World Cup Day 2: Own Goals On And Off The Field


The second day of the FIFA World Cup may go down in history as the day a telco’s technical issues overshadowed Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick.

Wrap Up
Egypt 0 Uruguay 1 (Group A)
Morocco 0 Iran 1 (Group B)
Portugal 3 Spain 3 (Group B)

The Good

Cristiano Ronaldo: A few guys in the office were debating whether to take a relatively juicy bet on Ronaldo to score just one goal against a stingy Spanish defence. Turns out he scored three, including a magnificent free kick in the 88th minute that levelled the match at 3-3.

Iran: After Saudi Arabia’s dreadful performance yesterday, Iran earned some respect back for the Asian confederation with a 1-0 win over Morocco. Admittedly the draw specialists were headed for another stalemate before a last-second own goal gave them the victory.

Uruguay’s persistence: Egypt’s Mohammed El Shennaway was sensational in goal as he repelled attack after attack. But Uruguay kept pushing and when Jose Gimenez scored in the 89th minute it was heartbreaking, but not unexpected.

The Bad

Optus: There’s really no need to put anyone or anything else here. It was the story of the night in Australia as the first ‘non-SBS’ game of the tournament descended into farce with football fans battling faltering technology while they tried to watch Egypt v Uruguay on numerous platforms.

The Ugly

David DeGea: The Spain and Manchester United man was touted as the best keeper in the tournament, but his howler just before halftime gave Portugal a 2-1 lead and…more importantly around these parts, meant an $840,000 Half-Time Up payout on the Portuguese.

Aziz Bouhaddouz: The Moroccan defender hit a stunning header in the 95th minute of a scoreless game with Iran…but unfortunately it went into his own net. The 1-0 loss more than likely ends the North African team’s chances of advancing, with games against Portugal and Spain to come.

Mo Salah: Poor Mo. Not sure how many times the Liverpool star was shown on the bench as commentators speculated on whether or not he would come on as a sub. Although the injured striker didn’t make it onto the pitch, he did sum up Egypt’s pain at losing on a late goal.

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