Thursday, June 21, 2018

World Cup Diary-part 25-June 21st, 2018 (Day 8)





Diary:

Team News:

-Referee Mark Geiger has denied the accusations that he had asked for Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey at halftime in yesterday’s Portugal-Morocco match. (Source BBC Football online)

-Former England Captain David Beckham has predicted a final of England vs. Argentina for the Woeld Cup. (Source AS.com Online)

-Australia were beneficiary of a VAR decision to award their penalty kick in the match vs. Denmark. The VAR review showed that Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen had handled Mathew Leckie’s header. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Denmark Manager Aage Hareide criticized the VAR decision by saying that Assistant Referees are ‘taking the charm out of Football.’ (Source BBC Football online)

-Australia’s Andrew Nabbout was injured on the right shoulder in today’s match vs. Denmark. He is out of the World Cup. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Brazil Manager Tite defended the under-fire Neymar and said he is not worried about his recovery.  (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Schone has replaced the injured Kvist in the Danish lineup for their match vs. Australia. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Peru’s Renato Tapia has been ruled out of the match vs. France due to his injury from a clash of heads vs. Denmark in their first match. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Peru Manager Ricardo Gareca has made a number of changes for Peru’s match vs. France. Jefferson Farfan and Renato Tapia are out to be replaced by Pedro Aquino and Paolo Guerrero.  (Source L’Equipe Online)

-England’s injured Dele Alli, as expected, missed training today.  (Source Daily Mail online)

-France Manager Didier Deschamps has decided to start with Blaise Matuidi and Olivier Giroud (replacing Dembele and Tolisso). France will play in a 4-2-3-1 formation. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen was booked in today’s match vs. Peru. He will therefore miss Denmark’s last match in the Group vs. France due to accumulation of yellow cards. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Spain captain Sergio Ramos stated that, “I respect Maradona because he is one of the greatest players of all-time. He was a star but I can also say that Argentinean Football knows that Maradona is light years away from the number one that is Messi”. (Source L’Equipe Online)
-Tunisia Manager Nabil Maaloul stated that the “Belgian defense is slow. The players are big but are lacking speed, we will profit…if we manage to cut the link between De Bruyne and Hazard all the game plan of the Belgians will crumble. We will isolate these two players and play offensively..we could win”.  (Source Footnews.be Online)

-Morocco’s Mehdi Carcela claimed that he was disgusted by their loss vs. Portugal as they played better. He questioned the refereeing and even claimed that the referee wanted the Portuguese defender Pepe’s jersey . (Source Footnews.be online)

-Morocco’s Nordin Ambarat also claimed that he had heard from Pepe that the referee wanted Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey . (Source Walfoot.be online)

-Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen made his return to train with the rest of the squad, but did not do the entire session. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Iceland’s injured player Johann Berg Gudmundsson is unlikely to play tomorrow against Nigeria. (Source Reuters Uk online)

-Thiago Silva will captain Brazil in Brazil’s next match vs. Costa Rica. (Source Reuters Uk online)

-Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Source Reuters Uk online)

-Former Argentina star Mario Kmepes has entered the Maradona vs. Messi debate by saying ‘comparing players from different eras is impossible.’  (Source Marca.com Online)

-Iran Manager Carlos Queiroz has called for rule changes to make it easier for Asian and African Nations to advance in the World Cup as the gap is widening.  (Source AS.com Online)

-Sweden’s Isaac Kiese Thelin suffered a foot injury in training. (Source Sport Bild online)
-Porto and former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has come to the defense of David De Gea. He said if Spain won the Group no one would remember about his error against Portugal. (Source Maisfutebol.com online)

-By scoring against Peru, Kylian Mbappe became France’s youngest ever goalscorer in its World Cup history. (Source Fox Sports)

-According to ‘Estado de S. Paulo’ Neymar has brought two hair stylists with him to the World Cup (one for the cut and one for the coloring). (Source L’Equipe Online)

-France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris played in his 100th match for France in the win over Peru (1-0).

-Jorge Sampaoli has made a change to his lineup. Enzo Perez will start instead of Pavon, Argentina will employ a 4-3-3 formation with Meza partnering Messi and Aguero upfront. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Croatia have made one change, Brozovic will start instead of Badelj. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Fagner is to start ahead of Danilo in Brazil’s next match vs. Costa Rica as Danilo has picked up an injury . (Source Brazil Stat online)

-Argentina Legend Diego Maradona was seen crying as he witnessed Argentina’s (0-3) loss. (Source Daily telegrpah online)

-England’s next lineup may have been revelead as the Media spotted a note that was carried by England Assistant Manager Steve Holland. According to the contents of the note, Raheem Sterling is to be dropped for the match vs Panama. The formation appears to be 3-5-2 with Ruben Loftus-Cheek starting in place of the injured Delle Ali. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Peru have been eliminated from the World Cup.

