IT STARTED with a bang. Russia, the hosts, netted 5 previous Saudi Arabia. The unswerving time extra goals had been scored in an opening sport was once in 2006, and eight of the previous 20 World Cup openers had been either Zero-Zero or 1-1 attracts. Expectations for the second sport had been excessive, but Uruguay took 89 minutes to limp previous Egypt. Five of the six top-ranked teams accomplished within the first weekend of video games, with handiest Portugal v Spain providing one other goalfest, a 3-3 draw. The Portuguese captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, staked his direct to be the sphere’s handiest player (his hat-trick helped thwart the 2010 champions), while Lionel Messi’s Argentina didn’t beat debutants Iceland. There had been extra surprises to achieve. Most modern champions (and top-ranked team) Germany had been jumpy by 14th-positioned Mexico, and Brazil had been held by Switzerland. England kick off their marketing campaign tonight. Note our interactive for the total goals and to compare this World Cup to previous competitions.
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