Monday, June 25, 2018

ENGLAND THRASH PANAMA TO REACH SECOND ROUND

Harry Kane bagged a hat-trick as England banished the ghost of past failures with a record 6-1 thrashing of Panama on Sunday that eased them into the last 16. In England's biggest-ever World Cup win, Kane scored two penalties before a deflection off his heel put him on top of the goal scoring list.

Despite having many young names in the squad, Gareth Southgate's team romped into a remarkable 5-0 lead at halftime. John Stones put England in front with a header in the eighth minute Captain Kane doubled the lead in the 22nd minute from the spot after Jesse Lingard was brought down the box by Fidel Escobar.

Lingard got the third goal in the 36th minute from a fine shot right outside the area. Then Stones headed in his second for England from a free kick. And Kane converted another penalty just before the break to give his team a comfortable 5-0 cushion.

Six minute into the second half, Kane got his third after a Ruben Loftus-Cheek's attempt hit his foot and bounced in. Felipe Baloy scored a consolation goal for his team in the 78th minute, which is also Panama's first goal in their debut World Cup.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

LUKAKU & HAZARD TAKE BELGIUM INTO THE ROUND OF 16


Belgium showed their class with a 5-2 win over Tunisia. The Red Devils were in high confidence as Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored two goals each, and booked a place in the knock-out stage. 

After an impressive 3-0 win over Panama, Belgium got off to a strong start, scoring three times in the first half. Belgium took the lead after six minutes. Hazard was fouled inside the danger area, and he converted the penalty to put his team ahead.

Ten minutes later Lukaku finished-off a pass from Hazard to give Belgium two goals up. Dylan Bronn found the net in the 18th minute to give Tunisia a chance to fight back.

But Lukaku scored Belgium's third right before the half-time whistle. The goal made him joint leader with Cristiano Ronaldo in the top scorer leaderboard.

Belgium maintained their superb form after the break. Hazard beat Tunisia's goal keeper again in the 51st minute. Michy Batshuayi scored the fifth goal for Belgium before Tunisia scored another goal in the stoppage time.

The Red Devils have collected six points from two games and are looking good for their last group match against England. They made 12 shots on target from 22 attempts, with just 50% of possession. Tunisia will be eliminated from the tournament if England draw with Panama on Sunday.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

COUTINHO, NEYMAR SCORE IN STOPPAGE TIME FOR WIN


Brazil almost ended their second match at 2018 World Cup with another frustrating draw until its biggest stars came alive late. The five-time World Champions were held scoreless by Costa Rica until the 90th minute before Philippe Coutinho broke the deadlock in the stoppage time.

Coutinho found the net in the 91st minute, and Neymar added another five minutes later as the South Americans move to four points in Group F with one match left to play.

Brazil had bigger share of posession throughout the match, 9 out of 23 shots on target. Despite having many stars in the line-up, Brazil could not find a way through Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas. However, the six added minutes proved to be too much to handle. 

The result sent Brazil to the top of group, and  boosts their chances of moving on to the next stage.



Friday, June 22, 2018

DISASTER FOR ARGENTINA AS CROATIA ENTER LAST 16

Argentina are on the brink of an early World Cup exit after 0-3 loss to Croatia. A dreadful error from goalkeeper Willy Caballero paved the way for Croatia to join the last 16.

In a match where everyone was expecting to see the magic of Lionel Messi, Caballero made the biggest mistake that allows Ante Rebic to volley into an exposed net in the 53rd minute.

After the horror moment, Argentina rallied inside the opponent's half but Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Pablo Dybala failed to find a way through.

Croatia turned defensive after the break. But then, there was a moment of magic by their own number 10. Luka Modric curled a shot from range drifted beautifully beyond Caballero's gloves to put his side two ahead

And in the injury time, Rakitic tapped-in for the third goal that moves the Europeans through to the knockout stage.

Argentina are no longer in control of their own destiny. This defeat follows their opening 1-1 draw with Iceland, in which Messi missed a penalty, and now even a heavy win over Nigeria in their final game on Tuesday may not be enough to send them through to the next round.

Should Iceland beat Nigeria in their second Group D game on Friday, Iceland would need only a draw against Croatia in their final match.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

RONALDO MAKES MORE HISTORY AS PORTUGAL EDGE MOROCCO


Cristiano Ronaldo netted his fourth goal of the 2018 World Cup to become the second-highest goalscorer at international level and earned Portugal a nervy 1-0 win over Morocco.

The Real Madrid star continued his goal scoring form after the hattrick against Spain last week, with a fourth-minute header which was his 85th goal for his country in 152 games.

When João Moutinho dispatch a short corner in the 4th minute, Ronaldo bravely plunged into a header while Karim El Ahmadi's boot was just next to his face. From there on, both teams failed to find the net again until the final whistle.

No other European player has scored as many as the Portuguese and only Ali Daei, with 109 goals for Iran, is above him in the scoring charts.

