’ within the England squad and that can only be a good thing, says Rio Ferdinand.

Sitting alongside former England internationals Frank Lampard, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker, the manager’s exuberance when Harry Kane scored the winner against Tunisia was discussed.

“He’s created a club environment within the England squad, which is so hard to do,” Ferdinand said in his role on BBC Sport.

Turning to former England team-mate Lampard, Ferdinand added: “We found it hard to do within our squads, but Gareth’s done that and the players want to be there.

“We had players in our squad who you thought: ‘I don’t know if he wants to be here,’” though he wouldn’t name names when asked to elaborate by Lineker.

“These players, though, they get the call and turn up all wanting to play and that’s a step in the right direction for this squad.”

If England beat Panama they will have secured their place in the knockout stage with a game to spare, which will be a relief considering Belgium is the final game in the group.

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Watford target West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster in £10m move

Watford are reportedly eyeing up a £10m move for goalkeeper Ben Foster, who was recently relegated from the Premier League with West Brom.

According to the Sun, Foster could yet grab a top-flight lifeline with the Hornets, a club he previously played for as a loanee between 2005 and 2007.

Foster wants first team football

The Vicarage Road side are currently looking to offload Costel Pantilimon to Nottingham Forest or Aston Villa and hope Foster will put aside his Baggies loyalties and join them this summer.

Manchester United and Manchester City have considered Foster as a potential second choice goalie for their 2018/19 campaigns, but it is understood he wants to play every week.

The 35-year-old may be tempted by Premier League contract as he will have a cut in salary at Championship West Brom.

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England fans don’t understand why Raheem Sterling has been picked ahead of Marcus Rashford for Panama World Cup clash

England fans can not understand why Raheem Sterling is still starting for the Three Lions.

Sterling, the forward, was expected to make way in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for England’s second World Cup group stage match against Panama, following his below par performance in the 2-1 defeat of Tunisia.

Rashford replaced Sterling on 68 minutes against Tunisia and was bright when he came on

Marcus Rashford was backed to replace Sterling, as he made a lively cameo against Tunisia after coming off the bench in the second half.

Sterling wasted some clear goal scoring opportunities in that World Cup opener, and he remains without an international goal since October 2015.

However, when England’s team for the Panama clash was announced, Sterling was still there, listed in Southgate’s starting XI.

This did not go down well on social media, with England baffled as to why Rashford remained on the bench.

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Are World Cup groups decided by goal difference or head to head? What happens if England and Belgium are level on points?

What happens if two or more teams finish level on points at the group stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia?

FIFA have set out an extensive set of rules to cover each and every scenario, just in case a pair of sides (potentially England and Belgium) end up on the same number of points after three games.

England could hypothetically end up level on points with Belgium at the top of Group G

The first thing to note is that World Cup groups are decided by goal difference first, not head to head.

After goal difference comes goals scored, then head to head, fair play points and finally a drawing of lots.

In the unlikely event that three teams all finish on the same number of points, their positions are once again first decided by goal difference and goals scored.

However, if they’re still even on that front, then FIFA create a head to head mini-league between them which consists solely of the games the three teams played against one another.

They are then ranked by their position in this league, before it goes to fair play points and drawing of lots.

Carlos Sanchez’s straight red card could potentially hurt Colombia if their group comes down to fair play points

So, to clarify…

If two teams finish level on points in a World Cup group, then they are separated by:

1. Goal difference in all matches

2. Goals scored in all matches

3. Winner of the head to head meeting between two teams who finished level

4. Greatest number of fair play points (yellow card = -1 points, two yellows resulting in a red card = -3 points, straight red card = -4 points, yellow card, then straight red card = 5 points)

5. Random drawing of lots

If the teams are level on absolutely everything else, then a random draw will be forced to decide who finishes highest

If three teams finish level on points in a World Cup group, then they are separated by:

1. Goal difference in all matches

2. Goals scored in all matches

3. Most points in head to head league between the three teams

4. Goal difference in head to head league between the three teams

5. Goals scored in head to head league between the three teams

6. Greatest number of fair play points (yellow card = -1 points, two yellows resulting in a red card = -3 points, straight red card = -4 points, yellow card, then straight red card = 5 points)

7. Random drawing of lots

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Manchester City transfer news: Verbal agreement reached for Napoli midfielder Jorginho, claims agent

There is a verbal agreement between Manchester City and Napoli for the transfer of Jorginho, the player’s agent has claimed.

