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World Cup: France the first World Cup finalist

The French celebrate post-whistle after reaching the 2018 World Cup final. Photo credit: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA, via Shutterstock.

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter

July 10, 2018

The French national team sealed a 1-0 win over Belgium in St. Petersburg Tuesday to earn a spot in the World Cup final. Samuel Umtiti’s header from a corner kick went past Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The goal put France ahead for good in the 51st minute of the game in a match that saw a to...

World Cup: Neymar inspires Brazil as Belgium comeback

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

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 Samurai). The Belgians will face La Selecao next after coming back from 2-0 down to shatter Blue Samurai...

World Cup: Scares and Upsets

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

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 penalty kick stage clinched the Russians a spot in the quarter-finals for the first time in the country’s...

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

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

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 Argentina. The Frenchman’s two goals assured Les Blues’ lead and resulted in game-winners. Antoine ...

World Cup: Ranking Round of 16 Finalist

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

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 first round of knockouts means we shouldn’t expect to see much of the Blue Samurai for the remainder...

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

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

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 came into the final group stage game losing its first two matches with the Japanese leading...

World Cup: Group F drama, Brazil and Switzerland discover opponents

In Kazan, Ju Sejong of South Korea (red) celebrates the win which sent Germany packing. The German loss also meant Mexico were given a life-line despite losing to Sweden in Ekaterinburg. Photo credit: Alexander Hassenstein, Getty Images

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter

June 27, 2018

Group F was settled Wednesday with Sweden and Mexico (El Tri) advancing to the World Cup’s Round of 16. Defending champions Germany were eliminated in group stages after losing 2-0 to South Korea. The Asians defeat of the Germans lifted Mexico to second place despite losing 3-0 to Sweden in Ekaterinburg. In...

World Cup: France to face Argentina, Croatia anticipate Denmark

Lionel Messi piggy-backs Marcos Rojo (no. 15) after the latter's goal kept Messi from backing his bags. Photo credit: Richard Heathcote, Getty Images

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter

June 26, 2018

In St. Petersburg, it took a Marcos Rojo 87th minute game-winner to identify Group D’s knockout contestants. The goal gave Argentina a 2-1 win against Nigeria. And thanks to Croatia’s victory over Iceland by the same score, a spot in the Round of 16. With the win in Rostov-On-Don, Croatia earned...

World Cup: Four Round of 16 teams surface

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.

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 Morocco in Kaliningrad Stadium. Lago Aspas scored to equalize for Spain in stoppage time after re...

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

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

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 to become only the third Englishman to score a hat-trick in the tournament, the first since Gary Lin...

Mexico continue to roll as Kroos wins it late

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

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 in the knockout round after losing to Mexico (El Tri) Sunday. Their match against South Korea (0-0-2)...

World Cup: The Curious Case of the Juggernauts

Lionel Messi on the brink of elimination after loss to Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod. Photo credit: cnn.com

Ignacio Cervantes, Reporter

June 21, 2018

Inside the first week of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, a handful of teams have began packing their bags. After two matches, three teams, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Peru are eliminated from playoff contention with one game left. After Thursday’s games, even the likes of Argentina are hanging by a...

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