World Cup Gossip

23/06/2018


Germany 2-1 Sweden

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GOAL – Sweden 1-2 Germany
Toni Kroos

Bedlam. Absolute bedlam.

90′ + 4’42”Goal for Germany

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Germany 1-1 Sweden

That was it! That was the chance!

Julian Brandt smashes the ball off the post from the edge of the area.

The German supporters can’t believe it.

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Germany 1-1 Sweden

Corner to Germany.

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Germany 1-1 Sweden

FIVE MINUTES OF ADDED TIME.

Germany are desperate for a goal.

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Germany 1-1 Sweden

Germany have never failed to win their first two games at a World Cup.

They’ve got a free-kick in a dangerous position on the left.

Isaac Thelin replaces Marcus Berg for Sweden. The striker has put a serious shift in.

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RED CARD – Jerome Boateng
Germany 1-1 Sweden

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Germany 1-1 Sweden

Into the final 10 minutes we go. Thomas Muller is complaining as Sweden take their time in taking a goal kick.

If things stay like this Germany won’t be out but their hopes will be hanging by a thread.

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GOAL – Germany 1-1 Sweden
Marco Reus

Never write off the Germans!

The curse of the champions?
HT: Germany 0-1 Sweden

If Germany do go out here it would be the fourth time in the last five World Cups that the defending champions have gone out in the opening round.

When you score a goal you’re always in danger of letting one in because you lose a bit of concentration. Germany started brilliantly but they’ve dropped off since and they look rattled.

GOAL – Germany 0-1 Sweden
Ola Toivonen

Wow, wow, wow.

Sweden’s backline is massive – it means it’s going to take a special ball in or a set-piece to find a German head.

The Germany possession count is up at 86% but, like against Mexico, when Germany lose the ball they do leave themselves exposed at the back.

If Germany are being restricted to long shots at the moment and Sweden will be quite happy with that. Sweden have done well since they began pressing Germany high and that will give them confidence.

There definitely was contact – as Marcus Berg goes to play the ball – Jerome Boateng just takes his legs away. I think he’s unlucky not to get a penalty there.

Germany looking like Rocky, take a beating at the beginning to show they’re human.

“Germany facing elimination” Now there’s a sentence I couldn’t imagine 10 days ago! This should be a beauty…massive opportunity for Sweden.

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Germany 0-0 Sweden

More good play down the right from Germany with Julian Draxler in the action again. His powerful cross goes right across the face of goal and out for a goal kick.

Miroslav Klose would have tapped that in.

Germany come again, this time down the right. Corner.

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Germany 0-0 Sweden

First chance goes to the Germans and what a chance it is. Julian Draxler just has to score as the ball lands at his feet six yards out but his shot is blocked by a blue shirt.

Germany are missing a top drawer striker. Think Kane, Lukaku, Griezmann, Costa. Sadly it could prove to be their downfall this year.

Dion Dublin
Ex-Aston Villa striker in Russia

I think we’ll see a very methodical Germany tonight – a team who does the simple things well and work hard for each other. But when they do click they can be devastating. I think against Mexico they expected to come away with a win and they got their bums bitten.

Ozil dropped
Defending champions Germany lost to Mexico in opening game
Sweden beat South Korea in opener

20/06/2018


Iran 0-1 Spain

Rezaeian attempted clearance deflects in off Costa
Iran have equaliser ruled out for offside
Morocco already eliminated from Group B

Permutations
Iran would go through to the last 16 if they beat Portugal, Carlos Quieroz’s homeland, on Monday (19:00 BST).

A draw would only be enough if Spain were to lose to already eliminated Morocco, and that would probably have to be by more than one goal.

Spain and Portugal just need draws to progress.

Iran has equaliser ruled out against Spain

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GOAL – Iran 0-1 Spain
Diego Costa

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Iran 0-0 Spain

Corner to Spain, which Isco will take. Flicked on by Diego Costa to Gerard Pique and his effort is cleared off the line.


Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia

All over, Luis Suarez’s first-half goal wins it.

Uruguay and Russia into the knockout stages, Egypt and Saudi Arabia heading home.

Sanchez heads over when well placed
Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia

It’s been slim pickings in terms of goalmouth action in this game.

Carlos Sanchez should have doubled Uruguay’s lead earlier in the half though.

Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia
World Cup – Suarez on target as Uruguay lead Saudi Arabia

Suarez wins 100th international cap
Saudis out if they lose, Egypt eliminated if Uruguay get at least a point
Uruguay beat Egypt 1-0 in their opener
Saudi Arabia lost 5-0 to Russia on Thursday


Portugal 1-0 Morocco

Ronaldo scores winner – fourth goal in two games
He leads the race for Golden Boot – and is now record European scorer in international football history
Defeat knocks Morocco out of the tournament