Pubs remove Saudi flag from World Cup bunting after complaint

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With the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation just a week away the host country is eager to shift the world's focus away from the geopolitical crises it is embroiled in and firmly onto one of the planet's biggest sporting events.

But Turkey substitute Yunus Malli equalized in the 60th minute, beating veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev with a 25-meter strike.

However, there are always going to be some mad moments in the World Cup, so anything that could possible happen could do I suppose!

England's defeat to Uruguay was one of a pair of televised quarter-finals, though with first halves deemed unimportant only the second 45 was shown and viewers missed the first three goals.

"Fifa's ultimate objective in the fight against the secondary ticket market is to prioritise the safety and security of fans and enforce a fair 2018 Fifa World Cup ticketing pricing scheme", it said in a statement.

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By the time the 1994 World Cup took place in the United States, total prize money stood at $71 million, a figure that grew to $266 million by the time Germany staged the tournament in 2006.

"I think we can say that Russian Federation is 100 percent ready and the whole world will actually see it when we kickoff on June 14 with Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia in the Luzhniki Stadium", Infantino said in a video interview.

The 2014 game was the third time that the two teams had faced off in the final of the World Cup (1986 and 1990).

At least 600,000 global visitors are expected to travel to Russian Federation for the World Cup, which will see matches played in 11 cities from June 14 through July 15.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos still has a lot of doubts about the team he will field in their opening World Cup match against neighbours Spain, he said on Wednesday. The ship will have to be righted quickly for Stanislav Cherchesov's men as this is the final tune-up match before the World Cup starts on June 14th. "The young Turkish players played as well as ours even though they were getting their suitcases packed and waiting to go on holiday", Popov said.