The Chelsea striker raced onto a Hans Vanaken through ball to score with a first-time finish from the edge of the box. Timing his run to a tee, he darted down the inside right channel to collect Vanaken’s pass. Opening up his body he shaped to bend the ball inside Tomas Vaclik’s far post but instead lifted it high into the top corner
They will be joined in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ by a team from Path A/D following the tournament draw in Bucharest.
That Path A/D team could be any of Iceland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Georgia, Belarus, North Macedonia or Kosovo.
While England avoided those team in the group stage, they could find themselves playing of the three in the last 16.
The quartet are already assured of a playoff spot and will be drawn the first position in Groups A–D to ensure they each have two dates free to play the Nations League Finals in June.
FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA have announced the 55 names in contention for the FIFA FIFPro World11 2018.
The FIFA FIFPro World11 is decided by the players, for the players and involves votes from almost 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries. During voting, they each select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.
This year’s list includes some familiar names, and standout statistics. Ten of last year’s World11 return to make the 55-man list, with Real Madrid the most-represented club side, seeing a full 11 players make the cut. Spain (nine) and France (eight) are the countries with the most players represented on the list.
On Tuesday we got to see two of the favorites for the World Cup in action as dark horse Belgium played their first game of the tournament against and Algeria and host nation Brazil entertained Mexico.
Whether it was first game nerves,or the pressure of being their so called “golden generation: Belgium were not impressive at all against Algeria, and went behind after 23 minutes when Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen pulled back Sofiane Feghouli in the box.
In a big night of European World Cup qualifying, five of the nine group leaders closed in on Brazil with wins. Belgium, Italy and Germany all took a giant step towards Brazil, as did the Netherlands, despite being held to a shock draw in Estonia. Montenegro, who secured a useful point in Poland, were joined at the top of Group H by England, while Portugal, despite coming from behind to win in Northern Ireland, can still feel Russia breathing down their necks.
Good teams take advantage of their opponents mistakes and that is what Belgium did. All four Belgium goals came as a direct result of US defensive mistakes and that has to worry US coach Jurgen Klinsmann. We are basically a year from the World Cup in Brazil and Klinsmann has no clue what his best defensive formation is. And that is really worrying, as the US’s defensive frailties have been apparent for a while now, but Klinsmann is either incapable or unable to fix them.
The Azzurri enjoyed a commanding victory over Belgium yesterday thanks in large part to a brace from Antonio Di Natale. The Udinese forward’s two first-half goals were too much for the Red Devils to overcome. Midfielder Mauro Camoranesi of Juventus scored Italy’s final goal of the match. Juve stars Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, and Giorgio Chiellini also factored in the match. Del Piero, the top scorer in Serie A last season, set up Camoranesi’s goal. Buffon took over the captain’s armband in the second half. Chiellini entered in the second half for Fabio Cannavaro.