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. theodosios
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Alisson (Ryan)
      Godin Danilo Trauco (Kolarov, Hegazy)
      B.Silva Cueva J.Rodriguez Carrasco (Lo Celso)
      Griezmann D.Silva Jesus

      Thoughts?

    • Chandler Bing
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Belhanda nailed? Looks good value

        1. AA33
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Yes

          • kinghenry14
              1 month, 4 days ago

              yep

          • IrishRed
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Uribe or Meza?

            • kinghenry14
                1 month, 4 days ago

                what do you think of this?

                el kajoui uzoho
                kimmich meunier granqvist pavard sabaly/idowu
                james eriksen ziyach carrasco meza
                kaku cavani jesus

                cheers

                1. IrishRed
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    I like it. Not s fan of El Kajoui though unless you're wildcarding brfore round 2

                2. ChelseaKTBFF
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Where is all this trippier love coming from? (Not up to date on friendlies)

                    1. SW6
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        He plays wing-back, England defence is solid and has good fixtures

                        1. ChelseaKTBFF
                            1 month, 4 days ago

                            Is he nailed though? Is England going to play 3 at the back for sure?

                            1. SW6
                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                Definitely playing 3 at the back. I think he's nailed, some might say TAA is a threat but I don't think he is.

                              • yiidddoo
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  yes

                            2. Bun Rab
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 4 days ago

                              WB, Can cross well and maybe some set pieces as well.

                              1. edgardavids
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                Coach said he wants WBs on set pieces

                          • Zilla
                              1 month, 4 days ago

                              I can't believe this actually happened lol, sacking the manager a day before the world cup?!!

                              1. ChelseaKTBFF
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  Politics

                                  1. Deulofail
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    #Lopetexit

                                • Rupert The Horse
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  Huh?

                                • yakirh
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  Insane

                              2. CrippledFapper
                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                  Hey guys! Do you have any thoughts about my latest iteration?

                                  Uzoho | Al-Muaiouf
                                  Meunier | Guerreiro | Trippier | Sabaly | Idowu
                                  JRodriguez | Coutinho | Muller | Isco | Al-Dawsari
                                  Mbappe | Messi | Sarr

                                  For me Sabaly, Idowu and Sarr are nailed. Only concern is Al-Muaiouf and maybe Isco. Thoughts?

                                • balint84
                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                    A) Coutinho or Isco?
                                    B) is Lo Celso a starter?
                                    C) de gea or allison?

                                    1. yiidddoo
                                        1 month, 4 days ago

                                        A) Coutinho
                                        B) I think soo
                                        C) Courtois

                                    2. Cypress Chill
                                        1 month, 4 days ago

                                        Albert Celades (manager of Spain u21) and Fernando Hierro the two candidates to replace Lopetegui.

                                        1. teddy.
                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                            Wait. Is Lopetegui not going to see through the World Cup? Bizarre!

                                        2. FULHAM 4 LIFE
                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                            Ramos should be made player manager

                                            1. SW6
                                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                                Haha Pique would be straight on the bench if that happened

                                            2. ragsyboys
                                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                                meunier , granqvist not in fox sports expected lineup. True?

                                                1. VS10_
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                                  Just forget those lineups...

                                                2. Sune
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                                  They are both nailed on.

                                                  1. kinghenry14
                                                      1 month, 4 days ago

                                                      this

                                                3. balint84
                                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                                    Muslera goalkeeper anyone?

                                                    1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
                                                        1 month, 4 days ago

                                                        yes. Uruguay seem to have one of, if not, the easiest group

                                                      • IrishRed
                                                          1 month, 4 days ago

                                                          I've gone Schmeichel and Varela over Muslera and Dalsgaard to save 0.5

                                                        • JohnnyMagrinho
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          1 month, 4 days ago

                                                          100% from second group game onwards.

                                                          Maybe right from the word go but if Salah starts there's always a chance he'll do something special.

                                                        • Bun Rab
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          1 month, 4 days ago

                                                          Yep. Loads. Good fixtures, solid defense.

