THE World Cup final between France and Croatia was suspended after protesters stormed onto the pitch. Pussy Riot have claimed responsibility for the World Cup invasion, but who are they and what were they protesting about? Here's the lowdown. Who are Pussy Riot? Pussy Riot is a Russian political punk group who has a rotating cast of musicians and artists. Staunch activists, members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova served 21-month jail terms following an anti-Putin performance at the alter of Moscow's largest cathedral in 2012. Alyokhina was also detained in August 2017 in the Siberian city of Yakutsk after protesting with another Pussy Riot member against the imprisonment of Ukranian film-maker Oleg Sentsov. The band staged another demonstration against Sentsov’s imprisonment by storming Trump Tower in New York in October 2018. They have also slammed the US president in their songs Make America Great Again and Police State. Did they invade the pitch at the World … [Read more...] about Who are Pussy Riot, did they claim the World Cup 2018 final pitch invasion and what were they protesting?
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ENGLAND’s World Cup semi-final party is well underway in Moscow, as millions back home have ditched work to pack out pubs and bars. A nation is holding its breath ahead of the Three Lions' biggest match since reaching the semi-finals of Italia 90 – and patriotic supporters are flying St Geroge's flags on cars and homes. Fans start semi party in Moscow as England awaits match of a lifetime ahead of World Cup semi-final London's usually busy Oxford Street is empty and motorways are expected to be empty, while commotion builds inside and outside boozers up and down the country. Jamie Vardy's wife Becky and Harry Maguire's partner Fern Hawkins could be seen strolling into town as they joined thousands of beer-swigging football fans in the Russian capital. Wayne Rooney and David Beckham are among the Three Lions legends to send their support to Gareth Southgate's side on social media. A surge of 10,000 supporters more than doubled backing for Southgate’s young … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: Thousands of England fans kick off semi-final party in Moscow as millions back home rush to bars for biggest match of their lifetime
England have been knocked out of the World Cup after losing 2-1 to Croatia in extra-time in the semi-final. Kieran Trippier put the Three Lions ahead but goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic sealed Croatia's place in Sunday's final against France.England took the lead in the 5th minute with a stunning free kick from Kieran Trippier after Dele Alli was brought down just outside the penalty box by Croatia's captain Luka Modric.The Tottenham defender's curling shot - reminiscent of a David Beckham strike - flew into the top corner and sparked jubilant scenes among England fans.The goal was followed by a series of chances for England as Croatia struggled with the pace of the Three Lions' attack.Harry Kane hit the post with a rebounded shot at a tight angle after his first effort was saved by Croatia's goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.Minutes earlier Kane had been left one-on-one with Subasic but put his strike wide, although he had been flagged offside.Jesse Lingard also went close after … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: England knocked out after semi-final loss to Croatia
The 2018 FIFA World Cup final is set. France and Croatia will play for all the glory Sunday. Third and fourth places will be determined on Saturday when England faces Belgium. Croatia has never appeared in a World Cup final. France last won the title in 1998 when they beat Brazil 3-0 in a World Cup they hosted. Croatia went undefeated in Group D, including a convincing 3-0 hammering of Argentina, then beat both Spain and Russia in matches that lasted 2 hours each and both went to penalty kicks. Their semi-final victory against England also needed two periods of extra time. But they won it without the need for penalty kicks. World Cup Semi-final results England 1 – 2 Croatia It took two overtimes, but Croatia get a go-ahead goal in the 109th minute. Croatia will advance to face France in the World Cup final Sunday. England meets Belgium to determine third place. England was runner-up to Belgium in Group G. Since advancing, England beat Colombia on penalty kicks and knocked off … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018 final: France vs. Croatia
France have reached the World Cup final after beating Belgium 1-0 in St Petersburg. Defender Samuel Umtiti scored the winning goal with a powerful header past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 51st minute.It means the 1998 World Cup winners will play either England or Croatia in the eagerly-awaited final on Sunday.The remaining semi-final takes place at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, with the Three Lions looking to make it to the final for the first time since 1966.France will be the favourites to win the title after a strong performance against a star-studded Belgium side featuring the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.Umtiti rose brilliantly to shrug off Marouane Fellaini and head in Antoine Griezmann's corner for his first goal of the tournament.France's 19-year-old rising star Kylian Mbappe was a constant threat going forward, while midfielder Paul Pogba produced a performance described as "immense" by former England captain Rio Ferdinand.After the … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: France beat Belgium to reach final in Russia