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Mandatory Credit: Photo by CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9762108hy) French supporters celebrate on the Champs Elysees their team's victory after the FIFA World Cup 2018 final match between France and Croatia in Paris, France, 15 July 2018. France won 4-2. France feature FIFA World Cup 2018, Paris - 15 Jul 2018

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: France players celebrate following their sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

FRANCE 4, CROATIA 2

In a dramatic final, France tops Croatia to capture second World Cup title

Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, and Antoine Griezmann scored for France, which also benefitted from an own goal by Croatia.

Stewards pull a woman off the pitch after she stormed onto the field and interrupted the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final

The four people could face penalties of up to 11,500 rubles ($185) or 160 hours of community service.

Croatia fans waved banners and cheered at Manezhnaya Square before the final match between France and Croatia at the World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Sunday.

Croatia gripped by anticipation ahead of World Cup final against France

There’s excitement in the air in Croatia, where the national team has the chance to win the biggest prize in soccer for the first time.

Galaxy 3, Revolution 2

Revolution loss to Galaxy just ‘sickening’

Chris Pontius scored twice, including the winner in extra time, to snap the Revolution’s seven-game unbeaten streak

Belgium's Eden Hazard runs in celebration after scoring his side's second goal during the third place match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Belgium 2, England 0

Belgium claims third place at World Cup

Belgians earned best World Cup finish with 2-0 blanking of England in St. Petersburg, Russia.

LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts after his goal was disallowed during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the New York Red Bulls, Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Carson, Calif. The Red Bulls won 3-2. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Galaxy at Revolution (Gillette Stadium, 7:30 p.m., NBCSB)

Galaxy of stars await Revolution

Los Angeles boasts attacking weapons Romain Alessandrini, Ola Kamara, Giovani dos Santos, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

France vs. Croatia: Tale of the tape ahead of the World Cup final

France is one of the youngest teams in the tournament; Croatia has Luka Modric, still in his prime at 32.

Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic (C) shoots and scores his team's second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

CROATIA 2, ENGLAND 1

Croatia reaches first World Cup final

Mario Mandzukic scored the clincher in the second half of extra time to secure a spot in Sunday’s final against France.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9754011p) Gareth Southgate England press conference, Moscow, Russian Federation - 10 Jul 2018 England's head coach Gareth Southgate attends a press conference in Moscow, Russia, 10 July 2018. England will face Croatia in their FIFA World Cup 2018 semi final soccer match on 11 July.

England vs. Croatia | 2 p.m. (FOX)

England ready to change the tune of its soccer history

After plenty of heartbreak, manager Gareth Southgate’s team is one victory away from the World Cup final.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 10: Samuel Umtiti and Adil Rami of France celebrate victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Belgium and France at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

FRANCE 1, BELGIUM 0

France reaches World Cup final with win over Belgium

Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal with a header in the 51st minute.

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JULY 06: Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium celebrates following his sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Brazil and Belgium at Kazan Arena on July 6, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Kevin De Bruyne’s versatility paying off for Belgium at World Cup

It’s not yet clear what role De Bruyne, a midfielder, will play in Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal against France.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - JULY 07: Ivan Rakitic of Croatia look dejected following Russia second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Russia and Croatia at Fisht Stadium on July 7, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Weary, banged-up Croatia resting up for England in semifinals

After winning in penalty kicks the last two matches, the upstart Croats vow they’ll be ready for the Brits.

Croatia national soccer team players celebrate after winning the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

CROATIA 2, RUSSIA 2

Croatia beats Russia on penalty kicks at World Cup

Ivan Rakitic scored the deciding penalty after a 2-2 draw.

Belgium's midfielder Axel Witsel celebrates their win during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Brazil and Belgium at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on July 6, 2018. Belgium beat World Cup favourites Brazil 2-1 on Friday to set up a semi-final against France in Saint Petersburg. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

Belgium 2, Brazil 1

Belgium holds off Brazil’s comeback effort to reach World Cup semifinals

Kevin De Bruyne’s first-half strike lifted Belgium into a final four matchup with France.

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)

SOUNDERS VS. REVOLUTION | SATURDAY, 7:30 P.M.

The Revolution haven’t lost in six games, with Seattle up next

The Revolution are in the midst of their longest unbeaten streak since 2015.

Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera deflects the ball into his net leading to France's second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Uruguay and France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on July 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTIMARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

France 2, Uruguay 0

France beats Uruguay to reach World Cup semifinals

A header and a deflected goal put France in its first World Cup semfinal in 12 years.

