Winners and losers from the 3rd and 4th days of the World Cup

First of all, we apologize for the absence of a post about the World Cup after the games of the third day. Sometimes life gets in the way. Hope nothing bad happened! (I know something happened; we’ll get to at least some of them.)

To be honest, there have been a few games in the last couple of days that show why, even when we all find almost everything related to these big tournaments objectionable at best, we can’t help but get sucked into it. The possibility and inevitable reality of true drama, disappointments, broken records, heroic returns, joy and sorrow. This is the list of ingredients that make the World Cup the World Cup. At an international tournament, anyone can get it.

So let’s break down who got this and who got cured in the last couple of days. We have two days of games and you probably don’t work on Thursday, so I’m going to make additional winners and losers for that.

Underdog by Spoon: I don’t know this for sure, but it seems to me that it has received more streams on Spotify and other streaming services in the last 48 hours than at any other time except six months after its release as the lead single from Spoon’s sixth studio album. , Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Gain 2007. First, Saudi Arabia beat Argentina, a team that many (including yours truly) touted as favorites to win, and held off several offside goals to take a 2-1 lead before Leo Messi and his compatriots apparently forgot how to score goals in what feels like a few scenes from the movie Space Jam.

A fool might call this result an accident, but even otter could tell you that we were all in more grief. The next upset took just over 24 hours but came in the second game of Day 4 when Japan beat Germany. Astute viewers may have noticed as they entered the game that Germany is hardly a juggernaut that methodically worked its way to winning the trophy in 2014, but even the firmest believers in Samurai Blue’s undeniable abilities must have been at least a little surprised by the result. . Germany took the lead in the first half from penalties, but two Bundesliga subs, Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, scored late in the second half to secure the win and reward Japan for a much-improved second half.

Canada did their best to have some fun at the underdogs but failed to find the scoring touch needed in their 1-0 loss to Belgium at the end of the day.

European leaders who may be too easy to give up: Maybe it was just me, but I think I heard and read a lot of skepticism about the participation of France and Spain in this tournament. France, the current title holders, are dealing with an objectively worrisome injury crisis and while Spain put in a pretty solid performance at Euro 2020, the ghosts of the last two World Cups still loomed as they didn’t qualify for the World Cup. a cycle that basically involved doing work against the likes of Georgia and Kosovo. Some skepticism was justified.

France started the tournament heavily as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute, but 18 minutes later France found the answer through Adrien Rabiot and they never looked back. The French attack was in full swing, with Olivier Giroud scoring a brace, Kylian Mbappe scoring a goal and Antoine Griezmann handing in ten cents. Sure, they’ll face tougher competition than Australia, but it’s still too early to rule them out of a title defense.

Spain left absolutely no room for a rough start as they went all the way through Costa Rica from the kick-off to the final. Their 7-0 victory was the first real breakthrough of the tournament. They had six different scorers, had no shortage of stunning players, and none of them were more beautiful than can opener by Dani Olmo.

Nishi Yoshiteru: Nishi Yoshiteru didn’t take the field for Japan in their victory over Germany, but in five consecutive men’s world championships he made sure the Blue Samurai were well fed. He is the chef of the team and while being in five world championships is an extraordinary achievement for anyone, especially for a team member like him. The team included him as their “27th” member in squad photos. As the team sees success on the pitch, it’s great to see someone get credit for their work off the pitch.

Thierry Henry: No disrespect to the incredibly handsome New York Red Bulls legend, but today he was on the list of losers. With a brace against Australia, Olivier Giroud equaled Henry’s all-time scoring record for the men of the French national team. Both players have 51 goals, but Giroud has scored 8 games less (115 compared to Henry’s 123) and, judging by the way the team played in their first victory, he is quite ready to score much more.

