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. AceKn1ght
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Hi all, how’s this looking for a GW1 BB?

    Schmiechel, Navas

    Trippier, Advincula, Grandqvist, Godin, Hakimi

    De Bruyne, Ziyech, Cuadrado, Bolanos, Al Jassam

    Lukaku, Werner, Jesus

    Thanks!

    1. Auboomerang
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Instead of Schmiechel and Advincula, you might aswell go with Gallese and Dalsgaard instead. Basically the same thing for 0.5 less

      1. AceKn1ght
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Fair point! Thanks!

        1. Auboomerang
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Love the Bolanos pick btw. Nice to see a fairly unique team

          1. AceKn1ght
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 7 days ago

            Ha, thanks! Yeah, I’ve tried to make it that little bit different... Built quite a bit towards GW1, so will WC for GW2!

    2. Lovefootball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Nice and balanced team!

      I would maybe downgrade De Bruyne and upgrade either Bolanos or Al Jassam, but on the other hand relatively few have chosen De Bruyne compared to Muller, Eriksen, J Rod etc., so could be a good differential.

      1. AceKn1ght
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers!

        Yeah, with KDB, I think I’m going to go for the punt... Quality player in a free-scoring Belgium team, playing Panama!

    3. Al
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      De Bruyne is a 10 million holding midfielder for Belgium.

      1. AceKn1ght
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Fair enough, but I still think he’s worth a punt.. Free-scoring Belgium against Panama...

      2. Critical Observer
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        His role is very similar to the one he plays for City.

        1. Sune
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          0+3 in 7 games in the qualifiers.

  2. samidace
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Have eriksen, jrod, coutinho, plan to bring isco in for R2 (vs iran)

    Swap out :
    A. eriksen (vs aus)
    B. jrod (vs poland)
    C. coutinho (vs costa rica)
    D. let it be, no isco

    with D i can use free transfer mojica to dalsgaard (good chance for CS vs aus)

    1. Lovefootball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      B

  3. ludaslol
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 7 days ago

    If money no factor

    A) Werner
    B) Giroud

    1. samidace
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      A

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Werner imo

      1. ludaslol
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Would mean no France cover but guess they might spread goals anyway

    3. Lovefootball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Definitely A. Not sure Giroud will start

      1. ludaslol
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks, I’ll prolly ditch France then

  4. Whats the Mata? (RobboKlopp…
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Seeing Varela in many teams. Is he first choice?

    1. yakirh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      He is first choice.
      But I am worried about fitness, did not play last preparation game due to injury
      Would be nice if we could get anything more official

  5. Prison Mike
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Sorry for the RP.

    Any changes needed? Or Good to go?

    Muselra Uzoho
    Meunier Trippier Danilo Mendy Pavard
    Eriksen Rodriguez Aldawsari C.Sanchez A.N’dye
    Neymar Lukaku Cavani

    1. HurriKane
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      gtg is mendy nailed on btw?

      1. Prison Mike
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers and I think he should be

  6. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Jesus or Cavani?

    1. WE GO FOR IT
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Jesus

    2. samidace
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      both, but cavani imo, considering jesus's minutes play

  7. NUFCAndrew
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Looking likely Pavard will start:

    https://twitter.com/gffn/status/1006857002742665216?s=21

    1. dewebster1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      What did it say, tweet has been deleted?

      1. NUFCAndrew
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Early indications from France training today as to what the starting XI vs Australia will be is as follows: Lloris - Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez - Pogba, Kanté, Tolisso - Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé. (L'Équipe)

        1. Bring the Cavalry
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Mapped back in training then after the injury?

  8. PUMPKINHEAD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Anyone wc'ing gw 2. Are you going with KDB for the craic?

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      nah.

      Kane+Lukaku+Cr7/Suarez

      1. PUMPKINHEAD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Intresting kane

      2. PUMPKINHEAD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        One of the French strikers too

  9. ludaslol
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 7 days ago

    A) Trippier
    B) Careces (double Uruguay D)
    C) Mendy

    For whole group stage, no transfers, no bench. Who would you pick?

  10. Salah'd n Sauce
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    After some tinkering and some great advice I've landed on this

    Lloris
    Godin Hummels Marcelo Meunier Sakai
    Isco Banega Coutinho c.sanchez Carrasco
    Lewan... Griezmann Iwobi

    1. Salah'd n Sauce
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Oops. Szczesny is 2nd keeper

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Not decided yet between Szczesny and Fabianski, the latter looked better in latest games.
      Spain just sacked their manager, Isco might be expensive risk.

      1. Salah'd n Sauce
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        True. And given I think France have the easiest group (only IMO) I may have Lloris in most of the time initially.

        Might be worth going to a cheaper GK and spreading the love a bit.

  11. ddfc
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    what is the best strategy for BB and wildcard??

    thanks

    1. pompeyupnorth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Theres a a few options, check out the hot topics bit for more details...
      In a nutshell I'm thinking BB knockout round 1, so last 16 as extra time could yield more points? but group states could be as good if you are happy with your 15 starting?
      Wildcard- group stages, round 3 probably to cover rotation from teams already qualified etc..

      1. ddfc
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        thanks dude

  12. AYEW KI-EDEN MEE
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Equipe reported XI based on training session -

    Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Tolisso, Kante, Pogba; Mbappe, Griezmann, Dembele

    No Mendy, Sidibe, Matuidi or Giroud.

    1. noquarternt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Surely not Pavard and Hernandez... hrm guess I'll have to just go with Varane.

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      dembele and mbappe interesting picks

    3. noquarternt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      How do they know? Hopefully not a bib ‘theory’.

