2018 FIFA Football World Cup: Fixtures, results and tables

Get the results for each of the 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup from Russia.


Round of 16   

Sun 1 July
2AM France 4-3 Argentina Kazan Arena

6AM Uruguay 2-1 Portugal Fisht Stadium

Mon 2 July
2AM Spain 1-1 Russia (Russia win 4-3 on penalties) Luzhniki Stadium

6AM Croatia 1-1 Denmark (Croatia win 3-2 on penalties) Nizhy Novgorod Stadium

Tue 3 Jul
2AM Brazil 2-0 Mexico Samara Arena

6AM Belgium 3-2 Japan Rostov Arena

Wed 4 Jul
2AM Sweden 1-0 Switzerland Saint Petersberg Stadium

6AM Colombia 1-1 (England win 4-3 on penalties) England Spartak Stadium


Sat 7 July
2AM Uruguay 0-2 France Nizhy Novgorod Stadium

6AM Brazil 1-2 Belgium Kazan Arena

Sun 8 July
2AM Sweden 0-2 England Samara Arena

6AM Russia 2-2 Croatia (Croatia win 4-3 on penalties) Fisht Stadium


Wed 11 July
6AM France 1-0 Belgium Saint Petersburg Stadium

Thu 12 July
6AM England 1-2 Croatia Luzhniki Stadium

Third-place playoff

Sun 15 July
2AM Belgium vs England Saint Petersburg Stadium

Word Cup Final

Mon 16 July
3AM France vs Croatia Luzhniki Stadium



FIFA World Cup 2018: Group tables

Pool Matches (All times are NZT)

Fri 15 June 

3AM Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia Luzhniki Stadium A

Sat 16 June 
12AM Egypt 0-1 Uruguay Ekaterinburg Arena A

3AM Morocco 0-1 Iran Saint Petersburg Stadium B

6AM Portugal 3-3 Spain Fisht Stadium B

10PM France 2-1 Australia Kazan Arena C

Sun 17 June
1AM Argentina 1-1 Iceland Spartak Stadium D

4AM Peru 0-1 Denmark Mordovia Arena C

7AM Croatia 2-0 Nigeria Kaliningrad Stadium D

Mon 18 June
12AM Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia Samara Arena E

3AM Germany 0-1 Mexico Luzhniki Stadium E

6AM Brazil 1-1 Switzerland Rostov Arena F

Tue 19 June
12AM Sweden 1-0 South Korea Nizhy Novgorod Stadium F

3AM Belgium 3-0 Panama Fisht Stadium G

6AM Tunisia 1-2 England Volgograd Arena G

Wed 20 June
12AM Colombia 1-2 Japan Mordovia Arena H

3AM Poland 1-2 Senegal Spartak Stadium H

6AM Russia 3-1 Egypt Saint Petersburg Stadium A

Thur 21 June
12AM Portugal 1-0 Morocco Luzhniki Stadium B

3AM Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia Rostov Arena A

6AM Iran 0-1 Spain Kazan Arena B

Fri 22 June
12AM Denmark 1-1 Australia Samara Arena C

3AM France 1-0 Peru Arena C

6AM Argentina 0-3 Croatia Nizhy Novgorod Stadium D

Sat 23 June
12AM Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica Saint Petersburg Stadium E

3AM Nigeria 2-0 Iceland Volgograd Arena D

6AM Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Kaliningrad Stadium E

Sun 24 June
12AM Belgium 5-2 Tunisia Spartak Stadium G

3AM South Korea 1-2 Mexico Rostov Arena F

6AM Germany 2-1 Sweden Fisht Stadium F

Mon 25 June
12AM England 6-1 Panama Nizhy Novgorod Stadium G

3AM Japan 2-2 Senegal Ekaterinburg Arena H

6AM Poland 0-3 Colombia Kazan Arena h

Tue 26 June
2AM Uruguay 3-0 Russia Samara Arena A

2AM Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt Volgograd Arena A

6AM Iran 1-1 Portugal Mordovia Arena B

6AM Spain 2-2 Morocco Kaliningrad Stadium B

Wed 27 June
2AM Denmark 0-0 France Luzhniki Stadium C

2AM Australia 0-2 Peru Fisht Stadium C

6AM Nigeria 1-2 Argentina Saint Petersburg Stadium D

6AM Iceland 1-2 Croatia Rostov Arena D

Thu 28 June
2AM Mexico 0-3 Sweden Ekaterinburg Arena F

2AM South Korea 2-0 Germany Kazan Arena F

6AM Serbia 0-2 Brazil Spartak Stadium E

6AM Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica Nizhy Novgorod Stadium E

Fri 29 June
2AM Japan 0-1 Poland Volgograd Arena H

2AM Senegal 0-1 Colombia Samara Arena H

6AM Panama 1-2 Tunisia Mordovia Arena G

6AM England 0-1 Belgium Kaliningrad Stadium G

Mexico's Hirving Lozano, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Hirving Lozano plays his club football for PSV in Holland. Source: Associated Press



Olympic champion Usain Bolt set to start in Mariners final trial game

Usain Bolt believes Friday's trial match could determine his future with the Central Coast Mariners.

Bolt is expected to start for the first time since arriving at the A-League club in August in the hope of beginning a professional soccer career.