Non-Mexican attackers and penalty takers in Group C: Guillermo Ochoa reminded the world that for a few weeks every four years he is among the best stoppers in the world. Ochoa saved a 0-0 draw and a point for Mexico against Poland, and the highlight was his penalty save against Robert Lewandowski. Someone can ruin a save by saying that Lewandowski’s shot was parried too easily or poorly placed, but these people should be ignored and ostracized by their community. At this point the penalties are so heavily skewed towards the shooter that any save should be celebrated and Ochoa has shown considerable skill in reading the catch, dropping down and stretching well during his jump. Attacking players from Argentina, Saudi Arabia and other countries participating in the tournament have been warned that it will take something special to defeat Ochoa.

FIFA: No need to be nice here, FIFA, Gianni Infantino and everyone involved in awarding this World Cup and allowing Qatar to backtrack on their assurances and stifle dissent and protest fall into the category of losers. European teams that intended to wear OneLove rainbow armbands to protest discrimination were threatened with vague “serious punishment” if they wore the armbands. There has been speculation that the penalty could be a yellow card – a sanction that FIFA doesn’t actually have the power to issue – or even a disqualification. In protest against this decision, the entire German team posed with their mouths closed for a photo in the roster. Belgium, whose away kit has the word “Love” on a neckband, was instructed to remove the word from their uniform after the initial approval of the form, but the version of the kit sold at fan events in Qatar still includes the sign. The behavior of FIFA and Qatar is reprehensible, but if there is any justice in the world, it will only hit them in hindsight.

2:00 am Switzerland vs. Cameroon: An immovable object against an irresistible force. Okay, I’m not sure which one is which, but we’re talking about Knowho vs Xherdan Shaqiri here. Shaqiri had a good but definitely somewhat disappointing season with Chicago Fire, scoring 7 goals and providing 6 assists in 29 matches, but still expected to help lift the Swiss national team if they have a chance to get out of Group G, which also includes Brazil and Serbia. Knowhow and Cameroon are looking to build a solid AFCON and Knowhow is likely to line up against Shaqiri and be at least somewhat responsible for limiting his contribution. Whatever your opinion of Saunders, the left-back, we all certainly hope he does well in the tournament. You either have to be a completely sick night owl or wake up outrageously early and take a very deep nap if you want to catch this live.

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5:00 am Uruguay vs Republic of Korea: Darwin Nunes seemed to find his goal shot just in time for the tournament before going to half time with Liverpool, he has a player profile that is perfect for tournament football and his game matches Diego Alonso’s tactical and stylistic approach to Uruguay like a Puma kit. South Korea is a tight-knit team with some very interesting young talent scattered in attack, but their obvious star, Son Heung Min, may not be all that healthy. Uruguay’s success would have made Nico Lodeiro happy, but Korea’s success would have made Kim Ki Hee and everyone associated with BTS happy. Personally, I think it would be great to see non-European and South American teams succeed in hopes of breaking the hegemony we tend to, oddly enough, worship in American football culture, but your fundamental interests are your own interests.

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8:00 Portugal vs. Ghana: I won’t talk about this guy. Do you know one – he was not allowed into the US for some time due to legal charges, and he simply terminated the contract with Manchester United. He sucks and I hope he loses and that what upsets him happens over and over again. Sorry to everyone else in Portugal, I hope he retires soon. Ghana called USMNT no small heartache fans, but not everyone is a USMNT fan, and even they can probably join Ghana’s support here.

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11:00 Brazil – Serbia: Brazil has a really strong team that will probably go as far as Neymar. They are one of the favorites to win the tournament, but they are also full of fascists. As a general rule, fascists are bad, and Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters are fascists, and I don’t think we should root for fascists. Admittedly, I don’t know much about the political views of Serbian players, probably because they didn’t support a fascist loudly and publicly. If they can beat Brazil, they have a good chance of qualifying from the group, but even a draw would be a good result.

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You can catch replays of all games in English on or Spanish on Peacock 30 minutes after the final whistle.

This is your match thread for Day 5 games, feel free to connect with your family here with us. Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

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