It was an exciting opening weekend of the World Cup with plenty of big performances from the underdogs, and as ever social media was abuzz, so we’ve trawled through Twitter to bring you the best World Cup tweets of the week.
The highlight of the round was the gargantuan clash between Portugal and Spain which finished in a 3-3 draw. All great games need great players to step up to the plate and Cristiano Ronaldo did just that with a sensational hat-trick including a third from a free-kick in the 89th minute, which was one of those moments when he insists that the world stops what it is doing to watch.
Here are the highlights courtesy of BBC
#PORESP was absolutely unbelievable! 😍
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 16, 2018
That free kick again from another angle:
The following day the main headline was ‘Argentina rue Lionel Messi penalty miss as Iceland hold out for dramatic draw’. The draw was no less than Iceland, who are the smallest nation ever to play in a World Cup finals, deserved.
If Messi was the villian, Hannes Thór Halldórsson was the hero.
— Hannes Halldórsson (@hanneshalldors) June 17, 2018
PENALTY MISSED! Messi steps up and looks to curl the penalty into the corner but Hannes springs to his right and makes a cracking save pic.twitter.com/gdbCMZ1G7E
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 16, 2018
The Icelandic goalkeeper is also a film director, and directed this fantastic commercial for Coca Cola that will air in Iceland during the World Cup:
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) June 16, 2018
Alfred Finnbogason made history for Iceland scoring his country’s first goal at a World Cup:
Moment of the Day 👀
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 16, 2018
For a nation with a population of only 330,000 they have huge support out in Russia:
— Anna (@iamanch) June 16, 2018
Despite this early contender for goal of the tournament from Philippe Coutinho, Switzerland held out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
GOAL! What a strike from Coutinho as his shot flies past Sommer to give Brazil the lead! pic.twitter.com/6aQONVsnG8
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 17, 2018
Brazil only managed a draw but defending champions Germany were stunned by Mexico. Hirving Lozano’s first-half goal was the difference between the two sides in an enthralling encounter in Moscow.
Moment of the Day 👀
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018
The celebrations in Mexico apparently registered on the Richter scale:
#Mexico fans are believed to have caused a minor earthquake as they celebrated their team's shock win over Germany at the #WorldCup. Read the story here: https://t.co/WRs1ftqiRV pic.twitter.com/1cBsyGsjDE
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) June 18, 2018
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 18, 2018
One young fan couldn’t control his excitement as the winner went in:
— Theo (@Thogden) June 18, 2018
After the match Harry Kane took to Twitter to voice his joy in scoring a brace on this World Cup debut.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 18, 2018
In the final match of the round Senegal beat Poland 2-1. But it was their fans who were stealing the headlines:
Think Senegal are going to add something special to this #WorldCup
This is their second fan group – equally fantastic! pic.twitter.com/exyttuDxnq
— Piers Edwards (@piers_e) June 19, 2018
— COPA90 (@Copa90) June 19, 2018
At the final whistle they paused their celebrations to clean their section of the stadium
— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) June 20, 2018
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