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World Cup 2018 Group Matches


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  Thursday, June 14
  1. June 14 - a:  Russia 5:0 Saudi Arabia  at Moscow (Luzhniki)

 World Cup 2018 kicked off in Moscow as Russia dismantled Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the largest shutout by a host nation in an opening match. Group A is the weakest group ever according to FIFA rankings, and Russia were considered perhaps the worst team in the tournament, but his victory will appease their fans for a few days at least. One man in particular raised his professional value in this game and that honor goes to Aleksandr Golovin, with a goal, two assists, and one pre-assist. Sub Cheryshev also scored two goals.

 In the 12th minute, a cross from Golovin found the head of Gazinsky, who easily scored as a KSA player slipped. The KSA defense was found themselves stretched badly at 43', and Cheryshev scored his first from the six yard box. (He had replaced the hamstring-injured Alan Dzagoev in the 24th). In the 71st minute, Golovin crossed into recent sub Artem Dzyuba who easily headed in Russia's third goal. In the fist minute of stoppage time, Cheryshev scored a slick goal with the outside of his left foot. A few minutes later, Golovin was taken down and took the free kick from the 22 yard mark. Despite KSA setting up for the near post, he went up and over and the ball was untouched for his first goal of the tournament and Russia's fifth and final goal.
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  Friday, June 15
  2. June 15 - a:  Egypt 0:1 Uruguay  at Ekaterinburg

 Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez headed home a massive goal at 89' for Uruguay to steal three points from a defensive-minded Egypt squad. The Pharaohs would be without Mo Salah on his twenty-sixth birthday, as the striker was held out due to a shoulder injury he suffered early in Liverpool's Champions League Final weeks earlier. Uruguay had the offensive advantage, outshooting Egypt 14 to 6, including a huge miss from Luis Suarez, who somehow found the side-netting from five yards out at 24', and a woodwork hit from Cavani at 88'. La Celeste (FIFA ranking 14) will be happy with the win, but Russia's high scoring opening match will kepp them hungry for more. Uruguay win their first match in a World Cup for the first time since 1970.
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  4. June 15 - b:  Morocco 0:1 IR Iran  at St. Petersburg

 With Spain and Portugal expected to top the group, Morocco and Iran knew a win in this first Group B match would be essential. Into stoppage time, Iran seemed to keep Morocco at bay, until luck went Team Melli's way at 90'+5'; an Iranian cross by Ehsan Hajsafi was headed in for an own goal by Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz, giving Iran the win and leaving Morocco reeling. This was Iran's second World Cup win ever and first since it defeated the United States in 1998. Also, the glorious sound of vuvuzelas could be heard throughout the match. Music to my ears!
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  3. June 15 - b:  Portugal 3:3 Spain  at Sochi

 Spain found themselves in the news leading up to this match for all the wrong reasons: new manager Hierro replaced Julen Lopetegui, who found himself quickly sacked by Spain's federation after he announced his hiring to Real Madrid just days before this match. This new definitely hurt Spain's preperation and morale, or would it?

 Well... meet Cristiano Ronaldo. The man was a human highlight machine, bagging his 51st hat trick (and 51st in the history of the World Cup), and upending Spain's would-be victory with a gorgeous bending free kick at 88' to secure the draw. His first goal was a penalty at 4', earned against his Real Madrid teammate Nacho. His second, just before half, was a knuckler, a no-spin 19 yard worm burner that Spanish keeper David de Gea could not handle. A howler for a keeper of De Gea's stature. Spain battled back twice on great goals by Diego Costa. First, at 24', Costa played keep away with two Portuguese defenders, making them look silly. At 55', Costa crashed the goal on a free kick as a striker does. Just a few minutes later, Nacho Fernandez smashed a ball from 21 yards that bounced off both posts before going in. Spain seemed to be in control most of the second half, until they gave Ronaldo that last minute window of opportunity. This was the most exciting draw in some time. By the way, Iran leads the group!
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  Saturday, June 16
  5. June 16 - c:  France 2:1 Australia  at Kazan

 Technology played a big role in France's 2-1 victory over the plucky Australia Socceroos. For the first time, VAR (Video Assistant Referee) was used in a World Cup match and the referee then awarded France a penalty kick. Antoine Griezmann converted at 58' to put France ahead. Australia would equalize a few minutes later when Samuel Umtiti reached his arm high into the air on a free kick and the Socceroos were awarded a penalty kick. No card for Umtiti, however, who obviously tried and succeeded to touch the ball. Australia's captain Mile Jedniak converted and the match was level at 62'. Les Bleus would take the lead for good when Paul Pogba's chip at 81' was slightly deflected, hit the crossbar and landed just inside the goal line. Goal line technology confirmed the goal, which cleared the line by an inch or so. The goal would later be credited as an own goal against Aziz Behich. France do not look as good as everyone seems to expect, so their next match against Peru should be interesting.
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  7. June 16 - d:  Argentina 1:1 Iceland  at Moscow (Spartak)

