into the opening match of the world cup, Artem Dzyuba came off the bench. 60 seconds later, he'd scored Russia's 3rd goal of the night. Stanislav Cherchesov was so impressed he saluted his player. Dzyuba returned the compliment when he next scored against Egypt, and then again against Spain.
“It was a joke I made with Quaresma…I started to shave. I left my beard and said if I score tomorrow, which was against Spain, I’d leave it for the rest of the tournament. And it gave me luck, I scored in that game, I scored today and I’m going to keep it.”
When scoring goals playing FIFA against his big brother, 12-year-old Ethan Mbappe would drop the remote to the floor, pout stone faced and fold his hands under his armpits. Mbappe took it from the couch to the biggest stage in the world.
The Senegalese shake
Mbaye Niang's match winner against Poland, was his first ever goal for Senegal. Enough to get the whole team shaking.