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22 сентября, 17:07

Nicaraguan Migrants Fleeing Turmoil Test Costa Rica’s Good Will

Tens of thousands are seeking asylum, shelter and work, posing a challenge to the government and society of Nicaragua’s neighbor to the south.

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30 июля, 09:00

'If I go back they'll kill me': Nicaraguan dissenters flee south to survive

As Daniel Ortega’s violent crackdown intensifies, the tide of refugees escaping to Costa Rica has become a waveExplainer: what’s driving the Nicaraguan uprising?Tears filled Ricardo Pineda’s bloodshot eyes as he relived the solitude and paranoia of his 13-day march to safety. Five hours earlier, after almost a fortnight on the run, he had slipped over Nicaragua’s southern border, flagged down a taxi and taken his phone off flight mode for the first time since fleeing Managua. Continue reading...

17 июля, 14:00

World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 games before that and after every game we asked our readers to rate every player’s performance. Here we publish all of them, one by one, and by team in alphabetical order. The players are listed in order of their average rating (in bold and followed by the scores of each of their games in Russia). Continue reading...

30 июня, 10:00

World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama lastIt is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. Neymar has pranced and preened, particularly in the first two games, and they were slow to get going but there was an ominous feel to their win over Serbia and they look capable of raising things further. Philippe Coutinho has been a considerably bigger influence than their Ligue 1-based star turn so far; if Mexico are disposed of then a mouthwatering quarter-final with Belgium is likely. Continue reading...

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27 июня, 22:56

Switzerland seal place in World Cup last 16 after draw with Costa Rica

After a week in which not much football has been discussed, Switzerland were probably just grateful to get this game out of the way without any disasters. Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri’s potential suspensions for their, shall we say, “politically spicy” celebrations against Serbia dominated the pre-match debate, and while the pair were ultimately allowed to play, for long spells they looked like a team who had spent the build-up with unwanted distractions.Serbia’s defeat by Brazil meant Switzerland could have lost against Costa Rica and still qualified but while they drew this game, it was not a performance that will have Sweden, their second-round opponents, quivering in fear. They will also have to face Sweden without two key defenders: Fabian Schar and Stephan Lichtsteiner are suspended having picked up their second bookings of the tournament. Continue reading...

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27 июня, 19:46

Switzerland v Costa Rica: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group E updates from the 7pm BST kick-offFollow Serbia v Brazil – live with Paul Doyle! Group F: Germany crash out of the World CupAny thoughts? You can email Rob here 8.53pm BST That was a lively, engaging game of football, even if it was apparent early on that the result was unlikely to matter. Costa Rica were terrific and deserved at least a point. Switzerland got what they came for – a point that confirms their place in the last 16. They will face Sweden on Tuesday. 8.51pm BST Bryan Ruiz, with what is almost certainly his last kick at a World Cup, steps up - and he scores! Well, kind of. The penalty hit the underside of the bar, rebounded onto the back of Sommer and into the net. It’ll go down as an own goal. Continue reading...

26 июня, 22:13

Eagle lands Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka in spat but Swiss soar | Nick Miller

Switzerland’s most high-profile players have angered Serbia but they are free to face Costa Rica in their final group game“Fifa shame” read the headline in one Serbian tabloid this week. “Fifa humiliates us” cried another. It is fair to say there has been some consternation in Serbia, after the news that Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka will be allowed to play in Switzerland’s final group game against Costa Rica.After the pair, with Kosovar‑Albanian roots, celebrated their goals in the win against Serbia on Friday by making an eagle shape with their hands, controversy ensued and recriminations and suspensions were expected. Continue reading...

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22 июня, 19:49

Brazil’s Tite insists Neymar will reach his ‘best level’ at the World Cup

• Head coach says world’s costliest player “needs some time’• Neymar still regaining full fitness after February injuryThe Brazil manager, Tite, insisted Neymar would reach his “best level” at the World Cup after his team’s 2-0 defeat of Costa Rica in St Petersburg.“[Neymar’s] individuality shows up if the whole group is playing well,” Tite said. “You can’t put all the responsibility on one player. He was out three and a half months and he played the full match. He’s a human being. He needs some time to resume his high standard but before he does that there is a team which has to be strong and not dependent on him.” Continue reading...

