- Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal 3-3 Spain, Group B, Sochi
Ronaldo had already struck twice in this early thriller between two European titans but typically he made sure he had the final say with a sensational free kick which fizzed over the wall and dipped down into the net, completing a hat-trick for the five-times world player of the year.
- Ahmed Musa, Nigeria 2-0 Iceland, Group D, Volgograd
The striker conjured an outrageous piece of skill to control a cross into the area, sending it spinning into the air and leathering it into the net on the half volley to give his side a surprise lead, which he later doubled with another impressive strike.
- Benjamin Pavard, France 4-3 Argentina, round of 16, Kazan
France were trailing 2-1 to Argentina and heading out until the relatively unknown Pavard caught sight of Lucas Hernandez’s wayward cross, leant back and struck the ball first time with the outside of his right boot, giving it irresistible top spin which took it beyond the reach of Argentina’s outstretched goalkeeper Franco Armani, putting his side back on track.
- Kevin de Bruyne, Brazil 1-2 Belgium, quarter-final, Kazan
Belgium’s crucial second goal in their triumph over the five-times winners was sparked by a storming run through midfield by Romelu Lukaku and finished off with a deadly arrowed shot by De Bruyne into the far bottom corner, leaving Brazil on the rocks just as halftime approached.
- Denis Cheryshev, Russia 2-2 Croatia AET (Croatia win on penalties), quarter-final, Sochi
Cheryshev had made a name for himself by fuelling Russia’s explosive run in the tournament and he delivered again with the most impressive of all his strikes to break the deadlock in their biggest game, skipping past one defender outside the area and just as two more approached, sent the ball flying high into the net with a scorching strike.
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