World Cup 2018: Ronaldo, Lozano & best team of matchday one

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As we enter the second games of the group stage, Goal has created their best XI from each nation's opening match of the World Cup

  1. Hannes Halldorsson | GK | Iceland

    Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson saved Lionel Messi's second-half penalty during their first group game of the World Cup, resulting in a 1-1 draw against Argentina.. 
  2. Kieran Trippier | RB | England

    England right-back Kieran Trippier created six chances for England to score in the 2-1 win over Tunisia, including taking the corner that resulted in Harry Kane's stoppage time goal. 
  3. Jose Gimenez | CB | Uruguay

    Uruguay centre-back Jose Gimenez scored the 89th-minute winner in their game against Egypt, earning the two-time champions three points and second place in their group after their first game.
  4. Andreas Granqvist | CB | Sweden

    Andreas Granqvist scored a penalty after a VAR review in the Sweden vs South Korea game. It was the only goal of the game and gave the Scandinavians a 1-0 win.
  5. Aleksandar Kolarov | LB | Serbia

    Serbia left-back Aleksandar Kolarov scored the winning goal in their 1-0 win over Costa Rica, burying a free kick into the top-right corner. 
  6. Hector Herrera | CM | Mexico

    Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera was crucial to his sides 1-0 win over Germany with his accurate tackles and passes which aided in a Hirving Lozano-inspired victory.

  7. Valon Behrami | CM | Switzerland

    Switzerland central midfielder Valon Behrami was pivotal to keeping the final score to a 1-1 draw, stopping Neymar in his tracks over and over again when they faced Brazil in their opening match of the World Cup. 

  8. Philippe Coutinho | CM | Brazil

    Brazil's Philippe Coutinho - who swapped Liverpool for Barcelona mid-season - scored their opening goal against Switzerland by curling it into the top corner of the net. 
  9. Aleksandr Golovin | AM | Russia

    Host nation Russia's forward Aleksandr Golovin claimed man of the match in their 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the opening game after the tournament after providing two assists, endless counterattacks and a free kick goal.
  10. Hirving Lozano | AM | Mexico

    Mexico forward Hirving Lozano guided his country to a 1-0 win - and their biggest victory in the World Cup finals for a generation - by scoring against reigning champions Germany.
  11. Cristiano Ronaldo | ST | Portugal

    Forward Cristiano Ronaldo was in inspired form for Portugal. He scored all three of the Euro 2016 winners' goals in a 3-3 draw with Spain, including a late equaliser in the form of a sumptuous free kick.