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Group E | Serbia Vs Switzerland: Key Players Who Might Effect The Game As Serbia Look To Create History And Starting XI

Group E Match: Serbia vs Switzerland Time: 11:30 pm(IST),     Place: Kaliningrad Stadium,     Live Telecast(India): Sony Select 1 and Sony Select 2 Ranked 4th in FIFA rankings, Switzerland held Group E favorites Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their opening match and Serbia 1-0 victory over Costa Rica has made Group E far more interesting. Group leaders […] The post Group E | Serbia Vs Switzerland: Key Players Who Might Effect The Game As Serbia Look To Create History And Starting XI...

Group E Match: Serbia vs Switzerland Time: 11:30 pm(IST),     Place: Kaliningrad Stadium,     Live Telecast(India): Sony Select 1 and Sony Select 2 Ranked 4th in FIFA rankings, Switzerland held Group E favorites Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their opening match and Serbia 1-0 victory over Costa Rica has made Group E far more interesting. Group leaders Serbia will book a place for the knock-out round if they beat Switzerland in tonight’s Serbia Vs Switzerland match in Kaliningrad. Serbia are benefited leaders of Group E after former Manchester City full-back Kolorov scored a stunning free-kick against Costa Rica in round of group stage matches. Switzerland and Brazil stand behind Serbia with one point from their opening match which saw Zuber cancelling out Coutinho’s super strike. Both Switzerland and Brazil are playing can finish above Serbia after the second round if they win their respective fixtures today in Brazil Vs Costa Rica and Serbia Vs Switzerland.

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Head-To-Head:

This will the first meeting between Serbia and Switzerland in a FIFA World Cup. However, before Serbian Independence, they met once in the 1950 World Cup Group stages where Serbia(formerly Yugoslavia) beat Switzerland by 3-0 margin.

Serbia:

Serbia has never reached the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup as an Independent Nation and their 1-0 victory against Costa Rica in the first round was their second win in FIFA World Cup history. They previously recorded victory was in 2010 World Cup when they defeated Germany. It remains to be seen whether they will recreate history in tonight’s Serbia vs Switzerland. Serbia will be patient though knowing both their remaining fixtures are against teams ranked 6th(Switzerland) and 4th(Brazil) in world rankings. Creativity from midfield will be the key for Serbia against the Swiss. Milinkovic-Savic and Manchester United’s midfielder Nemanja Matic will start again in midfield alongside Milivojevic. Kostic may come in for Southampton’s Dusan Tadic on the right-wing while Adem Ljajic may continue on the other wing to support lone-striker Mitrovic. Meanwhile, Serbian defense who kept a clean sheet against Costa Rica will see no unnecessary changes from manager Mladen Krstajic, who is managing his first team as the head coach.

Key Players:

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio, Attacking Midfielder) Developing into a big name player status, Savic will hold the key for Serbia in midfield if they are to progress to the knock-out stages in Russia. Lazio attacking midfielder has made a name for himself in Europe with his creative performances in the previous two seasons for Lazio. He is already amidst a mega transfer saga with clubs like Manchester United and Real Madrid, with both ready to pay more than they did for their previous highest bids. If he delivers Serbia beyond the first knock-out rounds, then his move to bigger club is a certainty. Although he had an average first FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Costa Rica, he and his team will be hopeful for likewise performances he gave for his club this season. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United, Striker) Although, this might not be a high profile name when it comes to ‘key players to watch-out’ names for big tournaments, but surprisingly the Newcastle United striker has already scored 16 goals for his country at just the age of 23 and this is enough for him to make this column. A complete striker who helped Serbia during the qualifying rounds with 5 goals, which are is more than any other Serbian player will be leading the front-line again in tonight’s Serbia Vs Switzerland. Had a successful loan season at Fulham netting 12 goals but was not able to score in the opening match. Aleksandr Mitrovic will be eager to score his first FIFA World Cup goal against Switzerland.

