FIFA World Cup group stage is done and dusted. We now know the mouthwatering round of 16 fixtures which are ahead of us. Video Assistance Referee (VAR) is one of the most discussed and the interesting addition to this World Cup and not to tell it has played a massive role in few games, but it is still a matter of debate in quite some decisions. Let the discussion go on in this.
World Cup: Match Day 1
It was the tournament opener where the host nation came on top. They easeed past five goals against Saudi Arabia and gave them the perfect start. Portugal and Spain played out a stunning 3-3 draw which saw Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick. Round 1 was dominated for late goals. Uruguay last minute goal, Iran own goal in 95th minute.
Germany losing to Mexico 1-nil was the shock of round 1
All the top teams struggled in the Round 1 of the World Cup and it was the underdogs who came on top as the Round 1 was done in the tournament.
World Cup: Match Day 2
There was no shortage of competition in Round 2 as well, where big names started to go alive. The only goal fest was England Vs Panama. Harry Kane scored a hat trick. John Stones scored 2. England won with a huge margin of 6-1. Argentina shock loss to Croatia was the shocker of Match Day 2 in this FIFA World Cup. Whereas Germany and Brazil conveniently won their games. As Match Day 2 completed, 7 teams were already packing their bag.
World Cup: Match Day 3
All the matches have shaped perfectly. Where the topper of the table will be decided and the fate of a few teams. Uruguay, the only team, to have the perfect record with winning all their group games with not allowing the opponent to score as well. Croatia and Belgium ended with nine points. Egypt and Panama are out without opening their account.
9 Own Goals were scored in the Group Stage. A Record of own goals
World Champions Germany are home.
There were very fine margins as well. Senegal are out looking at the fair play. Spain topped the group with just a goal margin to Portugal. Lionel Messi had announce his presence in World Cup. France and Denmark played out the only goalless game of the tournament.