Argentina 0 – 3 Croatia (Rebic 53. Mordric, 80. Rakitic 90+1)
This truly incredible bit of skill by Neymar in the Brazil v Costa Rica game deserves to be mentioned! The timing and place of the skill is outstanding, everything so perfectly done by the very impressive player. I actually enjoy the way he controls it like its nothing!
Tunisia 1 (Ferjani Sassi, 35) – 2 England (Harry Kane, 11 & 90+1)
Brazil (Coutinho, 20) 1 -1 Switzerland (Zuber, 50)
Who doesn’t love to watch Brazil when it comes to the World Cup? That was going to be no different this year especially with Neymar leading the line in a very talented side. The Swiss wanting to spoil the party and the method in which they did so was rather disappointing to be brutally honest as they took turns to kick Neymar from start to finish, which meant hardly any flow in the game at all.
Germany 0-1 Mexico (Hirving Lozano, 35)
A tight game with the power and strength of Serbia taking on the quick pace of Costa Rica in which both sides would create plenty of chances but fail to have the quality to convert them into goals.
Costa Rica 0 – 1 Serbia (Kolarov 59)
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani, Willy Caballero, Nahuel Guzman
Defenders: Marco Acuna, Cristian Ansaldi, Federico Fazio, Javier Mascherano, Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Eduardo Salvio, Nicolas Tagliafico
Midfielders: Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Angel Di Maria, Giovani Lo Celso, Maxi Meza, Enzo Perez
Forwards: Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi, Cristian Pavon
It is rather remarkable with this game how Peru did not manage to find the back of the net with the amount of chances they created and had from start to finish in the game, I think the missed penalty on half time pretty much made it looks like they were not going to score in this one! But they didn’t really test goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, most of the shots were straight at him and in the process he has broken his Dad’s clean-sheet minute record for Denmark.
Peru 0 – 1 Denmark (59, Poulson)
45+ 1 – Missed Penalty (Cueva)
Argentina 1 (Sergio Aguero, 19) – Iceland 1 (Alfred Finnbogason, 23)
Sergio Aguero’s first ever World Cup goal came in this game and you would be perfect fine in thinking that it would then be easy for Argentina to push on and score more right? Well, that is very wrong! Iceland have continued in fantastic fashion the form they demonstrated in Euro 2016. This made for a very interesting tactical match.
The game I had most been looking forward to in all honesty the first World Cup game in 2018 for Ronaldo in his fourth World Cup were he could become the fourth player to score in four World Cup’s! He certainly did not disappoint and looked more than up for the game even during the National Anthems, his stance the way he was singing he was switched on for this. We didn’t have to wait long for his first goal when it came from the penalty spot after 4 minutes!