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22 июня, 16:57

Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho and Neymar snatch win to sink Costa Rica

Well, that was late; and indeed a little ugly at times. On a breezy afternoon by the Gulf of Finland Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the St Petersburg Stadium to ease their route towards the knockout stage of Russia 2018.The goals were both scored in injury time, the first by their best player on the day Philippe Coutinho, who came haring through a crowd on to a touch from Gabriel Jesus to poke the ball through the legs of Keylor Navas and send the yellow-shirted stands into a fever. Continue reading...

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22 июня, 13:53

World Cup 2018: Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica – live updates!

World Cup updates from the 1pm BST kick-offJonathan Wilson on the crisis for shambolic ArgentinaAnd feel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 3.08pm BST Related: Argentina’s shambolic FA leaves country on brink of mutiny | Marcela Mora y Araujo 3.07pm BST Oh Steve! Related: Steve Holland apologises to England players for team-sheet blunder Continue reading...

22 июня, 07:27

Argentina fallout and latest news on day nine: World Cup 2018 – live updates!

Argentina on brink after collapse against CroatiaShambolic, frenzied, anarchic – and crisis has Messi at its heartGroup E: Brazil v Costa Rica – live updates!Email Ben here with your thoughts, or tweet him here 12.21pm BST As for Croatia, Dejan Lovren believes they can go one better, confident they’re capable of eclipsing the achievements of the vintage 1998 team that reached the last four: And when you look on the team-sheet, we have better players than the previous [team] of 20 years ago. But it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t perform well. But if we are like against Argentina, through all the tournament, I believe we can go far. Related: Dejan Lovren tips Croatia to outdo country’s 1998 World Cup semi-finalists 12.17pm BST There are couple of reports flying around suggesting that the Argentina FA (AFA) have no plans of sacking Mr Sampaoli any time soon, certainly not before the Nigeria game on Tuesday. After a 3-0 defeat to Croatia, they’re staring down the barrel of an early exit: Related: ‘Knights of anguish’ – Argentinian media react to World Cup humbling Continue reading...

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21 июня, 19:20

When Costa Rica lowered the colours of Brazil and then some

Just over 58 years ago in San José the home side got the better of the World Cup holders, still the only time they have avoided defeat in 10 meetingsThe Panamerican Championship is one of those international tournaments that time forgot. It ran every four years from 1952-60, with emerging teams from North America joining the big hitters from the South. And though the competition is unlikely to be a Mastermind specialist subject any time soon, it had its moments. In 1952 Uruguay and Brazil met for the first time since the immortal Maracanazo of 1950, when Alcides Ghiggia’s late goal stole the World Cup from the host, Brazil. A virile rematch ended 4-2 to Brazil in goals and 1-1 on sendings off.Eight years later Brazil were the subject of one of international football’s more incongruous scorelines when they lost 3-0 to the host, Costa Rica. The result stood out then; it stands out even more now. Costa Rica’s record against Brazil going into Friday’s match in St Petersburg is dismal: P10 W1 L9. That includes two World Cup defeats, 1-0 in a low-key game at Italia 90 and 5-2 in a wildly open match 12 years later, and assorted pastings elsewhere. Continue reading...

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17 июня, 16:58

Aleksandar Kolarov’s stunning free kick steers Serbia to win over Costa Rica

In a World Cup that had already been illuminated by exquisite free-kicks, Aleksandar Kolarov provided a masterpiece of his own. This was not a performance to dispel doubts over Serbia’s ability to fully harness their array of talent but the deciding goal should be taken for what it was: a strike worthy of winning any match on this exalted stage and one that, given the taker’s identity, came as no huge surprise.There are few players who can hit a dead ball with the whip and accuracy of Kolarov and the latest example, which left Keylor Navas grasping at thin air 11 minutes into the second half, has given Serbia a fighting chance of improving their woeful record in this competition. Continue reading...

