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England head coach Gareth Southgate attends official training of his team under rain in Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at the 2018 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
July 05, 2018 - 8:31 am
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Having intentionally steered England into what's widely considered the weaker half of the World Cup's knockout bracket, coach Gareth Southgate is now casting the upcoming quarterfinal against Sweden as "bloody difficult." Southgate sent out a crew of reserves who lost 1-0 to...
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Brazil's Paulinho, top, leaves the pitch as being substituted for teammate Brazil's Fernandinho during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
July 04, 2018 - 1:23 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup (all times local): 8:17 p.m. Brazil midfielder Paulinho has practiced separately from the group but is expected to be available for Friday's quarterfinal against Belgium. The federation said Wednesday Paulinho needed an extra recovery day following Brazil's...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018, file photo, David Beckham poses for a photo at an event where it was announced that Major League Soccer is bringing an expansion team to Miami, in Miami. Beckham's latest soccer plan for Miami might be decided by the city's voters. His target: A golf course. Beckham is scheduled to appear before the Miami city commission next week, as he and his partners aim to move closer to picking a stadium location for their Major League Soccer franchise.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
July 04, 2018 - 10:42 am
MIAMI (AP) — David Beckham's latest soccer plan for Miami might be decided by the city's voters. His target: a golf course. Beckham is scheduled to appear before the Miami city commission next week as he and his partners aim to move closer to picking a stadium location for their Major League Soccer...
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France's Kylian Mbappe controls the ball ahead of Stve Nzonzi during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
July 04, 2018 - 10:40 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Real Madrid is back in the thick of intrigue at the World Cup even with Spain having been eliminated. The Champions League title holder issued a statement Wednesday rejecting reports that it has reached an agreement to sign...
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Brazil's Neymar, top, celebrates with team mate Paulinho after scoring his side's opening goal during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
July 04, 2018 - 9:15 am
MOSCOW (AP) — After a decade of duopoly, the FIFA-run vote to crown soccer's best player finally seems open to third parties after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo left the World Cup early. Neymar must help Brazil lift the trophy next week if he wants to join the greats, according to the World...
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Belgium's Nacer Chadli, second right, celebrates after scoring his third side's goal during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
July 04, 2018 - 8:57 am
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — To get past Belgium in the quarterfinals at the World Cup, Brazil has to do something it has not been able to do since it last won the tournament in 2002: overcome European opposition in the knockout stages. Since beating Germany 2-0 in the 2002 World Cup final, the five-time...
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Sweden, left, and Switzerland players listen for the national anthems prior to the start of the round of 16 match between Switzerland and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
July 04, 2018 - 8:14 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup (all times local): 3:03 p.m. Russian police have briefly detained several activists protesting political repressions outside a World Cup arena. Police moved quickly to round up four teenagers outside the stadium where Sweden knocked out Switzerland on...
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Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson dives during the group D match between Iceland and Croatia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
July 04, 2018 - 7:43 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — After impressing at the World Cup, Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson has been sold by Danish team FC Randers to Azerbaijan champion Qarabag. Iceland exited the tournament at the group stage but Randers' sporting director Soeren Pedersen says the performance of the 34-...
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England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saves a penalty during the round of 16 match between Colombia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
July 03, 2018 - 7:36 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The research paid off for Jordan Pickford. When Carlos Bacca stepped up to take Colombia's fifth and final penalty, Pickford knew he was likely to shoot to the left. The 24-year-old goalkeeper, in just his seventh England appearance, trusted his research and leaped. Research wasn't...
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England fans react watching the round of 16 match between Colombia and England on a big screen in a fan zone at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. England ended its long run of penalty misery and reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 12 years. The English beat Colombia 4-3 in the shootout. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
July 03, 2018 - 6:44 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Moscow police say they have detained a person after a statue was vandalized with an "England" inscription at the stadium where England played Colombia in the World Cup. Russian social media users posted a picture of...
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