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 By Tom Marshall

Sweden saved by VAR after struggling without Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Shaka Hislop breaks down Sweden's hard-fought 1-0 win over South Korea decided by Andreas Granqvist's VAR-awarded penalty.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD - Three quick points on Sweden 1-0 South Korea in Group F at the World Cup on Monday afternoon.

1. Sweden's historic victory after VAR saves the day

Mexico's 1-0 victory over Germany on Sunday in Moscow threw all predictions about Group F out of the window. The common consensus and logical outcome saw the reigning world champions coast through the group, while Mexico and Sweden -- and perhaps even South Korea -- fought it out for second place. But after the first round of games,...

 By Nick Miller

Brazil frustrated, fouled by gritty Swiss in 1-1 draw as Neymar underwhelms

Steve McManaman breaks down Neymar's performance as the FC crew react to Brazil's draw with Switzerland in their World Cup opener.

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- Three thoughts from a frustrating 1-1 draw for Brazil against Switzerland.

1. Brazil stumble to a point

Another game and another disappointing result for one of the World Cup favourites. A day after Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw with Iceland and with Mexico's celebrations for beating Germany still hanging in the air, Brazil drew their opening game of the 2018 World Cup with Switzerland.

Brazil looked comfortable after Philippe Coutinho's brilliant first-half...

Deschamps gets lucky as France beat Australia but piles on the pressure

Frank Leboeuf joins the ESPN FC crew to talk about France's underwhelming display and what must be done to play to their potential.
Alejandro Moreno says it will be difficult for Australia to reach the last 16 at the World Cup, but suggests they can create some chaos in Group C.

MOSCOW -- France did win vs. Australia, but Didier Deschamps lost.

Les Bleus got the three points they wanted with a 2-1 victory Saturday despite their manager getting pretty much everything wrong. Deschamps' ability to guide his very talented squad all the way through this World Cup had been questioned a lot before the start of the competition, and this is without a doubt the worst start he could have hoped for on a personal level.

Before facing the Socceroos, the pressure was on Deschamps...

 By Nick Ames

Aleksandar Kolarov quality the difference as Serbia do enough to beat Costa Rica

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner explains how important it is to come out flying in a World Cup opener, which may have contributed to Serbia's defensive nature.
FIFA World Cup: Aleksandar Kolarov (56') Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia

SAMARA, Russia -- Three quick thoughts in Serbia's 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Group E at the World Cup on Sunday.

1. Aleksandar Kolarov quality proves the difference

Serbia are up and running. While this match was no classic it contained a goal fit for any World Cup game, curled in beautifully by Kolarov in the 56th minute, and that free kick was enough to beat a decent but ultimately limited Costa Rica side.

It gives Serbia a boost going into their potentially decisive meeting with Switzerland,...

Lionel Messi must pick himself up and ignore Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons

After two very different opening World Cup matches, the FC guys talk about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's differing roles for their national teams.
ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol feels it's time for Lionel Messi to relinquish penalty duties as his miss resulted in a 1-1 draw with Iceland.
Taylor Twellman joined the Get Up! crew to discuss the possible impact of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup.
Stephanie Brantz caught up with Julien Laurens after France squeezed past Australia with a 2-1 win.
Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson stopped Lionel Messi from putting Argentina ahead from the penalty spot.
World Cup: Alfred Finnbogason (23') Argentina 1-1 Iceland
World Cup: Sergio Agüero (19') Argentina 1-0 Iceland

MOSCOW -- Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi seem to be perpetually in each other's orbits, destined to be compared, contrasted and teased apart to the point that their unquestioned brilliance is almost an afterthought.

In the past 24 hours, that dynamic has reached a feeding frenzy. On the one hand you have Ronaldo delivering a hat trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain, one that was punctuated with a brilliant free kick that left Spain goalkeeper David De Gea rooted to the ground. It also included...

Lionel Messi messes up penalty as Argentina frustrated by resolute Iceland

The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.
ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol feels it's time for Lionel Messi to relinquish penalty duties as his miss resulted in a 1-1 draw with Iceland.
Stephanie Brantz caught up with Julien Laurens after France squeezed past Australia with a 2-1 win.
Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Por Halldorsson stopped Lionel Messi from putting Argentina ahead from the penalty spot.
World Cup: Alfred Finnbogason (23') Argentina 1-1 Iceland
World Cup: Sergio Agüero (19') Argentina 1-0 Iceland

MOSCOW -- Three quick thoughts in Argentina 1-1 Iceland in Group D at the World Cup on Saturday.

1. Iceland gain valuable point as Messi disappoints

Iceland have made a habit of pulling off shock results in recent years, and while they didn't come away with a victory in this case, the draw amounts to another impressive effort, one that could prove valuable indeed as the rest of the group shakes out.

There was always going to be a strong impulse to see if Lionel Messi could match the hat trick...