Bookings, bets, Mexico misery and Poland’s PM on phone – the finale to Group C

Find us a more dramatic finale to a World Cup group – we dare you. The last 30 minutes of Group C in Qatar, played simultaneously in two stadiums on Wednesday, will take some beating. Argentina, despite Lionel Messi having a penalty saved last night and that shock loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening … Read more

Explained: Christian Pulisic’s ‘pelvic contusion’ injury — the latest USMNT update and what’s next

A nation holds its breath. Christian Pulisic, one of the USMNT’s star players, scored the only goal of the game against Iran on Tuesday, to book his nation a mouthwatering last-16 tie with the Netherlands. But in scoring the decisive goal, Pulisic injured himself, raising concerns that the 24-year-old Chelsea forward could miss out on … Read more

USA 1-0 Iran: Pulisic goal seals place in World Cup last 16, dominant Dest and focus on the wings

As is often the case for the US, Christian Pulisic popped up when it really mattered to keep their World Cup journey alive. The Chelsea forward scored late in the first half from close range after a fine move involving Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest. Iran improved after the break but failed to really test … Read more

Pulisic goal advances US in World Cup with 1-0 win over Iran

Christian Pulisic gave his body for his country, scoring the goal that advanced the United States in the World Cup while crashing into the goalkeeper. Pulisic’s 38th-minute goal lifted the US over Iran 1-0 on Tuesday in a politically charged rematch of their famous meeting a quarter-century ago. The American star was replaced at the … Read more

Rashford vs Sterling: the England manager must choose between meritocracy and loyalty

Marcus Rashford has been playing for England for six and a half years, and this is his fourth major tournament. But watching him rip through Wales in the second half at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, it felt as if his entire international career had been built up to this moment, and maybe even this … Read more

England 3 Wales 0: Rashford at the double, Foden takes a chance, has Bale bowed out?

Two goals in a minute from Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden helped England end Wales’ resistance to top Group B and set up a round-of-16 date with Senegal. After a dour first half, England were brought to life when Rashford scored a sublime free kick before Foden finished at the far post from Harry Kane’s … Read more

England 3 Wales 0: Rashford at the double, Foden takes a chance, has Bale bowed out?

Two goals in a minute from Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden helped England end Wales’ resistance to top Group B and set up a round-of-16 date with Senegal. After a dour first half, England were brought to life when Rashford scored a sublime free kick before Foden finished at the far post from Harry Kane’s … Read more

No wins, few fans… Qatar proved it’s time for every side to earn a World Cup place

Yesterday marked the midway point of the Qatar World Cup – 32 matches played, 32 remaining. Today marked the point when Qatar’s participation ended. They were already mathematically eliminated, but their 2-0 loss to the Netherlands at the Al Bayt Stadium — essentially in the middle of nowhere, 50 km north of Doha — completed … Read more

No wins, few fans… Qatar proved it’s time for every side to earn a World Cup place

Yesterday marked the midway point of the Qatar World Cup – 32 matches played, 32 remaining. Today marked the point when Qatar’s participation ended. They were already mathematically eliminated, but their 2-0 loss to the Netherlands at the Al Bayt Stadium — essentially in the middle of nowhere, 50 km north of Doha — completed … Read more

Qatar acknowledges “between 400 and 500” workers died preparing for the World Cup

A top Qatari official involved in the country’s World Cup organization has put the number of worker deaths for the tournament “between 400 and 500” for the first time, a drastically higher number than any other previously offered by Doha. The comment by Hassan al-Thawadi, the secretary-general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, … Read more