Welcome back to StacySpeaks Blog and this week we bring you the roundup of all match day 2 of the FIFA world cup 2018 taking place in Russia and the weather here is soooo cold, I’m practically freezing right now but the world cup is getting hotter and these are the group updates:
Russia took on the Salah-led Egyptians, Egypt were expected to challenge the hosts better but were blown away by 3 second half goals by the Russians confirming the exit of the Egyptians and the progress of the hosts to the next round.
Yet another Luis Suarez strike was enough to send the Saudi Arabians out of the tournament meaning the final group game between Saudi Arabia and Egypt is a dead ball with nothing but pride to play for while the group winners would be decided by the result of the match between Russia and Uruguay.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another goal against Morocco to move Portugal a step closer to the Round of 16 while heaping pressure on Lionel Messi to catch up. This also confirmed Morocco’s exit from the world cup.
A Diego Costa goal was enough for Spain to defeat a tough and plucky Iranian outfit.
Christian Eriksen gave Denmark the lead in a keenly contested match between two evenly matched teams before the Australians fought back with an equalizer by Miles Jedinak to earn a deserved 1-1 draw.
France and Peru locked horns in Ekaterinburg and this resulted in a winner by teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, thereby putting his name in the history books as the youngest French to score in the world cup finals.
Croatia dealt a heavy blow to Lionel Messi’s Argentina as a string of errors_- the most glaring being won by Willy Caballero which made them lose 3-0 to the efficient Croatian team.
Our Shaku-Shaku boys finally brought smiles to the faces of Nigerians all over the world by melting the ice of the Vikings of Iceland with a double strike by Ahmed “Lionel Cristiano” Musa, Breaker of Ice, first of his kind, Father of goals meaning Nigeria won by a 2 goal margin.
Late drama ensured in St. Petersburg with Injury time goals from Phillipe Coutinho and Neymar giving the Samba boys a much needed Victory.
Switzerland powered to a 2-1 win against Serbia in a game that raised a bit of political tension between both Nations as a result of the celebration of both Granit Xhaka and Shaqiri following their goals and they were retrospectively given a formal warning by FIFA.
Mexico secured a place in the round of 16 with a 2-1 win over Korea Republic with Carlos Vela and Javi Hernandez scoring the pair of Mexican goals and Son Heung-min being the goal scorer of the Koreans’ Lone goal.
Germany stared at elimination in the eye for the best part of their game against Sweden before a comeback instigated by Marko Reus and perfected by a winner from a wonderfully curled shot by Toni Kroos meant every member of the group still had a mathematical Chance of going through.
The red devils of Belgium had a field day against the Tunisians in what was yet another miserable outing for an African nation as Tunisia succumbed to a 5-2 defeat with Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard Scoring a pair of braces.
England showed they were not going to be outdone by scoring 6 goals past Panama with their talismanic Striker Harry Kane scoring a hattrick , the consolation goal scored by Felipe Baloy was greatly celebrated by the Panaman fans as this was their first ever goal in the World cup.
The Senegalese team lost a lead twice in a good game of football against the Japanese team as they drew 2-2 with the Japanese helped along the way with a wonderful performance by Keisuke Honda.
Colombia after a shock loss to Japan in their opening game defeated the very poor Polish team to a group stage exit, being the first European team to crash out.
Sports Columnist: Tope Oriowo.
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