articles by Justin Davis

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium ride on first-half rally to sink Brazil, book semi-final date with France

A superb first half display by Belgium ended Brazil's hopes of a record sixth World Cup crown as a Fernandinho own goal and a superb Kevin De Bruyne strike proved enough to win 2-1 and seal a semi-final spot.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium 'excited' by the challenge of facing Brazil, says coach Roberto Martinez

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said on Thursday he was excited by the challenge of facing the most famous yellow shirts in football but underlined the gulf in World Cup pedigree between the two sides.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar duped referee by play-acting, says Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio after loss

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio hit out at Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi's handling of their 2-0 World Cup quarter-final loss to Brazil, claiming Neymar play-acted.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar, Roberto Firmino shine as Brazil beat 'tough opponent' Mexico to enter quarter-finals

Neymar scored a stylish opener and set up substitute Roberto Firmino for a late second as Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar has returned to a very high level, says Brazil coach Tite ahead of Mexico clash

Brazil coach Tite says Neymar is back to his best as the five-time champions take on Mexico in Samara on Monday for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: France's Kylian Mbappe strikes twice to send Lionel Messi's Argentina crashing out

Teenage star Kylian Mbappe struck twice and earned another goal as France finally found their attacking edge to beat Lionel Messi's Argentina and move into the quarter-finals.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli exhorts team to get to Lionel Messi’s level against France

Coach Jorge Sampaoli has called on Argentina to lift their game to the level of "genius" Lionel Messi when they look to seal a World Cup quarter-final place with victory over France on Saturday.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: France must raise their game in Round of 16 clash against Lionel Messi's Argentina, says coach Didier Deschamps

France coach Didier Deschamps admitted his team must raise their game as they prepare to face Argentina and Lionel Messi in a World Cup last 16 clash on Saturday.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: 'Shocked' Joachim Low says Germany deserve to crash out of the tournament

Germany coach Joachim Low said he felt "huge disappointment" at seeing the holders crash out of the World Cup but said they had fully deserved it after they were sensationally beaten 2-0 by South Korea.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Defending champions Germany dumped out of tournament after shock defeat to South Korea

Defending champions Germany have been unceremoniously dumped out of the World Cup after losing 2-0 to South Korea. The holders have failed to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time since 1938.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Colombia's Jose Pekerman dedicates victory over Poland to threatened Carlos Sanchez

"This victory is dedicated to Carlos Sanchez, because he's had a very hard time in the past days. I want, and we want, to share it with him," Colombia coach Pekerman said.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Radamel Falcao ready to reignite Colombia's sagging last-16 bid after Japan defeat

Radamel Falcao was a notable absentee from the 2014 World Cup when Colombia ended with a historic quarter-final finish. Now, at the age of 32, it is the Monaco striker's chance to shine.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Spain face tough challenge to reach knockout stage, says coach Fernando Hierro

Fernando Hierro says Spain face a tough challenge to reach the World Cup knockout stage following a "lucky" 1-0 win against Iran that lifted the 2010 champions to the top of their group.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Spain's Diego Costa denies 'stamping' on Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand but admits to 'lucky' goal

Diego Costa rejected claims he intentionally stamped on Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand during a tense 1-0 win over Iran but admitted his crucial match-winner for Spain came down to "luck".

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Diego Costa nets winner to help Spain eke out narrow victory over stubborn Iran

A lucky Diego Costa goal handed World Cup hopefuls Spain their first win of the World Cup although dogged Iran came close to causing a major upset

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Andres Iniesta insists Spain will overcome early woes to beat Iran and set up another tilt at title

Midfield legend Andres Iniesta has pledged Spain will overcome their early World Cup woes in Russia by beating Iran on Wednesday to set up another tilt at the title.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Australia's Mile Jedinak admits to being frustrated after controversial VAR decision in France defeat

Mile Jedinak admitted the frustration was palpable a day after the Socceroos' World Cup campaign was compounded by a historic but controversial VAR decision.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba on target as France egde past Australia in Group C opener

France's Griezmann, expected to make a huge impact on Russia 2018, was left frustrated by a solid Socceroos defensive display in a tight first half.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Australia's Tim Cahill hopes to become fourth man to score in four different tournaments

Australia's Tim Cahill has a chance to become just the fourth player to score in four different World Cups. If he succeeds he will join an elite list comprising of Pele, Mirsolav Klose and Uwe Seeler.