World Cup Summary 7/2/18

World Cup Summary 7/2/18

The fifth game curse followed Mexico into this world cup when Brazil defeated them today 2-0. Both teams kept fairly equal possession, but it was Brazil that was able to turn their possessions into goals. While neither team scored in the first half, Neymar was ready to lead his team to victory in the second when he scored from close range just six minutes into the second half. Mexico kept fighting to try to get at least one goal and remained hopeful they could come out on top until the 88thminute. Neymar received the ball on a fast break and took a shot which Mexico’s keeper barely blocked with his foot but Roberto Firmino form Brazil followed up and finished the shot to give Brazil their second goal. With these two goals, Brazil has now scored the most goals ever in the men’s world cup and will go onto the next round.

Belgium and Japan both started the game very strong by constantly attacking the goal looking to score early, unfortunately neither team was able to put the ball behind the net and ended the first half tied nil-nil. But Japan came into the second half ready to win and scored two goals within four minutes. Just three minutes into the second half, Japan’s Gaku Shebasaki received a through ball and took it on a fast break to find Genki Haraguchi at the right side of the box who finished the shot into the bottom left corner of the net for Japan’s first goal. Then four minutes later, Japan’s Takashi Inui received the ball near the box and shot the ball into the bottom right corner of goal to make the score 2-nil with 38 minutes left in the half. Yet this deficit was the push Belgium needed to get back in the game, at the 69th minute Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen scored off a corner with a great header to the top right corner of the net. Belgium scored again to tie the game only five minutes after their previous goal with a beautiful curved cross by Eden Hazard to Marouane Fellaini in the center of the box for him to finish with a header. With only four minutes for either team to come out on top, Belgium was the team with luck on their side when the scored with less than 20 seconds of extra time. Thomas Meunier received a pass which split Japan’s defense and went on a fast break, he then crossed the ball across the box to Nacer Chadli to shoot with his left and win Belgium the game.

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