Ronaldo’s Excellence in Numbers

Cristiano Ronaldo is a player who needs no introduction. Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past fifteen years, you’ve surely heard his name at least once. The Portuguese forward is one of those players you’ll see only once or twice in a lifetime. He is a footballing genius, accomplished athlete and has brought success wherever he has played. See also: David De Gea … Continue reading Ronaldo’s Excellence in Numbers

The real France finally shows up

The score does not reflect the performance in France’s 4-3 win over Argentina. Les Bleus, strongly criticized after their dismal game versus Denmark, upped their gear against the Albiceleste. Kylian Mbappe won a penalty and scored 2 goals to send Lionel Messi out of the World Cup. In the other game of the day, Edinson Cavani’s double saw Ronaldo and Portugal eliminated. The World’s two best players in recent history are going back home.  Continue reading The real France finally shows up

Much controversy as Spain top Group B, with Portugal second

Spain drew Morocco 2-2, in a game where the Africans will feel they were let down by the referee. Gerard Pique’s two-footed tackle on Boutaib early in the game should have seen him sent off. In the other game of Group B, Portugal and Iran both benefited from very doubtful penalties, called after the referee consulted the video review. Cristiano Ronaldo missed his penalty but the Iranians did not and that goal had a direct effect on the rankings in the group.  Continue reading Much controversy as Spain top Group B, with Portugal second

Russia 2018: Upcoming must-watch games

Do you not speak football fluently? Are you having trouble picking which games to watch in the group stage? Was France v Peru too boring for you? Or did you fall asleep  halfway through Egypt v Uruguay? Do not worry, The Overhead Kick is here for you. Here’s our list of upcoming must-watch games from now until Tuesday the 26th. The list is in order of expected explosiveness.
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Cristiano Ronaldo saves Portugal again

Match day 7 brought us more tight games and with a bit of luck, could have ended in some major upsets. Uruguay joined Russia in the Round of 16 by defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0. This was no easy game for the South American nation. After being humiliated in their opener 5-0, the Saudis showed grit and determination to fight for a result today and almost got one. Portugal once again had to rely on a Ronaldo goal to win. After taking the lead very early, the Euro 2016 winners showed no aggressivity and were unable to trouble Morocco. In the other game of Group B, Spain narrowly edged Iran 1-0, courtesy of a Diego Costa goal.  Continue reading Cristiano Ronaldo saves Portugal again

Rating Portugal, Spain at Russia 2018

Portugal takes on Spain at Fisht Olympic Stadium in what is the first big clash of Russia 2018. While Portugal has been serenely preparing for the World Cup, their opponents were rocked by the dismissal of their coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the game. A Spanish squad which came to the World Cup as absolute favorites were suddenly in doubt.  Continue reading Rating Portugal, Spain at Russia 2018