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The 2018 World Cup is finally over!!  with the eyes of the globe all satisfied after the Tournament. We had all the latest news, views, pictures and video direct from Russia throughout the tournament as we picked up the pace at the biggest football tournament in the world.
A World Cup with difference!! Catch our breath taking review of the World Cup HERE

FRANCE IS WORLD CHAMPIONS!! After a fasinitating contest between France and Croatia, France won 4 goals to 2. Season wonder Mbappe claimes Young Best Player (Of the Tournament) award while Croatia's Modric took home the Best Player of the Tournament!
Courtois also claimed the Golden Glove and Harry Kane with the Golden Boot!!
The 2018 World Cup is nearly at an end.
We've reached the final after two dramatic semi-final match-ups. France are there after seeing off Belgium in a nervy last four clash in St Petersburg and they will play Croatia after Mario Mandzukic's goal sent England home empty handed. The final will take place in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday June 15. Checkout full results and fixtures HERE

  Brazil, Uruguay, Russia and England were ultimately dumped out of the World Cup at the latter stage of the Finals... Full results are available on our results page, Check them out to get updated!!
 Updates (Thurs. 22th June)
FULL TIME Nigeria 2-0 Iceland  Well that result has blown this group wide open! Croatia have confirmed qualification, but each of the other three nations can still make it to the knockout stages. Musa hit an outstanding double, rifling home after Moses' pacey counter-attack, before cutting inside from the left and rounding the goalkeeper for the second. Gylfi Sigurdsson missed a late penalty - awarded courtesy of VAR - as Iceland desperately searched for a way back into the game, but they just couldn't muster enough going forward. It finishes 2-0 to Nigeria!
FULL TIME: Argentina 3-0 Croatia Wow!!  All surprises!!  Croatia trash Argentina 3 goals to Nil. Who could have thought??
FULL TIME France 1-0 Peru
5:00PM 2nd half Resumes!!  France 1-0 Peru
Welcome to 9jainsider's World Cup live updates and France will go head to head with Peru... Much are expected from France today. Kick off in a bit!!
Russia 2018 World Cup Results so far...  Sun June 17: Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia (Group E) - Samara, 1pm Sun June 17: Germany 0-1Mexico (Group F) - Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm Sun June 17: Brazil 1-1 Switzerland (Group E) - Rostov-on-Don, 7pm Mon June 18: Sweden 1-0 South Korea (Group F) - Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm Mon June 18: Belgium 3-0 Panama (Group G) - Sochi, 4pm Mon June 18: Tunisia 1-2 England (Group G) - Volgograd, 7pm Tues June 19: Colombia 1-2 Japan (Group H) - Saransk, 1pm Tues June 19: Poland 1-2 Senegal (Group H) - Moscow (Spartak), 4pm Tues June 19: Russia 3-1 Egypt (Group A) - St Petersburg, 7pm Wed June 20: Portugal 1-0 Morocco (Group B) - Moscow (Luzhniki), 1pm
FULL TIME  CROATIA 2-1 NIGERIA Croatia  will now be the favourites to top the group but Croatia are far from the finished article. They showed plenty of potential and the class of Modric, Rakitic, Perisic and Mandzukic could take them far if they click into gear. Nigeria now have a few days to regroup and they will need to beat Iceland if they are to improve their chances of qualifying for the knockout rounds.
FULL TIME  Argentina 1-1 Iceland Iceland have earned a well-fought, well-deserved point against Argentina who will need to improve if they want to win their first tournament for 25 years when they won the Copa America in 1993. For Iceland, they'll be really hopeful this performance is a sign of things to come but they still have a tough group to navigate their way past. If today's performance is anything to go by, it's all to play for in Group D - the group of death.
  1:33PM Lineups:
welcome to 9jainsider Argentina's first game at the 2018 World Cup where they take on Iceland in Moscow. Stay with us all afternoon as we report on the build up and the game. Can Lionel Messi replicate Cristiano Ronaldo's heroics last night or will Iceland, the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup spring a surprise on their South American opponents?
France win their opening game of the 2018 World Cup but they can be very thankful to the technology on display today. Thanks for joining. Argentina v Iceland up next!
FULL TIME: 1:00PM France 2-1 Australia
Goooooooaaaaal ... Paul Pogba Scores!! 2:1. Less than 5 minutes remaining. Can Australia pull a late equaliser??
12:19PM - 62 minutes played Penalty to Australia!! Goal!!  Jedinak makes no mistake. France 1-1 Australia
58 Minutes played 1-0 to France.. Griezmann with the goal. (Penalty)
