A total of 4 matches were played today of the ongoing FIFA world cup 2018 friendly matches. The match wise highlights of all 4 matches are appended below.

Match Wise Highlights

Match 1 Of 5: South Korea Vs Bolivia

Result: 0 – 0

Highlights:

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  • Despite being not able to qualify for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018, Bolivia didn’t allow South Korea to score a single goal in this match.
  • South Korea gained a sizeable lead in ball possession, but couldn’t manage to get past Bolivia’s goalkeeper, C.Lampe.
  • Both teams went goal-less in the first half as the referee blew the whistle indicating an end to the 1st half.
  • Two substitutions were made by South Korea at the start of the 2nd half. But, it didn’t help as Korea’s attacks were constantly blocked by Bolivia’s defenders.
  • On the other side, Bolivia who were showing excellent defence play, looked completely confused in attacking play.

  • As, in the whole match not one of their shot was on target.
  • But it didn’t matter to them as South Korea couldn’t convert their chances and the match ended in a draw.

Match 2 Of 5: India Vs New Zealand

Result: 0 – 0

Goal Scorers:

  • India: Sunil Chhetri 46’
  • New Zealand: De Jong, Dyer 86’

Highlights:

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  • India started the match with 7 changes to their side. Clearly, New Zealand were the favorites to win this match.
  • Meanwhile, India’s tactics were clear in this match as they were playing with a 4-3-1-2 formation in an attempt to choke New Zealand for space.
  • India took their chances early in the match as the Kiwi goalkeeper almost gifted a goal to India’s captain.
  • On the other hand, New Zealand also took their chances in the 1st half of the match. But they also couldn’t convert them into a goal and the first half ended without a single goal scored.

  • However, a completely different story unfolded in the 2nd half as Sunil Chhetri scored at tht 46th minute to put India in the lead.
  • But, New Zealand were quick in their counter attack as De Jong scored swiftly and levelled the scoreboard.
  • India were lacking in their play on the left side and it was only a matter of time before New Zealand took advantage of it.
  • The game was at its dying moments as only 5 minutes were remaining.
  • This is when New Zealand’s Dyer latched on a through ball which came from Sarpreet and finished it off with a goal.
  • This goal was enough to win the match for New Zealand and hand India with a loss.

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Match 3 of 5: England Vs Costa Rica

Result: 2 – 0

Goal Scorers:

  • England: Rashford 13′, Welbeck 76′

Highlights:

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  • It was a comfortable victory for England over Costa Rica as they continued their preparations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018.
  • Marcus Rashford gave England an early start by scoring at the 13th minute of the match.

  • Rashford had been threatening from the very beginning of this match. And, this goal was the reward of his sheer pace and mobility.

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  • Costa Rica came under pressure from the very minute this goal was scored.
  • However, they couldn’t muster up a single goal in the 1st half as it ended with England in the lead by 1 – 0.
  • In the 2nd half, England continued to attack on their opponents goal-post. But, this time Costa Rica were blocking them off quite successfully.
  • But England weren’t holding anything back at this point and they needed a goal to seal off the match.
  • And, this need of theirs was fulfilled by Danny Welbeck who scored at the 76th minute to make it 2 – 0 for Costa Rica.
  • This goal was more than enough to get the English side over the line.
  • Costa Rica would be disappointed however, their lack of shots on target and inability to convert their chances were the main reasons as to why they lost this match.

Match 4 of 5: Portugal Vs Algeria

Result: 3 – 0

Goal Scorers:

  • Portugal: G. Guedes 17′, 55′. Fernandes 37′

Highlights:

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  • By winning this match Portugal showed that exactly why they are one of the contenders to win this year’s FIFA World Cup 2018.
  • Guedes put his team in the lead by scoring at the 17th minute of the match.
  • Algeria weren’t given a chance to recover as Fernandes netted the ball at the 37th minute to make it 2 – 0 in the 1st half.
  • The Algerians weren’t getting their shots right and so no goals were scored by them in the 1st half as it ended with Portugal in the lead.
  • The 2nd half went underway and football fans were expecting a goal from Ronaldo.
  • However, it was Guedes who struck his 2nd goal of the match to make the scoreline 3 – 0 at the 55th minute.
  • Algeria now had to play extremely well in order to draw much less win this match.
  • But, despite having a decent possession on the ball Algerian strikers couldn’t get past Portugal’s defenders.
  • Not even a consoling goal was scored by them as Portugal won their last friendly match prior to the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Match 5 of 5: Iceland Vs Ghana

Result: 3 – 0

Goal Scorers:

  • Iceland: K. Árnason 6′, Finnbogason 40′
  • Ghana: Kasim Nuhu 66′, Thomas Partey 87′

Highlights:

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  • The 1st half belonged to Iceland as Arnason put them in the lead at the 6th minute of the match.
  • This allowed Iceland to take the upper hand in the match as Ghana were under pressure of scoring a goal.
  • Taking advantage of their position, Iceland’s Finnbogason scored at the 40th minute and the score was now 2 – 0.
  • This was also the final score before the referee pulled his whistle and the 1st half came to an end.
  • The 2nd half was a pure example of a comeback and it was staged by Kasim Nuhu and Thomas Partey.
  • Kasim struck at the 66th minute while Thomas netted the ball at the 87th minute to level the scoreboard.
  • However, unluckily no tie-breaking goal was scored by either side as the match ended in a draw.

That is it for today. Do visit us tomorrow for more FIFA World Cup 2018, International Friendly Matches Highlights.

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