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Croatia’s Luka Modric, a product of Dinamo Zagreb, in action against Denmark during the last 16 match  the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

The Anderlecht academy has been the subject of renewed interest this week and a Belgian side littered with products of the club’s youth development s(...)

Jesse Lingard trains ahead of England’s World Cup quarter-final clash with Sweden. Photograph: Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

THE MATCHES QUARTER-FINALS Sweden v England, (3.0, Samara, RTÉ2/BBC) Betting: Sweden 19-5, England 19-20, Draw 8-5 Russia v Croatia (7.0, Sochi, RTÉ2(...)

Eric Dier scores the deciding penalty for England, completing the line-up for the World Cup quarter-finals. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

England have made history by winning a World Cup penalty shootout for the first ever time. Eric Dier’s deciding spot-kick has confirmed the line-up f(...)

Croatia’s Danijel Subasic saves a penalty from Denmark’s Lasse Schone during the shootout in the round of 16 game at  Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Croatia 1 Denmark 1 (aet, Croatia win 3-2 on penalties) There are some matches in which the spectre of penalties begins to loom with indecent haste. (...)

Paul Pogba’s France take on Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

THE MATCHES Saturday June 30th France v Argentina (Kazan, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC). Betting: France 29-20, Argentina 5-2, Draw 2-1 Uruguay v Portugal (Sochi,(...)

Christian Eriksen and Luka Modric will clash on Sunday as Denmark face Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand and Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty

Sunday July 1st, Croatia v Denmark (Nizhny Novgorod, 7.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV) Croatia go into Sunday’s last-16 match against Denmark with a 100 percent recor(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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