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Germany coach Joachim Low speaks with Mesut Ozil after their Group F loss to Mexico at the 2018 World Cup. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Joachim Löw accepted his defending champions had been “negligent” and “haphazard” after Germany’s Group F defeat against Mexico in Moscow. “The next (...)

Only 2,500 England fans are expected in Volgograd. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Two years ago this month more than 10,000 England fans took over Marseille’s Old Port for three solid sunburnt days of drinking, singing and fighting (...)

 Raheem Sterling and Trent Alexander-Arnold enjoy a drill during an England training session  in St Petersburg. Photograph: Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images

THE MATCHES GROUP F Sweden v South Korea, (Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm, RTE/ITV) Betting: Sweden 10/11, South Korea 10/3, Draw 11/5 GROUP G Belgium v Panam(...)

Mexico’s defender Edson Alvarez celebrates after the final whistle of the Group F football match between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Oh, Mexico! Sensacional. On a sultry evening in Moscow, Hirving Lozano’s unforgettable goal in the 35th minute of this enthralling game catapulted Ger(...)

The Panama players train at the Olympic Park Arena in Sochi on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Belgium v Panama (Sochi, Monday 4pm) Excitement levels may have reached Ireland Euro 88 levels in Panama last October after the central Americans cli(...)

Roberto Martinez: “We have a lot of players who are at important times in their careers and they want to make their mark.”  Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty

Roberto Martinez believes Belgium need to “start the World Cup by showing we know how to win,” as a first step to delivering on the potential everyone(...)

 Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho scores against Switzerland. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This was not how Brazil had scripted it. The five-times world champions were in control thanks to a trademark Philippe Coutinh(...)

 Son Heung-min at  a South Korean training session at the Spartak Stadium in Saint Petersburg ahead of the opening clash with Sweden. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/Getty

South Korea begin their World Cup campaign against Sweden on Monday but, remarkably, it may not be the most important tournament for Son Heung-min thi(...)

Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov scores their  goal from a free kick during the  World Cup  Group E  game against Costa Rica at  Samara Arena. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Aleksandar Kolarov produced a moment of captain’s inspiration, curling home a superb free kick as Serbia got their World Cup Gr(...)

  Neymar has been in good form during Brazil’s warm-up games. Photograph: EPA

The Matches Group E Costa Rica v Serbia (Samara Arena, 1pm, RTE/ITV) Betting: Costa Rica 7/2, Serbia 10/11, Draw 9/4 Group F Germany v Mexico (Luzhn(...)

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