World Cup 2018: Some of the World’s Heroes Continue to Shine as Ronaldo, Suarez & Costa All Notch Winners and the Price of a Star’s Shirt
Three tightly contested 1–0 games today — nine 1–0 matches, overall and so far — and now hosts Russia and Uruguay are the first teams to have advanced to the knockout round.
Uruguay 1–0 Saudi Arabia: Barca striker Luis Suarez scored on his 100th international appearance to send his Uruguay through from Group A. The Barcelona star also became the first Uruguayan to score at three different World Cup finals. But the team boasting two of the world’s most dangerous strikers, Suarez and Edinson Cavani, have not really come to life, yet.
Spain 1–0 Iran: Diego Costa’s third goal clinched a hard-fought victory for Spain against a surprisingly competitive and brave Iran, winners of their first game. The Persians had several chances to equalize and a goal rightly disallowed for offside, but if Iran beats the odds and overcomes Portugal on Monday, they could actually leap over Ronaldo’s team. As they say, it’s all to play for.
Portugal 1–0 Morocco: Ronaldo’s thumping header — yes, he’s good at that, too — gave Portugal the win and kept him in the lead as Golden Boot (top scorer) with four goals. The tightly contested match saw a number of penalty appeals not called. CR7 said: “After the draw (against Spain), to make it into first, we have to go match by match, improving our quality.” A couple of interesting notes: Ronaldo’s girlfriend Argentinian Rodriguez cheered him on in his #7 jersey; then Morocco accused the American ref Mark Geiger of asking Ronaldo for his game jersey, one player moaning, “It is the World Cup, it’s not a circus here.”
LOL. Seems everyone wants Ronaldo’s jersey, maybe even former Italian defender Marco Materazzi. Remember his altercation with Zidane in the 2006 final that got the Frenchman sent off for his head butt? Materazzi recalls: “Yes, I was tugging his shirt, but when he said to me scornfully ‘If you want my shirt so much I’ll give it to you afterwards.’ I answered that ‘I’d prefer your sister,’ it’s true!”
And, as for Ronaldo sporting a partial goatee, he says it’s “brought me luck” so he’s going to keep it. Will it be all Ronaldo, all the time, all the way to the final? Stay tuned…
BTW, that sound you’re hearing throughout the stadia is a drawn out one with three long syllables, and repeated often: “Ros! Si! Ya!”
Check out all the goals from FIFATV.