Day 2 games are over and it was fantastic especially the last game by Portugal and Spain which ended with a 3-3 draw. The guys came through today with all the reviews, see below;
Egypt vs Uruguay
The first half was good Uruguay had the better chance the one from Luis Suarez and I think the Egyptians played beautifully, defended well and played on the counter. I think if they had brought in mo. Salah in the second half they would have had a better chance of scoring. But in all round it’s was a decent and entertaining game.
The second half was totally one sided and Egypt could have done better but the Uruguay were simply superb and had a good chance, the game could have actually been more but the Egyptian keeper was outstanding the save that kept out Edison cavani was great goal keeping. They tried to keep the Uruguay’s from scoring but Jimenez header foul kick made all the difference. Great game to watch. And I think Egypt can still qualify they need to work on their finishing.
Chances and goal
Luis Suarez missed two golden chances as goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy excelled, before Cavani struck the post with a late free-kick, seemingly sealing a point for Egypt on their return to the finals.
But Gimenez rose highest to meet a set-piece and bury a header past El-Shenawy In the 90 minute to put them ahead , celebrating a fine end to a week in which he signed a new contract at Atletico Madrid.
Egypt offered little in Salah’s absence and are now under pressure heading into a clash with Russia, while Uruguay – and particularly Suarez – can breathe a sigh of relief.
With Salah – who has been battling a shoulder injury – watching on from the sidelines, Egypt’s approach was largely compact and somewhat rugged and the first chance came as Cavani worked El-Shenawy from 20 yards.
Suarez should have fired Uruguay in front at the midway point of the first half, but, when the ball dropped his way from a corner, he screwed a close-range effort into the side-netting.
Uruguay continued to labour in the attacking third before the break, while a healthy Egyptian contingent had only Salah’s appearance on the stadium’s big screen to cheer.
Suarez and his team-mates were quickly back on the front foot following the restart, though, and Cavani fed his strike partner for a low drive that El-Shenawy blocked bravely.
The Barcelona forward squandered another opportunity late on, forcing his way through the Egypt backline but failing in his attempt to round the goalkeeper.
And El-Shenawy again looked to have preserved a point with a sublime save from Cavani’s thunderous volley, before the Uruguay attacker curled a free-kick against the post.
But Gimenez came to the rescue as he planted a header into the bottom-right corner, earning a hard-fought victory.
Iran vs Morocco
It wasn’t the score every one had in mind, In the first 15 to 20 minutes the Moroccans looked promising but later on drifted, the both sides never really got a shot on target apart from the effort from benatia which the goal keeper saved in the first 45 minutes.
In the second half I was hoping on a brighter game from both sides and they both stepped up and, for the second time today at Russia 2018, a late goal at the death has won it. Iran win 1-0 against Morocco in Group B with only 32 percent possession as substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz puts Ehsan Haji Safi’s last-gasp free-kick into his own net in the dying seconds. Carlos Queiroz’s side get their first World Cup win in 20 years; Herve Renard’s men see their 18-match unbeaten streak come to an end in heartbreaking circumstances. Full-time in Saint Petersburg, it finishes Morocco 0-1 Iran. Great game of football.
Portugal vs Spain
Portugal took on Spain in a Russia 2018 group B encounter.
Portugal led by talisman Cristiano Ronaldo who was up against club allies and foes led by Sergio Ramos in Fernando Hierro’s first game since the sacking of Julen Lopetegui few days before the World Cup.
Portugal had no intent of showing timidity as they took the lead through Ronaldo’s 4th minute penalty after the Forward was brought down by Nacho. Spain dominated proceedings in the first half and were rewarded with an equaliser by Diego Costa in the 24th minute. Spain were fluid in possession as Portugal sat back until just before the break when an unusual deGea error from a Ronaldo’s shot saw the ball whisk into the net.
Portugal went into the break with a 2-1 lead and came out for the second half with no intention of releasing thier grip but Spain had other ideas as a well worked free kick involving David Silva, Koke and Sergio Busquets saw Costa tap in for his second of the night and seven minutes later in the 58th minute a rasping drive from Nacho rewarded Spain with a deserved 2-3 lead as they continued to dictate possession. Ricardo Quaresma came on for Portugal in the 69th minute as they tried to make thier way back into the game and flashed a shot just over the bar. The way back was eventually found with few minutes to play as Ronaldo curled a freekick past the Wall and a helpless David deGea for his third and Portugal’s equaliser on the night. And soit ended
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