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ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Neymar Jr of Brazil looks dejected following his sides defeat during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

BRAZIL 1, SWITZERLAND 1

Switzerland springs surprise, holds Brazil to a 1-1 draw

Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup.

Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates scoring the opening goal during the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

SERBIA 1, COSTA RICA 0

Aleksandar Kolarov scores from free kick as Serbia tops Costa Rica

After David Guzman was handed a yellow card, Kolarov curled the ensuing free kick over the wall.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by ARMANDO BABANI/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9718264bz) Luka Modric (L) of Croatia celebrates with teammate Ante Rebic after scoring the 2-0 lead from the penalty spot during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group D preliminary round soccer match between Croatia and Nigeria in Kaliningrad, Russia, 16 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) Group D Croatia vs Nigeria, Kaliningrad, Russian Federation - 16 Jun 2018

CROATIA 2, NIGERIA 0

Luka Modric leads Croatia past Nigeria

The Real Madrid midfielder set up one goal and scored another.

Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (C) reacts after Peru's midfielder Christian Cueva (2nd R) failed his penalty kick during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between Peru and Denmark at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk on June 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

DENMARK 1, PERU 0

Kasper Schmeichel dazzles in goal to help lift Denmark past Peru

Schmeichel made six saves in this Group C matchup.

France's Paul Pogba, right, celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

FRANCE 2, AUSTRALIA 1

Video replay, goal-line technology helped France beat gritty Australia

France was awarded a PK in the 58th minute after the ref used video replay. Later, goal-line technology confirmed a goal in the 81st minute.

Lionel Messi of Argentina misses a penalty during a Group D match against Iceland.

ICELAND 1, ARGENTINA 1

Iceland stops Messi in draw with Argentina

Lionel Messi had a penalty kick saved with a typically tough Iceland making an impressive World Cup debut on Saturday.

Russia's Mario Fernandes celebrates after the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

TV ratings down for World Cup opener

An earlier starting time and less glamorous teams was cited as reasons for the drop off.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after he scored his third goal with a free kick during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

PORTUGAL 3, SPAIN 3

Ronaldo’s hat trick gives Portugal a tie with Spain

Ronaldo curled a late shot over the wall on a free kick to force the draw.

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo a Nigeria fan holds up a live chicken decorated in Nigeria's colors of green and white, ahead of the start of Nigeria's African Cup of Nations tournament final soccer match against Burkina Faso, at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, file)

No live chickens at the World Cup for Nigeria fans

Chicken on plates, no problem. In the stadiums, not so much.

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his third goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Chin-stroking implies Ronaldo thinks he is the GOAT

Cristiano Ronaldo became the fourth player to score in four World Cups and stroked his chin as he ran in celebration. The apparent message? I’m the GOAT, not Lionel Messi.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 15: Iran players celebrate their sides victory after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Morocco and Iran at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

IRAN 1, MOROCCO 0

Own goal earns Iran a win over Morocco

Morocco striker Aziz Bouhaddouz headed the ball into his own goal in injury time.

Uruguay’s Jose Gimenez scored the lone goal in Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over Egypt in the 2018 World Cup.

URUGUAY 1, EGYPT 0

Uruguay scores a late winner against Salah-less Egypt

Injured forward Mohamed Salah was on the bench for Egypt’s first World Cup game since 1990.

Russia's Fyodor Smolov, left, and Saudi Arabia's Salman Alfaraj go for a header during the opening match of the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)

WORLD CUP ROUNDUP

Russia shuts out Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener

With Vladimir Putin looking on, the hosts got off to a strong start as the tournament kicked off in Moscow.

 A statue in front of the Central Stadium in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Lawmaker urges Russian women to be vigilant with World Cup fans

A Russian lawmaker said she hopes Russian women will decide against casual relationships with foreign spectators that may end up in unplanned pregnancies.

Foxborough MA 03/10/18 New England Revolution opening day against the Colorado Rapids at the start of the second half of MLS Soccer at Gillette Stadium. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: Rapids-Revo pics reporter:

World Cup in Foxborough? ‘I think we have a great chance,’ bid president says

Brian Bilello believes that Gillette Stadium has a lot going for it as a potential site for 2026 games.

Fox Sports broadcasters Stuart Holden, left, and John Strong put on their coats for a photo before an international friendly soccer match between the United States and Bolivia, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Chad Finn | Sports Media

How to watch the World Cup, and what you’ll see

The World Cup will air exclusively on Fox properties, beginning Thursday at 11 a.m. when host Russia faces Saudi Arabia.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 5, 2018 Spain's coach Julen Lopetegui speaks with Spanish Footbal Federation (RFEF) president Luis Manuel Rubiales (R) as they pose for the official squad photo before a training session at Las Rozas de Madrid sports city. Spain sacked coach Lopetegui just two days before the team's opening game against Portugal at the World Cup, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on June 13, 2018. In a surprise announcement on June 12, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images

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Two days before the World Cup, Spain fires its coach

Julen Lopetegui is out as Spain’s coach because he accepted a job to lead Real Madrid next season.

