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Lozano, Mexico stun Germany in 2018 World Cup opener

MOSCOW — Defending World Cup champions have been finding it hard to get out of the group stage lately, and Germany is proving no exception.

The 2014 champions, ranked No. 1 in the world, were exposed defensively and surprisingly beaten by Mexico 1-0 on Sunday, putting its hopes of advancement in doubt.

Well, not everyone is in doubt.

“We will make it,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said. “There’s no reason to fall apart because you lose one game.”

Hirving Lozano scored the lone goal in the 35th minute, picking up Javier Hernandez’s pass inside the penalty area and beating Mesut Ozil before shooting past Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from 10 yards.

The goal decided the match — a match Germany didn’t expect to lose.

“I don’t know if it’s the biggest victory in (Mexico’s) history, but one of the biggest for sure,” Lozano said. “My teammates and I did some great work. We all ran our hearts out. This is the result of all that hard work.”

Three of the previous four defending World Cup champions failed to reach the knockout stages, France, Italy and Spain. Two of them lost their opening matches while the Italians had to settle for a draw.

The Germans are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962, but have now won only one of their last seven games in all competitions. They hadn’t lost an opening game since the then-West Germany fell 2-1 to Algeria in 1982.

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Mexico had never beaten Germany in a competitive match but was transformed from the team which lost to the Germans 4-1 in last year’s Confederations Cup, conceding twice in the opening eight minutes.

Lozano, a 22-year-old forward nicknamed “Chucky,” got Mexico going with a deflected shot over the bar in the first minute. That set the tone for Mexico to torment Germany on the counterattack, with Lozano taking full advantage of right back Joshua Kimmich’s tendency to go forward.

“We were nervous and we weren’t playing the game we wanted to play,” Loew said. “We need to see what caused this.”

After Lozano’s goal, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a spectacular save to keep the score even, palming Toni Kroos’ shot onto the crossbar.

With key players tiring in the second half, Mexico pulled back and substituted both Lozano and Carlos Vela. Germany then dominated but when it broke through the Mexican defence, the shooting was poor.

Seeking defensive reinforcement, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio brought on 39-year-old veteran Rafael Marquez to play in his fifth World Cup.

“You had the feeling that the ball just wouldn’t go in anyhow,” Loew said. “Everyone’s very disappointed.”

KEYS TO SUCCESS

Kimmich’s charging runs far up the field can be a blessing and a curse for Germany.

Lozano reveled in the space left for him on Mexico’s left flank and was a constant threat on the counterattack. Kimmich’s absence meant Ozil was left trying to stop Lozano for Mexico’s opening goal.

Germany registered 25 shots to Mexico’s 12, but many were from long range and failed to seriously test Ochoa.

WHY CHUCKY?

Lozano’s nickname comes from the haunted doll Chucky in the “Child’s Play” franchise of horror movies.

He doesn’t share the doll’s red hair, but got the name as a young player at Mexican club Pachuca when he played pranks by hiding under teammates’ beds.

DISCIPLINARY

Mexico could be facing punishment from FIFA after its fans chanted an anti-gay slur.

Fans in Mexico use the chant to insult opposing goalkeepers as they take a goal kick. Widely considered a slur, some argue there is no discriminatory intent.

GROUP DYNAMICS

Mexico still has to play South Korea and Sweden, which Osorio called “a tough nut to crack.”

Germany needs points from matches against Sweden on Saturday and South Korea on June 27 to avoid elimination.

Neuer, who started his first competitive game since September, said Germany is aware that another loss would end its World Cup run.

“We’re already in the knockout stages,” Neuer said, “because we only have finals now.”

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World Cup holders Germany left stunned by Mexico

DEFENDING champions Germany have crashed to their first defeat in an opening game of a World Cup since 1982.

Hirving Lozano’s clinical finish earned Mexico a shock 1-0 victory over the Germans.

The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the winner on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history.

Germany’s preparations for the tournament were plagued by poor results and controversy, and their problems were magnified in the Russian capital, leaving their proud record of never being eliminated in the group stage of a World Cup already in danger.

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Hirving Lozano of Mexico scores his team's first and only goal.
Hirving Lozano of Mexico scores his team’s first and only goal.Source: Getty Images

Joachim Loew started eight of the nine 2014 World Cup winners in his squad, with Mesut Ozil returning from a knee injury and Manuel Neuer back in goal following his lengthy absence for the Group F clash.

Jerome Boateng’s build-up to the finals was also hampered by a groin injury, but the Bayern Munich centre-back was on the alert inside 60 seconds to thrust himself desperately in front of a Lozano effort.

A remarkably open start saw Timo Werner sprint in behind the Mexico defence before dragging across the face of goal, while Mats Hummels shot straight at Guillermo Ochoa after a botched clearance.

Neuer held well twice in quick succession, first from a long-range Hector Herrera strike and then again to keep out Hector Moreno’s header, as Mexico attacked the Germany backline with regularity.

Mexican teammates celebrate after scoring.
Mexican teammates celebrate after scoring.Source: AP

Carlos Salcedo nearly diverted a teasing cross into his own net, while Timo Werner hit tamely at Ochoa when an unmarked Julian Draxler appeared the better option.

Mexico continued to threaten, Miguel Layun narrowly unable to latch onto a through ball, but their goal arrived 10 minutes before the break as Germany were again sliced apart.

After Sami Khedira lost possession, Javier Hernandez triggered a lightning counter before finding a charging Lozano, who cut inside a covering Ozil and lashed low inside Neuer’s near post to spark deafening roars from the sizeable Mexico support.

Germany hit back, Toni Kroos rattling the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick that needed the fingertips of a scrambling Ochoa to keep it out, but Mexico barely clung on to their advantage.

Penalties galore in WC day 3

Penalties galore in WC day 3

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Marco Reus was introduced on the hour as Loew sought to invigorate a struggling side, while 39-year-old Rafael Marquez became just the third player to feature at five World Cups as he was brought on the tighten Mexico’s defence.

Joshua Kimmich’s acrobatic overhead kick looped onto the roof of the net, with substitute Edson Alvarez then blocking bravely to thwart Draxler.

Reus also hammered a volley over from a narrow angle before a frenetic finale saw Julian Brandt, just on for Werner, smack the outside of the post with a thunderous effort from 20 yards.