Joao Santos believes that despite nothing being signed yet, a deal may still happen next week.

“Jorginho is now in Fortaleza with his family on vacation,” he told Calcio Napoli 24 Live.

“In football you need signed documents, without this you can do little.

“We have a verbal agreement with City, now we are waiting for Napoli to find the agreement and Manchester [City] to define the deal. Everything depends on this aspect, next week could be the one.”

Manager Pep Guardiola has been keen to add the 26-year-old Italy international to his Premier League winning side and fees ranging between £40m and £60m have been mentioned.

Jorginho was born in Brazil, but moved to Italy when he was young and made his name at Verona before joining Napoli in 2014.

Jorginho is one of the best passers in Serie A

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Poland vs Colombia: World Cup 2018 match preview, predicted line-ups, key players, and more

Poland v Colombia is a must-win clash for both sides.

They both lost their opening Group H matches 2-1, to Senegal and Japan respectively, and a defeat for either will ensure an early exit from the 2018 World Cup.

The Kazan Arena will host Poland v Colombia

Poland could welcome back influential centre-back Kamil Glik after he returned to full training this week following a shoulder injury which had initially been expected to keep him out of the entire tournament.

Colombia are set to welcome back their star man, James Rodriguez, after he was only fit enough to be a substitute in the opening game against Japan due to a calf problem.

The 26-year-old, winner of the Golden Boot in Brazil four years ago, came on for the final half an hour in Saransk but was unable to help his team salvage a point after they had Carlos Sanchez sent off inside three minutes.

Colombia will welcome back James Rodriguez against Poland

Key player

Poland: Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is Poland’s captain and all-time leading goalscorer and the man they look to for inspiration. He failed to find the back of the net on his World Cup debut against Senegal and will be desperate to get on the scoresheet against Colombia and keep his country’s last 16 hopes alive.

Colombia: Set to return from the injury which kept him out of the starting line-up against Japan, Lewandowki’s Bayern Munich teammate James Rodriguez will start against the Poles and will be Colombia’s best chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

What the managers are saying

Adam Nawalka (Poland): “There is a lot of disenchantment, we are quite angry after the last match so we want to play at a different level.

“One match does not mean anything for either Poland or Colombia. It will be a very interesting game tomorrow and we strongly believe we will emerge victorious.

“We play a significant match, actions will speak louder than words on the pitch.”

Poland manager Adam Nawalka runs the rule over his side

Jose Pekerman (Colombia): “It’s quite possible and probable that we might change a couple of players. This World Cup really doesn’t give you any time to breathe.

“In our group, all the teams are very even. All the matches are going to be very hard for the four teams in this group and that’s what we’re seeing.

“We didn’t start very well, that’s true, and now we have to overcome that.”

What the players are saying

Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland): “Colombia has many great players headed by James Rodriguez, but we have to focus on ourselves. Eliminate the mistakes we’ve made. At our own request we lost two goals with Senegal. You have to be so concentrated that these things do not happen.”

Santiago Arias (Colombia): “Poland are not just Lewandowski. The idea is to counter the qualities of the Poland side, not just Lewandowski. We all want to win our battles.”

Predicted XIs

Poland: Szczesny; Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, Rybus, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Blaszczykowski, Milik, Grosicki, Lewandowski.

Colombia: Ospina; Arias, Sanchez, Murillo, Mojica; Barrios, Lerma; Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Izquierdo; Falcao.

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Japan vs Senegal: World Cup 2018 match preview, predicted line-ups, key players, and more

Having both won their opening Group H matches, a place in the last 16 of the World Cup could be sealed by Japan or Senegal when they meet on Sunday.

Japan took advantage of an early sending off to beat Colombia 2-1 in their first match in Russia and another victory would see them become the first Asian side to win their opening two games at a World Cup.

