And the main course is for 20:00. Portugal and Uruguay face each other in a clash that looks exciting. The Portuguese beat Ghana with an almost inevitable goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, who became the first to score in five editions of the World Cup. His best player was not the former Real Madrid player, but Bruno Fernandes, his already a former teammate at United. On the Uruguayan side, those led by Diego Alonso are bound to win after their poor draw against South Korea. Fede Valverde is his engine and Luis Suárez, Darwin Núñez and Cavanni his stilettos up top. This is how José Félix Cachorro analyzes it: Uruguay is playing its future against a Portugal that seeks to seal its pass to the second round
At 5:00 p.m. the faces of Brazil and Switzerland will be seen. The five-time champion left a very good image against Serbia with a stellar Richarlison. But we will have to see how they handle the loss, safe in this group stage, of Neymar, their great reference. Seeing the state of his ankle is… For their part, the Swiss will have to improve compared to what they did against Cameroon. They won with a solitary goal from Embolo, but little else. In any case, not enough to hurt Vinicius, Casemiro and company. Rubén Cañizares analyzes the duel in this way: The hieroglyphic of Tite before the emptiness of Neymar
At noon South Korea and Ghana are measured. Here the eyes are focused on Iñaki Williams. The Athletic striker had the equalizer in his hands on the first matchday against Cristiano’s Portugal, but an untimely slip prevented him from scoring his third goal. For their part, the Asian team hopes that Son, their star, adapts to the mask with which he has to play due to an orbital fracture suffered three weeks ago with Tottenham. Morale is on the side of the latter, who started a good draw against Uruguay in their debut. Ignacio Tylko brings us closer to the keys of the meeting:The revenge of Son and Iñaki Williams
Focusing on today’s day, there are four games ahead. The day starts at 11:00 am with the confrontation between Cameroon and Serbia. Both fell on the first day and they have to win to stay alive in the World Cup. the Africans depend on the Bayern striker Choupo-Moting while the Balkans have to show the gunpowder up front that they really have but did not show against Portugal. Our colleague Carlos Nieto analyzes the meeting like this: Cameroon and Serbia are measured without margin of error
As we said before, a draw is enough for Spain to certify their pass to the quarterfinals. It would cross in said round with Group F, the one made up of Croatia, Morocco, Belgium and Canada. If the classification is maintained as it is now, Luis Enrique’s men would face Morocco, who gave a surprise yesterday and beat a disappointing Belgium. If he passed as second, he would cross paths with the veteran Croatia, who is experiencing the goodbye of his golden generation in this World Cup. Looking further ahead, to a hypothetical quarterfinal, the perspective would be another. And surely more worrisome because if they go first and get past the round of 16, the rival, as long as the theoretical favoritisms are met, would be nothing more and nothing less than Brazil!!! But better not to speculate and focus on the next game, against Japan on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Luis Enrique himself embodied this double side of the party. On the one hand, he celebrated the goal of his team with euphoria, but he turned to sadness and anger for a draw in a succession of oversights. This is how Javier Asprón told us from Doha: Luis Enrique, from joy to disgust
“It simply happened that La Roja and La Mannschaft, two teams of very similar caliber, canceled each other out. Neither of them was able to bring out the best of their virtues during a very close ninety minutes, from power to power.” It is true that Spain took the lead with a goal from Morata after the hour of play, that just after Asensio had the 2-0 in his boots and that, in that happy moment, it seemed that Luis Enrique’s team would party again with the rockets and streamers of Tuesday. Germany, however, improved with Flick’s triple substitution in the 68th minute and won the 1-1 victory, the work of Füllkrug after a great clearance from Musiala, their most promising footballer”. This is how Jon Agiriano describes in his chronicle the duel lived yesterday between two of the contenders for the title. Read the complete chronicle: Spain will have to wait to stamp its passport
Hello. We start the narration of a new day of the World Cup. We do it with the bittersweet aftertaste of yesterday’s game in Spain. La Roja played well, at many times they dominated Germany, which they were about to send home, but the Teutons equalized Morata’s goal and now everything is to be decided on the last day. It would be worth it for Luis Enrique’s men to draw against Japan to move on to the round of 16, but the coach has already made it clear: they will win no matter what