It is sometimes difficult to know how to feel about Mohamed Salah. The former Chelsea and Roma star has enjoyed quite possibly the finest season of his career this year with Liverpool, having arrived from La Liga last summer. He topped the Premier League goalscoring charts and generally dominated play, lighting up football pitches up and down England whenever he laced up his boots. With that in mind, there were high hopes that he could help inspire his team-mates in the Egypt national team into a good outing at the World Cup this summer. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened, and rumours have been swirling that Salah could even be set to retire from the international stage at just 26 years old.
When one has limited experience playing international football and is selected for the World Cup squad to represent the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, it could be easy to accept that things aren’t too likely to go your way and do the bare minimum. That has not proven to be the case with Russia midfielder Denis Cheryshev, however. The former Real Madrid midfielder is arguably one of the more well-known names in the Russia national side, despite having only 10 caps to his name before the grand competition kicked off a few days ago. His performance level – and overall contribution – to the host nation’s cause has, therefore, been something of a surprise to some.
The second round will end today with England looking to secure the qualification against Panama. Japan and Senegal will square off in the afternoon, trying to maintain the momentum they obtained after the surprise wins in their respective debuts. The main event will be Poland versus Colombia, where both teams need a win to bounce back to stay alive.
Let’s recap the already sealed verdicts ahead of the third and final match. Four squads have gained access to the elimination stage: Russia and Uruguay in the group A, France and Croatia in C and D one. Continue reading
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.
Two contenders will take the field on Sunday: Germany will square off against Mexico, while the Neymar-led Brazil will take on Switzerland, both looking to get off on the right foot, but their opponents are no pushovers. Today’s first game will be between Costa Rica and Serbia.
Two other top national teams will make their debut in Russia on Monday: Belgium will face Panama and England will challenge Tunisia. They will try to take advantage of favourable match-ups on paper. The slate will be opened by Sweden versus South Korea. Two intriguing teams in the second tier, Colombia and Poland, will day view on Tuesday, respectively against Japan and Senegal. Continue reading
Tonight we will witness the first match from Russia 2018: the host nation will face Saudi Arabia. Both countries are not expected to go far in the tournament but will be eager to register a win in the opening game.
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The World Cup is finally here, so let’s take a look at the first few days of action. The home team of Russia will kick things off on Thursday facing Saudi Arabia in the pretty open group A. There is a lot of curiosity towards the Red Army, which obviously skipped the qualifications and has played only three official games in the past two years, in the Confederations Cup, and had mixed showings in the friendlies.
Their main rivals to advance, Egypt and Uruguay, will square off on Friday. Continue reading