The 37-year-old was left on the bench for his country's 6-1 last-16 win over Switzerland by boss Fernando Santos, having reacted poorly to being substituted in the final group game against South Korea. Reports circulated on Thursday that during those discussions Ronaldo, who also acted petulantly during his final few weeks as a United player before the club terminated his contract, warned he would turn his back on his country and leave Qatar ahead of Saturday's quarter-final with Morocco.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Spanish soccer federation said Thursday that Luis Enrique will not continue as coach of the men's national team following its elimination in the round of 16 of the World Cup. The announcement comes two days after Spain lost to Morocco 3-0 in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw in regular and extra time. The federation thanked Luis Enrique but said it was time to “start a new project” to keep the growth achieved by the coach in recent years. Spain got off to a good st
Six of the world's top 10 are still in the running, with Croatia (12th) and Morocco (22nd) - winners of penalty shoot-outs in the last 16 - the only remaining sides ranked lower by FIFA. Croatia vs Brazil, Friday 3pm GMT Fresh legs could be decisive in the opening quarter-final clash between Croatia and Brazil, with the European side having needed extra-time and penalties to beat Japan in the previous round. Brazil are the only team to have used every member of their 26-man squad - manager Tite even introduced third-choice goalkeeper Weverton from the bench in the last-16 win over South Korea.