World Cup Day 8 Review

Groups open up!

Group D

Nigeria 2 vs. 0 Iceland

The first half was rather boring as both sides failed to create any clear cut chances, but Nigeria came out a different side for the second half as the game opened up. A brilliant cross by Moses was thundered in by Musa in the  49th minute to give Nigeria the lead, as Iceland now started to attack. Iceland were left short at the back and a Musa added his second for the night at the 75th minute after an amazing solo run. Iceland’s support was outstanding as usual while Sigurdsson did miss a penalty in the second half. Nigeria are now in second knowing that a win against Argentina would see them through to the knockout stages while a draw would also do depending on results elsewhere. Iceland are left with the uphill task of having to beat Croatia in their last game if they are to stand a chance of qualifying to the knockout round. 

Group E

Brazil 2 vs. 0 Costa Rica

The scoreline is flatters to deceive as both goals were scored in extra time, the first in the 91st minute by Coutinho and in the 97th minute by Neymar. Costa Rica will be heading home but put in a decent impression of themselves in the first two games and can go into the last with nothing to lose. Brazil are in a three way battle for qualification and nothing is guaranteed for one of the tournament favourites. 

Serbia 1 vs. 2 Switzerland

Serbia got the lead in the 5th minute via a goal from Mitrović, the rest of the first half continued in the same fashion as both teams attacked but failed to convert their chances. Switzerland replied in the second half after a beautiful long range goal by Xhaka in the 52nd minute, the game seemed to be heading for a draw but Shaqiri scored in the 90th minute to give Switzerland three points and throw the group wide open. The win leaves Switzerland’s fate in their hands as a win against  Costa Rica in the final game would see them reach the knockout stages. A draw could be enough but results would have to go in their favour elsewhere. Serbia play Brazil in the last game and three points for any one of the teams would mean qualification to the next round while a draw could be enough if Switzerland loses. 

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