One desperate last attack had Neuer come up for a corner, but a towering header from the veteran Marquez and subsequent claim from Ochoa allowed Mexico to close out an unforgettable triumph.

Mexico's Rafael Marquez and his teammates celebrate after winning the group F match against Germany.
Mexico’s Rafael Marquez and his teammates celebrate after winning the group F match against Germany.Source: AP

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World Cup holders Germany left stunned by Mexico

DEFENDING champions Germany have crashed to their first defeat in an opening game of a World Cup since 1982.

Hirving Lozano’s clinical finish earned Mexico a shock 1-0 victory over the Germans.

The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the winner on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history.

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Hirving Lozano of Mexico scores his team's first and only goal.
Hirving Lozano of Mexico scores his team’s first and only goal.Source: Getty Images

Joachim Loew started eight of the nine 2014 World Cup winners in his squad, with Mesut Ozil returning from a knee injury and Manuel Neuer back in goal following his lengthy absence for the Group F clash.

Jerome Boateng’s build-up to the finals was also hampered by a groin injury, but the Bayern Munich centre-back was on the alert inside 60 seconds to thrust himself desperately in front of a Lozano effort.

A remarkably open start saw Timo Werner sprint in behind the Mexico defence before dragging across the face of goal, while Mats Hummels shot straight at Guillermo Ochoa after a botched clearance.

Neuer held well twice in quick succession, first from a long-range Hector Herrera strike and then again to keep out Hector Moreno’s header, as Mexico attacked the Germany backline with regularity.

Mexican teammates celebrate after scoring.
Mexican teammates celebrate after scoring.Source: AP

Carlos Salcedo nearly diverted a teasing cross into his own net, while Timo Werner hit tamely at Ochoa when an unmarked Julian Draxler appeared the better option.

Mexico continued to threaten, Miguel Layun narrowly unable to latch onto a through ball, but their goal arrived 10 minutes before the break as Germany were again sliced apart.

After Sami Khedira lost possession, Javier Hernandez triggered a lightning counter before finding a charging Lozano, who cut inside a covering Ozil and lashed low inside Neuer’s near post to spark deafening roars from the sizeable Mexico support.

Germany hit back, Toni Kroos rattling the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick that needed the fingertips of a scrambling Ochoa to keep it out, but Mexico barely clung on to their advantage.

Penalties galore in WC day 3

Penalties galore in WC day 3

1:37

Marco Reus was introduced on the hour as Loew sought to invigorate a struggling side, while 39-year-old Rafael Marquez became just the third player to feature at five World Cups as he was brought on the tighten Mexico’s defence.

Joshua Kimmich’s acrobatic overhead kick looped onto the roof of the net, with substitute Edson Alvarez then blocking bravely to thwart Draxler.

Reus also hammered a volley over from a narrow angle before a frenetic finale saw Julian Brandt, just on for Werner, smack the outside of the post with a thunderous effort from 20 yards.

One desperate last attack had Neuer come up for a corner, but a towering header from the veteran Marquez and subsequent claim from Ochoa allowed Mexico to close out an unforgettable triumph.

Mexico's Rafael Marquez and his teammates celebrate after winning the group F match against Germany.
Mexico’s Rafael Marquez and his teammates celebrate after winning the group F match against Germany.Source: AP

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Best Computer For AutoCAD 2018

PC gaming has a huge community of gamers and they often invest hugely in powerful hardware components. An equally large community of developers and creators exist who work on graphics-intensive tasks. The best computers for AutoCAD aren’t the ones that run on a popular GeForce GTX card from Nvidia, but rather their entire range of Quadro cards that are the best bet. Throughout the years, developers and designers have confirmed that demanding engineering designing applications like AutoCAD and other video or audio editing software run seamlessly on these configurations, which is why we have rounded up only the best to meet your requirements.

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Best computer for AutoCAD

MSI’s solid offering for professional users

MSI WE72-1032US 17.3-inch Workstation Laptop

MSI WE72-1032US

MSI is long associated with computer peripherals like motherboards and the company has had a grand entry into the world of gaming. While they are now popular for their gaming laptops, very few know that the brand also makes professional workstation laptops to seamlessly use demanding software. The MSI WE72-1032US is a product which is available with varying display sizes.

This particular model has a 17.3-inch display with a 1080p resolution and is powered by Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.8 GHz. The processor can be over clocked to 3.8 GHz to max out its power and it uses Nvidia Quadro M2200 4 GB graphics card which plays a crucial role in allowing you to use software programs such as AutoCAD. The laptop has 16 GB of RAM combined with a 512 GB M.2 SATA hard disk. The port will allow users to access files quickly and reduce the chances of them getting corrupted. It also features a backlit RGB keyboard which is just a fancy addition.

How is it an ideal fit?

  • The Nvidia Quadro card combined with latest processor and RAM makes the laptop very responsive even when under full load
  • The pricing is aptly balanced considering the hardware power it offers

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Best computer for AutoCAD with premium features

Lenovo ThinkPad P51 15.6-inch 4K UHD Workstation Laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad P51

The Lenovo ThinkPad P51 is a powerful premium device in every way. The pricing of the workstation laptop may put some buyers off, but if you are looking for the best experience with latest hardware components, this is the one to go for. The laptop features a 15.6-inch display with a 4K resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. Most software programs may slow down when being pushed to such high resolution, which is why Lenovo has used appropriate hardware components to support it.

The ThinkPad P51 runs on 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor that can  clock up to 3.9 GHz coupled with 64 GB of RAM and 1 TB hard disk. It also has 512 GB SSD allowing you to experience speedy response from the Windows operating system and also when opening AutoCAD software. The laptop uses Nvidia Quadro M2200M with 4 GB of VRAM and runs on Windows 10 professional. It has all the latest ports including a Thunderbolt port along with other necessary connectivity options.

How is it an ideal fit?

  • The 4K resolution display will offer maximum screen real estate allowing you to work comfortably on any designing software
  • It is powered by a powerful Quadro graphics card and has the highest possible RAM capacity

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Slim, powerful and easy to carry

HP ZBook 15 G4 Premium Mobile Workstation Laptop

HP ZBook 15 G4

The HP Zbook 15 G4 strikes a fine balance between a business laptop and a professional workstation. Instead of making things very bulky, they have stuck to the conventional design which makes this laptop slim yet powerful enough to handle applications. It is easily one of the best computers for AutoCAD, especially for users who need a portable device from a reputed brand. HP and Dell are known for their customer service throughout the globe which should keep you covered throughout the warranty period. The laptop is powered by Nvidia Quadro M1200, making it a great fit to use AutoCAD.