9:27AM France will hope to start on a bright note against Australia and with players like Giroud, Mbappe, Pogba and Co. It won't be that hard. Same goes for Argentina who are expected to have a smooth ride today against Iceland  but we never can say. This is Football!!  Expect anything!! Back to Group D, Peru and Denmark will slog it out and I  expect an Open game.. Either of the team can win. The Team with the most loved kits; Nigeria will lock horns with Croatia, Expect the best from this fixtures, Nigeria will probably attack their opponent using the wings. Croatia on the other hand will surely dominate the midfield and they will look to exploit the Super Eagles defence. Today's fixtures promises to be fun. Make sure your mobile device is fully charged with fast internet, Have a seat with a cup of coffee and enjoy today's world cup specials with us. I'm Rahman and I welcome you once again
9:11AM It's Day3 of the Russia 2018 World Cup and you're welcome on board. We had some breathtaking moments yesterday and we hope for more today. Below are the fixtures slated for today: -France v Australia (Group C) – Kazan, 11am -Argentina v Iceland (Group D) – Moscow (Spartak), 2pm -Peru v Denmark (Group C) – Saransk, 5pm -Croatia v Nigeria (Group D) – Kaliningrad, 8pm
DAY 2: CONCLUDED!!  Check full fixtures and results HERE
  9:03 PM - We expected a lot from this game, and I think it offered more than of us could expect. Three-goal Ronaldo, incredible, Costa, ruthless, and a peach of a strike from Nacho. It may only be game four of the World Cup but you won't find many better. My name is Sanusi Rahman, thanks for following our World Cup Specials for today. Join us tomorrow for Day 3!!
FULL TIME  Portugal 3-3 Spain What a game!!
88 minutes 3-3!!! Cristiano Ronaldo bags a hattrick!! Incredible!!  Portugal 3-3 Spain
Spain is all over the pitch now.. 2 goals in as many minutes. Costa and Fernandez with the goals.. 2:3!! 66 Minutes played.
HALF TIME Portugal 2-1 Spain
44 minutes played... Ronaldo scores again to give Portugal the lead. Portugal 2-1 Spain
Diego Costa hit one back for Spain.. Game On!!  26th minutes played
Goaaaaal - Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal!!
7:00pm KICK OFF: Spain and Diego Costa get us underway in this highly anticipated clash. Can it live up to expectations?
From tax evasion and coaching issues, we aren't the only ones willing this game to get going. How much will all of that play a part? We'll see, but either way expect quality, drama and brilliant entertainment as two of the best footballing countries in the world go head to head.
Less than 10 minutes from kick off in the most highly-anticipated game of the World Cup so far. The Olympic stadium plays host, and the muggy, humid atmosphere looks to help Spain with their pinpoint passing. The teams are in the tunnel and ready to walk out to a massive roar. With Mohamed Salah having to sit out Egypt's opener against Uruguay, Sergio Ramos has already made an impact on this World Cup. But what can he do this evening? Dangerous in the opposition box, and familiar with Ronaldo his performance could be key tonight A crazy week for Spain, but now it's time for togetherness, with less than 20 minutes to go until kick off Spain's will be determined to put off the field matters to the back of their minds
With both Morocco and Iran showing defensive weaknesses in their game earlier this afternoon, it's likely Portugal and Spain will be fighting it out for top spot in Group B. Even though it's the opener for both sides, it could be the most important game of both of their campaigns, with the result here pivotal as to who they could face in the knockout rounds of the tournament Plenty has been said of Cristiano Ronaldo but what of his international teammates?
Current European champions they are far from a one-man team, with one of their brightest stars Bernardo Silva, a Premier League champion with Manchester City and a really exciting attacking talent that loves to play between the lines. Jose Fonte, now playing in China plays alongside the vast experience of Pepe in the centre of defence.
Diego Costa vs Pepe will be a battle to look out for early on. Spanish media are reporting
6:41pm Portugal and Spain begin their World Cup in just a couple of hours in Sochi. Check out line up below: 
6:02pm FULL TIME Moroco 0-1 Iran Another African country suffer defeat in their first game of the tournament. Who could have thought that Iran could beat a Moroccan team.
Half-time whistle blows in St. Petersburg. 0-0. Morocco started really well and Iran have grown into the game nicely, but neither has been able to break the deadlock as of yet.
June 15, 2018 3:45pm Iran and Morocco both possess real solidity defensively. A game with few clear chances thus far as half time nears.
– The pennant that Sergio Ramos will present to Cristiano Ronaldo tonight before the Iberian Derby. Didier Deschamps has held his final training session in Kazan today.
France’s clash with Australia kicks off Day Three tomorrow morning.
FIFA have released a statement after it emerged that Saudi channel BeoutQ were illegally broadcasting World Cup matches: The world cup is being ‘illegally’ broadcast by a major TV station, says Fifa
Bright start from the talented Moroccan side, with their wingbacks pushing forward at every opportunity.
KICK OFF Morocco get things underway at a resplendent St. Petersburg Stadium. Bright start from the talented Moroccan side, with their wingbacks pushing forward at every opportunity.

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