Quarter final turns number of fans into Half - 4.6 out of 5 based on 11 votes
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Quarter final phase of the 2018th edition of world cup is over and for the first time ever, the world is going to witness a semi-final phase without either Brazil, Argentina and Germany. Another History that's been made in this world cup. This world cup just doesn't seem to stop on its track on making history.

Anyway, moving on to the games; the quarter final phase started with the game between France Vs Uruguay. Huge expectations from the French team after their famous victory against Messi's Argentina. No less from the team which knocked out Ronaldo's Portugal too. But Uruguay's shineman Edinson Cavani being out for injury really was a setback for the North Americans. And it was largely visible the whole game. With the Goal of Griezman and Madrid's Varane, France apparently beat Uruguay without breaking a sweat is what football experts are saying about it. The game later that was the unannounced final of this world cup between two of the most favourites to win the tournament. Belgium against Brazil. Showcasing tactical teamwork on the offensive in the first half and defensive on the second, Belgium went in front brazil by an own goal by Fernandinho. The man who replaced the double yellow Carded Casemiro. Then we witnessed a hell of a goal by Man City man De Bruyne when he shot a bullet towards the brazillian goal which Ellison had no chance of stopping. Romelo Lukaku's great run created the opportunity for this Belgian Superstar. Brazil came back in the game by a header from the substitute Augusta. The scoresheet remained 2-1 until full time because of an exceptional performance by the Belgian goalkeeper Courtois. Named Man of the Match this Atletico Madrid goalkeeper is now set to meet his club teammate Griezman in the Semis.

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World cup 2018 Round of 16 discussion pt. 2 - 4.7 out of 5 based on 15 votes
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The day after the world cup felt the shock of losing the Greatest Players of the Modern Time, came an a day with even more shocking turn of events. The host Russia was set to meet the 2010 World Cup Champions Spain. Fans of all around the world pretty much started expecting a quarterfinals with Spain. Despite, its Russia who was performing better in the world cup. But, wheather play good or bad; hosts are up against a formidable opponent none the less. And they proved it pretty fast by making the host trail 1-0 inside 20 minutes. By an own goal but, Russia were trailing against the tournament favourites now. After numerous tries to break the very solid Spanish defense, the score remained 1-0 after the first half. The second half started to change the scenario after Pique made a very silly defensive move of blocking the ball with his hand when a Russian forward headed the ball towards the goal. Pique thought he would maybe deceive the eye of the referee but he didn't. Russia was awarded a penalty which Dzyuba the great Russian striker made no mistake with. 1-1 was the scoreline. Despite having the quality of players in the Spanish forward, they were unable to change the scoreline even after extra time. In penalties, Russia scored all four of their penalties whereas Spain's Koke and Jordi Alba missed their penalties to give the Host another day to celebrate in the quarters.

The next game was between Croatia and Denmark. A game that recorded the earliest goal in World Cup History. In 58 seconds after the game started, Denmark scored. The world came upon a shock seeing the Croatian team behind. But as expected from Croatia, Croatia delivered. They scored after only 2 minutes of falling behind. What a start!!

After such a start, the whole game was very much not exciting. The match came alive in the second half of the extra time. When Croatia was awarded a penalty. The Denmark hearts were very close from being broken when Luka Modric failed to score from the spot. The game went on to penalties and the same story went on. Denmark missed their first of the 5 and so did Croatia. What was going on?? Everyone wondered.

The game in the end was won by Croatia after Denmark missed their fourth penalty of the 5. Ended a day of exhilarating sporting action in the grandest stage of World cup.

Russia will be facing Croatia in the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup.

A World Cup Full Of Drama - 4.7 out of 5 based on 19 votes
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The World Cup 2018 in Russia might have started looking like a World Cup of the Underdogs at first but things have changed in the past couple of weeks. In the end only the deserving teams have progressed into the the Round of 16 and despite some major hiccups, so did Argentina. Maybe the least favourite to progress after their disappointing first 2 games, luck has favoured Argentina to to prgress by a dramatic late goal of Marcos Rojo against Nigeria. Argentina won 2-1 along with a goal of Lionel Messi in the scoresheet.

Perhaps the biggest shock in this world cup which is the main reason to call this World Cup a dramatic one is the exit of the defending Champions Germany. Which came after the German pulled of a memorable win against Sweden. After being 1-0 down, the champions came back strong in the second half, leveling the score by a goal from Marco Reus and finally winnng it with a legendary final shot of the
game free kick goal by Toni Kroos. Best moment of the world cup so far was spoiled by their shocking defeat to South Korea on their final game of the group stages. The Champions lost the game 2-0 even after having 90% of the posessions and 16 shots at Goal. And that resulted Germany; the fourth Champion team after 1998 to exit in the group stages. Before this france in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014, all champions of the former World Cup exited from group stages. It is starting to be called the CURSE OF THE CHAMPIONS now a days and the only team to avoid this curse was Brazil who were champions in 2002 and reached quarter final of the world cup 2006.

