Comrade of the Day: Matchday 15

29 June 2018, 13:26
Life After Football

And just like that, 46 games of World Cup group stage football have passed us by.

So many heroes, a fair few villains, and a lot of moments to enjoy from (almost) all of them. We've been picking our player of the day, our standout performer, our Comrade of the Day, for each and every one of the fifteen days of football we've had so far.

From Ronaldo to Cho Hyun-woo, there has been a variety of winners and a variety of reasons why they took the title. For Matchday 15, it's quite simple, really. Adnan Januzaj is our Comrade of the Day for the wonderful goal he scored against England last night.

It was an odd game as the two top teams in Group G met with the underlying reality of a favourable draw for whoever came out worse. It made for a low-tempo game at times but not one without a lack of quality on the field despite two heavily rotated sides. It became an opportunity for players usually on the bench to stake their claim for a starting berth or at least the chance to stick in the mind of their respective coaches when in need of a change.

For Adnan Januzaj, a man once eligible to play for England, it was a chance to do just that and a chance to hush some of his critics from his days in the Premier League. Despite early promise, the Belgian never quite cut it at Old Trafford, so a few England fans would've scoffed at the sight of him in this particular Red Devils squad. But no-one was laughing when Adnan whipped in one of the goals of the World Cup, so far.

The way he jinked past his marker was impressive enough, creating space with amazing footwork. But then, with one marvellous whip of his left-foot, he sealed the game. He was the standout performer in a match full of players hoping to make an impression and for that, Adnan Januzaj is our Comrade of the Day for the final day of group game football.

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