The Zbook 15 G4 has a 15.6-inch display with a 1920×1080 resolution. The laptop runs on 7th generation Intel i7 7700HQ clocking 2.80 GHz coupled with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of HDD. The device also has an additional 512 GB SSD to store the bundled Windows 10 professional operating system, and to install your most used software for quicker response time. The HP laptop is equipped with a range of ports including Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, VGA and SD card slots to easily upload local files. The keyboard is spacious, making it easier to type and use shortcut keys, while the laptop’s conventional looks provides it a low-profile finish. The pricing falls in the affordable category and professionals planning to get their work done without investing much can go for it.

How is it an ideal fit?

  • The laptop strikes a fine balance between performance and pricing
  • The design is conventional and the slim form factor makes it easy to carry

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Best computer for AutoCAD with a portable design

Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Compact Workstation

Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Compact Workstation

Laptops are great as they come bundled with a display and you can carry them to any place to finish your work. The workstation laptops are often used by people on a desk because they are usually big and designing work needs your utmost attention. The Lenovo ThinkStation P320 is a slight variation to the idea because it is a pre-designed desktop computer that is highly portable and easy to carry anywhere. All you need is a wireless keyboard, a mouse and you can connect it to a PC monitor or a television to start working.

The ThinkStation P320 is powered by Intel Core i7 quad-core processor with 16 GB of RAM and has a 512 GB SSD for storage. The desktop computer renders its graphical power from Nvidia Quadro P600 with 2 GB of VRAM and the small chassis is what sets it apart from the competition.

If you don’t have plans to travel with a Quadro laptop and like to work in a desk setup, this PC should exceed your requirements while being powerful enough to handle the demanding tasks. Using a desktop PC may be slightly uncomfortable for some users but if you already have a monitor or television in your workspace, this is a great addition. As it is portable, you can carry it to any location as you would do with a laptop.

How is it an ideal fit?

  • Small chassis makes it easy to be carried to any location in an office or your home setup
  • It is powered by Quadro P600 graphics card, allowing your designing applications to make the most out of it

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A laptop made for AutoCAD with a Xeon processor

Dell Precision M5510 Xeon E3 1505M Laptop

Dell Precision M5510 Xeon E3 1505M Laptop

Among the dozens of laptops available, most manufacturers will opt for a safe bet with an Intel Core processor, but the Dell Precision M5510 is meant for professionals. The manufacturer has designed it with a slim bezel-less display which offers the best of modern-day improvements combined with a workhorse hardware component to get your designing work done.

The M5510 sports a 15.6-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The wide LED display has no bezels on the sides which makes the laptop look stylish and contemporary. Under the slim body, it runs on an Intel Xeon E3 1505M processor clocked at 2.8 GHz. Xeon processors are server grade components which are seldom found on a laptop but Dell has made it possible. The laptop has 32 GB of RAM with 512 GB NVME SSD and uses Nvidia Quadro M1000M with 2 GB GDDR5 memory.

Considering the price tag and the hardware specifications of the Dell Precision laptop, the company offers great value for money in a portable product. It’s portability and raw power make it easier for a professional to get work done on the go besides using it for their daily computing needs.

How is it an ideal fit?

  • Intel Xeon processor in a laptop will deliver highest possible power and more cores
  • Great value for money

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Conclusion

The ongoing debate continues as some users still opine Nvidia GeForce cards can handle designing and other professional software while majority stick to Nvidia Quadro cards for such requirements. They are not only the best computers for AutoCAD but Quadro laptops and computers also make it easier to edit videos, music.

These cards make all the difference in a computer because every other specification including an Intel processor, RAM and storage may remain the same in most products. The pricing of the laptops will be on the higher side because of the cost of using professional grade Nvidia cards in them. When buying your computer, you can choose to push it even further by going for a future-proof specification that includes a 4K UHD display or even a Xeon processor which is great for designing, video editing and audio editing.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z Drop Joint Album 'Everything Is Love'

It had been rumored for years and it has finally arrived: a joint Beyonce-Jay-Z album. Called “Everything Is Love,” the announcement was made by Tidal, the streaming company owned by Jay-Z. It features nine tracks, each credited to Beyonce and Jay-Z — or The Carters — and clocks in at just under 40 minutes, unusually brief for both artists; there is also a bonus track available on Tidal called “Salud” that the duo presumably felt didn’t fit with the album’s sequence. According to unofficial credits, the album features production from Pharrell (two tracks, “Nice” and “Apesh–“), Cool & Dre, Boi-1Da, Jahaan Sweet and Sevn Thomas, and guest spots from Migos (“Apesh–“) and Pharrell.

The news began trickling out on Saturday afternoon with social media posts containing images from the “Everything Is Love” visual campaign. One image posted by Beyonce received nearly 200,000 likes in less than 20 minutes as many noted that, once again, Queen Bey had broken the internet.

It was later revealed that a video was made for the song “APE SHIT” and was filmed at the Louvre in Paris last month. Directed by Ricky Saiz, the video features the pair posing in various settings in an oddly empty Louvre, delivering their lines in front of centuries-old masterpieces, even the Mona Lisa. The clip also features dancers performing synchronized moves on the museums steps, and Beyonce and several dancers gyrating in front of famous paintings, and Jay-Z takes shots at the Grammys and the Super Bowl during his verses in the middle of the song.

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Elsewhere, Beyonce takes a shot at Spotify. Not only is she a shareholder in Tidal (as well as being married to its owner), she passed up millions of dollars by giving the company exclusive streaming rights to her 2016 album “Lemonade.” She references this in the lyrics to “Nice”: “Patiently waiting for my demise/ 
Cause my success can’t be quantified/ 
If I gave two f—s about streaming numbers/ 
Would have put ‘Lemonade’ up on Spotify/ 
F— you, f— you.”

Elsewhere, Beyonce interpolates Notorious BIG’s 1994 classic “Juicy,” and Jay references recent events like Meek Mill’s release from prison and even shooting the video for “Apesh–” in the Louvre.