Japan warm up at the Ekaterinburg Arena ahead of their clash with Senegal

They could be without Keisuke Honda, who suffered a thigh problem after coming on as a substitute, while Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki is fit but likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.

Senegal impressed in their 2-1 victory over Poland and, with no apparent injury concerns, are likely to field the same team.

Key player

Japan: Once regarded as one of Europe’s brightest talents, Shinji Kagawa has perhaps gone under the radar a touch. Since returning to Borussia Dortmund from Old Trafford in 2014, the attacking midfielder has shown he still possesses undeniable qualities that were shoehorned into a United side built around the fading Wayne Rooney. A well-taken penalty and an assured performance in the last game show he is back and means business.

Senegal: Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was described as one of the world’s best players by his Senegal coach Aliou Cisse on the eve of the tournament having enjoyed another excellent club season, which he capped by becoming the first Senegalese player to score in a Champions League final. He was closely marked against Poland and will be once more against Japan, with their manager Akira Nishino highlighting him as the biggest danger to his side.

Sadio Mane will be key for Senegal against Japan

What the managers are saying

Akira Nishino (Japan): “For the past several days, I have been telling my players to gain five centimetres and five kilograms but it failed, so we need other measures! Of course there is a ball, and through using the ball we are going to take on Senegal. If there’s a lot of physical contact then we will be at a disadvantage, therefore we will have to make some variations and then we can use our quickness.
“We need to move the ball well, so rather than physicality we have to use our brain to come up with some tactics and strategies.”

Aliou Cisse (Senegal): “These are players who have grown. I am with players who have been in the national team for a long time and they are at big clubs. They want to write their own history. We don’t have a World Cup every year. They know that this could be their last. That is close to their heart.”

Senegal manager Aliou Cisse

What the players are saying

Sadio Mane (Senegal): “I think it’s going to be a good match, it’s very important for us and (we need) to be supportive. Our strength? It’s not Sadio Mane, it’s the team.”

Predicted XIs

Japan: Kawashima, Shoji, Nagatomo, Shibasaki, Yoshida, Haruguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako, Hasebe, Sakai.

Senegal: K.Ndiaye, Gassama, Kalibouly, Sbaly, Sane, Gana, A.Ndiaye, P.Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, Mane.

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Senegal players show off fantastic dancing preparations in training for Japan World Cup clash

The Senegal national football team are beginning to steal the show at the 2018 World Cup.

After impressively defeating Poland against the odds in their opening game, the Lions of Teranga have now earned new fans with their bizarre training methods.

Senegal’s players training in good spirits ahead of their game against Japan

The video below shows them preparing for their crucial clash with Japan on Friday, which is live on talkSPORT 2, by performing as a dance troupe in the stadium!

It’s unclear exactly what technical footballing benefit the Senegalese get from this training, however it certainly appears to be boosting team morale ahead of their big game.

Perhaps it’s also improving their footwork?

Scroll down to see the full video.

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Manchester United transfer news: Anthony Martial to be used in part exchange deal for Kylian Mbappe as Red Devils chase wonderkid

Jose Mourinho is prepared to offer Anthony Martial in a part exchange deal for Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.

Mbappe, the France forward, spent last season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco, before the Ligue 1 champions tied up his permanent signing earlier this summer.

Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain on loan from Monaco last summer

However, the Paris club face a Financial Fair Play investigation having spent £166million on Mbappe just one year after splashing out around £198m to bring Neymar, the Brazil star, from Barcelona to the French capital.

And, according to The Mirror, United have taken notice of PSG’s precarious financial situation and have registered their interest in Mbappe with the player’s advisers.

It is stated that Jose Mourinho would be willing to offer Anthony Martial in a part exchange deal for Mbappe, 19, with Martial believed to be valued at around £80m by the Red Devils.

Mbappe is currently representing France at the World Cup

Manchester City have already emerged as one of the parties interested in signing Mbappe this summer, while Real Madrid are also reportedly tracking the teenage superstar, who became France’s youngest ever goal scorer at the World Cup when he netted in Les Bleus’ 1-0 defeat of Peru earlier this week.

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Russia World Cup 2018 fixtures: Dates, kick-off times, results, scores and full group stage schedule

The 2018 World Cup is well under way, having kicked off on June 14.

