World Cup 2018 LIVE: All the latest from fans and players in Russia 

World Cup 2018 LIVE: All the latest from fans and players in Russia after England’s victory over Tunisia

  • Hope soars as England fans celebrate as if we’ve ALREADY won the World Cup
  • Captain Harry Kane scores dramatic injury-time goal to beat Tunisia 2-1
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World Cup excitement continues today as some of the first matches of the global tournament gets underway in Russia.

Thousands of football fans have descended upon the country for the event, sparking wild celebrations, in both Russia and at home in Britain.

England fans can relax until Sunday, coming off their last-minute win against Tunisia last night, beating the North African country’s team 2-1.  

Today, host Russia is set to play their second match, facing off against Egypt this evening.

Also playing today is Colombia against Japan, as well as Poland versus Senegal.

Senegal is returning to the World Cup for the first time since a run to the quarterfinals on its tournament debut in Japan and South Korea in 2002. 

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Princess Takamado of Japan on Tuesday watched her country play Colombia in the World Cup in the small Russian city of Saransk.

She is the first member of Japan’s royal family to visit the country since 1916, Russian state media reported.

State television showed images of the Japanese royal, a keen football supporter who has travelled to every World Cup to support Japan since 1998, in the host city of Saransk for the game on Tuesday afternoon.

The Japanese Embassy in Moscow told AFP Princess Takamado would also travel to Yekaterinburg where Japan will play Senegal on Sunday and where she will take part in a seminar on traditional ‘Kyudo’ archery.

Travelling Australian fans create epic standing beer snake

A loss for the Socceroos wasn’t enough to drown the spirits of the Australian fans that travelled to Kazan for the World Cup, as they built one of the largest standing beer snakes following the game.

The collection of cups stacked on top of each other is a great Australian sporting tradition down under.

With thousands of Aussie fans travelling to Russia to witness the Socceroos losing to France, it’s no doubt they needed a drink after the game.

Kyle Walker admits lingering England confusion over VAR

Kyle Walker admits England are still unclear over the use of VAR at the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s side earned a deserved last-minute 2-1 win over Tunisia in their Group G opener on Monday after Harry’s Kane’s brace, with VAR again in the spotlight.

It was made clear prior to the tournament grappling in the box would be stamped out by VAR – the Video Assistant Referee – but Kane was twice manhandled by Tunisia and failed to win a spot-kick.

Colombia’s Juan Quintero scores the first goal for his team at the 38 minute mark. 

They are now tied 1-1 with Japan. 


Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek launch push for starting against Panama

Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were among the England stars to stake their claim for a start in Sunday’s World Cup clash with Panama as Dele Alli headed for a scan to assess the thigh injury he picked in their 2-1 win over Tunisia.

Alli is a doubt for the game in Nizhny Novgorod after sustaining the problem during the first half on Monday night.

Alongside the rest of the squad, Alli arrived back at their Repino base at 6am on Tuesday before heading to find out the extent of his injury, while the other members of Gareth Southgate’s starting XI were given the day off.

German press heap praise on Harry Kane

A week into the World Cup, the Three Lions and their captain are the envy of Germany. 

‘We wish we had Kane!’ headlined Bild on Tuesday morning, and they weren’t the only ones who thought so. After their own miserable start to the tournament on Sunday, Germany watched in admiration as England battled to victory over Tunisia.

‘There are a few things in life that you can rely on: spring following winter, Bayern winning the title, and England making fools of themselves at the World Cup,’ quipped the Bild editorial before admitting that Harry Kane had made them think twice about that last one.

‘There’s something different about England at this World Cup,’ the column went on.  

Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa scores the first goal of the match between Colombia at the five minute mark. 

In the crowd is Japan’s Princess Takamado. 

She is the first member of Japan’s royal family to visit Russia since 1916. 

BBC TV presenter Piers Edwards reports that Russian police searched the rooms of some Senegal fans today. 

