Costa Rica
Match 25
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6:00 PM UTC
Match 26
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12:00 PM UTC Jun 23, 2018
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South Korea
6:00 PM UTC Jun 23, 2018
Match 28
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3:00 PM UTC Jun 23, 2018
Match 27
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Transfer Rater: Luka Modric to Tottenham

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LIVE Transfer Talk: Chelsea's rumoured next boss Maurizio Sarri targets four former Napoli charges

Emre Can has arrived in Turin to complete his Juventus medical ahead of his move from Liverpool.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Rafinha and more in Rumour Rater.

The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer.

TOP STORY: Sarri targets four Napoli stars to follow him to Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri's move to Chelsea appears to be approaching the finish line after protracted negotiations, and the Italian wants to raid his soon-to-be-former club for four players.

Sarri has been replaced at Napoli by Carlo Ancelotti, but club president Aurelio De Laurentiis will not release...

Neymar crucial as Philippe Coutinho stars and Willian suffers in nervy win over Costa Rica

Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes share their thoughts on Douglas Costa's performance which helped Brazil get a late win against Costa Rica.
Philippe Coutinho finally put Brazil ahead in the stoppage time and Neymar added a second as Brazil survived against Costa Rica.
World Cup: Neymar (90+7') Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica
World Cup: Philippe Coutinho (90+1') Brazil 1-0 Costa Rica
Brazil were denied a penalty after the referee pointed to the spot only to reverse the decision after looking at VAR.

It wasn't the best of performances, but Brazil dominated Costa Rica from kickoff to the final whistle in Friday's critical 2-0 victory.

Finishing is becoming a bigger problem, because the team again had the monopoly of the ball, but had trouble scoring. It looked like the match would end in a scoreless draw until Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored to seal Brazil's first victory in this World Cup.


Brazil never gave up, even when pressed by the clock. Coutinho was the best player...

Brazil's win over Costa Rica features brilliant use of VAR (sorry, Neymar)

Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes share their thoughts on Douglas Costa's performance which helped Brazil get a late win against Costa Rica.
It's day 9 and your favourite dynamic duo are back in Saint Petersburg. They're talking VAR, they're talking 'on this day', they're even talking to Monsieur Le and what dishes he'll be making. What more could you ask for?!

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA -- Three quick points following Brazil's 2-0 win over Costa Rica, which featured a glorious use of VAR.

1. Neymar, Coutinho deliver late, late drama

This was about nerves. About the contrast between a baby blue sky visible through the roof of the Saint Petersburg Stadium and dark clouds gathered over the Brazil bench. Their manager, Tite, found himself in serious danger of becoming the first Selecao boss to fail to win his opening two games in a World Cup.

At halftime, it...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

World Cup group permutations: Who can qualify for the round of 16?

Could it really be true?! Charlie Gibson heads out to investigate...

The second round of games in the World Cup group stage is now under way. Find out what each nation has to do to qualify for the knockout stage ahead of the final round of matches.

Already qualified: Russia, Uruguay, France, Croatia
Already eliminated: Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Costa Rica

The first tiebreakers are goal difference and goals scored rather than head to head (see full breakdown at the foot of the page).


- Russia are through and will top the group if they avoid defeat...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

VAR at the World Cup: A timeline of the tournament

Shaka Hislop breaks down Sweden's hard-fought 1-0 win over South Korea decided by Andreas Granqvist's VAR-awarded penalty.
Janusz Michallik discusses the first VAR incidents of the World Cup following France's 2-1 win over Australia.

Video assistant referees (VARs) have hit the headlines in Russia. 

We look at every decision a referee has had to make when directed to review an incident on the monitor at the side of the pitch. So far the referee has changed his mind on every penalty call and given a spot kick. The only decision that has not been changed following a VAR review was to show a red card to Serbia's Aleksandar Prijovic, though he was correctly booked.

We also consider the times the match referee has not been asked...

 By Nick Ames

'Boring' Belgium happy to fly under the radar as World Cup heavyweights toil

The FC crew try not to read too much into Belgium's win over Panama, before homing in on Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku's respective roles.
Belgium's Dries Mertens was all the talk at the start of matchday five, unleashing a dipping volley to break Panama's resistance in Sochi.
Shaka Hislop gives his verdict on how impressive Romelu Lukaku and Belgium were to dispatch Panama and avoid an early World Cup slip-up.
A sublime Dries Mertens volley and two Romelu Lukaku goals gave Belgium a straightforward 3-0 victory over Panama.

Argentina have crumbled. Germany have stumbled. Brazil have stuttered. Spain have spluttered. Belgium, meanwhile, seem to be ticking along just fine while others' dramas occupy the group stage narrative.

Their dismissal of Panama commanded minimal attention when set alongside the travails of their rivals; Tunisia seem ideal opponents for a continuation of that trend and maybe a group of players whose talent has been loudly trumpeted for so many years is, uncharacteristically, sneaking up quietly...