Russia's surprise victory over Spain in the World Cup turned Moscow into one giant street party and the Kremlin was eager to join in on the celebration.
The national team is doing unexpectedly well and has reached the quarterfinals after Sunday's win in a penalty shootout. On top of that, Russia is proving to be a successful and welcoming host.
And with the anticipation of a Russia-U.S. summit the day after the tournament final, President Vladimir Putin is basking in good news. Even protests against a government plan to raise the retirement age were drowned out by the cheers.
Tens of thousands of Russians spilled onto the streets of Moscow on Sunday evening after Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw. The fans, many waving or wrapped in Russia's flag, hugged each other, dove into fountains, climbed on top of streetlamps and shouted at the top of their lungs.
If you’re unfamiliar with soccer — Brazilian soccer in particular — you likely were very concerned for Neymar’s safety Monday.
In the 71st minute of Brazil’s Round of 16 matchup with Mexico at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Neymar suffered a gruesome ankle injury that put his health in serious jeopardy. Or so it appeared based on his over-the-top reaction.
The Three Lions can continue believing that it's coming home. In a wild and intense match against a James Rodriguez-less Colombia squad, England squeaked past Los Cafeteros in penalty kicks to reach thee World Cup quarterfinals. Regulation ended 1-1 as Colombia canceled out a Harry Kane penalty-kick goal late in the match, and neither could find the winner in extra time. England's Jordan Pickford made a massive save on Carlos Bacca and Mateus Uribe was denied by the crossbar in the shootout. Eric Dier converted the game-winning kick to advance.
Rodriguez was not available for the match after failing to recover from an injury from the last match.
The huge victory sends England to the quarters for the first time since 2006, but it did not come easy at all. It looked like England was in good shape to hold on to the win in the second half. They were threatening but couldn't crack David Ospina. That was until a soft penalty kick was awarded to Kane after he was fouled by Carlos Sanchez. Kane put away the penalty with class in the 57th minute.
The first quarterfinal of the 2018 World Cup turned out to be a tale of two goalkeepers, as Fernando Muslera's second-half howler gifted France the decisive goal in an ultimately comfortable 2-0 victory.
With his side already trailing, the Uruguayan number one fumbled a long-range effort by Antoine Griezmann and could only watch on in horror as the ball dropped over the line.
Hugo Lloris, conversely, was in inspired form, pulling off a stunning save to deny Martin Caceres just minutes after Raphael Varane had given France a first-half lead.
England is back in the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990 after defeating Sweden 2-0 on Saturday in the quarterfinals. It was England's most convincing performance of the group stage when it came to shape and possession, with the team also taking its chances, shooting on frame twice and scoring both of them. Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored the goals, as Sweden was denied over and over again by Jordan Pickford in goal, who made three massive saves.
The winning goal from Maguire of Leicester City arrived just on 30 minutes, and it was another textbook set piece for England. Maguire, a defender, skied to a cross and finished with power for the 1-0 lead:
Then, as Sweden looked to get back into the match, the favorites finished them off. Some lovely possession and patience resulted in the ball at Jesse Lingard's feet atop the box. The Manchester United man sent an absolutely brilliant ball to the back post, where Alli ran onto it and headed with ease. Take a look: