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Lionel Messi (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Messi needs to dig deep to end Argentina’s woes

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — It looked like a defeated army surrendering to the enemy, humiliated. Grim faces avoiding eye contact, parading behind their leader to…

Nigeria's Ahmed Musa (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Musa leads Nigeria over Iceland

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year's World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two second-half goals…

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli arrives for a press conference on the eve of the group D match between Croatia and Argentina. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Argentina coach begs for ‘forgiveness’

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AFP) — Jorge Sampaoli begged for forgiveness from Argentina’s fans on Thursday after a 3-0 drubbing by Croatia left Lionel Messi’s World…

Brazil's striker Neymar (L) and Brazil's midfielder Paulinho (R) (NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Neymar to start for Brazil vs Costa Rica

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Neymar will start for Brazil in a mostly unchanged lineup against Costa Rica on Friday at the World Cup. Although Brazil…