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Upsets, Records, Unbelievable, Hat Tricks World Cup Fun

The 2018 World Cup has not disappointed in terms of drama in the first week of the Tournament. With the United States failing to qualify for the tournament, many USA fans will not even be watching, but many are feeling like they can just watch for the soccer, not having to worry about supporting any team.

Mexico pulled what may be the biggest upset of the 2018 World Cup beating World Cup Holders Germany 1-0. They mad a 35th minute goal by Hirving Lozano stand up. Germany were completely stunned. “A massive, world-shaking goal that Lozano said after the match was the most important of his young, sparkling career. After the match, Lozano put all the praise on his coach Juan Carlos Osorio.” Roger Gonzalez CBSSPORTS.com

Iceland even though they tied superpower Argentina and the best player in the world Lionel Messei, that tie is seen as an unbelievable win. Alfred Finnbogason scored Iceland’s first ever goal in a World Cup just four minutes after Sergio Agüero scored his first World Cup goal. Messei had will go down as a cataclysmic miss when he failed to convert a penalty.

The 3-3 tie between Spain and Portugal saw Cristiano Ronaldo become the oldest player to score a hat trick in the World Cup. He scored every possible way, a penalty, a goal from the run of play and a beautiful free kick. Ronaldo carried his team to a much-needed point against Spain. Ronaldo who only had 3 World Cup goals in his career matched that in 2018 in one game. What does he have in his bag of tricks for the next match against Morocco?

Serbia also pulled off an upset of their own beating Costa Rica 1-0. Costa Rica made it to the semi-final in the 2014 World Cup and were heavily favored to win this match. Aleksandar Kolaro what would later be the winning goal. Serbia are now surprise leaders in Group E that includes Brazil and Costa Rica. Brazil also failed to impress in their opening match tying Switzerland 1-1.

Fans can file these stunning match results under “Gee I never saw that coming.” There were two matches that did go the way of the more favored teams the 2-1 win by France over Australia and the 1-0 win by Denmark over Peru. Fans all over the world reacted to the matches, including one of seismic proportions in Mexico.

One graphic pretty much sums up the beginning of the Tournament.

So are more shocking upsets to come in the 2018 World Cup before the Tournament come to an end? After an underwhelming performance against Mexico are Germany still favored to win the World Cup? The same could be said for France, even though they won their opening match but needed an own goal by Australia to do so. With their shock upset of Germany can Mexico now be among the Favorites? With their Tie against superpower Argentina can Iceland be totally ruled out? There is still a great deal of Soccer left to be played in this Tournament so it can be anyone’s guess as to who will win the 2018 World Cup. Will this be the first time an underdog pulls off the upset of the century or will the favorites right their shop and contend for the trophy?