Delegates of Canada, Mexico and the United States celebrated after winning a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup at the FIFA congress in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday.

North America wins FIFA vote to host 2026 World Cup

The joint bid by the United States, Canada, and Mexico was chosen over Morocco to stage the first 48-team World Cup.

A view of the video assistant refereeing (VAR) operation room at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Moscow on June 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

Sports log

World Cup referees prepared to take good long look at video reviews

The joint US-Canada-Mexico bid is the favorite heading into Wednesday’s vote.

Foxboro Stadium hosted six matches during the 1994 World Cup, including this one between Argentina and Nigeria.

Will Foxborough see any matches in a North America-hosted World Cup?

Six games were played at Foxboro Stadium in 1994. Will Gillette Stadium host any matches in 2026?

The bid groups for Morocco and North America wil find out Wednesday who will be hosting the 2026 World Cup.

Will North America get the 2026 World Cup? We’ll soon find out

The joint US-Canada-Mexico bid appears to be the favorite entering Wednesday morning’s vote.

Three letters from President Trump could prove vital in whether the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup is successful.

How 3 letters from Trump might help bring 2026 World Cup to US

The letters, part of an extensive, under-the-radar government effort, guaranteed that teams, officials, and fans will face no restrictions in entering the US.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Teal Bunbury of the the New England Revolution runs with the ball as Leonardo of the Los Angeles Galaxy tries to catch him during the 2014 MLS Cup match at the at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Revolution at San Jose | 10:30 p.m. (NBCSB)

Revolution take on Earthquakes before well-earned respite

Wednesday night’s game at San Jose closes out a stretch of six games in 19 days for the Revolution.

Brazil's soccer players Filipe Luis, center left, and Neymar practice with teammates during a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Brazil will face Switzerland on June 17 in the group E for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Predicting the World Cup winner is tougher than it seems

In almost every iteration of the world tournament, one major contender is upset early.

A team-by-team look at the 2018 World Cup field

Read up on all 32 teams in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks at the end of the FIFA congress in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The United bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States won the vote against Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Hayden Bird

Your guide to the 2018 World Cup

Soccer’s biggest tournament kicks off Thursday in Russia, although the United States is only an observer this time around.

A worker prepares FIFA Fun Fest arena on the bank of the Kazanka river in Kazan on June 9, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHANSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

A look at some of the financial numbers behind the 2018 World Cup

The 2018 World Cup has cost Russia billions of dollars to stage and will make FIFA hundreds of millions in profit.

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on May 29, 2018 shows the 67,000-seater Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, the 45,000-seater Spartak Stadium in Moscow ,the 48,000-seater Fisht Stadium in Sochi ,the 44,000-seater stadium Mordovia Arena in Saransk, the 80,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the 35,000-seater Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, the 45,000-seater stadium Samara Arena in Samara, the 45,000-seater stadium Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, the 45,000-seater stadium Kazan Arena in Kazan, the 45,000-seater Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, the 35,000-seater stadium Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, the 45,000-seater stadium Volgograd Arena in Volgograd. The 12 venues will host the matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

Here is a look at all 12 World Cup stadiums in Russia

The stadiums range from St. Petersburg to Sochi and its subtropical climate on the Black Sea coast.

Teal Bunbury, shown in a game in March, scored New England’s only goal on Saturday.

REVOLUTION 1, FIRE 1

Teal Bunbury’s late goal gives Revolution a tie

His strike in the 82nd minute earned the tie in Chicago and stretched New England’s unbeaten streak to four games.

United States players celebrate after scoring their side's opening goal during a friendly soccer match between France and USA at the Groupama stadium in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Saturday, June 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

US 1, FRANCE 1

US soccer team ties France in friendly

The Americans scored in the 44th-minute with their first meaningful attack through forward Julian Green.

Vancouver Whitecaps' Tony Tchani, right, defends against New England Revolution's Kelyn Rowe during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

REVOLUTION AT FIRE | SATURDAY, 8:30 (NBCSB)

Revolution look to rebound at Chicago

New England is coming off an Open Cup loss and has two games left before the World Cup break.

