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Tactics: How do Egypt beat Russia?

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World Cup TV guide: Australia channels, kick-off times, dates and schedule

The ESPN FC guys answer your tweets on England's game-winning goal, Gareth Southgate's coaching, Raheem Sterling fluffing his lines and more.
Recap all the key storylines from the fifth day of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The FIFA World Cup in Russia has begun, with Australia taking on the rest of the globe in football's showpiece event.

Can the Socceroos fight back from their 2-1 loss against France on Saturday to claim their place in the last 16? A result against Denmark on Thursday will be crucial.

Australian kick-off times for the 2018 World Cup:

All times are listed in AEST. All games are available through Optus.
*Asterisked matches will be broadcast on free-to-air channel SBS.

Friday June 15

Russia 5-0 Saudi...

Mexico City goal celebration not the source of 'artificial earthquake' - seismologists

Sebi Salazar and Herc Gomez examine Mexico's outlook in Group F after beating Germany and identify players who can make an impact for El Tri.

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's National Seismological Service says there was seismic activity around the country's capital Sunday, but it wasn't linked to soccer fans celebrating their country's game-winning goal against Germany at the World Cup.

The service says in a report that there were two small earthquakes at 10:24 a.m. and 12:01 p.m. The goal came around 11:35 a.m. local time.

A geological institute reported Sunday that seismic detectors had registered a false earthquake that may have been generated...

Opposition Scouting Report: How do Egypt beat Russia?

Egypt may have lost their World Cup opener against Uruguay, but with Mohamed Salah back to face a Russia side who were flattered by their opening victory against Saudi Arabia, they'll be expecting to get their campaign back on track on Tuesday.

Ex-Zambia assistant coach and Queens Park Rangers opposition scout Irfan Kawri certainly believes that the hosts could be vulnerable in their second Group A match.

Defensively, while they weren't breached by Saudi Arabia, two of Stanislav Cherchesov's first-choice...

Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli plans big changes for World Cup match with Croatia

The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.
Recap all the key storylines from the third day of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The FC panel assess Croatia's complete performance against Nigeria and what message it sends to the rest of Group D.
Argentina were denied the win as Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson saved Lionel Messi's penalty.
ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol feels it's time for Lionel Messi to relinquish penalty duties as his miss resulted in a 1-1 draw with Iceland.

BRONNITSY, Russia -- Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is planning major changes to his team for the South Americans' next World Cup match.

In the team's first training session since a disappointing 1-1 draw against Iceland, Sampaoli tried a different tactical approach on Monday, with an eye toward the clash against Croatia on Thursday.

He tested a system with three central defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi and Nicolas Tagliafico. Mercado was replacing Marcos Rojo, who put in a poor performance...

 By Reuters

Saudi Arabia World Cup squad land safely after apparent engine fire

The plane carrying the Saudi Arabia World Cup team caught fire mid-air on its way to Rostov on Don, eventually landing safely.


ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Saudi Arabia's national soccer team landed safely in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Monday evening, after an apparent engine fire on the plane carrying the players to a World Cup match.

Russia's aviation watchdog Rosaviatsia said that during the landing there was a brief fire on one of the engines and that it would investigate the incident, Interfax reported.

Social and Saudi media footage also appeared to show one of the engines catching fire, but a spokesman for airline Rossiya denied...


 By Reuters

England 'belief' carried us to World Cup win against Tunisia - Southgate

Steve McManaman explains the importance of England's win over Tunisia, and the FC crew rate Harry Kane's performance in his World Cup debut.
Harry Kane followed up his first goal at a major competition for England with a stoppage-time winner to propel the Three Lions past Tunisia.
Recap all the key storylines from the fifth day of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

VOLGOGRAD, Russia -- England manager Gareth Southgate hailed his team for their 'belief' in the game plan after Harry Kane headed home his second goal in stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday.

England made a superb start at the Volgograd Arena when Kane lashed the home from close range in the 11th minute, but the lead lasted only 24 minutes before Tunisia drew level from the penalty spot through Ferjani Sassi.

That was how it stayed as England...