ICC England v Australia 2018 Sun 24 June – 5th ODI – Old Trafford, Manchester, England

ICC England v Australia 2018 Sun 24 June – 5th ODI – Old Trafford, Manchester, England

England win by 1 wicket

 England – 208/9 48.3/50 ov RR: 4.28

 Australia – 205 34.4/50 ov RR: 5.91

 Australia Batting

More Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Aaron Finch b Moeen Ali 22 17 3 1 129.41
Travis Head c Eoin Morgan b Liam Plunkett 56 42 9 0 133.33
Marcus Stoinis c Jake Ball b Moeen Ali 0 2 0 0 0.00
Shaun Marsh st Jos Buttler b Moeen Ali 8 12 0 0 66.66
Alex Carey c Jos Buttler b Sam Curran 44 40 5 1 110.00
Tim Paine CPT WKT run out (Jos Buttler) 1 2 0 0 50.00
D’Arcy Short NOT OUT 47 52 4 0 90.38
Ashton Agar b Sam Curran 0 2 0 0 0.00
Kane Richardson run out (Moeen Ali/Jos Buttler) 14 16 0 1 87.50
Nathan Lyon lbw Adil Rashid 1 10 0 0 10.00
Billy Stanlake b Moeen Ali 2 13 0 0 15.38
Extras (w 7, lb 3) 10
Total (all out34.4 overs) 205
Fall of wickets
1-60 (A Finch, 6.3 ov), 2-60 (MP Stoinis, 6.5 ov), 3-90 (TM Head, 11.5 ov), 4-97 (S Marsh, 12.6 ov), 5-100 (T Paine, 14.1 ov), 6-159 (A Carey, 24.1 ov), 7-159 (A Agar, 24.3 ov), 8-181 (K Richardson, 27.6 ov), 9-193 (N Lyon, 31.3 ov), 10-205 (B Stanlake, 34.4 ov)

 England Bowling

More Bowlers O M R W Econ Dots
Jake Ball 5 0 29 0 5.80 17
Sam Curran 6 0 44 2 7.33 19
Joe Root 3 0 32 0 10.66 2
Moeen Ali 8.4 0 46 4 5.30 25
Liam Plunkett 4 0 19 1 4.75 14
Adil Rashid 8 0 32 1 4.00 30

 England Batting

More Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Jason Roy b Ashton Agar 1 3 0 0 33.33
Jonny Bairstow b Billy Stanlake 12 20 1 0 60.00
Alex Hales c Tim Paine b Kane Richardson 20 29 3 0 68.96
Joe Root c Shaun Marsh b Billy Stanlake 1 3 0 0 33.33
Eoin Morgan CPT b Billy Stanlake 0 4 0 0 0.00
Jos Buttler WKT NOT OUT 110 122 12 1 90.16
Moeen Ali c Nathan Lyon b Marcus Stoinis 16 31 0 0 51.61
Sam Curran c Tim Paine b Kane Richardson 15 21 1 1 71.42
Liam Plunkett c Tim Paine b Kane Richardson 0 1 0 0 0.00
Adil Rashid c Billy Stanlake b Marcus Stoinis 20 47 0 0 42.55
Jake Ball NOT OUT 1 10 0 0 10.00
Extras (w 5, lb 7) 12
Total (9 wickets, 48.3 overs) 208
Fall of wickets
1-2 (J Roy, 0.4 ov), 2-19 (J Bairstow, 5.1 ov), 3-23 (J Root, 5.6 ov), 4-27 (E Morgan, 7.4 ov), 5-50 (A Hales, 13.1 ov), 6-86 (M Ali, 23.1 ov), 7-114 (S Curran, 29.3 ov), 8-114 (L Plunkett, 29.4 ov), 9-195 (A Rashid, 45.5 ov)

 Australia Bowling

More Bowlers O M R W Econ Dots
Ashton Agar 10 2 34 1 3.40 39
Billy Stanlake 10 1 35 3 3.50 39
Nathan Lyon 10 0 32 0 3.20 35
Kane Richardson 9 0 51 3 5.66 30
Marcus Stoinis 8.3 0 37 2 4.35 30
D’Arcy Short 1 0 12 0 12.00 2

Iceland 1-2 Croatia – Croatia qualify with 100 per cent record as Iceland finish bottom of Group D

Iceland 1-2 Croatia:Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D) – Rostov-on-Don, Full Time

Croatia have won three consecutive World Cup games for the first time in their history.Iceland’s World Cup dream was ended by Ivan Perisic’s late winner in a 2-1 defeat to Croatia, who themselves topped Group D.

Player ratings

Croatia: Kalinic (7), Jedvaj (6), Corluka (6), Caleta-Car (7), Pivaric (7), Pjaca (6), Modric (7), Badelj (7), Perisic (6), Kovacic (6), Kramaric (5).

Subs: Bradaric (6), Lovren (4), Rakitic (na).

Iceland: Halldorsson (6), Saevarsson (7), Ingason (8), R Sigurdsson (6), Magnusson (7), Gudmundsson (7), Gunnarsson (7), Hallfredsson (8), Bjarnason (6), Finnbogason (7).

Subs: Sigurdarson (6), Gudmundsson (na), Traustason (na).

Man of the match: Emil Hallfredsson

Team news

Iceland made three changes from their defeat to Nigeria, with Johann Gudmundsson the most notable change back in midfield, replacing Rurik Gislason. Kari Arnason also missed out for Sverrir Ingason, and Emil Hallfredsson takes Jon Bodvarsson.

The only two players in the Croatia line-up to keep their places were The only two players to keep their places from the 3-0 win over Argentina were Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic.


Iceland v Croatia will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Tuesday, June 26. Iceland v Croatia match will be held at in Rostov-on-Don , Russia.

Team and Squad News

If Iceland wins, it will then need just a draw in its finale against Croatia to advance — and maybe not even that. If Nigeria wins, it could then eliminate Argentina with a win or draw in their meeting June 26.


Iceland Squad 

Iceland Predicted XI: Haldorsson, Saevarsson, Arnason, R Sigurdsson, Magnusson, Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Halfredosson, Bjarnason, G Sigurdsson, Finnbogason

Goalkeepers: Hannes Halldorsson (Randers), Runar Runarsson (Nordsjaelland), Frederik Schram (Roskilde).

Defenders: Kari Arnason (Aberdeen), Holmar Eyjolfsson (Levski Sofia), Rurik Gislason (Sandhausen), Sverrir Ingason (Rostov), Hordur Magnusson (Bristol City), Birkir Saevarsson (Valur), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Rostov), Ari Skulason (Lokeren).

Midfielders: Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Samuel Fridjonsson (Valerenga), Johann Gudmundsson (Burnley), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City), Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Olafur Skulason (Karabukspor), Arnor Traustason (Malmo).

Forwards: Jon Bodvarsson (Reading), Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), Albert Gudmundsson (PSV), Bjorn Sigurdarson (Rostov).

Best Player

Gylfi Sigurdsson. The attacking midfield is talented, smart and creative, and he’s the engine in the team’s attack.

Croatia Squad 

Croatia Predicted XI: Subasic, Corluka, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Badelj, Kovacic, Bradaric, Pjaca, Perisic, Kramaric

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo).

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg).

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka).

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Nikola Kalinic (Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht).

Best Player

Midfielder Luka Modric. The Real Madrid star is 32 years old and his prime is almost over, but he is still a player that can make a big impact.

Nigeria 1-2 Argentina – Nigeria knocked out; Argentina will play France in last 16

Nigeria 1-2 Argentina:Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D) – St Petersburg, Full Time

Argentina squeezed into the World Cup last 16 after Marcos Rojo’s fine late volley gave them a 2-1 win over Nigeria in St Petersburg.Argentina have qualified from the World Cup group stages for the fourth consecutive tournament (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018).

