Never mind the goals, Giroud key to France’s hopes

By Mark Gleeson MOSCOW, July 14 : France centre forward Olivier Giroud has failed to score at the World Cup in Russia but is still a vital cog in their plans for Sunday’s final against Croatia in Moscow. While a goal in Sunday’s final will be high priority for the 31-year-old striker, his play is […]

Germany’s Hummels fit but Rudy a doubt for South Korea clash

By Karolos Grohmann VATUTINKI, Russia, June 25 : Germany central defender Mats Hummels has recovered from a neck injury and will be fit for their last World Cup Group F game against South Korea on Wednesday but midfielder Sebastian Rudy is doubtful, assistant coach Marcus Sorg said on Monday. Hummels, who missed their last-gasp 2-1 […]

Guerrero hopes to hug Socceroos skipper who helped him play

By Andrew Downie SOCHI, Russia, June 25 : Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has promised to give his Australian counterpart Mile Jedinak “a big hug” before Tuesday’s match between the teams as a thank you for his personal support in overturning Guerrero’s drug suspension. Although he was given a 14-month ban after testing positive for a […]

Uganda police arrest 15 refugees after four killed in fight during World Cup game

By Andrew Bagala KAMPALA, June 22 : A fight erupted in a refugee camp in Uganda during a World Cup soccer match and four people were killed, police said, adding they have arrested 15 refugees from South Sudan in connection with the bloodshed. Uganda is host to an estimated 1.4 million refugees, including more than […]

Africa showing few signs of making World Cup breakthrough

By Mark Gleeson NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 20 : Africa’s much-awaited and coveted tilt at World Cup glory looks as far off as ever after a dismal round of opening fixtures for the continent’s teams at the tournament in Russia. Not even a win for Senegal in their first Group H in Moscow on Tuesday […]

Japan’s World Cup win over Colombia lifts mood after quake

By Malcolm Foster TOKYO, June 20 : Japan on Wednesday basked in the glow of its World Cup soccer team’s historic win over Colombia, a victory that has lifted the nation’s mood after an earthquake struck its second-biggest metropolis Osaka. Fans watching Tuesday night’s match at pubs and outdoor bars in the downtown Tokyo area […]