This is it! #WorldCup FINAL DAY! As a last #AWCHQ preview for #FRACRO, here’s what that FourFourTwo guide I bought said about these teams. First, alphabetically, Croatia:
Most Likely To… – Fail to live up to a billing of dark horses. Croatia are long shots to be long shots.
What Croatia Hope Will Happen – Apart from to match the achievement of Croatia’s bronze-winning heroes of ’98 and win back the nation’s hearts…?
What Will Happen – If they don’t win their opener against Nigeria, the Vatreni could be doomed.
They did indeed win their opener against Nigeria, as well as every single game since then.
And then the clearly more-favored France:
Least Likely To… – Defend their way to glory, a la Portugal.
What France Hope Will Happen – Although the future is impossibly bright – Pogba is 25, while Mbappe, Dembele, Lemar, Fekir, Martial, Mendy, Kingsley, Coman, Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso, Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane are all aged 19 to 24 – France hope they’re ready to win a World Cup in the present.
What Will Happen – Semi-finals, maybe even a final, only for Deschamps to fall short once again.
WHAT a gameday. #URU v #FRA & #BRA v #BEL in quarterfinals. South America v Europe, fought on two fronts! Too bad I have to “work”; I’ll be sneak-watching #URUFRA & time-shifting #BRABEL. What does this amazing #WorldCup have in store today? #AWCHQ ⚽️
Probably long past the point of spoiling today’s games, but: both of today’s games were good, and the 2nd (#BEL v #JPN) was amazing. Just rewatched the 2nd half: no bunkering, no fouling, no crying for fouls, just attack, attack, attack. So fantastic. #AWCHQ ⚽️
From a preview magazine published before a ball was even kicked at this #WorldCup… no pressure, Messi. #AWCHQ #FRAARG ⚽️
And that’s it for me from Armadillo World (Cup) Headquarters! I may still micro-blog with #AWCHQ but I won’t try to avoid spoilers & I won’t continue rating the games. Here are more details why, if you’re interested; ¡adiós! /cg
Well, that ended things with a whimper. Disappointing. If you skip them all today, you’re honestly not missing that much, but if you want to put one on, make it Senegal v Colombia, I guess. #AWCHQ #ENGBEL #PANTUN ⚽️
When I saw the lineups for #ENGBEL I thought: okay, B teams, but maybe they’ll come out & play, and it can still be a fun game… Nope, not so far it ain’t. Think I’ll put #PANTUN on my main screen for the second half. #AWCHQ ⚽️
The Guardian’s Marina Hyde on #ENG’s unknown unknowns:
“I don’t know what is happening, but… I think I like it? I certainly like the fact that most England fans’ joy cheerfully acknowledges that it’ll probably go tits-up any minute”
#AWCHQ #ENGBEL ⚽️
And here come the final two games of the 2018 #WorldCup group stage. Between that performance in #JPN v #POL and all this talk of #ENGBEL being a fight for second, I’m pretty worried these games will be boring. Let’s see! #AWCHQ #PANTUN ⚽️
Well, that ended… interestingly. Today’s games had a few moments of excitement, but also a lot of group-stage scenario calculations. Senegal v Colombia is okay, but if you missed both of these you didn’t miss much, in my opinion.