 Iceland made their World Cup debut with a surprising result against Argentina. La Albiceleste opened the scoring at 19' as Sergio Kun Aguero pirouetted to his left from inside the box and smashed his first World Cup goal. Iceland equalized at 23' when Finnbogason scored from 7 yards on a rebound for Iceland's first ever World Cup goal. At 63' Magnusson ran over Messi for a penalty kick and the Argentine superstar failed to convert, with a rather uninspiring shot to his left. The denial would lift Iceland who would then play very defensively the rest of the way, but little Iceland very much earned the 1-1 draw with their powerhouse opponent. Skol.
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  6. June 16 - c:  Peru 0:1 Denmark  at Saransk

 Both teams entered this Group C match unbeaten in their last fifteen matches (Peru 10W-5D-0L; Denmark 8W-7D-0L). Peru returns to the World Cup after 36 years and just before half was awarded a penalty kick after video review, but Cueva booted the attempt over the crossbar and into the stratosphere. Despite Peru's numerous chances, Denmark would strike first at 59' when Eriksen fed Yurary Poulsen down the left who left-footed it past Gallese. Sub and Peru superstar Paolo Guerrero barely missed with a sweet 79' backheel inside the box. So close. Denmark earns a huge three points while Peru are left wondering how one of their "3,000" shots couldn't find the net.
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  8. June 16 - d:  Croatia 2:0 Nigeria  at Kaliningrad

 The Saturday quadrupleheader culminated with Croatia and Nigeria, and it would be Vatreni over the Super Eagles, 2-0. Nigeria gave up an own goal at 32' as Luka Modric swung in a corner and after a couple of Croatia touches, it deflected off Nigeria's Etebo and into the net. At 72' after Ekong wrapped himself around Mandzukic during a corner kick, Modric would convert from the spot, burying the ball into the lower left corner. Croatia earn three valuable points in a tough group.
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  Sunday, June 17
  10. June 17 - e:  Costa Rica 0:1 Serbia  at Samara

 Having Brazil in the group means the pressure is on to pick up as many points as possible. Serbia rose to the challenge, defeating Los Ticos of Costa Rica, 1-0. Aleksandar Kolarov would net the winner for the White Eagles at the 56th minute, with a beautiful free kick up and over the wall and just out of the reach of Costa Rica's Keylor Navas, who had the best game for Costa Rica.
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  11. June 17 - f:  Germany 0:1 Mexico  at Moscow (Luzhniki)

 ¡Mexico! El Tri defeated the defending World Cup champions, 1-0, on a fine, fine goal scored by Hirving "Chucky" Lozano, who took a few touches inside the box and shook his German defender and slotted the ball past Die Mannschaft's Manuel Neuer in the 35th minute. Germany certainly had their chances, but Memo Ochoa was up to the taks and earned the clean sheet, along with my for man of the match selection for his 9 saves. As broadcaster Andres Cordero noted on twitter: "You don't have to root for Mexico. But you can root for good football. This is good football." Some will note that Germany's midfield was outmatched, and their own fans were upset with their performance. "That's how you play Germany. That's how you play a World Cup," Juan Carlos Osorio, Mexico Team Manager, said after the game. LAFC's Carlos Vela played the first hour and besides running the counterattack and relentlessly marked Toni Kross on the defensive side. This marquee matchup did not disappoint. Germany is the first European team to lose at this year's World Cup.
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  9. June 17 - e:  Brazil 1:1 Switzerland  at Rostov-On-Don

 Well, no one saw this coming. Switzerland, in drawing with Brazil, basically upset one of the world powers in football. The Swiss defense and GK Yann Sommer absorbed shot after shot in a great defensive effort thwarting Brazil's twenty shot attempts. Only Philippe Coutinho managed to beat the keeper. Coutinho offered up one of his 'everyday specials,' a beautiful right-footed curler at 20' to put Brazil on the scoreboard first. The Swiss would equalize at 50' when Steven Zuber connected on a corner kick from Shaqiri for a short-range header. Zuber pushed off a little on his defender, but not enough to warrant a foul. Brazil fans were unhappy with the ref, and perhaps it was warranted; Neymar was the first player fouled ten times in a game in 20 years. With the draw, Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978. Also, this is the first time Brazil, Argentina and Germany all failed to win their opening matches of the same World Cup (D-D-L)
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  Monday, June 18
  12. June 18 - f:  Sweden 1:0 Korea Republic  at Nizhny Novgorod

