Senegal punish Polish errors to win 2-1 in Group H
Senegal took full advantage of their opponents' errors to beat Poland 2-1 in their opening Group H match on Tuesday (June 19), finally giving Africa something to cheer about at the World Cup as the group favourites failed to fire.
Ridiculed Ronaldo bust at Madeira airport replaced
The much ridiculed bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at Madeira Airport was replaced on Friday (June 15) with a version bearing more of a resemblance to the soccer superstar, at the request of the family, Portuguese media reported.
Saudi players safe in Rostov hotel after airplane engine fault
Saudi Arabia's national soccer team landed safely in Rostov-on-Don, Russia after one of the engines on the plane carrying the players to a World Cup match appeared to catch fire.
Celebrations after Mexico's win against Germany prompts 'fan-made' earthquake
We bring you some World Cup news after the big teams fail to impress this weekend.
Croatia cruise to 2-0 win over Nigeria in World Cup
An own goal and a penalty gave Croatia a comfortable start to their World Cup campaign as they beat a limp Nigeria 2-0 in their Group D clash at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday (June 16). A diving header from Mario Mandzukic was deflected into his own net by Nigeria midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo after 32 minutes to hand Croatia the half-time lead, doubled by Luka Modric's successful penalty kick in the 71st minute. It was awarded after Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong had wrestled Mandzukic to the ground right in front of the referee, wrapping both arms around the striker as they jostled for space in the Nigeria box. Croatia, who were barely extended by their African opponents, now top Group D after Argentina and Iceland drew 1-1 in Moscow earlier on Saturday.
Our World Cup predictions
The 2018 World Cup tournament kicked off in Russia last Thursday at Moscow's Luzinskhiy stadium. Fans across the globe have been predicting who they think will win.
World Cup: And in the end, Putin wins?
Our panel of journalists looks at Russia's biggest sporting event since the 1980 Summer Olympics, with the hosts surprising themselves in the World Cup opener with a resounding 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia.
World Cup: Why footballers' haircuts show France has real chance of winning
As the World Cup kicks off, we look at what the Russian papers are saying and the sports pages around the world.
World Cup fever
The World Cup kicks off today. In this edition of MediaWatch we talk Robbie Williams' opening performance (and that middle finger!), the fashion sense of Nigeria's national team, the predictions as to who is going to win, and the World Cup song.