Fifa World Cup 2018: The Final 16
The FIFA World Cup 2018 is currently the most talked about the event all over the world. With the group stage coming to an end, we already have seen few spectacular games. It has been a great tournament so far with its ups and downs. There has been some obtrusive display of skills, team strategy, and splendid goal scoring. All the teams especially the countries with less experience and being new in the tournament have given the higher ranking teams a run for their money. There are plenty of promising young footballers with great skills and talent. This is the platform where the upcoming talents and the dark horse get to showcase their flair of playing.
Yesterday there were two matches featuring the last match day of the E and F groups. While Brazil and Switzerland (Group E) proceeded to the next stage of the tournament, defending champions Germany failed to make it to the knockout stages from group F. It has become a tradition for the defending champions to make early exits from the group stages. France did not qualify for knockout playoffs in 2002 having won the tournament in 1998, this trait has been followed ever since, with Italy in 2010, Spain in 2014 and now Germany all having won the world cup on just the previous occasions. Thus, Sweden and Mexico made it to the next stage of the world cup from Group F.
Sweden had a fairly easy game to beat the Mexicans 3-0. However, both of them made it to the next round to face Switzerland and Brazil respectively. The Swedish team now has reached the round of 16 on each of the last four occasions in which they have qualified to play in the tournament. The Mexicans took this tally up to 8 despite losing in the final group stage match. Germany had a disastrous outing. This was perhaps their worst venture ever on the world stage. The Germans are always the favorites to win the tournament given their aggressive style of playing displaying European supremacy over their Latin American rivals. They played unexpectedly their worst game ever barely able to secure the only win in the controversial match against Sweden. The world saw an upbeat, energetic South Korea routing the baffled Germans 2-0. The Germans played a seriously degrading quality of football as they were not able to convert the opportunities and lacked creativity. To add insult to injury, when a desperate victory was required the star-studded side surrendered two goals during the added time to Kim Young-Gwon and Son Heung-min. Coach Joachim Low was utterly disappointed so were the optimistic fans who were unable to deal this blow.
Switzerland drew with Costa Rica, with Swiss now has progressed to the next stage on four out of five occasions. Brazilians, utterly excited with the result of Germany (due to the infamous 7-1 defeat in 2014 in the semifinal), had an easy game with Serbia with Paulinho and Thiago Silva scoring with the useful assists from Neymar, Marcelo, and Felipe Luis. Although they failed to make the most of their chances, they were content with the result.