Heroes And Villains Of The World Cup: Matchday 13
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I’ll be honest, I don’t have that many eyes. I just have the two and they largely need to be fixed on the same thing. In fact, if I had to describe it to you, my vision basically just looks like what you’d presumably see with one giant eye. I describe my lovely eyes and their function just as a means to say that with the World Cup having moved to simultaneous kick offs, my eyes can’t be everywhere.
On Tuesday I watched France vs. Denmark (kill me now) and Argentina vs. Nigeria (let me live a while longer), so those two matches will be my focus here.
Heroes and Villains of the World Cup: Matchday 13
Hero: Ever Banega (Argentina)
If Argentina was to advance to the Round of 16, it’d need a midfield. It’s certainly a modern tactic, but one you can only dismiss if you’re Uruguay and have Diego Godin. Lucas Biglia and Enzo Perez couldn’t give Argentina a midfield, but Banega did just that against Nigeria.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) June 26, 2018
You wouldn’t call the 29-year-old a revelation — he started every match at the Copa America Centenario and looked pretty ineffective throughout World Cup qualifying — but damn he brought it Tuesday. What an assist.
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) June 26, 2018
Honorable mention: 78,000 Angry Spectators (Luzhniki Stadium)
Denmark and France played to a scoreless draw in Moscow because that’s exactly what they wanted, but credit to the massive crowd for giving both teams hell for every backwards pass. There was a strong contingent of both French and Danish supporters there, but you could tell the vast majority of fans inside the stadium were Russian neutrals who payed a lot of money to watch a marquee European encounter featuring the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Christian Eriksen.
It was terrible.
— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) June 26, 2018
Villain: Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina)
I mean, is it really too late to get Mauro Icardi involved?
Higuain with the chance ... but no dice!If these results hold, Argentina would be ELIMINATED. pic.twitter.com/e6HoRRWLb5
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 26, 2018
I don't think I've ever seen Gonzalo Higuaín have a shot where he didn't clearly hold down the circle button too long.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 26, 2018
Damning indictment of decision to leave Mauro Icardi at home is the fact Marcos Rojo has contributed more as a centre forward in five minutes than Gonzalo Higuain has in the entire tournament.— Chris Winterburn (@cmwinterburn) June 26, 2018
Honorable mention: Lucas Hernandez (France)
After admitting to feigning injury and wasting time against Australia and then kicking out at Peru’s Pedro Aquino, the young French full back took a dive against Denmark and rolled around for a minute.
— Dan (@_dantheman10) June 26, 2018
There’s been no joy in watching this side so far, and now the French media has even pushed Paul Pogba to the brink. Great. Good job everyone.