Predicted Line-Up:

Serbia Vs Switzerland, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Serbia

Switzerland:

Ranked 6th in FIFA rankings, Switzerland are ready to live up to their world ranking status as they held tournament favourites Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their opening match. Ranked so highly due to their current form but still do not have in them to go beyond the Round of 16. Meanwhile, the Swiss will look to break the general consensus by winning tonight’s Serbia Vs Switzerland clash. Switzerland lost just one game during their qualifying rounds in an away game against Portugal, whom they did beat at home. Keeping the record in mind of the recent friendlies which saw them winning all their matches without conceding except against European giants Spain. But still they held Spain to a 1-1 draw with a late equalizer from Ricardo Rodriguez. However, their previous records in FIFA World Cups is not all that disappointing having reached the Quarter-finals three times in their footballing history. Surely with their current form and ranking, they will be eager to match the above record again. Having already played against group favorites Brazil with positive draw, remaining fixtures against Serbia and Costa Rica will not be that hard for them. One more win and another draw will be enough for them to secure first knock-out round. Vladimir Petkovic is unlikely to make any changes to the side which was brilliant against Brazil. Last match goal scorer Steven Zuber is in great form and will play a key role again from the left wing for his nation. Team’s main man Xherdan Shaqiri will be playing from the right-wing to support forward Haris Seferovic. Arsenal ace Granit Xhaka will operate from deep midfield alongside impressive Valon Behrami who earlier had some fitness issue from their last match. The highly impressive and reliable defense will remain same with fullbacks Ricardo Rodriguez and new Arsenal signing Lichtsteiner, who will be making the record of most appearances in FIFA World Cups for Switzerland.

Key Players:

Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim, Winger) Hoffenheim winger Zuber scored the crucial goal against Brazil with a header in the opening match. That was his 4th goal for Switzerland in last six games. His current form has kept another talented player, Breel Embolo out of their first match against Brazil and will be the key to success for Switzerland in tonight’s Serbia Vs Switzerland encounter. Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan, Left-back) One of the most highly rated full-backs in Europe, is one the main reasons for the recent successes of Switzerland. His defensive and attacking contribution was very helpful for the national side in the qualifying rounds. His technical attributions are excellent especially with free-kicks and penalties as he is the man for Switzerland when duty calls for set-pieces. He scored the most important penalty against Northern Ireland in the final qualifying match which proved to be the winner bringing them to the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Predicted Line-Up:

Serbia Vs Switzerland, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Line-Up For Switzerland

Match Prediction:

Serbia Vs Switzerland match will end in a 2-1 win for the Swiss. Keep visiting Arsedevils for more news and updates on the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia.

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Iran Vs Spain: Five Things We Learnt As The Former World Champions Grind Out A Narrow Win

It wasn’t pretty, but the job was done for the Spaniards after Diego Costa scored with a deflected effort handing Spain their first win of the World cup 2018 in the Iran Vs Spain match. Although Spain dominated the complete 90 minutes of the Iran Vs Spain match, but only due to Costa’s lucky goal […] The post Iran Vs Spain: Five Things We Learnt As The Former World Champions Grind Out A Narrow Win appeared first on...

It wasn’t pretty, but the job was done for the Spaniards after Diego Costa scored with a deflected effort handing Spain their first win of the World cup 2018 in the Iran Vs Spain match. Although Spain dominated the complete 90 minutes of the Iran Vs Spain match, but only due to Costa’s lucky goal and with the help of VAR, it finished 1-0 for Spain. La Roja had an outstanding 78 percent possession which was expected but the scoreline wasn’t as predicted by many. Iran were resilient on the day and gave their all, but unfortunately couldn’t snatch a point. But Carlos Queiroz and his men gave the World Cup favourites a tough time on the pitch and surely made life difficult for them.