He later said police and a search dog left without finding anything. 

Senegal is returning to the World Cup for the first time since a thrilling run to the quarterfinals on its tournament debut in Japan and South Korea in 2002. 

Colombia: Ospina, Murillo, Arias, Mojica, D. Sanchez, C. Sanchez, Cuadrado, Lerma, Quintero, Falcao, Izquierdo

Japan: Kawashima, Shoji, Nagatomo, Sakai, Yoshida, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Hasebe, Osako

The headline news is that James Rodriguez has not made the starting line-up for Colombia due to a muscle problem.

Frank Fabra, there for support, is out of the entire tournament.

Shinji Okazaki of Leicester is out of the Japan starting XI with a calf problem, replaced by Yuya Osako of Werder Bremen.

And the iconic Keisuke Honda has been left out by Japan boss Akira Nishino after no international goals in the last 21 months. 

For the latest on Colombia v Japan- follow Sportsmail’s LIVE coverage here

Jeremy Corbyn is ribbed over saying Bill Shankly was English

He had hoped to provide an ‘inspirational message from one of our country’s finest ever football managers’ ahead of England’s first World Cup match last night.

But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s invoking of Bill Shankly’s famous remarks on socialism backfired when it was pointed out that he was actually Scottish.

Mr Corbyn was ribbed after quoting Shankly, who turned Liverpool into one of the best sides in the world in the 1960s – but also played 12 times for Scotland.

Mr Corbyn tweeted: ‘As we prepare for England’s first match in the World Cup, here’s an inspirational message from one of our country’s finest ever football managers.’ 

ISIS warns of World Cup attacks

ISIS thugs have warned of World Cup attacks in posters depicting the execution of  Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.

The Barcelona forward is shown in an orange jumpsuit, kneeling before a masked jihadist near the centre circle of a packed stadium in Russia.

In the foreground, a bearded extremist can be seen with a suicide bomb connected to a trigger button. A caption urges fanatics to be ‘ready and steady for the season of hunting is soon’.

Separate propaganda images show a militant examining a screen showing World Cup venues – dubbed ‘targets’ for lone-wolf jihadists.

Team enthusiasts have begun to fill the stadium ahead of the match today at 1pm.

Some have come sporting costumes and face paint.

England’s win was the most watched programme of 2018, beating the Royal Wedding

England’s thrilling victory over Tunisia was the most watched TV programme of the year, eclipsing the Royal Wedding as 18.3 million tuned in at it’s peak.

The live BBC coverage of the game drew enormous viewing figures, a 69 per cent share, as World Cup fever swept the nation.

England’s win became the most watched programme of 2018 and was streamed online by another three million people, a record for the broadcaster.

Senegal President Macky Sall is in Russia and will attend his country’s World Cup game today against Poland in Moscow.

Senegal is returning to the World Cup for the first time since a thrilling run to the quarterfinals on its tournament debut in Japan and South Korea in 2002.

The president’s office says Sall will watch Senegal play Poland at Spartak Stadium on Tuesday during a three-day visit to Russia . He’ll also hold meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Walker tweeted of his pride of England’s win last night. 

Dave Merrell created this illustration of Harry Kane holding up the World Cup in anticipation of England taking home the coveted trophy.

The artwork was commissioned by Match of the Day Magazine.


The Beatles legend turned 76 on Monday and thanked England for their victory over Tunisia on Monday night.

Here are some of the other best quotes about England’s win.

‘Good teams score late. A great platform to build on’ – Gareth Southgate, England’s coach, after their 2-1 World Cup win over Tunisia.

‘Credit to the lads, we kept going. That’s what these games are about – it’s a World Cup – you go until the last second and I’m absolutely buzzing’ – Harry Kane, England’s captain and goalscorer.

‘The manager gave Harry Kane the captain’s armband for one reason, he’s the go-to player when someone has to make a difference’ – Former England striker Alan Shearer.

