After what has seemed like an eternity of waiting, the World Cup finally got underway in Russia in Thursday, and three City players were involved on Friday and Saturday.
Russia got the tournament off to a flying start with a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia, followed by two 1-0 wins on Friday for Uruguay and Iran over Egypt and Morocco respectively. But it was the eagerly awaited clash of the Iberian Peninsula, and for City fans, it was the battle of the Silva’s. Bernardo came up against teammate David as Portugal took on Spain.
The game ended 3-3 with both Silva’s being substituted in the second half. Bernardo went in the 69th minute, while David left the field in the 86th, both while Spain were leading 3-2.
On Saturday, Benjamin Mendy was an unused substitute in France’s fortunate 2-1 win over Australia. The Socceroos made the French look quite ordinary for long periods, and the win was helped with the assistance of VAR for the first time at a World Cup.
The afternoon match saw City striker Sergio Aguero in action as his Argentina side took on Iceland, the team who shocked England at the European Championships two years ago. Aguero had never scored a world cup goal previously, but made amends in the 19th minute with a superb strike to give Argentina the lead. Iceland levelled four minutes later and the game ended 1-1.
Tomorrow sees both Brazil and Germany in action. The City quartet of Ederson, Danilo, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus will be looking to feature against Switzerland, while Ilkay Gundogan’s Germany take on Mexico. The City midfielder was booed by some sections of German fans following his meeting with the Turkish president, and he will be hoping the fans have now put that aside for the good of the team.
Join us tomorrow to see how our blue boys got on.