Aug 24, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; New England Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton (18) defends the goal with defender Andrew Farrell (2) against San Jose Earthquakes forward Chad Barrett (19) during the first half at Avaya Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville City FC 3, Revolution 2

Revolution lose to United Soccer League’s Louisville City FC

The Revolution were eliminated from the US Open Cup, and Louisville beat an MLS team for the first time.

Set of new and used soccer balls, isolated on white background

Perspective | Magazine

Should we let Robert Kraft bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Boston?

I love soccer, but don’t want to see our region stuck with unexpected costs, and boring qualifying games.

Fifa President Gianni Infantino, center right, watches the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

SPORTS LOG

FIFA president says money just one factor in World Cup vote

A FIFA panel forecast 2026 revenue of $14.3 billion from a North American bid and $7.2 billion from Morocco.

The Revolution’s Diego Fagundez (fourth from left) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the tying goal.

REVOLUTION 2, RED BULLS 1

Teal Bunbury, Revolution rally past Red Bulls

Bunbury had the tie-breaking goal and assisted on Diego Fagundez’s game-tying goal for New England.

Republic of Ireland's Alan Judge celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the International Friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, June 2, 2018. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

SPORTS LOG

Ireland tops United States men’s soccer on late goal

Alan Judge struck in the 90th minute to lead the Irish to victory in an exhibition match at Dublin.

Dec 7, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New England Revolution player Chris Tierney (right) celebrates with teammate Patrick Mullins (left) after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the second half during the 2014 MLS Cup final at Stubhub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Revolution’s Chris Tierney out for season with knee injury

The veteran defender tore an ACL during Wednesday’s tie with Atlanta.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: Teal Bunbury of the the New England Revolution runs with the ball as Leonardo of the Los Angeles Galaxy tries to catch him during the 2014 MLS Cup match at the at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

RED BULLS AT REVOLUTION | SATURDAY, 7:30 (NBCSB)

Revolution get right back at it against Red Bulls

New York will be a bit undermanned, with four players off with national teams.

Foxborough, MA - 11/13/2017 - Revolution new head coach Brad Friedel (cq) is photographed in the locker room, after being introduced at a Gillette Stadium press conference. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 14Revolution Reporter: Frank Dell'Apa

Revolution coach Brad Friedel elected to US Soccer Hall of Fame

Friedel will be inducted in October as part of the Class of 2018.

Foxborough MA 03/10/18 New England Revolution Teal Bunbury steps in front of Colorado Rapids Tommy Smith to gain control of the ball during second half action of MLS Soccer opening day at Gillette Stadium. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: Rapids-Revo pics reporter:

REVOLUTION 1, ATLANTA UNITED 1

Revolution get late goal to tie Atlanta

Teal Bunbury equalized with an 88th-minute penalty kick.

Vancouver Whitecaps' Cristian Techera, left, scores his second goal against New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner during the second half of MLS soccer game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

ATLANTA AT REVOLUTION | WEDNESDAY, 7:30 (NBCSN)

Revolution quickly get back in action against Atlanta

After squandering a lead Saturday in Vancouver, they face the Eastern Conference leaders Wednesday.

CHESTER, PA - MAY 28: Tim Weah #11 and Josh Sargent #13 of the United States celebrate after a goal by Sargent in the second half of the friendly soccer match against Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium on May 28, 2018 in Chester, Pennsylvania. The United States defeated Bolivia 3-0. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

US 3, Bolivia 0

Josh Sargent, Tim Weah lead young US squad over Bolivia

Sargent, only 18 years, 102 days old, made an audacious interception of a goalkeeper’s pass to score in his international debut.

New England Revolution's Cristian Penilla, front left, tries to gain control of the ball as Vancouver Whitecaps' Ali Ghazal defends during the first half of MLS soccer game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

REVOLUTION 3, WHITECAPS 3

Revolution squander lead, settle for tie with Whitecaps

New England was up, 2-0, in the second half when Vancouver’s Cristian Techera scored three times to deny the Revolution.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

REAL MADRID 3, LIVERPOOL 1

Real Madrid tops Liverpool to win third straight Champions League title

Gareth Bale‘s brilliance, Mohamed Salad’s injury and blunders by Liverpool’s goalkeeper led to the victory.

Vancouver Whitecaps' Kei Kamara, front, and San Jose Earthquakes' Jimmy Ockford vie for a head ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

REVOLUTION AT WHITECAPS | SATURDAY, 5:30 (NBCSB)

Revolution start busy stretch with a road game at Vancouver

Coming off a home loss to Columbus, the Revolution will play five games in 19 days.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Weymouth’s Lynch made good on soccer return

Mike Lynch fought back from injuries to have a strong final two seasons with Brandeis soccer.