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Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will crown the winner of Russia's World Cup 2018.

World Cup: Keys to the game

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter July 14, 2018

Sunday, July 15 the 21st World Cup Final will be played in Moscow between France and Croatia. France entered the tournament a favorites and have vindicated its high rating by reaching its third final...

Neymar Jr. dazzled on the pitch but annoyed many during his sideline antics of exaggeration. Photo credit: Getty Images.

World Cup: Neymar inspires Brazil as Belgium comeback

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter July 2, 2018

Brazil (La Selecao) were comfortable winners in Samara as Mexico’s (El Tri) journey ends after a 2-0 loss. Belgium (Red Devils) also advanced to the quarter-finals after a 3-2 victory over Japan (Blue...

Denis Cheryshev's penalty conversion past David De Gea sealed a win for Russia. Photo credit: Oleg Nikishin, Getty Images.

World Cup: Scares and Upsets

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter July 1, 2018

Iago Aspas and Koke misfired from the penalty spot for Spain as Russia went the distance to defeat the 2010 World Champions in Moscow 4-3 on penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev ‘s two stops in the...

Edinson Cavani celebrates his second goal of the night that sent Uruguay to the quarter-finals. Photo credit: Patrick Smith, Getty Images

World Cup: Cavani brace for Uruguay while Mbappe seals win for France

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter June 30, 2018

Two quarter-finalists emerged as Uruguay and France advance to the next round and will matchup in Nizhny Novgorod Friday. In Kazan, Kylian Mbappe was the key figure in the French’s 4-3 elimination of...

The final bracket for the Round of 16 is set and kicks off Saturday. Photo credit: Christina Animashaun, Vox

World Cup: Ranking Round of 16 Finalist

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter June 30, 2018

No. 16 Japan Japan enters the Round of 16 with nothing to lose. After defeating Colombia in its opening match the Japanese have already exceeded expectations. Pitted up against Belgium in the...

Senegal fans end game in agony as FIFA's Fair Play tie-breaker rule had to stomach. Photo credit: Emmanuel Dunand, Getty Images

World Cup: Fair Play ends Senegal, Colombia to face England

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter June 28, 2018

Colombia’s 1-0 defeat of Senegal Thursday catapulted the South American’s to first place in Group H. Poland’s 1-0 win over Japan shook the group around nicely as Senegal was brutally left out. Poland...

Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal of the tournament as his free kick earned Uruguay top slot in Group A.Photo credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images.

World Cup: Four Round of 16 teams surface

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter June 25, 2018

Four Round of 16 teams surfaced Monday as Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, and Russia clinched spots in the knockout phase. Late drama in Kaliningrad resulted in Spain winning Group B after a 2-2 draw against...

Radamel Falcao's opening goal for Colombia put Los Cafeteros in pole position against Poland Sunday. Photo credit: sportingnews.com

World Cup: Group G is all but settled and Colombia stay alive

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter June 24, 2018

In Sunday’s World Cup action, England (Three Lions) became the next team to clinch a spot in the Round of 16 by defeating Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod. England captain Harry Kane scored three times...

Germany made things interesting in Group F after Toni Kroos (center) scored a late winner. Photo credit: theguardian.com

Mexico continue to roll as Kroos wins it late

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter June 23, 2018

Germany’s (1-0-1) Toni Kroos scored a game-winning goal in stoppage time to cap a dramatic comeback against Group F foes Sweden (1-0-1) in Sochi. The win puts Kroos' clan in contention for a place...

Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring his second goal of the tournament, giving Brazil a last-minute victory over Costa Rica. Photo credit: theguardian.com

Groups D and E Intensify the World Cup

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter June 22, 2018

Friday morning, Brazil (1-1-0) needed 91 minutes to score against Costa Rica (0-0-2) in St. Petersburg. The Brazilians  hit the back of the net twice in stoppage time and won 2-0. With the result,...

Russian winger Denis Cheryshev's (red) curling effort put the exclamation point on the host's dismantling of Saudi Arabia. Photo credit: foxsports.com

World Cup Opener Results in Target Practice for Host

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter June 14, 2018

It was a dream start for Russia’s compressed, counter-attacking style that proved too much for a listless Saudi Arabia. The hosts were led by substitutes Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba to a 5-0 win...

Thursday Moscow will kickoff the World Cup in Russia where the host country looks to start off with the win. Photo credit: fifaliveupdates.com

El Paisano in Russia

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter June 13, 2018

The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup is hours away from kicking off. Host nation Russia will battle Saudi Arabia in the tournament’s opening match in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. This...

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