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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola congratulates  Sergio Aguero as he leaves the pitch substituted after completing his hat-trick against Huddersfield Town. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Manchester City beat Huddersfield 5-1 in an FA Cup fifth-round replay in March last year. Sergio Agüero scored twice but post-match discussion centre(...)

Didier Deschamps lifts the  Jules Rimet trophy at the Stade de France in 1998. The former France  captain could become just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and manager.  Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images

Almost 20 years to the day since France beat Brazil 3-0 in Paris to win their first and only World Cup, the man who captained a team that united a nat(...)

Brazil’s forward Neymar takes part to a training session at the Samara Arena stadium on the eve of the World Cup round of 16  match against Mexico. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

THE MATCHES LAST 16 Brazil v Mexico (Samara, 3.0, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Brazil 1-2, Mexico 7-1, Draw 16-5. Belgium v Japan (Rostov-on-Don,7.0, RTÉ2/B(...)

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(...)

 France’s  and Argentina’s  Lionel Messi whose teams will meet in the last  16 clash on Saturday. Photograph: Simon Christophe/AFP/Getty

A lot of the talk at this World Cup has been about big teams underperforming and, believe me, I know all about that. In 2002 we went into the first (...)

 Diego Maradona celebrates Argentina’s first goal against Nigeria. Photograph: Getty Images

Diego Maradona has declared “I am fine” after fears were raised for his health following Argentina’s win against Nigeria at the World Cup. The 57-ye(...)

Argentina forward Lionel Messi waits to kick off after Croatia scored their opener in their 3-0 victory. Photograph: Getty Images

So many things are wrong with Argentina we do not know what is wrong; so much is happening no one knows what is happening. You could start an article (...)

 Argentina’s  Lionel Messi waits to kick off after Croatia scored their opening goal during the  World Cup Group D clash at  at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.  in Nizhny Novgorod on June 21, 2018. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty

It was close to midnight in Russia when Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina’s anguished coach, made his way from the wreckage of the team dressing room to face (...)

Argentina legend Diego Maradona watched his team lose to Croatia. Photograph: Getty Images

It never looked certain for Argentina. There were always questions left to answer but obscured by the euphoria, anxiety and demands of their country, (...)

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