19 things we loved on day 10: Lukaku, De Bruyne, Hazard, Kane, Evra & more
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham players all caught the eye on day 10 of the World Cup.
On one of the best days of the tournament so far, Mexico made it back-to-back wins to make it through to the last 16 before Belgium showed off their credentials with a thrilling display against Tunisia.
Then, a goal and a man down, Germany did what they do best, scoring a dramatic stoppage-time goal to beat Sweden and keep their hopes alive. It wasn’t a bad goal either…
A thing of beauty.
This fan’s reaction
We couldn’t believe it either, mate.
Yep, that’s about the long and short of it, Gary.
Football is a simple game, 22 men chase the ball for 82 minutes and the Germans get a player sent off so 21 men chase the ball for 13 minutes and at the end the Germans somehow fucking win.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 23, 2018
The first player to score two goals in consecutive World Cup games since Maradona in 1986. The Manchester United striker has now scored 17 goals in his last 11 appearances for Belgium. He’s a leader.
What an image of Lukaku’s #WorldCup prematch team talk. Romelu isn’t the nominated, but rather the self-appointed #BEL captain, able to inspire fellow leaders including even Vincent Kompany, last season’s Premier League winning general. Rom is made of the right stuff for #MUFC pic.twitter.com/zKiz9a5fiN
— Jonathan Shrager (@JonathanShrager) June 23, 2018
He’s even an Honest John.
In his last 21 appearances for Belgium, Hazard has now scored 10 goals and set up a further 12.
Kevin De Bruyne
This Belgium team is a bit good, isn’t it?
That’s 50 international goals now, a record for Mexico. He’s also only their third player in history to score in three separate World Cups and needs only one more goal to become their outright top goalscorer in the competition, too.
— Budweiser Argentina (@budargentina) June 23, 2018
As consolation goals go, this was decent.
He even made Roy Keane smile.
Something to get Manchester United fans excited…
— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 23, 2018
This is really good from Nike and Harry Kane. No doubt he’ll go and miss a penalty against Panama now.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 23, 2018
You’ve already seen it by now, but this is ace, innit?
We really hope they keep this up.
Okay, this is technically from Friday, but Brian Kerr’s monalogue about the shape of Xherdan Shaqiri is straight from the Alan Partridge textbook of broadcast, and it’s absolutely wonderful.
— Darren Cleary (@RadioCleary) June 22, 2018
And another excellent clip from Switzerland’s win: a fan threw a huge cheese wheel in celebration of Shaqiri’s winner.
Goals, goals, goals
It’s now 29 games without a goalless draw. Maybe we’re getting carried away, maybe we’ll feel differently if England f*ck it up, but has this been one of the best World Cups ever? And it’s definitely coming home.
This isn’t from the World Cup, but we think you’ll forgive us.
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