- The Men of the Match for today:
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen (Denmark 1-Australia 1)
France’s Kylian Mbappe (France 1-Peru 0)
Croatia’s Luka Modric (Croatia 3-Argentina 0)


2018 World Cup 2018 matches:

Thursday, June 21, 2018:

Group C:

June 21, 2018 (Samara, Denmark 1-Australia 1)
June 21, 2018 (Ekaterinburg, France 1-Peru 0)


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
France
2
2
0
0
3
1
2
6
2
Denmark
2
1
1
0
2
1
1
4
3
Australia
2
0
1
1
2
3
-1
1
4
Peru
2
0
0
2
0
2
-2
0

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Points

Date: June 21, 2018
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup-Group C
Result: Denmark 1-Australia 1
Venue: Samara- Samara Arena, Russia         
Attendance: 40,727
Referee: Antonio Mateu (Spain)
Linesmen: Pau Cebrian and Roberto Diaz (both Spain), Bamlaku Weyesa (Ethiopia, fourth official)
Kick-off time:
Goalscorers:
(Denmark): Christian Eriksen 7
(Australia): Mile Jedinak 38 pen
Summary of goals:
1:0 (7th minute, Denmark):  Nicolai Jorgensen laid the ball off for Eriksen who smashed with a spectacular volley.
1:1 (38th minute, Australia):  Australia were awarded a penalty kick after Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen had handled Mathew Leckie’s header. Mile Jedniak scored from the ensuing penalty kick. (VAR was used to award the kick).
Lineups:
Denmark:
1- Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City Football Club / England)
14- Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford Football Club / England)
6- Andreas Christensen (Chelsea Football Club-London / England)
17- Jens Stryger Larsen (
Udinese Calcio- Udine / Italy)
4- Simon Kjaer (Sevilla Fútbol Club / Spain)
19- Lasse Schöne
(AFC (Amsterdamse Football Club) Ajax / Holland)
8- Thomas Delaney
(Sport Verein Werder Bremen von 1899 e.V. / Germany)
20- Yussuf Poulsen
(RB (RasenBallsport) Leipzig e.V., / Germany) (11- Martin Braithwaite (Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux / France) 58th)
10- Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England)
23- Pione Sisto (Real Club Celta de Vigo / Spain)
9- Nicolai Jørgensen (Feyenoord Rotterdam / Holland) (21- Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio-Bergamo / Italy) 72nd)

Coach: Aage Hareide (Norway)
Booked: Yussef Poulsen 37, Pione Sisto 84
Other Substitutes:
22- Frederik Rønnow (Brøndby- Brøndbyøster Idrætsforening)
16- Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield Town Football Club / England)
13- Mathias Zanka 'Jørgensen (Huddersfield Town Football Club / England)
3- Jannik Vestergaard
(Borussia Verein für Leibesübungen 1900 e.V. Mönchengladbach / Germany)
5- Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town Football Club / England)
7- William Kvist (Football Club København (Football Club Coopenhagen))
18- Lukas Lerager
(Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux / France)
2- Michael Krohn-Dehli
(Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña / Spain)
15- Viktor Fischer (Football Club København (Football Club Coopenhagen))
12- Kasper Dolberg
(AFC (Amsterdamse Football Club) Ajax / Holland)

Team Captain: Simon Kjaer
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Hummel
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, Red Shorts, White Socks

Australia:
1- Mat Ryan (Brighton Hove and Albion Football Club / England)
19- Joshua Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club)
20- Trent Sainsbury (Grasshopper -Club Zürich / Switzerland)
5- Mark Milligan (Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club-Jeddah / Saudi Arabia)
16- Aziz Behich (Bursaspor Kulübü / Turkey)
13- Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town Football Club / England)
15- Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England)
10- Robbie Kruse (Verein fur Leibesubungen Bochum 1848 Fußballgemeinschaft e.V. / Germany)   (
17- Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City Football Club) 68th)
23- Tom Rogic (Celtic Football Club-Glasgow / Scotland) (22- Jackson Irvine (Hull City Football Club / England) 82nd)
7- Mathew Leckie (Berliner Sport-Club Hertha 1892 e.V.-Berlin / Germany)
11- Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds / Japan)
  (9- Tomi Juric (Fußball Club Luzern / Switzerland)  75th)

Coach: Bert van Marwijk (Holland)
Other Substitutes:
12- Brad Jones (Feyenoord Rotterdam / Holland)
18- Danny Vukovic (
Koninklijke Racing Club Genk / Belgium)
6- Matthew Jurman (Suwon Samsung Bluewings / South Korea)
2- Milos Degenek (Yokohama Marinos / Japan)
3- James Meredith (Millwall Football Club-London / England)
8- Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers Football Club-London / England)
21- Dimitrios Petratos (Newcastle United Jets Football Club-Newcastle, South Wales)
4- Tim Cahill (Millwall Football Club-London / England)
14-Jamie McClaren (Sportverein Darmstadt 1898 e.V. / Germany)

Team Captain: Mile Jedniak
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Nike
Uniform Colors: Green Shirts, Green Shorts, Green Socks

