Benzema bags brace as Bleus beat Honduras

However, while the final scoreline may suggest a mismatch, this was a game that hung in the balance until turning on Wilson Palacios’s 43rd-minute red card. Blaise Matuidi had come closest prior to that pivotal moment, forcing a superb, instinctive save from Noel Valladares, who tipped the French midfielder’s stabbed shot on to the top […]

Rooney: All I feel is disappointment

The England No10 provided a gorgeous cross for Daniel Sturridge to equalise. Then, after Leighton Baines had cannily unravelled the Italy backline, the 28-year-old forward dragged a great chance wide en route to a 2-1 defeat in their Group D curtain-raiser at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Afterwards, FIFA caught up with Rooney to […]

Messi at the Maracana, Deschamps returns tonight

Will he cope with the pressure? Can he make the same instant impact as his rival and Barcelona team-mate Neymar, who racked up a pair of goals on opening day? Despite the late kick-off time for European audiences, the whole planet will be fascinated to watch the first impressions left by the man hoping to […]

Roy Hodgson: I'm Confident, we will Bounce Back

England produced some fine attacking football, but their defence let them down in the jungle city of Manaus on Saturday night. The unmarked Claudio Marchisio put Italy head from 20 yards and Mario Balotelli got in behind Gary Cahill to grab a crucial second after Daniel Sturridge had equalised. Although the performance was encouraging, the […]

Feints and fightbacks continue the thrills

It included another consequential upset, one of football’s funkiest all-time celebrations, some memorable flicks and feints from Juan Cuadrado, James Rodriguez, Andrea Pirlo and Raheem Sterling, and plenty more goals  a fan-thrilling 13 of them. Colombia hit the first three in an unanswered defeat of Greece. Uruguay scored the next one, only for Costa Rica, […]

Sirigu holds the fort in style

There were fears as to how the Italians would react, especially with several members of the Azzurra squad having also been on duty in South Africa four years ago, when Buffon had to come off at half-time of their opening game and took no further part in the tournament. The feeling of déjà vu was […]

Stamp of approval for a baby Elephant

Drogba, a member of Côte d’Ivoire’s aging Golden Generation, is speaking of one Serge Aurier. Just 21-years-old, the flying Toulouse wing-back had a night to remember in his World Cup debut. “I can’t believe it,” the stocky wide man enthused, all nervous energy and kinetic excitement.  “It’s my first World Cup, we’re here in Brazil […]