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 France forward Kylian Mbappe  celebrates with team-mate  Antoine Griezmann after scoring their fourth goal  in the round of 16 World Cup clash against Argentina  at the Kazan Arena. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

France 4 Argentina 3 If Argentina paid much attention to France’s pre-tournament friendlies they might be forgiven if they made the mistake of discou(...)

 Kylian Mbappe (right) celebrates scoring France’s winner against Peru with Anoine Griezmann.  France have managed just three goals to date – fewer than any other group winners. Photograph: Anne-Christine/AFP/Getty

Like Joachim Löw, Didier Deschamps came to Russia having to hope that his side would gel over the course of group stages then, hey presto, pull a rabb(...)

Didier Deschamps: manager insisted at his press pre-match conference that “there is no ambiguity here, we want to win and the players must do everything in their power to achieve this”.  Abedin Taherkenarech/EPA

Group C – Denmark v France – Luzhniki Stadium, 3pm (RTÉ/ITV) At the time, Didier Deschamps must have been disappointed: France had taken their time 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(...)

Brazil’s midfielder Fred at Anfield in Liverpool for an international friendly with Croatia  on Sunday. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester United have made a habit of getting creative when unveiling signings in recent years. Stormzy was called in to help announce Paul Pogba’s r(...)

Alex Iwobi in action for Nigeria against Argentina. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty

Nigeria (200-1) The Super Eagles are flying again, under the stewardship of German manager Gernot Rohr. Nigeria are one of the most consistent sides (...)

Didier Deschamps: France’s head coach  has been able to make  big calls because of the remarkable array of individual talent available to him.  Photograph: Franck FireAFP/Getty

The wider country may be locked in a battle just now over the attempt by its president to impose what is politely described as reform but as Didier De(...)

 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrates with the FA Cup trophy after his side’s victory over Manchester United at Wembley stadium, London. Photograph: EPA

By the time talk turned to Antonio Conte’s future on Saturday night, the Italian’s hair was lank with champagne, silverware was acting as a shield and(...)

Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez scores his side’s second against Chelsea. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Newcastle United 3 Chelsea 0 Antonio Conte began the afternoon in highly animated form in the technical area and, for a while, became almost hysteric(...)

Huddersfield Town players celebrate with their fans after striker Laurent Depoitre scored during the Premier League game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge  Ben Stansall/AFP

Chelsea 1 Huddersfield 1 Huddersfield Town’s sojourn in the Premier League was supposed to be fleeting, a one-season dalliance with the elite, but Da(...)

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