FIFA 2018 World Cup: Fixtures, results and coverage

The 2018 World Cup was a month-long festival of football, packed with drama and excitement. ESPN FC was there for it all!

Content and fixtures

Fixtures: Daily match schedule
Scores: Follow every match
Project Russia:
The best on-scene video
Bracket: Which teams face off in the knockout stages?
Tables: All the group standings
FiveThirtyEight's SPI: Who are the favourites?

News and features: ESPN's home for everything World Cup
Betting guide: How to bet the World Cup
Para la cobertura de la Copa Mundial en español, visite ESPN Deportes
Para a cobertura da Copa do Mundo em Português, por favor visite ESPN Brasil.

How to watch the World Cup (check local listings)

United States: Fox Sports, Telemundo Deportes
Africa: 64 games on Kwesé TV and Kwesé iflix; 32 games on Kwesé Free Sports (free-to-air)
Australia: SBS, Optus Sport
Brazil: Globo, SporTV, Fox Sports
United Kingdom: BBC, ITV

What to read and watch: Reaction

July 17

Marcotti: Measure legacy by people, not politics
Kuper: What we learned from Russia 2018
Laurens: Inside France's celebrations
Ogden: Stock up / stock down at the World Cup

July 16

Marcotti, Ogden Ames: Memories of the tournament
Ogden: Way-too-early World Cup predictions for 2022
ESPN FC TV: 2018 more special than 1998 for France
Miller: Top 10 'what if' moments of the World Cup
Photos: Watching Croatia watch Croatia

July 15

Marcotti: France won fitting finale to the World Cup
Ogden: Mbappe showed why he is football's future king
Ames: Croatia must make this World Cup a beginning
Project Russia: Allez les Bleus!
Ogden: France win a chaotic, controversial final
ESPN FC TV: France not at their best despite victory

July 14

Marcotti: France have cruised but do not write off Croatia
Ames: Croatia's most unlikely of World Cup runs
Ogden: Belgium ease past England to claim third
Project Russia: Who will score the winner in the final?
Ogden: Hazard's value, reputation have never been higher
ESPN FC TV: Was the World Cup a success for Harry Kane?

July 13

Laurens: France determined to go all the way this time
Project Russia: Which fans are left at the World Cup?
Predictions: Belgium vs. England, France vs. Croatia
Hornby: England fell back in love with the national team
Duerden: Dalic's untraditional path to the World Cup
Vickery: Questions for South American nations
Cox: Mandzukic, Giroud are old-fashioned but vital
Photos: How the World Cup is made

July 12

Marcotti: Pogba's keep-it-simple but effective World Cup
Ogden: Mbappe makes French the firm final favourites
ESPN FC TV: Nicol not happy with Lovren's comments
Project Russia: Has VAR been a success at the World Cup?
Inter Milan and Bayern Munich dominate World Cup final
ESPN FC TV: Did England underestimate Croatia?

July 11

Marcotti: Croatia's unbreakable resolve denies England
ESPN FC TV: How England lost their way vs. Croatia
Project Russia: Three Lions bow out of the World Cup
ESPN FC TV: Do Croatia have enough left to face France?
Ogden: England must ensure their Russia run leads to more
FiveThirtyEight: How Croatia and France made it to the final
Marcotti: France aren't broken, so Deschamps won't change
Laurens: Pamela Anderson and a water fight - how France celebrated

July 10

Ames: France edge past disappointing Belgium
Project Russia: France go from strength to strength
ESPN FC TV: Yet again, Belgium cannot deliver
Miller: Why does Croatia hate Modric?
Tale of the tape: England vs. Croatia will be close
World Cup predictions: Who will reach the final?

July 9

Project Russia: Inside the new-look England
Cox: One big question for each semifinalist
Laurens: Kante has been arguably the World Cup's best player
Ogden: How Fortnite, darts and bowling have helped England
Miller: Belgium have a small edge vs. France
Honigstein: Player pool size will continue to test England

July 8

Ogden: Who will reach the World Cup final?
Kuper: Why it is folly to buy players who starred at a World Cup
Project Russia: Host nation's Cinderella run to remember
Photos: No sleep til Moscow -- fans' travels through Russia

July 7

Ogden: Southgate's new-look England have changed perceptions
Marcotti: Croatia's resilience propels them into the semifinals
Project Russia: The England dream continues
#FCExtraTime: Penalties, Subasic, Martinez and 'Three Lions'
England fans balance weddings and World Cup
Strini: Brazil leave Russia with bittersweet emotions
Laurens: France acting like a team that believes

July 6

Ames: Belgium's Martinez got the better on Tite and Brazil
Project Russia: Brazil ousted, all access at their hotel
Marcotti: France go through but have room for improvement
ESPN FC TV: How will England break down Sweden?
'It's Coming Home!' England fans get World Cup fever
Borden: The unique, bizarre & hilarious Cat Theatre
Predictions: Who is going through to the semifinals?