‘Captain Marvel really showed up, didn’t he?’ – England supporter Clark Roberts from Coventry, praises goalscorer Harry Kane.

Saudi Arabia’s team plane caught FIRE mid-flight but landed safely

Officials confirmed on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia’s national football team landed safely in the Russian city of Rostov after what it described as a minor technical fault in one of the engines.

Videos shared on social media appeared to show an aircraft that posters identified as the Saudi team’s plane with its wing on fire while it was in the air.

‘All the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed,’ the federation said a statement on Twitter. 

France’s Lucas Hernandez admits to exaggerating injuries during opener against Australia

As France edged to victory over Australia in the World Cup opener on Saturday, Lucas Hernandez was central to attention but for his performance on the floor, rather than with the ball.

Hernandez attracted the criticisms for acting up and making the most of challenges by the Australian players throughout the clash.

On a number of occasions in Kazan Hernandez was seen on the floor holding his face or screaming in pain, much to the dissatisfaction of many Australian players. 

Princess Takamado was seen leaving a museum in Saransk, Russia, on Tuesday morning.

Her visit marks the first visit to Russia by a Japanese royal in more than 100 years.

Relations between Moscow and Tokyo are currently strained over the roll-out of a U.S. missile system and Moscow’s move this year to deploy warplanes to a group of disputed islands north of Japan.

The dispute over the islands, which were seized by Soviet forces at the end of World War Two, is so acrimonious that Moscow and Tokyo have not yet signed a peace treaty to mark the end of the war.

Princess Takamado’s eight-day trip will be the first time a member of Japan’s royal family has visited Russia since 1916, according to Japanese news reports. 

The princess, the widow of a cousin of Emperor Akihito, has no plans to meet with Russian dignitaries, a news agency said, but will watch the Japanese soccer team take on Colombia and Senegal in the Russian cities of Saransk and Ekaterinburg.

Colombia will face off against Japan at 1pm. 

Next up will be Poland and Senegal at 4pm. 

Finally, Russia will take on Egypt at 7pm.

After England’s win, several Brits are struggling today at work.

Some say the night’s excitement made it hard to sleep, while others say they might have celebrated a bit too hard.


Scenes as England fans go wild from Volgograd to Croydon as Harry Kane nets goal

Harry Kane’s 90th minute winner against Tunisia ignited scenes of euphoria among England fans up and down the country and beyond on Monday night.

With England seemingly destined to be held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by their African counterparts, Kane converted a flick on from Harry Maguire to seal all three points for Gareth Southgate’s men.

And as Kane’s back post header hit the net, limbs and pints of beer went flying in the air all the way from Volgograd to Leeds.

He’s even changed his Twitter bio to declare that the Three Lions will take home the World Cup. 

Hope soars as England fans celebrate as if we’ve ALREADY won the World Cup

Jubilant England fans celebrated like The Three Lions had won the World Cup after the last gasp victory over Tunisia last night.

Supporters up and down the country partied long into the night after the 2-1 victory with some likening it to the scenes when the country lifted the trophy in 1966.

They brought town and city centres to a standstill and pubs and other venues saw raucous celebrations as beer was sprayed into the air and fans clambered on top of each other.

One video taken in central London showed revellers surrounding cars driving along a street, waiting for drivers to honk their horns.

Shocking moment England fan is sent flying after clambering on to a moving car

England fans took to the streets to raucously celebrate into the night after their side beat Tunisia in their first World Cup match – which saw one enthusiastic reveller thrown off a car he had clambered onto.   

Hundreds of overexcited fans brought Plymouth city centre to a standstill as they celebrated England’s 2-1 victory.

A number of jubilant supporters were filmed trying to clamber onto the bonnet of a car as it tried to push its way through the crowds there on Monday evening. 

After last night’s win, England Captain Harry Kane says he loved the feeling of scoring. 


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