 Sweden played in World Cup 2018 without superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired from international football in 2016, so questions remained if the squad would be up to the task. After a scoreless, fairly plucky hour by both sides, South Korea's Kim Min-woo took down Viktor Claesson in the box, and after VAR consultation, Sweden were awarded a penalty. Captain Andreas Granqvist converted from the spot for the Blue-Yellow. The game saw 43 fouls and Korea only made 5 shot attempts, and none on goal. Despite some last second challenges from Korea Republic, it is Sweden who take the three points. It has been eight World Cups since Sweden won their opening round match in 1958.
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  13. June 18 - g:  Belgium 3:0 Panama  at Sochi

 The second debutant of World Cup 2018, Panama, weren't expected to be much of a match against a stacked Belgium side, but La Marea Roja managed to keep the game scoreless through the first half. The Red Devils of Belgium took control immediately in the second half. Dries Mertens scored his 15th international goal on a blazing volley at 47' from the corner of the 18-yard box. From 6 yards out, Romelu Lukaku headed in a wonderful ball fed from Kevin De Bruyne at 66', and Lukaku got his brace at 75' on a quick counterattack. Panama kept trying, but were quite outmatched in the end. FYI, Panama have the oldest team at the World Cup, for what that's worth.
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  14. June 18 - g:  Tunisia 1:2 England  at Volgograd

 Swarms of mosquitoes and midges cluttered the air as England met Tunisia in a rematch of World Cup 1998 in France. The Three Lions would open the scoring at 11' when Captain Harry Kane scored in his first World Cup game, putting in a rebound as a good striker should. A few minutes later, Tunisia changed goalkeepers as Farouk Ben Mustapha replaced injured Mouez Hassen. At 33', Kyle Walker committed an inexplicable blocking foul in the box and a penalty was deservedly called. Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi converted from the spot, placing the ball just under the diving English keeper Pickford, and levelling the game at 1. The Eagles of Carthage's defense held up until the first minute of stoppage when, on a corner kick, the ball headed toward the box by Harry Maguire found the head of the unmarked Kane, who pushed the ball just inside the back post. While England now have just their second win in their last nine World Cup matches, their fans will no doubt be relieved to take the points. As The Shadow League noted on twitter: "Harry Kane saves England from millions of jokes on Twitter with this last-minute goal!"
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  Tuesday, June 19
  16. June 19 - h:  Colombia 1:2 Japan  at Saransk

 The first red card of 2018's FIFA World Cup was shown just three minutes into the match when Japanese Shinji Kagawa's shot on goal found the outstretched arm of the leaping Colombian Carlos Sanchez. Sanchez's sending off was the second earliest World Cup red card in history. Kagawa converted the ensuing penalty and Japan were ahead, 1-0. Down to ten men, Colombia's defense adjusted well to the adversity. Los Cafeteros levelled on 33' as Juan Quintero's direct kick was driven low and under Japan's jumping wall, and by keeper Eiji Kawashima. Japan regained the lead on a corner kick at 73' which found the head of a jumping Yuya Osako, who directed the ball past Colombia's keeper David Ospina. Japan earns three points with the 2-1 win, avenging 2014 World Cup 's 1-4 loss to the Colombians. Japan also becomes the first team from Asia to defeat a South American side in World Cup play.
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  15. June 19 - h:  Poland 1:2 Senegal  at Moscow (Spartak)

 Poland and Senegal had the honor of being the final teams to participate at the 2018 FUFA World Cup. On a counterattack at 37', Senegal would claim the shock lead as Idrissa Gana Gueye's stutter-step shot from 22 yards deflected off Thiago Cionek's leg and into the net. The Pole was tagged with an own goal. Senegal doubled its lead on the hour as M'Baye Niang, after injury, was waved back on the pitch during a lazy passback by Grzegorz Krychowiak. The timing would be good for The Lions of Teranga, as Niang only had to beat a defender and the keeper, who was 30 yards off his line. Krychowiak would get Poland in the scoring column at 86' with a crashing header off a free kick, and the matched ended 1-2 to Senegal. Joining Japan as upsetters in Group H, Senegal also become the first African team to win a game at Russia 2018.
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  17. June 19 - a:  Russia 3:1 Egypt  at St. Petersburg

