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  • Watch: Jubilant fans after Kane's late winner for England

    Watch: Jubilant fans after Kane's late winner for England

    Harry Kane headed home a late winner for England as the Three Lions started their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Tunisia, on Monday. Numerous England fans gathered at Spinola to watch Gareth Southgate's team against the African...

  • Saudi team's plane suffers engine fire, lands safely

    Saudi team's plane suffers engine fire, lands safely

    The Saudi Arabian football team was safe on Monday after an engine on its aircraft apparently caught fire in flight. The plane landed safely in the Russian city of Rostov after what the Saudi FA  described as a minor technical fault in one of the...

  • Watch: Kane double gives England victory over Tunisia

    Watch: Kane double gives England victory over Tunisia

    A stoppage-time header from two-goal Harry Kane gave England a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday. A 35th minute Ferjani Sassi penalty had cancelled out Kane's 11th minute opener. Tunisia - England Live...

  • Buzz kill: Gnats swarm players during Tunisia v England game

    Buzz kill: Gnats swarm players during Tunisia v England game

    England and Tunisia players swatted away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in Russia's riverside city of Volgograd on Monday. The area around Volgograd is known for its swamps and wide rivers, the perfect breeding ground for...

  • Mexicans celebrating World Cup win trigger earthquake sensors

    Mexicans celebrating World Cup win trigger earthquake sensors

    Mexicans jumping in jubilation over the surprise World Cup victory over Germany on Sunday shook the ground hard enough to set off Mexico's earthquake detectors.  Throngs danced and sang in the streets after their team bested the defending...

  • Watch: Nowadays football is all about the money, says former keeper Mizzi

    Watch: Nowadays football is all about the money, says former keeper Mizzi

    Ahead of the start of the Fifa 2018 World Cup in Russia, Times of Malta met with former Malta goalkeeper Freddie Mizzi who shared his thoughts on what is arguably the most awaited sports event. From his memories of the 1966 World Cup in England...

  • Watch: Belgium outclass Panama in 3-0 win

    Watch: Belgium outclass Panama in 3-0 win

    Belgium's creativity and power proved too much for World Cup debutants Panama as the Group G favourites overcame the heroics of goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and a massed defence to run out 3-0 winners on Monday. It took a wonderful dipping volley from...

  • Croatia's Kalinic sent home after refusing sub role

    Croatia's Kalinic sent home after refusing sub role

    Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup after refusing to come on as a substitute in the team's opening game against Nigeria, coach Zlatko Dalic said on Monday. "During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and...

  • Watch: Kane's first England goal was against... Malta

    Watch: Kane's first England goal was against... Malta

    England kick off their debut in the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Tunisia on Monday night. Harry Kane will be leading the the Three Lions up front as captain as all England fans hope that the Tottenham Hotspur forward can carry his domestic form to...

  • England's World Cup preparations disrupted... by too much sunlight

    England's World Cup preparations disrupted... by too much sunlight

    England's squad has been managing expectations in the run up to the World Cup as the young and rather unexperienced team prepares to face Tunisia in their opening game. It seems, however, that they are now concerned about the effect the sun has...

  • England fan sails from Bulgaria to Russia for World Cup match

    England fan sails from Bulgaria to Russia for World Cup match

    Fewer England fans made the journey to watch their team's first World Cup match in Russia than some expected, but one made a special effort, sailing from Bulgaria to Volgograd in a yacht. It took Graham Kentsley, originally from St Albans in...

  • Watch: Granqvist's VAR penalty gives Sweden 1-0 win over South Korea

    Watch: Granqvist's VAR penalty gives Sweden 1-0 win over South Korea

    Skipper Andreas Granqvist coolly converted a 65th minute penalty awarded after video review to hand Sweden a 1-0 victory over South Korea in a scrappy Group F encounter at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Monday. A match both sides were desperate to...

  • Give De Gea 'time and oxygen,' Spain's manager urges fans

    Give De Gea 'time and oxygen,' Spain's manager urges fans

    Spain's under-pressure goalkeeper David de Gea has the backing of coach Fernando Hierro, who said he will stick by him for his side's next game against Iran on Wednesday despite his performance in the 3-3 draw with Portugal. The Manchester United...

  • Cult sculpture of Cristiano Ronaldo replaced

    Cult sculpture of Cristiano Ronaldo replaced

    The bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at Madeira Airport which gained cult popularity has been replaced. The sculpture of the Portugal and Real Madrid forward gained worldwide attention when it was installed last year at the airport, which is also known...

  • 'Westerners find it hard to tell us Asians apart,' says South Korean coach

    'Westerners find it hard to tell us Asians apart,' says South Korean coach

    A Swedish scout spied on their World Cup rivals South Korea using a high-tech telescope from a house overlooking their training ground, prompting an official apology from Sweden’s head coach. South Korea’s manager has now come up with an...

  • And the prize for best England fans goes to...

    And the prize for best England fans goes to...

    The Kirby estate in Bermondsey, South London, has been covered in flags in preparation for England's debut in this World Cup The display of support for the English team has put a smile on many faces and has even got a reaction from three lions...

  • Mexico's victory over Germany triggered earthquake sensors in Mexico City

    Mexico's victory over Germany triggered earthquake sensors in Mexico City

    Mexicans jumping in jubilation on Sunday shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors and throngs danced in the streets after their team scored a surprise victory over World Cup defending champion Germany. Elated fans waved Mexican...

  • Watch: Nainggolan deserved the World Cup - Oliveira

    Watch: Nainggolan deserved the World Cup - Oliveira

    Former Floriana coach Luis Oliveira is disappointed that Radja Nainggolan was not considered by Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. "I am sad that my friend Radja Nainggolan was not called up to play part in this Summer's...

  • Watch: Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Group E opener

    Watch: Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Group E opener

    A second-half header from Steven Zuber cancelled out a sensational early goal from Philippe Coutinho as Switzerland and Brazil drew 1-1 in a tight Group E World Cup opener on Sunday. With 20 minutes gone, Coutinho gathered a clearance 25 yards...

  • Watch: Fans react to Germany's shock opening defeat

    Watch: Fans react to Germany's shock opening defeat

    Hirving Lozano shocked Germany as Mexico emerged winners 1-0 against the world champions in their opening game of Group F. Dozens of fans gathered in Qawra, in the Aquarium area, to watch the Germans' debut in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Times of...