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AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, The Final: France Sees Off Croatia To Win Second Title

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, The Final: France Sees Off Croatia To Win Second Title

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): Hugo Lloris lifted the World Cup trophy into the Moscow sky on Sunday as France defeated Croatia 4-2 to win their second World Cup title. In an action-packed final, Didier Deschamps’ side prevailed over a Croatia team who had the upper hand in stretches, especially most of the first half. However, after the break, France blew the game open scoring twice in a six-minute span after the hour mark. A Lloris gaffe seemed to open the door for Croatia, but France held firm to win their second World Cup.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Third Place Play-off: Belgium Claim Third Spot With Win Over England

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Third Place Play-off: Belgium Claim Third Spot With Win Over England

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): Belgium defeated England on Saturday 2-0 to finished third in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. That is the highest a Belgian side has ever finished in the competition bettering the team’s placing in 1986, when they managed fourth position. Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored for Belgium as they finished off a fantastic tournament. England meanwhile finish with another defeat, however they will return home to a positive reaction from the public after matching their second best effort in World Cup history with their fourth placed showing.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, The Semi-finals: France And Croatia Book Final Spots

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, The Semi-finals:  France And Croatia Book Final Spots

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): France and Croatia meet on Sunday to decide the winner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The two sides came through close semi-finals to book their tickets to the final in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium. France defeated Belgium on Tuesday 1-0 thanks to a Samuel Umtiti goal while Croatia came from behind to win against England 2-1 in extra-time.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 24: Final Four Set As England And Croatia Advance

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 24: Final Four Set As England And Croatia Advance

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): The final four of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is now complete after England and Croatia booked their tickets with wins on Saturday. Day 24 of the competition saw the final two quarter-final matches played. In the early match, England defeated Sweden 2-0 in a relatively comfortable afternoon. The second match was a different story as a topsy-turvy match between Croatia and hosts Russia finished 2-2 after two periods of extra-time. Croatia then prevailed on penalty-kicks 4-3. England and Croatia now will contest a World Cup semi-final on Wednesday for the right to play in the tournament final next Sunday.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 23: Belgium Knock-Out Brazil; France Overcome Uruguay

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 23: Belgium Knock-Out Brazil; France Overcome Uruguay

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): France and Belgium won their quarter-finals on Friday to set up a semi-final clash on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg. France began the day with a 2-0 victory over Uruguay. The win puts France into the semis for the first time since 2006. Belgium meanwhile were able to overcome a series of disappointing tournaments in recent years by coming out on top over Brazil 2-1.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 20: England In Shock Penalty Triumph; Sweden Into The Last Eight

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 20: England In Shock Penalty Triumph; Sweden Into The Last Eight

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): England, losers of their last five penalty shoot-outs, broke their dire streak as they triumphed on penalties over Colombia on Tuesday. A 1-1 draw saw the teams play through 120 minutes of football before penalties came. In the day’s other match, Sweden also advanced to the quarter-finals thanks to a 1-0 victory over Switzerland. It will be the Swedes’ fifth appearance at the quarter-final stage.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 19: Brazil Too Good For Valiant Mexico; Belgium In Epic Comeback

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 19: Brazil Too Good For Valiant Mexico; Belgium In Epic Comeback

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): Brazil and Belgium won their Round of 16 encounters on Monday in order to set-up a match between the two teams in the quarter-finals. Goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino saw Brazil defeat Mexico 2-0. Belgium were down by two goals in the second half to Japan, however the Red Devils avoided the shock by scoring three times in the last twenty minutes to secure a massive come-from-behind victory.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 18: Russia And Croatia Progress On Penalties

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 18: Russia And Croatia Progress On Penalties

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): It was a super Sunday at the 2018 World Cup for Russia and Croatia who both advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition with shoot-out victories over Spain and Denmark respectively. Russia provided one of the shocks of the tournament in knocking out Spain as the hosts roll on so unexpectedly. Croatia are also through after Danijel Subasic saved three penalties in the shoot-out win over Denmark.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 17: France And Uruguay Advance After Epic Encounters

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 17: France And Uruguay Advance After Epic Encounters

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): France and Uruguay progressed after coming through two superb matches in the first knockout stage games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Day 17 saw the Round of 16 begin in Russia and if these matches are anything to go by then the world is in for some amazing football in the coming days. France took the lead, gave it up, then had to come from behind to defeat Argentina 4-2. Uruguay meanwhile, did not have many chances, but took the ones they did have to advance past Portugal 2-1. The results mean that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both exit, potentially their last World Cup each, on the same day. Winners France and Uruguay will now meet in the quarter-finals at the Nizhny Novograd Stadium on Friday.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 15: Cruel Exit For Senegal As Colombia And Japan Advance

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 15: Cruel Exit For Senegal As Colombia And Japan Advance