 His shoulder injury healed, Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah returned to Egypt's starting XI with the Pharaohs needing a good result, while hosts Russia came in confident after its first game victory. After a first half of near misses from both sides, Russia's Roman Zobnin's shot at 47' deflected off the knee of Ahmed Fathi, who gets noted for the own goal. Denis Cheryshev added cushion for Russia at 59' on a classic feed from the goal line. Russia scored again at 62' when Artem Dzyuba controlled a long ball, turned, shot and found net. A nice play, indeed. Mo Salah was taken down at 72' inside the box, and after a quick review a penalty kick was awarded to Egypt. Salah's strong kick put the Pharaohs on the scoreboard, but it would be mere consolation. 3:1 is the final, putting Russia on the brink of heading to the knockout round while all-but-ending Egypt's dream of advancing.
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  Wednesday, June 20
  19. June 20 - b:  Portugal 1:0 Morocco  at Moscow (Luzhniki)

  Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scored on a fourth minute unmarked diving header from a cross and that proved enough for Portugal to defeat Morocco, 1-0. Ronaldo now has four goals in two World Cup 2018 matches. The loss end's the World Cup dreams for the Lions of the Atlas. But give Morocco credit. Tactically the team out-played Portugal. Moving down the right side of the field, pressing the left of Portugal's defense all match, Morocco looked to be the better team. Attacking the goal from the first moments of the match, Portugal was left to spend much of the game responding to Morocco. It was also a physical game, with over forty fouls called by the American referee Mark Geiger.
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  18. June 20 - a:  Uruguay 1:0 Saudi Arabia  at Rostov-On-Don

 A mistake by the Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Al-Owais on a corner kick at 23' was enough to eliminate Saudi Arabia (and Egypt) from World Cup 2018. The benefactor of the Saudi keeper's miss was Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker, participating in his 100th international match, was unmarked behind the keeper and the ball fell to his left foot for an easy tap-in goal; It was Suarez's 52nd goal for Uruguay and he becomes the first Uruguayan to score at three World Cups. Uruguay and Russia will move on to the Round of 16.
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  20. June 20 - b:  IR Iran 0:1 Spain  at Kazan

 Both Spain and Portugal didn't appear to be in top form for their Group B matches on Wednesday, possibly the result of their great 3-3 draw a few days ago. Iran attempted to capitalize on this, aggressive yet with a keen eye towards defense. But Diego Costa finally put Spain ahead at 54' when his shot was blocked at close range, which then deflected and ricocheted off Costa's knee from 13 yards and past the Iranian keeper. Iran's Saeid Ezatolahi had a goal disallowed due to an offside determination after VAR review at 62'. La Roja wins 1-0, and grabs the important three points.
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  Thursday, June 21
  22. June 21 - c:  Denmark 1:1 Australia  at Samara

 A side-flick by Denmark's Mathias Jorgensen at 7' bounced and was met by Christian Erickson's left foot. The Danish striker was at the top of the box where he blasted the ball past the keeper. VAR consultation on a handball at 36' resulted in the awarding a yellow card to Yurary Poulsen and of a Penalty kick for Australia. The Socceroos evened the score at 38' with the pk converted by its capatain Mile Jedinak. This was the fifth penalty as a result of VAR at this World Cup. There have been more penalties at World Cup⁠ ⁠2018 (11 in 21 games) than in the entire 2014 tournament (10). A draw is the way this one ends, and Australia gained a necessary point. Denmark will be without Yurary for its important third Group C match against France.
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  21. June 21 - c:  France 1:0 Peru  at Ekaterinburg

 In the 34th minute, France’s Paul Pogba intercepted the ball then fed Olivier Giroud, whose shot took a lucky bounce and there to pounce at point-blank range was Kylian Mbappe, giving Les Bleus the 1-0 lead and eventual victory. Peru will not advance at World Cup 2018 and that’s a shame, really. France lead Group C and will advance to the Round of 16.
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  23. June 21 - d:  Argentina 0:3 Croatia  at Nizhny Novgorod

 In the 53rd minute, Argentina's keeper committed perhaps the howler of the tournament. An awkward clearance by goalkeeper Willy Caballero travelled around 10 slow, spinning yards (Imagine a tennis lob, or a bad punt in gridiron football) where Croatia's Ante Rebic plucked it out of thin air and towards the net. The hapless keeper could only offer a feeble attempt. Midfielder Luka Modric added insurance for Hrvatska at 80' with a spectacular strike from 25 yards. The quality shot was just inside the post and past the late-breaking keeper. At 90'+1' Croatia added a third goal as Ivan Rakitic finished off a counterattack with the keeper off his line. The winning result for Vatreni means they will advance to the knockout stage. Argentina aren't yet out of contention, so it's third group match, against Nigeria, will be massive, especially with the late goals allowed today hurting goal differential. This was the worst group stage loss for Argentina since 1958. Oh, and Messi. Did we mention his name? We did not. He was invisible. But it wasn't like he had any help, either.
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  Friday, June 22
  25. June 22 - e:  Brazil 2:0 Costa Rica  at St. Petersburg