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But eventually, they perished and it’s safe to say that Portugal and Spain would qualify from the group now barring a shocking win for Iran against Portugal. Here are the significant five talking points from the Iran Vs Spain game:

1. Diego Costa Is Spain’s Lucky Charm

The forward is ever present in the headlines. He scored a couple of goals against Portugal which earned Spain a 3-3 draw, and yesterday his goal against Iran secured all 3 points for his side. The robust, physical striker is a perfect fit and no doubt defenders avoid playing against him, as he somehow manages to get through the defense and put the ball in the back of the net. Be it holding up the long balls, building a move from the middle or being an aerial threat, the Spaniard has all at his disposal. His presence and fitness will be very important for Spain’s FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign and they will be hoping the striker would continue his good goal scoring form of late.

2. Iran Is A Good Footballing Team

This FIFA World cup has thrown many surprises upon us. Be it Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Iran, all have impressed the viewers by their resilient performances. The team was mainly focussed on the defensive part of their game and they didn’t have too many options as they faced the experienced Spain team, but their defensive set up was worth a praise. Regardless of what happens in their game against Portugal, they already have won hearts of millions by putting in a solid performance against Spain and who knows they might Nick it against Ronaldo and his colleagues to go through to the next round!

3. Isco Is The Main Man For Spain

While Diego Costa and his goal might have made the headlines, but one should not neglect the performance from the midfielders. Isco, against Iran was absolutely top class. Isco delivered a complete performance in the middle of the park as he completed 92 percent of his passes, and was very important in Defense as well. But his major strength is his creative footballing nature. He constantly troubled the Iranian Defense with his quick feet and neat and delicate passes to ensure the game was played at a good pace for Spain. Along with Costa, his performances will be vital for Spain in the next rounds of games to come as was in Iran Vs Spain encounter.

4. The Pattern 1-0 Continues In The Tournament

1-0 reminds us of the famous “One nil to the Arsenal” doesn’t it? And here at the FIFA World Cup 2018, big guns aren’t winning pretty and are grinding out results against the dark horses, like Arsenal did to teams around a decade ago when scoring one goal was deemed enough! The likes of Uruguay, Portugal, Spain and France, all have won scoring a single goal against their oppositions in the last couple of days. We are also yet to see a goal-less draw in the tournament and apart from the 3-3 frenzy between Spain and Portugal, it is all dry at the moment.

5. VAR Is Good, But Also A Heart Breaker

The Video Assistant Referee system, brought in for this World Cup for the first time, was welcomed by mixed reactions from the fans around the globe. But it came to light only yesterday when Iran scored against Spain but with the help of VAR, the match officials ruled the goal out for Offside. The Iranians were into the seventh heaven only for seconds as they realized their goal did not stand for long. The decision was correct in this case, which in the past might not have been taken care of. But as the tournament progresses, we will be able to see more of the VAR and how it affects games. Keep Visiting Arsedevils for more news and updates of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia.

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Nigeria Vs Iceland: World Cup Group D- 2nd Round… Key players, Formation and Predictions…

The Super Eagles of Nigeria 🇳🇬 will be taking on  Strákarnir okkar of Iceland 🇮🇸 in the second round of Group D, in what many predict will be a feisty Nigeria Vs Iceland encounter. Both teams have no choice but to go on the offensive, inspite of their other two Group D members’ result, if either […] The post Nigeria Vs Iceland: World Cup Group D- 2nd Round… Key players, Formation and Predictions… appeared first on...

The Super Eagles of Nigeria 🇳🇬 will be taking on  Strákarnir okkar of Iceland 🇮🇸 in the second round of Group D, in what many predict will be a feisty Nigeria Vs Iceland encounter. Both teams have no choice but to go on the offensive, inspite of their other two Group D members’ result, if either is to have a realistic chance of progressing past this stage of the competition.

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Super Eagles of Nigeria 🇳🇬

The Super Eagles will have to put the opening game loss of 2-0 to Croatia aside, if they are to hit the heights of what they are capable of. This is not going to be easy however, as they currently sit at bottom place with a 2 goal deficit in Group D. Based on their last outing against Croatia, which saw chance creation being a significant problem, a change in Mikel Obi’s no. 10 position to a no. 4 alongside Ndidi will be much better and a more creative, mobile and adventurous player such as Alex Iwobi or MoTM Oghenekaro Etebo should take that no 10 spot. The wings of the attack as well need to be not only effective but efficient as well hence, a combination of Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses should occupy both the wings from the start of the Nigeria Vs Iceland game. Finally, a mobile, tricky and tall striker will be required to compete against the Icelandic defenders who lacks nothing in aerial combats. Simy Nwankwo will be best suited for the game if The Super Eagles of Nigeria 🇳🇬 are to avoid the embarrassing stats of previous game.