The result gave Portugal four points from two games, in a strong position to progress from Group B while Morocco become the first team to be eliminated from the tournament after a second defeat in as many games.



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

JAPAN SEAL HISTORIC WIN OVER 10-MAN COLOMBIA


Colombia had a nightmare start to the World Cup as Japan secured a victory against 10 men in their Group H opener in Saransk.

Carlos Sanchez was sent off inside the first three minutes for handling Shinji Kagawa's shot at a goal. It is the first red card given at this World Cup, and Kagawa calmly scored the penalty.

Then Japan wasted two goal scoring opportunities to increase their advantage. Six minutes before the break Juan Quintero punished them with a clever free-kick. The Colombian fired low under the jumping wall, brought his team back on level terms.

James Rodriguez was brought on in the second half despite his fitness concerns, but the records show Colombia had never win a World Cup match after conceding the opening goal. In the 73rd minute, Yuya Osako regained the lead for Japan with a fine header from Keisuke Honda's corner.

The Blue Samurai finally made their extra man count and dominated as much as possible. It is the first time Japan had won a World Cup match on European soil, and the first time they beat a South American team at the tournament.



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

ENGLAND CLAIM NAIL-BITING VICTORY OVER TUNISIA

Harry Kane scored twice including a stoppage-time winner to give England a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup match. The Three Lions were made to sweat but got full points after the captain headed in just seconds before the match ended.

England took control of the match from start. Tunisia could barely breathe, much less compete. Kane knocked in the rebound of John Stones’s header from a corner kick to give England the lead after 11 minutes.

England had so much posession in the first sixty minutes. But then, Kyle Walker brought down Fakhreddine Ben Youssef inside the penalty area. Ferjani Sassi made no mistake from the spot to beat Jordan Pickford, and the score tied 1-1 until the break.

England were more dominant in the second half. Tunisia started to understand the English game and closed down their attacks.

As the match entered the stoppage time, England got a last corner kick in. Kane whipped the ball into the net after receiving a deflection from Harry Maguire. The crowd went wild as the Three Lions secured a good start in their World Cup campaign.


Monday, June 18, 2018

SWITZERLAND'S ZUBER HEADS EQUALISER TO DENY BRAZIL VICTORY

For the first time since 1978, World Cup favourites Brazil failed to win their opening game as Switzerland earned a valuable draw in Rostov-on-Don. The five-time world cup champs, well known for their flair, failed to shine despite Philippe Coutinho's superb opener in the 20th minute.


Brazil were less impressive than usual despite having Gabriel JesusWillian and Neymar in front. Steven Zuber's header from a corner earned the Swiss a deserved point.

On his 14th appearance, Zuber delivered the all important equaliser, powering home from four yards after fending off the attentions of his marker. Brazil claimed that Zuber pushed his marker to set him free but was not taken by the officials.

The draw ends Brazil's run of nine World Cup opening match wins. Both teams now trail Group E leaders Serbia, who beat Costa Rica earlier. Though, the fans may not be too worried from the result knowing Switzerland are in the world's top six on ranking.



FEARLESS MEXICO STUN GERMANY IN FIRST MATCH

Mexico stunned defending champions Germany 1-0 in their World Cup 2018 opening game. The win gives Mexico three points and puts them in a golden spot to move on, while Germany now can't afford another slip up with South Korea and Sweden to come. Joachim Loew’s side now have a tougher task to qualify for the knockout stages.

Making his World Cup debut, Hirving Lozano scored Mexico’s winning goal in the 35th minute. From a counter attack, Lozano picked-up a pass from Javier Hernandez inside the penalty area, he dummied Mesut Ozil and fired past Manuel Neuer from 10 yards.

After the goal, Germany responded with continuous attacks inside Mexico's area. Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was huge in goal for El Tri as well, making save after save to keep the mighty Germans out. He had to deny Toni Kroos’ effort onto the crossbar, before Julian Brandt failed to score from a good position. Mexico held-on bravely to record the biggest upset in Russia this year.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

ICELAND DENY ARGENTINA FROM A WINNING START

Iceland held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup 2018 Group D match. Lionel Messi was dangerous throughout the match, but his penalty was saved in the second half.

The South Americans started the match with continuous attacks. The breakthrough came after 13 minutes through Manchester City's Sergio Aguero left foot shot.

The lead was short-lived as Iceland responded four minutes later after Alfred Finnbogason scored from a rebound inside the danger area.

Then Maxi Meza was taken down in the box after the hour mark and a penalty kick was given. Messi took it but Halldorsson made a perfect save and the score remained until the final whistle.

Argentina dominated the match with 78 percent possession and outshot Iceland 27-8. However, they failed to find the net in the second half.

Both teams collected a point each in the group, but it felt like a win for Iceland. They fought hard defensively and held on to claim a draw.