The knockout stages has begun and it’s all drama of who will advance and who will go home.
Uruguay 2-1 Portugal
Uruguay advances to the quarterfinals after a 2-1 win over Portugal. I knew this game will be a tight game as both sides are compact, they defend well and it only took 7 minutes to open the scoring. Luis Suarez with a world class cross to Cavani who met that ball perfectly and he made it 1-0. Second half started and Portugal hit back when a unmarked Pepe heads it in to make it 1-1 but Uruguay wasn’t gonna give up as Cavani wrapped his shot and curled it brilliantly past the keeper to make it 2-1. He’s been on fire recently and it’s a sight of things to come for Uruguay as they look like underdogs but they will have to check on Cavani’s injury but brilliant result for Uruguay. As for Portugal they will go home as Ronaldo may retire considering he’s 33 and the next World Cup he will be 37 so maybe it’s time to rebuild as in the future they have to defend their trophy for the Euro’s
Russia 1-1 Spain (Russia won 4-3 on Penalties)
Russia have done the impossible as they shock the world by knocking Spain out on Penalties. I said for a while that Spain didn’t do well and they would struggle after sacking the manager, not taking key players, not having a plan B and it was going to happen at some point. They took lead from a own goal but Russia hit back after a handball from Pique which was criminal defender from somebody of his quality. The big man Dzuyba stepped up and made it 1-1 just before half time. I don’t really need to talk about the second half because Spain was as dry as burnt dried fish in a cupboard, and Russia just have to defend for their lives. It went to Penalties, and the pressure was on. Russia was brilliant when taking the penalties and Akinfeev was the hero for Russia.
France 4-3 Argentina
It was a World Cup classic as France beat Argentina 4-3 and Mbappe send’s Messi home. It started well when Mbappe was like road runner as his pace was too much for Rojo as a penalty was awarded. Griezmann stepped up and made it 1-0. Then out of nowhere Di Maria scored an absolute thundertwat right into the top corner to make it 1-1 just before half time. Then Argentina took the lead when Messi’s shot deflects of Mercado which gave Lloris no chance. The all of a sudden Pavard who 99% of people including myself never heard of him and he has produced one of the best goals of this World Cup to bring France back into the game. Then the boy wonder Kylian Mbappe with a Thierry Henry performance as he torn Argentina apart with his first goal and then he made it 4-2 with a calm composed finish which is similar to Henry. Aguero got one back to make it 4-3 but it was too late by then. Messi will possibly retire again from Argentina after a World Cup he would want to forget but France they have the mentality of champions.
Denmark 1-1 Croatia (Croatia won 3-2 on Penalties)
Croatia had to work hard to beat Denmark 3-2 on penalties to face Russia. It started so fast as Denmark open the scoring after a minute from Jorgensen, Then Croatia hit back with Mandzukic but after nothing else really happen. There was a decisive penalty in extra time which Modric stepped up but Schmeichel saved it to go to a penalty shootout. The shootout was so intense as both keepers were on fire but there was one winner which was Croatia as Rakitic scored the decisive penalty to send Croatia into the quarterfinals against Russia. As for Denmark Schmeichel kept his country in the game for a long time and his dad Peter and all of Denmark should be proud of what Denmark have achieved.
Brazil VS Mexico
Brazil advance to the quarterfinals after a 2-0 win over Mexico as Neymar was key to keep his country in the World Cup. The first half was even as both teams was at each other having chance after chance. Brazil’s football was excellent with Coutinho, Nneymar, Willian doing what Brazilians do best. Second half chages when Neymar cuts in and places a back heal to Willian who squared it back to Neymar to make it 1-0. Brilliant from Brazil. I have to give credit to Mexico’s goalkeeper Ochoa who made save after save to Mexico alive in this world cup but the damage was done when Neymar again, I know we critizise his price tag and his diving but you can’t deny talent as he crossed it to Firmino so seal the victory as Brazil once again made it to the last 8.
Sweden 1-0 Switzerland
Just to be clear there’s nothing to talk about in this game because literally nothing really shocking happen, because both teams were poor and really no importance apart from who will face England. But now we know it will be Sweden will face England in the quarterfinals.
Belguim 3-2 Japan
Belgium went on to beat Japan 3-2 after being 2-0 down which was a astonishing comeback from Belguim. The first half we just won’t talk about because nothing really happened but as the second half kicked off that’s when the drama came alive. Japan really changed the game by being 1-0 up but 2-0 up to shock Belguim, everyone was so surprised about what has happen but then Vertonghen scored an incredible header to give Belguim a lifeline. But then Fellani who came on and completed the comeback with another header. But then one counter attack from Belguim which cam from a Japan corner, De Bruyne passes it to Meunier who squares to Lukaku who dummies it to West Brom player Nacer Chadli to break Japanese hearts. Brazil will face Belguim and that will be cracking game to watch potentially and this World Cup will get better.
Columbia 1-1 England (England won 4-3 on penalties)
In all my years of football, I’ve never seen England win a penalty shootout and this team has the never say die attitude that we have been missing over the years. What Gareth Southgate have done with this squad of player, is that they all young, hungry to succeed, and play attractive football. It’s all paid of, Kane on fire with 6 goals, Pickford making a world class save in this game, defenders are calm and composed and we actually won a penalty shootout. Colombia was without James Rodriguez which was a big blow as with him, Colombia would be a nightmare but it was good that he wasn’t fit to play. I don’t want to jinx it but I do think it’s coming home as I don’t really see anything wrong with England right now. As for Colombia they will go back as maybe they will rebuild and try again four years later.
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