Ranking World Cup goals: June 19, 2018

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“The Beautiful Game” is more than just goals, but we at The Bat Flip really like goals. This semi-ambitious project will take every goal scored during the 2018 World Cup and rank them daily, with a master list compiled at the end of the tournament.

A few things to consider when figuring your proper dosages of salt grains:

  • Importance of the goal may supersede beauty.
  • Penalty kicks will be considered on a case-to-case basis.
  • Shootout goals will only be ranked if they were the match-winners, or if some absurd act made the goal possible.

Now let’s rank some goals from Tuesday’s match play:

A whopping 10 balls crossed the line on Monday with at least three goals in every match. Own goals continued to run rampant and a rare jailbreak tally helped to spring an upset. As we’ll do every day during the tournament, it’s a countdown to No. 1 …:

June 19, 2018

No. 10 – Shinji Kagawa – Japan vs. Colombia

If this post were rating the top bookings of the day/tournament, the straight red card given to Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez would vault to the top of the countdown. Alas, this is about goals and this sixth-minute penalty kick, while significant to Japan’s upset victory, was still a penalty kick. 

No. 9 –  Thiago Cionek (own goal) – Senegal vs. Poland

Idrissa Gana Gueye’s rocket from outside the box got a very fortunate redirection when it caromed off Poland’s Thiago Cionek and past goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. It was just another part of what wound up being a disastrous day for the FIFA No. 8 side in the world.

No. 8 – Juan Quintero – Colombia vs. Japan

From about 25 yards away, Juan Quintero tucked this low roller inside the near post to equalize with Japan. This direct kick needed goal-line technology to verify, but even watching it live, there seemed to be little doubt. Sometimes you have to show the technology to remind the world that you have it, I suppose.

No. 7 – Ahmed Fathi (own goal) – Russia vs. Egypt

Oh, look, another own goal. The most exciting play in this year’s World Cup! In defense of this marker, it was actually a good-looking goal, just incredibly unfortunate for Egypt. A cross into the box – intended for Artem Dzyuba – ricocheted off the knee of Ahmed Fathi and became Russia’s first goal of the night.

No. 6 – Artem Dzyuba – Russia vs. Egypt

The large center forward of the Russian 11 turned in a solid individual effort by chesting down a long through ball, weaving around Egyptian defender Ali Gabr and picking the top right corner for his second goal of the tournament. Had it not been the cherry-on-top third goal, it would have found a home in the day’s top five goals.

No. 5 – Mohamed Salah – Egypt vs. Russia

OK. It was a penalty, which has a big hill to climb to gain any love, but my Liverpool is showing as Mohamed Salah screamed a shot to the net for Egypt’s first goal of the tournament. While the 3-1 loss all but eliminated Egypt, Salah did post a goal in his first action after missing the opener against Uruguay.

No. 4 – Grzegorz Krychowiak – Poland vs. Senegal

This 86th-minute header deserved better, but on a flat day for Poland, all this did was cut Senegal’s lead in half with little time for Poland to do much more. Kamil Grosicki’s kick into the box located Krychowiak, who sent a bullet to the net.

No. 3 – Denis Cheryshev – Russia vs. Egypt

Blink and you’ll miss this quick-moving setup leading to Denis Cheryshev’s 59th-minute goal – one that put Russia up 2-0 and really set the wheels in motion that Russia could be a serious contender if given a favorable Round of 16 match. Mario Fernandes’ feed to Cheryshev also deserves a second look. 

No. 2 – Yuya Osako – Japan vs. Colombia

This is where having 10 on the pitch – thanks to a third-minute red card – can be fatal. Or in Japan’s case, a massive blessing. A corner kick in the 73rd minute gave Japan the honor of being the first Asian side to beat a South American squad in the World Cup. Even with the advantage of playing 11-on-10 for 85-plus minutes, this still felt like a big upset.

