Russia 2018 became a reality 8 years after it was awarded the hosting rights. It has been the most entertaining edition of the World Cup in the 21st century. The favorites of god were no good to the underdog’s will to win.
Who would have thought Belgium, Croatia and England would be three of the last four in the competition. Germany, Spain, Brazil, Argentina had all been eliminated before the semifinals stage. This world cup has defied all expectations to give yet another summer classic.
At the end of 64 matches, France emerged victorious as they lifted their second title to become champions of the world yet again. With just one 0-0 draw in the entire tournament, Russia 2018 has been an epitome of entertainment for the past one month. While this may have been a forgetful tournament for a few, it has become an unforgettable one for many.
The success of Japan will inspire an entire continent of Asia as this world cup has been the best outing for Asian countries.
As Qatar prepares for 2022, this world cup has given new hope for the underdogs, reminding the favorites that World Cup is the stage where the unexpected happens and the expected one can disappoint. A platform where a nation’s prowess is decided by sheer hard work and will and not by its flamboyance.
A total of 169 goals were scored in this quadrennial football competition at an average of 2.64 goals per match. Let’s take a look back and see some of best goals scored throughout the tournament : (In no particular order)
Denis Cheryshev vs Saudi Arabia :
Alexandar Kolarov Vs Costa Rica :
Phillipe Coutinho vs Switzerland :
Toni Kroos vs Sweden :
Luka Modric vs Argentina :
Dries Mertens vs Panama :
Nacho vs Portugal :
Granit Xhaka vs Serbia :
Ricardo Quaresma vs Iran :
Ahmed Musa vs Iceland :
Nacer Chadli vs Japan :
Angel Di Maria vs France :
Kevin De Bruyne vs Brazil :
Benjamin Pavard vs Argentina :
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