The World Cup

Alex Collins, Writer

The World Cup has been very intense with teams losing and then winning. Starting with Germany and how they got knocked out of the quarterfinals. The drama in Qatar unfolded, Germany defeated Costa Rica 4-2 in their final Group E match, but Japan’s unexpected victory over Spain prevented them from moving on to the World Cup knockout rounds. The second team that was eliminated was Australia following a 2-1 defeat against Argentina in the last 16.
England and Netherlands settle for a draw with wales. Switzerland gets knocked out following a 6-1 defeat against Portugal. Brazil gets knocked out by Croatia. the tournament’s final stretch with only four teams left. There are many prominent figures, excellent matchups, and elite athletes who are all focused on lifting the trophy on December 18. Tuesday’s opening match features Croatia and Argentina, followed the following day by a match between Morocco and the underdog France, the defending winners.

Just four teams remain at the World Cup in Qatar: Croatia, Argentina, Morocco, and France. There’s been predictions on whether Croatia will reach the finals or not. Argentina along with Lionel Messi, will find it hard to break them down. The longer the games go the more Croatia will grow in belief of winning. In eight of their last nine knockout games at significant competitions, extra time was required. During their run in Qatar, they defeated Brazil and both Japan on penalties. On their road to the 2018 championship, they also prevailed in two shootouts, defeating Denmark and Russia.

As the first African football team to make it to the semifinals, Morocco made history at the 2022 World Cup, which has a history of surprising viewers. At the urging of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, who were later eliminated, they advanced, the teams packing their bags and heading home are Brazil, England, and Netherlands.

Lionel Messi now has a chance to win the one trophy that has escaped him in one of the most illustrious careers in soccer history thanks to Argentina’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup final. It took him another 15 years, but he succeeded. Years of disappointment, a temporary absence from the Argentina national team, five appearances in the World Cup, a ton of frustration, surviving two ferocious comebacks by France, and a nail-biting penalty shootout on
Sunday were all necessary. It arrived after its four most deadly attacking threats had made four crucial touches. Argentina took off after Messi scored the first of them with a flick on the outside of his left foot from within his own half. Argentina’s poise under pressure came into play only before, against the Netherlands in the quarterfinal. Messi’s exploits won him the Golden Ball as player of the tournament, and a dominating win for Argentina. In an incredible World Cup final on Sunday, Argentina defeated France 4-2 on penalties after Lionel Messi scored twice in a 3-3 tie and Kylian Mbappe notched a hat-trick to rescue the defending champions from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2.

Interesting plays and interesting players are the reason this World Cup final demonstrates why people flock there in large numbers every four years, filling the subways and stadiums, waving their flags and donning face paint. More of why there is a larger number of non-travelers set up camp in front of their televisions, don the jersey, and yell equally loudly at the screen.