No. 1 – M’baye Niang – Senegal vs. Poland

There’s a lot to take in on this. First M’baye Niang had just reentered the pitch after getting dinged up. Once Niang stepped back on, a sprint toward a loose ball was won by the Senegalese speedster. Then came a bit of luck as Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny didn’t present the best visual on how to play sweeper keeper. All that was left after Niang got behind Szczesny was a clear path to a 2-0 lead and another Senegal win over a highly ranked European side (See: France, 2002).

World Cupdate: Russia Keeps Rolling

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Welcome to your daily 2018 FIFA World Cup update, or World Cupdate, where we recap the past day’s proceedings from Russia while previewing what is still to come. These features will run every morning throughout the duration of the tournament and feature highlights, major news, and much more from Russia.

Here’s What Happened: Tuesday, June 19th

At long last, Group H play was getting underway with all four teams playing their opening matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Japan and Senegal both pulled off upsets to claim an early advantage over Colombia and Poland. Back in Group A, Match-day 2 commenced with the host nation Russia ruining Mo Salah’s World Cup debut to move to the cusp of qualifying for the next round of play.

Catch up on all the action with a look back at a wild Tuesday in Russia.

Colombia 1-2 Japan

News broke just before the match that Colombia would be without the services of James Rodriguez due to a calf injury. Things got much worse for Colombia in the opening minutes of the match when defender Carlos Sánchez was called for an intentional handball in the penalty area resulting in a penalty shot for Japan and a red card for Sánchez. Shinji Kagawa converted the penalty and Colombia was in a 1-0 hole and down to 10 men.

The shorthanded Colombians were able to even the score at 1-1 in the 39th minute Japan retook the lead for good in the 73rd minute and stole three points in what turned out to be only the first upset of the day.


  • Shinji Kagawa JPN (6′, pen)
  • Juan Quintero COL (39′)
  • Yuya Osako JPN (73′)


 Poland 1-2 Senegal

Group G wrapped up their first round of matches with a second upset on Tuesday. Senegal was playing in their first World Cup match since 2002 and made it count with a 2-1 upset victory over Poland. A fortunate deflection off a Poland defender pushed Senegal into the lead in the firs half and they doubled their advantage on a brilliant solo effort from M’Baye Niang in the second half. Niang slipped in behind the defense after receiving treatment for an injury and stole the ball for a cleat run on goal and a 2-0 lead.

Poland answered back with a goal of their own in the 86th minute but it was too little too late and they could not find an equalizer in the the closing moments. Senegal collected all three points and shares the top spot in Group H with Japan after the first match-day.


  • Thiago Cionek SEN (37′, OG)
  • M’Baye Niang SEN (60′)
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak POL (86′)


Russia 3-1 Egypt

Mo Salah made his World Cup debut for Egypt in a match they absolutely needed to win to keep their hopes of advancing alive. On the other side of the pitch waited hosts Russia, coming off a 5-0 victory in the tournament’s opening match on Thursday. Salah looked fantastic at times, coming within inches of giving Egypt the lead late in the first half. Unfortunately for Salah, he does not have Liverpool’s talent around him at the World Cup and Russia continued to roll in their home tournament with a 3-1 victory.

An own goal by Egypt put the hosts in front just two minutes into the second half and things only go worse for the Pharaohs from there. New national hero Denis Cheryshev joined Ronaldo at the top of the Golden Boot list with his third goal of the tournament. Three minutes later, Artem Dzyuba scored his second goal in as many matches to put Russia in front 3-0. Egypt was awarded a penalty via VAR and Salah converted the shot top corner for his first World Cup goal but it was not nearly enough.

Russia now sits on the brink of qualification for the knockout rounds. A win or draw by Uruguay against Saudi Arabia later today will seal Russia’s spot in the Round of 16 and set up and group deciding match between the two on Monday.


