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Argentina's fans Nora Espector, left, and her son Emil Davisson pose for a photograph in front of an official media hotel in Nizhny Novgorod during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
June 20, 2018 - 2:45 pm
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Nothing has stopped Argentine fan Nora Espector from following Lionel Messi wherever he plays. Espector, who needs a wheelchair because she has multiple sclerosis, traveled to the World Cup in Russia with her youngest son. The soccer passion runs in her family: Her...
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England head coach Gareth Southgate attends official training of his team at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
June 20, 2018 - 2:40 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 9:30 p.m. England coach Gareth Southgate was taken to the hospital after dislocating his right shoulder while running near the team's World Cup base. The English Football Association says Southgate's arm was in a sling when...
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Lionel Messi arrives for a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
June 20, 2018 - 12:14 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Coach Jorge Sampaoli says his star Lionel Messi "shouldn't shoulder all the responsibility" for Argentina's fate at the World Cup. Messi missed a penalty in Argentina's 1-1 draw against Iceland in opening group...
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
June 20, 2018 - 12:10 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Off the top of his head, Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another goal, set a European record and eliminated Morocco from the World Cup. The Portugal forward headed in a fourth-minute cross from the right to give Portugal a 1-0 victory on Wednesday. It was his 85th goal for his country,...
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Senegal players celebrate after winning the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Senegal won Poland 2-1. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
June 20, 2018 - 6:44 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Senegal midfielder Mbaye Niang saw the signal from the referee to re-enter following treatment for an injury and jogged along the center line. Then Niang noticed Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn't realized Niang was back on the field. Niang...
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Brazil's Gabriel Jesus, center, Filipe Luis, left, Roberto Firmino, practice during a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Brazil will face Costa Rica on June 22 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
June 20, 2018 - 4:56 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The liveliest selection debate swirling around Brazil's national team heading into the World Cup has become more intense one game into the tournament. Should it be Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino in the lone-striker role? A favorite of Tite's since the coach took...
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, plays the ball with teammates during Portugal's official training on the eve of the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Kratovo, outskirts Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
June 20, 2018 - 4:15 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal's opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the opening Group B match against Spain, a 3-3 draw that so far stands as the most exciting game of this year...
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Russia's Ilya Kutepov celebrates after the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
June 19, 2018 - 6:14 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Two wins, eight goals and almost certainly a place in the knockout stage for first time since the Soviet era. Russia is enjoying quite the party at its own World Cup — and not even the highly anticipated return of Mohamed Salah could slow it down on Tuesday...
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A Egypt's team official comforts Egypt's Mohamed Salah after the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
June 19, 2018 - 5:43 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Try as he might, Mohamed Salah couldn't do enough to give Egypt the victory it needed at the World Cup. The Premier League player of the year won and converted a late consolation penalty in his team's 3-1 loss to Russia on Tuesday, a result that makes it extremely...
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Senegal's Mbaye Niang, right, dances in celebration with his teammates scoring his side's second goalduring the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
June 19, 2018 - 4:26 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — By starting its World Cup with a win, Senegal also saved Africa from embarrassment in the tournament. The continent was facing the prospect of a worst-ever World Cup start before Senegal beat Poland on Tuesday. The 2-1 victory was the first and only African win in the first round of...
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