The album seems to function as the last installment in a sort of marriage trilogy that began with Beyonce’s 2016 album “Lemonade” and her widely discussed stories of infidelity, continued with Jay’s tales of contrition on his “4:44” last summer, and apparently reaches a happy ending with “Everything Is Love.” Not only does everything about the album — its visuals, its lyrics, its shared musical spotlight, even their daughter Blue shouting out her younger twin siblings, Rumi and Sir  — telegraph a happy, equal marriage that’s weathered its storms but come out stronger, the lyrics to the closing song “Lovehappy,” with its throwback ‘70s soul chorus, familiar sample and tag-team vocals, could be a wedding song for a new generation. “Sometimes I thought we’d never see the light/ Went through hell with heaven on our side,” Beyonce sings at the song’s end.” Damn, look at us now/ Pray, pray for the vows/ Way up now, yes, and a way, long way down/ We came, and we saw, and we conquered it all/ We came, and we conquered, now we’re happy in love.”

Beyonce and Jay-Z are currently performing on the 48-date On the Run 2 tour. They have been averaging a per-show gross of $5.5 million, according to Pollstar, on an average per night haul from 48,642 tickets sold. The trek next hits Amsterdam on June 19.

See the track list below.

SUMMER
APESHIT
BOSS
NICE
713
FRIENDS
HEARD ABOUT US
BLACK EFFECT
LOVEHAPPY

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Beyonce and Jay-Z Drop Joint Album 'Everything Is Love'

It had been rumored for years and it has finally arrived: a joint Beyonce-Jay-Z album. Called “Everything Is Love,” the announcement was made by Tidal, the streaming company owned by Jay-Z. It features nine tracks, each credited to Beyonce and Jay-Z — or The Carters — and clocks in at just under 40 minutes, unusually brief for both artists; there is also a bonus track available on Tidal called “Salud” that the duo presumably felt didn’t fit with the album’s sequence. According to unofficial credits, the album features production from Pharrell (two tracks, “Nice” and “Apesh–“), Cool & Dre, Boi-1Da, Jahaan Sweet and Sevn Thomas, and guest spots from Migos (“Apesh–“) and Pharrell.

The news began trickling out on Saturday afternoon with social media posts containing images from the “Everything Is Love” visual campaign. One image posted by Beyonce received nearly 200,000 likes in less than 20 minutes as many noted that, once again, Queen Bey had broken the internet.

It was later revealed that a video was made for the song “APE SHIT” and was filmed at the Louvre in Paris last month. Directed by Ricky Saiz, the video features the pair posing in various settings in an oddly empty Louvre, delivering their lines in front of centuries-old masterpieces, even the Mona Lisa. The clip also features dancers performing synchronized moves on the museums steps, and Beyonce and several dancers gyrating in front of famous paintings, and Jay-Z takes shots at the Grammys and the Super Bowl during his verses in the middle of the song.

Related

Elsewhere, Beyonce takes a shot at Spotify. Not only is she a shareholder in Tidal (as well as being married to its owner), she passed up millions of dollars by giving the company exclusive streaming rights to her 2016 album “Lemonade.” She references this in the lyrics to “Nice”: “Patiently waiting for my demise/ 
Cause my success can’t be quantified/ 
If I gave two f—s about streaming numbers/ 
Would have put ‘Lemonade’ up on Spotify/ 
F— you, f— you.”

Elsewhere, Beyonce interpolates Notorious BIG’s 1994 classic “Juicy,” and Jay references recent events like Meek Mill’s release from prison and even shooting the video for “Apesh–” in the Louvre.

The album seems to function as the last installment in a sort of marriage trilogy that began with Beyonce’s 2016 album “Lemonade” and her widely discussed stories of infidelity, continued with Jay’s tales of contrition on his “4:44” last summer, and apparently reaches a happy ending with “Everything Is Love.” Not only does everything about the album — its visuals, its lyrics, its shared musical spotlight, even their daughter Blue shouting out her younger twin siblings, Rumi and Sir  — telegraph a happy, equal marriage that’s weathered its storms but come out stronger, the lyrics to the closing song “Lovehappy,” with its throwback ‘70s soul chorus, familiar sample and tag-team vocals, could be a wedding song for a new generation. “Sometimes I thought we’d never see the light/ Went through hell with heaven on our side,” Beyonce sings at the song’s end.” Damn, look at us now/ Pray, pray for the vows/ Way up now, yes, and a way, long way down/ We came, and we saw, and we conquered it all/ We came, and we conquered, now we’re happy in love.”

Beyonce and Jay-Z are currently performing on the 48-date On the Run 2 tour. They have been averaging a per-show gross of $5.5 million, according to Pollstar, on an average per night haul from 48,642 tickets sold. The trek next hits Amsterdam on June 19.

See the track list below.

SUMMER
APESHIT
BOSS
NICE
713
FRIENDS
HEARD ABOUT US
BLACK EFFECT
LOVEHAPPY

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2018 FIFA World Cup Live: Day 3

Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic, right, is challenged by Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo, second from right, during the Group D match between Croatia and Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (Petr Davi…

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Player Ratings: Socceroos v France

THE Socceroos were brave in defeat as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to heavyweights France in their World Cup opener in Kazan, with a late own-goal sealing their fate.

Some of the Aussies’ biggest stars stood up on the biggest stage as the likes of Maty Ryan, Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy and Trent Sainsbury led the way.

Bert van Marwijk’s men can hold their heads high after an outstanding showing against one of the favourites to win the tournament.

MATCH: HEARTBREAK, CRAZY PENALTY DRAMA AS GALLANT ROOS FALL TO FRANCE

WATCH: ROOS MAKE UNWANTED HISTORY

Brave Roos fall to France

Brave Roos fall to France

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HERE’S HOW WE RATED EVERY AUSSIE…

MATY RYAN – 8

Absolutely huge between the sticks. Made four saves in the first eight minutes and was on his game from the word go. Only beaten eventually by a penalty from Griezmann and a ballooning own-goal.

JOSH RISDON – 6

The first man in World Cup history to be penalised via VAR – almost fitting it was an A-League player. The right back was mostly solid throughout as Ousmane Dembele looked to exploit him. But that one moment of madness, a lunging tackle on Griezmann, will go down in history. Unfortunately for him, it could easily have been a massive shining light had the VAR seen it differently.

TRENT SAINSBURY – 8

An absolute colossus in the heart of defence. Was easily the best player on the pitch in the opening half and continued to be immense from start to finish. A big performance that will no doubt have attracted transfer attention as he set the standard for his teammates with some huge interventions, blocks and tackles on France’s attacking superstars.

