World Cup Recap – Day 721st Jun 2018 |
Yesterday brought the end to the World Cup dreams of three nations, breaking millions of hearts in the process. Such is the nature of the beast known as Russia 2018. Let’s take a quick look back and see how it all unfolded in Groups A and B a few hours ago…
Oh – You Lucky GOAT
Ronaldo proved to be the difference yet again in an edgy 1-0 win over Morocco. There were chances aplenty at both ends after Portugal took the lead in the 4th minute. The African nation slowly grew in confidence and were unlucky not to grab at least a draw as the match wore on.
The loss sees Morocco knocked out of the World Cup with one game remaining against Spain on Monday. Here’s hoping they can at least score once to give their devoted fans something to scream about.
Ronaldo’s 4th goal in Russian means he is now Europe’s all-time male top scorer with an incredible 85 international goals. He’ll still have to go some in the final years of his career to beat Iran superstar Ali Daei with his 109 goals!
Suarez Sneaks It
Luis Suarez scored on his 100th appearance for Uruguay to secure the 3 points required to progress into the last 16. The win also sees Saudi Arabia eliminated with a game still to play against Egypt, who are also booked on a flight home after Monday’s match.
Much like Portugal, Uruguay were very laboured in their play and were somewhat lucky to take the win after the Suarez goal in the 23rd minute. They’ll certainly need to up their game as they head into the last 16 and face some tougher opposition.
That Nearly Cost-ya
The final match of the day saw Spain take on Iran in Group B. As if a carbon-copy of the days previous two matches, Spain stole a 1-0 win with a fluke of a goal. The ball rebounding off Iranian defensive legs, then Diego Costa’s shins, landed neatly in the net in the 54th minute much to Spain’s relief.
Iran really parked the bus for most of the first half but grew in confidence and were lucky not to score late in the game with a string of decent chances. The loss seems them stay on 3 points with Portugal and Spain ahead of them on 4 but a win against Portugal would still see them through.
Can The Big Guns Fire?
Day 8 promises some intriguing clashes and hopefully more excitement than yesterday’s scrappy matches.
13:00 BST – Denmark v Australia – Can the Socceroos pile on the pressure again to cause an upset?
16:00 BST – France v Peru – Will the French sort out their attacking options of will the plucky Peruvians steal a deserved win?
19:00 BST – Argentina v Croatia – Is it Messi’s time to shine against a tough Croatian side?
If you’ve got the answers – Lenny has the odds.
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