World cup day 10 in a nutshell: Late drama, record breaking… and a princess
The latest of late drama, a record-breaking Mexican, and a lucky princess – it’s been a big day of World Cup action on day 10.
Each day during the tournament, we will be pulling together all the big stories and best reaction right here in a nutshell, so you do not miss a thing.
Here are the highlights from day 10 at the World Cup…
Roberto Martinez’s side clicked into gear with a bang against the outfit England only edged past on Monday night, going ahead inside six minutes when Eden Hazard converted from the spot.
Romelu Lukaku doubled the lead but Dylan Bronn looked to have brought Tunisia back into the game, until the Manchester United man struck again on the stroke of half-time.
Another from Hazard after the break and a close-range finish – after missing a hatful of other chances – from Michy Batshuayi gave Belgium the joint-highest score in a game at this tournament, before Wahbi Khazri netted a consolation goal in injury time.
Mexico kept up their 100 per cent record at this World Cup with a goal in either half to get past a South Korea side who, in truth, provided more of a test at times than Germany had in the first round of games.
Hirving Lozano was again on form for the Mexicans but it was Carlos Vela who put them ahead from the penalty spot, after Lee Yong was penalised for handball.
Javier Hernandez became the first Mexico player to score 50 goals after the break with a smart turn and finish, and although Heung-min Son fired in a goal of the tournament contender late on, it was too late to mount a serious comeback.
In the game of the day, Germany kept their tournament alive with a late, late show against Sweden to keep their destiny in their own hands going into the final round of group games.
Trailing to Ola Toivonen’s first-half lob, Joachim Low’s half-time team talk made all the difference against a Sweden side looking to seal qualification to the knockout stages.
Marco Reus levelled within minutes of the restart but Jerome Boateng’s dismissal for a second yellow late on looked to have derailed their hopes of a win, until Toni Kroos struck a wonderful free-kick in the final 15 seconds of injury-time to steal victory.
Moment of the day
While much of the world was ready to revel in a rare spate of Germany misfortune, Kroos’ 95th-minute winner, and a beauty of a strike at that, was one of the sensational moments of the World Cup so far.
It broke Swedish hearts and may have consigned them to elimination ahead of a meeting with group leaders Mexico in their final group game, but it was a moment to savour for the world champions.
The quality of Kroos’ strike, from the tightest of angles and with the ability to get the ball to loop in at the far post from a last-minute Germany free-kick, was magnificent.
The key quotes
“You pinch yourself when you come up against the best players in the world. It probably helps me that they don’t know too much about me, playing in the A-League.”
Australia defender Josh Risdon on his World Cup experience
Germany’s official Twitter holds back after Kroos’ winner
“You will have to ask the ladies, but I don’t think I am a sex symbol. There are millions of Aliou Cisses in Senegal and around the world, but it is good to be loved.”
Aliou Cisse answers a question on his reputation in Russia
Stat of the day
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2018
Source : SkySports