2018 FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia

June 24, 2018

2018 FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia

2018 FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia

The 2018 FIFA World Cup that started on 14 June at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, with the host nation, Russia, faced off against Saudi Arabia in the opening match, demolishing the Asian team by five goals to nil, has provided everything but a quality football. Although it was the first time in the history of the World Cup that the first twenty matches ended with a least one ball finishing in the back of the net, sixteen out of the twenty-nine games that have been played so far have ended with less than three goals, with ten of them concluding with a 1-0 score.

So far, the Sbornaya has been the team that showed the most of all participants alongside Belgium, as Stanislav Cherchesov's side scored eight goals in the first two games while conceding only one goal in the process. Denis Cheryshev who has scored two goals against the Green Falcons after coming on off the bench to replace the injured Alan Dzagoev found the back of the net against Egypt too, as he now trails Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo by only one goal, in the Golden Boot race.

The defending champions, Germany, who lost their first match in the group stage to Mexico, came very close to endangering their tournament participation, but the 95th-minute goals scored by Toni Kroos has left Die Mannschaft in the race for the most prestigious international trophy in the world.

On the other hand, one of the favorites to win the World Cup is facing a tough challenge, with Argentina looking to fight their way to the round of 16 in the third match of the group stage. Lionel Messi's last chance of winning the World Cup title might be slipping through his hands following two disastrous displays from Argentina against Iceland and Croatia, in which the Albiceleste barely collected one point. A miserable 3-0 defeat to Croatia has put the South American giants in a stressful situation, as they are now forced to beat Nigeria who currently has three points after a convincing 2-0 win over Iceland.

Cristiano Ronaldo already added four goals to his account, while Leo Messi is yet to find the back of the net, as he has already missed a penalty kick against Iceland, which ultimately saw Argentina dropping two points against the debutants. The Argentinean wizard will have the last opportunity to shine at the final tournament, as the two-time World Cup winners looking to take on Super Eagles in what's going to be a decisive match for the faith of both teams. There's no doubt that Barcelona superstar will fight tooth and nail to help his national team go past the group stage, and top betting offers for 2018 are offering a fair odd on Messi's first goal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Punters can find a lot of exciting offers available on TheBookiesOffers like bet £10 get £30 Signup offer by Paddy Power or bet £10 and get £40 by Betfair. Although it is hard to imagine that Messi could close the gap on Ronaldo and Lukaku if he manages to find his Barcelona form, anything could happen by the end of the tournament.

In addition to Argentina, who might still advance to the round of 16, Colombia complicated their lives following a 2-1 defeat to Japan, as they now have to win at least one of the two matches they'll be playing, against Poland and Senegal. Peru is the first South American nation to lose any chance of qualifying for the knockout stage after losing both matches they've featured in so far. On the other hand, Brazil and Uruguay have already managed to secure their places among the top 16 teams of the tournament.

Three out of five African teams that qualified for the final tournament can already pack their bags, with Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia failed to achieve a single victory in the first two rounds. Senegal and Nigeria are the only CAF nations that still have some real chances of reaching the knockout stage. South Korea and Saudi Arabia as two teams that are representing the AFC continental confederation have also remained empty-handed, preparing themselves to return home without a single win. In addition to the above-mentioned squads, Costa Rica also lost all hopes of progressing to the knockout phase.

So far, only Russia, Uruguay, France, Croatia, Mexico, and Belgium mathematically secured their spots in the round of 16, while Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and England appear to be very close to joining the aforementioned in round of 16 provided that they maintain their current form.