2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, group phase, Round 1

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The first round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was marked by a good start of the hosts, the brilliant performance in Sochi by Portugal and Spain and the unpredictable results in the matches of the obvious favorites, including holders – Germany.

Group A.

RussiaSaudi Arabia — 5-0

EgyptUruguay – 0-1

The game between the weakest teams in the history of the World Cup opener gave Russian fans a ray of hope, at least to go through. About something more, one should not even think: the Saudis were too weak.

The real exam for Russia will be on June 19 in a match against Egypt, everyone is waiting for the appearance of one of the best strikers of this season – Mohamed Salah. Salah missed the first match of his team, in which José María Giménez in the end powered the winner for Uruguay.

Group B.

MoroccoIran — 0-1

PortugalSpain — 3-3

The Iberian Peninsula derby became the main thriller of the first round, which had included everything: a hat-trick Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick, an ambiguous penalty, furious Diego Costa. The match was really hot and exciting – that is what fans await every four years.

Group C.

FranceAustralia — 2-1

PeruDenmark — 0-1

France certainly have been pleased with the introduction of the VAR system and the Goal-line Technology (GLT). Both goals of Didier Deschamps’ team were scored with the use of the latest technology. The goals in this tough French victory came courtesy of a VAR-assisted penalty and a GLT-awarded match‑winner.

Group D.

ArgentinaIceland — 1-1

CroatiaNigeria — 2-0

One of the main tournament’s sensations was produced by Iceland, who could not be underestimated yet taking into account the Euro-2016. Argentina started confidently, quickly scored a goal, but eventually finished their duel with 1-1 draw, while Messi failed to score a penalty with a terrible kick. All eyes now on Messi, who’s bid to win the World Cup got off to a nightmare start, taking into account a sensational Ronaldo’s hat-trick.

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Croatia made a confident winning World Cup start against Nigeria and currently are at the top of their group.

Group E.

Costa-RicaSerbia — 0-1

BrazilSwitzerland — 1-1

Serbia showed a fairly convincing team game, which, coupled with the high individual skill of individual performers (take a look at the goal of the best player of the match, Alexander Kolarov), makes them the real contenders for going through.

Switzerland held the pre-tournament favourites Brazil to a 1-1 draw, earning a deserved point.

Group F.

GermanyMexico — 0-1

SwedenSouth Korea — 1-0

The main tournament’s sensation was produced by Mexico, who stunned the holders Germany thanks to Hirving Lozano’s first-half goal. Now the main intrigue: will the Germans succeed in avoiding the sad tradition of the last tournaments, when the current world champions do not go through.

Group G.

BelgiumPanama — 3-0

TunisiaEngland — 1-2

England’s World Cup campaign began with a turning point: the Gareth Southgate’s side beat Tunisia in Volgograd and won their debut match at a major tournament for the first time in 12 years.

Group H.

ColombiaJapan — 1-2

PolandSenegal — 1-2

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