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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 as Arsenal smash AC Milan

Never in doubt…

For once we didn’t have our hearts in our mouths watching Arsenal trying to defend a lead. It was a little scary when Milan scored the first goal, but the response to that was quick and decisive. We never really looked like we were going to collapse at any point.

Here’s the ratings…

Ospina…

7/10 – I feel blaming him for the first goal is a bit harsh. It was a great unexpected strike, but even if it was his fault, he acquitted himself nicely with a couple of great reflex saves.

Bellerin…

8/10 – Has he been playing hurt in the past, because this looks more like the Bellerin we all know and love. Sharp all night

Koscielny…

N/R – Limped off early in the game with an injury. Sad to see him suffer like this as his career peters out due to a recurrent Achilles problem.

Mustafi…

8/10 – Had some shaky moments early on but improved as the game went on. He should try starting well every now and again. that would do wonders for his confidence.

Monreal…

7/10 – Quietly solid as he makes his recovery from a back strain that has dogged him for some weeks now.

Xhaka…

8.5/10 – I would gladly take ack all my negative comments about Xhaka if he continues to play like this. More solid defensively than I have ever seen him. Made great recovery runs to snuff out dangerous attacks. Be like this all the time dear Xhaka. Nice powerful shot to beat a great goal keeper from distance.

Ramsey…

7/10 – He did his part but wasn’t at his influential best. Got an assist for Xhaka’s goal

Wilshere…

8/10 –  Worked hard, defended when he had to, linked up well, and troubled Donnarumma with some really decent shots on goal. Solid.

Mkhitaryan…

7/10 – Mkhi was decent.

Ozil…

7/10 – Solid if unspectacular performance. Grew into the game with time. Looked very unhappy when he came off as he did in the 1st game at Milan.

Welbeck…

8.5/10 – Scored two goals!!! Looked very sharp all night. Dived like a true English man to win a penalty that led to our first goal.

Subs…

Chambers…

7/10 – Came in for the injured Koscielny and had a solid defensive display.

Elneny…

8/10 – Actually not on for long but made such an impact that he deserves a good rating. Defended very well, and made some very sweet passes. One of them was the pre pre-assist to the third goal. 

Kolasinac…

N/R –  Not on long enough to rate.

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