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The third place match of the Russia 2018 World Cup placed Belgium and England for slug it out for the bronze medal. Belgium came into the match firing on all cylinders and got on the front foot in the first few minutes as Meunier converted Chadli’s cross who latched on to Lukaku’s pass.

England never really threatened to find a way back as Belgium made it difficult for them, dictating all play throughout the first half. Pickford was on hand to save from De Bruyne and gathering from Lukaku’s heavy touch to keep the score at 1-0 as the game went into half time.

England were out in the second half to find a way back into the game. Belgium still had other ideas and still took hold of play with few glimpses from the English. Headers wide, Belgian blocks and notably Alderweid clearing Dier’s chip over Courtois from the line summes up England’s chances in the game.

Belgium soon snuffed out any hopes of an English equalizer as Hazard latched unto De Bruyne’s pass to beat Pickford at the near post to clinch the bronze medal.

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Messi and Ronaldo teams, Argentina and Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup 2018 in Russia. These players are referred as the Greatest of all times (G.O.A.T) by many and were seen to take their team far but this is how their games went below;

The knockout stages of the Russia 2018 FIFA world cup began with France (Group C winners) taking on Argentina (Group D runners up).
With the winner assured of a quarter-final spot, the game started on a cautious note as both teams tried to cancel each other. Mbappe latching unto a loose ball in the French half paced all the way to the Argentine box where he was brought down by Marcos Rojo earning a penalty for Les Blues. Greizmann scored the spot kick giving the lead to France who sat back allowing Argentina to dictate the pace of the game. Parity was restored on 41 minutes as Di Maria hit a shot past Lloris in the french goal taking the scores into half-time at 1-1. Argentina were out of the blocks early in the second half as a Messi shot was deflected pff Mercado to give Argentina the lead. France were soon back on level terms with a Pavard volley beating Armani before nesting in the top corner. Poor defending from Argentina saw Mbappe hit a low drive to give France the lead before doubling it after being let on to a Giroud pass. Aguero hit one in hope for a comeback in the 93rd minute but France held on to book a place in the quarter finals.

Match 2 in the knockout stages pitched Uruguay against Portugal. Uruguay came into the game without conceding a goal in the group stages as Portugal boasted in Ronaldo one of the highest goal scorers in the tournament so far.

Portugal tried to take control of the game in the early stages when a Ronaldo shot was gathered well by Muslera in the Uruguayan goal. Uruguay soon took the lead after a superb Suarez cross found Cavani’s head and into the net. Portugal toiled to find an equalizer before the break but were denied by dogged defending marshalled by Diego Godin.

Uruguay took the lead into halftime as they hoped to book a spot in the quarter final for the first time since 2010 n South Africa. The second period started as the first had ended with Uruguay sitting back and allowing Portugal to do the playing.

The Portuguese pressure eventually paid off as unmarked Pepe headed past Muslera to restore parity. Pepe turned fron hero to villian at the other end as he gave away a header which allowed Suarez to release Cavani who curled a wonder past Rui Patricio to put Uruguay back into the lead and a step closer to the quarter finals. Uruguay showed excellent defending to deny Portugal time and time again as they reached the quarter final where they will take on France.

 

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All we want is let the African teams keep winning like Senegal but that didn’t just go well for Egypt and it’s quite sad. This is what I think about the Russia vs Egypt game;

Egypt came into this game after losing their first game in Russia to group favorites Uruguay and for the first time since the champions league final against real madrid Mohammed Salah started for the Egyptian side to give them more threat up front.

However, the damage had already been done in a 15-minute blitz from Russia early in the second half, Ahmed Fathy’s own-goal opening the floodgates.

Russia took full advantage of the moment of good fortune, Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba netting in the space of three minutes to put Russia in complete control.

Despite his struggles, Salah was rewarded for his resilience when he was fouled by Roman Zobnin – VAR overturning the referee Enrique Caceres’s initial decision to award a free-kick on the edge of the area.

The Liverpool star duly converted from the spot but it could not kick-start a comeback, and while Russia’s place in the last 16 will be confirmed should Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia, Egypt look set to fall out at the first hurdle.

Russia wasted no time in carrying on where they left off in their opening victory – Sergei Ignashevich heading at Mohamed El-Shenawy before Aleksandr Golovin fired wide.

Egypt weathered the storm, though, and Trezeguet very nearly took advantage of the extra space created by Salah’s presence when he curled just wide from the edge of the box.

Cheryshev went close to taking his tally for the tournament to three moments later, but El-Shenawy ensured the winger’s strike did not dip in under the crossbar.

