A look back at England's failures in World Cup shootouts

Here's a look at England's previous penalty shootouts at the World Cup: 1990 England arrived at the 1990 World Cup in Italy not expected to do particularly well. ...

Changing coach breathed life into Japan's World Cup campaign

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Changing coaches on the eve of the World Cup can be fraught with danger. Just look at Spain. For Japan, the decision to sack Vahid Halilhodzic just two months be...

Messi and Ronaldo not only greats not to win World Cup

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are clearly two of the greatest footballers of all time, and following Saturday's elimination of Argentina and Portugal they're unlikely to ever...

Messi-led generation fails to win major title with Argentina

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Argentina came to the World Cup with a generation of players that had won so much, just not at the highest level. At one point led by a young Lionel Messi, the A...

Mbappe, not Messi, stars as France beats Argentina 4-3

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in a five-minute span to lead France over Argentina 4-3 Saturday and into the World Cup quarterfinals. The loss could be ...

Japan advances on yellow cards despite losing at World Cup

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Japan advanced to the knockout round at the World Cup on a tiebreaker, fewer yellow cards than Senegal. The Japanese lost to Poland 1-0 Thursday in their fin...

Japan wary of Lewandowski intent despite Polish elimination

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Japan is expected to stick with goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima when it faces Poland and top striker Robert Lewandowski in a World Cup group match finale. It's a c...

Being a defending champion at World Cup isn't always easy

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Being a defending champion at the World Cup has proven to be a tough challenge in recent years. Four of the last five winners, including Germany this year, h...

Japan target win over Poland to take top spot in Group H

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Akira Nishino knows there are a few ways for his Japan squad to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup for the third time in five tournaments. He on...

Saudi Arabia beats Egypt 2-1 at World Cup

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — The oldest person to play in a World Cup match gave up a pair of goals Monday, allowing Saudi Arabia to beat Egypt 2-1 in a match between two teams that had already been elimi...

Egypt goalkeeper El Hadary becomes World Cup's oldest player

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest person to play in a World Cup match on Monday. In the team's final game of the tournament, Egypt coach Hec...

England scores 6 but falls well short of World Cup record

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — England's 6-1 rout of Panama is the biggest winning margin at this year's World Cup. However, it falls well short of the tournament record. Here's a look at ...

With last-gasp winner, Germany adds to comeback collection

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — World Cup watchers, write off Germany at your peril. Once again, Germany dug deep Saturday to eke out a late victory to keep its World Cup hopes alive. ...

Tactical changes get Nigeria's World Cup back on track

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Coaches often get the criticism when things go awry on the pitch, and arguably don't get enough of the credit when things turn out just right. Ahmed Musa has...

Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year's World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two of second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Ic...