Belgium fight hard to edge Canada

Belgium laboured to victory in their opening World Cup game as they were pushed all the way by an outstanding effort from Canada. Canada dominated large portions of this Group F game but were wasteful in front of goal, particularly when Alphonso Davies saw a first-half penalty saved by Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois. Courtois also had to save well from…

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Gavi shines as Spain dismantle Costa Rica

Gavi announced himself on the global stage with a brilliant volley as Spain produced a sparkling passing performance to outclass Costa Rica and start their World Cup in sensational style. Ferran Torres scored twice in what was a stroll from start to finish for the 2010 champions. But the pick of their seven goals was Gavi’s outstanding volleyed finish, with…

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