Futbol Papa’s World Cup 2018 Diary
June 20, 2018, Day Seven
Futbol Papa’s World Cup 2018 Diary, Day Seven, chronicles the continuing play in Group B between Portugal and Morocco. The Moroccans, one of the better playing teams in the cup, had another dominant game, but they ran into the one dominant player of the cup, Cristiano Ronaldo, and with his fourth tally of the cup he beat them 1—0. The goal was a 4th minute diving header off a corner for the game’s only score.
Portugal, outplayed throughout by a very fast and skilled African team, managed to just hang in, and Rui Patricio made a couple of spectacular game saving stops to earn the Europeans all three points. The win put the Iberians on the way to the next round while eliminating Morocco from the cup.
In the second game of the day, in Group A, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Rostov Luis Suarez put the South Americans ahead at the 23rd minute, with a simple tap in from inside the goalie’s box off a corner kick, when the keeper went out and missed getting the ball. The first half was toughly contested but the Arabians held tough to go in just one down at the whistle. The rest of the game continued in the same vein and the second half concluded with a 1—0 Uruguayan victory and the elimination of both Egypt and Saudi Arabia from the cup.
The day closed with the Group B match in Kazan, between Iran and Spain. The Iberians seemed every bit as spent as their peninsular neighbors were earlier and a tough tackling, rough and tightly fought match ensued that nevertheless was decided on a lucky bounce of the ball. A melee in the box saw an Iranian defender attempt to clear only to have the ball ricochet off Diego Costa for the lone goal of the match, a 1—0 Spanish victory.
Futbol Papa’s World Cup 2018 Diary today chronicled how Japanese fans cleaned up after themselves at the stadium after their team defeated Colombia 2-1. The fans brought their own garbage bags and made sure their section was spotless upon their departure.
Futbol Papa’s World Cup 2018 Diary found that the Brazilian team camp has guaranteed Neymar will be ready for their next match. He has been recovering after being harmed by 10 called fouls in his previous outing against Switzerland.
Futbol Papa’s World Cup 2018 Diary will continue to keep tabs on the tournament’s scorers to see if the initial goal scoring tendency continues, as so far, of the 40 goals scored in the cup (5 more have been own goals for a total of 45 scores) 16 (40%) have been tallied by La Liga players.
On Thursday, at 8:00 AM EST, in Samara, Denmark and Australia play in each in their second game of Group C, followed by the second games of the next two contestants, France and Peru at 11:00 AM EST in Ekaterinburg. The day closes with the main event, a Group D deciding showdown between Argentina and Croatia at 2:00 PM EST, in Nizhnij Novgorod.
Futbol Papa’s World Cup 2018 Diary Predictions
Twenty games played.
Right calls–(13)—Correctly called for Russia over Saudi Arabia, Uruguay over Egypt, Portugal-Spain draw, France over Australia, Denmark over Peru, Croatia over Nigeria, Sweden over South Korea, Belgium over Panama, England over Tunisia, Senegal over Poland, Portugal over Morocco, Uruguay over Saudi Arabia, and Spain over Iran.
Wrong calls–(7)—Called for a Morocco-Iran draw which ended with a 1-0 win for Iran off a Moroccan own goal at the 90+5 minute mark. Called for an Argentina win over Iceland which ended in a draw after Lionel Messi had a penalty saved. Called for a Costa Rica win and Serbia won 1-0 on a wonderful 56th minute free kick goal. Called Germany over Mexico, and the CONCACAF champion simply outplayed the current champions to earn a historic 1-0 win. Called for a Brazilian win in what turned out to be a 1-1 draw between the overly fouled Neymar and the Swiss. Called for an easy Colombian win over Japan but instead the South Americans imploded for a loss. Called for Egypt over Russia but the latter cruised to a 3-1 win.