An action-packed week on the World Cup is the books and the tournament rages on with an uncanny amount of penalties and own goals. The first verdicts are already in: Russia and Uruguay have advanced in the group A after their wins against Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Croatia did the same in the G one.
While La Celeste has been doing it with minimal efforts, the other two teams, along with Belgium have been the most impressive squads so far. The Sbornaya is on an incredible run and is very well-structured. As for the Red Devils, who have more than one foot in the next phase, Romelu Lukaku keeps terrorizing defences, while Eden Hazard netted his first two goals in a World Cup.
France have had a second unexciting showing, but they bested Peru thanks to a Kylian Mbappe goal and they are through as well. The Incas are eliminated despite displaying some interesting football, while Australia can still technically catch Denmark after their draw.
Spain and Portugal took control of the Group B: the Red Fury had to dig deep to beat Iran, but the score by Diego Costa proved to be sufficient despite the Persians’ efforts, while the Navigators were a little lucky against Morocco, where Cristiano Ronaldo converted their first chance and then the Atlas Lions were unable to hit the net despite multiple good attempts. As a result, Medhi Benatia and company were sent packing.
In the most anticipated game, Argentina collapsed late against Croatia and looked completely disorganized from the waist up. The opportunistic Vatreni broke the deadlock thanks to Ante Rebic, who capitalized on an incredible blunder by Willy Caballero, and then stroke twice on counters, first with Luka Modric firing a pretty one from distance and then with Ivan Rakitic.
Brazil ran into two very sturdy opponents: they tied with Switzerland, but then managed to down Costa Rica thanks to a late push, with once again Coutinho and then Neymar breaking through. La Seleçao is now in the driver’s seat in his group, alongside the Helvetians who then proceeded to defeat Serbia in a very entertaining game.
Germania took a tumble in the debut against Mexico, where they looked surprisingly unbalanced and left the door open for multiple counter-attacks, but then found a way to come back and pip Sweden when things were looking bleak, thanks to a magnificent curled shot by Toni Kroos. La Tricolor somehow won both of his games, but everything is in play in that group.
Going back to last weekend: England had a positive day view and pulled the strings for most of the game, but it took them a very late goal by Harry Kane to topple Tunisia.
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