Man of the Match: Christian Eriksen (Denmark)


Date: June 21, 2018
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup-Group C
Result: France 1-Peru 0
Venue: Ekaterinburg- Ekaterinburg Arena, Russia         
Attendance: 32,789
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed (United Arab Emirates)
Linesmen: Mohamed Alhammadi and Hasan Almahri (both United Arab Emirates), Janny Sikazwe (Zambia, fourth official)
Kick-off time:
Goalscorers:
(France): Kylian Mbappe 34
(Peru): None
Summary of goals:
1:0 (34th minute, France):  Olivier Giroud’s deflected shot was tapped in into an empty net by Kylian Mbappe.
Lineups:
France:
1- Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club-London / England)
2- Benjamin Pavard (Verein für Bewegungspiele Stuttgart 1893 e.V. / Germany)
4- Raphäel Varane (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol / Spain)
5- Samuel Umtiti
(Fútbol Club Barcelona / Spain)
21- Lucas Hernández
(Club Atlético de Madrid / Spain)
13- N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea Football Club-London / England)
14- Blase Matuidi
(Juventus Football Club-Torino / Italy)
10- Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain Football Club) (11- Ousmane Dembelé (Fútbol Club Barcelona / Spain) 75th)
6- Paul Pogba (Manchester United Football Club / England) (15- Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla Fútbol Club / Spain) 89th)
7- Antoine Griezmann (Club Atlético de Madrid / Spain) (18- Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyonnais) 80th)
9- Olivier Giroud (Chelsea Football Club-London / England)

Coach: Didier Deschamps
Booked: Blaise Matuidi 16, Paul Pogba 86
Other Substitutes:
23- Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain Football Club)
16- Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille)
3- Presnel Kimpembé (Paris Saint-Germain Football Club)
22- Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City Football Club / England)
17- Adil Rami (
Olympique de Marseille)
19- Djibril Sidibé
(Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club)
12- Corentin Tolisso (Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V. / Germany)
8- Thomas Lemar (Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club)
20- Florian Thauvin (
Olympique de Marseille)

Team Captain: Hugo LLoris
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Nike
Uniform Colors: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Red Socks

Peru:
1- Pedro Gallese (Club Deportivo Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz / Mexico)
17- Luis Advíncula
(Lobos BUAP-Club de Fútbol Lobos de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla / Mexico)
15- Christian Ramos
(Club Deportivo Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz / Mexico)
2- Alberto Rodríguez
(Corporacion Popular Deportiva Junior- Barranquilla (Atletico Junior) / Colombia) (4- Anderson Santamaría (Fútbol Soccer S. A. de C. V. - Puebla Fútbol Club / Mexico) 46th)
6- Miguel Trauco (Clube de Regatas Flamengo- Rio de Janeiro / Brazil) 
23-Pedro Aquino (Lobos BUAP-Club de Fútbol Lobos de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla / Mexico)
19- Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City Soccer Club-Orlando, Florida / USA) (10- Jefferson Farfán (Futbolnyi Klub Lokomotiv Moskva / Russia) 46th)
18- André Carrillo (Watford Football Club / England)
8- Christian Cueva (São Paulo Futebol Clube- São Paulo / Brazil)  (11- Raúl Ruidíaz (Club Atlético Morelia- Morelia, Michoacán -Monarcas) / Mexico) 82nd)
20- Edison Flores (AaB -Aalborg Boldspilklub af 1885 / Denmark)
9- Paolo Guerrero
(Clube de Regatas Flamengo- Rio de Janeiro / Brazil) 

Coach: Ricardo Alberto Gareca Nardi (Argentina)
Booked: Paolo Guerrero 23, Pedro Aquino 80
Other Substitutes:
12- Carlos Cáceda (Club Centro Deportivo Municipal-Lima)
21- José Carvallo (Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca)
3- Aldo Corzo (Club Universitario de Deportes-Lima)
5- Miguel Araujo
(Club Alianza Lima)
13- Renato Tapia (Feyenoord Rotterdam / Holland)
22- Nilson Loyola
(FBC (Football Club) Melgar-Arequipa)
7- Paolo Hurtado
(Vitória Sport Clube- Guimarães / Portugal)
16- Wilder Cartagena
(Club Deportivo Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz / Mexico)
14- Andy Polo (Portland Timbers-Portland, Oregon / USA)

Team Captain: Paolo Guerrero
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro
Uniform Colors: White (Red Diagonal stripe across) Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Man of the Match: Kylian Mbappe (France)


Group D:

June 21, 2018 (Nizhny Novgorod, Croatia 3-Argentina 0)


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Croatia
2
2
0
0
5
0
5
6
2
Argentina
2
0
1
1
1
4
-3
1
3
Iceland
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
1
4
Nigeria
1
0
0
1
0
2
-2
0