Salah’s moment looked set to arrive in the 34th minute, but Yuri Zhirkov ensured he was in the right place to prevent the forward connecting with Mohamed Shafy’s deflected cross.

Zhirkov could do nothing to prevent Salah’s next effort, however, as he spun clear of the experienced defender and sent a wicked strike inches wide of the target.

Any Egypt momentum was punctured two minutes into the second half, though.

El-Shenawy’s poor punch put Egypt under pressure, and Zobnin’s first-time follow up spun in off the unfortunate Fathy, with VAR confirming that Dzyuba had not fouled his opponent.

Salah was presented with a glorious chance to restore parity with 56 minutes gone, only to hesitate, allowing Mario Fernandes to intervene.

Fernandes soon made a key contribution at the other end too, driving into the box before supplying a neat cut-back for Cheryshev to slot home Russia’s second.

Dzyuba got in on the act with a fantastic turn and finish to send the crowd into raptures, though Zobnin’s clumsy pull-back at least enabled Salah to get himself a World Cup goal.

Still, his effort came in a losing cause for Egypt, with the hosts making it two wins from two to close in on a place in the next round.

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Ok we are team Eagles but everyone broke down when they lost to Croatia 2-0 😢 it was painful but we know the next game would be much better, so let’s continue supporting them. Below is what the guys think about yesterday’s match;

France vs Australia
France had the best individual players in terms of the world cup. They dominated possession pogba and kante in that middle of the pack is really good. They had good chances an early one for that matter which came from kylian mbappe that could have handed them the lead Antoine Griezmann scored the first penalty given by VAR in World Cup history as France edged past Australia 2-1 in their Group C opener.

France were a long way from their best at the Kazan Arena, with their heralded attacking trio of Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele failing to ignite against a dogged Australian outfit.

After a disjointed first half, the game sparked into life shortly after the interval as referee Andres Cunha awarded a penalty to France after consulting VAR and deciding that Josh Risdon had clipped Griezmann just inside the area. The Atletico Madrid striker’s fierce spot-kick was cancelled out just four minutes later by another penalty, Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak slotting home after Samuel Umtiti handled in the area.

Didier Deschamps’ side looked to be heading for a disappointing start to their campaign, but Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba saw his deflected effort bounce off the crossbar and narrowly over the line 10 minutes from time to secure all three points.

France will hope for a more fluid performance against Peru on Thursday, while Australia will look to get their campaign back on track when they face Denmark.
Pogba had other ideas, though, sending a stabbed effort towards goal from the edge of the area which was cruelly diverted past Ryan by Aziz Behich to get the French off to a winning start.

Argentina vs iceland
Argentina went into the world cup game losing Manuel lanzini just before the world cup and having issues with their federation
They started the game well kept possession while the iceland team defended and waited for the counter and it payed off after Argentina had gone one nil up. The goal from aguero was beautiful he was set up well to put them ahead Lionel Messi on the other had was kept quite the whole fourty five minutes.
Hannes Thor Halldorsson was the hero for Iceland as the goalkeeper’s penalty save from Lionel Messi secured his side a sensational 1-1 draw against Argentina.

With Diego Maradona watching on from the stands, Messi failed to convert from the spot in the second half of an eventful Group D opener at the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow.

Sergio Aguero had fired the beaten finalists from four years ago ahead in the 19th minute, finally breaking his World Cup duck at the ninth attempt with a rising left-footed drive.

Argentina’s opener arrived after a glaring miss at the other end, the late-arriving Birkir Bjarnason carelessly pushing a side-footed effort wide of the target when the ball had broken kindly into his path.

However, undeterred by the setback of conceding first,Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side hit back. Finnbogason was on hand to score his country’s maiden World Cup, knocking home a rebound after Caballero had parried a low cross straight to the Augsburg forward.

With their lead disappearing in a hurry, Argentina set about trying to find a second goal against determined opponents happy to sit back and defend.

They were gifted the chance to go ahead again when Hordur Magnusson’s clumsy push on Maximiliano Meza was spotted by referee Szymon Marciniak without the aid of technology.

Yet Halldorsson guessed correctly, diving to his right to frustrate Messi, meaning the Barcelona star has now missed four of his last seven attempts from the spot for club and country.

The keeper also produced a late save to keep out an attempt from substitute Cristian Pavon as Iceland – who also drew 1-1 with eventual winners Portugal in their Euro 2016 opener – held on to clinch another famous result in their footballing history.

