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Memphis Depay of the Netherlands evades John Stones of England. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty

Uefa abandoned the third-place play-off match at the European Championships after the 1980 edition of the tournament. Why they have decided to reintro(...)

 Kylian Mbappé against  Belgium  at Saint Petersburg Stadium. His quick feet buy him and his teammates extra space inside congested penalty areas. Photograph: Getty Images

Solid foundations begin in defence France’s tactics in the 1-0 semi-final win against Belgium did not draw universal approval. “They have played ant(...)

 Edinson Cavani  celebrates scoring against Portugal. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Portugal 1 Uruguay 2 Edinson Cavani sent Uruguay into a World Cup quarter-final against France with two goals of the highest order eliminating Portug(...)

Paul Pogba’s France take on Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

THE MATCHES Saturday June 30th France v Argentina (Kazan, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC). Betting: France 29-20, Argentina 5-2, Draw 2-1 Uruguay v Portugal (Sochi,(...)

Lionel Messi: Wonderful goal against Nigeria showed Argentina’s star is still capable of delivering the goods on the biggest stage. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

It is now, as the Russians apparently say, about becoming a master or a deadman. And all but one of the teams that remain at this World Cup must ultim(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo  during a training session at the team’s base in Kratovo before the last 16 clash with Uruguay in which he will be up against some familiar foes. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty

Go on, admit it: one of the first things you thought of when the draw put Portugal and Uruguay together was the kind of thing nobody wants to see but(...)

 Fernando Hierro during Spain’s  match against  Morocco. He was  a last-minute replacement as Spain’s manager after Julen Lopetegui was sacked. Photograph: EPA

Spain defender Dani Carvajal spoke out on Thursday in favour of his side’s interim coach Fernando Hierro’s abilities as a tactician whilst admitting t(...)

The big screen inside the stadium displays a VAR penalty review during the  Group A match between Saudia Arabia and Egypt at Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Never mind whether Serbia should have had a penalty when Stephan Lichsteiner and Fabian Schaer wrestled Aleksandar Mitrovic to the ground in Kaliningr(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to receiving a yellow card. Photograph: Getty Images

Iran 1 Portugal 1 A late penalty earned a draw for Iran against Portugal in a bad-tempered group decider in Saransk that was dominated by VAR decisio(...)

Isco will be key as Spain look to top Group B with victory over Morocco on Monday. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

THE MATCHES GROUP A Uruguay v Russia (Rostov, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Uruguay 13-8, Russia 21-10, Draw 13-5 Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Volgograd, 3.0(...)

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