"This is going to be a big game. I think it will determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career," said Bolt of the match against a select Macarthur South West United team.

After being used as a winger in his first brief trial appearance in late August, the retired track great hinted at a positional change for the match at Sydney's Campbelltown Stadium.

Not only has coach Mike Mulvey raised the prospect of starting with Bolt, but also deploying him further up the pitch in the frontline.

With Mulvey likely to play a strong line-up, Bolt is keen to show how much improvement he has made by working with the first team.
"(Mulvey) said he wants to play me up top more," Bolt said.

"The couple of games that I played, I didn't play with the first team.

"There's a few first-team boys in the team for Friday. So I'll get different service, better service, because they're more seasoned and more mature.

"So he just told me to make sure I'm focused and push myself, and I'll just take the chances when I get them."

Bolt has undergone one-on-one sessions on top of the team's training program in a bid to fast-track his development.

And the 32-year-old is taking his first run-on start as an indication that the coaching staff are pleased by the progress he has made with his conditioning and touch.

"That's always a good step, when coaches are satisfied with the fitness to put me in the starting line-up. That's always a big step," Bolt said.

"I can say I've been improving, (but) you won't know what level you're at until you actually play a competitive game.

"I've just got to go out there and play and see what I need to do or if I should continue if not. I'm just pushing myself, I think I've put in a lot of work.

"Now it's just to go out there and execute."

The Mariners open their A-League season against the Brisbane Roar on Sunday week.

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt Source: Photosport



TVNZ FC video podcast: Chaos inside NZ Football and it's tight at the top in the Premier League

TVNZ FC is back once again, and what a week of football it's been.

Special guest 1 NEWS Sport's Michelle Prendiville joins the boys for an inside look into the chaotic end to Andreas Heraf's reign as Football Ferns coach.

We ponder why the All Whites aren't up to anything during this month's international break.

Jose Mourinho survives for another week in charge of Manchester United, coming back from the brink to defeat winless Newcastle.

Meanwhile Manchester City blow the chance to assert themselves as the Premier League's front-runners.

The pressure's starting to mount in the Spanish capital, are Julen Lopetegui's days in charge of Real Madrid numbered?

And one of the world's great defenders calls it quits, but how will John Terry be remembered for his antics off the pitch?

Chris Chang leads TVNZ's football aficionados for another week's action. Source: 1 NEWS



'Probably a good chance' - Mariners coach hints at starting Usain Bolt in club's next trial game

Central Coast coach Mike Mulvey admits he's considering starting Usain Bolt in Friday's trial against a Macarthur South West United team.

Mulvey on Tuesday revealed Bolt was rested from training duties last week as he recovered from a minor knee injury.

However the Jamaican superstar is back at peak fitness and is set to be given more than the 20 minutes in his first public appearance in late August.

"From a fitness perspective, you could probably start him. Whether we do or not, (there's) probably a good chance," Mulvey told reporters on Tuesday.

"But we'll weigh it up as the week goes. Last week we rested him a little bit because he had a bit of a knee injury, but that's all gone.
"The rest helped him with that."

After allowing Bolt to take a week off last month, the club upped his program to include one-on-one sessions with former Mariners captain Nick Montgomery.

But while pleased with Bolt's improvement in his physical condition, Mulvey conceded the former Olympic and world sprint champion lacked match fitness.

He compared his progress to that of defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis, who is on the comeback from a knee reconstruction.

Aspropotamitis only begun non-contact training with the main group this week, and has struggled to keep pace with his teammates.

"Nothing (Jonathan) did before really readied for him for when there's pressure on and people running past him," Mulvey said.

"Usain's in the same situation because he needs to learn all that and be able to do repeat efforts, because in football nowadays, you've got to be able to do something which is okay good, but then you need to repeat.

"Particularly to play in wide areas, we're looking at our players overlapping or wingers coming inside. He needs to be able to repeat.

"That's where we're at with the journey as far as he's concerned. He'll play on Friday night and I think we'll see how long he lasts and go from there."

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt Source: Photosport


Man City's $370k-a week attacker produces woeful late penalty, costs his team victory against Liverpool

Riyad Mahrez let Liverpool off the hook by missing a late penalty as Manchester City had to settle for a 0-0 draw in a showdown involving the Premier League's two title favourites at Anfield today.

Liverpool and City generally provide open, expansive games with goals aplenty, but this meeting was a dull affair short on flair and excitement.

Mahrez wasted the best chance to break the deadlock when he sent his spot kick sailing way over the crossbar after Virgil van Dijk had brought down Leroy Sane in the 85th minute.

The result left both unbeaten teams locked together with Chelsea at the top of the standings on 20 points from eight games, two ahead of fourth-place Arsenal, which is level on points with north London rival Tottenham.

Eden Hazard was the inspiration as Chelsea, also undefeated this season, cruised to a 3-0 victory at Southampton.

Belgium playmaker Hazard scored the first and set up the third for substitute Alvaro Morata, while inbetween Ross Barkley claimed his first Chelsea goal.

In Sunday's other game, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang each netted twice as a resurgent Arsenal enjoyed a sixth straight league victory with a 5-1 rout of Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Substitute Aaron Ramsey was also on target for Arsenal with a superb goal, while Andre Schuerrle replied for struggling Fulham.

Mahrez earns $370,000 per week.