World Cup 2018: Germany’s come-from-behind win, Lukaku matches Maradona

first_imgA dramatic stoppage-time goal from Toni Kroos gave holders Germany a 2-1 win over Sweden on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup last 16.Kroos curled in a superb strike from an indirect free kick to grab the three points for the four-times world champions who are now level with Sweden in Group F on three points and behind Mexico who have six.Sweden took the lead in the 32nd minute when Ola Toivonen finished confidently after Germany’s Toni Kroos gave the ball away in midfield.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMarco Reus equalised in the 48th minute, meeting a low cross from Timo Werner, and despite having Jerome Boateng sent off in the 82nd minute, Germany found their winner from Kroos.Toni Kroos = #UCL #WorldCup Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 23, 2018Romelu Lukaku rewrites the history booksLukaku scored twice as Belgium defeated Tunisia 5-2 to qualify for the last 16.It was the second brace of the World Cup for the Belgian striker. He had also scored two gals against Panama in Belgium’s first match.The Manchester United striker now has four goals from two matches and is equal with Cristiano Ronaldo in the list of most goals scored in the World Cup so far.In the process, he became the first player to score two goals in consecutive World Cup matches since Diego Maradona did it in 1986. Not only that, the 25-year-old striker has now scored seven goals for his country in World Cups and European Championships, more than any other player in their history. He scored a solitary goal in 2014 World Cup and two more in the 2016 Euros.advertisementFIFA World Cup 2018: Lukaku, Hazard brace takes Belgium to round of 16The record was earlier held by Jan Ceulemans, who scored six goals in World Cups and European Championships for Belgium.#REDTOGETHERThx @fanclub1895 4 the support #WorldCup #BELTUN#ENGBEL Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 23, 2018Eden Hazard also scored a brace in the match and the pair has become the first to do so since Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle did the same for Germany against Brazil in 2014.Belgium qualify for round of 16With the win over Tunisia, Belgium become the fifth team to qualify for the next round of the World Cup.Before them, Uruguay and Russia (Group A), France (Group C) and Croatia (Group D) qualified for the knockouts.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLETunisia’s chances of making it to the next round took a major blow after second consecutive loss as they now have only one game in hand with 0 points on the board.Javier Hernandez’s historic goalMexico held onto their nerves to resist a late South Korea comeback as they won their second Group F match 2-1 to go to the top of their group with six points.Goals from Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez trumped Heung-min Son’s late strike as Mexico won their first two group games back to back for the second time in their World Cup history. The last time they did so was in 2002.Eight players active at the #WorldCup to score 50+ goals for their country: @Cristiano @TeamMessi @neymarjr @lewy_official @LuisSuarez9 @Tim_Cahill @okazakiofficial @CH14_ #KORMEX World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 23, 2018Chicharito’s 66th minute goal was his 50th international goal for Mexico and he became the first-ever player to do so as well. Incidentally, he also scored on the same date four years back in Brazil. His goal along with strikes from Rafael Marquez and Andres Guardado gave Mexico a 3-1 victory over Croatia that day in 2014 at the Arena Pernambuco Recife.The former Manchester United striker has also become the third Mexican to score in three World Cups. The other two are Marquez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco. He has now scored in 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions.VAR and penaltiesThe penalty count in this year’s World Cup has now reached 14 — one more than the whole of the last World Cup.In Brazil, there were a total of 13 penalties awarded but thanks to VAR, that number has already been surpassed in the group stages itself in Russia.Vela took the 14th spot kick in this year’s tournament and calmly put it past South Korea’s goalie Cho Hyun-woo to give Mexico the lead on the 23rd minute.World Cup 2018: Hernandez wants Mexico to stay grounded ahead of Sweden clashEarlier in the day, Hazard’s spot kick equalled the number of penalties awarded in Brazil. The World Cup record stands at 18, which was set in 2002.advertisementSo far, 11 of the 14 penalties have been converted into goals and three have been missed. Argentina’s Lionel Messi (vs Iceland), Peru’s Christian Cueva (vs Denmark) and Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson (vs Nigeria) are the ones who missed their penalties.Out of the 14, five spot kicks have been awarded after reviews from VAR. The technology also ruled out a penalty when Neymar was fouled in Brazil’s game versus Costa Rica.last_img

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