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Points



Date: June 21, 2018
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup-Group D
Result: Croatia 3-Argentina 0
Venue: Nizhny Novogrod - Nizhny Novogrod Stadium, Russia         
Attendance: 43,319
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Linesmen: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov and Jakhongir Saidov (both Uzbekistan), Norbert Hauata (Tahiti, fourth official)
Kick-off time:
Goalscorers:
(Croatia): Ante Rebic 53, Luka Modric 80, Ivan Rakitic 90+1
(Argentina): None
Summary of goals:
1:0 (53rd minute, Croatia):  Willy Cabellero flubbed a clearance with his foot, it fell right in front of Ante Rebic who smashed it in.
2:0 (80th minute, Croatia):  Luka Modric curled in a shot from outside of the box at caballero’s near left post.
3:0 (90+1st minute, Croatia):  Rakitic’s shot was parried by Caballero, Kovacic picked the rebound on the left side and passed to Rakitic to score.
Lineups:
Croatia:
23- Danijel Subasic (Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club / France)
2- Sime Vrsaljko
(Club Atlético de Madrid / Spain)
6- Dejan Lovren (Liverpool Football Club / England)
21- Domagoj Vida (Besiktas Jimnastik Kulübü–Istanbul / Turkey)
3- Ivan Strinic (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova / Italy)
11- Marcelo Brozovic (Internazionale Football Club- Milano / Italy)
7- Ivan Rakitic (Fútbol Club Barcelona / Spain)
10- Luka Modric (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol / Spain)
18- Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball A.G. / Germany)  (9- Andrej Kramaric (Turn- und Sportgemeinschaft 1899 Hoffenheim e.V. / Germany)  57th)
4- Ivan Perisic (Internazionale Football Club- Milano / Italy) (8- Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol / Spain) 87th)
17- Mario Mandzukic (Juventus Football Club-Torino / Italy) (5- Vedran Corluka (Futbolnyi Klub Lokomotiv Moskva / Russia) 90+3rd)

Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Booked: Ante Rebic 39, Mario Mandzukic 59, Sime Vrsaljko 67, Vedran Corluka 90+4
Other Substitutes:
12- Lovre Kalinic (Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent / Belgium)
1- Dominik Livakovic
(Nogometni Klub Dinamo Zagreb) 
22- Josip Pivaric (Futbolnyi Klub Dynamo Kyiv  / Ukraine)
13- Tin Jedvaj
(Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH / Germany)  
15- Duje Caleta-Car
(Football Club Red Bull Salzburg / Austria)
19- Milan Badelj (Associazione Calcio Fiorentina-Firenze / Italy)
14- Filip Bradaric
(Hrvatski Nogometni Klub Rijeka)   
16- Nikola Kalinic (AC (Associazione Calcio) Milan / Italy) 
20- Marko Pjaca
(Fußball Club Schalke von 1904- Gelsenkirchen / Germany)  

Team Captain: Luka Modric
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Nike
Uniform Colors: Black/ Blue checkered Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Argentina:
23- Wilfredo Daniel Caballero Lazcano (Chelsea Football Club-London / England)
2- Gabriel Ivan Mercado (Sevilla Fútbol Club / Spain)
17- Nicolás Hernan Otamendi (Manchester City Football Club / England)
3- Nicolás Alejandro Tagliafico (AFC (Amsterdamse Football Club) Ajax / Holland)
18- Eduardo Antonio Salvio (Sport Lisboa e Benfica / Portugal) (
22- Cristian David Pavón (Club Atlético Boca Juniors -Buenos Aires) 56th)
14- Javier Alejandro Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune Football Club / China)
15- Enzo Nicolas Pérez (Club Atlético River Plate- Buenos Aires) (21- Paulo Bruno Exequiel Dybala (Juventus Football Club-Torino / Italy) 68th)
8- Marcos Javier Acuña (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa / Portugal)
13- Maximiliano Eduardo Meza (Club Atlético Independiente Avellaneda)
10- Luis Lionel Andres Messi (Fútbol Club Barcelona / Spain)
19-
Sergio Leonel Agüero (Manchester City Football Club / England) (9- Gonzalo Gerardo Higuaín (Juventus Football Club-Torino / Italy) 54th)

Coach: Jorge Luis Sampaoli Moya
Booked : Gabriel Mercado 51, Nicolas Otamendi 85, Marcos Acuña 87
Other Substitutes:
1- Nahuel Igancio Guzmán (Sinergia Deportiva, SA de CV (Club Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León-Tigres) / Mexico)
12- Franco Armani
(Club Atlético River Plate- Buenos Aires)
6- Federico Julian Fazio (Associazione Sportiva Roma / Italy)
16-
Faustino Marcos Alberto Rojo (Manchester United Football Club / England)
4- Cristian Daniel Ansaldi (Torino Calcio 1906 / Italy)
5- Lucas Rodrigo Biglia (AC (Associazione Calcio) Milan / Italy)
20- Giovani Lo Celso
(Paris Saint-Germain Football Club / France)
11-
Angel Fabian Di María (Paris Saint-Germain Football Club / France)
7-
Ever Maximiliano David Banega (Sevilla Fútbol Club / Spain)