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17 июня, 14:30

Costa Rica v Serbia: World Cup 2018 – live!

Group E updates from the 1pm BST match in SamaraWorld Cup Daily: the podders review day threeEmail Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris 2.59pm BST Serbia ought really to have won by more - Mitrovic missed two brilliant chances. But on the other and, Sergej showed his class on the ball and knack for finding space. If he has a good game against Switzerland, that might be enough to secure second place in the group - assuming Brazil finish top. Which they might not. 2.56pm BST And there it is. A brilliant free-kick from Aleksandr Kolarov is enough to settle the game. Costa Rica had their chances in first half, but Serbia stepped it up for 15 minutes in the second and that was enough to earn them the win. Continue reading...

12 июня, 14:27

World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries preview the tournament

Supporters from every country that qualified share their hopes and expectations for Russia 2018• Neutral’s choice: who are rest of the world supporting? Continue reading...

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12 июня, 01:40

Eden Hazard limps off as Belgium beat Costa Rica in World Cup warm-up

Roberto Martínez has played down injury fears over Eden Hazard after he limped out of Monday’s 4-1 friendly win over Costa Rica.Hazard, Belgium’s captain, hobbled off in the 70th minutewith a dead leg but the Belgium manager said the injury was not serious. “Eden is okay, he had a little trouble, but it’s nothing to worry about,” Martinez said. Continue reading...

08 июня, 12:00

Jordan Henderson impresses, but Jamie Vardy looks set for the bench | Dominic Fifield

Gareth Southgate will be delighted at the performances of his younger players, with Marcus Rashford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trent Alexander-Arnold all catching the eyeGareth Southgate had admitted on the eve of the Costa Rica game that he expects to have to choose between his most experienced defensive midfielders in Russia and, given this team’s mindset is to attack, he may now be edging towards Jordan Henderson in the role against England’s first opponents in the group stage, Tunisia. The Liverpool midfielder captained the team here, a bustling presence and organiser, with his delivery more forward thinking than that with which Eric Dier is credited. A converted No 8 playing as that midfield pivot may leave England rather open – Dier’s instincts are that of a centre-back – but they set an upbeat tone and give the whole group a more offensive feel. Continue reading...

08 июня, 01:43

Rashford shows full set of skills in Plan B built on craft, not brawn | Barney Ronay

Win over Costa Rica was productive run-out for team of second-choicers with enough attacking vim to suggest problems for England’s early World Cup opponentsAnd so on to the banks of the Baltic. Nobody ever really knows what to make of games such as these, the final demob‑happy friendlies of a tournament summer.At the end of an energetic 2-0 defeat of a forgettable Costa Rica England’s players waved a farewell to the far corners of Elland Road. From here they will travel east for their opening World Cup fixture in 10 days’ time unbeaten in 10 games, and with a leer of quiet confidence beneath the usual deflationary bluster. Continue reading...

07 июня, 23:59

Marcus Rashford thunderbolt sets England on way to win over Costa Rica

These are the moments when it is probably wise to remember – this being England, after all – that it is never sensible to overdose on optimism before the World Cup actually starts.Yet there are at least grounds for positivity and increasingly there is a sense that Gareth Southgate’s players are high on confidence, capable of putting together some vibrant football and not showing any obvious signs of the end-of-season fatigue that has weighed them down before major tournaments in the past. Continue reading...

07 июня, 21:16

England 2-0 Costa Rica: international friendly – live!

Updates from England’s final pre-World Cup warm-up at Elland RoadWorld Cup interactive: our guide to all 736 playersAnything to add? Feel free to email Rob with your thoughts 9.52pm BST Peep peep! A comfortable win for England, in which Marcus Rashford was outstanding. He scored a belting first goal and helped create the second for the substitute Danny Welbeck. Trent Alexander-Arnold had a fine debut and Fabian Delph was quietly excellent. Those three, in particular, made a strong case to start against Tunisia in England’s first World Cup game. 9.49pm BST 90 min Three minutes of added time. Continue reading...