Spain’s Marco Asensio celebrates their third goal with Dani Ceballos during the Nations League  match against  Croatia at Estadio Martinez Valero in  Elche. Photograph: Heino Kalis/Reuters

Spain 6 Croatia 0 Spain showed their remarkable potential under new coach Luis Enrique by destroying World Cup runners-up Croatia 6-0 on Tuesday to h(...)

Croatia’s Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring their second goal during the 2018 World Cup Group D win over Iceland. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Iceland 1 Croatia 2 For the briefest of moments the Icelandic dream had flickered. Gylfi Sigurdsson had shown the kind of courage that has come to be(...)

Antoine Griezmann’s France take on Denmark on Tuesday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP

GROUP C Denmark v France (Moscow, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Denmark 4-1, France 23-20, Draw 7-4 Australia v Peru (Sochi, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV 4). Bettin(...)

Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring Nigeria’s opener against Iceland. Photograph: Kevin C.Cox/Getty

Nigeria 2 Iceland 0 This was a lifeline for Nigeria and, in the wider picture, an injection of hope for Argentina too. It would take a brave punter t(...)

Brazil full-back Marcelo. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty

THE MATCHES GROUP E Brazil v Costa Rica (St Petersburg, 1.0, RTÉ/ITV) Betting: Brazil 2-9, Costa Rica 18-1, Draw 11-2 GROUP D Nigeria v Iceland (Vo(...)

Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel looks on as Peru’s Christian Cueva misses a penalty during their Group C match at Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia. Photograph: Reuters

After Spain v Portugal on Friday night this World Cup, frankly, owed us nothing, if that tussle had been retrospectively declared the final and the tr(...)

 Hannes Halldorsson of Iceland saves  Lionel Messi’s penalty during the 1-1 draw in Moscow.  Photograph: EPA

Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Sometimes you hit a wall, and Iceland make a bigger wall than most. The trials of Lionel Messi in the national shirt of Argenti(...)

France’s Olivier Giroud scores the fifth goal against Iceland in their Euro 2016 quarter-final clash. Photo: Charles Platiau /Reuters

France 5 Iceland 2 The dreams of Icelanders and neutrals everywhere finally died in a somewhat brutal fashion in this quarter-final with the hosts (...)

England captain Wayne Rooney is substituted against Iceland. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

England 1 Iceland 2 For Roy Hodgson, it was a desperate and ignominious way to end his four years as England manager. Whatever else happened in that (...)

 Iceland’s Arnor Ingvi Traustason is mobbed by team mates after scoring their historic winner against Austria. Photograph: Reuters

Iceland 2 Austria 1 Iceland, the smallest country to ever grace a major tournament, will face England in the Euro 2016 last-16 after securing a rem(...)

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