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A dejected Russia fan at the end of the  World Cup quarter-final against Croatia in Sochi. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Before football comes home, it had to stop by the beach. Russia fans had one last chance on Saturday night to savour a squad that had already shattere(...)

Croatia’s defender Domagoj Vida after scoring in extra time. Photograph: Getty Images

Russia 2 Croatia 2 AET (Croatia win 4-3 on penalties) Croatia ended Russia’s unlikely World Cup dream when they won 4-3 on penalties to eliminate th(...)

Croatia’s Luka Modric, a product of Dinamo Zagreb, in action against Denmark during the last 16 match  the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

The Anderlecht academy has been the subject of renewed interest this week and a Belgian side littered with products of the club’s youth development s(...)

Jesse Lingard trains ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final clash with Sweden. Photograph: Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

THE MATCHES QUARTER-FINALS Sweden v England, (3.0, Samara, RTÉ2/BBC) Betting: Sweden 19-5, England 19-20, Draw 8-5 Russia v Croatia (7.0, Sochi, RTÉ2(...)

Eric Dier scores the deciding penalty for England, completing the line-up for the World Cup quarter-finals. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

England have made history by winning a World Cup penalty shootout for the first ever time. Eric Dier’s deciding spot-kick has confirmed the line-up f(...)

Spain’s midfielder Koke reacts after missing a penalty kick during the penalty shoot-out ag-ainst Russia  at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty

Vladimir Putin was meant to be at the Luzhniki to see Russia versus Spain, but when Fifa released the VIP guest-list it turned out that the ranking Ru(...)

Spain’s Andres Iniesta looks dejected after losing the penalty shoot-out to Russia. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

To think some people chose the beach on Saturday over watching France versus Argentina. These World Cup slackers may well have ended up with a tan, in(...)

 Spain’s head coach Fernando Hierro reacts after the penalty shootout defeat to Russia in the  World Cup round of 16 match in Moscow. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales insists he has no regrets over the decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World (...)

Igor Akinfeev saves from Iago Aspas. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Spain 1 Russia 1 (aet, Russia won 4-3 on penalties) When the moment came, nerves taking hold of the Luzhniki Stadium, 144 million Russians and so man(...)

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,(...)

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