2018 FIFA World Cup Highlights

  • 06 Jul 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018 is held at Russia this time and if you have missed the highlights of the games, we have it right here for you:

Read: World Cup 2018: Colombia the dirtiest team I've ever played, says England's John Stones

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — England defender John Stones has branded Colombia the dirtiest team he has ever faced following Tuesday's ill-tempered World Cup triumph in Moscow.

Read: Hamilton hoping to watch England in World Cup final in Russia

Lewis Hamilton wants to head to Russia to support England in the World Cup final.

England take on Sweden in Samara on Saturday for a place in the semi-finals, where either Croatia or hosts Russia await.

Read: Mbappe the same old person after destroying Argentina, says Lloris

France star Kylian Mbappe is relaxed and ready to repeat his last-16 heroics in Friday's World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay, according to Hugo Lloris.

Read: Sweden v England: Stones still dreaming as Three Lions aim to make a nation proud

John Stones is continuing to dream of World Cup glory but knows Sweden present a formidable challenge for England in Saturday's quarter-final in Samara.

Read: England don't frighten Colombia – Ospina

Colombia and their immense band of supporters in Russia are not frightened by the prospect of facing England in the World Cup last 16, says David Ospina.

Read: World Cup 2018: Colombia vs. England preview, players to watch, key stats

Dele Alli is adamant England manager Gareth Southgate's decision to rest players for their final group game against Belgium has not damaged "momentum" ahead of the World Cup Round of 16 clash with Colombia Tuesday.

Read: Emotional Ronaldo thanks Portugal fans amid future speculation

Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked Portugal fans for their support at the World Cup, but is yet to confirm whether he will play on for his country.

Read: The 'moment of truth' for Southgate's England risk

After four days of debating the thought process of England manager Gareth Southgate, the 1-0 defeat to Belgium last Thursday gave every indication as to where his mind was, and it certainly wasn't focused on the round of 16.

Read: Moscow streets alive as Russia knock out Spain

The streets of central Moscow were full of proud Russians on Sunday, celebrating their country's progression to the last eight of the World Cup.

Read: Is the timing right for Switzerland's golden generation to cash in?

Discussions of a team's World Cup prospects can often feel like a generation game, with cycles mentioned more times than during your average Tour de France.

Read: 'Public corpse show', 'historical debacle' - How German media reacted to shock World Cup exit

Germany suffered the ignominy of failing to get past the opening round of a World Cup for the first time since 1938 on Wednesday, and the media - both local and international - were quick to stick the boot in.

Read: Southgate 'hugely fortunate' with second England opportunity

Gareth Southgate feels "hugely fortunate" to have the opportunity to manage England after initially turning down the job in 2016.

Southgate had been working as England Under-21s manager when Roy Hodgson departed after a dreadful European Championship campaign, but he opted not to take up the senior role, which instead went to Sam Allardyce.

Read: Maradona: I am more alive than ever

Diego Maradona hit out at reports that suggested his health was on the wane after he received medical treatment at the World Cup, appearing on television to say: "I am more alive than ever."

Read: Germany exit shows World Cup is like the Premier League – Behrami

Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami compared the 2018 World Cup to the Premier League following Germany's shock group-stage exit.

Read: Milinkovic-Savic planning to rest before decision on future

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic said he would be happy to stay with the Biancocelesti amid speculation over a potential transfer to Juventus, but stopped short of giving any assurances over his future.

Read: Japan v Poland: Hasebe wants win to seal last-16 spot in style

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has urged his side to go for the win against Poland and move into the last 16 of the World Cup in style.

The Samurai Blue are somewhat surprise leaders of a balanced Group H after two matches, having followed up a 2-1 win over Colombia with a 2-2 draw against Senegal.

Read: Albanian politician joins viral campaign to fund Shaqiri, Xhaka fines

A crowdfunding campaign to help pay the fines levelled at Switzerland's Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri by FIFA following their World Cup win over Serbia has reached over $14,000 in less than 24 hours.

Read: Sweden coach Andersson slams Germany for 'unsportsmanlike behaviour'

Janne Andersson has hit out at Germany's "taunting and unsportsmanlike behaviour" following their last-gasp victory over Sweden on Saturday but hopes that incident, along with the solidarity shown towards Jimmy Durmaz, will galvanise his squad for Wednesday's crunch game with Mexico.

Read: Panama v Tunisia: Nagguez determined to end 40-year drought

Tunisia may be out of contention at the World Cup but the African nation still have unfinished business as they try to snap a 40-year drought against Panama.

Read: Messi needed his Santos with Argentina - not Sampaoli's muddled mess

Fernando Santos is not generally the most jovial press conference participant but the experienced Portugal head coach could not resist having a chuckle at his own expense after last week's laboured 1-0 World Cup win over Morocco.

Read: Lukaku sits out Belgium training

Romelu Lukaku did not take part in Belgium training on Tuesday as he deals with an ankle injury.

