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Portugal 1-0 Morocco: Cristiano Ronaldo gets his 4th goal of World Cup 2018

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez supports Portugal

NEW Georgina Rodriguez saw her man score the winning goal of the game in the fourth minute as Portugal got off to the best possible start at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Rodriguez was seen donning a Portugal shirt at the tight affair despite being born in Argentina.

Cristiano Ronaldo sports goatee as he arrives for Portugal's World Cup clash with Morocco

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's Vicki Sparks makes history as first female World Cup commentator

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'.

At today's draw in Nyon, the Clarets were handed home and away clashes with the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership side, which will take place on July 26 and August 2.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will be hoping to lead Uruguay to victory and push towards early qualification from Group A. If they win, they will reach the knockout rounds after a win in their first game.

NEW Marcus Rashford says the England squad are relishing this opportunity to show people how far they have come, saying Gareth Southgate's World Cup group 'really is a team' compared to Euro 2016.

The World Cup is in full flow, but so is the transfer window as clubs bid to strengthen their squads ahead of the new season. Sportsmail brings you all the latest news and done deals.

NEW Emil Forsberg believes Sweden would undoubtedly have a better chance at success this World Cup had Zlatan Ibrahimovic been in the squad, despite getting off to a winning start.

Nordin Amrabat throws head guard guard off pitch in disgust just 16 minutes into 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.

Five days after bagging a stunning hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain, Real Madrid icon Ronaldo stooped to head his country into an early lead against Morocco in World Cup Group B.

The former Liverpool and England skipper will take his first steps in senior management when the Gers host the Macedonian minnows at Ibrox on July 12. Shkupi finished fourth in Macedonia last season.

Over a month after our victorious FA Cup Final many of the potential suitors have been ruled out and Conte is still at the helm. Chelsea have done nothing.

Gianfranco Zola is leaving his World Cup punditry role with African broadcaster SuperSport and is returning to England - but has stopped short of admitting he is to join Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

Hundreds of people immediately slammed the 71-year-old Apprentice host, but he initially failed to back down, calling the reaction 'OTT' to what was a 'bloody joke'.

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has backed a potential bid by the United Kingdom to host the 2030 World Cup.

Who are Unai Emery's backroom staff at Arsenal?

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.

Sportsmail takes a look at how Arsenal could line up under Unai Emery

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.

Leverkusen posted to Twitter: 'Bernd Leno is joining Arsenal, effective immediately. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication, Bernd! We wish you all the best in this next phase of your career!'

Jack Wilshere has announced that he is to leave Arsenal once his contract with the club expires at the end of the month. Wilshere broke the news on his Instagram account on Tuesday.

Patrice Evra has revealed he used to refer to Arsenal as a 'baby team' when speaking to Robin van Persie about the Dutchman's former club. The striker joined Man United in 2012.

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.

Harry Kane interviewed in ICE BATH after England's victory against Tunisia

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.

The midfielder is set to miss three days of training and is very unlikely to be available for England’s second Group G game on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod with a slight muscle strain.

MARTIN SAMUEL – CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: Kane’s journey, from Arsenal rejection, to Leyton Orient on loan, to the youngest England captain at a World Cup, is all about exceeding expectations.

Raheem Sterling oozes quality and has enviable, once-in-an-era natural talent. He is lively, likeable to those close to him and has huge support in the blue part of Manchester.

Eric Dier has cautioned England against complacency when they take on Panama this Sunday, insisting the Central Americans deserve 'ultimate respect'.

MATT LAWTON - CHIEF SPORTS REPORTER IN REPINO: It turns out there was the briefest period of panic in the English ranks on Monday night when Ferjani Sassi stepped up to take Tunisia's penalty.

Harry Kane scored both of England's goals as they beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening 2018 World Cup match in Volgograd. The second was a winner in second half-stoppage time.

Gareth Southgate’s side should have been awarded two spot-kicks as Harry Kane was clearly manhandled by Ferjani Sassi in the area during England' s 2-1 victory over Tunisia on Monday.

