You may have got the idea how World Cup 2018 is sole talking point for sport lovers. From the tackles, injuries, to showing of the red card, it has got all for fans. the fever is now getting to be more intense as we are in the phase 2nd. With Matchday 1 over and the encounters in the second stage promising to be competitive, we look forward at the games to be played today.
Uruguay Vs Saudi Arabia
It is a match that can decide group H’s fate. This is the third encounter between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia and the first at a World Cup. This is Saudi Arabia’s 15th game at the World Cup but their first against a South American side. Uruguay have won all three of their previous World Cup games against Asian opponents, scoring five and conceding just once. Saudi Arabia have finished bottom of their group in their last three World Cup appearances, their best performance dating back to their opening tournament in 1994, where they reached knockouts. Saudi Arabia have won none of their last 11 games at the World Cup, losing nine of them. Should Luis Suarez make an appearance in this game for Uruguay, he’ll win his 100th cap and become the sixth Uruguayan to reach this landmark.
Portugal Vs. Morocco
Morocco beat Portugal 3-1 in their only previous encounter, in the group stages of the 1986 World Cup. Portugal have not lost against a non-European nation at the World Cup since June 2002, when they lost 1-0 to South Korea. Portugal have lost only one of their last 10 World Cup group games, winning five and drawing the other four. Morocco did not face a single shot in the second half of their opening match against Iran but had the possession of 68% Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Spain in their opening match, making him just the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments. Cristiano Ronaldo’s three goals for Portugal against Spain has the team boosted up. Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own-goal against Iran in their opening match, becoming just the third substitute to score an own-goal in a World Cup match.
Iran Vs Spain
This will be the first ever encounter between Iran and Spain. Iran are winless against European opposition at the World Cup. Spain won the tournament in 2010 despite losing their first match to Switzerland. Spain have conceded 10 goals in their last four World Cup matches, a matter to look upon. In their 1-0 victory over Morocco, Iran became the first team since 1966 to score a goal without attempting a shot in a half of World Cup football. Their winning goal came courtesy of a 90th minute own-goal by Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz. Iran’s last three World Cup goals have all come in the final 15 minutes of matches. Diego Costa has scored with both of his shots on target in their 3-3 draw with Portugal. Spain’s, De Gea would look to bounce back from Ronaldo shocker.