International soccer

Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts after the third goal of Croatia during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Croatia won 3-0. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
June 21, 2018 - 5:37 pm
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Lionel Messi's frustrating international career may be coming to an early and anti-climactic finish after Argentina's worst loss in World Cup group play in 60 years. With Diego Maradona watching from the stands, the 2014 runners-up were routed by Croatia 3-0 Thursday...
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Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, leaves the pitch as Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko celebrates his side's 3-0 victory at the end of the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
June 21, 2018 - 3:36 pm
SARANSK, Russia (AP) — With nagging injuries, heavy marking from opponents and some simply uninspired play, the top stars of the 2018 World Cup have struggled to deliver on the impossible expectations they carried into the tournament, with one prominent Portuguese exception. Aside from Cristiano...
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Argentina's former soccer star Diego Maradona cheers for his team before the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
June 21, 2018 - 1:36 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 9:30 p.m. An Argentina fan has been banned from attending World Cup matches after posting a sexist video in which he encouraged a Russian woman to say offensive things in Spanish. The video shows the fan asking the young woman...
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Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
June 21, 2018 - 10:57 am
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Mile Jedinak has a knack for penalty kicks and his strategy is beyond simple. "Just to get that ball in the back in the net," the Australia captain said after converting from the spot to give Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday and new life at the World Cup. The...
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England supporters celebrate Harry Kane's winning goal as fans watch the World Cup soccer match between Tunisia and England at the Lord Raglan Pub in London, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Nigel French/PA via AP)
June 20, 2018 - 8:16 pm
LONDON (AP) — No beer at this time of year? A British trade group says there's a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe, sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup. Gavin Partington, director-general of the British Soft Drinks Association...
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Spain's Diego Costa, right, celebrate after scoring his side's opening goal with Spain's Isco during the group B match between Iran and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
June 20, 2018 - 4:55 pm
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Patience is a virtue, and Spain showed plenty of it to overcome a tough challenge from Iran at the World Cup. During a frustrating evening at the Kazan Arena when the 2010 champions struggled to break through the stubborn Iranian defense, Diego Costa scored on a deflection for...
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)
June 20, 2018 - 4:17 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:16 a.m. Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup. Ronaldo has all of Portugal's goals, a tournament-leading four so far, and has been getting in digs at Messi...
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Morocco's Noureddine Amrabat is attended to after suffering an injury during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 20, 2018 - 1:56 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The impact to his head was so violent that Nordin Amrabat can't remember the World Cup match at all, even though he was playing in it. "Five, six hours, gone. Totally gone," the Morocco midfielder said of the concussion sustained in his team's opening match against Iran. "When you...
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Colombia's James Rodriguez, front, and his teammates walk on the poitch after the group H match between Colombia and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordavia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
June 20, 2018 - 12:35 pm
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Changes are coming to Colombia's team at the World Cup after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Japan. The South Americans thrashed the same opponent 4-1 in the group stage in the 2014 edition in Brazil, so Tuesday's defeat was even more upsetting for Colombia. Coach Jose Pekerman now...
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Uruguay's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the group A match against Saudi Arabia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 20, 2018 - 10:55 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 6:53 p.m. Uruguay is on course for early qualification in Group A, leading Saudi Arabia 1-0 at halftime with a goal from Luis Suarez. Suarez scored in the 23rd minute, flicking in a corner from Carlos Sanchez to score in his...
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