📌 Memorable moments
Tapia uses his head
After having been listed as a substitute for Chile’s clash with France, Gonzalo Tapia seized his chance when handed a place in the starting line-up against Haiti in Goiania. The Universidad Catolica forward set up Luis Rojas for La Rojita’s opening goal, but he subsequently received a hard knock to the head as half-time approached. He managed to recover, however, and even contributed a crucial second-half goal of his own… with his head!
Tuesday saw Nigeria and Angola qualify, and on Wednesday it was Senegal’s turn. The African triumvirate have something else in common: they all enjoy last-gasp victories. For the second time at Brazil 2019, Senegal conceded a goal in the early stages of a match and managed to completely turn things around in the second half, sealing their success as the final whistle sounded.
Putting the star in Stars and Stripes
If the United States still harbour aspirations of continuing on past the group stage, it is in no small part due to the agility and handling skills of their goalkeeper, Chituru Odunze. The impressive No12, who signed for English Premier League side Leicester City in August, used all of his imposing height and reach to stop everything that Japan threw at him in Estadio Kleber Andrade, as they hunted for the elusive goal that would qualify them for the next round. Two saves in particular, from the head of Yamato Wakatsuki and in a one-on-one with Jun Nishikawa, were of the jaw-dropping variety.