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The first round of games should serve as a wake up call to the heavyweights

Tuesday 19th June 2018

The World Cup has produced everything you could hope in less than a week. Russia decimated Saudi Arabia to kick things off, Portugal and Spain gave us a thriller. There are already a few worthy goal-of-the-tournament nominees. Hearts have been broken by last-minute goals and, if you're German, near misses.

Portugal and Spain are the only big teams who have clicked so far. [England had an early thrust against Tunisia then muddled through] Spain seems to have moved on from Julen Lopetegui, playing their classic, beautiful possession-based style. Portugal, on the other hand, appear to be a side revitalised and raring to go. Neither could put the match away, but their systems are set for greatness in Russia.

Then there are sides like Iceland and Switzerland. Maybe their results were more about the big guns not firing rather than anything they did, but, along with Mexico, they worked their socks off for their results. The question is whether their victims should be alarmed? Let's ask the question of each, one by one.

Vedansh Nathani

Manchester United fan from India. Follows almost all sports - football and pro-wrestling in particular. Wayne Rooney, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho are some of his favourites.

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