Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup News
*Cristiano Ronaldo proved the difference for Portugal as his early header condemned Morocco to a 1-0 defeat in Group B at the World Cup.
*His 85th goal for his country means he’s now scored more international goals than any other European player in history and puts Portugal in a strong position to qualify for the last 16 with four points from their first two games.
*Ronaldo is the first player to score five consecutive World Cup goals for his team since Oleg Salenko for Russia in 1994.
*Morocco have lost their opening two group games at the World Cup for the third different edition (also 1970 and 1994).
*The North African nation, beaten 1-0 by Iran in their opening game, are playing at the World Cup for the first time in 20 years.
*Uruguay’s slender victory over Saudi Arabia ensured that they and host nation Russia reached the last 16 of the World Cup.
*Luis Suarez scored the only goal at the Rostov Arena, sweeping in from close range on his 100th appearance for Uruguay.
*Russia’s 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday means both they and Uruguay have collected maximum points from their two Group A games.
*Uruguay need to beat Russia in Samara next Monday to top the group, while Saudi Arabia will head home following their final Group A game against Egypt.
*Diego Costa struck again for Spain to seal a 1-0 win over World Cup Group C opponents Iran, who were denied an equaliser by VAR.
*Spain edged out a gallant Iran in an absorbing contest to ensure they will reach the World Cup knockout stage with a draw in their final group game.
*Iran are without a win against European opposition at the World Cup, having lost six of their seven fixtures (W0 D1 L6).
*Several Iran players slumped to the turf at the final whistle, unsurprising given they had pushed one of the tournament favourites so close.
*Spain have won each of their past five World Cup matches when they have been drawing 0-0 at half-time, all by a 1-0 scoreline.
*Denmark’s players paid for a private jet so defender Jonas Knudsen could fly home and see his new-born daughter after the World Cup win over Peru.
*The Mexican Football Federation has been fined 10,000 Swiss francs (£7,615) after its fans sang homophobic chants. The chants came during Mexico’s World Cup win over Germany on Sunday.
*After Japan and Senegal won their respective 2018 World Cup matches Tuesday, their fans stayed behind to clean up the stadiums. Photos and videos posted on social media showed Samurai Blue fans — some draped in Japanese flags — picking up rubbish left behind in the stands after their 2-1 win over Colombia.
*Later in the day, Senegal fans were spotted picking up empty bottles and plastic snack containers after their 2-1 win over Poland. The two countries left the 15,000 volunteers working on the tournament in Russia with a little less work to do.