The 2018 FIFA World Cup didn’t take long to reach fever pitch.

Gameday 1 of the world’s biggest sporting event produced much of what we love about soccer. We’ve seen thrilling games such as Portugal vs. Spain, which included Cristiano Ronaldo’s outstanding individual performance and great goals like Nacho’s and, of course, one of the bigger upsets in tournament history in Mexico’s win over Germany, the defending world champion. There’s also this.

And these storylines only are surface-level reasons why the 2018 World Cup in Russia is shaping up to be special and perhaps unforgettable. Our experts, NESN.com’s Nick Goss, Marc DiBenedetto and Marcus Kwesi O’Mard, break down the first round of games and preview what fans can expect later in the tournament on this week’s episode of “The NESN Soccer Podcast,” which you can listen to here.

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