Player ratings

Nigeria: Uzoho (7), Idowu (6), Ndidi (7), Ekong (6), Balogun (6), Musa (7), Etebo (7), Mikel (7), Moses (7), Iheanacho (5), Omeruo (6)

Subs: Ighalo (6), Iwobi (NA), Simy (NA)

Argentina: Armani (7), Mercado (6), Rojo (6), Otamendi (5), Tagliafico (6), Mascherano (4), Banega (8), Perez (5), Di Maria (4), Messi (8), Higuain (4)

Subs: Pavon (6), Meza (6), Aguero (NA)

Man of the match: Ever Banega

Team News

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr: “It’s a big disappointment because my team gave their best, they made a very good second half and missed qualifying by a few minutes. So I am proud of my players because they played well in the second half. We are missing a little bit of experience, we have a young team and I think this kind of matches are building the character of the team and in four years they will be very strong.”

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli: “My players put their hearts out, with a lot of courage, in a very difficult moment. They have achieved a triumph which is very important for the future and that will strengthen us going further.”

What’s next?

Argentina will now play France in Kazan on Saturday, having finished second in Group D. Winners Croatia face Denmark on Sunday.



Nigeria v Argentina will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Tuesday, June 26. Nigeria v Argentina match will be held at in St Petersburg, Russia.

Squad and Team News:

Argentina are currently enduring their longest winless run in World Cup finals history, (W0 D2 L2).

Nigeria are looking to win successive World Cup games for the first time since 1998 – three points will also guarantee a place in the knockout stages for the fourth time.


Argentina Squad

Predicted Argentina Starting XI: 23 Willy Caballero, 2 Gabriel Mercado, 3 Nicolas Tagliafico, 8 Marcos Acuna, 10 Lionel Messi, 13 Maximiliano Meza, 14 Javier Mascherano, 15 Enzo Perez (21 Paulo Dybala 68), 17 Nicolas Otamendi, 18 Eduardo Salvio (22 Cristian Pavon 56), 19 Sergio Aguero (9 Gonzalo Higuain 55)

Argentina’s Full-man squad: Nahuel Guzman, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Rojo, Marcos Acuna, Cristian Ansaldi, Eduardo Salvio; Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Manuel Lanzini, Gio Lo Celso, Maximiliano Meza; Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Cristian Pavon

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Willy Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate).

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla),Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federica Fazio (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP)

Midfielders: Enzo Perez (River Playe), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Lucas Biglia (Milan), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors).

Forwards: Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus).

Best player

Lionel Messi,and it isn’t even close. He’s the top scorer in national team history and is well on his way to cementing his legacy as the best player the world has ever seen.

Nigeria’s Squad

Predicted Nigeria Starting XI 23 Francis Uzoho, 2 Brian Idowu (21 Tyronne Ebuehi 46), 4 Wilfred Ndidi, 5William Troost-Ekong, 6 Leon Balogun, 7 Ahmed Musa, 8 Oghenekaro Etebo (18 Alex Iwobi 90), 10 Jon Obi Mikel, 11 Victor Moses, 14 Kelechi Iheanacho (9 Odion Ighalo 85), 22 Kenneth Omeruo

Nigeria’s Full-man squad: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye; William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi, Stephen Eze, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Uche Agbo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi; Mikel Agu; Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Junior Lokosa, Simeon Nwankwo

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United)

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa)

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone)

Best Player

John Obi Mikel. The former Chelsea midfielder is the captain and at 31 years of age.

Australia 0-2 Peru – Already-eliminated Peru beat Australia to ensure both sides out of World Cup

Australia 0-2 Peru:Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C) – Sochi, Full Time

Australia’s World Cup last-16 hopes were ended by a 2-0 defeat to Peru, who finished their tournament with a historic win.Andre Carrillo scored Peru’s first goal at a World Cup since Guillermo La Rosa against Poland in 1982.Peru have won their first World Cup game for 40 years and 15 days, since beating Iran 4-1 in 1978; the fourth longest gap between victories in the competition.

