Memorable Moments in the 2018 World Cup:
Here you Go.
Use of VAR (Video Assistant Referees)
It was the first ever World Cup Tournament to use the VAR technology for goals and penalties. During the tournament, VAR was used frequently and a lot of decisions were made on its basis. Diego Costa’s goal against Portugal on 15 June 2018 was the first ever decision made on the basis of VAR. Many of the critics and football fans praised this new technology while on the other side many people criticised it.
After a week of the VAR’s implementation at the 2018 World Cup, FIFA announced that it was a successful experience.
Image: Oleg Bkhambri (Voltmetro)
Iceland and Panama played their debut World Cup:
It was the first World Cup appearance for Panama and Iceland. Panama qualified for the 2018 World Cup from the Central American Region while Iceland qualified from the European region. Although, it wasn’t a good tournament for both the teams as both of the teams were eliminated in the Group stages but still, qualifying for World Cup finals itself is a very big achievement.
During the qualifying rounds, Iceland topped their group and qualified for the 2018 World Cup like a boss. While Panama waited till their last match where they defeated Costa Rica by 2 – 1 to join the 2018 flight to Russia, as a result, USA missed the World Cup for the first time since 1994.
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The Early Elimination of Germany:
Germany, the 2014 World Cup winner and one of the favorite teams to win the 2018 World Cup was shockingly eliminated in the group stages. They were beaten by Mexico in the first match by 2 – 0. In the second match, defeated Sweden by 2 – 1. The third match vs South Korea was crucial for them. But unfortunately, they lost against South Korea by 2 – 0. Their early departure was surprising for almost all the football fans and critics.
Iceland played a Draw against Argentina:
Argentina was one of the favorites to win the 2018 World Cup while Iceland was the debutant team. As per expectations and predictions, Argentina was supposed to win this match easily. But Iceland presented a wonderful show and given a very tough time to the giants. This match was a 1 – 1 draw. Iceland was highly praised by the football lovers for their great game while Argentina and their captain Lionel Messi was criticised strongly.
No Argentina, Brazil, and Germany in the semi-finals:
Since 1930, at least one of these teams reached the semi-final stage of the World Cup. But the 2018 World Cup was a nightmare for all these giants. The most favorite Germany was eliminated in the group stages while Argentina and Portugal were eliminated in the Group of 16. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were criticized strongly for not leading their respective teams to the higher stages of the World Cup.
Messi and Ronaldo missed penalties:
Who could think that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can miss penalties in the crucial and important matches while playing for their national teams in the World Cup? First, Lionel Messi missed the penalty against Iceland due to which Argentina was unable to beat Iceland. While Ronaldo missed his penalty in the match vs Iran. If Ronaldo has not missed that penalty, the match’s result would be totally different. Iran scored a goal in the last moment to draw this match.
Most number of Cards in Argentina vs France match:
Argentina vs France was a crucial match for both sides as it was a knockout match. Both the teams tried very hard to win this match. But France defeated Argentina by 4 – 3. Mbappe was the key player for the French side and he scored two back to back goals to lead his team to the Quarter-final. It wasn’t only the high scoring goal but also a match with a lot of cards. A total of 8 Yellow Cards were issued in this match to the players. French players got 3 Yellow Cards while the Argentinian players got 5 cards. This is the most number of cards issued in a match in 2018 world cup.
The most number of cards shown in a World Cup match is 20. Yes, it’s 20. In the 2006 World Cup, a total of 4 Red cards and 16 Yellow cards were issued to the players. This match was played between Portugal and the Netherlands in the Round of 16. This match is also known as the Battle of Nuremberg.
Ronaldo scored a hattrick against the Rivals Spain:
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were under the spotlight as usual. Both the players disappointed their fans as their teams were eliminated from the 2018 World Cup in the Round of 16. But there is at least one good moment for Ronaldo in this World Cup, which is, his hattrick against the Portuguese rivals Spain. He scored these 3 goals in the 4th, 48th, and the 88th minute of the match. This match was drawn by 3 – 3. It was the first match of both the teams in the 2018 World Cup.
Croatia reaching the World Cup Final for the First Time:
Croatia was drawn into Group D of the 2018 World Cup along with Nigeria, Argentina, and Iceland. Although they have a very balanced team. But they were not among the favorites. Amazingly, they won all their Group matches. They defeated Argentina by 3 – 0 and didn’t give them a chance to fight back. In the knockout stages, they defeated Denmark, Russia, England to reach the final of the 2018 World Cup. Although, they were defeated by France in the Final. But they were praised a lot by the Football lovers.
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