MOROCCO 0-1 PORTUGAL - IAN LADYMAN AT THE LUZHNIKI STADIUM: How many World Cup points would Portugal have without Cristiano Ronaldo in their team? One? Maybe two if we are being generous? As it is, Portugal have four and would appear to be on their way to qualifying for the knockout stages after just two games. Ronaldo's early goal here was his fourth of the tournament, following on from his hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain. A header, it was a classic Ronaldo moment. Brave, decisive and entirely predictable.
Well, they do call him the GOAT! Ronaldo shows off new chin beard just days after bizarre celebration (so, is it for a bet or another dig at his old rival Messi?)
As well as looking to prove he is the greatest footballer of all time on the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo has opted for a goatee to back his claim as the 'GOAT' as he arrived for Portugal's World Cup clash with Morocco.
BBC make history as becomes first female commentator on World Cup for British TV (but is John Terry not a fan?)
Vicki Sparks has become the first ever woman to commentate live on a World Cup game for British television by taking to the mic for Portugal vs Morocco. Sparks was the lead voice of BBC One's live coverage from Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, while Sportsmail's Martin Keown performed the role of summariser (both pictured left). However, she appeared to have one viewer who wasn't keen after John Terry (inset) posted on Instagram: 'Having to watch this game with no volume'.
Amrabat sparks concussion fears after throwing protective head guard off pitch just 16 minutes into Morocco v Portugal
Nordin Amrabat's protective head gear lasted just 16 minutes of Morocco's clash with Portugal before he chucked the concussion cap aside in disgust. After the Watford midfielder was penalised for a foul on Raphael Guerreiro, he ripped the padded black cap from his head and lobbed it to the sidelines. The winger had been instructed to wear the protection for the duration of the game but seemed to be frustrated with it. Having suffered a nasty looking injury against Iran when he appeared to be out cold, few expected Amrabat to feature for the African side against the European champions.
New era, new team: Arsenal reveal Emery's backroom team with Bould staying on... but who are the men in the dugout?
Tuesday was a busy day for Arsenal as they signed Bernd Leno before letting Jack Wilshere leave but what went under the radar was the announcement of Unai Emery's new backroom team. Plenty of fresh faces are set to feature in the Arsenal dugout next season, with assistant manager Steve Bould one of the old names staying on. Here, Sportsmail takes a look at Arsenal's new backroom team ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League season.
Emery stamps his mark on Arsenal early as he signs new No 1 Leno...so, is this how they will line up next season?
Bernd Leno has joined the experienced Stephan Lichtsteiner in signing for Arsenal this summer, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira expected to complete their moves very soon. Emery has also shown his ruthlessness this summer, letting go of fan favourite Jack Wilshere ahead of the new season. With the former Paris Saint-Germain boss clearly looking to improve the spine of Arsenal, Sportsmail takes a look at how his new side could line up next season.
Vardy trying his American accent and Alli dressed as the Statue of Liberty... England stars as you've never seen them before, helping James Corden try to convince US fans to support World Cup bid
Before flying out to Russia for the World Cup, six members of England's squad allowed James Corden some time to film a sketch for his Late Late Show in the United States. Captain Harry Kane, along with Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Jamie Vardy, Kyle Walker and Eric Dier joined Corden as he convinced them film a pitch to his American audience as to why they should back England on the road to glory. The United States side, of course, failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia.
Following his heroics against Tunisia in England's World Cup opener on Monday, Harry Kane duly obliged to undertake his media duties but not how or where you expected. After a gruelling and nerve-racking finish in Volgograd, where Kane scored twice including a last-gasp winner, the England captain took a dip in the ice baths as he focused on his recovery ahead of the Panama game. And Craig Mitch, England's social media presenter in Russia, joined Kane in braving the unpleasant conditions and questioned the striker about his double against Tunisia, the match with Panama and the importance of recovery at the World Cup.
From a defender capped by Brazil to a born-again Christian, a child actor and the striker who dreams of AC Milan... meet Russia's ragtag stars taking the World Cup by storm
MIKE KEEGAN: Before a ball was kicked some believed that Russia could put in one of the shoddiest World Cup performances by a host nation. This was clearly fake news. Two blistering matches, two emphatic wins and eight goals later it is time to think again. While Portugal or Spain await beyond the groups, at the moment all is well. Here is Sportsmail's guide to the 23-man squad who have become the early team of the tournament.
World Cup volunteer gives Sweden boost in training as he belts out anthem before receiving a round of applause from players
Sweden were given a pleasant surprise during their training session on Wednesday morning when their national anthem was sung over the tannoy system. The squad were preparing for their next Group F encounter against Germany when the PA system buzzed into life. Players looked on confused to begin with as a World Cup volunteer began belting out Du Gamia, Du Fria in a bid to spur on the Scandinavians.
'Best Never Rest': Germany stars wear slogan on training tops as they bid to bounce back in World Cup against Sweden
Germany's World Cup defence got off to the worst possible start on Sunday as they were defeated narrowly 1-0 by an impressive Mexico side at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. But Joachim Low's formidable squad showed they will not hide away after their early setback as they were put through an intense session in Sochi on Wednesday morning.
