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World Cup Matchday 6: Live Commentary


The final group of the 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway to Tuesday as Matchday #6 rolls on in Russia.

All four teams have a say to top Group H and will aim to grab a win in their respective opening matches. Colombia opens the day’s action as they face off with Japan. Shinji Kagawa and James Rodriguez are two talented midfielders that will look to spark their offenses.

The day continues as Poland battles Senegal looking to take their first step towards top spot. Senegal are led by Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, who netted 20 goals in all competitions domestically. Goals shouldn’t be a problem for Poland who are headlined by Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski, and his 40 goal season in Germany.

Hosts Russia will conclude the day’s action as they face off with Egypt. Russia trounced Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opener which has them atop Group A on goal difference. Aleksandr Golovin is the man to watch for the Russians after a one goal, two assist performance in the opening day win. Mo Salah did not feature in Egypt’s 1-0 loss to Uruguay but is expected to feature at some point on Tuesday.

The SBI editorial staff will be on hand all day long providing live commentary of the matches. Feel free to jump in the conversation and share your thoughts in the comments below.

Enjoy the action.


  1. Second match about to kick off as Poland takes on Senegal. Two big stars headline this one as Robert Lewandowski takes the field against Sadio Mane, but it very well could down to role players. Keep an eye on the midfield battle as Krychowiak and Zielinski face off with the England-based duo of N’Diaye and Gueye.

    • Entertaining through the first 30 minutes or so but no clear cut chances. Both teams with moments but not much in it yet.

    • GOAL SENEGAL! Deflected shot will likely go down as an own goal for Poland. Good shot from Gueye deflects off of Cionek and in. 1-0 Senegal.

      • HALFTIME: Senegal up, 1-0, on the own goal and definitely looked the better team to close the half. Pressing well and frustrating Lewandowski and co.

  2. Japan off to a great start against Colombia as Carlos Sanchez is sent off in the third minute fo ra handball in the penalty area. Shinji Kagawa buried the ensuing penalty kick, making it 1-0, for Japan.

    • GOAL COLOMBIA! Free kick from Juan Quintero just BARELY sneaks over the line. A bit of controversy, but it is confirmed as a goal as 10-man Colombia ties the match 1-1.

      • Pretty wild half, all things considered. Colombia, down a man, come back to tie just before the halftime whistle. Have to feel like Colombia is far from dead, especially with the potential introduction of James Rodriguez in the second half. Remains to be seen how fit he is but, if he can go, there’ll be fireworks.

      • Good start to the second for Japan as Ospina makes a good save on the near post to end a chance. Japan looking a bit smoother to open the second 45.

      • Another save for Ospina! Diving stop this time. Japan definitely with a few more ideas this half as Colombia struggles to hold on to the ball.

      • So close here for Japan in the 73rd minute! Honda’s shot is deflected just wide of the post.

      • GOAL FOR JAPAN! Goal on the ensuing corner kick. Great ball, great header from the goalscorer, Osako, and Japan is up, 2-1.

      • FINAL: Japan holds on to win, 2-1, over 10-man Colombia. A great start for Japan against the group favorites while Colombia now has major work to do against two tough teams in their next matches.

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