England expects as dark horses Belgium launch World Cup campaign

Laurent Ciman Misses Out

Laurent Ciman Misses Out

Tunisia in 1978 became the first team from Africa to win a match at the World Cup. "Some people thought we would lose by seven goals but it was only 3-0". "It played against an Argentina squad which isn't at the same level as Belgium right now".

Former England striker Gary Lineker: "Come on VAR, this is a joke".

Monday's early game sees Sweden take on South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod in a clash from a Group F that also contains holders Germany.

They play Tunisia in the historic city of Volgograd knowing anything other than a win would disrupt pre-tournament plans, with Belgium looming later in Group G.

It's amusing, I went from the biggest transfer in the world, to the most criticised player in the world.

Strong quake hits Osaka
The quake disrupted some of Japan's usually meticulous train services from Osaka to other major cities including Tokyo and Nagoya. No irregularities were detected at the Mihama, Takahama and Ohi nuclear plants to the north of Osaka, Kansai Electric Power said.

File: Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku (R) celebrates with a teammates Belgium's forward Dries Mertens (L) and Belgium's forward Eden Hazard (C).

Sweden opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over South Korea thanks to Andreas Granqvist's penalty, which was awarded after the use of VAR.

"I think we have the quality and talent".

The playmaker is a great example of how Belgium have matured since the last World Cup.

This is why we have asked Banham Zoo and their six-year-old serval cat Nwela to predict the result of this evening's game which kicks-off at 7pm.

World Cup over for Croatia striker
At 30-years-old, it remains a question as to whether or not Kalinic will ever don a national jersey again. Croatia are back in action against Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.

The Panamanians are making their first World Cup appearance. Panama will depend heavily on the experience and approach of their manager Hernan Gomez who has previously coached Colombia and Ecuador at the World Cup tournaments.

"Now we have got players that are very important at club level and what we want to do is bring them together in the national team".

Belgium will next face Tunisia on June 23 and then take on England on June 28.

Mouez Hassan may have lasted only 16 minutes in the Tunisia goal against England, but he used that time to make two of the finest saves of the tournament, the first with his toe from Jesse Lingard and the second a full-stretch diving stop from John Stones. While he and his teams suffered group stage exits in those competitions, they were only narrowly undone and, as he showed on Monday, his Panama team will be well-organised and determined in defence.

There are a greater number of balanced groups in this World Cup than at any time in recent history, mainly because Federation Internationale de Football Association shifted away from dividing draw pots by continent at the December draw and used the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings instead.

Salah fit for Egypt's next World Cup match
Egyptian players celebrated Mo Salah's birthday after Eid el-Fitr prayer in the hotel where they settled in Ekaterinburg. Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah . "Salah will have an important role for us in the future matches".

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