Team Captain: Luis Lionel Andres Messi
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: White/Blue vertical striped Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Man of the Match: Luka Modric (Croatia)


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

World Cup Diary-part 24-June 20th, 2018 (Day 7)




Diary:

Team News:

-During the halftime of Belgium’s match vs. Panam, Belgium Captain Eden Hazard apparently took Romelu Lukaku to task by telling him that it was difficult to play with ten men. This was designed to push him to perform and there was nothing mean about it according to Hazard. (Source Walfoot.be online)


-Iceland’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson has torn a calf muscle and his World Cup is in doubt. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Neymar restarted training with the rest of the Brazil group today . (Source L’Equipe online)

-Germany’s General Manager oliver Bierhoff has hit out on the attacks on the German squad, most notably those that he deemed as below the belt (and not only against Mesut Ozil). (Source L’Equipe online)

-Saudi Arabia Manager Juan Antonio Pizzi has made changes to his squad. Abdullah Al-Mayouf and Mohammed Al-Sahlawi and Omar Hawsawi are out of the squad for the match against Uruguay. They have been replaced in the starting lineup by Ali al-Bulayhi,  Abdullah al-Mayouf and Fahad Al-Muwallad. Pizzi has also removed Yahya Al-Shehri and replaced him with Hattan Bahebri. (Source L’Equipe online)

-The Belgium National team have cancelled today’s training to give the players extra rest.  (Source L’Equipe online)

-England’s injured Dele Ali will be rested a few days.  (Source L’Equipe online)

-By scoring vs. Morocco, Cristiano Ronaldo achieved a new record. He scored his 85th International gola making him the most prolific European goalscorer at International level (beating Ferenc Puskas’ record).  (Source RTBF.be online)
-Germany’s Thomas Muller has called the pressure on the German National Team as enormous as they have to now win two matches.  (Source RTBF.be online)

-The World Cup is over for Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen injured in the match vs. England. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Since Mexico’s Rafa Marquez is linked to Mexican Drug kingpin Raul Flores Hernandez by the USA government, there are restrictions placed upon him from using US branding, business, bank or product. Therefore he can not train with the ‘Coca Cola’ logo nor drink ‘powerade’ while training. (Source AS.com online)

-England Manager Gareth Southgate dislocated his shoulder while jogging. (Source L’Equipe online)


- Mexico’s Javier Hernandez has pleaded to the Mexico fans to stop their homophobic chanting during matches. (Source Reuters UK online)

- FIFA has dismissed Brazil’s complaints over the non-use of VAR in their match vs. Switzerland. (Source Marca.com online)

-Iran Manager Carlos Queiroz has made three changes to his lineup to face Spain from the previous match. Seyed Majid Hoseini will replaced injured defender Roozbeh Cheshmi.
Masud Shojaie and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are replaced by Saied Ezatolahi and Mehdi Taremi. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Spain Manager Fernando Hierro has made two changes in his lineup to face Iran. Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez enter the lineup replacing Nacho and Koke. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Uruguay’s Luis Suarez scored in his 100th match for his Nation. He is the first Uruguayan to score in three World Cups. (Source BBC Football online)

-The Moroccan Noureddine Amrabat was wearing a protective haead gear after the clash of heads in the previous match. However, during the match he just took it off and played without the gear. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Saudi Arabia’s Taisir Al-Jassim was injured during the match vs. Uruguay and replaced with Hussein Al-Mogahwi. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Morocco Manager Herve Renard made two changes in his lineup from the previous match. Saiid and Harit were replaced by Da Costa and Dirar. Up front, Boutaib replaced El Kaabi. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Similar to Brazil, England under FA Technical director Dan Ashworth have complained to FIFA over the non-use of VAR that they believe would have awarded two penalties for fouls on Harry Kane. (Source Vivaronews online)

-FIFA have fined the Mexican Federation 8,500 Euros for the homophobic chants of their players. Serbia were also fined for unfurling political signs. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have officially been eliminated.

-A member of the carlos Queiroz’s Iran staff was taken to the hospital after preseumably collapsing following the VAR decision that annulled Iran’s Saeid Eztolahi’s tying goal vs. Spain. Due to offside. (Source Footnews.be Online)

-Spain’s Gerard Pique and Isco took to safety a bird that was on the field in Spain’s match vs. Iran. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Spain’s Dani Carvajal criticized Iran’s defensive tactics in their match, as well as the time wasting and feigning injuries. (Source AS.com online)

- The Men of the Match for today:
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez (Uruguay 1-Saudi Arabia 0)
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal 1-Morocco 0)
Spain’s Diego Costa (Spain 1-USA 0)


2018 World Cup 2018 matches:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018:

Group A:

June 20, 2018 (Rostov-On-Don, Uruguay 1-Saudi Arabia 0)


