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Ballon d’or – golden ball. He hasn’t been available to discuss his scoring, or even his chin stroking and new fuzz.
After the match, he walked past reporters without stopping while holding a mobile phone to an ear.
Elsewhere in group B, Spain chalked up the 1-0 win over Iran at Kazan Arena thanks to a strike from Diego Costa. The forward scored when Ramin Rezaeian’s attempted clearance bounced off the Spaniard’s leg and into the net in the 54th minute.
Iran, with a victory over referee as the got a word in his ear that ‘goalscorer’ Saeid Ezatolahi was in fact offside. The decision was a dagger to Iran’s hopes of pulling off the upset.
In group A, Luis Suarez put both Uruguay and host Russia into the second round while eliminating Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time.
Suarez scored the winning goal in his 100th international appearance for Uruguay, knocking in a corner from Carlos Sanchez in the 23rd minute to give the two-time champions a 1-0 victory over the Saudis.