Scout Notes

Lukaku and Lewandowski net braces in final friendlies

Romelu Lukaku and Robert Lewandowski furthered their cases for inclusion in World Cup Fantasy squads with braces in their final warm-up matches.

Elsewhere, Japan’s modestly-priced differentials finally got a win under their new manager ahead of competing in Group H.

We’ve got all the goals and assists from the latest and final international matches before the World Cup begins.

BELGIUM 4-1 COSTA RICA

Romelu Lukaku scored twice and registered an assist as a strong Belgium team came from behind to thrash Costa Rica.

The Manchester United forward put the home side in front after Bryan Ruiz had netted Costa Rica’s opener and Dries Mertens had equalised. Eden Hazard provided the assist for Merten’s strike.

Mertens then became the provider in the 42nd minute when Lukaku scored his first of the night. Substitute Nacer Chadli registered the assist for his second.

Lukaku capped off his performance by assisting Michy Batshuauyi’s strike just after the hour.

BELGIUM XI (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Vertonghen, Boyata (Dendoncker 66’), Alderweireld; Carrasco, Witsel, De Bruyne (Tielemans 71’), Meunier (Chadli 46’); E Hazard (Dembele 70’), Mertens (Batshuayi 52’); Lukaku (T Hazard 65’).

COSTA RICA XI (3-4-2-1): Navas; Duarte, Gonzalez, Acosta; Oviedo (Calvo 46’), Tejeda, Borges (Azofeifa 76’), Gamboa (Smith 66’); Bolanos (Guzman 62’), Ruiz (Campbell 66’); Urena (Venegas 46’).

POLAND 4-0 LITHUNIA

Robert Lewandowski scored a brace in Poland’s thrashing of Lithuania to take his record to 37 goals in 37 games under national manager Adam Nawalka.

He fired in the opener after 19 minutes after a cross from defender Maciej Rybus before doubling the leading in the 32nd with a free-kick which hit the bar on its way in.

The Bayern Munich forward was substituted at half-time, replaced by Lukasz Teodorczyk, but Poland did not lose any potency going forward.

21-year-old Dawid Kownachi made it 3-0 in the 71st minute with his first international goal since earning a call-up to the senior team.

Jakub Blaszczykowski rounded off the rout in the 82nd minute converting a penalty in the absence of Lewandowski.

Lukasz Fabianski started the game in goal but was replaced by Wojciech Szczesny at half-time.

POLAND XI (4-4-1-1): Fabianski (Szczesny 46’); Rybus (Blaszczykowski 70’), Cionek, Bednarek (Pazdan 53’), Jedrzejczyk (Piszczek 46’); Kownacki, Goralski, Krychowiak (Zielinski 77’), Bereszynski; Milik; Lewandowski (Teodorczyk 46’).

JAPAN 4-2 PARAGUAY

Shinji Kagawa was the star of the show as Japan got their first win under new manager Akira Nishino.

The midfielder started his first match in any competition since February.

Paraguay took the lead when Oscar Romero converted Antonio Bareiro’s pass in the 32nd minute and went into half-time still in the lead.

A 12-minute brace from Takashi Inui got things back on track for Japan, with former Manchester United man Kagawa providing the assist for both goals.

The Samurai Blue extended their lead in the 77th minute when Gaku Shibasaki’s corner was deflected into the net by Federico Santander.

Richard Ortiz pulled one back for the visitors in the 90th minute but Kagawa got his deserved goal in stoppage time to round the scoring off.

Shinji Okazaki enjoyed a rare start and played 74 minutes while regular at the back Maya Yoshida was an unused substitute.

Elsewhere left-back Hiroki Sakai, who has three assists in the build-up to the World Cup, missed out on a starting place again but did feature as a second-half substitute.

JAPAN XI (4-2-3-1): Higashiguchi (Nakamura 46’); G Sakai, Shoji, Ueda, Endo (H Sakai 46’); Yamaguchi, Shibashaki; Inui (Usami 79’), Kagawa, Muto (Osaka 64’); Okazaki (Haraguchi 74’).

SENEGAL 2-0 SOUTH KOREA

Moussa Konate’s second-half penalty sealed Senegal’s first win since their World Cup qualification campaign ended in November.

The defeat was Korea’s third in their last five matches, having also only won just once since booking a place in Russia.

Senegal took the lead in the 67th minute after Kim Young-gwon turned into his own net.

Both Sadio Mane and Son Heung-min started the match for their respective nations and both lasted the full 90 minutes.

SENEGAL XI (4-4-2): K N’Diaye; Koulibaly, Sabaly, Sane, Wague; Sakho, Kouyate, A N’Diaye, Sarr; Mane, Niang (Konate 46’).

SOUTH KOREA XI (4-4-2): Cho; Jang, Kim Y-G, Kim M-W, Lee Y; Son, Koo, Ki, Lee J-S; Lee S-W, Kim S-W.

Further Analysis

Our comprehensive World Cup guide can be found here.

