World Cup Recap – Day 620th Jun 2018 |
Day 6 saw Group H finish off the first round of group-stage matches before the hosts were back in action to cap things off. With 10 goals in total going in it means there has been at least 1 goal in every World Cup match so far. Let’s see how the action unfolded…
Colombia ‘hand’ Japan the win
We were only 3 minutes into the match when Carlos Sánchez Moreno stuck out his right arm to block a follow-up shot on goal from Japan. A red card and penalty were instantly awarded, which was promptly buried by number 10 Shinji Kagawa.
Japan were off to a dream start and piled on the pressure against 10-man Colombia who stood firm. They were rewarded with a goal from a cheeky Juan Fernando Quintero free-kick which fizzed under the Japan wall and edged itself across the goal line.
Yuya Osako gave Japan the win in the 73rd minute with a superb corner cross from Honda who proved to be a vital sub for the Samurai Blues. The win makes them the first Asian side to beat a South American team in the history of the World Cup.
Two bizarre goals saw Poland defeated by Senegal after a poor overall performance for the European side who were strong in qualifying. A terrible Poland own-goal gifted Senegal the lead shortly before halftime.
Polish agony was compounded in the 60th minute as M’Baye Niang came racing back on from the sidelines to pounce on a lazy lobbed back pass to the Polish keeper. Outrunning Szczesny, Niang had Senegal two goals to the good in unusual fashion.
The Poles pulled one back thanks to a superb Krychowiak header in the dying minutes but it was too little, too late and they now have it all to do against an in-form Japan next Thursday.
The Red Army march on
Russia proved that their 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia wasn’t just a fluke as they looked comfortable against a weak Egyptian side. In a match that lacked quality at times, Russia had fewer shots but were more effective in their attacking play.
Egypt were unlucky to concede their first, coming from an own goal deflected in by Fathy in the 47th minute with Russia firing in another two within the next 20 minutes to make it 3-0.
Mo Salah was in the starting lineup but looked far from 100% fit and could be seen backing away from tackles at times. The Egyptian wizard did get a consolation goal, coming from a VAR awarded penalty kick after being dragged down just inside the box.
The result sees Egypt’s elimination and Russia’s progression all but confirmed, depending on the result of today’s Group A match between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia.
Another Ronaldo Hat-trick?
First up today, there’s some hot Group B action with Portugal vs. Morocco. Could we see Ronaldo adding to his goal tally in the search for the golden boot?
Then it’s back to Group A for Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia where Luis Suarez will be hoping to bite bag a few.
And finally, we get Iran vs. Spain which should be a tasty encounter to round off the day.
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