Key Players:

Ahmed Musa (Leicester City): He’s speed, eye for goal and counter-attack tendencies will be required in a game like this against a team that recorded 9 shots against Argentina, in the first half alone. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal): One of the most creative players in the Nigeria side, will need to be deployed in the proper position to make this attack tick. Simy Nwankwo (Crotone): Poacher, agile and good aerially. This attributes will certainly give Nigeria a chance to efficiently convert their chances in the Nigeria Vs Iceland.

Predicted Line-Up:

Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1
Nigeria Vs Iceland, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Nigeria

Strákarnir okkar of Iceland 🇮🇸

Iceland 🇮🇸 on the other hand will look to avoid defeat at all costs primarily but will keep an eye out for any opportunity to take maximum points out of the game. Iceland drew 1-1 against Argentina and stand level alongside the South Americans. Being their maiden feature in the FIFA World Cup, expectations aren’t as dire on them when compared to their other group members. Hence, an identical set-up as the one against Argentina 🇦🇷 in the last game is to be expected, bar Johann Berg Gudmundsson. Johann Berg Gudmundsson injured his calf in the last game and the possibility of a quick return to the side for the Nigeria Vs Iceland encounter is highly unlikely.

Key Players:

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton): He’s going to dictate the play for Strákarnir okkar of Iceland and he’s penchant for putting set-pieces away is going to be vital for the team if they are to beat Nigeria, who seem frail at defending set-pieces but are not shy of tackles, in and around the area. Alfred Finnbogason (FC Augsburg): Having tasted goal scoring in the competition already, he’s hunger for more will be a huge advantage to his side in the Nigeria Vs Iceland game.

Predicted Line-Up:

Expected Formation: 4-4-1-1
Nigeria Vs Iceland, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Line-Up For Iceland

Match Prediction:

Considering The Strákarnir okkar of Iceland 🇮🇸 will be more adventurous than the game against Argentina and The Super Eagles of Nigeria 🇳🇬 will be fighting for maximum points, I suspect a close game of 2-1 win in favor of Nigeria. Keep visiting Arsedevils for more news and updates on the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia.

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Group E | Brazil Vs Costa Rica: What To Expect, Whom To Look Out For And Expected Lineups

The second round of matches for the group stages have already begun and more or less qualifying teams for the Round of 16 are getting finalized. And the Selecao also looks to proceed towards the knock-out stages by winning the Brazil Vs Costa Rica encounter. Brazil were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Switzerland […] The post Group E | Brazil Vs Costa Rica: What To Expect, Whom To Look Out For And Expected Lineups appeared first on...

The second round of matches for the group stages have already begun and more or less qualifying teams for the Round of 16 are getting finalized. And the Selecao also looks to proceed towards the knock-out stages by winning the Brazil Vs Costa Rica encounter. Brazil were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Switzerland at the Rostov Arena in Russia. Although Brazil played the first half with more confidence and control on the match, Switzerland played more aggressive football during the second half. The FIFA World Cup 2018 have had it’s own share of surprises and lots of them were too shocking to take in such as like Mexico beating Germany 2-0, Argentina held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in the first round and a shocking 3-0 loss to Croatia in the second round match of Group E on yesterday night and Brazil held to a draw.

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Moreover, Costa Rica lost their opening match to Serbia by a 1-0 margin  and will be desperate to get a point if not full three points from the Brazil Vs Costa Rica.

Head-To-Head:

Brazil Vs Costa Rica have taken place a total of ten times with Brazil winning 9 times and losing only one. Costa Rica’s last encounter with the Selecao in a World Cup was in 2002 when the Brazilians won 5-2.

