BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina star Lionel Messi admitted on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) to being upset with constant criticism in his homeland, saying in an interview that even his 6-year-old son asks why his countrymen attack his performances for the ...
Mar 30, 2019
ZAGREB, Croatia - Croatia took a decisive step toward World Cup qualification on Thursday, overwhelming Greece for a 4-1 victory in the first leg of their playoff.Captain Luka Modric, whose recent form for Real Madrid had been criticized in Spain, opened ...
Nov 10, 2017
JERUSALEM - Spain ended its European qualifying campaign by beating Israel, 1-0, on Monday thanks to a long-range strike by Asier Illarramendi in the second half.Spain played without most of its regular starters because it secured a World Cup spot ...
Oct 10, 2017
BELGIUM coach Roberto Martinez says Marouane Fellaini has sustained ligament damage in his left knee and has left the national team to return to Manchester United.Fellaini was hurt in the first half of Belgium's 4-3 win over Bosnia- ...
Oct 10, 2017
LISBON, Portugal - Cristiano Ronaldo is set to return to Portugal's lineup for the decisive World Cup qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday.Ronaldo did not start in the 2-0 win at Andorra last week because he was not fully fit, ...
Oct 10, 2017
KENDALL Waston scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, giving Costa Rica a 1-1 tie against visiting Honduras on Saturday at San Jose and clinching the Ticos' second straight World Cup berth and fifth overall.The dramatic ...
Oct 8, 2017
BASEL, Switzerland - Substitute Cristiano Ronaldo lifted Portugal to a labored 2-0 win at Andorra on Saturday, and set up a showdown against Switzerland next week that will decide who advances to the World Cup.Ronaldo was rested and watched the first ...
Oct 8, 2017
MADRID - The Spanish soccer federation says Andres Iniesta, Alvaro Morata and Dani Carvajal will miss two World Cup qualifying matches because of injuries.The trio will miss Spain's World Cup qualifiers against Albania on Friday and Israel on Monday.The ...
Oct 2, 2017
THE morning after Australia failed to qualify directly for next year's World Cup, a defiant Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou brushed aside criticism of his coaching style and said he had "survived much worse."That's unlikely to placate some ...
Sep 6, 2017
VADUZ, Liechtenstein - Spain cruised to an 8-0 win over last-place Liechtenstein to stay in control of Group G in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.Alvaro Morata and Iago Aspas each scored two goals as Spain guaranteed ...
Sep 6, 2017
SWITZERLAND extended its perfect record in World Cup qualifying by defeating Latvia, 3-0, on Sunday for its eighth straight victory, while Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal edged 10-man Hungary, 1-0, to stay close at the top of Group B. ...
Sep 4, 2017
MADRID - Spain says striker David Villa is doubtful for its World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein on Tuesday after injuring a muscle during training.Villa's injury occurred on Sunday, a day after Spain beat Italy 3-0 to take the lead ...
Sep 4, 2017
MADRID - Spain ended Italy's 11-year unbeaten run in qualifiers with a 3-0 win on Saturday and moved closer to securing a World Cup spot.The Italians hadn't lost a qualifier - World Cup or European Championship - in ...
Sep 3, 2017
KIEV, Ukraine - Andriy Yarmolenko celebrated his 70th international appearance with two first-half goals to move Ukraine to the top of Group I with a 2-0 victory over Turkey on Saturday in World Cup qualifying.Despite trailing leaders Croatia and Iceland ...
Sep 3, 2017
BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbia relied on Mijat Gacinovic and Aleksandar Kolarov to beat Moldova, 3-0, on Saturday and take control of Group D in World Cup European qualifying.Wales beat Austria, 1-0, to move closer to second-placed Ireland.Sharing the ...
Sep 3, 2017
MEXICO has control of its fate and could qualify for next year's World Cup with a victory on Friday at home against Panama (Saturday, Manila time).Qualifying with three matches still to play would let Mexico relax with Costa Rica ...
Aug 31, 2017
IRAN and Brazil, along with host Russia, are the only teams so far assured of a place at the 2018 World Cup. Three more Asian teams will secure their place in the tournament draw in December over the next week as qualifying ...
Aug 29, 2017
BELGRADE, Serbia - Aleksandar Mitrovic denied a weakened Wales from going home with three points after scoring for Serbia to secure a 1-1 draw in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.Newcastle forward Mitrovic collected a backheel before equalizing in the ...
Jun 12, 2017
BARCELONA, Spain - Diego Costa isn't letting an uncertain future damage his current performances for Spain.The Chelsea striker scored what proved to be Spain's winner to secure a 2-1 victory at Macedonia on Sunday that kept it ...
Jun 12, 2017
REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Hordur Magnusson scored a last-minute goal to lead Iceland to a 1-0 victory over Croatia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.With four more games to play, Croatia and Iceland lead Group I with 13 points. ...
Jun 12, 2017
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