2018 has been a year of surprises in the football history. From Mohamed Salah’s amazing performance to Sergio Ramos being the most hated footballer on earth. Or Sunil Chettri equaling Messi’s record of 64 goals and only behind Ronaldo in most international goals. 2014 World Cup was a blast.
But that‘s not all, we had WORLD CUP this year which was nothing less than a roller coaster ride. People from all around the globe supported and cheered for their respective favorites/countries whereas some traveled to Russia to watch their players and teams live in action.
This year there have been major turn around and upsets for the fans where one can simply not predict or guess an outcome because “Anything is possible in Russia”.
Russia being the hosts had the opportunity to star in the very first match against Saudi Arabia which the hosts dominated and crushed Saudi by 5 Nil. Major teams like Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Argentina were the favorites for the tournament but God had other plans for them.
Former Champions Germany
They started the bumming out party when they lost their opening game to a comparatively weaker team” Mexico” which upset many fans around the globe. But they bounced back in their second game with a fantastic last minute free-kick goal by T.Kroos against Sweden to still keep their chances alive.
Unfortunately, their last game was disaster due to the immense pressure and conditions to qualify for the round of 16. They lost 2 nil against South Korea and were shown the way to the airport. Upset fans showed their anger towards the German players mainly targeting Mesut Ozil.
2010 Champions Spain
They started decently with a draw against Portugal and Morocco and a win against Iran. Secured their place in the round of 16. Little did their fans know of what’s coming. They were shown the exit from the World Cup by the underdogs Russia in penalties.
The 2 times Champions Argentina
They started their World Cup journey poorly with a draw against Iceland and a devastating loss against Croatia but somehow managed to reach the round of 16 with a win against Nigeria with plenty of wonderful moments like Messi scoring his only goal this World Cup and Maradona enjoying the match to the fullest.
But all this was not enough to keep their momentum against France. The match was one of the best in the World Cup with a good nail biting competition. The match ended with a score of 4-3 with France reaching the quarter finals and Argentina returning home.
Ronaldo fans were teasing their arch rival Messi’s fans but karma always comes back and that’s what happened.
The Portugal side started strongly with a draw against Spain and Iran together with a win against Morocco. Their opponents in the round of 16 were Uruguay who had been performing well in this World Cup. Uruguay dominated the game with Cavani scoring 2 goals but Portugal only managed to score 1. Uruguay reached the quarter finals and Portugal reached the Russian Airport.
The last entry in this list is the 5 times Champions Brazil who kick start their World Cup nicely with 2 wins and 1 draw in the group stage to reach the round of 16. They faced Mexico whom they defeated brutally with a 2 nil score line.
Unfortunately, they were not able to get the job done against the strong Belgium side. Belgium used the famous “Park the bus” strategy to defend the 2 goal lead. Brazil on the other hand lost a lot of chances and managed to score only once. It made its way back home whereas Belgium went to the Semi-Finals.
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