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

Our editor’s Fantasy World Cup tips as told to Proper Sport

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

    https://mobile.twitter.com/cesc4official/status/1006842558868344832

    Fabregas waiting for the call 😉

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

    Pogba or erikson??

    1. Prison Mike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Eriksen for me

    2. deyell
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Erikson easily

      • GreennRed
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Eriksen.

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

      Neymar, Lukaku & ....

      A) Suarez

      B) Griezmann

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

        Cavani 😉

    4. BlzE_94
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Pick one please:

      A) Aldawsari + Sabaly

      B) Inui + Pavard

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 2 days ago

        B

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

      Any thoughts?

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

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

      Is it possible to fit Messi + Neymar in?

      Midfield of Isco Eriksen + 3x5.0 ??

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

      ALEXEY
      MIRANCHUK

      listed as mid playing striker

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

        Is he nailed?

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

          yes

        2. Prøfeßor Bear …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 2 days ago

          He's unlikely to start, never mind nailed.

      2. Eden Wizard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 2 days ago

        lol

    8. L'Aeroplanino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 days ago

      #WengerIN

    9. Gazpilicueta
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Alrightyroo

      tear me apart please everyone, how to make this better?

      Muslera, Uzoho
      Meiuner, danilo, varela, hakimi, idowu
      James, Eriksen, Meza, Cueva, Aldawsari
      Neymar, Lewandowski, Lukaku

      comments and critique welcome, love it or hate it?

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

        Nice team! Personally not a big fan of Aldawsari or Idowu but with your strikers being so expensive you have no choice. The rest is solid.

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

          thank you!.

          so your personal prefence would be downgrade a striker to upgrade those mids? hmmm, i think i wanna go with the big guns.

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

            I totally get that. Your advantage is that one of your big guns, lewa, is playing on the last day, and by then you which of your weeaker players didnt get points and replace him with that player.

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

        Front three strength is impacting rest of team but in a short format like WC where lots games could be 1 goal maybe that's fine. I seriously contemplating 5-3-2 after group stage.

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

          Thanks for the input dude. I really like those 3 strikers 🙂 and i dont feel like im missing out on anyone thats super amazing, know what i mean? like which players under 10 mil am i missing?

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

      best 4.5 and 5.0 fodder mids?

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

        colombian sanchez and nando?

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

          have those 2 but it looks like they are a waste of space. More defensive with Sanchez and Nando is an unknown quantity

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

            Nandez*

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

        nandez looks good

        1. Klopptomist - Guardiolas of…
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Does he though? Look at attacking stats

    11. JJO
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Argentina and Saudi Arabia 1st GKs?
      Anyone have an idea?

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

        Cabballero and dont know/care

      2. Eden Wizard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Can't you use Google? 4.0 Al-Mouaif

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

        thanks guys
        Yeah i 'used google' but havent followed articles or talk here so wanted to here yout opinion too

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

      With the latest news about Spain... how do we think Spain will do? Does this reduce the potential/nailedness of Spain assets?

      1. jackx13
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 2 days ago

        They will crash out in the group stage IMO the pop-tarts they are..

    13. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Can't wait for Tim Cahill to ruin Pavards clean sheet in the 89th and bring France to a 1-1 draw

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

        im australian, that wont be happening. he can barely move. struggling in championship with the 3 mins he gets a game

        1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 2 days ago

          World cup atmosphere might light the old dog's fires... 😛
          We'll see. I think France may manage to concede to Australia.

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

            true, didnt expect it last WC either...

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

      surprised at the amount of good options the masses have missed on this forum

      1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 2 days ago

        Like? Tbh there are a few options who seem to be slept on atm like J. Gudmundsson. Nothing big though

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

          miranchuk and the iranian striker

          1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Ugh, had about two paragraphs in reply to this but because I said "sh1t" unknowingly it all got deleted. An abbreviated version of that answer is Russia are in woeful form and Iran will bd oriented on defence.

          2. Eden Wizard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 months, 2 days ago

            and Miranchuk doesn't play

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

        Moroccan defence. 4 goals conceded, 6 cleansheets in last 10 games. Not great opposition granted. Their striker looks lively too.

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

      Help much appreciated! In a different fantasy game which one would you prefer:

      A) Meunier + Isco
      B) Vertongen/Boating/Danilo + Hazard (as a midfielder)

      The two options cost the same, and it should be for all 3 group matches preferably.

      Thanks!

