The Denmark team celebrate with their fans after their 4-1 win over Russia in Copenhagen. Photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand paid tribute to his players’ team spirit after they beat Russia 4-1 in Copenhagen and moved into the Euro 2020 round of 1(...)

Romelu Lukaku’s goals will be crucial to Belgium’s chances this summer. File photograph: Getty Images)

Belgium Odds: 6-1 Previous best: Runners-up 1980 Prospects: Can the golden generation get their hands on a trophy? The Red Devils have the players to(...)

Italy have improved under manager Roberto Mancini. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Turkey Odds: 50-1 Previous best: Semi-finalists 2008 Prospects: Traditionally cavalier, Turkey’s recent resurgence has been built on their defence. P(...)

 A news conference  at  Spartak Stadium in Moscow. World Cup press conferences are a daily piece of amateur theatre where the questions are often repetitive, the players are generally bored, and the managers find 50 ways to say nothing. Photograph: James Hill/The New York Times

No one expects scintillating Socratic dialogue or even normal reportorial discourse at a World Cup press conference. But even by the tournament’s rela(...)

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(...)

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 and Real Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty

Sunday July 1st, Spain v Russia (Luzhniki Stadium, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC) A World Cup last-16 match between Spain and Russia would have seemed like a woefu(...)

Isco will be key as Spain look to top Group B with victory over Morocco on Monday. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

THE MATCHES GROUP A Uruguay v Russia (Rostov, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Uruguay 13-8, Russia 21-10, Draw 13-5 Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Volgograd, 3.0(...)

A Japanese fan walks in the streets of Yekaterinburg on Sunday. Photograph:   Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

When sport is working entirely well it provides us with opportunities to lose ourselves a little in the celebration of achievement and while enough ha(...)

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov listens to a translator during  a news conference at the Samara Arena ahead of Monday’s game against Uruguay. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov has said his team’s impressive running statistics in their first two games at the World Cup are down to hard work a(...)

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