Brazil:

Brazil will go into the match looking for a win, their first win in this FIFA World Cup and no doubt they will be hard on the Costa Ricans. After a first round blunder against Switzerland, Brazil will look to make amends and come out with a win in the Brazil Vs Costa Rica clash. Brazil are primarily one of the favourites to take the Golden Trophy home and why not when they boast of a deadly front-line and heavy back-line with a cushion like midfield bending as needed. The team looks in good shape and form and head coach Tite will look to overcome the humiliation of the previous FIFA World Cup. The five-time champions should go all out on the Los Ticos and grab a win to get a step closer to the knockout stages.

Key Players:

Neymar (PSG) The PSG man needs no introduction. Being the costliest player on Earth, huge responsibilities are set on him and he needs to stand-up to them to give the fans something to cheer for. Neymar was unused for most of the match against Switzerland except for a shot in the closing stages, the reason being Swiss players targeting him especially Valon Behrami. However, he needs to adapt to play on for the national side in the tournament. Neymar will be their key man to create the chances for Firmino or Jesus as well as score some brilliant goals if Brazil wish to go far in the World Cup including tonight’s Brazil Vs Costa Rica. Thiago Silva (PSG) The Paris St. Germain defender will have the responsibility of holding the Brazilian defense in-line. Silva, very alert and physically strong, needs to be rock solid in defense and effectively stop attackers of the opposition. Thiago will hold the key of safeguarding the Brazilian goal and be the last man of defense in front of keeper Allison and keep the back-line disciplined and organised.

Predicted Line-Up:

Brazil Vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Brazil

Costa Rica:

Having lost their first match to Serbia by a 1-0 margin, the Los Ticos will be all out to get three points from the Brazil Vs Costa Rica. This match might well be their last chance of keeping their hopes of being at the FIFA World Cup 2018 alive. To continue their journey into the knock-out stages, Costa Rica requires three points to have maximum chance of staying in Russia.

Key Players:

Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) In goal, not much needs to be said about the Real Madrid stopper. Being underrated for many years until he broke into the Madrid starting line-up, there has been no looking back for the goal-keeper. One of the key members, his task is the most vital role in the Costa Rica squad, especially in the Brazil Vs Costa Rica game. With the kind of attacking firepower available in the Brazil squad, Navas needs to be at his best to keep the hopes of his country alive. Bryan Ruiz (Sporting CP) Bryan Ruiz, who plays as an attacking midfielder for his club and country, will be the key for Costa Rica to supply forwards with chances for goals. With the presence of Silva and Miranda in the Brazil line-up, he will need to find the gaps for Urena to score goals. He also plays an a second striker and has the knack of scoring goals. This might be particularly helpful against a strong Brazilian defense.

Predicted Line-Up:

Brazil Vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Costa Rica

Match Prediction:

Although, this match might be do-or-die for Costa Rica, Brazil are predicted to win this affair. A cake walk for Brazil, the Selecao is expected to win by a 2-0 margin. Keep visiting Arsedevils for more news and updates on the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia.

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Group D | Argentina Vs Croatia: Key Players To Look Out For and Starting XI

Group D: Argentina Vs Croatia The second round matches of Group D begins tonight with the Argentina Vs Croatia clash. Argentina will be desperate to get their first win while Croatia will look to hold onto it’s first place in the group. Croatia will look to continue their winning form and confirm it’s place into […] The post Group D | Argentina Vs Croatia: Key Players To Look Out For and Starting XI appeared first on...

Group D: Argentina Vs Croatia The second round matches of Group D begins tonight with the Argentina Vs Croatia clash. Argentina will be desperate to get their first win while Croatia will look to hold onto it’s first place in the group. Croatia will look to continue their winning form and confirm it’s place into the knock-out stages by grabbing a win. Any way the match goes, it surely promises to be thrilling encounter.