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Russia
2
2
0
0
8
1
7
6
2
Uruguay
2
2
0
0
2
0
2
6
3
Egypt
2
0
0
2
1
4
-3
0
4
Saudi Arabia
2
0
0
2
0
6
-6
0

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Points

Date: June 20, 2018
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup-Group A
Result: Uruguay 1-Saud Arabia 0
Venue: Rostov-On-Don- Rostov Arena, Russia         
Attendance: 42,678
Referee: Clement Turpin (France)
Linesmen: Nicolas Danois and Cyril Gringore (both France), John Pitti (Panama, fourth official)
Kick-off time:
Goalscorers:
(Uruguay): Luis Suárez 23
(Saudi Arabia): None
Summary of goals:
1:0 (23rd minute, Uruguay):  Carlos Sanchez’s corner from the left side reached Luis Suarez who tapped it in.
Lineups:
Uruguay:
1- Nestor Fernando Muslera Micol (Galatasaray Spor Kulübü–Istanbul / Turkey)
4- Guillermo Varela Olivera (Club Atlético Peñarol Montevideo)
2- José María Giménez de Vargas (Club Atlético de Madrid / Spain)
3- Diego Roberto Godín Leal
(Club Atlético de Madrid / Spain)
22- Jose Martín Cáceres Silva
(Società Sportiva Lazio-Roma / Italy)
5- Carlos Andres Sánchez Arosa (Club de Fútbol Monterrey, Atletico Club -Rayados) / Mexico) (8- Nahitan Michel Nández Acosta (Club Atlético Boca Juniors -Buenos Aires / Argentina) 81st)
15- Matías Vecino Falero (Internazionale Football Club- Milano / Italy) (14- Lucas Sebastian Torreira Di Pascua (Unione Calcio Sampdoria-Genova / Italy) 59th)
6- Rodrigo Betancur Colman (Juventus Football Club-Torino / Italy)
7- Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez Barotti (Club Atlético Peñarol Montevideo) (17- Diego Sebastian Laxalt Suarez (Genoa 1893-Genova / Italy) 59th)
21- Edinson Roberto Cavani Gomez (Paris Saint-Germain Football Club / France)
9- Luis Alberto Suárez Diaz (Fútbol Club Barcelona / Spain)

Coach: Óscar Washington Tabárez Silva
Other Substitutes:
23- Martín Andres Silva Leites (Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama - Rio de Janeiro / Brazil)  
12- Martín Nicolas Campana Delgado
(Club Atlético Independiente Avellaneda / Argentina)
19- Sebastián Coates Nion (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa / Portugal)
16- Victorio Maximiliano Pereira Paez
(Futebol Clube do Porto / Portugal)     
13- Gastón Alexis Silva Perdomo
(Club Atlético Independiente Avellaneda / Argentina)
10- Giorgian Daniel de Arrascaeta Benedetti (Cruzeiro Esporte Clube- Belo Horizonte / Brazil)
20- Jonathan Matias Urretaviscaya da Luz (Club de Fútbol Monterrey, Atletico Club -Rayados) / Mexico)
11- Christian Ricardo Stuani Curbelo
(Girona Fútbol Club / Spain)
18- Maximiliano ‘Maxi’ Gómez Gonzalez
(Real Club Celta de Vigo / Spain)

Team Captain: Diego Roberto Godín Leal
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Puma
Uniform Colors: Sky Blue Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Saudi Arabia:
22- Mohammed Al-Owais (Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club-Jeddah)
6- Mohammed Al-Burayk (Al-Hilali Saudi Football Club-Riyadh)
3- Osama Hawsawi (Al-Hilali Saudi Football Club-Riyadh)
13- Yasir Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilali Saudi Football Club-Riyadh)
4- Ali Al-Boleahi (Al-Hilali Saudi Football Club-Riyadh)
17- Taisir Al-Jassim (Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club-Jeddah) (16- Hussein Al-Moghawi (Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club-Jeddah) 44th)
14- Abdullah Ateef (Al-Hilali Saudi Football Club-Riyadh)
7- Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilali Saudi Football Club-Riyadh)
9- Hattan Bahbir (Al-Shabab Football Club-Riyadh)( 12- Mohamed Kanu (Al-Hilali Saudi Football Club-Riyadh) 75th)
18- Salem Al-Dawsari (Villarreal Club de Fútbol / Spain)  
19- Fahad Al-Muwallad (Levante Unión Deportiva / Spain) (10- Mohamed Al-Sahlawy (Al-Nasr Football Club-Riyadh) 77th)

Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi Torroja (Spain/Argentina)
Other Substitutes:
21- Yasser Al-Mosailem (Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club-Jeddah)
1- Abdullah Al-Muaiouf (Al-Hilali Saudi Football Club-Riyadh)
2- Mansour Al-Harbi (Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club-Jeddah)
23- Motaz Hawsawi (Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club-Jeddah)
5- Omar Othman Hawsawi (Al-Nasr Football Club-Riyadh)
15- Abdullah Al-Khaibari (Al-Shabab Football Club-Riyadh)
11- Abdulmalek Al-Khaibari (Al-Hilali Saudi Football Club-Riyadh)
8- Yahya Al-Shehri (Club Deportivo Leganés / Spain)
20- Muhannad Asiri (Al-Ahli Saudi Football Club-Jeddah)

