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That Was The Weekend That Was

That Was The Weekend That Was
Monday,July 9,2018

After England made it to their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, i’m sure like us, you still haven’t fully recovered from a weekend of celebrating! Gareth Southgate’s men have been the toast of the nation and do it all again on Wednesday against Croatia. Unfortunately, fellow Englishmen Kyle Edmund, Lewis Hamilton and the cricket team couldn’t keep the English sporting momentum going, in what was a fine weekend of action. Here’s a round-up of who won what across our array of pools:


World Cup quarter-final Match Pools: Belgium against Brazil on Friday night lived up to all the hype, with both sides putting on a World Cup classic, with Belgium booking their first semi-final since 1986. A Fernandinho own goal gave Roberto Martinez’ men an early lead, which was doubled through Kevin De Bruyne’s fine strike. In an end-to-end encounter, Brazil finally got one back through substitute Renato Augusto, but Thibaut Courtois produced several outstanding saves to deny the Brazilians from taking it into extra time. Parilla finished on top of our 85 runner £2 Match Pool to scoop £67, correctly predicting a Belgium win, Banking De Bruyne to score and picking an own goal to be scored.


The hopes of a nation were dashed on Saturday night as hosts Russia suffered a heartbreaking defeat on penalties, to Croatia. In a scrappy affair, the dream looked like continuing as Denis Cheryshev put the home side ahead on 31 minutes, but Andrej Kramaric equalised shortly after. Neither side could take the initiative until Domagoj Vida gave Croatia the lead in extra time but Mario Fernandes made it 2-2 with five minutes left of the second period to send the match into penalties, the second shoot out for both sides. Ivan Rakitic was the hero once more, with his deciding spot kick setting up a semi-final with England. Withnail160 won £67 in our £2 pool, for Banking a draw - Match Pools don’t include penalties - and picking Cheryshev to score at anytime.


England’s biggest game for 12 years didn’t disappoint, with a comfortable 2-0 victory against Sweden to send the country into euphoria. England looked fairly in control in a scrappy first half an hour, and took the lead through Harry Maguire, another set-piece goal from the Three Lions. While Southgate’s men dominated for the most part, Jordan Pickford had to make several outstanding saves, sandwiched in between Dele Alli’s header to seal a first major semi-final clash since 1996.


In our 118 runner £2 pool, LaPlonk and Scottrovers88 won £66 each for finishing joint top. Both players correctly predicted an England win, Banked Maguire to score at anytime and for Seb Larsson to pick up a card.


It’s just two days until the Three Lions take on Croatia in an historic semi-final, with a place in the final for the first time since 1966 up for grabs. Predict if football is one step closer to coming home in our Match Pool, which has at least £300 guaranteed.


Quarter-final Coupon & 5-A-Side: Tristan Chaplin bagged £106 for finishing top of our £2 Coupon, correctly predicting wins for France, Belgium, England and a draw between Croatia and Russia, while also scoring points for selecting three or more goals to be scored in the Belgium v Brazil match, and four or more in Croatia’s victory. Tristan also added £95 to his successful weekend, by finishing top in our Fantasy 5-A-Side for the last eight, with his winning team of Pickford as Banker, Diego Godin, Philippe Coutinho, Luka Modric and Romelu Lukaku.


England v India 3rd T20: india drew first blood by winning the first series of their summer tour of England, with a seven wicket victory in the deciding T20. England looked like they were set for a mammoth score when Jos Buttler and Jason Roy were smashing it to all parts, putting on 94 together inside eight overs. But the loss of regular wickets, thanks to Hardik Pandya’s 4-38, restricted them to 198-9 - still an imposing total but just about par on a fine wicket for batting. So it proved, as Rohit Sharma smashed his way to his third T20I ton off just 56 balls, with Virat Kohli chipping in with 43, and Pandya hammering 33 off 14, to seal a comfortable win with eight balls remaining.  


Shaunfoster1 picked up £52 in our Fantasy Pick 5, for his team of Alex Hales, Roy as Banker, Pandya, Adil Rashid and Yuzvendra Chahal, while mfcgadge won just under £20 in our Match Predictor.


Edmund v Djokovic Match Pool: There are no British players left in the Wimbledon singles as Kyle Edmund fell to a 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 defeat against three-time champion Novak Djokovic in the third round. Edmund, seeded 21st, looked like adding to the country’s feel good factor after going a set up, but Djokovic showed why he is a three-time champion, powering back to drop just nine games in the next three sets and progress to round four. The Yog was victorious in our Match Pool, Banking a Djokovic win, selecting four sets to be played and the first set to last 10 games.


British Grand Prix Pick 6: Lewis Hamilton fell further behind in the F1 drivers standings, finishing second to leader Sebastian Vettel at Silverstone. Hamilton managed to recover from a first-lap collision to take second place but is now eight points behind Vettel, after failure to secure victory in his home GP. Kevsreds45 won our Fantasy Pick 6, for his team of Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Pierre Gasly and Sergey Sirotkin.  

What’s coming up this week at i-pools: It’s another exciting week of sport, with Wimbledon continuing and there’s daily Coupons to play. England and India face off in the first of three ODI’s from Thursday, with Fantasy and Prediction games open for each match. The World Cup semi-finals take centre stake, with Belgium facing France tomorrow night and the whole country will be watching as England play Croatia on Wednesday. We’ve got a Fantasy, Coupon and Match Pools to play with plenty to be won so get your predictions in!


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