Group A Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay

Group BIran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain

Group CAustralia, Peru, France, Denmark

Group DArgentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

Group EBrazil, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Serbia

Group FMexico, Germany, Sweden, South Korea

Group GBelgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

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1,230 Comments Post a Comment
  1. balint84
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Muslera
    Sanchez-Vertonghen-Marcelo-Otamendi
    Eriksen-LoCelso-Coutinho
    Jesus-Lukaku-Lewandowski(C)

    what do you thing? gtg?

    1. Ghost Gooner
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Lo celso not nailed so your cheapies better be starters. Like it though

  2. ★Kuntheman★
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    As an Argentina fan there is nothing funnier than waking up to see that Lopetegui was sacked. That Spain team is going to split into two camps. A breakdown of French proportions.

    1. CloudSky
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      From what Ive seen, they are all in the same camp named feck* Rubiales.

    2. ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Its a disruption but Spain will do well regardless of the who their coach is.

    3. alexdelarge
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      As an Argentina fan maybe you have a gut feeling on Pavon vs Meza game time?

      1. ★Kuntheman★
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Meza to start according to most Argentine sources. Not my personal pick, but hey, great for fantasy 🙂

  3. ZeBestee
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    RMT please

    El Kalouji (Uzoho)
    Pavard Kimmich Trippier Danilo (Hegazi)
    Muller J.Rod Meza (Nandez C.Sanchez)
    Lukaku Neymar Lewa

  4. DarkSideOfTheLoon
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Is Pavard nailed on?

    1. A19
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 days ago

      It looks like he'll be for the 1st game at least. Sidibe is a bit injured and did not play well during friendlies

    2. pressdpm
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      I think it looks likely for the first game. Then we're just hoping for a good performance so he locks down the spot I suppose.

  5. anish10
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Surpised to see people go Cavani over Lewandoski

    1. Midlands Saint73
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Better team and fixtures swayed me but Lewa better player I agree.

  6. A19
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 2 days ago

    Pick 2:

    A) Coutinho
    B) James Rodriguez
    C) Mueller
    D) Eriksen

    1. CROCosta
        6 months, 2 days ago

        B + C

      • WE GO FOR IT
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        BC

        1. A19
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Thanks!

      • Pontus Jansson's Magic…
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        AB

      • TooDifficuIt
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        BD

    2. pressdpm
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Any thoughts on this lot?

      Muslera - Uzoho
      Pavard - Meunier - Lovren - Varela - Hegazi
      Isco - Grosicki - Muller - Cueva - Colindres
      Werner - Cavani - Lukaku

      1. pressdpm
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        My mistake, Lovren is actually Trippier

      2. CROCosta
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Finnaly some love for Grosicki, not bad, Lovren bound for yellow cards a 0 atking chances, would cut isco or muller and upgrade lovren and hegazi/pavard.
          Otherwise very nice ballanced team

      3. Dunk mee Jesus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 2 days ago

        So trying something different and going with a brazil back 3

      4. Nesvy_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        FIFA Fantasy.

        It is possible to change the name of the team ?

        Thanks

        1. GreennRed
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          I think so. Click into your profile settings and either click into team name box or there's an edit option for the name.

        2. The Hobbit
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          No I don’t think so

        3. PUMPKINHEAD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Don't think so. You can change screen name

          I just deleted my account and started again

      5. rdamjan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Miranchuk. Is he nailed. See him in a lot of teams this days.

        1. Meinhoff
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          No, but we will get the lineups before the deadline

      6. pundit of punts
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Lack of Messi in teams is baffling.

        Iceland do concede a lot of goals.

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Are you genuinely baffled, though?

        2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          nah, neymar is only a must

      7. Totalfootball
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Don't get the love for James Rodriguez ,
        Colombia are out of form and he has not scored many goals lately ?! Right ?!

      8. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        RMT --- Planning on wildcarding after round 1

        Akinfeev - Uzoho
        Kimmich Meunier Pavard Granqvist Mojica
        Mueller J. Rodriguez Ziyach Nandez Golovin
        Smolov Jesus Lukaku

      9. Gilbo88
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Presumably Hierro now being named head coach will mean nothing really changes for Spain?

        1. GreennRed
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          They'll play just as well and maybe fight harder for Lopetegui, not happy that he was sacked. Rightfully sacked though, what a clown. Could be a Saipan moment.

      10. pundit of punts
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        A. Messi + Belhanda + Nandez

        or

        B. Cavani + Ziyach + Cueva

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          I only like Ziyach from that lot.

      11. Totalfootball
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 2 days ago

        RMT -

        El kajoui (UZoho)

        Danilo Kimmich Trippier Meunir Vertonghen
        Coutinho Eriksen Belhanda Al-dawsari Inui
        Lukaku Lewadowski Cavani

      12. caldracula
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        A) Isco & Danilo
        B) Ziyach & Marcello

        1. CROCosta
            6 months, 2 days ago

            B if wc after md1,
            A for whole group stage

        2. Jamino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Considering Cavani>Lewandowski doesn’t seem like a poular move am I crazy?

