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ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Mexico will not be over-confident when they play South Korea in their Group F game at the World Cup on Saturday, aware that their opponents may adopt any of a number of formations to outsmart the team that beat holders Germany in their opener.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - With three national languages and a Spanish coach who talks in none of them, their World Cup camp might be a feuding Tower of Babel but Roberto Martinez has forged a harmony he is proud to say makes Belgium "boring".
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday to revive their hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russia, as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals.
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Ahmed Musa returned to the line-up with devastating effect as he scored both goals for Nigeria to help them resuscitate their World Cup hopes in a 2-0 win over Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has described his side's forward Son Heung-min as the best Asian player around and hopes he will finally be unleashed in Saturday's crucial World Cup game against Mexico after being stifled in the 1-0 defeat to Sweden.
SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) - Barely 20 months ago a Russian couple were oblivious of the basic rules of soccer. Now they are ardent fans and the transformation can only be attributed to Messi -- not Argentina's World Cup captain but a pet puma.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tunisia need a win against Belgium on Saturday and aim to use their speed to get behind the defense as they try to salvage a World Cup campaign after defeat by England, said coach Nabil Maaloul.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - As Brazil forward Neymar broke down and wept uncontrollably on the pitch at the end of his team's hard-fought 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Friday, it was hard not to be moved by his reaction.
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Colombia head into their World Cup clash against Poland in Group H on Sunday under pressure to get a result and with their preparations overshadowed by a police investigation into death threats made to midfielder Carlos Sanchez.
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Japan will look to further explore their attacking potential when they face Senegal in a battle of the surprise contenders to advance to the knockout stage from Group H on Sunday.
ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Late strikes by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave Brazil their first win of the World Cup in thrilling fashion against Costa Rica on Friday and broke Central American hearts in St. Petersburg by sending them out of the tournament.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - New tech and resources for studying opponents are letting World Cup minnows cramp the style of bigger teams, Roberto Martinez said as his Belgium side prepare to try and break down a well-organized Tunisia on Saturday.
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made three changes to his team for Friday's Group D World Cup match against Iceland on Friday, bringing in Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa up front and Kenneth Omeruo in defense.