 Costa Rica survived through ninety minutes versus soccer superpower Brazil on Friday, but stoppage time would prove Los Ticos' undoing. Philippe Coutinho made a crashing close-range toe poke pay off with the winner at 90'+1' as the ball passed through the legs of Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas. Brazil would add insurance six minutes later when Diego Costa unselfishly passed to Neymar inside the six, who buried the ball into the net. Brazil held possession 69% of the time, and 9 of Brazil's 23 shots were on goal, while Costa Rica could only muster 4 shots, and none on goal. Costa Rica find themselves eliminated from advancing to the knockout round.
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  24. June 22 - d:  Nigeria 2:0 Iceland  at Volgograd

 Needing to avoid defeat to remain in contention, Nigeria's Ahmed Musa provided the tonic. The forward (Leicester City, has been on loan to CSKA Moscow) scored first on a counter attack at 49', settled a pass with an amazing touch then finished with a half-volley past the Icelandic keeper. Musa made it a brace with some great moves at 75'. He took a ball up the left side, shook a defender, ran around the keeper, and without looking up buried the ball past two flat-footed Icelandic defenders. At 83', Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson pushed a penalty kick just over the bar, which was awarded after VAR consultation. This result is great for the Super Eagles, and helps Argentina, too.
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  26. June 22 - e:  Serbia 1:2 Switzerland  at Kaliningrad

 Five minutes in, Switzerland had trouble clearing the ball in its end, allowing Serb Dusan Tadic to lift a crossing ball toward the head of Aleksandar Mitrovic, who flicked it with precision past the outstretched keeper. Well taken, indeed. At 52', Switzerland would find its equalizer; Xherdan Shaqiri's blocked shot was rebounded into space, midfielder Granit Xhaka arrived and let loose a long-range laser from 24 yards, through traffic, and past the off-kilter keeper, Vladimir Stojkovic. In the last minute of regulation, two passes saw the ball head directly upfield to Shaqiri, alone by midfield, and the Nati Star shook Tosic and slotted the ball into the goal. The 2-1 win is huge for Switzerland, and Serbia are left wondering, "what happened?"
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  Saturday, June 23
  29. June 23 - g:  Belgium 5:2 Tunisia  at Moscow (Spartak)

 Belgium and Tunisia would produce the highest scoring match, 5-2, of World Cup 2018. The Red Devils were up two goals early before Tunisia netted a header off a set piece. Belgium would add one more before half and two more in the second half before Tunisia would add a final goal in stoppage time. Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku both scored twice. Hazard had a nice breakaway goal and Lukaku beat Tunisia played much better than their scoreline would indicate. Nothing was settled today, regarding advancement to the knockout round.
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  28. June 23 - f:  Korea Repbulic 1:2 Mexico  at Rostov-On-Don

 LAFC's Carlos Vela scored Mexico's first goal via penalty kick at 26' Saturday as El Tri earned a 2-1 victory versus South Korea. Javier Hernandez, aka Chicharito, scored his fiftieth goal for the Mexican National Team on a breakaway, moving the ball from his left to his right and fired low, under the charging keeper. For its part, South Korea pressured Mexico all game and eventually scored a goal, at 90'+3' off the foot of Son Heung-min. The Germany-Sweden game will determine concrete group scenarios.
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  27. June 23 - f:  Germany 2:1 Sweden  11am PT at Sochi

 Sweden took the lead at 32' when Ola Toivonen looped a ball over Manuel Neuer and into the goal. For the next fifteen minutes, Germany appeared to be on the ropes. For every German shot, Sweden seemed to have an answer. At 48' Germany finally broke through and leveled the game as Reus' knee connected with a bouncing ball, and the touch was enough to slip by the Swedish keeper Olsen. Jerome Boateng was sent off at 82' for accumulating his second yellow card of the match. Deep into stoppage time, at 90'+5', Toni Kroos from just outside the side of the box curled a teed up ball into the side netting and giving 10-man Germany the late winner, and keeping its World Cup 2018 hopes alive.
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  Sunday, June 24
  30. June 24 - g:  England 6:1 Panama  at Nizhny Novgorod

