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Russia’s players line-up before a European Rugby Championship match against Belgium in Sochi in February 2019. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty

Russia Who are they Russia qualified for the tournament after Spain, Belgium and Romania were sanctioned for fielding ineligible players. A discipli(...)

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are favourites to top Pool A. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pool A Ireland - world ranking 3rd (11-2) Scotland - 7th (40-1) Japan - 11th (250-1) Samoa - 16th (500-1) Russia - 20th (2500-1) The contenders A f(...)

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 (...)

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