Head coach Roberto Martinez revealed after the 5-2 win over Tunisia on Saturday that Lukaku, who scored two goals to take his tally for the World Cup to four, sustained "external ankle ligament damage to his left foot".

Read: Arzani ready for Socceroos start against Peru – Skoko

Daniel Arzani is good enough to start for Australia against Peru but faces a completely different challenge if given the chance, according to former Socceroo Josip Skoko.

Arzani, 19, has drawn praise after an impressive cameo in Australia's 1-1 draw against Denmark.

Read: Don't touch my Grizou – Pogba defends France team-mate

France star Paul Pogba defended team-mate Antoine Griezmann, insisting the forward was in fine form.

Didier Deschamps' men are yet to get to their best at the World Cup, recording unconvincing wins over Australia and Peru to book their spot in the last 16.

Read: Messi is frustrated and hungry – Mascherano

Lionel Messi is frustrated and desperate to turn Argentina's World Cup around, according to Javier Mascherano.

Read: Iran contest not all about Ronaldo, insists Santos

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos said his side's third World Cup group game was not a case of Cristiano Ronaldo versus Iran as he warned his players of the tough contest awaiting them.

Read: Pogba reveals 'issues' with Mourinho

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has admitted to having "some small issues" with Jose Mourinho during the 2017-18 season.

Read: Amrabat slams Geiger over alleged shirt request

Nordin Amrabat has claimed referee Mark Geiger asked for Portugal defender Pepe’s shirt following Morocco’s elimination from the tournament.

Read: Loftus-Cheek will consider Chelsea future

Ruben Loftus-Cheek will consider leaving Chelsea this summer if he is not given assurances about getting first-team football.

The 22-year-old looks set to replace the injured Dele Alli in Sunday’s Group G fixture with Panama, having impressed in a cameo appearance against Tunisia.

Read: Ramos hits back at Maradona

Sergio Ramos hit back at Diego Maradona by claiming Lionel Messi is the best Argentine player in history.

The Spain captain was responding to the 57-year-old who, earlier in the week, said the Real Madrid defender was not as good as his Atletico Madrid rival Diego Godin.

Read: Pavon set to be unleashed as Sampaoli plots Messi masterplan

In a tournament as ubiquitous in coverage as the World Cup, it's hard for any team to come up with a secret weapon.

As Croatia star Ivan Rakitic said to a packed news conference in Nizhny Novgorod, where Croatia will face Argentina on Thursday: "With the analysis of today, if you didn't know a player, you could learn everything about him in 30 minutes."

Read: Sorensen: Denmark need to 'muscle up' against Australia 

Former Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen feels the side need to "muscle up" as they steel themselves for the physical threat posed by Australia.

Read: 'Positive' Pogba not bitter towards media, says Varane

Pogba, 25, described himself as the "most criticised player in the world" earlier this week, days after playing a key role in France's goals in their 2-1 win over Australia in their World Cup opener. 

Read: Portugal privileged to have 'humble' Ronaldo, says Pepe

Ronaldo stole the show early at the showpiece event in Russia, scoring a hat-trick to lead his side to a 3-3 draw against Spain on Friday.

Read: Kane: Pochettino sent me love hearts after World Cup heroics

Kane struck twice, the second of which was a stoppage-time header, as England edged to a 2-1 defeat of Tunisia in their Group G opener.

Read: Dybala: I can play alongside Messi

Before his team's World Cup campaign started, coach Jorge Sampaoli said the duo were not yet ready to play together, and Dybala was left on the bench as Argentina were held 1-1 by Iceland in their opener on Saturday.

Read: Lewandowski: Poland didn't take enough risks

Poland star Robert Lewandowski rued his team's errors and their unwillingness to take risks during their 2-1 World Cup loss to Senegal on Tuesday.

Read: England's Kane aiming to reach Ronaldo, Messi levels with World Cup performances

Kane proved the hero for England on Monday, heading in a late winner - his second of the game - to secure a 2-1 victory in the Three Lions' World Cup opener against Tunisia.

Read: Pained Salah unable to halt Russia's unlikely march

Whatever was to unfold at Krestovsky Stadium – ultimately almost certainly a swift World Cup exit via a chastening 3-1 defeat for his country – Salah would be in no position to influence the outcome.

Read: Neymar pain normal – Coutinho unconcerned by ankle issue

Neymar, who sat out Monday's session, suddenly hobbled off the pitch in a worrying sight for Brazil ahead of their crucial World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica on Friday.

Read: Mexico style in Germany win surprised Arena

Mexico's shock World Cup win against Germany surprised former United States coach Bruce Arena because it contradicted their usual style of play.  

Read: I've never seen a player win on his own – Santos shrugs off Ronaldo dependence

The Real Madrid star struck a hat-trick in his side's opening 3-3 draw with Spain last Friday to move onto 84 goals for his country, level with the record for a European international player set by Hungary great Ferenc Puskas.

For more World Cup 2018 Highlights, stay tune to Astro Ulagam!

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