  13. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    If I already have Coutinho and have no French cover...

    A)Jesus
    B)Mbappe

    1. Firmino
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Mbappe

  14. AusieAllTheWay
    5 months, 7 days ago

    He guys, id really appreciate some feedback 🙂
    GK: Muslera
    Def: Meunier, Mendy, Godin, Trippier
    Mid: Isco, Milinkovic-Savic, Paulinho, Carrasco
    Attack: Jesus, Cavani
    Bench: Matt Ryan, Granqvist, Cueva, Guerrero

    1. trinzoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Mili-Savic playing quite deep, not sold on Guerrero too.

  15. trinzoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Muslera / Uzoho
    Meunier / Danilo / varela / Dalsgaard / Mojica
    JRod / Eriksen / Meza / Belhanda / Aldawsari
    Neymar / Lukaku / Cavani

    RMWCT

    1. Totalfootball
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I want Varela but not sure if he starts both the games.
      You certain he will start ?!

      1. trinzoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        He's training so why not?

  16. deyell
    5 months, 7 days ago

    It looks like Pavard will start vs AUS. Will Sidibe miss at least 2 games?

  17. Totalfootball
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Hegazy or Dalsgard ?

  18. NoWayJose
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Alright what combo would you think is best?

    1) Jesus
    2) Werner

    A)Muller
    B) Coutinho
    D) Eriksen

    1. NoWayJose
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Sorry missed C because I had C Rodriguez but then feel he's kind of nailed for my team in my eyes.

    2. GreennRed
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      1D

    3. Lovefootball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      2D

  19. Dunk mee Jesus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Need help big time down to my 3 strikers, pick 1 please

    A. Lukaku, cavani, messi

    B. Lukaku, suarez, neymar

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      b

    2. Hodor
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      B

  20. Hodor
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Posted on the previous article. quick A or B

    a) Suarez and Griezmann

    B)Kane and Lewandowski/Cavani?

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      a

  21. BananaMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Did a bit of tinkering last night (Basically changed my whole team!)

    With the plan currently being to WCard for round 2:

    Gallese - El Kajoui
    Godin - Kimmich - Meunier - Varela - Akanji
    Di Maria - Eriksen - Mueller - Belhanda - Aljassam
    Lukaku - Cavani - Embolo

    What do you think?
    Thanks

  22. raoulduke71
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Rate my team pls !

    .........................Kasper.......................
    ...Marcelo Godin Kimmich Munier...
    .........James Coutinho Carrasco ........
    ......Cavani Lewandowski Lukaku .......

    Almaiouf/Sanchez/Hamed/Sakai

    1. pompeyupnorth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Looking good imo

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Godin to Varlea and use the 1m to upgrade Sanchez

  23. pompeyupnorth
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    First draft, feedback required please esp on goalie situation and how to improve if required?..Not sure if Almuaiouf will play?

    Almuaiouf (Uzoho)

    Granqvist Idowu Danilo Arnason Hegazy

    Erik Sigs JRod Cout (C Sanchez)

    Jesus Calvani Kaku(C)

    Cheers!

    1. pompeyupnorth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Would be nice to get at least 1 response...Am I on the right track or not?

      1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 7 days ago

        I think you have to give up on one or two of Coutinho and Sigurddson to boost that defence (Couts especially looks redundant when you already have Jesus). Nice frontline.

        1. pompeyupnorth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Cheers.. Was thinking Jesus to Mbappe would probably make it more balanced, but see your point about defence... OR downgrade Cout and upgrade defence probably..At least I am getting somewhere now......
          Nightmare...

  24. GreennRed
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Will Canada, U.S. and Mexico all get byes into WC 2026?

    1. Jᴀʀᴠ oғ Tʜᴇ Gᴀʟ…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      With 48 teams, I imagine so.

      1. GreennRed
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Fecksake. Only one of them a football country. Loads of countries getting pipped in qualification and these lads get it on a plate.

        1. Jᴀʀᴠ oғ Tʜᴇ Gᴀʟ…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 7 days ago

          CONCACAF already had agreed their number of qualifiers for a 48 team tournament would go from 3.5 to 6 - Mexico and USA definitely would have qualified anyway if they weren't hosting - Canada would have been borderline admittedly.

    2. noquarternt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Yeah their bid included all 3 playing their opening matches on the first day.

  25. J0E
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    World Cup Scoutcast getting underway at 1pm.

    Watch live here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fiXETvcTz0

    1. Whats the Mata? (RobboKlopp…
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Looking forward to it 🙂

    2. cmoorebling
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Great 🙂

  26. Whats the Mata? (RobboKlopp…
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Best 4.5m defenders? Except Varela?

    1. Prison Mike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Pavard seems popular and likely to start

    2. Sune
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Mojica, Hakimi, Hegazy, Dalsgaard seem to be the most popular ones on here.

    3. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Pavard, Hakimi, Dalsgaard, among others.

    4. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Akanji as well as those already mentioned

  27. cmoorebling
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Best mid-price mid? Say 7M and under...

    1. L'Aeroplanino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Ziyech

  28. pedjaaaa
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    What do you guys think?

    Cavani - Jesus - Lukaku
    JRod - Meza - Mueller - Carrasco
    Danilo - Varela - Kimmich
    Muslera
    ---------------------
    Uhozo - Meunier - Sanchez - Mojica

  29. samaael
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    ALEXEY
    MIRANCHUK

    1. Jᴀʀᴠ oғ Tʜᴇ Gᴀʟ…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Isn't that the nerve agent used in Salisbury?

  30. jackx13
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 7 days ago

    So, Pogs a decent shout?