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World Cup 2018 Discussion Thread: Schedule, highlights, & more

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Korea Republic v Germany: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,

Welcome to WTR’s discussion hub for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The full schedule and highlights are below. Myself and Jeffrey will be curating the comment section to start discussion threads for the games we’re watching. Click here to skip straight to the comments!

NB: We’ll be hiding comments more than three days old so you don’t have to scroll for ten years to find the recent ones.

Day 14 was absolutely nuts, just like most days in this World Cup it seems. Group F finished up first, and boy was it a hell of a set of matches. Sweden trounced Mexico 3-0, with three second half goals. It was all for naught for the Swedes, though, since South Korea saved Mexico by beating defending champions Germany 2-0. Kim Young-gwon broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 92nd minute, as a few deflections off a corner landed the ball right at his feet and he smashed it into the goal.

Then, four minutes later, with German keeper Manuel Neuer up the other end desperately trying to help his team score, a long ball found Son Heung-min, who finished to eliminate the Germans. It’s the first time since 1954 that Germany have finished outside the top eight.

The day ended with Group E’s finale. Switzerland drew 2-2 with Costa Rica, with late goals from both sides. Interestingly, this match also featured markers from two players with Canadian connections: former Montreal Impact midfielder Blerim Dzemaili scored Switzerland’s first goal, and Kendall Watson of the Vancouver Whitecaps scored Costa Rica’s equalizer.

Brazil also secured first place in Group E with a 2-0 win over Serbia, with goals from Paulinho and Thiago Silva.

The round of 16 is almost set, now, with just one matchday left in the group stage. Today we learned that Brazil will be playing Mexico, and Sweden against Switzerland.

Day 13 featured plenty of drama and a few close calls. We began with Group C’s final round of games, as France drew Denmark in a boring, safe 0-0 draw that served both team’s needs. Peru beat Australia 2-0, as the Australians — hoping for a win in their game and a Danish loss — fell short.

The more entertaining set of matches was later in the day. In Group D, Croatia topped Iceland 2-1 with a 90th-minute winner from Ivan Perisic that sealed first place for them. Argentina, who entered the day far less safe than the Croatians, pulled out a dramatic 2-1 victory. Lionel Messi finally scored himself a goal, and an excellent one at that:

That’s a hell of a pass from Ever Banega, and a wonderful first touch from Messi himself. Then, late in the match, Marcos Rojo won it for Argentina to win them a spot in the round of 16, and the country went crazy.

Day 12 was a wild one as Group A and Group B both had their final round of matches. This morning, both Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt and Uruguay vs. Russia kicked off at the same time. Neither Saudi Arabia nor Egypt had much to play for, but it was still an entertaining, dramatic game. Salem Al-Dawsari won it 2-1 for the Saudis in the 95th minute, giving his country a reason to be proud from this World Cup. Egypt will be going home disappointed after losing all three games.

Uruguay trounced Russia 3-0 to win Group A. Luis Suarez started things off in just the 10th minute with a powerful free kick that found the bottom corner of the goal, and the Uruguayans added an own goal by Denis Cheryshev and a 90th-minute marker from Edison Cavani.

Group B’s final matches were special. Portugal-Iran and Spain-Morocco were two simultaneous classics, as every team except Morocco held on to hope of advancing to the knockout stage. Both matches ended in draws, but there was no shortage of drama. Portugal secured second spot in the group with a 1-1 score, as Ricardo Quaresma scored a beautiful goal. Iran fought hard, though; they equalized on a penalty in stoppage time, and came oh so close to winning the game (and eliminating Portugal) just after. Their keeper Alireza Beiranvand produced a magical moment when he faced a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty:

The miss may have cost Portugal first place in the group, since Spain also got only one point. In their match, Morocco put up a hell of a fight in a very hard group. The African side led twice, including in the 81st minute when Youssef En-Nesyri scored an absolute cannon of a header. Spain got a reprieve in injury time, though, as Iago Aspas scored a goal that VAR ruled to be onside. With that, Spain won Group B, after all the drama in the late stages of both matches.

Our first round of 16 matchups are set: Uruguay vs. Portugal, and Spain vs. Russia.

Day 11 was awesome if you’re an England supporter like me. The Three Lions battered Panama 6-1, with Harry Kane bagging one of the easiest hat tricks he’ll ever score. Jesse Lingard also scored an absolute banger, as he is wont to do:

Fair play to Panama, though, as they scored their country’s first ever World Cup goal.