France's forward Antoine Griezmann (L) is tackled by Australia's defender Joshua Risdon giving a penalty opportunity to France
France’s forward Antoine Griezmann (L) is tackled by Australia’s defender Joshua Risdon giving a penalty opportunity to FranceSource: AFP

MARK MILLIGAN – 8

Alongside Sainsbury, the makeshift centre-back enjoyed a massive outing in defence. Looked a different player to the one who struggled in Budapest as he marshalled the likes of Griezmann and Mbappe with composure and aplomb.

AZIZ BEHICH – 6

Was his usual adventurous self down the left where possible. Behich had his hands full but also managed to find some space down the flank at times, and was solid in his defensive duties as well. Was really unlucky to have his attempted block on Pogba balloon off the crossbar and into the net to hand France the win.

MILE JEDINAK – 7.5

A surprise inclusion in the XI as Van Marwijk played mind games in the lead up to this clash. His leadership and steel in midfield were important for the Aussies, and his coolness from the penalty spot levelled up the clash at a crucial stage.

Jedinak brings Socceroos back

Jedinak brings Socceroos back

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Australia's defender Aziz Behich and Australia's defender Trent Sainsbury (R) vie for the ball with France's forward Olivier Giroud (C)
Australia’s defender Aziz Behich and Australia’s defender Trent Sainsbury (R) vie for the ball with France’s forward Olivier Giroud (C)Source: AFP

AARON MOOY – 7.5

Had a fair bit of the ball through the middle and looked to direct traffic for the Socceroos. His set pieces were dangerous all day and eventually yielded the equaliser as his free kick caught the hand of Umtiti to send Jedinak to the spot. Was solid on the ball throughout.

TOM ROGIC – 5

No real impact from the man dubbed the Wizard of Oz in Kazan. Failed to get involved as France predictably won the midfield battle. Van Marwijk faces an interesting conundrum in how to get the best out of the Celtic player. Replaced by Irvine in the 72nd minute.

MATHEW LECKIE – 6

Enjoyed a physical battle with Lucas Hernandez. Was booked early on and had to watch himself as a result. Added his usual pace down the right, but couldn’t quite manufacture any real chances going forward. Was strong in defence as well.

Australia's Mathew Leckie beats Lucas Hernandez of France
Australia’s Mathew Leckie beats Lucas Hernandez of FranceSource: AAP

ROBBIE KRUSE – 5

Another largely irrelevant display from the much maligned winger. He didn’t really make his presence felt at all in his 84 minutes. Didn’t do anything particularly wrong, but also failed to really add anything. Replaced by Arzani late on.

ANDREW NABBOUT – 5.5

It was always going to be a tough outing for the lone striker. Opted for as the No. 9, Nabbout attempted to add the pace and defensive awareness that has impressed Van Marwijk throughout the last few weeks. But the quality of France’s back four and the irregularity of Australia’s attacks stopped him really getting into the match. Replaced by Juric in the 64th minute.

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VAR gifts France the lead

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SUBSTITUTES:

TOMI JURIC – 6

Did his best to provide a focal point in attack after entering as a 64th minute substitute. Favoured to Tim Cahill and Jamie Maclaren, the big man got on the ball and did his job — notably galloping away before being tripped by Tolisso in a big moment.

JACKSON IRVINE – 6

Looked lively after replacing Rogic. Slotted nicely into midfield and attempted to drive the Aussies forward.

DANIEL ARZANI – N/A

The 2018 World Cup’s youngest player was handed five minutes at the death for the Aussies. Arzani didn’t really have enough time to make a big impact, but had one nice run through the middle. Good to see the young x-factor get a run. He’s also now officially tied internationally to the Socceroos — take that Iran!

Australia's Daniel Arzani is held back by Paul Pogba of France
Australia’s Daniel Arzani is held back by Paul Pogba of FranceSource: AAP

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World Cup Confidential: Ronaldo's message for Messi and Russia's chicken ban

CRISTIANO Ronaldo became the fourth player to score in four World Cups and stroked his chin as he ran in celebration.

The apparent message? I’m the GOAT, not Lionel Messi.

GOAT is the acronym for “greatest of all time,” and Adidas is running an advertisement featuring Messi with a real goat.

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Ronaldo and Messi have been football’s top players for the past decade and rivals in the Spanish league.

Ronaldo completed his sixth international hat-trick when he scored a free kick in the 88th minute, giving Portugal a 3-3 draw with Spain on Friday night. He entered with three career World Cup goals and doubled his total.

Ronaldo drew a penalty kick from Nacho Fernandez and converted in the fourth minute to put Portugal ahead. He ran to a corner flag, leapt and broke into the chin-stroke.

He broke a 1-1 tie in the 44th minute with his 83rd international goal and fifth in World Cup play, then raised his international goals total to 84 with the free kick.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo bends one over Spain’s wall.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo bends one over Spain’s wall.Source: AP

Ronaldo helped Portugal win the 2016 European Championship and has led Real Madrid to the last three Champions League titles. The 33-year-old joined Brazil’s Pele (1958-70), West Germany’s Uwe Seeler (1958-70) and Germany’s Miroslav Klose (2002-14) as the only players to score in four World Cups.

Messi, who turns 31 on June 24, has 64 goals for Argentina and was a key to Barcelona’s Champions League titles in 2009, 2011 and 2015. His World Cup opens Saturday against Iceland.

Each player has won the FIFA Player of the Year Award five times: Messi from 2009-12 and in 2015, and Ronaldo in 2008, 2013-14 and 2016-17.

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FROM GOATS TO CHICKENS

A Russian official in the city of Kaliningrad says authorities forbade World Cup fans from bringing live chickens to matches.

Some fans dye chickens in the national colours as a good luck symbol, including those from Nigeria, who play Argentina on Saturday in Kaliningrad.

Russia’s Interfax news agency quotes regional culture and tourism minister Andrei Yermak as saying “fans from Nigeria asked whether they could bring a chicken to the stadium. It’s their symbol and people support the team with them at all the games. We told them they can’t bring a live chicken at all.”

A chicken dyed in Nigeria’s national colours.
A chicken dyed in Nigeria’s national colours.Source: AP

If Nigerian fans want to support their team elsewhere, Yermak says a government advice hotline can “advise them where to buy a chicken. We’re prepared to satisfy even the most eccentric requests.”

