USA eliminated at World Cup, loses 3-1 to the Netherlands

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Christian Pulisic covered his face as he walked away. Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Kellyn Acosta gathered for a group hug. Tim Weah, DeAndre Yedlin and Sean Johnson sat on the field in a small circle with their cleats off. “It hurts after such a heavy loss when we feel … Read more

England vs. Senegal: Euro 2020 finalist to face African champions for place in World Cup quarter-finals

CNN — Sunday’s round of 16 matches will see the winner of the 2018 World Cup, the current African champion and one of the Euro 2020 finalists. First up is reigning World Cup champions France to face Poland at Al Thumama Stadium in the early game, before perhaps the highlight of the day when England … Read more

Germany out of World Cup despite 4-2 win over Costa Rica

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) – Back-to-back early exits at the World Cup the German national coach Hansi Flick wants to go back to basics. The four-time champions were again knocked out in the group stage, four years after their embarrassing performance as defending champions in Russia. Something has to change, Flick said after a 4-2 … Read more

Goal Pulisic leads US to World Cup with 1-0 victory over Iran

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Christian Pulisic kicked the ball, scored the goal and then crashed into the goalkeeper, a collision that sent the American star to the hospital and the United States to the second round of the World Cup. More than an hour later, he reached out to his teammates via FaceTime to join … Read more

Iran threatened families of the World Cup soccer team, according to a security source

CNN — The families of Iran’s World Cup soccer team have been threatened with jail and torture if the players fail to “behave” ahead of Tuesday’s game against the US, a source involved in the security of the games said. Following the refusal of Iranian players to sing the country’s national anthem in their opening … Read more

Female Iran fans fear that state ‘spotters’ are spying on them during World Cup matches

The woman became hysterical and stood outside the Khalifa International Stadium sobbing. She is Iranian and although she no longer lives in the country, she thought she had recognized someone who does: a man she believes was an Iranian government official whom she saw filming her and other women before and during the 6-2 England … Read more

Germany looks set to recover from a shock defeat and rekindle World Cup hopes against dangerous Spain

CNN — If Germany wants to avoid the embarrassment of successively exiting the World Cup group stages, they will need to score a positive result against a Spanish side that looked like the most dangerous team in the tournament after the first round. Finishing last in the group at Russia 2018, a tournament Germany entered … Read more

Supporters of Iran’s government confront protesters at the World Cup

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Tensions ran high during Iran’s second World Cup match on Friday when fans supporting the Iranian government harassed those protesting it and stadium security seized flags, T-shirts and other items showing their support for the protest movement gripping the Islamic Republic. Some fans were stopped by stadium security from taking … Read more

Iran beat Wales 10-man to keep World Cup qualification hopes alive

CNN — Two late goals gave Iran a sensational 2-0 win against Wales to maintain its hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the World Cup. Rouzbeh Cheshmi struck from range to brilliantly give Iran the lead in the 98th minute, while Ramin Rezaeian sealed victory in the 101st minute to secure Iran’s first … Read more

England vs USA: USMNT take on England in potentially decisive World Cup encounter

CNN — After a frustrating 1-1 draw against Wales, this World Cup is not getting any easier for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT). A promising first-half performance and a well-taken goal from Timothy Weah were canceled out by Gareth Bale’s late penalty on Monday as the youthful USMNT team were denied victory at … Read more