The primary spherical of the World Cup has come to an finish with Brazil defeating Serbia 2-0 on Thursday. It absolutely received’t be forgotten quickly because it was a spherical full of nice scores and some surprises combined in as nicely. 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 type and is enjoying at a notably excessive degree. Not solely did he rating a purpose 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 means.
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 way in which the play got here to be, ranging from the double header passes at midfield by Pulisic and Musah, to the nice put up play, one-touching a cross along with his chest by Josh Sargent again to Pulisic, adopted by Pulisic’s drive and exquisite contact to Weah who completed it off brilliantly. Simply an all-around nice staff purpose and one which’s uncommon to see.
Salem Al-Dawsari (Saudi Arabia)
A marvel purpose 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 high nook the place Emiliano Martínez barely received a scratch on it, however not sufficient to maintain it from heading into the web.
João Félix (Portugal)
The Atlético de Madrid ahead’s purpose 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 by way of ball is, his cross sliced by way of Ghana’s protection like a knife chopping by way of butter. An excellent cross adopted by a top quality end offers us the most effective targets of the primary spherical.
The perfect purpose of the event to date. By miles. Presumably of your complete cup? A terrific 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 very good purpose to place the rating out of attain in a match fully owned by Brazil, who look nicely on their option to not solely profitable the group, however profitable your complete factor as nicely, regardless of Neymar’s damage.
Gareth Bale’s PK purpose
Not solely did this PK purpose mark Wales’ first WC purpose in 64 years, however it additionally saved a degree for Wales from what gave the impression to be a positive loss to the US. Due to this big purpose, Wales and USA are nonetheless even with a degree apiece, tied for 2nd within the group behind England, with very excessive hopes to make it by way of the group stage. Had he missed, their hopes can 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 forms of odds, to not point out being down within the rating towards a Messi-led staff. They stood their floor and got here again to defeat a closely favored Argentina squad who think about something apart from lifting the trophy a disappointment. HUGE outcome. Most likely 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. Nonetheless, standing below the goalposts was ‘Memo’ Ochoa who has give you some huge 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 purpose, however rescued a degree 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 probabilities slip to increase their lead. On the identical time, Japan by no means let up and saved pushing till they discovered not solely the equalizer, however the go forward rating as nicely on an amazing drive by Takuma Asano. One other big upset, however contemplating Japan have had success on this world stage prior to now, it’s not above Saudi Arabia’s. Nonetheless, a large outcome that was completely surprising with the Germans in agency management of the match by way of the primary 75 minutes. Group E might very nicely belong to Spain now.
Spain’s historic 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica
On no account was it the highest-scoring match of all-time for a WC, however what Luis Enrique’s staff achieved yesterday was definitely historic in Spain’s file books. It’s their highest-scoring efficiency in WC historical past and completely demolished Keylor Navas’s purpose with 6 completely different gamers chipping in to attain the 7 targets. With Germany’s loss and purpose distinction an enormous benefit for the Spaniards, the trail has opened up for them to win the group.