Peru vs Denmark
Peru were brilliant and played beautifully well passed the ball with confidence and caused problems for the Denmark team had great opportunities to punish them.

Yussuf Poulsen bounced back from conceding a first-half penalty to score the decisive goal in Demark’s 1-0 victory over Peru in their World Cup Group C opener.

The RB Leipzig forward was deemed to have tripped Christian Cueva in the box when referee Bakary Gassama consulted VAR, but the Peru midfielder skied his spot-kick and left the field in tears at the end of a tense opening period.

Denmark settled into the game after the interval and the talismanic Christian Eriksen provided Poulsen with a chance to turn his evening around in the 59th minute, and the 24-year-old made no mistake.

Paolo Guerrero came on from the bench following a successful appeal to suspend his 14-month drug ban cleared him to feature, but he could not turn the game in Peru’s favour.

Kasper Schmeichel denied Jefferson Farfan brilliantly with six minutes to go as Ricardo Gareca’s men gave a good account of themselves in their first World Cup match for 36 years, entertaining the hordes of South American fans who packed the Mordovia Arena.

France await Peru next, while Denmark will go into their game against Australia in confident mood after collecting three points.

Orlando City’s Yoshimar Yotun lashed the ball into Schmeichel’s midriff from 25 yards as Peru made a positive, energetic start to the game and Edison Flores lifted a powerful shot over the crossbar from just outside the box.

Andre Carrillo surged towards the Denmark box in the 13th minute and cut inside to curl a low drive towards the bottom-left corner, only for Schmeichel to pull off a diving save.

Denmark began to dominate possession but it was not until the 27th minute that they attempted a shot on goal, Thomas Delaney launching the ball over.

Peru promptly countered when Carrillo’s weighted pass put Farfan through on goal and Simon Kjaer had to rush across to dispossess the striker.

Denmark midfielder William Kvist was taken off on a stretcher after a sustaining a blow to the ribs in a challenge with Farfan, and disaster almost struck for Age Hareide’s men when Cueva was brought down in the penalty area by Poulsen.

The referee pointed to the spot upon reviewing video footage and Cueva blazed over, much to the dismay of Peru’s sizable travelling support.

Denmark looked more assured after the restart and pushed forward in search of a breakthrough. It arrived just before the hour mark when Eriksen ran through the middle and fed Poulsen, who slotted the ball low to the left of Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

Peru piled forward and Flores drew a fine, one-handed save from Schmeichel, before the winger was replaced by Peru’s all-time leading goal-scorer Guerrero in the 62nd minute.

The veteran forward quickly tested Schmeichel, heading directly at the keeper from close range before trying an audacious backheel from the edge of the six-yard box that trickled past the post.

Schmeichel then made a brilliant stop with his feet from a late Farfan thunderbolt as Denmark clung on for a hard-fought victory.

Nigeria vs Croatia by Eddy and Deymo

Eddy; The game started in high spirit with a very tantalizing line-up from both teams. First half was balanced and decent but an own goal at the 32nd mins occurred by Etebo through a set piece.

The first half Nigeria was the better team but to be fair it’s disappointing to have conceived an own goal through the header from Kramaric who wasn’t even properly kept off the eighteen yard box.

From the Nigeria part, 3-5-2 is an ideal formation they need to allow Odion Ighalo get good passes and for the Croatia team, keeping pressure on the defence will spring up another goal with modric and Rakitic controlling the midfield with fluidity.

Deymo; After the draw earlier both teams came into the match to win, nigeria started well looking promising from the wings and I think Moses was their best player through out the first half but the own goal from etebo made the nigeria national team a little shaky and Croatia. I thought in the second half nigeria should have brought in kelechi ihenacho ighalo didn’t look good in front Croatia on the other hand didn’t play as I expected with the quality they have in the middle of the pack and in front but the big man in front speaking of Mario mandsukic gave them a relief by winning a penalty for the Croatians.

Croatia claimed pole position in Group D with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Nigeria thanks to an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a Luka Modric penalty.

Midfielder Etebo, who joined Stoke City for €7.2million on Monday, turned a Modric corner into his own net after Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic both flicked the delivery on.

And when William Troost-Ekong needlessly dragged Mandzukic down in the box, captain Modric coolly converted the 71st-minute penalty to give Croatia a winning start on their fifth appearance at the finals.

Croatia had the better of a close contest light on chances in Kaliningrad, with Mandzukic’s aerial power causing plenty of problems for Nigeria, who have the youngest squad at the World Cup.

