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World Cup scouting spotlight: Wague, Bentancur, Fernandes

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World Cup scouting spotlight: Moussa Wague, Rodrigo Bentancur, Mario Fernandes

The World Cup boosted the profiles of several known stars like Kylian Mbappe but what about the next wave hoping to use Russia 2018 as a springboard into the next phases of their career? Matt Stanger scouts three such under-the-radar talents who acquitted themselves well this summer.

Moussa Wague, DF, KAS Eupen/Senegal

Wague is an attacking full-back whose performances in Russia should earn him a move to a bigger European league.
Wague is an attacking full-back whose performances in Russia should earn him a move to a bigger European league.

In this age of information, it's rare to see genuine unknowns emerge as potential stars at the World Cup. Moussa Wague is one such example, however, with few having heard...

Arsenal's Lucas Torreira mobbed by fans upon return to Uruguay

Arsenal's Lucas Torreira received a hero's welcome upon returning to his hometown of Fray Bentos, Uruguay, following his performance at the World Cup.

Torreira, who left Sampdoria for a £26 million fee earlier this week, was mobbed in the streets by adoring fans who wanted to show their appreciation for the midfielder.

Once word got out that "Luquita" had returned home, fans filled the streets and looked to catch a glimpse of Torreira, who was evidently humbled by the scene.

Torreira, being...

By the Numbers - All-European last four, 11 own goals

The 2018 World Cup has now had a record 11 own goals

ESPN brings you the best of the numbers from Belgium's 2-1 win over Brazil in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.


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Kevin de Bruyne is just the second Belgian to score more than one goal in World Cup knockout matches, joining Jan Ceulemans, who scored one goal apiece in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals in 1986. De Bruyne scored his other knockout goal in the 2-1 win over United States in the round of 16 in 2014.

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Fernandinho scored the 11th own goal of the 2018 World Cup, which...

France reach World Cup semifinal but will need to hit top gear from here

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- If Didier Deschamps' crew do go on to win this World Cup (and they are two games away from doing so) perhaps they'll be a fitting reflection of contemporary football, just as "black, blanc et beur" side that won it 20 years ago reflected modern France at the time.

Friday's 2-0 win over Uruguay saw France -- not everyone mind, but we're talking the team as a whole -- generally rewarded for being more talented rather than necessarily playing to their potential. As in...

Fernando Muslera earns 3/10 as his mistake doomed Uruguay to defeat vs. France

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- The saying goes that the team that manages to set the terms first wins a World Cup elimination game. Well, that didn't happen between Uruguay and France.

Up until Raphael Varane's goal, the match was being played under Uruguay's conditions. But France won it anyway, 2-0, without too many complications. The Europeans struck at key moments, and La Celeste weren't able to react.

Without Edinson Cavani, they were prepared for a different kind of game, defending with...

 By Sam Borden

France show guile and grit in beating Uruguay to reach World Cup semifinal

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- Three quick thoughts from France's 2-0 win over Uruguay to reach the World Cup semifinals.

1. France are closing in on glory

Two years after losing the European championships final on home soil, France is now just two wins from claiming an even bigger prize. And while Friday's 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay didn't have the flair or flash or glittering goals of their fightback against Argentina one round earlier, the French will not complain. After all, a World...