  • Ahmed Fathi RUS (47′, OG)
  • Denis Cheryshev RUS (59′)
  • Artem Dzyuba RUS (62′)
  • Mohamed Salah EGY (73′, pen)


With Russia and Egypt now in the books, it means Match-day 2 for the group stage is officially underway. By Sunday when all groups have played their second set of matches, we should have a clearer view who will be advancing, who will be heading home, and who still has works to do.

Goals of the Day

A man who cannot stop scoring, a Russian hero adds to his legend, and one of the craziest goals you will ever see highlight our best goals from Tuesday’s action.

Mo Salah (Egypt)

Since the beginning of the 2017-2018 club season, Mo Salah has not stopped scoring. He set a new 36 game Premier League scoring record with 32 goals and scored another 12 across all competitions. He missed Egypt’s World Cup opener but started in their second match against Russia that included this thundering penalty.

Denis Cheryshev (Russia)

In the opening match of the tournament on Thursday, Cheryshev came on as an injury substitution in the first half and became an instant national hero with two goals. Cheryshev added to his legend on Tuesday with his third goal of the tournament in a 3-1 rout of Egypt.

M’Baye Niang (Senegal)

Niang makes this list with one of the weirdest goals you will ever see in any competition. On the sidelines being tended to for an injury, Niang checked back into the game and went sprinting behind the Poland defense where he knocked the ball free and created a wide open look at goal to extend the Senegal lead.

Check back tomorrow for more great goals from the 2018 World Cup.

Group Update

The end of Match-day 1 and the beginning of Match-day 2 brought us three different upsets. Japan and Senegal share the top spot in Group H after knocking off Colombia and Poland respectively. Russia on the brink of a spot in the Round of 16 with victory over Egypt.

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Here’s What’s Next: Wednesday, June 20th

Match-day 2 of the group stage will be in full swing on Wednesday with Group A wrapping up their second round of matches and all four teams in Group B in action. Portugal and Spain look to restore order in the group after their thrilling draw on Friday. Uruguay can book a spot in the Round of 16 with a victory over Saudi Arabia.

Portugal v. Morocco (Group B)

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  • Time: 8:00 AM
  • Location: Luzhniki Stadium (Moscow)
  • How to Watch: FS1

Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo return to game action for the first time since their dramatic draw against Spain on Friday. Ronaldo will look for an encore to his hat trick performance. Morocco is coming off a crushing injury time loss to Iran and will need a victory to keep their tournament alive. Expect Portugal to come out guns blazing to get the win.

Uruguay v. Saudi Arabia (Group A)

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  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Location: Rostov Arena (Rostov-on-Don)
  • How to Watch: FOX

Things could not be more cut and dry for Uruguay as they enter their second group match of the 2018 World Cup. With Russia’s victory on Tuesday, a win over Saudi Arabia will put Uruguay in the knockout rounds and set up a group deciding match with Russia on Monday. The same goes for Saudi Arabia, who need at least a draw with Uruguay to keep their hopes of advancing alive.

Iran v. Spain (Group B)

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  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Kazan Arena (Kazan)
  • How to Watch: FOX

Following the first round of group stage pay for Group B, Iran sat on top with three points courtesy their victory over Morocco. Still, the group favorites remain Spain and Portugal so if Iran wants to keep their dream run alive they will need a result out of this game. Spain will know the result of the Portugal match before kickoff and will know what they need to do to keep pace.

You can watch all these games live on the channels listed or streaming online at FoxSports.com with a cable sign in.

If highlights are more your style, check out @FOXSoccer on Twitter where goals and game recaps are posted throughout the day.

All game times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.

Golden Boot Standings

The Golden Boot Award goes to the stop goal scorer at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Denis Cheryshev joins Cristiano Ronaldo on top of the Golden Boot standings with his third goal of the tournament. Not shown on this chart, the own goals total from the World Cup which currently sits at five through 17 matches played. The all-time record for a single World Cup is six.

Keep up to date on everything World Cup right here on “The Bat Flip” where we will be posting our daily World Cupdate to recap what went on and preview what’s still to come in Russia.