FIFA World Cup First Games Round-Up

Added: June 22, 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia is in full swing, and as advertised, it is filled with many shocking results. Just seven days in, and the World Cup tournament has already seen some much-touted tournament favourites succumb to the pressure of the big stage, as underdogs rise to the challenge. This fact has even caused many bookmarkers to look suspect, with multiple odds going against the advertised predictions. While this may be the case, many sports betting sites have called for calm, citing that it is only the first game.

FIFA World Cup Tournament in Russia

World Cup Tournament Favourites Struggle in the First Hurdle

In probably the biggest shock of the tournament, reigning World Cup champions, Germany, were humbled by a 1-0 defeat by  Mexico. The Germans were not at their best on the day, and the Mexicans made them pay the prize. The Australian football national team also failed to impress in their tournament opener, losing 2-1 against France. The Socceroos have taken part in all FIFA World Cup tournaments since Germany 2006, but have failed to advance past the last 16 stage. With the first game loss, they will look to change their fortunes sooner rather than later with a game against Denmark next.

FIFA World Cup Hosts the Only Winners of the First Round

The Russian football national team is the only country that has pulled through the first round unscathed, passing in flying colours. Currently, Russia tops Group A after seeing-off competition from Saudi Arabia and Egypt, scoring eight goals in the process and only conceding one. The current European champions, Portugal, are top of Group B following a tricky tie with former World Cup holders Spain and a 1-0 win against Morocco. Tournament favourites Brazil and Argentina, failed to register a win in their first games, despite including world-class football superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar in their squads. The South American football teams could only manage draws against Switzerland and Iceland.

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