Nigeria got a similar refusal at the 2010 World Cup, when the South African Press Association reported Nigerian fans were angered their chicken wasn’t allowed into the stadium in Johannesburg.

SAPA said the chicken on that occasion was dyed in the team’s colours and had its claws bound by black tape. The agency quoted fan John Okoro as calling the refusal “ridiculous.”

PARTYING LIKE IT’S 2010

The constant din that accompanied the 2010 World Cup in South Africa returned for football’s showpiece event eight years on as Morocco and Iran clashed in Saint Petersburg to the noise of screeching vuvuzelas.

The two-foot long tube with a plastic horn at the end became a global phenomenon in 2010 and divided opinion as the instrument, widely used at games in Africa, wasn’t popular with television viewers despite adding to the atmosphere.

The noise of their return reverberated around the 65,000 capacity Saint Petersburg stadium with both sets of fans enthusiastically blowing vuvuzelas at every attack.

Posters on social media were largely unhappy with the development, including former England great Gary Lineker.

There was also concern by animal rights campaigners on Thursday when a video of a bear in the back of a truck playing a vuvuzela in the aftermath of Russia’s 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Moscow was widely shared on social media platforms.

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CRISTIANO RONALDO STRIKES DEAL ON TAX CASE

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($A29.3 million) in exchange for a suspended prison sentence.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo says Ronaldo is ready to admit to four counts of tax fraud that would carry a prison sentence of two years.

Jail time under two years in Spain is often suspended for first-time offenders. The deal has yet to be ratified by Spain’s Tax Office.

Reports of the deal came hours before Ronaldo scored three goals to give Portugal a 3-all draw with Spain in their opening match of the World Cup in Russia.

Ronaldo has been accused of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros ($A22.9 million).

It’s alleged Ronaldo used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights. The accusation does not involve his salary from Real Madrid. Ronaldo denied any wrongdoing when questioned by a judge last July. In 2016, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi received a suspended 21-month jail sentence after being found guilty of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($A6.4 million).

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World Cup Daily: Portugal, Spain and a game for the ages

After each matchday of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Sportsnet.ca’s World Cup Daily blog will recap the day’s events, and look ahead to the next day’s slate of games.

Here’s what happened on Friday, in case you missed it…

READ ALL ABOUT IT

Egypt 0, Uruguay 1, in Yekaterinburg: Match report || match stats

Morocco 0, Iran 1, in Saint Petersburg: Match report || match stats

Portugal 3, Spain 3, in Sochi: Match report || match stats

MAIN TALKING POINTS

No-hamed Salah
Maybe Egypt manager Hector Cuper was bluffing. How else to explain his comments that star forward Mohamed Salah would “100 per cent” play a part in his country’s opening game of the tournament against Uruguay. Cuper offered those words the day before the match, so either something changed or Salah, still nursing a shoulder injury suffered in last month’s UEFA Champions League final, wasn’t fit to play.

And if Salah wasn’t fit to play, why even make the promise? And if he was fit, why not start him or use him? Instead, Salah was glued to the bench on Friday, watching as Uruguay struggled to break through the stiff resistance offered by his Egyptian teammates. As the contest dragged on without a goal, Uruguay was there for the taking – the game was begging for Salah to be introduced, for the Liverpool man, who was the top scorer in the Premier League this past season, to wield his special brand of magic.

Instead, Salah continued to watch from afar, and he could only bury his head in his hands after Jose Gimenez notched a late winner for Uruguay. After the match, Cuper said he didn’t want to risk using Salah and that he wanted to make sure he’d be ready to go for next Tuesday’s affair versus Russia. But again, if Salah wasn’t ready to go against Uruguay, then he shouldn’t have been in the 18-man roster. Either Cuper was being incredibly cautious, or the extent of Salah’s injury is far worse than his manager is letting on.

A cruel ending
The less said about Iran’s 1-0 win over Morocco the better, so I’ll keep this brief.

It seemed like we would be in for an entertaining affair, as the match began at a fervent pace, with both sides showing plenty of attacking intent and trying to force the issue. But as time wore on, the game slipped into a comfortable rhythm, and not even the loud and boisterous fans inside the stadium in Saint Petersburg could inspire the players to push themselves and give a little extra.

In the end, it was fitting that an own-goal, scored by Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz in the fifth minute of injury time, settled the matter. It was an ugly end to an ugly game.

A game for the ages
It looked like we were going to be in for one those days at the World Cup following two dire contests, both of them settled off late set-piece goals, that hardly sent pulses racing. And then came along Spain and Portugal to save the day.

The two European giants combined to produce one of the best group stage contests in the history of the competition, combining for six goals in a match that provided plenty of drama, entertainment, and twists and turns in the plot.

Diego Costa shook off his reputation as an instigator and focused on the soccer for once, and Spain was better for it, as they benefitted from two beautiful finishes from the Brazilian-born striker. Defender Nacho put in an early claim for goal of the tournament with his laser beam that beat Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio. David de Gea, generally regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, committed a howler, letting a tame shot from Cristiano Ronaldo (more on him in a second) go right through him.

Twice the Spaniards went down, and twice they battled back before taking the lead through Nacho, and it appeared as though they were on their way to collecting all three points on offer. But then Gerard Pique committed a needless foul just outside the penalty area late in regulation time, essentially tempting fate. Why on Earth would you give Ronaldo an opportunity from a dead ball situation with the game still hanging in the balance? It’s a question the Barcelona defender will be asking himself tonight after Ronaldo curled a majestic free kick into the back of the net to allow Portugal earn a share of the spoils.

This was a great game, a breathless affair that reminded viewers all around the world why we love this sport so dearly, and why nothing in sports can compare with the World Cup. Nothing.

BEST GAME

After two pretty dire 1-0 contests (both of them settled with late goals off set pieces), Spain versus Portugal capped off the day in brilliant fashion, offering plenty of entertainment and drama in a six-goal thriller. It lived up to all the pre-tournament hype as one of the marquee matches of the group stage.

BEST GOAL

In the 87th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up and curled a gorgeous free kick over the Spanish wall into the back of the net. Goalkeeper David de Gea could only look on. Honourable mention to Spain’s Nacho for his screamer from 20 yards out.