Japan and Senegal played to a 2-2 draw as Keisuke Honda’s 78th-minute equalizer made him the highest-scoring Asian player in World Cup history.

Finally, Colombia broke out of their shell against against a disappointing Polish side. Juan Cuadrado scored a very entertaining goal after James Rodriguez made an all-world pass. Just watch it.

Day 10 had some very memorable moments. Belgium started us off with a massive 5-2 win over Tunisia, with braces from Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard. South Korea then fell to Mexico 2-1, as Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored to lock up Mexico’s place in the round of 16.

Then, in a thriller of a match, Germany came from behind to beat Sweden 2-1, with Toni Kroos scoring an incredible free kick from the side of the box to win it late in stoppage time.

Day 9 featured some highly emotional contests. Brazil defeated Costa Rica 2-0, although they didn’t score until the 91st minute. Neymar thought he’d won a penalty not long before, but a quick check of the VAR showed that the Brazilian forward had dived pretty embarrassingly.

Later, Nigeria took on Iceland, and the African nation triumphed 2-0 on the back of a brace from Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa. VAR went the other way in this one, as Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson was awarded a penalty, which he missed.

Finally, in quite a politically-charged contest, goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri made the difference for Switzerland in their 2-1 win over Serbia.

Day 8 wrapped up with some more big names in action. Denmark and Australia started things off this morning with a fairly uneventful 1-1 draw, although the point is quite a good result for the Australians as Mile Jedinak drew them level from the spot.

France then took on Peru, locking up their spot in the round of 16 by beating Peru 1-0. Kylian Mbappé scored the winner by tapping in a deflected shot from Olivier Giroud, to cap off a play that began with an excellent interception by Paul Pogba

Then came the match everyone’s talking about. Argentina, after opening their tournament with a 1-1 draw to Iceland, were thoroughly dismantled in a 3-0 decision against Croatia. Although level at halftime, the Croatians came out fast in the second half. Ante Rebic struck first, poaching a flubbed kick by goalkeeper Willy Caballero and finishing with a smashing volley. It was a terrible mistake by the keeper, but an excellent final shot. Luka Modric scored the second goal, with a world class strike from the top of the box that absolutely blew past Caballero.

Ivan Rakitic put it away thoroughly in the 91st minute as Croatia jumped on yet another piece of sloppy goalkeeping from Caballero, who pushed an initial shot right onto the boot of Mateo Kovacic. With that, Croatia are through to the knockout stage, and Argentina will need Nigeria to get a result against Iceland tomorrow to keep their hopes alive.

Day 7 was full of defensive battles, with three 1-0 games. Portugal beat Morocco as Cristiano Ronaldo, who can’t stop scoring, smashed home a header off a corner. Uruguay defeated Saudi Arabia (rather unconvincingly), with Luis Suarez’s goal securing them a spot in the knockout round alongside Russia from Group A. Spain, finally, took home an ugly win as well, beating Iran as Diego Costa’s goal made the difference. Things are wide open in Group B, as any of Portugal, Spain, and Iran could still advance with one match left to play — at the moment, fair play is making the difference.

Day 6 didn’t really see any heavy tournament favourites in action, but we had a couple entertaining matches. First, Colombia and Japan got off to a wild start as Carlos Sanchez was sent off for a goal-blocking handball in the box, and Shinji Kagawa scored from the spot to make it 1-0.

Then. Senegal played Poland and Robert Lewandowski’s side fell to the Lions of Teranga as they picked up the first win at this World Cup by an African team. Finally, hosts Russia pulled off yet another win, this time beating Mo Salah’s Egypt 3-1 to pretty much secure themselves a spot in the knockout stage.

Day 5 was yet another fun one. The day began with a fairly uneventful contest between Sweden and South Korea; Andreas Granqvist gave the Swedes a 1-0 victory from the penalty spot. Then, we got Armando Cooper’s Panama (in their first-ever World Cup match) taking on arguable group favourites Belgium. Although the Panamanians held off their opponents for the first half, quality cannot be contained and the Belgians triumphed 3-0 with a wonderful goal from Dries Mertens, and two excellent finishes from Romelu Lukaku.