                                                      • The real slim shady
                                                          1 month, 4 days ago

                                                          Any news on Özil? Will he play?
                                                          He is super cheap in my local game.

                                                        • cmoorebling
                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                            0.5M ITB. What to spend it on?

                                                            Caballero Szczesny
                                                            Kimmich Meunier Godin Danilo Miranda
                                                            Mueller Carrasco Cueva Kostic Celso
                                                            Lukaku Jesus Mitroic

                                                            1. yiidddoo
                                                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                Carrassco to Ziyech... you got Lukaku anyway

                                                                1. cmoorebling
                                                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                    Thanks. Don't fancy Morocco's group much though.

                                                                2. Deulofail
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                  Spread it across that midfield 🙂

                                                              • Christina.
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                How much do we really expect from this Nigerian GK in rd1?

                                                                1. Chandler Bing
                                                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                    2 pointer

                                                                  • Kolarov Fpl Legend
                                                                      1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                      3 pointer

                                                                    • Meinhoff
                                                                        1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                        7 pointer (penalty save)

                                                                        1. samidace
                                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                            this

                                                                      • Berbinho's Forehead
                                                                          1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                          I would just like to rule myself out of the Spain job. I believe I can do better. I'm after Jafooli's moderation rights.

                                                                          1. Deulofail
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                            Me too as I have a dislocated shoulder atm

                                                                          2. Rupert The Horse
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                            What’s going on? I’m at work.

                                                                            1. Bury94
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                              Spain manager sacked

                                                                        • GreenShark1
                                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                            Final decision me finks?!! Which combo do you prefer? Thanks.

                                                                            A - El Kajoui, Godin, Kimmich.
                                                                            or
                                                                            B - Muslera, Danilo, Trippier.

                                                                            1. Bun Rab
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                              B.

                                                                            2. Sune
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                              A

                                                                            3. Nesvy_
                                                                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                i'm going B

                                                                              • GreenShark1
                                                                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                  Gone B.

                                                                              • Not Enough Mane for Salah!
                                                                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                  Any thoughts on this team pls ? 0.5m itb

                                                                                  Pickford
                                                                                  Kimmich Varela Meunier Mojica
                                                                                  J.Rod Eriksen Coutinho
                                                                                  Lukaku Jesus Werner

                                                                                  Uzoho * Hegazi * Inui * Ndiaye

                                                                                  1. yakirh
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                    Any confirmation on Mojica & Varela?

                                                                                    1. samidace
                                                                                        1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                        both 90% nailed i said

                                                                                        1. yakirh
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                          You have a source or just gut feeling?

                                                                                          1. samidace
                                                                                              1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                              mojica as a 1st backup for fabra (injured), varela start to normal training yesterday

                                                                                    2. TaiwanHC
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                      Paulinho or Marcelo? Price is no factor.

                                                                                      1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
                                                                                          1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                          Marcelo

                                                                                        • Kolarov Fpl Legend
                                                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                            Marcelo

                                                                                        • Woy_is_back
                                                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                            Anyone getting Smolov? If anyone scores for Russia it´s him.

                                                                                          • aleksios
                                                                                              1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                              Hi to all.Thoughts on this team?

                                                                                              -Muslera
                                                                                              -Danilo-Godin-Dalsgaard-Meunier
                                                                                              -Coutinho-Ljajcic-Aldawsari
                                                                                              -Griezmann-Lukaku-Cavani

                                                                                              ---Uzoho-Trippier--JayRod-C.Sanchez

                                                                                              Thanks all.

                                                                                            • Differential (c)
                                                                                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                Changed my team for the gazillionth time today. How would you rate my latest effort?

