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Costa slams journalist following Iran win

After hitting the winning goal in a 1-0 Group B defeat of Iran, Spain striker Diego Costa took exception at a question from a journalist.

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Ronaldo: 'Quaresma inspired goatee'

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the inspiration behind his new facial hair as a fourth goal of the World Cup secured victory over Morocco.

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Carvajal criticises Iran tactics

Even though a fortunate Diego Costa strike earned Spain a 1-0 win over Iran, right-back Dani Carvajal hit out at their tactics.

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The World Cup's best quotes so far

We pick out some of the best quotes at the World Cup:

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Dalic warns Messi and Argentina

Argentina and Lionel Messi are in need of a good result against Croatia, but Zlatko Dalic insists his own team will not play for a draw.

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Costa keeps goalless draw at bay

For the first time since 1954, the World Cup has not seen a goalless draw in its first 20 games.

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Suarez announces wife's pregnancy

After scoring in his 100th Uruguay game to secure World Cup progression, Luis Suarez revealed his wife is pregnant for the third time.

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FIFA fines Mexico over chants

FIFA has confirmed Mexico have been hit with a CHF 10,000 fine after fans were found to have made discriminatory chants against Germany.

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FifPro slams Amrabat selection in wake of concussion fears

The decision to allow Moroccan midfielder Nordin Amrabat to take to the field at the World Cup on Wednesday just five days after suffering concussion has been criticised by players' union FifPro.

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Three observations from Wednesday's World Cup action

The World Cup produced three tight games on Wednesday as Portugal, Spain and Uruguay won but once again the favourites failed to shine.

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Salah rejects talk of Egypt rift

Egypt have been knocked out of the World Cup but Mohamed Salah is adamant the squad remains united.

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Costa's stroke of fortune hands Spain narrow victory over battling Iran

Diego Costa's fortunate finished helped an unconvincing Spain side to a narrow 1-0 win over a battling Iran in Kazan on Wednesday night.

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VAR spoils Iran party

Losing 1-0 to Spain in a crucial game in Group B, Iran thought they'd found an unlikely equaliser before the linesman and the video referee intervened.

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What you might've missed from the World Cup

AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:

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Costa showed his worth to Spain

In a fortunate stroke of luck, an Iranian defender saw the ball ricochet off his left leg after going up against Diego Costa and there was nothing that the goalkeeper could do to stop Spain from going 1-0 up in the Group B game.

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Reus wanted to ignite German attack

Four years after injury robbed him of a World Cup winner's medal in Brazil, Germany are set to turn to Marco Reus to help rescue their Russia 2018 campaign.

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Isco delighted onlookers by saving a bird

Isco took a second from his busy footballing schedule to save a bird during Spain's World Cup Group B clash with Iran on Wednesday night.

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'Sweden would be better with Zlatan'

Sweden playmaker Emil Forsberg has come out with a surprising admission, telling the German press that his side would have performaed better at this summer's World Cup if Zlatan Ibrhaimovic had been included in the squad.

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Hallgrimsson anticipates intense battle against the Super Eagles

A 1-1 draw against Argentina prolonged Iceland's international fairytale but they face a Nigeria side backed into a corner.

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Southgate jokes about dislocated shoulder

A dislocated shoulder would typically end someone's participation in the World Cup, but not when the injured party is England's manager.

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