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    Mexico's biggest questions ahead of match vs. South Korea: Rotations, finishing and the chant

    Mexico's biggest questions ahead of match vs. South Korea: Rotations, finishing and the chant


    ESPN FC's Sebi Salazar and Herc Gomez discuss the magnitude of South Korea-Mexico for Juan Carlos Osorio and who the difference maker could be for El Tri. ESPN's Tom Marshall discusses why Mexico must refocus after their Germany win to beat...

    ESPN FC's Sebi Salazar and Herc Gomez discuss the magnitude of South Korea-Mexico for Juan Carlos Osorio and who the difference maker could be for El Tri. ESPN's Tom Marshall discusses why Mexico must refocus after their Germany win to beat South Korea. Despite the fact that Mexico has had a brilliant start to the World Cup, numerous questions remain ahead of El Tri's next match against South Korea. Before Saturday's game kicks off, let's dive into the three most prominent talking points for the national team. 1. What will be the extent of player rotations? Whether fans like them or not, the rotations will be happening for Mexico. With manager Juan Carlos Osorio at the helm, El Tri has gone through a total of 49 different lineups in his 49 games...
    Unfortunately for Mexico, manager's tactics won't work to stop fan chants

    Unfortunately for Mexico, manager's tactics won't work to stop fan chants


    The Sportscenter Mexico crew discuss El Tri's latest fine for "discriminatory and insulting chants" against Germany and how to stop them. ESPN FC's Sebi Salazar and Herc Gomez discuss the magnitude of South Korea-Mexico for Juan Carlos Osorio...

    The Sportscenter Mexico crew discuss El Tri's latest fine for "discriminatory and insulting chants" against Germany and how to stop them. ESPN FC's Sebi Salazar and Herc Gomez discuss the magnitude of South Korea-Mexico for Juan Carlos Osorio and who the difference maker could be for El Tri. This article originally ran on ESPN Mexico and has been translated from Spanish.  ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- Mexico's toughest opponent in this World Cup doesn't play on the field. That game is being played in the stands, and El Tri is losing because there is no way to make use of manager Juan Carlos Osorio's bevy of rotations there. The recent fine levied by FIFA upon Mexico in response to fans' chants of "¡Ehhh, pu--!" in the opener against Germany has put officials of the national team's...

    Serbia 1-2 Switzerland: Heroic Shaqiri lifts Swiss


    Switzerland moved ahead of Serbia in Group E thanks to a dramatic second-half comeback with goals by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan...

    Switzerland moved ahead of Serbia in Group E thanks to a dramatic second-half comeback with goals by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.
    Shaqiri's late winner gives Switzerland control of their own destiny

    Shaqiri's late winner gives Switzerland control of their own destiny


    Serbia Switzerland 1 2 FT Match 26 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet...

    Serbia Switzerland 1 2 FT Match 26 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats World Cup: Granit Xhaka (52') Serbia 1-1 Switzerland World Cup: Aleksandar Mitrovic (5') Serbia 1-0 Switzerland Xherdan Shaqiri scored a late winner to help Switzerland stun Serbia 2-1 in their second Group E game on Friday. The result puts the Swiss, who are guaranteed to advance with a win in their final game, level on points (four) with first-place Brazil in the group, while Serbia slump to third after winning their opening match against Costa Rica. Serbia went in front in the fifth minute when Aleksandar Mitrovic, after missing a header moments earlier, rose above a Swiss defender and wonderfully...

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    Match of the Day: Nigeria put Iceland to the sword


    After disappointing in their opener, Nigeria turned on the style against Iceland and revived their hopes of reaching the last...

    After disappointing in their opener, Nigeria turned on the style against Iceland and revived their hopes of reaching the last 16.
    World Cup diaries: The Viking clap experience, big crowds at small games

    World Cup diaries: The Viking clap experience, big crowds at small games


    ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the adjustments Gernot Rohr made to help Nigeria overcome Iceland and blow Group D wide open. The Thunderclap At the first double-drumbeat the stadium suddenly goes hush; the "Hoo!" follows a split second later....

    ESPN FC's Stewart Robson breaks down the adjustments Gernot Rohr made to help Nigeria overcome Iceland and blow Group D wide open. The Thunderclap At the first double-drumbeat the stadium suddenly goes hush; the "Hoo!" follows a split second later. Still a hush. It's like the first footstep of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park. Everyone is on edge. Then the next, about ten seconds later. Then another, a second faster; and so on until by the tenth it's rapid-fire. I counted 30 before it broke down into the general noise of a football crowd. Iceland's fans - called Tolfan, for twelve, or "twelfth man" - debuted the Thunderclap at...
    Argentina authorities identify brawling fans in match vs. Croatia

    Argentina authorities identify brawling fans in match vs. Croatia


    MOSCOW -- Argentina's Ministry of Security on Friday identified the four fans who attacked two Croatian supporters after Argentina's loss...

    MOSCOW -- Argentina's Ministry of Security on Friday identified the four fans who attacked two Croatian supporters after Argentina's loss to
    For Neymar, relief replaces frustration

    For Neymar, relief replaces frustration


    It looked like VAR's penalty reversal would cap a difficult day for Neymar. However, Brazil eventually found a way to see off Costa Rica and he found a goal, all of which explained his full-time reaction. Gab Marcotti...

