Russian Federation vs. Turkey - Football Match Report

Arnold Nichols
June 8, 2018

Turkey, which did not qualify for the World Cup Finals, almost won it in the 79th minute when Malli's shot floated just over the crossbar.

England will not be satisfied with reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup as it has the skill and mentality to win the tournament, playmaker Raheem Sterling has said ahead of the team's final warm-up match against Costa Rica Thursday.

Team Melli have been drawn in a hard group alongside a Sergio Ramos-led Spain, current European champions Portugal and Maghreb nation Morocco.

But for many Americans, soccer is still behind football, baseball, basketball, and hockey.

Germany, the current reigning champions will be hoping to retain their trophy for a second time, taking a strong line-up including Premier League star Mesut Ozil and Bundesliga stalwarts Manuel Neuer and Matts Hummels.

The Iranians are still looking to progress to the knockout rounds for the first time and have won just one match, against the United States, in France in 1998.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has filed a criminal complaint in Switzerland against the ticket website Viagogo as part of a crackdown on unauthorised World Cup sales.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just over a week away and the participating teams have already started to trickle in to Russian Federation.

The governing body said its website was the only official and legitimate seller of World Cup tickets, and any bought through Viagogo would be cancelled once identified.

The matchup most likely for the July 15 final in Moscow is Brazil versus Spain at 3.8 percent, with Brazil versus Germany only slightly less likely at 3.7 percent., according to Gracenote. Brazil is also the only team in the world to compete in every tournament since it was originally founded in 1930.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho doesn't think Egypt will make it past the group stages, tipping Uruguay and Russian Federation to progress to the second round.

Of the 32 qualified teams, 20 played in 2014, while Iceland and Panama are set for their first-ever FIFA World Cup outing.

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