July 5

Power Rankings: How do the Elite Eight stack up?
Marcotti: Why has this been a World Cup of upsets?
Project Russia: Deyna Castellanos takeover
Cox: Can Mbappe dominate Uruguay the way he did Argentina?
Ogden: With Messi, Ronaldo out, the Ballon d'Or race is on
Goalkeepers: Who is the best No. 1 left at the World Cup?
Duarte: Should Brazil replace Jesus with Firmino?
Marshall: Osorio has to choose: Mexico, U.S. or Europe?

July 4

ESPN FC TV: The World Cup's best game, biggest disappointment
UK media hail England's shootout win over Colombia
Is this the enduring image of England's penalty win?
Borden: How the NFL and NBA are shaping the 2018 World Cup
Ogden: England need to create more chances vs. Sweden
Ogden: Belgium can upset Brazil, England's Sweden test, France to beat Uruguay?

July 3

Ogden: England through after finally winning a penalty shootout
ESPN FC TV: England break their penalty curse
Project Russia: Is football coming home to England?
Marcotti: Sweden move on by doing things the "Janne Way"
Vickery: Neymar a selfish brat or misunderstood genius?
Pundits' predictions: Sweden vs. Switzerland, Colombia vs. England

July 2

Ogden: England are bad at penalties. Will that change in 2018
Ames: Neymar delivered the good and bad as Brazil cruised past Mexico
Miller: Belgium's dramatic win over Japan could spell trouble for Brazil
Postcard from Russia: A different kind of sporting experience in Moscow
Pundits' predictions: Brazil vs. Mexico, Belgium vs. Japan
ESPN FC TV: What's the deal with Neymar?
Wayne Rooney talks to ESPN: England must play with freedom

July 1

Borden: Russia defy expectations vs. Spain as fairy-tale run continues
Hornby: England to bring the World Cup home?
Marcotti: Modric vanquishes ghosts of penalties past
Laurens: France in dreamland after unforgettable World Cup win
Vickery: Argentina at a crossroads after World Cup demise
Dana: Sampaoli's Argentina tenure spluttering to an inevitable conclusion
Pundits' predictions: Spain vs. Russia, Croatia vs. Denmark

June 30

Ogden: Ronaldo's ambition means he could play at Qatar 2022
Marcotti: Should Messi's failure to win a World Cup affect his GOAT claim?
Ames: Mbappe announces himself with Ronaldo-like performance
In pictures: Maradona watches as Argentina crash out
Ogden: Cavani outshines Ronaldo but injury could dampen Uruguay's long-term hopes
Postcards from Russia: Why don't players tuck in their shirts?
Meet the Indian couple who've attended every World Cup since '82
Pundits' predictions: France vs. Argentina, Uruguay vs. Portugal

June 29

Marcotti: Are you not entertained? The World Cup has delivered
Ogden: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the groups
Barnwell: Who has the toughest bracket?
ESPN FC TV: Who will surprise in the round of 16?
Laurens: How France relax behind the scenes

June 28

Ogden: Will Southgate's gamble vs. Belgium pay off?
Michy Batshuayi hits himself in the face with his own kick
Ames: Colombia clinch Group H despite James injury
Shaw: Japan shame World Cup but profit from 'fair play'
Postcards from Russia: Searching for Putin's hidden railway

June 27

Marcotti: Tite's Brazil flying high as clear-cut favourites
Borden: Meet Switzerland, an underdog with staying power
Honigstein: Germany crash out as Low selections fail
Marshall: Mexico collapse by still make it through somehow
Mexico fans celebrate Germany's exit

June 26

Ogden: No one does World Cup madness quite like Argentina
Carlisle: Rojo the unlikely hero as Argentina beat Nigeria to go through
Project Russia: Nigeria takeover
Photo story: Marcos Rojo's late winner for Argentina
Chris Jones: Why Liverpool should sell Mo Salah now

June 25

ESPN FC TV: Spain's leaky defence a worrying sign
ESPN FC TV: Iran draw highlights Portugal's struggles under pressure
Carlisle: Hierro has guided Spain from crisis to group winners
Honigstein: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal survive Iran scare

June 24

Marcotti: Kane, Lingard impress for mature England
Ogden: Ronaldo, not Messi, the closest thing to Maradona
Postcards from Russia: World Cup mascot Zabivaka's hooligan link
Project Russia: Happy birthday, Messi!