Team Captain: Osama Hawsawi
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Nike
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Man of the Match: Luis Suarez (Uruguay)


Group B:

June 20, 2018 (Moscow, Portugal 1-Morocco 0)
June 20, 2018 (Kazan, Spain 1-Iran 0)


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Portugal
2
1
1
0
4
3
1
4
2
Spain
1
0
1
0
3
3
1
1
3
Iran
1
1
0
0
1
0
1
3
4
Morocco
2
0
0
2
0
2
-2
0

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Points



Date: June 20, 2018
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup-Group B
Result: Portugal 1-Morocco 0
Venue: Moskva (Moscow)- Luzhniki Stadium, Russia         
Attendance: 78,011
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
Linesmen: Joe Fletcher (Canada), Frank Anderson (USA), Sergei Karasev (Russia, fourth official)
Kick-off time:
Goalscorers:
(Portugal): Cristiano Ronaldo 4
(Morocco): None
Summary of goals:
1:0 (4th minute, Portugal):  After a short corner from the right side, Moutinho’s cross was headed in by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lineups:
Portugal:
1- Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)
21- Cédric Ricardo Alves Soares (Southampton Football Club / England)
3- Pepe
Laveran de Lima Ferreira (Besiktas Jimnastik Kulübü–Istanbul / Turkey)
6- José
Miguel da Rocha Fonte (Dalian Yifang Football Club / China)
5- Raphael
Adelino José Guerreiro (Ballspielverein Borussia Dortmund 1909 e.V. / Germany)
14- William Silva de Carvalho
(Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)
10- João Mário Naval da Costa Eduardo  (West Ham United Football Club-London / England) (16- Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) 70th)
8- João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho (Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club / France) (23- Adrien Sébastien Perruchet da Silva (Leicester City Football Club / England) 88th)
11- Bernardo Mota Veiga de Carvalho e Silva (Manchester City Football Club / England) (18- Gelson Dany Batalha Martins (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa) 59th)
7- Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol / Spain)
17- Gonçalo
Manuel Ganchinho Guedes (Valencia Club de Fútbol / Spain)

Coach: Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos
Booked : Andre Silvva 90+3
Other Substitutes:
12- Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais / France)
22-
António Alberto Bastos Pimparel, Beto (Göztepe Spor Hizmetleri ve Ticaret Anonim Þirketi-Ýzmir / Turkey)
2- Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves (Rangers Football Club-Glasgow / Scotland)
19- Mário Rui Silva Duarte (Societa Sportiva Calcio Napoli / Italy)
15- Ricardo
Domingos Barbosa Pereira (Futebol Clube do Porto)
13- Rúben
dos Santos Gato Alves Dias (Sport Lisboa e Benfica)
4- Manuel Henrique Tavares Fernandes (Futbolnyi Klub Lokomotiv Moskva / Russia)
9- André Miguel Valente da Silva (AC (Associazione Calcio) Milan / Italy)
20- Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo
(Besiktas Jimnastik Kulübü–Istanbul / Turkey)

Team Captain: Cristiano Ronaldo
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Nike
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Morocco:
12- Munir El Kajoui (Club Deportivo Numancia de Soria / Spain)
17- Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü –Istanbul / Turkey)
5- Mehdi Benatia (Juventus Football Club-Torino / Italy)
4- Manuel Da Costa (İstanbul Başakşehir Futbol Kulübü / Turkey)
2- Achraf Hakimi
(Real Madrid Club de Fútbol / Spain)
16- Nordin Amrabat (Club Deportivo Leganés / Spain)
8- Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord Rotterdam / Holland) (11- Fayçal Fajr (Getafe Club de Fútbol / Spain) 85th)
14- Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira Sports and Culture Club–Abu Dhabi / United Arab Emirates)
7- Hakim Ziyech (AFC (Amsterdamse Football Club) Ajax / Holland)      
10- Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray Spor Kulübü–Istanbul / Turkey) (23- Mehdi Carcela (Royal Standard de Liege / Belgium) 75th)
13- Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor Kulübü / Turkey) (9- Ayoub El Kaabi (RSB (Renaissane Sportive de Berkane)- Berkane) 69th)

Coach: Hervé Renard (France)
Booked: Medhi Benatia 40
Other Substitutes:
1- Bono (Girona Fútbol Club / Spain)
22- Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (IRT (Ittihad Riadi Tanger) -Tangier)
6- Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club / England)
3- Hamza Mendyl
(Lille Olympique Sporting Club- Lille Métropole / France)
15- Youssef Ait Bennasser (Stade Malherbe Caen Calvados Basse-Normandie / France)
21- Sofian Amrabat
(Feyenoord Rotterdam / Holland)
18- Amine Harit
(Fußball Club Schalke von 1904- Gelsenkirchen / Germany)   
20- Aziz Bouhaddouz (Fußball -Club Sankt-Pauli 1910 e.V.-Hamburg / Germany)
19- En Nesyri
(Málaga Club de Fútbol / Spain)