Gernot Rohr’s men were unable to create a clear opportunity of their own and sit bottom of Group D following the first round of fixtures, Argentina and Iceland having drawn in Moscow earlier on Friday after Lionel Messi missed a penalty.

After a cagey opening, Perisic fired Croatia’s first shot in the 13th minute, narrowly clearing the crossbar after Mandzukic’s strength created the opportunity to shoot.

More solid hold-up play from Mandzukic fed Ante Rebic, whose effort deflected wide, with Croatia scoring the opening goal from the resulting set-piece in the 32nd minute.

Perisic and Mandzukic both got a touch on a right-wing Modric corner but the crucial contact came at the back post from Etebo, who could only divert the ball past teenage goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.

Alex Iwobi was proving a lively presence in attack for Nigeria but after wriggling into space on the left side of the box, he hit a shot directly into a Croatia defender.

Rebic should have doubled Croatia’s lead, firing over from Perisic’s perfect left-wing centre, with Odion Ighalo’s tame header recording the match’s first shot on target in the 59th minute.

Nigeria’s lack of quality in the final third was evident and after Troost-Ekong was penalised for holding Mandzukic in the penalty area, Modric sent Uzoho the wrong way from 12 yards for his first World Cup goal.

A fightback from the Super Eagles never looked likely, Danijel Subasic given a comfortable outing in the Croatia goal with Kelechi Iheanacho and Etebo missing chances to register.

Croatia next face Messi’s men on Thursday, while Nigeria are in action the following day against World Cup debutants Iceland.

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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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For the next 35 days we would be giving you Match Review after every match from the World Cup Russia 2018. Please kindly note that the review are from our contibutors and you can also give a review too by sending to info@gistalways.com.

Review of the opening game by host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia from Eddy Owhor

About the game

For me the game was one sided the Saudians played the possession game but the Russians had better individual performances and decent chances, i think in the first 15-20 minutes the both sides were even but the Russians took the game scoring a beautiful game from a good cross and a nice header too.

I thought coming back from the second half the Saudians would have done better but they lack precision and confidence. And I was more impressed by cheryshev, the former Madrid man who later moved to Villarreal for me was the man of the match his first goal was brilliant and the second wasn’t far from the first.

Run down on the goals by minutes…
1st ⚽: came in the 12th minute from a great delivery from golovin to Gazinsky to put the Russians one goal ahead. It came from a corner kick. The Saudians failed to clear their lines.

2nd ⚽: came in the 43rd minute from a well worked counter attack from the Russians a very decent pass from Roman zobnin to cheryshev to double their lead and I think he kept his composure after been closing down by the Saudians great finish.

3rd ⚽: came right after the break In the 71 minute from a cross down the right hand flank from golovin to dzyuba who peels off the back of Omar hawsawi In the box to beat Al- mayoof the goal keeper nice one from the host.

4th ⚽ :came in the 90 minute by a great play from cheryshev who for me grabbed the man of the match performance, I mean that goal was a stunner he puts them four up.

The 5th ⚽:came 4 minutes later was a great free kick from golovin another player who should also be given the man of the match if it’s was to be giving to 2 players. He compounded the Saudians agony after bending a clean free kick to the left hand side of the post to beat the goal keeper..it’s their day I must say.

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The most talked about and highly anticipated day  finally came, World Cup Russia 2018.

The World Cup kicked off with an Opening ceremony for 30 minutes followed by the opening game with host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia.

As promised we streamed live on our social media platform and shared highlights. See below;

World Cup begins tomorrow and we are coming through with the Live updates on any of our social media platform.

Our full support goes to the Super Eagles team and we know they won’t disappoint us. To get involved use our hashtag #GARussia2018 and follow all the pages below to get Live updates of any game.

Opening ceremony 3.30pm Nigerian Time followed by the first match Russia vs Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the North American countries of Canada, US, and Mexico beat Morocco to win the bid to host the 2026 World Cup. It has been tagged “United 2026,” they got 134 votes while Morocco got 65 votes.

Mexico (in 1970 and 1986) and the US (1994) have previously hosted a football world cup tournament.

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Nigeria is getting ready for the big game, Russia 2018 World Cup.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has released a 30-man provisional list ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

See the full list below:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Defenders: William Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo, Shehu Abdullahi, Tyrone Ebuehi, Ola Aina, Elderson Echiejille, Brian Idowu, Stephen Eze.

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi, Joel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Etebo Oghenekaro, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Uche Agbo, Mikel Agu.

Forwards: Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, Junior Lokosa, Moses Simon, Simy Nwankwo.

 

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