Head-To-Head:

This will be the fifth Argentina Vs Croatia meeting, with the South Americans winning twice to Croatia’s one and one of the Argentina Vs Croatia encounters ending in a draw.
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Just one of the previous four meetings between Argentina and Croatia was at a World Cup, with Argentina winning 1-0 in the group stage game in FIFA World Cup 1998, courtesy of Mauricio Pineda’s strike. Lionel Messi has scored in each of his two previous appearances against Croatia, including his first ever goal for Argentina.

Argentina:

Argentina are targeting their first win of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Group D in tonight’s Argentina Vs Croatia. Jorge Sampaoli’s side drew 1-1 in their opening game of the tournament against Iceland, with Sergio Aguero’s opener cancelled out by Alfred Finnbogason’s goal. Another unexpected event happened on the same night when Lionel Messi missed a penalty, but head coach Jorge Sampaoli says the Barcelona star should not shoulder all of the blame.

Key Players: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Almost inarguably the greatest player of all-time, Lionel Messi is absolutely the prime man for this Argentina team. The one thing that’s evaded him over his career though, is a FIFA World Cup title. And if Argentina want to do anything in this tournament, then the Barcelona star will have to be on top form including in tonight’s Argentina Vs Croatia game.

Young Player To Look Out For: Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors)

It’s not easy to stand out when you’ve got Messi, Higuaín, Agüero and Dybala in front of you, but that’s exactly what this Boca Juniors youngster has done. Balance, speed and good technique makes the 22 year-old an excellent option to choose when Sampaoli runs out of ideas. The Argentina boss recently praised Pavón and the understanding he shares with Messi only bodes well for him as well as Argentina.

Predicted Line-Up:

Argentina Vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Argentina

Croatia:

Croatia had better fortunes in their opening fixture cruising past Nigeria with a 2-0 win, but will face a much tougher opponent in Argentina at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium tonight. Forward Nikola Kalinic has been sent home in disgrace for allegedly refusing to come on as a sub during Croatia’s opening 2-0 victory over Nigeria.

Key Players: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Luka Modrić, the midfield general of Real Madrid, is the key man for Croatia at this FIFA World Cup in Russia and he needs to be the same for his national side in tonight’s Argentina Vs Croatia. He’s been a master for the Los Blancos ever since his arrival in 2012 and is absolutely the heartbeat of the national side as well. Luka Modrić is among the top three midfielders in the world and along with Ivan Rakitić on his side, could help the Eastern Europeans spring a few surprises.

Young Player To Look Out For: Andrej Kramaric (1899 Hoffenheim)

For fans of the Bundesliga, Kramarić might not be considered much of an unknown – but to everyone else, this 26-year-old arrives in Russia with a point to prove and in the top form of his life. The striker has fired Hoffenheim into the Champions League places in the 2017-18 season and filled the hole left by Sandro Wagner’s departure to Bayern Munich.

Predicted Line-Up:

Argentina Vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Croatia

Match Prediction:

After the unexpected events happening since the first of the FIFA World Cup 2018, it is really hard to say. Although Argentina look to be a stronger side on paper, Croatia’s performance against Argentina was commendable. The match seems to end in a 1-1 draw. Keep visiting Arsedevils for news and updates on the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia.

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Portugal Vs Morocco: 5 Interesting Take-Aways From The Game As Morocco Bows Out Of The World Cup

An important 1-0 win at the Luzhniki stadium in the Portugal Vs Morocco for Portugal means that the Selecção das Quinas are now level at the top of Group B after Spain also won 1-0 vs Iran. Group B is now more or less confirmed it’s qualifying teams, although nothing can be said as unexpected events […] The post Portugal Vs Morocco: 5 Interesting Take-Aways From The Game As Morocco Bows Out Of The World Cup appeared first on...

An important 1-0 win at the Luzhniki stadium in the Portugal Vs Morocco for Portugal means that the Selecção das Quinas are now level at the top of Group B after Spain also won 1-0 vs Iran. Group B is now more or less confirmed it’s qualifying teams, although nothing can be said as unexpected events have taken place in this FIFA World Cup such as Mexico upsetting Germany, Argentina drawing with Iceland and Brazil held by Switzerland. Records tumbled on this monumental day which saw some expected goal scorers in various matches- Ronaldo, Costa and Suarez all finding the the net as all the familiar sides raked up wins, albeit narrow ones (all 1-0).

