FMM18 World Cup Day 3

Recap on the groups

Recap on yesterday’s games

Group D – Saudi Arabia V Colombia

Group D opens with Saudi Arabia and Colombia battling it out. Colombia will be expected to qualify from the group and get off to the dream start through Luis Muriel in the third minute. The lead is short-lived and Mohammed Hawsawi equalises for Saudi Arabia eight minutes later. That concludes the scoring and Saudi Arabia emerge with a credible point.

Group C – Portugal V Ghana

The European champions will be expected to qualify from Group C and get off to an emphatic start against Ghana. Andre Silva hits a 13 minute hat-trick (12, 17, 25), whilst goals from Joao Mario (25th minute) and Andre Gomes on the final whistle ensure that victory is never in doubt. It’s a clear statement that Portugal want to add the world title to their European one.

After the first round of matches, Group C looks like:

Group D – South Africa V Denmark

The third day of the tournament concludes with another goal-fest. As seems to be the case, the goals all go for one side as Denmark brush aside South Africa with minimal fuss. A 28 minute hat-trick from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (2, 26, 30) and a brace from Thomas Delaney (17, 79) power Denmark to the top of the group. 5-0 definitely seems to be the scoreline of the tournament so far.

With Group D’s first matches concluding, the table looks like:


FMM18 World Cup Day 2

Recap on the groups

Recap on yesterday’s games.

Group B – Costa Rica V Brazil

The heavily-fancied Brazilians open their campaign against Costa Rica, who performed above expectations at the 2014 World Cup. There’s no fairy tale opening match for Costa Rica; Dalbert opens the scoring 13 minutes in and Fernandinho guarantees the win one minute after half time. Joel Campbell limps off with 8 minutes to go, which could have an impact on Costa Rica’s remaining two group games.

Group B – Tunisia V Iceland

Brazil are the strong favourites in the group, with second place up for grabs. Tunisia open the scoring 5 minutes in through Barratli. Abdennour is replaced by the Tunisians in the 19th minute due to injury, but the change doesn’t seem to impact the Tunisians who double their lead in the 32nd minute as Harbaoui scores. With time running out and Euro 2016 surprise package Iceland staring defeat in the face, Bjarnason score twice in 4 minutes to secure a point. Tunisia, leading 2-0 with 12 minutes to go, will definitely see it as two points dropped. Iceland started their unexpected Euro 2016 run with a draw…

The opening round of fixtures for Group B are complete.

Group C – Ukraine V USA

The third and final game of the day sees the start of Group C. Besedin puts Ukraine in to the lead after 36 minutes. Pulisic draws the Americans level in the 68th minute, but the equaliser seems to wake the Ukrainians up and Ordets and Besedin both score to give Ukraine a valuable win.

Find out what happens on Day 3.

FMM18 World Cup Day 1

Recap on the groups

Group A – Russia V Zambia

The hosts kick off the tournament against Zambia. Hopefully, it’s a good omen for the tournament as the goals flow. Unfortunately for Zambia, they all go to Russia who run out convincing winners. Dzagoev gets the hosts off to a perfect start and Glushkov doubles the lead just before half time. Zobnin extends the lead nine minutes into the second half and two goals in two minutes (Dzagoev and Berezutskiy) ensure a Russian win. Zambia lose Basit to injury with 18 minutes left, but it’s only going to have an impact on future matches by that stage. The goal difference for Russia could certainly be useful if the group becomes tight, whilst the opposite will be true for Zambia. Whilst a tournament full of goals would be welcome, closer matches would be better.

Group A: Spain V South Korea

A game that’s much tighter than the opening game. Diego Costa scores the only goal of the game for Spain in the 21st minute. With 14 minutes to go, Seung-Min Kim receives the first red card of the tournament, dashing South Korea’s hopes of finding an equaliser.

Group A’s opening round of fixtures are complete on the opening day of the tournament.

Find out what happens on Day 2

FMM18 World Cup

There will be a blog post each day at midday for the Football Manager Mobile 2018 World Cup that was played on my save. Some of the dates are slightly different to the actual World Cup (for example, there is no FMM18 World Cup game today, despite the World Cup beginning today) and the teams and groups are different. The groups are:

Group A: Russia, South Korea, Spain, Zambia.
Group B: Brazil, Costa Rica, Iceland, Tunisia.
Group C: Ghana, Portugal, Ukraine, USA.
Group D: Colombia, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.
Group E: Australia, Chile, Italy, Northern Ireland.
Group F: England, France, Iran, Ivory Coast.
Group G: Germany, Mexico, Romania, Uruguay.
Group H: Argentina, Belgium, Japan, Wales.

Read Day 1 of the tournament; the opening match is Russia V Zambia.

Leave a comment letting me know who you think will qualify from each group and/or who will win the FMM18 World Cup.

Players to watch out for at the World Cup

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Every four years, most of the greatest players forget their clubs and try to lead their country to the greatest glory in the game – the World Cup. We’re all looking forward to seeing if Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi or (hopefully) Kane can lead their country to glory. But the World Cup also gives players a chance to make a name for themselves. Below are some players who may be high on your shopping list come Football Manager Mobile 2019.

Angel Correa (Argentina)

Messi. Aguero. Higuain. Dybala. Argentina are spoilt for attacking options. But what if they suffer injuries or suspensions? Enter Angel Correa. He can play as or behind the striker. With the attacking options Argentina have, he’s unlikely to start, but could well make an impact off the bench. Maybe he’ll even force his way into the team like Michael Owen did at the 1998 World Cup. Correa plays for Atletico Madrid so won’t be cheap, but his passing and technique guarantee you’ll be getting value for money.

Hirving Lozano (Mexico)

Javier Hernandez always seems to be in the right place to finish off moves. The man most likely to play that final ball to him is Hirving Lozano. Lozano is a left winger, but can pop up on the right. He’s currently at PSV Eindhoven, but if he has a good World Cup, it’s difficult to see him remaining in the Netherlands. If you’re looking to ensure quality service to your striker next season, Lozano might be the man for you.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia)

Milinkovic-Savic is a midfielder who is equally comfortable playing behind the striker. If Serbia are to qualify from their group, expect him to be the player who provides the ammunition. Assuming he doesn’t power them through. He’s at Lazio and won’t come cheap, but he’s likely to be one of your key players for years.

Pione Sisto (Denmark)

Christian Eriksen is probably seen as the key Danish player by many, but could he be upstaged? As soon as Sisto became available to represent Denmark, he was selected. Need more be said? It shows what a talent he is. Sisto is at home on the right wing, but is comfortable anywhere behind the main striker. Sisto plays for Celta Vigo, so there might be a shopping trip to Spain ahead of the 2018/19 season for you.

Youri Tielemans (Belgium)

Belgium will field a strong midfield at the World Cup, but Tielemans will be snapping at the heels of any who fail to perform well. Assuming he doesn’t start in the first place. Tielemans possesses outstanding technique and an eye for a pass that many would love to have. Will you take another exciting young talent away from Monaco?

Federico Valverde (Uruguay)

Uruguay will play with two recognised strikers at the World Cup. Which is unsurprising when they can call on the talents of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. However, as good as they may be, they’re going to require service. Enter Valverde. A midfielder who was awarded the Silver Ball at last year’s U20 World Cup. If Suarez and Cavani have good tournaments, Valverde is likely to be a big reason why. You may have to break the bank to bring him to your club though as Real Madrid are unlikely to let a hot prospect go cheaply.

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