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.
Russia— Saudi Arabia — 5-0
Egypt — Uruguay – 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.
Morocco — Iran — 0-1
Portugal — Spain — 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.
How we missed these type of @diegocosta goals last season. Diego could score great individual goals and was a great finisher. @AlvaroMorata is a great player and hoping he improves but realistically the chances he had if it was Costa he would of taken half of them. #CFC pic.twitter.com/8lp93rEQHZ
— Chelsea FC Fan Club (@ConteBlueArmy) 16 июня 2018 г.
France — Australia — 2-1
Peru — Denmark — 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.
Argentina — Iceland — 1-1
Croatia — Nigeria — 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.
Croatia made a confident winning World Cup start against Nigeria and currently are at the top of their group.
Costa-Rica — Serbia — 0-1
Brazil — Switzerland — 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.
— Van3zzz (@Van3zzz2) 17 июня 2018 г.
Switzerland held the pre-tournament favourites Brazil to a 1-1 draw, earning a deserved point.
Germany — Mexico — 0-1
Sweden — South 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.
Belgium — Panama — 3-0
Tunisia — England — 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.
— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 18, 2018
Colombia — Japan — 1-2
Poland — Senegal — 1-2