World Cupdate: Golazos for Everyone

via @Sporx

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: Saturday, June 30th

After a day off from action, the 2018 FIFA World Cup picked up right where it left off with the first two games of the Round of 16. France and Argentina opened the schedule with a 4-3 thriller that saw a pair of dueling golazos from each side. In the end, the biggest storyline was 19 year old Kylian Mbappeé stealing the show and leading France into the quarterfinals.

In the second match of the day, it was Edinson Cavani scoring a brace for Uruguay to help push them past Portugal 2-1 and set up a date with France in the quarterfinals later in the week.

All of Saturday’s action plus a preview of Sunday’s action is all included in this edition of our World Cupdate.

France 4-3 Argentina

What a way to kick-off Round of 16 action with a seven goal barn burner between France and Argentina that included a “Goal of the Tournament” nominee from each side. French youngster Kylian Mbappé stole the show with two goals, including the game winner, in the second half as France rallied from 2-1 for the victory and a spot in the quarterfinals.

Ángel Di Mariaá and Benjamin Pavard had dueling golazos in the match that will both go down as two of the best in the tournament. Argentina briefly held a 2-1 lead in the second half before Mbappé arrived to steal the show and show off on football’s biggest stage.

The victory gives France a spot in the quarterfinals for the second tournament in a row where they will take on Uruguay. Argentina on the other hand are eliminated and return home with many questions to answer following a disappointing showing.


  • Antoine Griezmann | FRA (13′ PEN)
  • Ángel Di María | ARG (41′)
  • Gabriel Mercado | ARG (48′)
  • Benjamin Pavard | FRA (57′)
  • Kylian Mbappé | FRA (64′, 68′)
  • Sergio Agüero | ARG (90’+3′)


Uruguay 2-1 Portugal

Saturday’s second match featured a few less goals but the same amount of drama as Uruguay did just enough to prevail over Portugal and into the quarterfinals. A brace from striker Edinson Cavani accounted for both Uruguay goals, including a second that placed Cavani amongst the likes of Di Mariá and Pavard for best goal of the day.

Cavani’s first goal opened the scoring less than 10 minutes into the match after a Luis Suárez cross bounced off his face and into the goal. Portugal found an equalizer early in the second half off the head of centre-back Pepe but Cavani struck again to put Uruguay in front for good.

Through to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010, Uruguay will rest up and prepare for Group C winner France on Friday. Portugal could not replicate its form from the 2016 European Championships and head home empty handed.


  • Edinson Cavani | URU (7′, 62′)
  • Pepe | POR (55′)


That completes the first day of Round of 16 play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and one quarterfinal matchup is set. Tune in tomorrow as pre-tournament favorites Spain return to action and dark horse Croatia looks to continue its tear through the competition.

Goals of the Day

Saturday featured a whopping ten goals across tow Round of 16 matches but a few stood head and shoulders above the rest on a great day of knockout action. Here is our three best from the day.

Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)

Before coming off due to injury, Edinson Cavani had quite the day against Portugal. His two goals were enough to send Uruguay through to the quarterfinals but its the second goal that really had people talking.

Ángel Di Mariá (Argentina)

For most of the first half, it didn’t look like Argentina belonged on the same pitch as France but football is a funny game. Seemingly out of nowhere, Ángel Di Mariá unleashed this belter just before halftime to bring his side level.

Benjamin Pavard (France)

Simply put, you will not see many goals better than this one from France defender Benjamin Pavard. Trailing 2-1 in the second half, Pavard hits this shot on the half volley and perfectly places into the top corner to level the score and change momentum. Not a bad way to score your first career international goal.

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

Bracket Update

With the first two Round of 16 matches in the books the first quarterfinals matchup is set. Two past World Cup champions will square off with a semifinal spot on the line. Here’s an updated look at the knockout bracket.

via @FOXSoccer

Quarterfinals Outlook

Friday, July 6th: Uruguay v. France; 10:00 AM

Here’s What’s Next: Sunday, July 1st

Day two of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 gets underway on Sunday with a pre-tournament favorite and on of the most impressive group stage teams in action. Past champion Spain begins the second part of its journey to a second World Cup crown against host nation Russia in Moscow. Russia, the lowest ranked team entering the tournament, shocked everyone by finishing runner-up in Group A.

Popular dark horse candidate Croatia begins its journey to a first ever World Cup title with a match against fellow UEFA qualifier Denmark. Claiming victory in all three group stage matches, Croatia has caught the eyes of the footballing world as they return to action in the knockout rounds.

Spain (1B) v. Russia (2A)

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  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Luzhniki Stadium
  • How to Watch: FOX

Past champion and pre-tournament favorite Spain have looked anything but convincing through its three group stage matches and things will not get any easier in the Round of 16 where they take on Russia. On paper, this looks like a clear victory for Spain but playing the host nation in a winner take all contest is never an easy ask. If Spain can get an early goal that allows them to play their possession oriented style they should go through.

Croatia (1D) v. Denmark (2C)

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  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (Nizhny Novgorod)
  • How to Watch: FOX

A strong group performance has Croatia in position to make a deep run at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They face a potential quarterfinals clash with Spain but first have to get past Group C runner-up Denmark who has looked capable of an upset. Croatia has only made the quarterfinals once, in 1998 where they finished in third place. Denmark is also looking for its second ever trip to the quarterfinals, its first coming in 1998 as well.

You can watch all these games live on the channels listed or streaming online at 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 Update

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

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via beIN Sports

Edinson Cavani joins the Top-10 following his two goal effort against Portugal in the Round of 16. No goals for Cristiano Ronaldo means his 2018 World Cup account closes with four and he is eliminated from the Golden Boot race.

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.

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