The primary spherical of the World Cup has come to an finish with Brazil defeating Serbia 2-0 on Thursday. It absolutely gained’t be forgotten quickly because it was a spherical crammed with nice scores and some surprises combined in as properly. Here’s a recap of each classes.
Enner Valencia (Ecuador)
Enner Valencia proved why he’s carrying the captain armband for his nation. He’s in distinctive kind and is enjoying at a notably excessive degree. Not solely did he rating a objective within the third minute which was overturned by VAR resulting from offside, however he calmly put away a PK just some minutes later to offer Ecuador the lead, after which gave us this fantastic thing about a header to make it 2-0 and provides Ecuador a snug lead that was by no means threatened to be reached by the hosts. High-notch high quality to get the WC below method.
Tim Weah (USA)
Yeah, Tim Weah poked it in completely to beat the difficult Wayne Hennessey. However greater than the end itself, it’s the best way the play got here to be, ranging from the double header passes at midfield by Pulisic and Musah, to the good put up play, one-touching a go along with his chest by Josh Sargent again to Pulisic, adopted by Pulisic’s drive and delightful contact to Weah who completed it off brilliantly. Simply an all-around nice staff objective and one which’s uncommon to see.
Salem Al-Dawsari (Saudi Arabia)
A surprise objective by the Saudi participant who did all of it by himself; he obtained a pop up inside Argentina’s field, needed to go win the ball in between two Argentine defenders and dribble off a 3rd, to barely get his shot off earlier than one other sliding defender received to it first. To not point out, placing it within the far prime nook the place Emiliano Martínez barely received a scratch on it, however not sufficient to maintain it from heading into the online.
João Félix (Portugal)
The Atlético de Madrid ahead’s objective is by all means an amazing end, however wouldn’t be what it’s with out the jaw-dropping help by teammate Bruno Fernandes. A real master-class of what a via ball is, his go sliced via Ghana’s protection like a knife slicing via butter. A brilliant go adopted by a top quality end provides us top-of-the-line objectives of the primary spherical.
The most effective objective of the event to date. By miles. Probably of your entire cup? An ideal drive by Vinicius who served Richarlison the ball. The Tottenham Hotspur striker’s management was a bit excessive, however he improvised masterfully and related on a bicycle shot to rocket the ball into the underside left nook. A really excellent objective to place the rating out of attain in a match utterly owned by Brazil, who look properly on their technique to not solely profitable the group, however profitable your entire factor as properly, regardless of Neymar’s harm.
Gareth Bale’s PK objective
Not solely did this PK objective mark Wales’ first WC objective in 64 years, however it additionally saved some extent for Wales from what seemed to be a positive loss to the US. Due to this enormous objective, Wales and USA are nonetheless even with some extent apiece, tied for 2nd within the group behind England, with very excessive hopes to make it via the group stage. Had he missed, their hopes could be wanting fairly dim by now.
Saudi Arabia defeating Argentina 2-1
In what’s presumably the largest upset in World Cup historical past, the Saudis overcame all sorts of odds, to not point out being down within the rating in opposition to a Messi-led staff. They stood their floor and got here again to defeat a closely favored Argentina squad who take into account something aside from lifting the trophy a disappointment. HUGE consequence. In all probability the largest second this WC will see it doesn’t matter what, however by far the largest second on this first spherical, making it even greater resulting from Saudi Arabia’s traditionally poor WC performances.
Mexico’s ‘Memo’ Ochoa heroic PK save vs. Lewandowski
In a sport the place Mexico had been scripted to lose, Robert Lewandowski’s PK within the 58th minute was about to make that come true. Nevertheless, standing below the goalposts was ‘Memo’ Ochoa who has give you some large saves in prior WCs all through his profession, most notably Brazil 2014. This was not the exception, as he brilliantly guessed the spot and never solely saved a objective, however rescued some extent for Mexico who’re momentarily alive of their group due to that save.
Japan come from behind to upset Germany
Germany performed a heck of a sport, however let key possibilities slip to increase their lead. On the similar time, Japan by no means let up and stored pushing till they discovered not solely the equalizer, however the go forward rating as properly on an amazing drive by Takuma Asano. One other enormous upset, however contemplating Japan have had success on this world stage previously, it’s not above Saudi Arabia’s. Nonetheless, a large consequence that was completely surprising with the Germans in agency management of the match via the primary 75 minutes. Group E may very properly belong to Spain now.
Spain’s historic 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica
In no way was it the highest-scoring match of all-time for a WC, however what Luis Enrique’s staff completed yesterday was definitely historic in Spain’s document books. It’s their highest-scoring efficiency in WC historical past and completely demolished Keylor Navas’s objective with 6 totally different gamers chipping in to attain the 7 objectives. With Germany’s loss and objective distinction an enormous benefit for the Spaniards, the trail has opened up for them to win the group.