BEST SAVE

In the 83rd minute, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez nodded the ball back to Edinson Cavani who hit a sweet volley from inside the box that seemed destined for the upper right corner. Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy had other ideas, turning away the shot with a diving, one-handed stop.

BEST MOMENT

Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration after scoring his third goal against Spain. The pure passion displayed by the Real Madrid star was great to see, his bright smile illuminating the night in Sochi.

THE GAME WITHIN THE GAME

For all of Spain’s possession in the opening 45 minutes, for all of its creativity, despite registering more shots and out-passing Portugal by a wide distance, they still trailed 2-1 going into halftime. The game is as much about good fortune and taking chances when they present themselves, as it is about dictating the pace.

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BEST QUOTE

“What a kick in the teeth [for Egypt].” – TV commentator Paul Dempsey after Uruguay’s late goal.

SIX PACK OF STATS

• Friday ended a wait of 10,221 days for Egypt to play a game at the World Cup. Their last match was on June 21, 1990 – a 1-0 loss to England.

• Uruguay on Friday won its opening match at World Cup for the first time since 1970 in Mexico.

• Aziz Bouhaddouz is the first substitute to score an own goal in a World Cup game since Portugal’s Petit in 2006.

• Since 1966, Iran is the first team to score a goal in a half at the World Cup without attempting a single shot in that half.

• Cristiano Ronaldo is only the fourth player to score at four different World Cups (Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose).

• At 33 years and 130 days, Cristiano Ronaldo is the oldest player ever to score a hat trick at the World Cup.

Stats courtesy of Opta

THREE STARS

1) Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal: Three goals. Granted, one from the penalty spot, and the other due to a howler from the Spanish goalkeeper. But it’s a World Cup hat trick. How can you deny him the honour?

2) Diego Costa, Spain: Bailed out Spain on two occasions, scoring a pair of crucial equalizers for La Roja when it appeared as though Portugal had all the momentum.

3) Andres Iniesta, Spain: A sublime performance from the classy veteran, who combined well with Isco in midfield, and was one of the main driving forces behind Spain’s attack.

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LOOKING AHEAD TO SATURDAY

Group C: France vs. Australia (6:00 a.m. ET)Les Bleus are being touted as one of the favourites at this tournament, while the Socceroos are expected to bow out in the first round. Maybe they can stun France like Senegal did at the 2002 World Cup. But, probably not.

Group D: Argentina vs. Iceland (9:00 a.m. ET) – Lionel Messi makes his first appearance at this tournament, while Iceland will makes its World Cup debut. Iceland stunned the field at Euro 2016 by reaching the quarterfinals. If they hope to duplicate that, a win against the Argentines would be a great start.

Group C: Peru vs. Denmark (Noon ET) – The Peruvians and Danes come into this match riding high – they’re both undefeated in international play in the last 18 months. France is expected to win this group, so second place will be battle between these two sides, making Saturday’s clash all the more crucial.

Group D: Croatia vs. Nigeria (3:00 p.m. ET) – One of the best midfielders in the world will be on display Luka Modric takes to the pitch against the Super Eagles. Modric will be abetted by Real Madrid teammate Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid and Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona, no slouches themselves. In other words, Nigeria has its hands full.

ELSEWHERE ON THE WEB

Sports Illustrated’s Brian Straus explains how Russia’s 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia has changed the narrative surrounding the host nation:

Many feared Russia would become the second host, after South Africa in 2010, to fail to survive the group stage. Others expected it. The Moscow Times led its pregame edition with a front page headlined, “Aging and Inexperienced: Why Russia is Doomed to Fail.” Kommarsant’s more optimistic take was, “No matter how shaky the host’s situation looks before the tournament, some coming to Russia are even worse.” Kommarsant was right. Saudi Arabia was worse. Much worse. Nothing about Wednesday’s visitors resembled a team that can handle itself at a World Cup. And to Russia’s credit, it took swift advantage.

Sid Lowe of The Guardian on why fans in Argentina are not universal in their love of Lionel Messi:

The dichotomy between club and country is the single most referred-to question thrown my way when it comes to Messi, ever since he sat on the bench as an unused substitute in 2006, sulking while Argentina went out to Germany. How come he delivers so much for Barcelona and so little for Argentina? Is it Andrés Iniesta? He doesn’t sing the national anthem was one of the criticisms. And he never played in his own country’s first division.

Joel Rabinowitz of These Football Times takes this look at Iceland, the smallest nation ever to compete at the World Cup:

For Iceland to even reach the World Cup finals is a remarkable achievement in itself – a country which languished at 112th in the FIFA world rankings at the start of this decade – capping off a meteoric rise that now sees them arrive in Russia in 22nd in the world rankings, off the back of a memorable Euro 2016 campaign in which they saw off England before bowing out gallantly against France in the quarter-finals, having captured the imagination of the continent.

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Winners and Losers: Ronaldo heroics highlight wild Day 2 at World Cup

What a day.

The second matchday of the 2018 World Cup is in the books, culminating with a dramatic 3-3 draw involving Spain and Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick was easily the highlight from that match, as he laid down a marker for other Golden Ball hopefuls.

Elsewhere, Iran earned its first win at a World Cup since 1998 after defeating Morocco, while some late heroics from Jose Gimenez secured a vital victory for Uruguay over Egypt.

Here are a few winners and losers from Day 2 of the 2018 World Cup.

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WINNERS

Cristiano Ronaldo

Is there any doubt about this one?

Cristiano Ronaldo laid down an early marker for best individual performance at the 2018 World Cup with his hat trick against Spain. Scoring his first-ever direct free kick at an international tournament was the ideal curtain call to a majestic showing in Sochi.

It was a turning-back-the-clock moment from Ronaldo throughout the 90 minutes. The change of pace and step-over to win the penalty after just three minutes was sublime. He converted the spot kick with ferocity and it was only the beginning.

It wasn’t just the goals. The flicked-on passes to start counter-attacks in the first half and the sharpness were reminiscent of a 23-year-old Ronaldo when he bursted down the left wing at Manchester United.

Before the World Cup, Ronaldo said he can envision himself playing at the 2026 World Cup at the age of 41. The way he’s playing at 33, it’s entirely possible.

Carlos Queiroz

From one Portuguese man to another.

Forget the own goal or the zero shots on target. Iran coach Carlos Queiroz deserves immense credit for setting up his side to contain a Moroccan team with plenty of creative midfielders in their 1-0 victory.

