The best goals from round 1 of the World Cup group stages

Tom Gott
Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina
Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages
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The first round of group stage fixtures at the World Cup is done and dusted, and there has been no shortage of entertainement - not least because of the 1,000 minutes of injury time.

With thrills and spills aplenty, we won't be forgetting some of these fixtures any time soon, and we saw some goals that will live just as long in the memory.

Here's a look back at the best strikes from the opening round of fixtures.


1. Bukayo Saka vs Iran

England got their campaign off to a perfect start as they thumped Iran 6-2.

Jude Bellingham opened the scoring with a nice header before this glorious strike from Bukayo Saka, who collected Harry Maguire's knockdown and fired a half-volley into the back of the net.

He added a second later in the game which wasn't half bad either.


2. Salem Al-Dawsari vs Argentina

Everything about this is sensational.

For a team like Saudi Arabia to even score against Argentina is wild, let alone score twice, let alone score an absolute worldie like this from Salem Al-Dawsari.

Doing his best Lionel Messi impression, Al-Dawsari wriggled his way past three defenders before arrowing the ball into the top corner. The stuff of dreams.


3. Takuma Asano vs Germany

What a day Takuma Asano had against Germany.

Off the bench with half an hour to go and with Japan trailing 1-0, he flipped the game on its head and capped off a famous victory with this skillful finish.

The technique to pluck the ball out of the sky was sensational and the audacity to go at Manuel Neuer like that - what a goal.


4. Dani Olmo vs Costa Rica

A similar touch from Dani Olmo to kick off Spain's romp of Costa Rica.

Olmo collected a one-two from Gavi out of the air and on the turn, plucking the ball down perfectly before flicking the ball over the onrushing Keylor Navas.

The RB Leipzig man would add an assist before the game was finished, setting up Alvaro Morata for the final goal.


5. Gavi vs Costa Rica

Golden Boy Gavi got himself in on the goal action with this glorious volley.

Spain's fifth of the evening may well have been the best as Gavi ran on to a cross from Morata and sent an outside-of-the-boot volley right into the bottom corner of Navas' goal.

We were even treated to a smack off the post for good measure. You can't beat it.


6. Michy Batshuayi vs Canada

Everyone apart from whoever handed Kevin De Bruyne the Man of the Match award knows Belgium shouldn't have beaten Canada, but thanks to Michy Batshuayi, they did.

The Red Devils survived thanks to this moment of quality from the former Chelsea man, who collected a long ball over the top and fired home a first-time strike which fizzed into the back of the net.

It was the finishing touch that Canada lacked and it secured the three points for Belgium.


7. Joao Felix vs Ghana

Portugal had to dig deep to see off a spirited Ghana side on the final matchday, with moments of quality like this from Joao Felix proving to be the difference.

An excellent pass from maestro Bruno Fernandes split the Ghana defence in half and Felix flashed his composure to stroke the ball into the back of the net.

Rafael Leao's strike just seconds later wasn't half bad either, mind you.


8. Richarlison vs Serbia

Saving the best for last?

Richarlison served up this absolute stunner in the final game to give Brazil a 2-0 victory over Serbia.

Collecting Vinicius Junior's cross, the Tottenham man chipped the ball up into the air before pulling out a glorious overhead kick which thundered into the back of the net. More of that please.

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