England then took the pitch against Tunisia. The Three Lions came out fast, with a slew of chances in the first 10 minutes, capped off by Harry Kane’s first goal. Tunisia leveled from the spot as Kyle Walker caught a Tunisian attacker with his elbow. Then, in the dying minutes of injury time, it was Harry Kane again as England scored off yet another corner.

A major storyline from Monday was VAR’s failure to catch either of these penalty shouts for England; apparently the referee was informed, but he refused to review either play.

Day 4 was full of upsets. First off, Serbia knocked off CONCACAF darlings Costa Rica as Aleksander Kolarov, owner of arguably the best left foot in the world, smashed a free kick past Los Ticos’ wall to score the 1-0 winner. Then, reigning champions Germany took on Mexico in an intense match at the Luzhniki Stadium. The underdog Mexicans survived wave after wave from Die Mannschaft, only needing Hirving Lozano’s goal to win. The score could’ve been slanted even more heavily in El Tri’s favour had they been able to finish some more of their counter-attacks.

Finally, Group E powerhouses Brazil and Switzerland played to a surprising 1-1 draw. Things were going well for Brazil when Philippe Coutinho did this:

But then, unlikely hero Steven Zuber smashed home a header off a corner kick in the 50th minute and Switzerland held on to preserve a massive point.

Day 3 was another one full of drama. If you got up early, you’ll have seen France’s controversial win over Australia. Antoine Griezmann scored a penalty awarded by VAR, and Paul Pogba scored with a pretty finish to win it 2-1. Iceland then drew 1-1 with Argentina, as an incredible defensive effort and some great goalkeeping from Hannes Thor Halldorsson (who stopped a Lionel Messi penalty) gave Iceland a point in their first ever World Cup game.

In Peru vs. Denmark, the Danes came out on top with a goal from Yussuf Poulsen, after Peru’s Christian Cueva skied a penalty in ridiculous fashion. Finally, Croatia topped Nigeria 2-0 as Oghenekaro Etebo scored an own goal and Luka Modric added one from the spot.

Day 2 was incredible. Uruguay broke Egyptian hearts with a late winner, and Morocco lost to Iran with a brutally cruel own goal to break a 0-0 deadlock. The pièce de résistance, though, was the absolute classic between Spain and Portugal. Full of insane goals and capped off by a Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick, it was one of the best group stage matches we’ve ever seen at the World Cup.

Diego Costa scored a brilliant goal, Nacho redeemed himself for conceding a penalty by scoring an absolute cannon of a strike, and Ronaldo, well, he did this:

That’s a goal TFC fans can identify with. Tomorrow should be another great day, with four matches on the ticket. France play Australia and Peru play Denmark in Group C, and Argentina take on Iceland before Croatia face Nigeria in Group D.

All the highlights from Day 2 are here.

Day 1 is in the books! We weren’t expecting much from Russia vs. Saudi Arabia, but boy was it entertaining. Saudi Arabia, probably among the worst teams in the tournament, were thoroughly destroyed by the hosts in the World Cup’s opening match. The Russians finished strong, with a couple beauties in stoppage time:

This one will be familiar to TFC fans:

The World Cup is here! Every four years, football fans from across the globe converge to watch the greatest players in the sport compete against each other, and eliminate England on penalties.

Perhaps the beauty of this event is that there’s no unifying team. We’re all from different backgrounds, and we’re all cheering for different sides. It can be fun to take a break from following Toronto FC to become foes for a little while!

This will be your one-stop shop for World Cup discussion at WTR! Also, don’t forget to join our World Cup fantasy league, and help us build our definitive Russia 2018 playlist!

World Cup 2018 Schedule

All times EST. We’ll update with the knockout round schedule after June 28.

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay


Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia
Egypt 0-1 Uruguay

Russia 3-1 Egypt
Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia

Uruguay 3-0 Russia
Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt

Group A

Date Time Match TV channel
Date Time Match TV channel
June 14 11 a.m. Russia vs. Saudi Arabia CTV, TSN 4 & 5
June 15 8 a.m. Egypt vs. Uruguay TSN 1, 4 & 5
June 19 2 p.m. Russia vs. Egypt TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 20 11 a.m. Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 25 10 a.m. Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt TSN 2
June 25 10 a.m. Uruguay vs. Russia TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran


Morocco 0-1 Iran
Portugal 3-3 Spain

Portugal 1-0 Morocco
Iran 0-1 Spain

Portugal 1-1 Iran
Spain 2-2 Morocco

Group B

Date Time Match TV channel
Date Time Match TV channel
June 15 11 a.m. Morocco vs. Iran TSN 4 & 5
June 15 2 p.m. Portugal vs. Spain TSN 4 & 5
June 20 8 a.m. Portugal vs. Morocco TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 20 2 p.m. Iran vs. Spain TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 25 2 p.m. Iran vs. Portugal TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 25 2 p.m. Spain vs. Morocco TSN 2

Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark


France 2-1 Australia
Peru 0-1 Denmark

Denmark 1-1 Australia
France 1-0 Peru

Australia 0-2 Peru
Denmark 0-0 France

Group C

Date Time Match TV channel
Date Time Match TV channel
June 16 6 a.m. France vs. Australia TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 16 12 p.m. Peru vs. Denmark CTV, TSN 1 & 4
June 21 8 a.m. Denmark vs. Australia TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 21 11 a.m. France vs. Peru TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 26 10 a.m. Australia vs. Peru TSN 2
June 26 10 a.m. Denmark vs. France TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5

Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria


Argentina 1-1 Iceland
Croatia 2-0 Nigeria

Argentina 0-3 Croatia
Nigeria 2-0 Iceland

Nigeria 1-2 Argentina
Iceland 1-2 Croatia

Group D

Date Time Match TV channel
Date Time Match TV channel
June 16 9 a.m. Argentina vs. Iceland TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 16 3 p.m. Croatia vs. Nigeria CTV, TSN 1 & 4
June 21 2 p.m. Argentina vs. Croatia TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 22 11 a.m. Nigeria vs. Iceland TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 26 2 p.m. Iceland vs. Croatia TSN 2
June 26 2 p.m. Nigeria vs. Argentina TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia


Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia
Brazil 1-1 Switzerland

Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica
Serbia 1-2 Switzerland

Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica
Brazil 2-0 Serbia

Group E

Date Time Match TV channel
Date Time Match TV channel
June 17 8 a.m. Costa Rica vs. Serbia TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 17 2 p.m. Brazil vs. Switzerland CTV, TSN 4 & 5
June 22 8 a.m. Brazil vs. Costa Rica TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 22 2 p.m. Serbia vs. Switzerland TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 27 2 p.m. Serbia vs. Brazil TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 27 2 p.m. Switzerland vs. Costa Rica TSN 2

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea


Germany 0-1 Mexico
Sweden 1-0 South Korea

South Korea 1-2 Mexico
Germany 2-1 Sweden

Mexico 0-3 Sweden
South Korea 2-0 Germany

Group F

Date Time Match TV channel
Date Time Match TV channel
June 17 11 a.m. Germany vs. Mexico CTV, TSN 4 & 5
June 18 8 a.m. Sweden vs. South Korea TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 23 11 a.m. South Korea vs. Mexico TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 23 2 p.m. Germany vs. Sweden TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 27 10 a.m. South Korea vs. Germany TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 27 10 a.m. Mexico vs. Sweden TSN 2

Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England


Belgium 3-0 Panama
Tunisia 1-2 England

Belgium 5-2 Tunisia
England 6-1 Panama

Group G

Date Time Match TV channel
Date Time Match TV channel
June 18 11 a.m. Belgium vs. Panama TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 18 2 p.m. Tunisia vs. England TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 23 8 a.m. Belgium vs. Tunisia CTV, TSN 1, 3 & 4
June 24 8 a.m. England vs. Panama CTV, TSN 1, 3 & 4
June 28 2 p.m. England vs. Belgium TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 28 2 p.m. Panama vs. Tunisia TSN 2

Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan


Colombia 1-2 Japan
Poland 1-2 Senegal

Japan 2-2 Senegal
Colombia 3-0 Poland

Group H

Date Time Match TV channel
Date Time Match TV channel
June 19 8 a.m. Colombia vs. Japan TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 19 11 a.m. Poland vs. Senegal TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5
June 24 11 a.m. Japan vs. Senegal TSN 1, 3 & 4
June 24 2 p.m. Poland vs. Colombia TSN 4 & 5
June 28 10 a.m. Japan vs. Poland TSN 2
June 28 10 a.m. Senegal vs. Colombia TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5