World Cup 2018: Group Stage Round 3 Recap

29 Jun

And into the knockout stage we go! It wouldn’t be the men’s World Cup without high drama, fake drama, hard eye-rolling, bored sighs, compelling narratives, and trash hot takes. Having so much of all this in just two weeks makes me wonder what’s coming in the next four. 😟

It also wouldn’t be the men’s World Cup without the ‘Peez trying to make some moves. Last time we were gifted Keylor, Toni, and James. Thoughts on who may be on the radar this go around? As for possible escapees, I get the sense Toni is bored and in need of a new challenge. Or maybe I’m just projecting.

BTW, did you read this article about Di Maria and how the club refused to allow him to play in the 2014 final? More insight into how dirty money triumphs over honest emotion.

Egyptian keeper Mohamed El-Shenawy refused his man of the match trophy promoting a little conversation about FIFA and Budweiser’s tone deafness. It’s not hard to be culturally aware, people.

Speaking of Egypt, they managed to release two different team sheets prior to their last game. The first was released by the Egyptian FA and did not include Salah. The second was released by FIFA and it included Salah. Calamitous. It’s like the Egyptian FA want him to quit even though they wouldn’t be at the World Cup without him. Here’s hoping this doesn’t go the Messi route and turn into a poop storm of assignations and wailing and faux macho bravado.

Speaking of Argentina, I loved this story of leaked text messages from Diego Simeone about Argentina’s performances. It never ends with that country.

To cleanse your palate, The Telegraph have a great piece on what the World Cup means to Panama. Though, didn’t the Greeks bring football to England?

World Cup 2018 By Numbers and Photos

Largest attendance: Russia vs Saudi Arabia, 78,011
Lowest attendance: Egypt vs Uruguay, 27,015
Average attendance: 44,159
Total goals: 122
Hat-tricks: 2
Braces: 8
Penalty kicks: 24
Penalty goals: 18
Own goals: 8
Goals: Harry Kane ENG (5)
Assists: Viktor Claesson SWE, Juan Quintero COL, Wahbi Khazri TUN, Aleksandr Golovin RUS, James Rodríguez, Carlos Sánchez URU, Youri Tielemans BEL (2)
Shots (excl blocked): Aleksandar Mitrovic SER (13)
Chances created: Mesut Özil (11)
Passes: Sergio Ramos (324)
Saves: Guillermo Ochoa (17)

Yellow cards: 158
Red cards: 3
Most fouls on a single player: 10 (Switzerland vs Neymar)

Group A: Uruguay (3) vs Russia (0)

Same ol’ Godin
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The Walk of Red Card Shame
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“Is it in? Did it go in?”
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Not quite how headers work
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Acrobatics
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Group A: Saudi Arabia (2) vs Egypt (1)

😍
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😊
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Celebration
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Group B: Iran (1) vs Portugal (1)

No amount of besos was getting that ball in
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Tension
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Age ain’t nothin’ but a number
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Teamming
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Group B: Spain (2) vs Morocco (2)

Bested
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Ninja header
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“I have an extra blazer you can borrow”
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Group C: Australia (0) vs Peru (2)

Jump shot
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Audience
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A legend’s farewell
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Beating heart of a country
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Group C: Denmark (0) vs France (0)

“I annoint you Kasper the blondest”
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There were more pictures of the crowd than the game
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Yeah, okay
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Group D: Iceland (1) vs Croatia (2)

Wonder if I should wash my hair tonight or tomorrow?
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Icelandic crane kick
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Happiness
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Group D: Nigeria (1) vs Argentina (2)

Face paint
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“That’s right, it me.”
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Group E: Mexico (0) vs Sweden (3)

Hulk fail
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Soaring
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Who needs Zlatan?
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Group E: Korea Republic (2) vs Germany (0)

Emotion under pressure
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Public Enemy #1 & #2
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The unluckiest German player ever?
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Group F: Serbia (0) vs Brazil (2)

The Care Bear stare
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The Neymar, take 5,217
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Ummm …
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Group F: Switzerland (2) vs Costa Rica (2)

How did you get over there?
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Off to see the wizard …
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Ecstasy
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Group G: England (0) vs Belgium (1)

Tumbler
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Who’s good at maths?
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“It is I, Januzaj”
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Group G: Panama (1) vs Tunisia (2)

Leader
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Tunis
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Resilient
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Group H: Japan (0) – Poland (1)

Fan expectations for the last 10 mins
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Fan reactions to the last 10 mins
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“Today you will be my friend”
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The happiest boys
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Group H: Senegal (0) vs Colombia (1)

Pouty
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One Zapata, Two Zapata, Three Zapata …
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Comrades
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Support system
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– hopechaser

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