    It looked like VAR's penalty reversal would cap a difficult day for Neymar. However, Brazil eventually found a way to see off Costa Rica and he found a goal, all of which explained his full-time reaction. Gab Marcotti »
    Neymar explains tears of joy after Brazil win, writing 'Talk is cheap'

    Neymar explains tears of joy after Brazil win, writing 'Talk is cheap'


    Neymar wrote that "talk is cheap" but it's harder to deliver after Brazil escaped their second World Cup game with a 2-0 win over Costa...

    Neymar wrote that "talk is cheap" but it's harder to deliver after Brazil escaped their second World Cup game with a 2-0 win over Costa Rica
    Ahmed Musa's two goals boost Nigeria to set up Argentina showdown

    Ahmed Musa's two goals boost Nigeria to set up Argentina showdown


    Ahmed Musa scored two superb goals as Nigeria jump-started their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Iceland in Group D on...

    Ahmed Musa scored two superb goals as Nigeria jump-started their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Iceland in Group D on Saturday. The
    Lucas Torreira: Arsenal are one of the world's most important clubs

    Lucas Torreira: Arsenal are one of the world's most important clubs


    Lucas Torreira has said Arsenal are "one of the most important" clubs in the world, but indicated that his move to the Emirates Stadium...

    Lucas Torreira has said Arsenal are "one of the most important" clubs in the world, but indicated that his move to the Emirates Stadium from
    Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup goals questioned by Cesc Fabregas

    Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup goals questioned by Cesc Fabregas


    Cesc Fabregas has played down the contribution of Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup and said that Argentina's struggles are not all...

    Cesc Fabregas has played down the contribution of Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup and said that Argentina's struggles are not all Lionel
    Mohamed Salah not leaving World Cup early - Egypt FA

    Mohamed Salah not leaving World Cup early - Egypt FA


    Mohamed Salah will not leave the World Cup early despite Egypt's elimination from the competition with one group game remaining,...

    Mohamed Salah will not leave the World Cup early despite Egypt's elimination from the competition with one group game remaining, the

    ESPN FC Best of the Week


    Gab dancing around on camera. Sebastian Salazar admitting he was wrong. The World Cup has resulted in plenty of funny moments on ESPN FC this...

    Gab dancing around on camera. Sebastian Salazar admitting he was wrong. The World Cup has resulted in plenty of funny moments on ESPN FC this week.

    Burley: Expect personnel changes for Germany


    While examining Raf Honigstein's projected XI for Germany against Sweden, the FC crew explain why Joachim Low needs to make changes to his...

    While examining Raf Honigstein's projected XI for Germany against Sweden, the FC crew explain why Joachim Low needs to make changes to his lineup.
    VAR at the World Cup: A timeline of the tournament

    VAR at the World Cup: A timeline of the tournament


    Video assistant referees (VARs) have hit the headlines in Russia.  We look at every decision a referee has had to make when directed to...

    Video assistant referees (VARs) have hit the headlines in Russia.  We look at every decision a referee has had to make when directed to review

    Robson: Shaqiri provides the flair for Switzerland


    Despite Serbia controlling play early, the organization of Switzerland led to two second-half goals to give them a deserving...

    Despite Serbia controlling play early, the organization of Switzerland led to two second-half goals to give them a deserving win.

    Ricardo Ortiz: Messi was not born to play for Argentina


    ESPN announcer Ricardo Ortiz joins the FC crew to discuss Argentina's World Cup, the problems with Jorge Sampaoli and his sympathy for Lionel...

    ESPN announcer Ricardo Ortiz joins the FC crew to discuss Argentina's World Cup, the problems with Jorge Sampaoli and his sympathy for Lionel Messi.
    3 Takeaways from Nigeria's win over Iceland

    3 Takeaways from Nigeria's win over Iceland


    Ahmed Musa scored twice in a blood and thunder performance from Nigeria's Super Eagles which propelled them to a 2-0 win over Iceland in Volgograd on Friday. Musa struck early in the second half, and again midway through the period to give the Nigerians...

    Ahmed Musa scored twice in a blood and thunder performance from Nigeria's Super Eagles which propelled them to a 2-0 win over Iceland in Volgograd on Friday. Musa struck early in the second half, and again midway through the period to give the Nigerians a handy lead. Iceland squandered an opportunity to make things interesting at the end when they missed a penalty with seven minutes to go. However, it was more than the shoreline that gladdened Nigerian hearts in the stadium and back home. Here are...
    World Cup group permutations: Who can qualify for the round of 16?

    World Cup group permutations: Who can qualify for the round of 16?


    Charlie Gibson sets out to find the answer to the question on everyone's lips - who is the GOAT??? Learn from the best as ESPN meets future England stars Phil Foden, Ryan Sessegnon and Mason Mount in Russia. Could it really be true?!...

    Charlie Gibson sets out to find the answer to the question on everyone's lips - who is the GOAT??? Learn from the best as ESPN meets future England stars Phil Foden, Ryan Sessegnon and Mason Mount in Russia. Could it really be true?! Charlie Gibson heads out to investigate... The second round of games in the World Cup group stage is now under way. Find out what each nation has to do to qualify for the knockout stage ahead of the final round of matches. Already qualified: Russia, Uruguay, France, Croatia Already eliminated: Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Costa Rica The first tiebreakers are goal difference and goals scored rather than head to head (see full breakdown at the foot of the page). GROUP A - Russia are through and will top the group if they avoid defeat...