Player ratings

Title: Player ratingsAustralia: Ryan (6), Risdon (6), Sainsbury, (6) Milligan (5), Behich (7), Leckie (6), Jedinak (5), Rogic (6), Mooy (6), Kruse (5), Juric (5).

Subs: Cahill (6), Arzani (5), Irvine (5)

Peru: Gallese (7), Advincula (7), Ramos (7), Santamaria (6), Trauco (6), Carrillo (8), Tapia (6), Cueva (8), Yotun (6), Flores (7), Guerrero (7).

Subs: Aquino (6), Hurtado (6), Cartegena (6)

Man of the match: Andre Carrillo

Team news

There were two changes for Peru, one in midfield and another in defence, with centre-back Anderson Santamaria replacing Alberto Rodriguez, and Renato Tapia in for Pedro Aquino.

Tomi Juric replaced Andrew Nabbout in Australia’s attack, marking their only change from the 1-1 draw with Denmark last time out.



Australia v Peru will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Tuesday, June 26. Australia v Peru match will be held at in Sochi, Russia.

Australia Squad

Predicted Australia starting XI: Ryan; Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich; Jedinak, Mooy, Leckie, Arzani, Rogic; Juric.

Position Australia players
Goalkeepers Ryan, Jones, Vukovic
Defenders Behich, Degenek, Jurman, Meredith, Risdon, Sainsbury
Midfielders Irvine, Jedinak, Luongo, Milligan, Mooy, Petratos, Rogic,
Forwards Cahill, Juric, Kruse, Leckie, Nabbout, Arzani, Maclaren

Peru Squad

Predicted Peru starting XI: Gallese; Trauco, Rodriguez, Ramos, Advincula; Carrillo, Yotun, Tapia, Flores, Cueva; Farfan.

Position Peru players
Goalkeepers Gallese, Carvallo, Caceda
Defenders Advincula, Araujo, Corzo, Loyola, Ramos, Rodriguez, Santamaria,Trauco
Midfielders Aquino, Cartagena, Cueva, Flores, Hurtado, Polo, Tapia, Yotun
Forwards Carrillo, Ruidiaz, Farfan, Guerrero


Denmark 0-0 France – France and Denmark played out a dour 0-0 draw, helping both sides achieve their aim

Denmark 0-0 France: Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) – Moscow (Luzhniki), Full Time

Denmark vs France was the 37th game to be completed at the 2018 World Cup.France topped Group C while Denmark secured qualification to the last 16 of the World Cup with a dour 0-0 draw on Tuesday.

Player ratings

Denmark: Schmeichel (6), Kjaer (6), Christensen(6), Jorgensen (5), Dalsgaard (6), Stryger (6), Delaney (5), Eriksen (6), Braithwaite (6), Cornelius (5), Sisto (5).

Subs: Fischer (5), Dolberg (5), Lerager (NA)

France: Mandanda (5), Kimpembe (5), Varane (6), Sidibe (4), Hernandez (5), Kante (5), Nzonzi (5), Griezmann (5), Lemar (4), Giroud (5), Dembele (5).

Subs: Mendy (5), Fekir (5), Mbappe (NA)

Man of the match: Martin Braithwaite

Team news

Didier Deschamps has made six changes to the France side that beat Peru last time out. Mandanda replaces Lloris in goal, while Kimpembe and Sidibe replace Pavard and Umtiti in defence.Nzonzi, Lemar and Dembele also come in for Pogba, Matuidi and Mbappe.

Mathias Jorgensson, Braithwaite and Cornelius come in for Denmark to replace Schone, Poulsen and Nicolai Jorgensen.


Denmark v France will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Tuesday, June 26. Denmark v France match will be held at in Moscow Luzhniki, Russia.