          1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Stick with Cavani. See how it goes:)

        3. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          David on the Scoutcast saying it's difficult to spend money in midfield. I'm sitting here with an average midfielder price of 8.1m 😀

          1. The Royal Robin
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            What’s your team like Deu?

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Uzoho
              Kimmich Godin Mendy
              Eriksen, Coutinho, Willian, Aldawsari
              Jesus Mitrovic DeArrascaeta

              Diallo | JRod, Munier, Trippier

              1. The Royal Robin
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                William is a ballsy pick! Like the triple Brazil though. Nice team.

              2. Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                Actually, I'll likely get Pavard, so it'll be:

                Uzoho
                Kimmich Godin Danilo Pavard
                Eriksen, Coutinho, Willian, Aldawsari
                Mitrovic DeArrascaeta

                Diallo | Lukaku, JRod, Munier

          2. The Royal Robin
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Do you think Mitro will do well?

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              I think so. I wanted Rashford or Sterling, but in the end I realised that Mitrogoal is probably better value than both, certainly better than Rashford.

        4. Kalbory
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Hazard or Muller?

            1. GreennRed
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Muller is mid and Hazard is a forward? Better options than both.

            2. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Different positions in the McD's game. Hazard isn't a bad option but takes up a forward spot, so Muller.

            3. Kalbory
                6 months, 2 days ago

                I'm playing Sun Dream Team...

                1. GreennRed
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  Hazard.

            4. Toonzie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              whats with pavard

              he will only start the first game?

              1. Bambi
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                even if he does I don't expect it to perform well. All second/back up choices except Varane - completely new backline will take some time to get up and running

            5. Bambi
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Rate my team based on it's flexibility:

              El Kajoui - Uzoho
              Kimmich - Meunier - Granqvist - Varela - Idowu
              James - Eriksen - Ziyech - Ljajic - Meza
              Jesus - Lukaku - Lewandowski

            6. BigAsGiroud_
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 2 days ago

              A. Cavini + J.Rodriguez
              or
              B. Mbappe + Muller

              1. deyell
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  A

              2. The Royal Robin
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                GTG?

                Pickford
                Danilo Mendy Meunier Varela
                Coutinho Aldawsari Ziyach James
                Neymar Lukaku

                Uzoho Mitrovic Belhanda Sabaly

                1. Deulofail
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  Looks good. Personally would prefer to downgrade Neymar and upgrade either Sabaly or Ziyech. E.g. Neymar + Sabaly > Cavani + Kimmich

                  1. Deulofail
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 2 days ago

                    Oops. Tripper instead of Kimmich

                    1. The Royal Robin
                      • 3 Years
                      6 months, 2 days ago

                      I have Pickford, so maybe another 5.5?

                      1. Deulofail
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 2 days ago

                        You can't sub a GK for a defender, so it doesn't matter that they play in the same team (on the same day) imo. Although, imagine if Pickford does a Robert Green (or a Pickford) and needs replacing for the second round...

                  2. The Royal Robin
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 2 days ago

                    Not a bad idea. I guess I like having the tolerance to downgrade Neymar when/if I need to, to fund upgrades to Mitrovic or Sabaly. I don’t think having him has terribly unbalanced my team though - plus I have some options off the bench.

                    1. Deulofail
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 2 days ago

                      Are you going to WC in the knockouts then? I'm not planning to use my transfers for anything in the group stages except to remove an injured or diabolical player. Likely, De Arra, Aldawsari or Pavard. Then WCin R3, most likely

              3. balint84
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                Milivojevic (srb) or Lo Celso (arg) ?

              4. Magic Hamster
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                Thoughts on Premium mids...pick one:

                A. Coutinho
                B. Paulinho
                C. Muller
                D. Di Maria
                E. Another midfielder in this price range. (I already have J.Rod)
                F. De Bruyne (I have Lukaku)
                G. Pogba

                I am currently on Muller but am having doubts based on what I have read here (and my own research) regarding his form of late. I already have Neymar and Kimmich in my team and plan to WC for round 3.

                1. The Royal Robin
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  A

                2. Chidge
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  C. He's a forward that gets extra points for goals and clean sheets. His form might not be amazing but he has history of scoring in world cups.

                  1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 2 days ago

                    He sucked at Euro 2016. Worst German player.

                3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  Gotta be Coutinho. He's magician mate!

              5. balint84
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                recommended midfielder under 6.5?

                1. GreennRed
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  Cueva

                2. Jamino
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  Look at Peru some good options at that price

                3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  Cueva I think

              6. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                Anyone else feels like Jesus will get subbed around '60? Werner seems like much less of a risk tbh.

                1. CloudSky
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  Is that the same Werner who started only 2 of the last 4 Germany games?

              7. EmreCan Hustle
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                Which is better?

                A. Trippier, Danilo, Muslera and Jesus
                B. Dalsgaard, Pavard, El Kajoui and Neymar

                Other defenders;
                Kimmich Meunier and Varela.

                Cheers.

                1. Midlands Saint73
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  A for me

                  1. EmreCan Hustle
                    • 6 Years
                    6 months, 2 days ago

                    No point in going through all that trouble for Neymar right?

              8. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 2 days ago

                Who misses out? I have ABC

                A) Messi
                B) Cavani
                C) Lukaku
                D) Griezmann

                1. EmreCan Hustle
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 2 days ago

                  Yeah, don't expect much from Griezmann.