World Cup Days 2/3

Ronaldo 1 Messi 0

We’re now 3 days in to the World Cup and the first battle between Ronaldo and Messi has gone to the Portuguese player after his hat-trick against Spain, I could put 3-0 as Ronaldo scored his Penalty, Messi missed his, Ronaldo scored his late free kick and Messi missed, Ronaldo performed well, Messi didn’t. But enough of these two, Friday saw Uruguay finally overcome a stubborn Egyptian side with a late winner after both teams missed very good chances though I can’t say I was impressed with either than could mean Russia after their opening day win could fancy themselves getting through. In the first Group B game saw an upset as Iran beat Morocco with a injury time own goal but I thought was fully deserved. The last game on Day 2 saw a match that would’ve been suitable for a last 4 tie as Spain and Portugal meet. The game had everything bar a sending off (still none so far) with a Penalty, a keeping mistake, a hat-trick and a wonder strike by Nacho. Portugal led twice before Costa equalised both times before Nacho struck before a ice cool Ronaldo got his hat-trick and a share of the points with his free-kick. Saturday saw 4 games and the first VAR assisted penalty after Griezmann was adjudged to have been fouled after the referee originally waved play-on it looked at the time the correct decision but slow motion did show that Griezmann was fouled and he duly converted it himself, Australia who battled hard then had their own penalty for handball and was also converted before a Pogba effort heavily deflected of Behich was shown to have crossed the line by Goal Line Technology and to me has to gone down as an own goal for France to sneak home 2-1. Argentina and Messi took stage for the second game of the day against Iceland. Iceland kept Messi quiet all game. Aguero put Argentina ahead and you thought that they would go on and win but Iceland struck back quickly and were level within 5 minutes and whilst Argentina had the best chances including a Messi penalty they couldn’t find a way through so the points were shared and it was a massive result for Iceland. Game 3 saw Peru take on Denmark which saw the 4th penalty of the day and the second VAR awarded penalty of the day. However Cueva who had a good game blazed the penalty way over the bar which for a international was embarrassing and Peru were made to rule that miss as Poulsen slotted home an Eriksen pass to give the Danes a 1 nil win despite the Peru domination which however lacked any real cutting edge. Game 4 saw Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 with the days 5th penalty which was duly scored by Modric to make it 2-0 after Etebo had unfortunately put in his own net, Nigeria failed to live up to the hype and rarely threatened. Day 3 also saw 2 correct score predictions for both Muse (France 2-1, Denmark 1-0) and myself (France 2-1, Croatia 2-0) with the Danish result giving Muse the early advantage with 18 points from myself (15), Ads (9) with Joe (4) bringing up the rear. Day 4 sees both Germany (vs Mexico) and Brazil (vs Switzerland) in action for the first time along with Costa Rica vs Serbia who start the proceedings at 1pm.

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