Chapter two: Sadness for Salah, glee for Russia, disappointment from Poland and Colombia

The first round of games is done and dusted but never fear, the second one has just begun! We delight in Russia’s strange status as both hosts and surprise package, ponder the next moves for Colombia and Poland and look ahead to Cristiano Ronaldo battling it out with Own Goal for the coveted golden boot.  


Elsewhere Carlos Valderrama has been restricting views, Sepp Blatter phones ahead and we get the scoop on how Big Sam Allardyce is spending his summer. 


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Further reading


Senegal and Japan fans clean up after themselves: 


https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/world-cup-2018-senegal-japan-fans-clean-stadium-russia-football-a8407341.html


Some of the best and worst from the first round of games:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44537418


Could Saudi Arabia challenge the worst World Cup showings of all time?


https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/20/worst-world-cup-teams-list-saudi-arabia

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