Meet Russia's ragtag stars who have taken 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 belts out Sweden national anthem during their training

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.

Manuel Neuer turned up 50 minutes late for his press conference on Tuesday as Germany held crisis talks in a bid to get their World Cup campaign back on track after a shock 1-0 defeat by Mexico.

Senegal fans aren't the only group to show impeccable manners at this year's tournament after footage emerged of Japan fans cleaning up after themselves following their win over Colombia.

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: Gabby Logan was interviewing Jordan Henderson straight after England’s win against Tunisia when she made the blunder.

Germany wear 'Best Never Rest' tops in training after Mexico defeat in World Cup

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.

Messi gets lift to training on a golf buggy as Argentina prepare for Croatia game

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.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived at the World Cup on Tuesday as a guest of Russia's President Vladimir Putin. He was in charge when Russia were awarded the tournament in 2010.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz goes up against Fernando Hierro in Kazan on Wednesday having once tried to save his job at Real Madrid.

Neymar walked out of Brazil training on Tuesday in serious discomfort due to pain in his right ankle. The Brazil striker was seen wincing and covered his face with a hand in distress.

World Cup 207 dressing rooms - How do the stars prepare in Russia?

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.

MARTIN SAMUEL AT ST PETERSBURG STADIUM: Mo Salah's chance to shine at a World Cup looks over as host nation Russia moved within touching distance of the last 16 with a stunning victory.

IAN LADYMAN AT THE SPARTAK STADIUM: A wild pass back in to his own half by Grzegorz Krychowiak was intercepted by Niang as he was waved back on to the field after an injury.

Brazil may have struggled in their World Cup opener but their failure to beat Switzerland has not left the players worrying about qualifying for the knockout phase just yet, Philippe Coutinho said on Tuesday.

Spain and David de Gea are both ready to get over their 'uncomfortable' World Cup kick-off when they face Iran on Wednesday. The team trained one final time before their crucial group-stage clash.

Paul Pogba flies 'A Star Barbers' out to Russia to cut hair for France

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. 

Here is the full fixture list for the World Cup in Russia. We've split them up day by day and also by group to make it easy to follow and plan which games you will be watching.

Find out who made the cut for every team taking part in Russia. We've listed the 23-man squads for each of the 32 nations going for glory at the greatest tournament on the planet.

There are 12 arenas hosting World Cup games with Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium kicking things off as well as bringing the show to and end with the final on July 15. Here's our guide to them all.

Whether you storm to glory or go out early, a World Cup strip can sometimes be the most memorable aspect of a team's tournament. Sportsmail ranks all the 2018 strips here.

Danny Cipriani trains with calls written on his  during England training ahead of South

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.  

Chelsea have entered the race with Barcelona to sign Miralem Pjanic and Juventus want £70m. According to Corriere dello Sport, the club view him as competition for Cesc Fabregas.

West Ham have signed Polish international goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea City for a £7million fee. The 33-year-old is currently with his country at the World Cup.

Wimbledon sources were quick to confirm that the decision was based on the fact that he is coming back from a year-long suspension for cocaine use, rather than for pure tennis reasons.

The Chinese owner wants a cash injection with Villa in need of £40million to comply with Financial Fair Play. Aston Villa missed a £4million tax payment earlier this month and another is due soon.



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Huddersfield announce third summer signing as Bacuna arrives from Groningen for

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 sign Toulouse star Issa Diop for club-record £22m

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.

Talks are ongoing to sign the Brazilian, though Lazio are understood to have asked for extra sell-on clauses. West Ham signed Diop from Toulouse for £21.9m after agreeing personal terms.

The 28-year-old is open to returning to his former club who also hold an interest in his Hawthorns teammate Craig Dawson. Burnley are understood to have offered around £12million.

Jens Lehmann has hit out at Arsenal's new regime after Unai Emery opted to let the German go as part of a haul of changes to the Gunners coaching staff, but Steve Bould is kept on.