June 23

Honigstein: Kroos' winner rekindles Germany's love for the World Cup
Marshall: Vela finds World Cup redemption with Mexico
Ames: Lukaku tops Golden Boot race as Belgium hit five
Borden: What's really behind the intense criticism of Raheem Sterling?

June 22

Marcotti on Brazil beating Costa Rica: Brilliant use of VAR and Neymar's relief
VAR at the World Cup: Timeline of the tournament
Carlisle: Musa double inspires Nigeria, gives Argentina hope

June 21

Borden: With Lionel Messi helpless, Argentina slipped closer to an ignominious exit
Marcotti: Brazil and Neymar would benefit from remembering it's not all about him
Marshall: How four friends became the life of the El Tri traveling support

June 20

Borden: Messi struggling to lift Argentina and match Ronaldo's heroics
Marcotti: Ronaldo's Portugal teammates need to help him out
Ronaldo becomes Europe's top scorer in internationals
Barnwell: World Cup's top 25 age-adjusted stars
Postcards from Russia: In search of World Cup fever
Toe Poke: Beer supply running low in Russia
Nigeria fans deny 'ridiculous' live chicken story

June 19

Marcotti: How Portugal build around Ronaldo
Hunter: De Gea's form, focus make mistake vs. Portugal inexplicable
VAR: A timeline of the tournament

June 18

Ogden: Kane rises to the challenge for England
Carlisle: Belgium finally break Panama down
Postcards from Russia: What U.S. sport could learn from international football

June 17

Marshall: Mexico's win is redemption for Osorio
Borden: Does Manuel Neuer deserve to be Germany No.1?
Project Russia: Mexico take over the World Cup

June 16

Carlisle: Lionel Messi must pick himself up, ignore Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons
Johnson: How VAR made World Cup history in France vs. Australia
ESPN FC TV: How Messi and Ronaldo differ with their national teams

June 15

Marcotti: Cristiano Ronaldo laid claim to GOAT status and made Spain pay
Ames: Egypt will rue the decision to bench Mohamed Salah vs. Uruguay
ESPN FC TV: Seb Salazar and Herc Gomez take a riverboat cruise in Moscow

June 14

Borden: Russia's big win defines surreal start to the World Cup
Ogden: Rampant Russia start with unexpected style
Project Russia: Coutinho Egged, North America's 2026 World Cup joy

What to read and watch: Preview content

World Cup Rank: The top 50 players competing at Russia 2018. Read
The results are in! See the final World Cup Ultimate XI. Read

Alternative 2018 World Cup Fans' Guide: Forget tactics, here's what you really need to know! Read
World Cup team posters: Check out our specially commissioned graphics.
World Cup 2018 team previews: What you need to know about all 32 teams. Read

Borden: Will the World Cup in Russia be overshadowed by racism, hooligans and politics? Read
Marvel's Amazing World Cup Spoilers: Marvel brings you the epic stories, big heroes and mega-villains in Russia this summer. Read
Special report: Inside Russia's new-school hooligan culture. Read
World Cup Boot-Spotter's Guide: Who is wearing what on their feet? Read
Iceland: Remember the darlings of Euro 2016? They want to shock the world. And there's more to them than that thunderclap. Read

World Cup Top Tenners: We take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from tournaments gone by. Read
World Cup final 23-man squads: Who will be on the plane to Russia? Read
Best represented clubs: Which clubs are sending the most men to the biggest show on Earth? Read
Power Rankings: The Top 10 teams, as voted for by editors around the world. Read
World Cup rivalries: Beckham vs. Simeone, Zidane vs. Materazzi and Pele vs. Moore are among the best we have seen. Read

VAR: What it means for the World Cup finals. Read
Best World Cup mascots: From cuddly to surreal to conceptual art projects, mascots down the years have been a mixed bunch. Read
Photo Gallery: Introducing the next generation of World Cup stars. Read
How the World Cup affects MLS: With MLS taking a short break during the World Cup, we look at the teams hardest hit. Read

Letters From Russia

Eliot Rothwell visits the hosts cities for an inside look at Russia.

Rostov-on-Don: The smaller cities love to host visitors... and give them a taste of raki. Read
Moscow: The Russian capital feels like a new city as foreign fans arrive awash with excitement for the start of the tournament. Read
Kazan: Shared by ethnic Tatars and ethnic Russians, by Islam and Orthodoxy, everything coexists in a modern, globalized city. Read
Sochi: It was developed as a place for Russia's regular folk to get a beach holiday, but is becoming another playground for the elite. Read
Nizhny Novgorod: It was "closed" to foreigners for much of its existence but, since the Soviet Union fell, it has warmed to outside culture. Read

Last Train to Russia

Martin Ainstein visits each host city to see what competing nations can expect.

The best of Last Train to Russia
Last Train to Russia debuts
Nizhny Novgorod
St Petersburg