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Here are 5 interesting take-aways from the Portugal Vs Morocco encounter:-

Portugal’s Creative Force Slowly Coming To Life

Bernardo Silva’s short corner to Joao Moutinho got Portugal the lead and the eventual winner with just four minutes into the Portugal Vs Morocco game. The short ball led him to whip a cross to the edge of the six-yard box. Manuel da Costa of Morocco lost track of Ronaldo, a blunder that given the distance, was deadly as the Portuguese fired in a typical header. Not only this, Raphael Guerreiro was also in fine touch, lending in some deft passes and using nifty footwork to supply the attacking outlet of Portugal. Thus, again Portugal are rediscovering the secrets to their success by creating chances for the talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo and the job shall be done. Their defence need a shout-out as well, for managing to keep a clean-sheet even after some great attack-ins from the Moroccons in the Portugal Vs Morocco encounter.

Morocco Out But Not Disgraced

Morocco now know that they will most certainly be heading home after the group stage of the FIFA World Cup 2018, but they will not depart in disgrace. They gave their fervent supporters plenty to cheer under the Moscow sunshine and just as in their opening 1-0 defeat by Iran, can count themselves unlucky to leave empty-handed. The talk before the game was whether Herve Renard’s side had a plan to stop Ronaldo. While the former Cambridge United manager did not manage to do that, he surely found a way to open up the Portugal defence. Morocco created chances with relative ease, but failed to really capitalize on them. Centre-back Benatia had as many attempts to score as perhaps Cristiano Ronaldo himself. Morocco in recent memory at least, became one of the all-round talented sides to be ousted first, that too it is expected to leave without a point since they face Spain next.

This World Cup May Not Be That Free-Scoring After All

The Spain-Portugal 3-3 draw and the opening day goal fest of 5-0 for Russia against Saudi Arabia led us to believe that the goals would be free-flowing in The Motherland, but a recent slew of 1-0 wins means there have been a total of nine 1-0 wins this time round. Other common score-lines have been 1-1 and 2-1. Penalties are almost a certainty in most games of this FIFA World Cup while own goals also have their fair share. Both the second-day matches of Group B ended in low scoring 1-0 wins for Portugal Vs Morocco and Spain Vs Iran. This just goes to show that the ‘gap’ between a top-class and an average team in a FIFA World Cup is of little relevance and is further reducing with improved training regimes and other modernized facilities available to most decent national sides.

It’s A Race For Top Spot

Both Spain and Portugal are locked on points and goal difference on the top spot in Group B. La Roja take on Iran while Spain look to conquer Morocco next. It would be imperative to say that both the rivals want to finish their group as leaders and thus avoid Russia, who surprisingly have been greatly impressive this far. Backed by the Partisan home crowd, Denis Cheryshev and co. could stage a big upset in the Round of 16 and a lackluster Uruguay seems a more feasible opponent to face. At least they are not backed by Putin power.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wants The Golden Boot

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his sensational start to the World Cup by scoring the only goal of the Portugal Vs Morocco game as Selecção das Quinas knocked The Lions Of The Atlas out of the tournament. All eyes at the Luzhniki Stadium were on the Real Madrid star after his hat-trick in Portugal’s opening game with Spain and typically, he did not disappoint. It took the captain only four minutes to make his mark in the way Morocco had feared, diving to get on the end of a Joao Moutinho cross and planting an unstoppable header into the net. Portugal’s over-reliance on Ronaldo is there for all to see and perhaps plan against but he doesn’t mind. Another day, another record in the bag as the leading European top-scorer sets his sights on a fidgety Iran. This might very well be his last World Cup run and while others keep on waiting for the Navigators to fall, the crusading Ronaldo might drag them into deep waters all by himself. Also, he wants that World Cup Golden Boot, a trophy that has eluded him for the past three editions. Keep visiting Arsedevils for news and updates on the FIFA World Cup 2018.

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