                                                                                                Akinfeev-Uzoho
                                                                                                Maguire-Danilo-Hakimi-Godin-Sabaly
                                                                                                James-Eriksen-Coutinho-Ljajic-Inui
                                                                                                Jesus-Lewa-Lukaku

                                                                                                A)Akinfeev -> to someone else
                                                                                                B)Ljajic->Carrasco
                                                                                                C)Inui too much of a punt, get someone who is more nailed.
                                                                                                D)Something Else

                                                                                                1. yiidddoo
                                                                                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                    A) !!! unless wildcard after first round

                                                                                                2. anish69
                                                                                                    1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                    A) Belhanda

                                                                                                    or

                                                                                                    B) Meza

                                                                                                    1. Bun Rab
                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                      1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                      A. More used to being part of the 1st team and being a big player.

                                                                                                  • Aubameyyanngg
                                                                                                      1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                      El Kajoui (Uzoho)
                                                                                                      Danilo Varela Trippier Akanji (Meunier)
                                                                                                      Eriksen Ziyach Meza Carrasco (Rodriguez)
                                                                                                      Cavani Jesus (Lukaku)

                                                                                                    • Christina.
                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                      1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                      a)Muslera + El Kahoui or
                                                                                                      b) Courtois + Uzoho

                                                                                                      a correct?

                                                                                                      1. Differential (c)
                                                                                                          1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                          A

                                                                                                        • Deulofail
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                          Of those, I guess, yess.

                                                                                                          But I'd personally get Uzoho + Muslera/ElKah/Diallo

                                                                                                      2. Salah'd n Sauce
                                                                                                          1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                          Would you prefer Neymar or Coutinho...

                                                                                                          3Mil of a difference. Will Neymar be value for that?

                                                                                                          1. Ason Willa
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                            Who's on penalties?

                                                                                                          2. Deulofail
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                            There're no baps, so Coutinho won't get punished for shots off target and Neymar doesn't get compensated for fewer points for goals. I think Coutinho could make a mockery of that 3M price difference with that extra point for goals and CSs. Hard to say with so few games and high variance. It means we can never retrospectively figure out the best option, let alone picking the best option BEFORE they play haha. But I think Coutinho is value, and Neymar is a luxury that takes spots from other, better value, Brazil (or non-Brazilian) players.

                                                                                                            1. Salah'd n Sauce
                                                                                                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                                Spectacular answer sir! I tip my hat.

                                                                                                          3. edgardavids
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                            Ospina - Caballero
                                                                                                            Meunier - Kimmich - Godín - Trippier - Pavard
                                                                                                            James - Eriksen - Paulinho - Carrasco - Belhanda
                                                                                                            Jesus - Lukaku - Werner

                                                                                                            A) Good to go
                                                                                                            B) Belhanda > Jahanbakhsh
                                                                                                            C) Ospina + Caballero > Muslera / Lloris / Pickford + Uzoho

                                                                                                          4. Christina.
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                            Who is the Swedish gk?

                                                                                                            1. samidace
                                                                                                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                                olsen

                                                                                                              • Bury94
                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                                Ibrahimovic

                                                                                                                1. Christina.
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                                  was hoping it was Puma Swede....

                                                                                                              • Leeds2116
                                                                                                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                                  magic hat janson

                                                                                                              • Leeds2116
                                                                                                                  1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                                  Hey guys

                                                                                                                  Maccas proper one my first and only ask for advice.

                                                                                                                  Thank you in advance

                                                                                                                  Messi Neymar
                                                                                                                  Ljajic Cueva Isco Muller Honda
                                                                                                                  Granqvist Godin Tripper
                                                                                                                  Cabellero

                                                                                                                  Bench Uzoho Hegazy Sabaly Iwob

                                                                                                                  1. samidace
                                                                                                                      1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                                      The frontline are brighter than my future...

                                                                                                                    • yiidddoo
                                                                                                                        1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                                        Messi and Neymar abit strong up top...

                                                                                                                        1. Leeds2116
                                                                                                                            1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                                            too much?

                                                                                                                      • yiidddoo
                                                                                                                          1 month, 4 days ago

                                                                                                                          Schmeical (bench Keeper for bench boost) > Uzohu
                                                                                                                          A)Belhanda > 6.5 mid
                                                                                                                          B) Granqvist to 6.0 defender...

                                                                                                                          Or C...Stick With schmeical Belhanda and Granqvist