 Kieran Trippier's 8th minute corner kick was met by the head of a wide open John Stones, who redirected the ball to far post, the first of many English goals on the day. Panama's Fidel Escobar ran over Jesse Lingard and England were awarded a penalty shot at 20'. Harry Kane converted a few minutes later with a right-footed shot to the upper left third and beyond the stretched Jaime Penedo. England makes it three at 36' on a 24 yard blast from Lingard. Four minutes later. At 40', Kane's header bounced to Raheem Sterling at in front of goal', who's own header was blocked by Penedo but Stones was Johnny-on-the-spot and headed the rebound into the net. Harry Kane would put England up 5-0 at half, converting a 46' penalty kick. Kane would get a hat-trick at 62' as a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot would deflect off Kane's heel and into the goal. Panama would score it's first-ever World Cup goal at 78' when a set piece ball delivered by Ricardo Ávila met the foot of Felipe Baloy in the middle of the box. The 6-1 victory will guarantee the the Three Lions will join Belgium from Group G in the Round of 16. Tunisia and Panama will play just one more game (against one another) at World Cup 2018.
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  32. June 24 - h:  Japan 2:2 Senegal  at Ekaterinburg

 Japan and Senegal shared points to keep both sides atop Group H. Senegal struck first at 11' when a shot blocked by Japan keeper Eiji Kawashima deflected off Sadio Mane's knee and ricocheted into the goal. Japan equalized at 34' as Inui scored to the far post into the side netting. Senegal regained the lead at 71' - Moussa Wague collected a ball expertly moved across the goal face and the misdirection made for an easy score. Japan leveled the match at 78' as a missed punch by Senegal's keeper Khadim N'Diaye leads to Keisuike Honda with an easy 6-yard goal. This was a fun match to watch.
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  31. June 24 - h:  Poland : Colombia  at Kazan

 The loser (if one) of Poland vs. Colombia would see them eliminated from World Cup knockout contention. A draw and they'd both have a meaningful game in their final group matches coming on Thursday. At 38' the deadlock was broken when Colombia's superstar James Rodriguez passed into the box where Yerry Mina leapt and forcefully headed the ball into goal. The lead was doubled when Radamel Falcao took a beautiful pass from Juan Fernando Quintero at 70' and hit the ball with the outside of his right boot and past the Polonia keeper, further igniting the large Colombian throng in the stadium. Juan Cuadrado scored for Colombia at 75' on a streak after he received a long, cross-field pass in open space from James. Colombia 3, Polska 0. Poland crash out of World Cup 2018. A very underwhelming performance for the top ten ranked team.
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  Monday, June 25
  33. June 25 - a:  Uruguay : Russia  7am PT at Samara

  34. June 25 - a:  Saudi Arabia : Egypt  7am PT at Volgograd

  36. June 25 - b:  Spain : Morocco  11am PT at Kaliningrad

  35. June 25 - b:  IR Iran : Portugal  11am PT at Saransk

  Tuesday, June 26
  38. June 26 - c:  Australia : Peru  7am PT at Sochi

  37. June 26 - c:  Denmark : France  7am PT at Moscow (Luzhniki)

  39. June 26 - d:  Nigeria : Argentina  11am PT at St. Petersburg

  40. June 26 - d:  Iceland : Croatia  11am PT at Rostov-On-Don

  Wednesday, June 27
  43. June 27 - f:  Korea Republic : Germany  7am PT at Kazan

  44. June 27 - f:  Mexico : Sweden  7am PT at Ekaterinburg

  41. June 27 - e:  Serbia : Brazil  11am PT at Moscow (Spartak)

  42. June 27 - e:  Switzerland : Costa Rica  11am PT at Nizhny Novgorod

  Thursday, June 28
  47. June 28 - h:  Japan : Poland  7am PT at Volgograd

  48. June 28 - h:  Senegal : Colombia  7am PT at Samara

  46. June 28 - g:  Panama : Tunisia  11am PT at Saransk

  45. June 28 - g:  England : Belgium  11am PT at Kaliningrad


World Cup 2018 Group Tables

*-indicates group seed; a-advance to knockout; b-advance as second in group; x-will not advance
 
GROUP A

Nation (FIFA rank)
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1A  a-Russia* (65)
2
0
0
8
1
+7
6
 2A  a-Uruguay (17)
2
0
0
2
0
+2
6
 3A  x-Egypt (30)
0
0
2
1
4
-3
0
 4A  x-Saudi Arabia (63)
0
0
2
0
6
-6
0
 1. June 14 @ Moscow
Russia 5:0 Saudi Arabia

 2. June 15 @ Ekaterinburg
Egypt 0:1 Uruguay

17. June 19 @ St. Petersburg
Russia 3:1 Egypt

18. June 20 @ Rostov-On-Don
Uruguay 1:0 Saudi Arabia

33. June 25 7am PT @ Samara
Uruguay : Russia

34. June 25 7am PT @ Volgograd
Saudi Arabia : Egypt
 
GROUP E

Nation (FIFA rank)
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1E  Brazil* (2)
1
1
0
3
1
+2
4
 2E  Switzerland (11)
1
1
0
3
2
+1
4
 3E  Serbia (38)
1
0
1
2
2
0
3
 4E  x-Costa Rica (22)
0
0
1
0
1
-1
0
10. June 17 @ Samara
Costa Rica 0:1 Serbia