Team and Squad News

France may have won both their matches but they do not look indestructible.

Denmark drew last time out against Australia but have a match-winner in Christian Eriksen.

Predicted Denmark Squad 

Goalkeepers: Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town), Frederik Ronnow (Brondby), Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)

Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield Town), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Midfielders: Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), William Kvist (Copenhagen), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo)

Forwards: Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Viktor Fischer (Copenhagen), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig)

Key players to watch: Simon Kjaer, Christian Eriksen, Thomas Delaney, Nicolai Jorgensen

Predicted France Squad

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola

Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Adil Rami, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Blaise Matuidi, Ngolo Kante, Steven Nzonzi

Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Nabil Fekir, Thomas Lemar

Iran 1-1 Portugal – Portugal have progressed from the group B to the last 16

Iran 1-1 Portugal: Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B) – Saransk, Full Time

Portugal reached the last 16 of the World Cup as Group B runners-up after a controversial 1-1 draw with Iran in Saransk.Cristiano Ronaldo sees penalty saved and avoids red card after VAR review; Iran awarded dubious late penalty

Player ratings

Iran: Beiranvand (7), Hajsafi (7), Pouraliganji (6), Hosseini (6), Rezaeian (7), Ezatolahi (7), Ebrahimi (7), Amiri (6), Taremi (7), Jahanbakhsh (7), Azmoun (7)
Subs: Mohammadi (6), Ghoddos (7), Ansarifard (7)

Portugal: Rui Patricio (7), Soares (7), Pepe (6), Fonte (7), Guerreiro (6), Carvalho (7), Adrien Silva (7), Mario (7), Quaresma (8), Ronaldo (6), Andre Silva (6)

Subs: Bernardo Silva (6), Moutinho (n/a), Guedes (n/a)

Man of the match: Ricardo Quaresma

Team news

Joao Moutinho (illness) was replaced in Portugal’s midfield by Leicester’s Adrien Silva. Ricardo Quaresma and Andre Silva also started as Fernando Santos made three changes. Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaced Karim Ansarifard in Iran’s only change.

What’s next?

Iran’s World Cup is now over, while Portugal will face Uruguay in Sochi on Saturday evening (7pm kick-off) as they bid to reach the quarter-finals.


Iran v Portugal will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Monday, June 25. Iran v Portugal match will be held at in Saransk, Russia.

Team and Squad News

Both sides go into their third Group B game hoping that it will not be their last appearance at Russia 2018. The difference is that a draw would be enough for Portugal to progress, while Iran need a win to secure qualification and break new ground in the process.

Iran Squad

Predicted Iran squad XI: Ali Beiranvand; Ehsan Haji Safi, Morteza Pouraliganji, Ramin Rezaeian, Majid Hosseini; Saeid Ezatolahi, Vahid Amiri, Omid Ebrahimi, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi; Sardar Azmoun

Portugal Squad

Predicted Portugal squad XI: Rui Patricio; Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro; Cedric Soares, William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Joao Mario; Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo

Spain 2-2 Morocco – FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 June 25 – Group B – Kaliningrad

Spain 2-2 Morocco: Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B) – Kaliningrad, Full Time

A remarkable late turnaround saw Spain top Group B after they drew 2-2 with Morocco in Kaliningrad on Monday night.Spain will now face Russia in last 16, while Portugal play Uruguay

Player ratings

Spain: De Gea (6), Carvajal (6), Pique (5), Ramos (5), Jordi Alba (5), Busquets (6), Thiago (6), Silva (6), Iniesta (7), Isco (7), Costa (5)

Subs: Aspas (7), Asensio (6), Rodrigo (NA)

Morocco: El Kajoui (6), Hakimi (7), Da Costa (6), Saiss (7), Ziyach (7), El Ahmadi (6), Belhanda (6), Boutaib (7), Boussoufa (6), Amrabat (7), Dirar (7)

Subs: Fajr (7), En Nesyri (7), Bouhaddouz (NA)

Man of the match: Nordin Amrabat

Team news

Fernando Hierro made one change to his Spain line-up, bringing in Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara for Lucas Vazquez. Morocco have also made just one change, bringing in Wolves defender Romain Saiss for Mehdi Benatia.

