Why you should love this world cup!

Russia’s edition of the word cup has already given us memorable moments.

From Ronaldo’s stunning last minute free-kick against Spain, to Musa’s dazzling exploits for Nigeria against Iceland, one can gather that there is surely more thrills to come in the knockout phases.

Highlights…

Portugal vs Spain: 

Spain dominated the game with precision passing in midfield and demonstrated their supreme technique, but fell short due to a lack of killer instinct. This was weird given the fact that they had in Diego Costa, a striker who is known for said killer instincts. He was hauled off with 13 minutes to go and Portugal who kept their cool and remained hopeful, found a way back via an excellent free kick from Ronaldo in the 88th minute. It ended 3-3. p.s- Ronaldo scored all 3 goals for Portugal. Spain and Portugal are through to the next round with Spain topping the group on goal difference.

Group of death…

That would be group D according to me, and so far it has lived up to its biling with all of Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland still capable of qualification as the 3rd round of games quickly approach. Only one of these three teams can actually go through as Croatia have already qualified. I of course will be rooting for my country Nigeria. We only need a draw against Argentina, and hope Iceland don’t trash Croatia by more than a 2 goal difference. Can’t leave without mentioning Musa’s exploits. He truly made easy work of Iceland in the end. shaku shaku issa goal.

Other worthy mentions…

Brazil- Have flattered to deceive.

Germany- could have lost to Sweden and exited the world cup, but showed mental strength in coming back from behind to win that game. Should beat Korea easily and secure qualification.

Belgium- Have been pretty solid so far. Keep an eye on them.

England- media hype has started again until they lose to Belgium and realize that nothing has changed. Loftus-cheek is now their best player lol.

Messi- Another miserable international tournament for him. He was made for club football, or is it Barcelona football??? hmm…

 

7pm tonight is kick off time in Nigeria. We shall be watching Nigeria vs Argentina as a nation and hoping for the best. 

Thanks for reading my ramblings.

 

 

 

 

 

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Player Ratings – Oestersunds vs Arsenal

David Ospina…

8.5 – Didn’t actually have much to do, but he saved a penalty in the dying minutes to ensure that Arsenal keep a clean sheet. The first in a really long while.

Hector Bellerin…

6.5 – Conceded the penalty in question, and since he wasn’t particularly outsatnding, that moment will be the most striking aspect of his performance tonight.

Shkodran Mustafi…

6.5 – Looked shaky for me. Made two challenges in the box that could have easily been awarded as penalties on another day.

Calum Chambers…

7.0 – Not much to say about him. Readers must be wondering why i’m being so hard on a defence that kept a clean sheet. The clean sheet wasn’t really about them though as much as it was about our opponents not being too sharp attack wise.

Nacho Monreal…

7.0 – Scored and was as reliable as ever. Came off for Kolasinac later on.

Mohammed Elneny…

7.5 – Another solid performance in midfield.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles…

8.0 – I have been absolutely clamouring for his first start in midfield and he got it today. He also did not fail to impress, winning the ball well, and always being where he was needed. Skillful, with good ball retention and passing ability as well. Needs a run of games there now at Xhaka’s expense.

Alex Iwobi…

6.5 – Was on the field.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan…

7.0 – Contributed offensively with the cross that led to the own goal, and worked hard all game.

Mesut Ozil…

8.0 – Took his chance well when it presented itself. Was involved through out.

Danny Welbeck…

5.5 – Did not get involved. Looked fatigued even though he has not played much this season, but perhaps it was match rust from not having played much this season.

What are your thoughts?

Who was man of the match?

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