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Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, second left, celebrates with Neymar, second right, after scoring the opening goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil 2, Costa Rica 0

Brazil scores twice in injury time to eliminate Costa Rica

Philippe Coutinho scored in the first minute of stoppage time, and Neymar followed six minutes later.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe (L) tries to score against Peru's goalkeeper Pedro Gallese during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

FRANCE 1, PERU 0

France eliminates Peru, advances to Round of 16

Kylian Mbappe, 19, became the youngest French scorer in World Cup history when he connected in the 34th minute.

Soccer tryouts in Lewiston Maine following the previous year’s winning season.

Netflix options story of Maine soccer team that welcomed refugees

The story of a group of Somali refugees who joined a largely white high school soccer team in Maine and helped lead it to the state championship could soon be a movie or TV series.

Burger King apologizes for Russian World Cup pregnancy promotion

The chain had offered a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by World Cup players, ensuring “the success of the Russian team for generations to come.’’

Spain's goalkeeper Pepe Reina (L) greets his teammates after their victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Iran and Spain at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

Spain 1, Iran 0

Ball bounces Spain’s way in win over Iran

Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game on a deflection, his third goal of the tournament.

Denis Cheryshev scored his third goal of the World Cup Tuesday.

Russia 3, Egypt 1

Russia on brink of advancing at World Cup after second win

Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to beat Egypt.

Senegal players celebrate after the final whistle during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group H football match between Poland and Senegal at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

Senegal 2, Poland 1

Senegal defeats Poland for first African win at this World Cup

A first-half own goal and a controversial second-half strike by Mbaye Niang helped Senegal earn the win.

SARANSK, RUSSIA - JUNE 19: Yuto Nagatomo and Makoto Hasebe of Japan celebrate after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Colombia and Japan at Mordovia Arena on June 19, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

JAPAN 2, COLOMBIA 1

Japan takes advantage of early red card to upset Colombia

Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez received a red card in the third minute for hand blocking.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by MOHAMED MESSARA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9719302gt) Players of Panama react after the FIFA World Cup 2018 group G preliminary round soccer match between Belgium and Panama in Sochi, Russia, 18 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 G Belgium vs Panama, Sochi, Russian Federation - 18 Jun 2018

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Panama finds plenty to like after loss to Belgium

Making its World Cup debut, the squad — and its fans — were just thrilled to be on the big stage.

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 18: Harry Kane of England celebrates with Jordan Henderson following their sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

England 2, Tunisia 1

Harry Kane’s late header gives England win over Tunisia

Kane scored his second goal one minute into injury time.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after he scored his side's third goal during the group G match between Belgium and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Belgium 3, Panama 0

Belgium wakes up in second half, rolls past Panama

Romelu Lukaku scored two goals in a six-minute span in the second half as Belgium rolled to the win.

NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JUNE 18: Sweden players applaud fans after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Sweden and Korea Republic at Nizhniy Novgorod Stadium on June 18, 2018 in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Sweden 1, South Korea 0

Sweden gets benefit of video review to defeat South Korea

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute for the game’s only goal.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9718610ht) Hirving Lozano Group F Germany vs Mexico, Moscow, Russian Federation - 17 Jun 2018 Hirving Lozano (2-R) of Mexico celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group F preliminary round soccer match between Germany and Mexico in Moscow, Russia, 17 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)

MEXICO 1, GERMANY 0

Mexico upsets World Cup champion Germany

In his World Cup debut, Hirving Lozano scored Mexico’s winning goal in the 35th minute.

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.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Russia and Saudi Arabia line up prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

An American’s guide to picking a team to root for in the World Cup

The United States failed to qualify for soccer’s biggest event, but there are several horses to hitch your wagon to.

 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.

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)

Revolution 2, Earthquakes 2

Revolution battle to a draw in San Jose

Danny Hoesen scored a pair of goals for the Earthquakes to offset goals by Diego Fagundez and Cristian Penilla.

KRASNODAR, RUSSIA - JUNE 13: Fernando Hierro, Head coach of Spain looks on during the Spain Training Session ahead of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 on June 13, 2018 in Krasnodar, Russia. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

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Spain in chaos after firing coach two days before World Cup opener

Julen Lopetegui was fired after accepting a job to lead Real Madrid next season.

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

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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)

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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.