Sergio Ramos mocks Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain training after draw with Portugal


Betfair raised Germany's odd of winning the World Cup from 5/1 to 9/1 and Brazil's from 4/1 to 9/2 after the two teams started the tournament poorly.

Ronaldo's hat-trick saw him move onto 84 global goals, level with Ferenc Puskas for the most by a European.

Far from it, as now that we are into the second match days of the group stage, the games take on added meaning with a place in the knockout round at stake.

Morocco need to bounce back from their agonising defeat against Iran but Portugal and Ronaldo in particular pose Herve Renard's men a monumental challenge at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Spain will go up against Iran on Wednesday while Portugal will be in action against Morocco on the same day.

Russia, the desperate host nation whom Federation Internationale de Football Association deem to be the world's 70th best side, are now pretty much nailed on to go on and emulate Uruguay, Italy, England, (West) Germany, Argentina and France by winning their home World Cup.

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Here's hoping for more madness during this World Cup.

On paper, it appears that two-time World Cup champion Uruguay should easily win the match in Rostov to move on to the round of 16 for the third consecutive tournament.

"With Rio Ferdinand, they were playing table tennis and Rio beat him", said Evra, who is working at the World Cup as a pundit for ITV.

I was really looking forward to watching Uruguay in their opener against Egypt, but they were very laboured in a 1-0 win, that was only earned through an 89th minute header from a set piece.

The Saudis' preparations were jolted by a mid-air mishap on Monday when the plane carrying them to Rostov suffered a fire in one of its engines.

At last, a story about Sergio Ramos that has nothing to do with Mo Salah.