AP. Pictured: Senegal celebrating a goal
Matchday 6 of the World Cup started with two upsets, Japan (+397) over Colombia, and Senegal (+242) over Poland, but ended with favorites Russia (-106) crushing Egypt.
Here’s a look at the rest of the betting results and game recaps from Tuesday.
Match #17: Russia vs. Egypt (Group A)
Result: Russia 3-1 Egypt
Moneyline: Russia -106
Spread: Russia -0.5 (-106)
Total: Over 2 (-112)
Egypt were a trendy underdog pick (45% of bets) with Mo Salah returning to the starting lineup, but the story of this match was all Russia. After a 0-0 first half, Russia scored less than two minutes into the second half from an own goal and the floodgates opened from there.
The hosts then scored in the 59th and 62nd minutes, both in fantastic fashion. This was Russia’s third goal:
Egypt got a goal back from a Salah penalty kick with less than twenty minutes remaining but that was it. Russia now leads Group A with 6 points while Egypt are essentially eliminated with 0 points.
Match #16: Poland vs. Senegal (Group H)
Result: Poland 1-2 Senegal
Moneyline: Senegal +242
Spread: Senegal PK (+130)
Total: Over 2 (-108)
In just their second World Cup appearance, Senegal put in an impressive performance to beat Poland 2-1.
After going up 2-0, Senegal conceded a goal in the 86th minute to make it a very nervy finish, but it was certainly a feel-good win.
Match #15: Colombia vs. Japan (Group H)
Result: Colombia 1-2 Japan
Moneyline: Japan +400
Spread: Japan +0.5 (+105)
Total: Over 2 (-108)
It took until the 15th match for the tournament’s first red card to be handed out as Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez was sent off for a handball in the 3rd minute.
Japan scored the subsequent PK to go up 1-0 but couldn’t muster much the rest of the half despite the man advantage. Late in the first half, Colombia tied it 1-1 on a smart but soft free kick goal:
Colombia was hanging on for much of the second half until Japan took the lead in the 73rd minute to go up 2-1. Colombia had some late opportunities but Japan stood tall for the 2-1 victory. The +400 payout is the third largest of the tournament so far (Mexico +580 vs. Germany, Argentina-Iceland Draw +444).
It was the first win for an Asian country against a South American country in the history of the World Cup.
Colombia’s 3rd minute red card was the second-fastest in World Cup history. Japan’s PK goal was the fastest in their team’s World Cup history.