Team Captain: Mehdi Benatia
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, Green Shorts, Red Socks

Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)


Date: June 20, 2018
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup-Group B
Result: Spain 1-Iran 0
Venue: Kazan- Kazan Arena, Russia         
Attendance: 42,718
Referee: Andres Cunha (Uruguay)
Linesmen: Nicolas Taran and Mauricio Espinosa (both Uruguay), Julio Bascunan (Chile, fourth official)
Kick-off time:
Goalscorers:
(Spain): Diego Costa 54
(Iran): None
Summary of goals:
1:0 (54th minute, Spain):  Andres Iniesta sent a pass through the middle, Diego Costa turned shot, deflected of an Iranian defender onto him again and went into the net.
Lineups:
Spain:
1- David De Gea Quintana (Manchester United Football Club / England)
2- Daniel Dani Carvajal Ramos
(Real Madrid Club de Fútbol)
15-
‘Sergio Ramos’ Garcia (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol)
3- Gerard Piqué Bernabéu (Fútbol Club Barcelona)
18-
Jordi Alba Ramos (Fútbol Club Barcelona)
5-
Sergio ‘Sergi’ Busquets Burgos (Fútbol Club Barcelona)
6-
Andres Iniesta Luján (Fútbol Club Barcelona) (8- Jorge Resureccion Merodio, Koke  (Club Atlético de Madrid) 71st)
21- David Josué Jiménez Silva (Manchester City Football Club / England)
22- Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez, Isco (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol)
11- Lucas Vázquez Iglesias (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol) (20- Marco Asensio Willemsen (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol) 79th)
19- Diego da Silva Costa (Club Atlético de Madrid) (9- Rodrigo Moreno Machado (Valencia Club de Fútbol) 89th)

Coach: Fernando Ruiz Hierro
Other Substitutes:
23- Jose Manuel Reina Paez ‘Pepe’ ‘Reina’ (Societa Sportiva Calcio Napoli / Italy)
13- Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta
(Athletic Club de Bilbao)  
12- Álvaro Odriozola Arzallus (Real Sociedad de Fútbol-San Sebastian)
4- Jose Ignacio Fernández Iglesias, Nacho
(Real Madrid Club de Fútbol)
14-
César Azpilicueta Tanco (Chelsea Football Club-London / England)
16-
Ignacio Nacho Monreal Eraso (Arsenal Football Club-London / England)
7- Saúl Ñíguez Esclapez (Club Atlético de Madrid)
10-
Thiago Alcantara do Nacimento (Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V. / Germany)
17- Iago Aspas Juncal (Real Club Celta de Vigo)

Team Captain: ‘Sergio Ramos’ Garcia
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Iran:
1- Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis Football Club-Tehran)
3- Ehsan Haji Safi
(Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas / Greece)   
 (5- Milad Mohammadi (Futbol'nyj Klub Akhmat Grozny / Russia) 69th)
8- Morteza Pouraliganji (Al Saad Sports Club-Doha / Qatar)
19- Majid Hosseini (Esteghlal Football Club-Tehran)
23- Ramin Rezaeian (Koninklijke Voetbalclub Oostende / Belgium)
9- Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal Football Club-Tehran)
6- Saeid Ezatolahi (Futbol'nyj Klub Amkar Perm / Russia)
10- Karim Ansarifard (Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas / Greece)    (18- Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ (Alkmaar Zaanstreek) - Alkmaar / Holland) 74th)
11- Vahid Amiri (Persepolis Football Club-Tehran) (14- Saman Ghoddos (Östersunds Fotbollsklubb / Sweden) 86th)
17- Mehdi Taremi (Al-Gharafa Sports Club-Al Rayyan / Qatar)
20- Sardar Azmoun (Futbol'nyj Klub Rubin Kazan / Russia)        

Coach: Carlos Manuel Brito Leal Queiroz (Portugal)
Booked: Vahid Amiri 79, Omid Ebrahimi 90+2
Other Substitutes:
12- Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan Isfahan Football Club-Fuladshahr)
22-Amir Abedzadeh
(Clube Sport Marítimo-Funchal / Portugal)
15- Pejman Montazeri (Esteghlal Football Club-Tehran)
4- Roozbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal Football Club-Tehran)
13- Mohammad Khanzadeh (Padideh Football Club-Mashhad)
7- Masoud Shojaei (AEK (Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupolis)-Athina / Greece)
2- Mehdi Torabi (Saipa Football Club-Karaj)
21- Ashkan Dejageh (Nottingham Forest Football Club / England)
16- Reza Ghoochannejhad
(Sportclub Heerenveen / Holland)

Team Captain: Ehsan Haji Safi
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks

Man of the Match: Diego Costa (Spain)