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): Senegal exited the 2018 World Cup in a way no other side ever has in Day 15 action. The African side, 1-0 losers to Colombia in their Group Stage finale, lost out on progression to the last 16 to Japan due an inferior ‘fair play’ record. In a World Cup first, Senegal went out due to the fact that they had amassed six yellow cards in the Group H play compared to four for Japan. Elsewhere, Japan lost to Poland 1-0, but scraped through to the Round of 16. In Group G, Belgium defeated England for top spot in the group, while Tunisia picked up three points with a 2-1 over Panama.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 13: Messi And Argentina Find A Way Through

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 13: Messi And Argentina Find A Way Through

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): Argentina were the big winners in Day 13 action of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Albiceleste rode to victory over Nigeria on the back of two superb goals from Lionel Messi and Marcos Rojo. The win sent Argentina to the Round of 16 and left Nigeria on the outside looking in. Elsewhere, Iceland lost the opportunity to go through as they fell 2-1 to Croatia. In Group C, France and Denmark both went through after their 0-0 draw and Peru picked up a victory with a 2-0 result over Australia, the Socceroos losing the match they needed to win in order to advance.

Messi And Argentina Needing To Pull A...Greece

Messi And Argentina Needing To Pull A...Greece

WORLD SOCCER: Argentina’s run in the 2018 FIFA World Cup can only be described thus far as disastrous. With Lionel Messi looking lost amidst a group of under-performers and a manager in Jorge Sampaoli who doesn’t appear to have the support of his own players, an early exit seems likely.


AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 12: High Drama In Group B As Heavyweights Advance, But Only Just

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 12: High Drama In Group B As Heavyweights Advance, But Only Just

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): Spain and Portugal advanced to the knockout round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a dramatic Day 12. That wouldn’t seem like such a surprising headline as both sides were expected to easily come through a section that included Iran and Morocco. Yet, it was the two latter sides who impressed on the night. Iran came within a whisker of advancing as they drew 1-1 with Portugal. Morocco, already eliminated, played superbly and just missed out on defeating Spain due to a late goal in a 2-2 draw.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 11: England In Panama Rout; The Intrigue Grows In Group H

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 11: England In Panama Rout; The Intrigue Grows In Group H

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): Day 11 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup had it all from goals, big wins, as well as one superb match. England flexed their muscles with a 6-1 rout of Panama on the back of a Harry Kane hat-trick and unlikely brace from John Stones. Colombia rekindled their hopes of progression to the Round of 16 with a 3-0 thumping of Poland. Finally, Japan and Senegal played a wildly entertaining 2-2 draw.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 9: Brazil and Nigeria Win; Swiss Seal Comeback Victory

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 9: Brazil and Nigeria Win; Swiss Seal Comeback Victory

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): Brazil avoided a second consecutive draw with a couple of dramatic late strikes to defeat Costa Rica 2-0 on Day 9 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Ahmed Musa produced a superb performance leading Nigeria past Iceland 2-0 and Switzerland defeated Serbia 2-1 in an exciting comeback win.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 8: France And Croatia Through; Argentina On The Ropes

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 8: France And Croatia Through; Argentina On The Ropes

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): France and Croatia picked up the victories necessary to advance to the knockout round of the World Cup after Day 8 victories. France held off a game Peru side by a 1-0 scoreline. Croatia put Argentina to the sword with a 3-0 win that leaves Lionel Messi and company staring at elimination. In the day’s other match, Denmark and Australia engaged in a full-blooded tilt that eventually ended in a 1-1 draw.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 7: Portugal, Uruguay, And Spain All 1-0 Winners

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 7: Portugal, Uruguay, And Spain All 1-0 Winners

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): The 2018 FIFA World Cup continued with Day 7 action. Groups A and B are set to go to the final day after today’s results. Uruguay’s narrow defeat of Saudi Arabia 1-0 sets up a group finale with Russia to determine first and second in the group. The situation in Group B is even more complex. Spain and Portugal both recorded 1-0 victories, over Iran and Morocco respectively. They are the favorites to go through the group, but despite the defeat, Iran can still qualify for the Round of 16 if they can manage to defeat Portugal in the third and final match in the group.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 6: Hosts Win Again; Group G Surprises

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 6: Hosts Win Again; Group G Surprises

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): On a day that bore witness to more own goals and set-piece strikes, the hosts took a massive step to advancing to the knockout rounds. Russia continued their fine tournament in Day 6 action by rolling past Egypt 3-1. Elsewhere, there were surprises in Group G as Japan overcame Colombia 2-1 and Senegal slipped past Poland by the same score.

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 5: Favorites Follow The Script

AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 5: Favorites Follow The Script

WORLD SOCCER (FIFA WORLD CUP): The favorites finally prevailed on Day 5 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After several days of minor upsets and a couple big shocks by unfancied sides, Monday’s matches went as predicted. Sweden were able to slip past South Korea 1-0 in Group F play. In Group G, Belgium and England, the two heavyweights in the section, both picked up wins. Belgium dispatching Panama by a 3-0 scoreline, while England left it very late before coming out on top over Tunisia 2-1.