FIFA 2018: Teams Score Their First Victories

An underdog’s unexpected victory, triumphant stoppage time goals, and a revengeful comeback. Last night’s games were nothing short of dramatic.

After garnering satisfying scores, Nigeria, Brazil, and Switzerland finally got their first wins in yesterday’s World Cup matches.

Soaring SUper Eagles went WILD AGAINST ICELAND

Super Eagles fans wildly celebrated their team’s glorious victory at the Volgograd Arena last night. Driven by a hunger for their first win, Nigeria played a stunning 2-0 feat against Iceland.

Both teams struggled getting a goal in the first half. But Nigeria’s hero Ahmed Musa superbly soared in the second half and notched both goals. On Tuesday, Iceland will compete against Croatia while the Eagles takes on Argentina.

Results: Nigeria 2 – Iceland 0

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Brazil’s dramatic win

Brazil also had their taste of victory as Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave stoppage time strikes against Costa Rica, winning 2-0. Everyone thought the result of the game would be a draw but Neymar stroked a surprising goal. The win redeemed Brazil’s denied victory against the Swiss team last Monday.

Furthermore, Brazil’s dramatic success injured Coach Tite after celebrating. “I pulled a muscle. I’m limping after the celebrations,” he said. His entertaining tumble had some fans in fits of laughter sparking posts on social media.

Results: Brazil 2 – Costa Rica 0

SWITZERLAND’s COMEBACK overthrew Serbia

With Serbia’s dominance in the first half, Switzerland came back strong in the second half and scored two winning goals, 2-1. The game almost resulted into a draw with Granit Xhaka’s equalizer cancelling Serbia’s early opener.

However, Xherdan Shaqiri shot a ball past Serbia’s keeper. Swiss’ victory both got Shaqiri and Xhaka celebrating with the Albanian eagle. “In football, you have always emotions and at least you can see what I did and I think it’s just emotion and I’m very happy to score this goal,” Shaqiri expressed.

Results: Switzerland 2 – Serbia 1

The top three teams in Group E will now have to fight for the last two available places in the Round of 16. Who do you think will qualify to enter the next round of matches? Let us know in the comments below.

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FIFA Opener Games: Japan Triumphs Over Colombia in Upset

Japan pulled off another surprising World Cup upset with a 2-1 win against Colombia last night. As a result, the Blue Warriors’ victory marked the first Asian win against a South American team in the past 17 tournaments.

Japan celebrates a historic win

The football fans were surprised with the game’s result for Japan was actually ranked by many as one of the weakest teams. What was even more unexpected is the fact that the team changed coaches shortly before the game.

It was a terrible match for the 10-man Los Cafeteros. Colombia’s star player James Rodriguez had to nurse a leg injury at the start of the game.

On top of that, the team made an early penalty when Carlos Sanchez blocked Shinji Kagawa’s shot with his arm. Several minutes later, Colombia managed to snick a goal under Japan’s wall with Juan Fernando Quintero’s strike.

Rodriguez arrived in the second half of the game and somehow boosted the team. But Japan kept an effective play. Few minutes before the end of the match, Yuya Osako stroked a beautiful header securing Japan’s triumph.

Yesterday’s matches recap

Same Fate. Similar to Japan’s feat, Senegal went away with a 2-1 victory against Poland. The Lions of Teranga’s first goal that took them only thirty minutes was immediately followed by a successful strike by M’Baye Niang. Consequently, Senegal was the first African team to win a match at the 2018 World Cup as Egypt, Morroco, Nigeria and Tunisia all lost their opening games.

Madly Happy Russia. After crushing Saudi Arabia in the opener, Russia had their second taste of victory in their game last night. Beating Egypt with a 3-1 scoreline, FIFA’s host seemed unstoppable in dominating this year’s World Cup. “We are happy, madly happy,” striker Artem Dzyuba expressed.

What other teams do you think will possibly give another World Cup upset? Let us know in the comments below.

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Robbie Williams ‘Entertains’ at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremonies

Words by Monique Pamintuan

This year’s FIFA World Cup kicked off last night with a short but grand opening ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

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British pop icon Robbie Williams performed a few of his songs including ‘Feel’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You.’ However, viewers got a big surprise when Williams stuck his middle finger up to the camera while singing ‘Rock DJ.’

 

 

Meanwhile, hundreds of performers amused the audiences by showing Russia’s proud culture in their presentations. Local artist and operatic soprano Aida Garifullin graced the field as she sang while riding a firebird.

Also, pianist Daniil Trifonov and violinist Yuri Bashmet performed a Peter Tchaikovsky’s composition while floating over Moscow river in a pre-recorded opening video.

Zabivaka the wolf

Following tradition, the past tournament’s mascot Fuleco the armadillo introduced 2018’s Zabivaka the wolf.

The opening match started after Brazil’s Cristiano Ronaldo kicked over the ball to Zabivaka, a customary act signalling the tournament’s outset.

According to FIFA, Zabivaka means “the one who scores”, describing him as “a wolf who radiates fun, charm, and confidence.”

The first match ended well for Russia as they scored 5-0 against Saudi Arabia. The succeeding games were Egypt vs Uruguay, Morocco vs IR Iran and Portugal vs Spain.

What are your predictions for the upcoming matches? Let us know in the comments below.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Starts Tomorrow

Words by Monique Pamintuan

Tomorrow, June 14, the much-anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will finally kick off. Happening every four years, the World Cup is an international football tournament where men’s national teams of FIFA’s member associations compete against one another.

2014 FIFA World Cup RECAP

Before the 21st FIFA World Cup begins, let us relive some moments from the past World Cup that took place in Brazil last 2014.

Surprise goal. United States’ John Brooks, who had only played as a substitute, unexpectedly scored three points which gave his country a winning goal at the World Cup. The moment surprised even Brooks himself and got him saying “Oh my God, have I actually just done that?!”

Heroic blocks. Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico’s goalkeeper, made four remarkable saves which became the highlight of the Brazil vs. Mexico 0-0 match.

Up, up in the air. Who could forget Netherlands’ Robin van Persie, the footballer who made an exceptional blastoff through the air that scored a goal? His act became an internet sensation which his grandfather also copied by doing a landing stance on the floor.

Once Again, History is Made. During their match against Belgium, Tim Howard, another phenomenal goalkeeper, made a record-breaking number of 16 saves in a span of 120 minutes for the United States. This beat the performance of any other goalkeeper in a single match in the World Cup history.

A Record FTW. Germany’s Miroslav Klose also broke a record by giving his team 16 goals over four World Cup competitions, with the last one earning the German footballers the 2014 FIFA World Cup championship title.

What are your favorite moments from the 2014 tournament? Tell us who you’re rooting for in this year’s World Cup in the comments below.