From the secret of Russia’s success to VAR, to Ronaldo and Messi’s woes, and the box-office Iranian player’s throw-in, Takunda takes his latest look at Russia 2018.
The good: VAR reviews haven’t taken long and have thus the games hasn’t been slowed down.
The bad: It seems to me VAR isn’t always correct. This was evident when Ronaldo, I mean Cristiano Ronaldo (because there’s only one Ronaldo) got away with a yellow card for an elbow in the face of an Iranian player.
2. The never-ending GOAT debate
Ronaldo made a great case with 3 goals against Spain in Portugal’s first game of the tournament. Messi, on the other hand, started slowly but scored a crucial one for the Argentines in their last match of the group stage to secure passage to the last 16. So, considering where your allegiance sites in this debate, the pendulum will surely continue to swing way after the FIFA World Cup.
3. Sensational viewing
The Iranian player’s throw in a masterclass. The lad looked to the heavens above, kissed the ball, goes for the somersault and messes it up. Picked himself up and threw it back to a defender that was about 10 metres away from him. Lad
Honourable mentions: Cristiano Ronaldo’s goatee
4. Russia’s impressive run
What is the secret behind Russia’s dramatic sudden improvement? Anyone?
Author: The Broken Native
The Broken Native is a budding, freelance writer for Newslibre. He loves football, basketball, books, music (all things Birdie and flirts with a bit of Jazz), Philosophy and is an ultra-marathon runner.