Two European heavyweights clash at the top of Group G with their respective places in the last 16 assured and only group standing to play for. Both Belgium and England have impressed in their performances against Panama and Tunisia and they both look well placed to make an assault on the World Cup this year and they will both be eager to place down a marker here moving forward.
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Two sides playing for pride face off in Group G following defeats in their opening matches. Tunisia troubled both England and Belgium but ultimately came up short whilst Panama suffered heavy defeats against both sides in their first ever World Cup appearance. With both teams playing without pressure and fear this could be a footballing carnival between two sides that will have enjoyed their World Cup journeys.
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A group-defining encounter awaits in Samara as Senegal and Colombia face off in what should be an intriguing battle. Senegal have 4 points from their opening 2 games whilst Colombia have 3, meaning a win for either side will propel them to the knockout rounds. Both sides have played some entertaining football so far in Russia and they’ll both be keen to ensure their respective journeys don’t end here.
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Japan can secure their place in the last 16 with a win over Poland – who are heading home, regardless of the result in what has been a very disappointing World Cup for the Poles. Japan have 4 points from their opening 2 games and have impressed against Senegal and Colombia whilst Poland have yet to register a point in a group in which they were the top seeded team in.
Mexico shocked the football world with their 1-0 victory against world champions, Germany in their opening game and they will be looking to continue that form against a South Korea side who went down to a 1-0 defeat to Sweden in their first match. Mexico experienced an artificial earthquake after fans celebrated their victory against Germany with such vigour and they must avoid this game being a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show on
After their shock opening game defeat to Mexico, this is now an absolutely huge game for the reigning World Cup champions, Germany, as they take on Sweden. Germany were many peoples picks to win this tournament, although not mine, I must say, but they could well face early elimination if they lose this game and Mexico beat South Korea in the early game. Germany have a very poor record in the second matches of previous
Group G gets back underway on Saturday lunchtime as Belgium take on Tunisia in Moscow. These two experienced very different opening day results as Belgium cruised to a 3-0 victory against a physical Panama side, whilst Tunisia went down to a last gasp 2-1 defeat to England. Those results mean that if Belgium win here on Saturday, then they will qualify and Tunisia will be out if England beat Panama on Sunday. Belgium will come
The second round of matches in Group G will conclude on Sunday when England meet Panama at Stadion Nizhny Novgorod. This match provides a great opportunity for England to possibly seal their place in the next round with a win. Belgium meet Tunisia the day before and if the Red Devils win that match, a win for England will send them through. Little is expected of Panama but they will be hoping to pick up
The undoubted game of the first round so far has been Portugal’s stunning 3-3 draw with Spain in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick. It was a game which will live long in the memory and Portugal will now be looking to pick up their first victory against the bottom side in Group B, Morocco, on Wednesday afternoon. This is a must win game for Morocco after their surprising loss to Iran on match
Iran currently top Group B after their last gasp win over Morocco in game one, but surely they won’t be able to hold onto that when they take on Spain on Wednesday night. Spain drew 3-3 with Portugal in their first match in a topsy-turvy game which could have gone either way in the end. Spain will be looking to pick up a victory against an Iran side who they have never faced before in