DOHA, Qatar (AP) Three wins from the title that has eluded the Netherlands, Louis van Gaal has filled his World Cup with hugs, kisses and dancing. Van Gaal has the Dutch on a 19-game unbeaten streak going into Friday's quarterfinal against Lionel Messi and Argentina. Van Gaal responded to praise from a Senegalese reporter 25 minutes into a news conference with an excited: ''Oh, I can hug you.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) With five goals at the World Cup so far, Kylian Mbappe is living up to his reputation as the man best-placed to succeed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as soccer's biggest star. Spare a thought then for Kyle Walker, who is set to mark the France striker when England takes on the defending champions in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Walker described Mbappe as ''probably'' the best player in the world and accepted there is particular focus on how he handles the situation at Al Bayt Stadium.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) Yes, Kylian Mbappe will be ready to face England at the World Cup on Saturday. No, the France forward was not injured when he missed a recent training session. France teammate Ibrahima Konate delivered a reassuring message about Mbappe on Wednesday, news that perhaps England fans did not want to hear three days before the teams meet in the quarterfinals.
Cristiano Ronaldo is an all-time great, but Portugal has a better shot at winning the World Cup with him on the bench.