FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Costa Rica Day Highlights:
- Brazil won 2-0
- Nigeria overcame Iceland 2-0
- Switzerland came back to defeat Serbia 2-1
Group D and group E of the FIFA World Cup turned upside down on Friday after Brazil, Nigeria and Switzerland all won their matches. A win for Nigeria over Iceland completely changed the maths of group d, bringing Argentina back in the group with it. With Nigeria knowing a defeat would knock them out of the tournament, Iceland were also fully aware that a win for them could almost seal their round of 16 fate and also confirm Argentina’s ext from the tournament. Nigeria went that extra mile on the day to overcome Iceland by two goals and with that moved second of the most complicated group this world cup. Group e meanwhile lived upto its billing of the group of death. Wins for Brazil and Switzerland put them on 4 points but Serbia are right behind their tails on 3 points.
Coming back to FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Costa Rica, the day’s opener saw Brazil being stretched for their win. A resolute Costa Rica side desperate for a result defended as if their lives depended on it. It was no nonsense defending from a side that needed atleast something from the match to stay in the tournament. And it took till the first minute of added time after the 90 minutes for Brazil to finally find the breakthrough. Philippe Coutinho scored for the second match in a row to give Brazil that much coveted lead and it was soon doubled by Neymar who despite a poor poor match scored right before the final whistle.
Nigeria V. Iceland was the match we were all waiting for given the stakes at hand. We were finally treated to the most beautiful jersey this world cup, that of Nigeria, one that had seen more than 20 million units being sold. And this fact seemed to inspire the Nigerians, especially Musa who burnt down Iceland on his own. A superbly taken touch by him for the first goal was round off by an even better finish in the 49th minute. And he wasn’t done. Leaving everyone in his tracks owing to his super pace, Musa dribbled past the entire Iceland defence leaving even the goal-keeper on the floor to slot in his second of the day. A VAR decision to give an Iceland’s favour was not converted by Gylfi Sigurdsson to ensure Nigeria maintained their clean sheet.
One of the most fiercely contested match given the political history between the two nations rounded off the day. Serbia V. Switzerland was competed with just the intensity expected. Racing into the lead in just the 5th minute, Switzerland looked intent on getting the job done after a famous draw against Brazil. That was however all the joy they got from the match as Xhaka scored in the 52nd minute and Shaqiri a stunner in the 90th minute to complete Serbia’s come-back that meant more off the pitch for the country then on it.