Amazing Goals

Brasil vence a Serbia con un exquisito gol de tijera de Richarlison

Jogo bonito, pero sobre todo mucha paciencia. Esa fue la receta que necesitó Brasil para vencer 2-0 a Serbia en su debut en el Mundial de Catar.

La llave para desbloquear el cerco defensivo de los europeos fue el delantero del Tottenham, Richarlison, quien anotó ambas conquistas.

Una de ellas fue un auténtico golazo.

Gol de tijera de Richarlison

En la primera etapa, Serbia apretó los espacios y con una línea de cinco atrás le hizo la vida imposible al ataque brasileño. 

Watch: Richarlison goal is one of the best you will ever see

Richarlison, take a bow. There are few words that could possibly do this goal justice. After a difficult first half, Richarlison firmly stamped his name on the match with one of the all-time great World Cup goals. 

“Samba Soccer at its absolute best,” according to Stu Holden. “That is Joga Bonito. That is the Beautiful game,” added Jon Strong.

Richarlison, in his first World Cup appearance for Brazil, scored his second goal of the match with a beautiful overhead kick that will live forever, and deservedly so. 

Spain scores 7, takes 82% possession and completes 1,043 passes to end Costa Rica

Tiki-taka (the lethal variety) is back. Spain was greatly helped by Costa Rica's decision to grant mobile brain-in-a-jar Sergio Busquets freedom of the park Wednesday, but to downplay La Furia Roja's 7-0 World Cup victory over Los Ticos is like throwing mashed potatoes at a Van Gogh.

This was always the danger for Old Man Costa Rica: 35-year-old Keylor Navas, 34-year-old Celso Borges and 33-year-old Óscar Duarte getting torn apart by 22-year-old Ferran Torres and Barcelona teenage prodigies Pedri and Gavi. 

España hipnotiza a Costa Rica con más de 1.000 pases y le aplica un histórico 7-0

¡7-0! Sí, ¡7-0!

Con su celestial e hipnótico tiki-taka, España le dio el réquiem a la generación dorada de Costa Rica.

Sobre el césped del Estadio Al Thumama hubo un solo equipo y las estadísticas de ese dominio fueron brutales. Además de los siete goles:

  • España completó 998 de los 1.060 pases que intentó
  • Costa Rica no registro disparos sobre la portería rival

Yikes!

Lo de los pases es fenomenal y le permitió a los españoles tener una posesión del balón cercana al 82%, récord absoluto desde el Mundial de 1966 a la fecha. 

Tim Weah scores brilliantly as the United States ties Wales

3,065 days removed from elimination at the hands of Belgium in 2014, the United States began its World Cup campaign with a heartbreaking 1-1 draw against Wales. With the hopes of a nation on their backs, the Stars and Stripes came to play in the first half, epitomized by Tim Weah’s goal just after the half-hour mark, but ultimately a late penalty from Gareth Bale saved a draw for the Dragons.  

England gets rowdy on a Monday afternoon after Three Lions put 6 past Iran

If winning Group B at the World Cup comes down to goal difference, England already has it in the bag after its extremely impressive 6-2 opening victory over an Iran side in disharmony

Kick-off at Khalifa International Stadium was scheduled for 1 p.m. in the UK, but obviously that didn't stop England supporters from getting rowdy as hell on a Monday afternoon.

Morocco just recalled Hakim Ziyech for the World Cup — that was a great idea

Hakim Ziyech is a shooter. We've forgotten that this year with the Moroccan winger rarely playing for Chelsea, but when the goals were flying in at Ajax he was averaging 5.3 shots per game, and when he last represented his country at a major tournament (AFCON 2019) he was firing off 4.5 per game.

Con una volea sabrosa de Di María y la magia de Messi, Argentina le mete miedo a México

Todos sabemos que en el fútbol cualquier cosa puede pasar. Sin embargo, cada vez que vemos a Argentina jugar la pregunta es ¿qué diablos puede hacer México para contener a la Albiceleste cuando ambos se enfrenten en el Mundial?

La interrogante volvió a aparecer este miércoles luego del amistoso en que Argentina le dio un baile a los Emiratos Árabes Unidos, un 5-0 que demostró además que la selección sudamericana tiene una serie de variantes que van más allá de los hechizos que pueda crear Lionel Messi.

Pittsburgh advances in NCAA soccer tournament by playing dead

When put in a situation of extreme adversity, there's no better plan of action than feigning death. I've read all the leadership books and they all agree that playing possum is the most effective form of self-help. Just wait enough time and all your problems will leave you alone. 

If you're talented enough, it's also an effective strategy out on the pitch.

18-year-old Alejandro Garnacho cements status as Man Utd's next big thing with late winner

LONDON - Alejandro Garnacho came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner for Manchester United as they beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage in their final Premier League game before the World Cup break on Sunday.

Christian Eriksen, who is set to play for Denmark at the World Cup, scored the opener in the 14th minute, sliding in at the far post to steer the ball home after Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes combined cleverly to create the chance.

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