Sportsmail understands Newcastle are also keeping an eye on Palmer's situation as he gears up for another spell away from Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri wants to kick-off his Chelsea reign by raiding his former club Napoli for Belgium star Dries Mertens. The Italian could replace Antonio Conte as manager by the end of the week.

Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson is a target for Championship rivals Hull City and Ipswich Town. Johnson only made a £3million switch from Oxford United to the Riverside last August.

Rangers put through their paces in Malaga as Steven Gerrard looks ahead to first match as

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.

Eric Abidal vows to bring fighting spirit to Barcelona 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.

Limbombe had been monitored by Yorkshire rivals Leeds United last season but the Belgium international's impressive performances have prompted Premier League offers.

The 24-year-old midfielder was unable to agree terms with the Anfield club on a new contract and is poised to sign for Juventus this weekend.

Safe standing could be permitted in England's top two divisions within a year, according to the chief executive of the EFL Shaun Harvey

EXCLUSIVE BY MIKE KEEGAN: Supporters who had paid to see the July 25 California clash have been told that they will be refunded and will need to reapply for tickets.

Celtic assistant Chris Davies believes Brendan Rodgers’ players will not melt in the furnace that awaits them in Armenia next month. Celtic play Alashkert in a Champions League qualifier.

The Reds had looked on the verge of capturing the France international before the World Cup, only for Lyon to announce that the deal was off. But Jean-Pierre Bernes insisted: 'It is not over.'

Premier League Transfers - Club-by-club list of Summer 2018 moves

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.

The Premier League fixtures for 2018-19 have been released ahead of the new campaign. Find out who your team will be taking on and when all of the key dates are.

Just as one season ends another begins. Less than a week after the conclusion of the World Cup final Premier League sides will be back in action. Here is our guide to all the pre-season fixtures

Sportsmail provide you with all the new confirmed kits set to feature during the 2018-19 Premier League campaign. Keep track of every team's new designs for the coming season on this page.

Conor McGregor enjoys shirtless bike ride in New York

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 on course for ODI win over Australia as they set new world record for number of

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.

The three-time grand slam champion played his first competitive match since SW19 last year - 342 days ago - and put in a spirited display in going down to a three-set defeat to Nick Kyrgios at Queen's Club.

Mike Brown has condemned an England fan who abused him and his Harlequins team-mate Joe Marler and cast doubt on his commitment during the latest Test defeat.

Jo Konta paid the price for her drop in ranking by drawing the defending champion and lost a close contest 6-3, 6-4 after Heather Watson had been beaten 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 by Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko.

KIERAN GILL AT QUEEN'S: Having cast doubt over whether he would be seen on a grass court at all this summer, Novak Djokovic appeared at home with green beneath his feet.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended for one Test after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball, the International Cricket Council has announced.

Caster Semenya has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule the International Association of Athletics Federations' testosterone regulations 'unlawful'.

Kicker was kicked out of the French Open last month after an anti-corruption hearing officer ruled that the 25-year-old from Argentina arranged the results of two matches in 2015.

Red Bull will be powered by Honda next year after bringing the curtain down on their relationship with engine suppliers Renault, who helped them to four drivers' championships over more than a decade.

Competing online from 111 different territories (from A for Albania to Z for Zimbabwe), there were 66,000 players competing to make it into the F1 Esports Pro Draft, now just 40 remain.

Frankie Dettori is backing Cracksman to bounce back to his best in the Prince of Wales's Stakes after taking day one of the royal meeting by storm.

He defied his underdog status to finish second in the 2,000 Guineas at odds of 50-1 but Tip Two Win is now the 5-1 second favourite to land a life-changing result for trainer Roger Teal.

Britain's paddock expert tells you what to look for at Royal Ascot

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.

They left it late, but England's World Cup campaign has started on a winning note. But some aspects of the performance meant Gareth Southgate may make changes on Sunday

What impressed me most about England's batting was that at almost no stage did they make hitting fours and sixes look like hard work. It shows how in control they are of their batting.

Create a new culture. That is what is demanded of Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa. Yet one might say he did that the moment he signed the contract.

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