 9. June 17 @ Rostov-On-Don
Brazil 1:1 Switzerland

25. June 22 @ St. Petersburg
Brazil 2:0 Costa Rica

26. June 22 11am PT @ Kaliningrad
Serbia 1:2 Switzerland

41. June 27 11am PT @ Moscow
Serbia : Brazil

42. June 27 11am PT @ Nizhny Novgorod
Switzerland : Costa Rica
 
GROUP B

Nation (FIFA rank)
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1B  Portugal* (3)
1
1
0
4
3
+1
4
 1B  Spain (8)
1
1
0
4
3
+1
4
 3B  IR Iran (34)
1
0
1
1
1
0
3
 4B  x-Morocco (48)
0
0
2
0
2
-2
0
 4. June 15 @ St. Petersburg
Morocco 0:1 IR Iran

 3. June 15 @ Sochi
Portugal 3:3 Spain

19. June 20 @ Moscow
Portugal 1:0 Morocco

20. June 20 @ Kazan
IR Iran 0:1 Spain

36. June 25 11am PT @ Kaliningrad
Spain : Morocco

35. June 25 11am PT @ Saransk
IR Iran : Portugal
 
GROUP F

Nation (FIFA rank)
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1F  Mexico (16)
2
0
0
3
1
+2
6
 2F  Germany* (1)
1
0
1
2
2
0
3
 3F  Sweden (25)
1
0
1
2
2
0
3
 4F  Korea Republic (62)
0
0
2
1
3
-2
0
11. June 17 @ Moscow
Germany 0:1 Mexico

12. June 18 @ Nizhny Novgorod
Sweden 1:0 Korea Republic

28. June 23 @ Rostov-On-Don
Korea Republic 1:2 Mexico

27. June 23 @ Sochi
Germany 2:1 Sweden

43. June 27 7am PT @ Kazan
Korea Republic : Germany

44. June 27 7am PT @ Ekaterinburg
Mexico : Sweden
 
GROUP C

Nation (FIFA rank)
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PT
 2C  a-France* (7)
2
0
0
3
1
+2
6
 1C  Denmark (19)
1
1
0
2
1
+1
4
 3C  Australia (43)
0
1
1
2
3
-1
1
 4C  x-Peru (10)
0
0
2
0
2
-2
0
 5. June 16 @ Kazan
France 2:1 Australia

 6. June 16 @ Saransk
Peru 0:1 Denmark

22. June 21 @ Samara
Denmark 1:1 Australia

21. June 21 @ Ekaterinburg
France 1:0 Peru

38. June 26 7am PT @ Sochi
Australia : Peru

37. June 26 7am PT @ Moscow
Denmark : France
 
GROUP G

Nation (FIFA rank)
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1G  a-England (12)
2
0
0
8
2
+6
6
 1G  a-Belgium* (5)
2
0
0
8
2
+6
6
 3G  x-Tunisia (28)
0
0
2
3
7
-4
0
 4G  x-Panama (49)
0
0
2
1
9
-8
0
13. June 18 @ Sochi
Belgium 3:0 Panama

14. June 18 @ Volograd
Tunisia 1:2 England

29. June 23 Moscow
Belgium 5:2 Tunisia

30. June 24 @ Nizhny Novgorod
England 6:1 Panama

46. June 28 11am PT @ Saransk
Panama : Tunisia

45. June 28 11am PT @ Kaliningrad
England : Belgium
 
GROUP D

Nation (FIFA rank)
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1D  a-Croatia (18)
2
0
0
5
0
+5
6
 2D  Nigeria (41)
1
0
1
2
2
0
3
 3D  Iceland (21)
0
1
1
1
3
-2
1
 4D  Argentina* (4)
0
1
1
1
4
-3
1
 7. June 16 @ Moscow
Argentina 1:1 Iceland

 8. June 16 @ Kaliningrad
Croatia 2:0 Nigeria

23. June 21 @ Nizhny Novgorod
Argentina 0:3 Croatia

24. June 22 @ Volograd
Nigeria 2:0 Iceland

39. June 26 11am PT @ St. Petersburg
Nigeria : Argentina

40. June 26 11am PT @ Rostov-On-Don
Iceland : Croatia
 
GROUP H

Nation (FIFA rank)
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
PT
 1H  Japan (44)
1
1
0
4
3
+1
4
 1H  Senegal (32)
1
1
0
4
3
+1
4
 3H  Colombia (13)
1
0
1
4
2
+2
3
 4H  x-Poland* (6)
0
0
2
1
5
-4
0
16. June 19 Saransk
Colombia 1:2 Japan