Talking about Brazil, The Selecaos have maintained their 6 th World Cup Winning mission Dominant with their strong come backs in their last 2 group games. They Beat Costa Rica 2-0 after scoring 2 goals in the last 6 minutes of the game.
Coutinho scored on 89 th minute followed by Neymar on 93 rd.

They beat Serbia 2-0 in their last game of the group stages. So far Only brazil maintained Supremacy of the most hot favorite 3 teams which are Germany, Argentina and Brazil. Teams like Belgium, Spain, Croatia, England, France and Uruguay are the other big teams that have qualified to the Knockout Phase. Group Champions all of them in their respected groups except for England who were beaten by Belgium in the final game by the single goal of Adnan Januzaj. Japan is the only Asian team to progress in the world cup who will be facing the formidable Belgium in the round of 16. The host Russia also qualified and will face Spain in the Knockouts.

Top scorer of the tournament so far are Harry Kane and Romelo Lukaku with 5 goals each. Following them is Cristiano Ronaldo with 4 goals who could have easily made it 5 but he missed his chance by
missing his penalty against Iran. Lionel Messi hasn’t been the most brightest in the world cup only scoring one goal in the whole tournament.

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World cup 2018 Round of 16 discussion pt. 1 - 4.7 out of 5 based on 18 votes
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Many have already started to call this World Cup the Best World Cup ever. Why??

Because it just never cease to amaze you. Everything unexpected is happening. Many times we have seen in the past that a team who are for example had great qualifying campaign, one of the top ten teams in the world, played very bad in their world cup game but gets the victory anyway just because they are the better team for all their fame and glory. But in this world cup, that doesn't seem to be the case. The team that's playing better in the field, is getting the win. No matter how low they are in the ranking. People are seeing something that's beyond their imagination in every single game. Just the kind of World cup you would wait 4 years for.

Let's get down to whats actually happening now. We are going to look into the drama and spectacular scenes world has witnessed in the first knockout phase of the tournament. First was the game of Argentina against France. The tournament favourites France against the team with the most supporters in the world. Griezman Vs. Messi. All eyes were on the magic the Argentine number 10 was going to display but the other number 10 was the one who displayed the magic. With fast pace that outmatched all the Argentine defense also the finishing of a world class striker, Killian Mbappe totally showed the world what he is made of. This 19 year old earned a penalty and later scored two fabulous goals to shatter the dreams of Messi Of winning the world cup.
Beating Argentina 4-3; France was waiting to know who their opponents will be on the quarterfinals. Which brings us to the next game where another best in the world was set to face the duo who are known as the most accomplished center forwards in the World. Cristiano Ronaldo against Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Portugal against Uruguay.

In this Game, Cavani and Suarez very quickly showed why they are the best. With a goal that only needed one long pass over to Suarez from Cavani and a deadly accurate cross of Suarez over to the very capable head of Cavani. Goal worth remembering. The Portuguese striked on the second half to level the score through Pepe only to be trailed 2-1 after a classical finish by Cavani on the 70s. The Score remained 2-1 till the end. Which also brought an end of two of the greatest players career in the World Cup. The Great Cr7 and LM10 will probably never come to shake the grandest stage of them all and so ended their dreams to win the World Cup. They are out on the first day of the knockouts. Uruguay and France prevails on the first day.

World Cup so far- A world cup of underdogs - 4.7 out of 5 based on 27 votes
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This world cup 2018 held in Russia is certainly not the best world cup for the big names of footballing nations. Only big teams being able to pull of a win is England beating Tunisia 2-1 after Harry Kane scored a late goal in the 91st minute of the additional time and. France beating their opponents 2-1 and uruguay beating their opponents 1-0. Other than that, teams like Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Portugal all came out of the first round fright with a draw. All against small and underrated football nations. Except for the Spain-Portugal match which is considered as the best match of World cup so far with a scoreline of 3-3, no other big nations are shining. Germany the defending champion on the other hand lost their first match against Mexico. By losing Germany has now become the fourth champion team since 2002 to lose their first group stage game. This champion team losing and getting knocked off in the first round seems to have become a feature of the World Cup. Spain getting knocked of at the last world cup, everyone is predicting Germany quitting in early stage too. 
When it comes to big names of football, Cristiano Ronaldo is standing at the top with his hat-trick against Spain. Lukaku Of Belgium with his two goals against  Panama and Harry Kane with his two goals against Tunisia are at the top of the leaderboards with most goals and the chase for golden boot. The most controversial superstar is currently Lionel Messi who failed to score in the match against Iceland also missing the penalty to win it for Argentina. Neymar on the other hand was too busy diving and getting his jersey dragged by the swiss defenders without scoring the whole match. Asian team Japan beat Colombia who are considered as the world cup favourites. Also Senegal beat Lewandowsky's Poland by 2 goals to 1. All these going on is making the world cup the most unpredictable of all world cup tournaments before.
Overall, every 32 teams of the world cup has now finished playing their first game in the world cup and so far it has been a world cup of the underdogs and many are even saying that we might just have a New champion on our hands. 
Who are you betting on to win the championship? Betting in this world cup has become very tough considering the result Of first round so far. Bet wisely is my opinion to you and bet with Bookiesoft.com is my suggestion. Until next time...