International soccer

Brazil's Neymar gestures during the group E match against Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
June 18, 2018 - 7:53 am
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — This is unfamiliar territory for five-time World Cup champion Brazil. The last time it didn't win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer. The "Selecao" had won every one of its opening matches since 1978, a year after "The King's" farewell. Brazil drew...
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FILE - In this file photo from Oct. 10, 2017, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez celebrates with Roman Torres, who scored his team's second goal, after a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
June 17, 2018 - 6:08 pm
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn't in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup. The Central American team has trouble scoring and his players will need to have a good day to have any chance against Belgium on...
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Brazil's Neymar reacts after failing to score during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 17, 2018 - 6:04 pm
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0. Philippe Coutinho...
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Germany's Thomas Mueller walks off the pitch at the end of the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Mexico won 1-0. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
June 17, 2018 - 5:41 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Parity has come to the World Cup. Five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. Only two of the top dozen teams have victories. Top-ranked Germany lost to No. 15 Mexico, second-ranked Brazil tied No. 6 Switzerland, No. 4 Portugal drew 10th-ranked...
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Brazil's Roberto Firmino gestures during the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
June 17, 2018 - 4:04 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 11 p.m. Switzerland's well-organized defending held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup opener, keeping Neymar and other attackers at bay for the most part. Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the 20th...
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Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates scoring the opening goal during the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
June 17, 2018 - 2:35 pm
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — As Serbia celebrated its 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in the World Cup on Sunday, the celebratory mood briefly turned somber. Captain Aleksandar Kolarov was named man of the match for his game-winning goal from a free kick early in the second half. But his thoughts turned to...
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Mexico's Hirving Lozano, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
June 17, 2018 - 2:34 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Defending World Cup champions have been finding it hard to get out of the group stage lately, and Germany is proving no exception. The 2014 champions, ranked No. 1 in the world, were exposed defensively and surprisingly beaten by Mexico 1-0 on Sunday, putting its hopes of advancement...
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FILE - In this file photo from Oct. 10, 2017, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez celebrates with Roman Torres, who scored his team's second goal, after a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica in Panama City. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
June 17, 2018 - 1:42 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Panama earned its first ever World Cup berth and couldn't wait to begin its adventure on soccer's biggest stage. Then the team drew Belgium for its opening match. The Group G game in Sochi on Monday could be rather lopsided because Belgium, at least on paper, should be a contender for...
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In this image taken from video provided by Viktoria Geranovich, a taxi driver, right, runs away from the scene after he crashed his taxi into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. Eight people, including two from Mexico, were injured in the crash. Video circulated on Russian social media and some news websites showed the taxi approaching a stopped line of cars, then veering onto the sidewalk and striking pedestrians. It then hit a traffic sign and bystanders tried to wrestle the driver out of the taxi, but he broke their grip and ran away; it was not clear how he was finally detained. (Viktoria Geranovich via AP)
June 17, 2018 - 12:58 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The suspect in a taxi crash near Red Square that injured two Mexican soccer fans and six other pedestrians as Russia hosts the World Cup told interrogators he fell asleep at the wheel, Moscow city police said Sunday. The police released a video of an interrogation session with a man...
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Spain's Diego Costa celebrates his side's equalizing goal during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
June 17, 2018 - 8:47 am
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Even with a pair of goals himself, Diego Costa joined the chorus praising his higher-profile opponent's hat trick in Spain's 3-3 draw with Portugal. "Cristiano Ronaldo is Cristiano Ronaldo," Costa said. "I wish I could be like him." But make no mistake about it: Costa knows he...
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