15. June 19 @ Moscow
Poland 1:2 Senegal

32. June 24 @ Ekaterinburg
Japan 2:2 Senegal

31. June 24 @ Kazan
Poland 0:3 Colombia

47. June 28 7am PT @ Volograd
Japan : Poland

48. June 28 7am PT @ Samara
Senegal : Colombia

World Cup 2018 Knockout Phase - Round of 16 to Finals

Win or go home... all times Pacific (hey, it's where I am) - Matches in U.S. on FOX/FS1 and Telemundo/Universo en Español

 Round of 16  Quarter-Finals  Semi-Finals  Grand Final  2018 Champion
         
 1A         
  June 30 - 49.        
  Sochi 11am PT  1A/2B      
 2B         
    July 6 - 57.      
    Nizhny N 7am PT  1A/2B + 1C/2D    
 1C         
  June 30 - 50.  1C/2D      
  Kazan 7am PT        
 2D         
      July 10 - 61.    
      St. Pete 11am PT  finalist  
 1E         
  July 2 - 53.        
  Samara7am PT  1E/2F      
 2F         
    July 6 - 58.  1E/2F + 1G/2H    
    Kazan 11am PT      
 1G         
  July 2 - 54.  1G/2H      
  Rostov 11am PT        
 2H         
        July 15 - 64.
2018 чемпион
        Moscow 8am PT  
 1B       
  July 1 - 51.        
  Moscow 7am PT  1B/2A      
 2A         
    July 7 - 59.      
    Sochi 11am PT  1B/2A + 1D/2C    
 1D         
  July 1 - 52.  1D/2C      
  Nizhny N 11am PT        
 2C         
      July 11 - 62.  finalist  
      Moscow 11am PT    
 1F          
  July 3 - 55.        
  St. Pete 7am PT  1F/2E      
 2E         (L 61.)
    July 7 - 60.  1F/2E + 1H/2G     July 14 - 63.
    Samara7am PT    
third place
 1H          St. Pete 7am PT
  July 3 - 56.  1H/2G      (L 62)
  Moscow 11am PT        
 2G         


SECOND STAGE - Round of 16 to Finals

The knockout phase of the World Cup

  ROUND OF 16
  50. 30 June - 7am PT- (1C) : (2D) at Kazan
  49. 30 June - 11am PT- (1A) : (2B) at Sochi
  51. 1 July - 7am PT- (1B) : (2A) at Moscow (Luzhniki)
  52. 1 July - 11am PT- (1D) : (2C) at Nizhny Novgorod
  53. 2 July - 7am PT- (1E) : (2F) at Samara
  54. 2 July - 11am PT- (1G) : (2H) at Rostov-On-Don
  55. 3 July - 7am PT- (1F) : (2E) at St. Petersburg
  56. 3 July - 11am PT- (1H) : (2G) at Moscow (Spartak)
  QUARTERFINALS
  57. 6 July - 7am PT- (w 49 1A/2B) : (w 50 1C/2D) at Nizhny Novgorod
  58. 6 July - 11am PT- (w 53 1E/2F) : (w 54 1G/2H) at Kazan
  60. 7 July - 7am PT- (w 55 1F/2E) : (w 56 1H/2G) at Samara
  59. 7 July - 11am PT- (w 51 1B/2A) : (w 52 1D/2C) at Sochi
  SEMIFINALS
  61. 10 July - 11am PT- (58.) : (57.) at St. Petersburg
  62. 11 July - 11am PT- (59.) : (60.) at Moscow (Luzhniki)
  THIRD PLACE MATCH
  63. 14 July - 7am PT- (L61) : (L62.) Third Place Match at St. Petersburg
  FINALS
  64. 15 July - 8am PT- (W61.) : (W62.) WORLD CUP FINAL at Moscow (Luzhniki)

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FIFA Team Rankings (10/2017 number; used for WC draw)

Russia (65) (hosts)

Germany (1)

Brazil (2)

Portugal (3)

Argentina (4)

Belgium (5)

Poland (6)

France (7)

Spain (8)

Peru (10)

Switzerland (11)

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Colombia (13)

Mexico (16)

Uruguay (17)

Croatia (18)

Denmark (19)

Iceland (21)

Costa Rica (22)

Sweden (25)

Tunisia (28)

Egypt (30)

Senegal (32)

Iran (34)

Serbia (38)

Nigeria (41)

Australia (43)

Japan (44)

Morocco (48)

Panama (49)

South Korea (62)

Saudi Arabia (63)


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