Spain manager Fernando Hierro: “Obviously we can improve, there are things that definitely need to be worked on, and we will definitely be self-critical. Five goals in three matches is not the way forward, I’ve told the players that. But they are professionals and understand.”

Morocco manager Herve Renard: “We would have loved to beat Spain. We should be proud of what we’ve done, of the team and proud of the Moroccan public too. We’ve shown we were able to take on two of the best teams in the world in Spain and Portugal.”

What’s next?

Spain now face Russia in the last 16 on Sunday in Moscow at 3pm.


Spain v Morocco will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Monday, June 25. The Spain vs. Morocco match will be held at Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Team and Squad News

Spain is locked in a very tough battle with Portugal for supremacy in Group B while Morocco, with nothing left to lose.

Predicted Spain XI: David De Gea; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, David Silva, Andres Iniesta; Isco, Diego Costa, Marco Asensio

Predicted Morocco XI: Munir Mohand Mohamedi; Nabil Dirar, Medhi Benatia, Roman Saiss, Achraf Hakimi; Karim El Ahmadi, Younes Belhanda, Hakim Ziyech; Ayoub El Kaabi

Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt – The Al-Hilal man was key to Saudi Arabia’s victory.

Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt: Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A) – Volgograd, Full Time

Salem Al-Dawsari’s late goal secured Saudi Arabia a first World Cup win in 24 years with a 2-1 victory over Egypt in Volgograd.Salman Al Faraj’s penalty for Saudi Arabia is the latest recorded goal in the first half of a World Cup game since 1966

Player ratings

Saudi Arabia: Al Mosailem (7), Al Burayk (7), Os Hawsawi (7), M Hawsawi (8), Al Shahrani (7), Otayf (8), Bahebri (7), Al Mogahwi (7), Al Faraj (8), Al Dawsari (8), Al Muwallad (7).

Subs: Aseri (6), Al Shehriat (6).

Egypt: El Hadary (8), Fathy (6), Gabr (6), Hegazi (6), Shafy (6), Elneny (6), Hamed (6), El Said (6), Salah (6), Trezeguet (6), Mohsen (6).

Subs: Warda (6), Sobhi (6), Kahraba (n/a)

Man of the match: Salman Al Faraj

Team news

Yasser Al-Mosailem started in goal for Saudi Arabia, meaning all three of the squad’s goalkeepers will have played one game in Russia.

Egypt also made a change in goal, fielding 45-year-old goal keeper Essam El-Hadary, who became the oldest ever player to appear at a World Cup.


Saudi Arabia v Egypt will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Monday, June 25.

Squads & Team News

Saudi Arabia v Egypt teams are without a win in Russia and they will go head-to-head in their final Group A match on Monday.

Saudi Arabia Squads XI

Predicted Saudi Arabia XI: Al-Mosailem; Al-Berik, Hawsawi, Al-Bulaihi, Al-Shahrani; Otayf, Al-Faraj; Al-Shehri, Kanno, Al-Dawsari; Al-Muwallad.

Position Saudi Arabia players
Goalkeepers Al Owais, Al Mosailem, Al Mayouf
Defenders Al Harbi, Al Shahrani, Al Breik, Hawsawi, Hawsawi, Hawsawi, Al Bulaihi
Midfielders Al Khaibari, Al Khaibri, Otayf, Al Jassim, Al Mogahwi, Al Faraj, Kanno, Bahebri, Al Dawsari, Al Shehri, Al Muwallad
Forwards Al Sahlawi, Assiri
Egypt Squads XI

Predicted Egypt XI: El-Hadary; Fathy, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel Shafy; Elneny, Hamed; Salah, Said, Trezeguet; Kahraba.

