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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
Monday,June 18,2018

The World Cup has certainly started with a bang and hasn’t disappointed so far with last minute drama, missed penalties and couple of shocks to keep us on our toes. We’re loving it here at i-pools, with plenty to play for in our daily World Cup games, especially over the past weekend. If you thought that was more than enough, we also paid out big prizes in our US Open and England v Australia ODI pools, and here’s a look at who won what across our array of stand out games:


World Cup Match Pools: With at least £100 guaranteed in our Match Pool for every single game of the World Cup, and £300 for the day’s big clash, there’s always plenty up for grabs for predicting the key action.


Saturday started with an entertaining encounter between France and Australia, with the much fancied French side edging their Aussie counterparts 2-1. It wasn’t without controversy as VAR awarded France a penalty just before the hour, after Antoine Griezmann was brought down, which looked like a harsh decision. Griezmann buried the spot kick but Mile Jedinak equalised with a penalty of his own shortly after before Paul Pogba’s deflected effort won it late on for his side. MFCGadge scooped £52 for finishing top of our 62 runner £2 Match Pool, for correctly predicting a France win, three or more goals to be scored and Banking Jedinak to score at anytime.


Iceland held Argentina to a 1-1 draw on their World Cup debut, with Alfred Finnbogason cancelling out Sergio Aguero’s fine opener. Lionel Messi saw his spot kicked saved and had multiple chances to win it for Argentina but Iceland proved too stubborn a nut to crack. Garytrinity and Tristan chaplin both won £37 in our £2 pool for finishing joint top, after both Banking the draw, two or fewer goals to be scored and correctly predicting the anytime goalscorer.


Mexico stunned defending champions Germany 1-0, with an excellent performance against a below par German side. Hirving Lozano’s brilliant finish in the first half proved to be the difference but the Mexicans fully deserved their victory for a high octane attacking display. Swillyboy took home just under £60 in our Match Pool, with a Mexico win scoring 280 of their 360 points as Banker.


The tournament favourites continued to falter as Switzerland held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in another game marred by VAR controversy. Philippe Coutinho’s stunner looked like being business as usual for Brazil but Steven Zuber, who appeared to push defender Miranda before heading home, equalised to earn the Swiss a deserved point. Tristan Chaplin won £90 of the guaranteed £200 in our £2 Match Pool, Banking the draw, while correctly predicting two or fewer goals to be scored and nine or fewer corners to be taken.


World Cup Daily 5-A-Side: Among our daily offering this World Cup is our Fantasy 5-A-Side for each day of the tournament. On Saturday, ShaunFoster1 secured £62 for his winning team which included Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel in goal, who scored 23 points for helping his side keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win against Peru. Luka Modric scored 14 for netting a penalty in Croatia’s 2-0 win against Nigeria, while Griezmann as Banker scored 24 points, after he too scored from the spot.


WarrensWinners and Markws won £37 each for finishing joint top of our 5-A-Side on Sunday. Both players had Aleksandar Kolarov as defender, whose stunning free-kick helped Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0, Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri, and Javier Hernandez of Mexico.


England v Australia 2nd ODI: England went 2-0 up in the five match ODI series, with a comfortable 38 run win, despite Shaun Marsh’s heroics. Jason Roy struck 120, with Jos Buttler chipping in with an unbeaten 91 off just 70 balls to lift England to 342-8. All hope looked lost when Australia slipped to 164-5 but Shaun Marsh smashed a superb century, but was eventually dismissed for 131 as the Aussies could only muster 304 all out. LuvHandyls was victorious in our £2 Pick 5, winning £50, with Marsh and Buttler scoring big, but Liam Plunkett, who took 4-53, was the highest scorer bagging 223 as Banker.


US Open Fantasy Fourballs: In an enthralling final day, Brooks Koepka retained his US Open title with a one-shot victory over Tommy Fleetwood. The American’s two under par 68 in the final round was enough to deny Englishman Fleetwood his first major title, whose seven under round of 63 was the joint-lowest in US Open history. World number one Dustin Johnson finished third on three over. FlopMyNutz scooped £200 of the £500 guaranteed, for their winning team of winner and runner-up Koepka and Fleetwood, with Webb Simpson and Jimmy Walker also making up their Fourball team.


What’s coming up this week at i-pools: Our World Cup daily Match Pools, 5-A-Side and Predictor continue, with England getting their campaign underway against Tunisia tonight. England’s cricketers could wrap up the series in tomorrow’s third ODI against Australia, with a Fantasy and Predictor game to enjoy.


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