The third day saw the shock of the tournament as 49th placed Saudi Arabia came from behind to beat the eventual winners Argentina 2-1, with a stunning wonder goal from Salem Al Dawsari sealing what will go down to be one of the greatest shocks in World Cup history.
Left: The Saudi Arabian team ecstatic following their famous win.
Tuesday saw a convincing performance from The Three Lions against The Dragons, with Southgate’s side smashing past their neighbouring country 3-0, including a brilliant Marcus Rashford free-kick struck delightfully into the top-right corner. Wednesday brought World Cup fans more shocks, especially in Group D, where Australia beat Denmark 1-0 courtesy of a Matthew Leckie goal sending the Socceroos to only their second ever appearance at a World Cup knockout game. Despite France being certain to top their group, the tournament favourites still lost 1-0 to Tunisia, with Wahbi Khazri giving the North African side a famous win to celebrate despite getting knocked out.
Left: Marcus Rashford at the World Cup.
Thursday saw a brilliant finale to Group E, with Germany having to overcome Costa Rica 4-2 despite being behind 2-1, with exceptional performances coming from substitutes Kai Havertz and Niclas Fullkrug in their first ever World Cups, however, this was still not enough for the four-time winners to go through to the Round of 16. As well as this, another shock came from Japan, this time to heavyweights Spain, who were beating after leading 1-0 to lose 2-1, with Ao Tanaka’s 51st minute goal creating some controversy amongst fans and pundits due to the fact that some were claiming that the ball went out of play in the build up to the Japanese winner. In addition to this, Morocco saw themselves top a tough group including Belgium, Croatia and Canada, with a talismanic performance from Hakim Ziyech to send the North African team to the knockout stages.
Right: Morocco manager Walid Regrarui, who made history this World Cup.
Heartbreakingly, the Three Lions crashed out of this year’s World Cup to reigning champions France. Despite Aurelien Tchouameni’s incredible long-distance effort was struck into the bottom corner, we rallied back with 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane converting a powerful penalty to level the score. However, ex-Arsenal and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud planted a powerful header into the back of Jordan Pickford’s net from a delicious Antoine Griezmann cross to take the lead, before Kane had the chance to level the proceedings and take the Three Lions to extra time from 12 yards, before blazing his effort high over the bar.
Right: Olivier Giroud had an impressive tournament in his last ever World Cup.