Position Egypt players
Goalkeepers Penedo, Calderon, Rodriguez
Defenders Baloy, Cummings, Davis, Escobar, Machado, Murillo, Ovalle, Torres
Midfielders Barcenas, Cooper, Godoy, Gomez, Pimentel, Quintero, Rodriguez
Forwards Arroyo, Diaz, Perez, Tejada, Torres



Uruguay 3-0 Russia – Denis Cheryshev scores own goal and Igor Smolnikov sent off on bad day for Russia

Uruguay 3-0 Russia :Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A) – Samara, Full Time

Uruguay beat 10-man Russia 3-0 in Samara to secure top spot in Group A and end the hosts’ perfect start to their home World Cup.

Player ratings

Uruguay: Muslera (7), Godin (7), Coates (6), Caceres (6), Bentancur (7), Nandez (6), Torreira (7), Vecino (6), Laxalt (7), Suarez (7), Cavani (6)

Subs: Arrascaeta (6), Rodriguez (6)

Russia: Akinfeev (6), Kutepov (6), Ignashevich (7), Kudryashov (6), Smolnikov (3), Cheryshev (7), Gazinsky (6), Zobnin (7), Miranchuk (6), Samedov (5), Dzyuba (7)

Subs: Fernandes (6), Kuzyaev (6), Smolov (7)

Man of the match: Lucas Torreira

Team news

Russia made three changes with Mario Fernandes, Yuri Zhirkov and Aleksandr Golovin all rested. Fyodor Kudriashov, Aleksey Miranchuk and Igor Smolnikov replace them.
Uruguay made four changes as Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Diego Laxalt and Sebastian Coates came in, replacing Jose Gimenez, Guillermo Varela, Cristian Rodriguez and Carlos Sanchez.

What’s next?

Russia and Uruguay had to wait for the conclusion of Monday evening’s Group B fixtures to discover who they would face. Group winners Uruguay will play Portugal in Sochi at 7pm on Saturday evening, while Russia face the Group B winners Spain at 3pm on Sunday in Moscow.


Uruguay and Russia will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Monday, June 25.The match will take place at the same time as the other Group A clash, between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Team and squads news

With a strikeforce consisting of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, many expected Uruguay to sweep away their competition in this World Cup group. However, they have adopted a much more cautious approach, and it’s one that could potentially cost them the top spot in this group.

Russia came into their home World Cup as the lowest ranked team in the entire tournament, but they have proven the FIFA rankings wrong with two excellent performances so far. The first of these was a 5-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener, and they followed that with an equally impressive 3-1 victory over Egypt on Tuesday to put themselves in prime position to top the group.


Predicted XI:Muslera, Varela, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres, Vecino, Bentancur, Nandez, Arrascaeta, Suarez, Cavani

 Goalkeepers: 1) Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), 23) Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), 12) Martin Campana (Independiente)

Defenders: 3) Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), 19) Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon), 2) Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), 16) Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), 13) Gaston Silva (Independiente),           22) Martin Caceres (Lazio), 4) Guillermo Varela (Penarol)

Midfielders: 8) Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), 14) Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), 15) Matias Vecino (Inter Milan),                  6) Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus),             5) Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), 10) Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), 17) Diego Laxalt (Genoa), 7) Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol),  20) Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey)

Forwards: 11) Cristhian Stuani (Girona), 18) Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo),      21) Edinson Cavani (PSG), 9) Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

RUSSIA  squads

Predicted XI:Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Cheryshev, Golovin, Samedov, Dzyuba

Goalkeepers: 1) Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), 20) Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), 12) Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg)

Defenders: 2) Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), 14) Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), 4) Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), 13) Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), 3) Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), 5) Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), 23) Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg)

Midfielders: 6) Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), 9) Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), 8) Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), 17) Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), 7) Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), 16) Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), 19) Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), 21) Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), 18) Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), 11) Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow)

Forwards: 22) Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), 15) Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), 10) Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar)