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African sides break records during FIFA World Cup group stage

Is it too soon for us to be talking about 'progress' for African teams at the World Cup?

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ESPN's alternative African World Cup group stage dream team

What about players who could have represented African nations but instead opted to feature for other international sides at the highest level?

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Messi, Argentina hold off Australia but who'll step up if Di Maria remains out?

Argentina have settled on their midfield trio but the nervy win over Australia showed that Lionel Messi could have used some help in the attack.

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Dream over: Footballing gods, and Messi, send valiant Australia packing

It may have been billed as David vs. Goliath, but Australia pushed Argentina all the way on Saturday -- until a moment of divine intervention.

Salazar not convinced Argentina can take down Netherlands

Sebastian Salazar reacts to an underwhelming Argentina win vs. Australia in the round of 16.

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Dutch win vindicates Van Gaal's style, whether he wants it or not

In the group stage, Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal was criticised for his team's "boring" play. That "boring" play just took them to the quarters.

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The US accomplished a lot in Qatar, but left everyone wanting more

Did the US deserve to make the quarterfinals? No, but they showed that they could, and that potential captivated a wide audience watching back home.

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Gomez: USA tactics naive in loss to Netherlands

Herc Gomez feels Louis van Gaal tactically outmanaged Gregg Berhalter in USA's exit from the Qatar World Cup at the last 16 stage.

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Transfer Talk: Chelsea snub has Inter planning Lukaku loan extension

Chelsea reportedly has no interest Romelu Lukaku returning to the club, so Inter have asked for a loan extension. Transfer Talk has the latest.

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Why every club wants to sign Rafael Leao

The Portugal and AC Milan forward is arguably the most-coveted attacking player in the world.

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Koulibaly key to Senegal's hopes of shocking England

If the injured Sadio Mane is Senegal's star player, Kalidou Koulibaly is the cement and will be crucial to their hopes of beating England..

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Form vs. loyalty: England's World Cup selection issues

Gareth Southgate has an issue ahead of England's World Cup knockout game with Senegal: pick players on form or past international performance?

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Playstation, rotating DJs, and 'foot-golf': How France relax at the World Cup

France coach Didier Deschamps is determined to have a happy camp at the World Cup, and his squad has everything it needs to relax away from games.

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What's it like being club-less at a World Cup? Ronaldo and only few others know

Ronaldo is part of a rare group: World Cup players without a club to call home. For some players it's a distraction; for others, it's motivation.

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World Cup last 16: Why Senegal, Morocco and every other team left can win FIFA World Cup

With the knockout stage set, we break down all 16 teams' strengths and weaknesses when it comes to winning it all.

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Son steps up as South Korea's late win sends Uruguay out and sums up wild World Cup

South Korea were heading out of the World Cup until the 91st minute. Then everything changed as Hwang Hee-chan put them through on goals scored.

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South Korea replicate Germany win from 2018 over Portugal -- this time with tears of joy rather than despair

Just like four years ago, South Korea ended their World Cup group-stage campaign in tears -- but this time they were borne out of joy.

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