Action aplenty as the World Cup enters second week

By Abinesh H Published on Jun 21, 2018 01:32 PM IST

One week has already flown since FIFA World Cup 2018 began and the tournament has not failed to live up to its hype. The most unpredictable sporting event has given us lot of surprises in this one week.

Ronaldo's magic

CR7 came from winning the UEFA Champions League for the third time. His critics believed his form has dipped and stats showed that the iconic Madrid talisman was losing it but his hattrick against Spain proved them wrong.

Ronaldo single-handedly pushed Portugal forward.

"Ronaldo is Ronaldo, you cannot write him off. He will score when you least expect it. His free kick for the third goal had me in splits. The Euro champions went into the tournament as least favourite but ended up lifting the trophy. It's too early to predict the same but then again Ronaldo can surprise us again," said Shankar a football expert for play gaffer.

He scored the fastet goal of this edition of WOrld Cup. He netted the ball with a header against Morocco in just four minutes.

Messi feeling the blues

With Ronaldo's display, Messi had a lot to prove to fans of Argentina and the world over.

The Messiah, however, failed! Argentina who faced Iceland in their opening fixture dominated the entire game but sadly with the strongest attacking force, they couldn't score the second goal. The likes of Aguero, Di Maria, Higuain and Messi could not break the Icelanders.

"The opponents came in with a game plan, stop Messi at all cost, and they did successfully. Whenever Messi got the ball, a swarm of Iceland players surrounded him and nipped the ball away. When he stepped up to take the crucial penalty, everyone knew Messi but the burden to be the best got to him and a calm Argentine missed and thus helped Iceland see out a draw. What else can Messi do for Argentina, that answer we have to wait and watch," said Arvind an Argentina fan.

Mexico Blitz German tanks

The biggest shocker was Germany's defeat in the hands of Mexico. Every German fan was confident more like too confident that his side will bulldoze past Mexico but like the great Pele said "Football is unpredictable" and it showed as the opponents carved German defence like a piece of art.

One touch passes, slick movement and blazing speed caught out Germany's midfield trio of Kroos, Khedira and Ozil. The Germans were slow and couldn't catch up to the offensive break.

Joachim Loew might regret the decision of sending back Leroy Sane. The Germans were lucky enough not to concede more than one.

"It is still not over. We will come back strong. Never count out Germany. It was definitely a shock for every fan across the world," said Muthu a fanatic German fan.

Russia's resurgence

Russia came into the match having a poor start. The team did very badly in their friendly losing almost all their games.

The only upside is they automatically got selected due to the 'host nation' clause.

Clearly, there was no game plan or so we thought, the Russians came into the first game as favourites against Saudi Arabia and what fans witnessed was a total demonstration of what the team was hiding.

With a super win, Egypt was next and Russia with the goal scoring prowess of Cheryshev, lead the team to victory. The downside here was Salah's failing.