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

      Jesus+Mueller or Werner+Eriksen? Got Coutinho. Thx

    17. Whats the Mata? (RobboKlopp…
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      Muslera - Uzoho
      Meunier - Danilo - Mojica - _____ - _____
      JRod - Coutinho - Ljajic - Cueva - AlDawsari
      Werner - Cavani - Lukaku

      Which combo is better?

      A. Trippier + Varela
      Or
      B. Godin + 4.5m def

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

        aldawsari wont do anything

    18. Salah'd n Sauce
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 2 days ago

      How is Thomas Müller still only 28 ??

      Given he is in Midfield (for the McDonalds one anyway) is he worth a shout?
      Not sure what kind of gametime he'll get but managed 15 goals for Bayern this season...

      I

      1. Myz
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Mueller is almost a lock for me. Great point potential.

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

          Since Werner has come into the team, he's taken a lot of the attacking points. I think in the 4 games they have played together, Werner has 4 goals and Muller has 1

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

            Yeah and what I like about Werner is he flies under some of the casual radars as not everyone has heard of him.

            As much as I like Mueller I can't squeeze him in.
            There are some great combinations of players going about.

            Roll on kick off

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

        Varanenand Lloris the only seemingly nailed French defenders now?

        How about Uruguay? Muslera Giminez Godin?

        Cheers!

        1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 2 days ago

          Much rather have a Uruguayan defender than a French one anyway. Godin the more traditionally threatening one.

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

        Which is the better combo? Leaning A but means no captain for last day

        A) Mueller & Mbappe
        B) Ozil & Lewandowski

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

          well mbappe is injured so thats an easy question

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

            Is that confirmed? Heard he went out injured, but then took to twitter to reassure he was fine...

            1. Myz
                6 months, 2 days ago

                That doesn't sound very promising though, considering they'll be playing 3 games/week.
                I took Mbappe out for Griezmann, not taking the risk there.

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

          How's it looks?
          Caballero
          Meunier - kimmich - godin - Danilo
          Di Maria - coutinho - cueva
          Messi - jesus - cavani
          Bench: uzoho - sabaly - ndaiye - c.sanchez
          I'm thinking about bringing Werner, but can't decide know how

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

            * decide how

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

            2 4.5 mids? There is a touch of value amongst 5-6.5 mids IMO but you have Messi and decent D so it depends on personal philosophy

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

          Any good french midfielders im looking past????

          1. Prøfeßor Bear …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Why so many question marks?

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

              Sorry !!!!!!!!

              1. Klopptomist - Guardiolas of…
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 2 days ago

                😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

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

              Why so many questions and not one answer

          2. Myz
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Kanté is worth a shot. Best value at this price level of 6.

              1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 2 days ago

                You clearly don't know much about football.

              2. Eden Wizard
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                6 months, 2 days ago

                AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAA

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

              Nah, wouldn't touch any of them.

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

              Have you ever helped anyone on this site? Serious question

          3. jackx13
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Why no love for Pogba around here. Surely he will have the freedom to roam and won't be held back byt Mourinho tactics.

          4. BlzE_94
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            I'm guessing Inui is the best 4.5 mid to get right?

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

              Only problem is he’s playing last day so you’ll have to bring him in not knowing if he’ll play. I’d rather risk him than a guaranteed non scoring 4.5 like kvist though if I was going to have one

          5. Tha Kidd
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Does anyone know if you can use your substitutions to change your formation during the round? E.g. swapping a midfielder on the pitch with a defender on the bench, thus changing from a 3-4-3 to a 4-3-3.

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

              yep, as long as the basic rules are met (2 def, 2 mid 1 striker i think) and the player coming on hasnt played yet.

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

              Yes but do the sub and let formation change itself. Changing formation before sub caused problems last tome where it took players off for you and you couldn’t get them back

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

            Peoples thots on lemar??? Worth picking??? And worth picking over erikson???

            1. Klopptomist - Guardiolas of…
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Nah

          7. Vikram Solanki
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            RMT

            Muslera - Uzoho
            Kimmich - Meunier - Varela - Pavard - Sabaly
            Coutinho - Eriksen - J Rod - Meza - Aldawsari
            Neymar - Lukaku - de Arrascaeta

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

              veeeery nice 🙂

              personally i went lewandowski over coutinho, but your team is great.

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

              will meza start?

          8. -GK22-
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 2 days ago

            Is it sensible to drop

            Danilo & El Kajoui

            For

            Packard & Pickford

          9. Jasi_88
              6 months, 2 days ago

              Isco or Willian?

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

                willian.

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

              kostic paying low dollars in first goalscorer markets