It runs until July 15 and we have already seen plenty of drama.

Here’s all the details of what has happened so far and the remaining group stage fixtures and kick-off times.


Thursday, June 14: Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, 4pm

Friday, June 15: Egypt 0-1 Uruguay (Group A) – Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, 1pm

Friday, June 15: Morocco 0-1 Iran (Group B) – Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, 4pm

Friday, June 15: Portugal 3-3 Spain (Group B) – Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, 7pm

Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Spain.

Saturday, June 16: France 2-1 Australia (Group C) – Kazan Arena, Kazan, 11am

Saturday, June 16: Argentina 1-1 Iceland (Group D) – Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, 2pm

Saturday, June 16: Peru 0-1 Denmark (Group C) – Mordovia Arena, Saransk, 5pm

Saturday, June 16: Croatia 2-0 Nigeria (Group D) – Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, 8pm

Iceland celebrate their first ever World Cup goal

Sunday, June 17: Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia (Group E) – Samara Arena, Samara, 1pm

Sunday, June 17: Germany 0-1 Mexico (Group F) – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, 4pm

Sunday, June 17: Brazil 1-1 Switzerland (Group E) – Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, 7pm

Mexico defender Eddie Alvraez celebrates Mexico’s stunning win over Germany

Monday, June 18: Sweden 1-0 South Korea (Group F) – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm

Monday, June 18: Belgium 3-0 Panama (Group G) – Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, 4pm

Monday, June 18: Tunisia 1-2 England (Group G) – Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, 7pm

Harry Kane rescued England with two goals on his World Cup debut

Tuesday, June 19: Colombia 1-2 Japan (Group H) – Mordovia Arena, Saransk, 1pm

Tuesday, June 19: Poland 1-2 Senegal (Group H) – Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, 4pm

Tuesday, June 19: Russia 3-1 Egypt (Group A) – Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, 7pm

Russia scored eight goals in their first two games

Wednesday, June 20: Portugal 1-0 Morocco (Group B) – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, 1pm

Wednesday, June 20: Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, 4pm

Wednesday, June 20: Iran 0-1 Spain (Group B) – Kazan Arena, Kazan, 7pm

Spain celebrate a Diego Costa goal

Thursday, June 21: Denmark 1-1 Australia (Group C) – Samara Arena, Samara, 1pm

Thursday June 21: France 1-0 Peru (Group C) – Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, 4pm

Thursday, June 21: Argentina 0-3 Croatia (Group D) – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm

Luka Modric celebrates Croatia’s second goal against Argentina

Friday, June 22: Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica (Group E) – Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, 1pm

Friday, June 22: Nigeria 2-0 Iceland (Group D) – Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, 4pm

Friday, June 22: Serbia 1-2 Switzerland (Group E) – Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, 7pm

Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring the first of his two goals for Nigeria

Saturday, June 23: Belgium 5-2 Tunisia (Group G) – Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, 1pm

Saturday, June 23: South Korea 1-2 Mexico (Group F) – Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, 4pm

Saturday, June 23: Germany 2-1 Sweden (Group F) – Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, 7pm

Kroos’ free-kick has seemingly put Germany’s World Cup campaign back on track

Sunday, June 24: England v Panama (Group G) – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm

Sunday, June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) – Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, 4pm

Sunday, June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) – Kazan Arena, Kazan, 7pm

Monday, June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A) – Samara Arena, Samara, 3pm

Monday, June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A) – Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, 3pm

Monday, June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B) – Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, 7pm

Monday, June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B) – Mordovia Arena, Saransk, 7pm

Tuesday, June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, 3pm

Tuesday, June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C) – Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, 3pm

Tuesday, June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D) – Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, 7pm

Tuesday, June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D) – Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, 7pm

Wednesday, June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F) – Kazan Arena, Kazan, 3pm

Wednesday, June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F) – Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, 3pm

Wednesday, June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E) – Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, 7pm

Wednesday, June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E) – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm

Thursday, June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H) – Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, 3pm

Thursday, June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H) – Samara Arena, Samara, 3pm

Thursday, June 28: England v Belgium (Group G) – Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, 7pm

Thursday, June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G) – Mordovia Arena, Saransk, 7pm

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