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   Kylian Mbappe:  has really impressed at this World Cup with his pace, control and dribbling skills that combine to give France  a cutting edge in attack. Photograph: Kirill Dudravatsev/AFP/Getty

So, here we are in the semi-finals. This was the target set for Didier Deschamps by the French Federation, so he can take a bow and say the job’s done(...)

Japan’s  Gaku Shibasaki  challenges Belgium’s  Eden Hazard during the  World Cup round of 16 football match  at the Rostov Arena. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

THE MATCHES QUARTER-FINALS Uruguay v France, 3.0 (Nizhny Novgorod, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Uruguay 18-5, France Evs, Draw 11-5 Brazil v Belgium, 7.0 (Ka(...)

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(...)

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez celebrates his team’s second goal at the Samara Arena. Photograph: Getty Images

Uruguay 3 Russia 0 The opinion among Russia’s more phlegmatic observers is that, vibrant and positive as the early stages of this World Cup have been(...)

Sergio Ramos has not held back in his comments on Maradona and Carlos Queiroz. Photograph: Getty Images

Carlos Queiroz stopped on the way out of the Kazan Arena and embraced Sergio Ramos before continuing towards the bus, which was still parked at one en(...)

Spain manager Fernando Hierro talks with his squad at a training session in Kazan ahead of Wednesday’s game against Iran in Group B. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

THE MATCHES GROUP B Portugal v Morocco (Moscow, 1pm, RTÉ/BBC) Betting: Portugal 8-13, Morocco 5-1, Draw 13-5 GROUP A Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Rostov(...)

 Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Diego Godin of Uruguay pose for a World Cup portrait in Russia. Photograph:  Getty Images

As the Uruguay team boarded their plane bound for the World Cup, elaborate thermos flasks under their arms, the cargo was loaded in the hold: boots, s(...)

 Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa celebrates after scoring against Lleida during the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 16 match at  Camp d’Esports stadium in Lleida. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Lleida 0 Atletico Madrid 4 Diego Costa had only been back for five minutes when he scored his first Atletico Madrid goal in three and a half years, b(...)

 Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has his head down after Espanyol score the only goal of Friday night’s game. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Atletico Madrid suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Espanyol on Friday, their first loss in La Liga this season, wasting the chance to put pressure on (...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his  equaliser in the La Liga game against Atletico Madrid at the  Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Photograph: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

Atletico Madrid 1 Barcelona 1 Luis Suarez’s 82nd-minute header denied Atletico Madrid a first LaLiga win over Barcelona in seven years. Barca’s perf(...)

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