FIFA World Cup 2018: Match Highlights:
- Uruguay defeated Egypt 1-0
- Iran also edged Morocco 1-0
- Portugal and Spain played out a 3-3 draw
FIFA World Cup 2018 – Day 2 of the world cup brought with it three matches. What better way to celebrate football’s biggest festival than three back to back matches. And each match kept us hooked to the screen with late deciding goals coming in each. The day was completed off perfectly with a classic between Portugal and Spain that saw six goals being scored and became the perfect match to finally open the world cup.
Starting with the 5:30pm IST kick-off between Egypt and Uruguay, the match was a defensive master-class y Egypt who kept out a Uruguay side featuring Cavani and Suarez till almost the last minute. They were extremely unlucky to concede late on, as their dying legs, sapped out of energy were unable to defend an 89th minute corner. A perfect ball into the box was met perfectly by Giminez who leapt above everybody to break millions of Egypt hearts. For Egypt the absence of their mercurial forward Salah proved to be the difference between scoring in the end and taking atleast a point from the match.
The 8:30pm match was a drab affair, one that saw two nations clearly below the standards of the best in this year’s world cup battle it out for the vital three points. It was Iran however who scraped through with a win after Morocco’s Aziz-Bouhaddouz was unlucky to put the ball in his own net in the 5th minute of extra time.
Coming to the last and best match of the game, we turn our attention to Portugal V. Spain. Billed to be one of the best match of the group stages, the two European giants took on each other and completely lived up to the hype surrounding the match. It was an all-out attack affair with Diego Costa netting two for Spain and Nacho getting the third to give the Spanish a 3-2 lead. However the world’s best player Cristiano Ronaldo had other things on his mind. On a day when he had been convicted of tax fraud in Spain, Ronaldo decided to score a hattrick against them.
A penalty by him put his side into an early 1-0 lead before he got his double just before the end of the first half courtesy of a howler by de Gea. He was not finished though as he saved his best for last. With Spain dominating the proceedings after taking the lead, Ronaldo scored a peach of a free-kick, one that curled past the wall to land in the back of the net to make Ronaldo’s legend even more famous.