The World Cup so far
Written by Spark on 20th June 2018
With the first group games completed we take a look at the World Cup so far.
Hosts Russia got the tournament off to a flier with a thumping 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia with Denis Cheryshev and Aleksandr Gloving lighting up the opener.
Day two saw the highly anticipated match up between Euro 2016 winners Portugal and 2010 World Cup champions Spain in Sochi and what a spectacle we were treated to.
The 3-3 draw will go down as one of the all-time World Cup classics with Cristiano Ronaldo producing one of the greatest World Cup performances ever, scoring a stunning hat-trick that included a late free-kick to rescue a draw for his side.
A lacklustre French side began their campaign with a narrow 2-1 win over Australia while Lionel Messi’s Argentina stumbled to a draw against an impressive Iceland side with Messi missing a penalty.
Defending champions Germany suffered the biggest upset of the tournament so far with Hirving Lozano’s winner giving Mexico their first ever competitive victory over the Germans.
Following on from Germany’s surprise defeat another of the tournament favourites got off to a slow start as Brazil struggled to break down their Swiss opponents as the game finished 1-1.
Finally England got off to a winning start for this first time since 2006 as captain Harry Kane swooped late on to defeat Tunisia after a controversial Sassi penalty had cancelled out Kane’s opener.
Penalties have been a recurring theme in the tournament so far with video technology implemented at a World Cup for the first time.
England will have felt hard done by had they not won last night with Kane seemingly hauled down by Tunisian defenders at corners on several occasions hut bizarrely the decisions were not reviewed by VAR.
The second round of fixtures kick-off this evening with hosts Russia facing an Egyptian side that are expected to welcome back their talisman Mohamed Salah.
Written By Chris Thornley