This is no time to put your feet up, Leo! Argentina star Messi gets lift to training on a golf buggy as they prepare for vital World Cup game against Croatia
When you're one of the greatest footballers of your generation, it's only fair you get to enjoy a few perks. That's why Lionel Messi was given a lift - along with Sergio Aguero and Marcos Rojo - on a golf buggy as Argentina trained ahead of their second World Cup fixture against Croatia on Thursday. While that trio put their feet up and were driven to the training pitch at the team's training base in Moscow, the other members of the squad appeared to walk.
From Muller's shinpad tribute to Podolski to Argentina's altar for prayers... inside the World Cup dressing rooms
Amid the gaze of football fans across the planet, the sanctity of the dressing room at a World Cup is unrivalled. Games are broadcast across the world, with millions upon millions watching storylines unfold and unravel in Russia. There are more cameras in stadiums than ever before, video replays instantaneously allowing pundits, referees and coaches to assess every movement a player makes on the field of play. The dressing room allows players an escape from the eyes of the world. It is a place to prepare, to be inspired, to accept defeat and embrace victory.
Senegal celebrate World Cup win over Poland by cleaning up the stadium as they join Japan at the top of Group H
Following their 2-1 World Cup win against Poland, Senegal fans stayed behind after the match to clean up the mess they had made in all the excitement. In this act of kindness, some of the Senegalese supporters opted to help out after the game by cleaning up the mess from food and drink packaging among other things, that had all been left behind. Their actions received a lot of praise on social media as they showcased their ability to be humble and helpful in victory.
Paul Pogba got a fresh trim in Moscow last week... after arranging to fly Surrey-based 'A Star Barbers' 1,500 miles to tend to his famous hair. The Manchester United star is one of A Star's regular clients and decided to bring them into the French camp at Russia 2018 to give his team-mates a boost. Thirteen players got haircuts from Ahmed Alsanawi courtesy of Pogba's gesture, including Manchester City left back Benjamin Mendy, who also regularly uses A Star's services.
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Know your 'disco' from your 'cobra'?: Cipriani trains with code words form tactical moves written on his hand
Danny Cipriani was pictured in England training with what appeared to be backs moves written on his hand. There were numbers, possibly referring to line-out formations, and words like 'disco' and 'cobra' scrawled on his skin. England's mercurial fly-half could well replace George Ford and see his first significant game time of the tour in Saturday's dead rubber. He came off the bench towards the end of South Africa's 23-12 victory in the second Test at the weekend but was hardly afforded any time to showcase his talent.
NEW Bacuna, 20 and a Holland Under-21 international, has agreed a three-year contract with the Premier League club. Bacuna is Huddersfield's third new arrival this summer after they turned Terence Kongolo's season-long loan from Monaco into a permanent deal and signed Egypt winger Ramadan Sobhi from Stoke last week.
West Ham United have signed highly-rated French defender Issa Diop for a club-record £22million on a five-year contract. It is a sign that the board are staying true to their word by handing manager Manuel Pellegrini the money he needs to sign his targets. The 21-year-old centre-back joins from Ligue 1 Toulouse and former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to follow.
Rangers players feeling the heat as new boss Gerrard whips them into shape during Malaga training camp
The new Gers boss has flown his players out to Spain for training camp in Malaga, with less than a month until his first competitive game as a manager. Gerrard will set sail on what is set to be a long and arduous first season at the helm of a football club on July 12 when Rangers face Macedonian outfit Shkupi in the first round of Europa League qualifiers.
'It's a pleasure to be back at Barcelona, it's like my second home': Abidal vows to bring fighting spirit after being unveiled as technical secretary
Eric Abidal has promised to bring his fighting spirit back to Barcelona after being unveiled as the club's new technical secretary. The 38-year-old former Barca defender, who successfully battled liver cancer during his five-year spell as a player at the Nou Camp, has been handed the role - the equivalent to a director of football in England - as the club attempts to deliver success both at home and in Europe.
It promises to be another big spending summer among the Premier League clubs, especially those wishing to haul in champions Manchester City over the course of the campaign. But of course there are bargains to be had too and also the opportunity to grab a star from the World Cup in Russia. Keep track of all the major transfers involving senior players in the Premier League (those making at least one club appearance), as Sportsmail brings you all the summer deals right the way through to transfer deadline day.
Conor McGregor might be in the midst on an ongoing legal battle, but the UFC star looked relaxed as he rode a bike ride around sunny New York City. Dressed in only white trainers and a pair of blue shorts, the energetic Irishman was pictured cycling in front of his friend and fellow fighter, Cian Cowley, on Monday. McGregor, who showed off his distinctive tattoos to passers-by, remains in the Big Apple as court proceedings against him continue.
England smash new world record! Big-hitters seal series win after posting incredible 481 in 50 overs... and it's those poor old Aussies on the receiving end
PAUL NEWMAN AT TRENT BRIDGE: Astonishing, truly astonishing. So effortlessly brutal were England in demolishing their own world record at Trent Bridge on Tuesday they might be tempted to ask if they could play Australia every week. Or at least request more visits to Scotland so they could find someone to give them a decent game.
How to spot a winner at Ascot: Britain's foremost paddock expert tells you what to look for when picking a horse
A number of punters will be keen to gain any possible advantage as they look to make some money at Royal Ascot this week. Some may opt for a brief look through the race card while others will comb through a plethora of statistics looking to find that hidden gem. Ken Pitterson, known as one of the country's best experts around the paddock, gives you his guide to picking a winner this week.