People in Moscow watched a giant screen showing French supporters cheering after France scored during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Uruguay and France.

The World Cup is getting hot. If you haven’t been watching, this will catch you up

The quarterfinals kicked off Friday, with some compelling matchups as the tournament reaches its final stages.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Westborough’s Kylie Bradley, an all-conference soccer player at Maine Maritime, was nominated by the North Atlantic Conference for its Woman of the Year Award.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku gives a thumps up to the journalists during the official press conference at the eve of their quarterfinal match against Brazil at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Kazan, Russia, Thursday, July 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

WORLD CUP NOTEBOOK

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku welcomes challenge of playing Brazil

Friday’s quarterfinal brings together the two highest-ranked teams left in the tournament.

Belgium's Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

WORLD CUP QUARTERFINALS

Brazil stands in way of Belgium at World Cup

Belgium hasn’t reached the semifinals since 1986.

France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the round of 16 match between France and Argentina, at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

WORLD CUP QUARTERFINALS

It’ll be France’s speed vs. Uruguay’s defense at World Cup

Uruguay has given up only one goal in four World Cup matches, and France has scored seven.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by PETER POWELL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9734601pl) Players of England celebrate winning the FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 soccer match between Colombia and England in Moscow, Russia, 03 July 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) Round of 16 Colombia vs England, Moscow, Russian Federation - 03 Jul 2018

ENGLAND 1, COLOMBIA 1

England eliminates Colombia on penalty kicks

England prevailed, 4-3, in the shootout as Jordan Pickford saved Carlos Bacca’s kick for the win.

Sweden teammates celebrate after winning the round of 16 match between Switzerland and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Sweden 1, Switzerland 0

Emil Forsberg lifts Sweden into World Cup quarterfinals

Forsberg scored in the 66th minute on a deflected goal as the Swedes will next play England on Saturday in Samara.

Revolution 3, D.C. United 2

Revolution hold off D.C. United

Cristian Penilla scored two goals, including the decisive score on a penalty kick in the 78th minute.

Thai rescue workers inside the cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing.

Here are the options to get soccer players out of the Thai cave. None of them are easy

Here’s a look at the options for extracting the 12 boys and the coach from the cave in northern Thailand and why it could take some time.

Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku (L), Belgium's defender Thomas Meunier (C), and Belgium's midfielder Nacer Chadli celebrate their winning goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018. Belgium scored a last-gasp winner to beat Japan on Monday and set up a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

BELGIUM 3, JAPAN 2

Belgium overcomes two-goal second-half deficit to defeat Japan

Belgium became first team since 1970 to come back from two-goal deficit in World Cup knockout match.

Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates with Brazil's midfielder Paulinho after scoring the opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

BRAZIL 2, MEXICO 0

Neymar leads Brazil into World Cup quarterfinals

Neymar flaunted his flair with a goal, an assist, and some theatrics in a 2-0 victory over Mexico.

Foxborough, MA - 11/13/2017 - Brad Friedel (cq) is introduced as the new head coach of the Revolution, at Gillette Stadium. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 14Revolution Reporter: Frank Dell'Apa

Seven questions with Revolution coach Brad Friedel

New England’s first-year head coach discusses his team’s six-game unbeaten streak, his coaching experience, and the World Cup.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JULY 01: Luka Modric and Danijel Subasic of Croatia celebrate their victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

CROATIA 1, DENMARK 1 (CROATIA WINS ON PK, 3-2)

Croatia reaches World Cup quarterfinals

Danijel Subasic saved three penalties to help Croatia beat Denmark, 3-2, in a shootout after a 1-1 draw.

Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saves the ball kicked by Spain's midfielder Koke in a penalty shootout during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Antonin THUILLIER / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images

RUSSIA 1, SPAIN 1 (RUSSIA WINS ON PK, 4-3)

Russia shockingly eliminates Spain from World Cup in a shootout

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved spot-kicks from Jorge ‘‘Koke’’ Resurreccion and Iago Aspas, and four of his teammates all scored.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by ROBERT GHEMENT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9731450od) Kylian Mbappe Round of 16 France vs Argentina, Kazan, Russian Federation - 30 Jun 2018 Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates after scoring the 4-2 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 soccer match between France and Argentina in Kazan, Russia, 30 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)

FRANCE 4, ARGENTINA 3

Kylian Mbappe leads France past Messi’s Argentina and into World Cup quarterfinals

The teenager scored twice in a five-minute span in the second half.

Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (2ndL) leaves the pitch comforted by Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Uruguay and Portugal at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jonathan NACKSTRAND / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

URUGUAY 2, PORTUGAL 1

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal ousted by Uruguay

Edinson Cavani scored twice to lead Uruguay into the quarterfinals.

Sweden's Andreas Granqvist, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the group F match between Mexico and Sweden, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg , Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Bob Ryan

You don’t have to love soccer to appreciate the greatness of the World Cup

The event quite clearly transcends sport, and a quality team is a source of immense pride for a country.

New England Revolution's Diego Fagundez, center, controls the ball while watched by Vancouver Whitecaps' Felipe Martins, left, and Ali Ghazal during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

UNITED AT REVOLUTION | SATURDAY, 7:30 (NBCSB)

A capsule look at Saturday’s Revolution-D.C. United matchup

The Revolution get back in action after a two-week break, facing the United at Gillette Stadium.

SARANSK, RUSSIA - JUNE 28: Wahbi Khazri of Tunisia celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal as Luis Ovalle of Panama looks on dejected during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Panama and Tunisia at Mordovia Arena on June 28, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Tunisia 2, Panama 1

Tunisia tops Panama for first World Cup win in 40 years

Wahbi Khazri set up a second-half goal and then scored one of his own to help Tunisia secure its first victory in a World Cup in four decades.

Belgium's Adnan Januzaj celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group G match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Belgium 1, England 0

Belgium defeats England as both teams advance at World Cup

Belgium will face Japan on Monday in Rostov-on-Don, while England takes on Colombia on Tuesday in Moscow.

Colombia's Radamel Falcao, second from right, celebrates after his teammate Colombia's Yerry Mina scored his side's opening goal during the group H match between Senegal and Colombia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Colombia 1, Senegal 0

Colombia advances while Senegal is eliminated by tiebreaker

Senegal became the first team ever eliminated by a new tiebreaker — number of yellow cards.

Japanese players applaud supporters after the group H match between Japan and Poland at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. Japan lost 1-0, but still qualified for the round of 16. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Poland 1, Japan 0

Playing nice gets Japan through to World Cup knockout round

Despite losing to Poland, Japan advanced because of a newly implemented tiebreaker — fewer yellow cards.

Switzerland's forward Josip Drmic (L) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Switzerland and Costa Rica at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Switzerland 2, Costba Rica 2

Switzerland advances at World Cup after draw with Costa Rica

Switzerland qualified for the round of 16, where it will play Sweden.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 27: Paulinho of Brazil celebrates with teammates Neymar Jr and Gabriel Jesus after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Brazil at Spartak Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Brazil 2, Serbia 0

Brazil advances to round of 16 at World Cup, will face Mexico

Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored a goal each Wednesday to give the five-time champions a 2-0 victory.

Sweden's team players celebrate as they won the group F match between Mexico and Sweden, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg , Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Sweden 3, Mexico 0

Sweden soundly defeats Mexico, but both advance

Mexico moved into the round of 16 thanks to South Korea’s surprising win over Germany.

South Korea's players celebrate their second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between South Korea and Germany at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Luis Acosta / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSLUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea 2, Germany 0

Defending champion Germany eliminated from World Cup with loss to South Korea

This is the first time since 1938 that Germany has been eliminated in the first round.

England flags are seen as fans watch the group G match between England and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday.

England fans offered loophole to get to World Cup in Russia

Fan IDs that double as entry visas require a ticket number, but an England supporters’ group found the same details can be submitted for multiple Fan IDs and can be from past games.

Croatia's forward Ivan Perisic (4C is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Iceland and Croatia at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSPASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images

Croatia 2, Iceland 1

Croatia’s reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland

Croatia, which already had qualified for the round of 16, ended Iceland’s World Cup run.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by ANATOLY MALTSEV/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9727914jn) Marcos Rojo of Argentina celebrates with teammate Lionel Messi (top) after scoring the 2-1 during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group D preliminary round soccer match between Nigeria and Argentina in St.Petersburg, Russia, 26 June 2018. (

Argentina 2, Nigeria 1

Messi, Argentina come alive, advance at World Cup

It wasn’t until Marcos Rojo’s 86th-minute strike that Argentina was assured of a place in the round of 16.