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2018 FIFA World Cup | Kroos, Modric and other heroes from this week

Toni Kroos and Luka Modric starred for Germany and Croatia respectively.

Karan Anand | New Delhi |

Just like round one, round two of FIFA World Cup had plenty of action and goals. There were many top performers from Harry Kane to Toni Kroos and there were some extraordinary goals scored. As we move forward to the last round of group stage, we have a look at the top players from the second round of 2018 FIFA World Cup

Toni Kroos, Germany 

Toni Kroos scored from a free-kick in the stoppage time to keep Germany’s World Cup hopes alive. It is no surprise that Kroos features in this list as he scored an exceptional goal to break Swedish hearts at the last second.

Kroos had given away the ball that led to Sweden’s first goal, he made sure that he makes up for his mistake as Germany won 2-1 thanks to Kroos’s heroics.

Luka Modric, Croatia 

Joining Kroos in this list is his Real Madrid compatriot Luka Modric. Croatia thrashed Argentina 3-0 and Modric ran the show for Croatia. He controlled the midfield and topped his performance with a goal from 25 yards out.

2018 FIFA World cup, Luka Modric, Croatia, Argentina
Luka Modric scored Croatia’s second goal against Argentina (Photo: AFP)

 

Croatia have now become the dark-horses at this year’s World Cup and if performances like this continue, they may find themselves lifting the trophy on July 15.

Ahmed Musa, Nigeria

Nigeria lost their first game against Croatia but bounced back in their match against Iceland. Ahmed Musa starred for Nigeria as he scored two amazing goals to help Nigeria win 2-0.

2018 FIFA World Cup, Nigeria, Ahmed Musa
Nigeria’s forward Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring a goal against Iceland (Photo: AFP)

 

His first goal was a thunderous volley from close range whereas, for his next goal, he ran circles around the entire Iceland defence. He did what Messi could not do against Iceland.

James Rodriguez, Colombia

Colombia had a disappointing start to their World Cup campaign as they lost to Japan. James did not start that match but he did start against Poland in a do-or-die match.

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2018 FIFA World Cup,Colombia, James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez gave two assists against Poland (Photo: AFP)

 

Last World Cup’s top-scorer showed his true colors against Poland as he gave two brilliant assists and starred in Colombia’s 3-0 win over Poland. James will face Senegal next in another must-win match and Colombian fans will be hoping for another James special.

Eden Hazard, Belgium 

Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2 and Hazard was once again at his brilliant best. He scored two goals and assisted one as Belgium secured their place in the knockout stages.

2018 FIFA World Cup, Belgium, Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard starred in Belgium’s rout of Tunisia (Photo: AFP)

 

Belgium are slowly emerging as one of the favorites to win the World cup and Hazard deserves a lot of credit for that. His performances so far have been impeccable and he will be the key if Belgium’s golden generation want to win the ultimate glory.