Croatia fans eclipse low-key French in Moscow final build-up

By Gabrielle T?trault-Farber MOSCOW, July 15 : Scores of Croatian fans took to the streets of Moscow on Sunday ahead of their country’s first ever World Cup final appearance, cheering and waving flags in anticipation of the historic match against France. With four hours to go until kickoff at 1800 local time (1500 GMT) Croatian […]

Hopeful fans gather in Paris, willing “Les Bleus” to World Cup victory

By Bate Felix PARIS, July 15 : Crowds of cheering French soccer fans began gathering in Paris on Sunday, draped in red, white and blue and singing the Marseillaise, as excitement was building ahead of the France-Croatia showdown at the World Cup final in Moscow. A day after the nation celebrated Bastille Day – the […]

After Russia, World Cup focus now turns to Qatar

By Mark Gleeson MOSCOW, July 15 : Germany came out of its shell, South Africa exceeded expectations and Russia changed negative perceptions when they all hosted the World Cup but just what will unfold in four years’ time when the tournament goes to Qatar is anyone’s guess. There is only one certainty — it will […]

Euphoria over, back to reality for Southgate’s England

By Simon Evans ST PETERSBURG, July 15 : It could have been the greatest day of their lives but England’s World Cup squad returned home on Sunday with the euphoria that surrounded their run to the last four having dissipated and familiar, less exhilarating, challenges lying ahead. The Premier League begins in just four weeks […]

Belgium beat England to secure third place finish

By Simon Evans ST PETERSBURG, July 14 : Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and send Gareth Southgate’s side home with a second straight loss. France will face Croatia in Sunday’s final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. A […]

Croatia fans hope to settle old score at World Cup final with France

By Gabrielle T?trault-Farber and Tom Balmforth MOSCOW, July 14 : Croatian soccer fans streaming into Moscow for Sunday’s World Cup final between Croatia and France are hoping their team can settle an old score with the French dating back to the 1998 tournament. That year, Croatia’s World Cup dreams were cut short as France clawed […]