4 incredible 2018 SWC moments so far in Russia

2018-06-19 12:19
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Cape Town - So far this 2018 Soccer World Cup we've seen: A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick against Spain on the same day the Spanish government announced details on his tax fraud case - A Leo Messi penalty miss against a film director; a dentist drawing against Argentina and the defending champions Germany losing their first game.

Here are some incredible moments so far from Russia 2018:

Cristiano Ronaldo put in a display that will go down as one of the great World Cup performances after scoring a hat-trick against Spain in an absorbing 3-3 draw. This group Group B opener became an instant classic as Ronaldo scored an 82nd minute free-kick to grab a share of the spoils. What made this more amazing is it came on the day the Spanish government decided to announce that Ronaldo had accepted a suspended two-year prison sentence for tax fraud.

Iceland with a population of 335 000 caused one of the early upsets of the tournament when they held Argentina to a 1-1 draw. After goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson denied Lionel Messi from the penalty spot. Halldorsson - a part-time footballer - is also a film director who has directed a number of TV commercials including his country's World Cup commercial for Coca Cola.

Icelandic head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson meanwhile who masterminded his side's 1-1 draw against Argentina that saw his team neutralize their superstar opponents led by Leo Messi is the country's most famous dentist. Hallgrimsson is a full-time dentist who had to request time off from his day job in order to travel to Russia for the World Cup.

Defending champions Germany were stunned by Mexico in a 1-0 defeat with the score-line flattering Joachim Loew's side. Social media was flooded by images of Mexican fans celebrating the win. Also partying fans in their homeland caused an "artificial earthquake" with their singing and dancing.

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