Morocco had some promising build-ups, but the forwards and midfielders were not in sync. Hakim Ziyech had flashes of brilliance, yet the final product was lacking in the central channels.

20 – Hakim Ziyech attempted at least seven passes more on the opposition half than any other player in the first half of Morocco v Iran, completing 75% of 20 attempted. Fulcrum. pic.twitter.com/63mhdMeVT8

— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 15, 2018

The North Africans had three attempts on target, and few of them were clear cut. Expected goals, an analytic used to determine the quality of a shot, back up this claim.

xG map for Morocco – Iran. The fundamental story of this game was Morocco’s inefficiency — so much good progressive play, so completely nothing inside the penalty area. pic.twitter.com/sZPNlKo87A

— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) June 15, 2018

Queiroz’s style may not win over many neutrals, but it’s effective when executed properly. It forced Morocco into a narrow shape, thus rendering their attack ineffective, especially around the box.

Iran’s average positioning (left) compared to Morocco, via SofaScore.

Uruguayan centre-backs

In a game where Uruguay’s midfield was largely flat going forward, it was the centre-backs who took over the proceedings.

Jose Gimenez scored the vital winner in the 89th minute, but he and Diego Godin were instrumental throughout. Gimenez completed a game-high eight interceptions while Godin had five of his own along with four tackles. Both defenders broke up some dangerous Egyptian counter-attacks and held Egypt to just three shots on target.

Diego Godín vs. Egypt:

Clearances: 5
Interceptions: 5
Successful tackles: 4
Duels (won): 15 (11)

Man of the match display from the captain. pic.twitter.com/7nHvcZBFkl

— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) June 15, 2018

It was so fitting that Atletico Madrid’s centre-backs were the standouts in a 1-0 match. But Uruguay’s success largely hinges on Godin and Gimenez. So far, so good.

LOSERS

David de Gea

If the match ended in defeat, Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea would be crucified for his howler before halftime.

Even though Spain picked up a result, it’s still inexcusable for a goalkeeper of de Gea’s stature to commit an error of that calibre.

The late spin on the shot might have fooled de Gea but as former goalkeeper David Preece notes, there were a few uncharacteristic mistakes from the Man United shot-stopper that led to the goal.

There’s a few things to digest. The sudden arm movement to signal is disruptive. He doesn’t need to be that far out with pressure on the ball. He’s usually deeper. But there the movement/slice on the ball is decisive. https://t.co/WjyrQ8h9hL

— David Preece (@davidpreece12) June 15, 2018

Thankfully for de Gea, he should recover from this.

Luis Suarez

Uruguay won in spite of Luis Suarez, who was largely disappointing on Friday.

Suarez’s touch was heavy, he hesitated to shoot at times and looked very frustrated when he couldn’t beat defenders on the dribble.

However, despite the lacklustre game, Suarez still generated a few quality chances. His individual expected goals were actually higher than all of Egypt’s attempts combined.

A striker of Suarez’s quality will always be lethal in the box. Consider this a blip from the talismanic striker.

Morocco’s midfield

Even though Iran executed their tactics perfectly, Morocco’s midfield was still very disappointing.

Hakim Ziyech and Younes Belhanda had a combined 23 assists in their respective leagues this past season. However, both players occupying the same space, which affected the attack and left Morocco exposed on the counter.

If coach Herve Renard cannot conjure up a cohesive attacking shape, then Morocco will be in trouble against Portugal and Spain as well.

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CRISTIANO Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick as Portugal snatched a 3-3 draw with Spain in a World Cup classic.

CRISTIANO Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick as Portugal snatched a 3-3 draw with Spain in a World Cup classic.

Real Madrid star Ronaldo crashed in an 88th minute free-kick to snatch a point for Portugal after a second-half goal from Nacho put the Spaniards 3-2 ahead.

Ronaldo’s late equaliser capped a storming encounter which came after a chaotic few days which saw Spain coach Julen Lopetegui sacked and Fernando Hierro appointed as his replacement.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick.Source: AP

Earlier, Ronaldo had twice put the European champions in front only for Diego Costa to bring Spain level on each occasion on a steamy night on Russia’s Black Sea coast.

But then Ronaldo stepped up to send his free-kick from 25 yards up over the wall and into the net, as the Iberian neighbours settled for a point apiece in this Group B encounter.

It was a remarkable signal of intent from the current Ballon d’Or winner, who had never made a serious impact in any of his previous three World Cups, only managing to score one goal in each.

In one night the Real Madrid superstar doubled his World Cup finals goal tally, and made history by scoring at an eighth consecutive major tournament going back to Euro 2004, when he was still a teenager.

It was typical of the now 33-year-old to take the headlines after news from the Spain camp had dominated the build-up to this game.

The evening had started in style for Ronaldo, as he scored a fourth-minute penalty after going down in the box under a foul from Nacho, playing at right-back with Dani Carvajal not fit.

Hierro, who cut an animated figure as he stood on the touchline with his sleeves rolled up, must have wondered at that point what he had let himself in for.

Yet Spain responded well and had the better of the game, as they drew level for the first time in the 24th minute via a trademark piece of centre-forward play by Costa.

He left Pepe on the floor as the pair challenged for a high ball, before breaking into the box and planting a low shot into the bottom corner.

The Portugal players were furious that no foul was given as Costa led with his forearm into the challenge on Pepe, but the officials let the goal stand without feeling the need to call on the Video Assistant Referee.

Spain then thought they had taken the lead as Isco smashed in a shot that bounced down onto the line off the underside of the bar, yet this time goal-line technology showed it was not in.

With Andres Iniesta, Isco and David Silva pulling the strings, Spain were on top, but Portugal went back in front just as half-time approached.

Goncalo Guedes teed up his captain Ronaldo, whose shot from 20 yards was straight at David De Gea, but the Manchester United goalkeeper could only help it on its way.

It looked like Ronaldo’s first-half efforts might be in vain, as Spain regrouped at the interval and drew level 10 minutes into the second half with a textbook set-piece counter.

A free-kick floated into the area was headed back across the face of goal by Sergio Busquets and Costa was there to turn it in. Three minutes after that, Nacho’s glorious effort from 22 yards made it 3-2, his half-volley curling into the net off the left-hand post.

That looked to be that, but Ronaldo had the last word, and Morocco — beaten 1-0 by Iran earlier on Friday — will not look forward to facing him in their next game.

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