ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- Brazil's stuttering performance stemmed from anxiety at playing their first World Cup game, coach Tite said after their 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Group E on Sunday.
The five-time champions opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Philippe Coutinho's stunning strike went in off the far post but Steven Zuber levelled five minutes into the second half with a powerful header.
Switzerland were well-organised throughout and Brazil created chances but failed to convert them as...
MOSCOW -- FIFA said it was looking into reports of alleged anti-gay chants by Mexico fans during their country's 1-0 World Cup win against Germany on Sunday at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium.
Football's global governing body said it was "collecting the different match reports and potential evidence in regards to the matter, including the one from the anti-discrimination match observer who was present at the game as part of FIFA's anti-discrimination monitoring system."
FIFA added that it could not comment...
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- An Egypt team official has confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons.
The trophy, an artistic red goblet, is sponsored by Budweiser. Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol.
Egypt team director Ihab Leheta told The Associated Press on Sunday that El-Shenawy said a "few words" and posed for photos in a brief ceremony, but did not take the goblet. He gave no other details.
MOSCOW -- Mexico striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez shed tears of joy after El Tri's 1-0 upset win against Germany in its opening game of the World Cup, but he won't be celebrating or dwelling on the victory for long.
Mexico's leading career goal scorer was captured on TV crying on the final whistle but said after the game that while the win brings Mexico a "big boost" moving forward in the tournament, the team won't be getting carried away by the result.
"Tomorrow we will start thinking about...
Landon Donovan and Leon are parting ways before the end of his contract, the club announced in a statement on Sunday.
Donovan came out of retirement for a second time in January to join the Liga MX outfit, but he didn't feature regularly for the club, who finished 13th in the 2018 Clausura standings.
The 36-year-old's contract ran through the end of 2018, with the announcement confirming that he won't compete with the club in the upcoming Apertura.
The Leon statement read in part: "Landon Donovan...