Like him or loathe him, Ronaldo was sensational yesterday as the 2018 World Cup burst into life in Sochi after two underwhelming earlier games. It was all there. The petulance, the berating, the dedication, the brilliance. That was Ronaldo’s 51st career hatrick, which I find unfathomable. Ronaldo is one of the best ever, possibly the best. Let’s see how Messi, in a much better team, responds next.
It was a brilliant game, fit for a final, and you could not take your eyes of it for a second. Spain’s possession game added to Costa’s power was fantastic, Isco was unreal, and to cap it as a truly great World Cup game there was also dirty tackles, diving, mistakes, and beautiful goals.
It wasn’t a player that was the talking point in today’s France v Australia game, it was VAR, although it’s hard to argue with the goal line technology. We all remember Frank Lampard’s non-goal. Pogba’s powerful surge forward deserved a goal and the lineman was nowhere near it.
Despite a good display from Brighton’s Matty Ryan, France lacked cohesion, but anyone was going to find it hard to follow Spain and
Portugal Ronaldo from yesterday.
Okay, my spine is tingling after that Argentinian national anthem. I’ve got a couple quid on Johann Berg Gudmundsson to score. Let’s go.