So Portugal are not a one man team after all. On a sultry, sticky night in the Mordovia Arena, they progressed to the knock-out stage without any meaningful contribution from the man who defines them. Indeed, they were lucky to have him for the rest of the competition after Cristiano Ronaldo flirted with expulsion here. Frankly, he was lucky to survive. His goatee may grow ever more prominent with every game, as he seeks visual confirmation of his self-assumed status as the greatest of all time, but for the Portugal captain and talisman this was not his most accomplished moment in a red shirt. He even had a penalty saved. And was lucky to stay on the pitch after the VAR noticed that he had thrust an elbow into an opponent’s face. But if it was not his night, it wasn’t Iran’s either. Despite the bravest of late, late comebacks, despite hurling the kitchen sink at their opponents, they are on their way home. And it is to the detriment of the tournament that … [Read more...] about Worst VAR decision of World Cup 2018 awards Iran late penalty but Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo survive
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Story highlights This will be Ryan's second World Cup for Australia The 26-year-old is arguably in the finest form of his career -- playing every single minute for Brighton in the English Premier League Australia paired with France, Denmark and Peru in Group C (CNN)Mat Ryan's first World Cup memory came 12 years ago, when the Australian was in the infancy of his now blossoming goalkeeping career. When Australia scored three late goals to beat Japan 3-1 in the group stage in Germany, he -- and his neighbors -- couldn't hide their jubilation despite the time. Follow @cnnsport "I just remembered four, five in the morning celebrating with my family, opening up the front door, screaming out on the street and not giving a care if I was going to wake anyone up," a relaxed Ryan told CNN. "But it was surprising to hear other people yelling out on the street as well." INTERACTIVE: World Cup in numbers Read More SCHEDULE: Matches and kickoff times Russia will be Ryan's … [Read more...] about World Cup: Redemption for Mat Ryan and Australia?
10 amazing stories from the inaugural World Cup matches 10 World Cup mistakes that VAR would've avoided The World Cup has arrived and 32 teams are currently in Russia hoping that they'll be lifting the famous gold trophy in just over a month's time. Barring any more managerial changes, there are just 32 coaches with the chance to write their name into the history books and European Sport Media (ESM), of which MARCA is a member, spoke to every single one of them ahead of the tournament. Here, is what all 32 coaches at the World Cup had to say, group by group. Russia: Stanislav Cherchesov The Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov understands the pessimism of the fans ahead of the World Cup, but is keen to instil confidence. "It's a consequence of our recent results, but we had to rebuild the team and our last games were against the biggest nations," he said. "We wanted to prove ourselves and scepticism has inevitably grown because we didn't win any." Cherchesov also said he was not … [Read more...] about All 32 World Cup coaches speak to MARCA about their chances
FIFA’s brand new World Cup update has been hit by problems as players rushed to download it. The Xbox, PS4, Switch and PC stores appeared to be having problems as the world tried to download the update as soon as it launched. That meant people had trouble buying points to spend in Fifa Ultimate Team – leaving them unable to participate in the variety of new updates to get the game ready for the real World Cup. Some also reported issues with the game itself, finding it difficult to get into online matches. Gadgets and tech news in pictures + show all Gadgets and tech news in pictures 1/43 Designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini from Italian company Jet Capsule. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. Jet Capsule/Cover Images 2/43 A humanoid robot gestures during a demo at a stall in the Indian Machine Tools Expo, IMTEX/Tooltech 2017 held in Bangalore Getty Images 3/43 A … [Read more...] about Fifa 18 World Cup FUT update down: Xbox, PS4, PC and Switch stores hit by problems as players try to download special mode
Professional gamers who play EA Sports' Fifa franchise are now earning more money than a quarter of professional footballers in the top four divisions of English football, a new study has revealed. No longer just a hobby, the eSports industry has experienced an enormous boom in recent years, with competitive gaming currently being considered for the 2024 Olympic Games. Fifa, the most popular football video game on the market, is among the most-watched esports, with prize money totalling tens of thousands of dollars up for grabs. Pro gamer Spencer Ealing took home $200,000 (£140,000) after winning the Grand Finals of the Fifa Interactive World Cup in London last year. Such figures are only expected to grow, with lucrative endorsements and sponsorship deals now as prevalent as they are in the real game. A study by iGaming site Casumo, using data collected from the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), reveals the best professional Fifa players are earning more money than 25% … [Read more...] about Professional Fifa 18 players are beginning to out-earn their real-world counterparts