For our Day 1 to 6 update, we select 5 of the finest goals so far in the group stage from Golovin’s 5th goal for Russia in the World Cup opener to Nacho’s Airbender-like comeback goal versus Cristiano Ronaldo and his team.
Top 5: Golovin (vs Saudi Arabia)
A fantastic goal from Aleksandr Golovin. The Russian midfielder scores with a sublime free-kick, curling the ball around the Saudi wall and wide of the post, only for it to curl back inside and beyond the reach of Al-Mayouf from about 25 yards. That is a wonderful strike!
Top 4: Griezmann (vs Australia)
Antoine Griezmann scored the first penalty given by VAR in World Cup history as France edged past Australia 2-1 in their Group C opener. After a disjointed first half, the game sparked into life shortly after the interval as referee Andres Cunha awarded a penalty to France after consulting VAR and deciding that Josh Risdon had clipped Griezmann just inside the area.
Top 3: Kane (vs Tunisia)
Kieran Trippier – or Trippié, to quote Martin Keown – drives another corner into the middle from the right. Harry Maguire rises again, glancing the ball towards the far post, and the unmarked Harry Kane is there to head his second past Ben Mustapha from close range! England have surely won it!
Top 2: Coutinho (vs Switzerland)
Marcelo’s cross was headed away to Coutinho, in the inside-left channel 25 yards from goal. His first touch was immaculate, teeing himself up for a big right-footed curler that clattered off the inside of the far post and into the net. It’s a beautiful goal, the kind we’ve seen him score so often.
Top 1: Nacho (vs Portugal)
GOALLLLLLLL!!!! SPAIN TAKE THE LEAD!!! NACHO SCORES A STUNNER 3-2!!!!! Hierro’s men have completed the turnaround as Portugal fail to clear their lines on the edge of the box. Nacho seizes on the loose ball and drills an effort at goal on the half-volley. He catches it crisply and it flies towards the target, striking the inside of the post before nestling into the bottom corner. What a comeback from Spain in the second half.