The 2018 World Cup is in the books. France is the champion. No one expected France to win the whole enchilada.
The French did.
This team flew under the radar. Everyone expected Brasil, Germany, Argentina, Spain and even Mexico to win it. Oh, how wrong the so-called pundits were.
The American press were building up the great pretender Mexico. After the Mexican win over Germany The USA press expected Mexico to make it to at least the quarterfinals.
Not so fast bucko, Brasil stood in the way and won with a strong 2-0 win.
Brasil lost to Belgium 2-0 in the quarterfinals.
Argentina barely made it out of the group stage. Thus, Argentinos earned the right to battle France in the round of sixteen.
In a matter of ten minutes in the second half France turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-1 advantage.
France won 4-3 however the final score was not the true reflection of how the French blew doors off of Argentina in that deadly eleven minute span to grab the match by the neck and choke the life out of a helpless Argentina squad.
The biggest surprise was Germany losing two matches in the group stage and thus bombed out and this quick exit shocked the Futebol world.
Japan almost made Belgium eat their own lunch in the round of sixteen. Belgium didn’t quit and scored three second half goals to win 3-2.
Belgium and France hooked up in the semifinals. The difference in the match was France’s lighten quick speed that led to the only goal in the match a header by Samuel Umtiti for the one nil win.
England came out of nowhere to earn a spot in the semifinals. Three Lions were the third youngest club in the World Cup. Nigeria was the youngest. France was the second youngest team assembled.
England lost a heart breaker to Croatia 2-1 in the semifinals. This devastating loss came on the heels of a thrilling 4-3 PK shootout win over Columbia the quarterfinals.
The two shockers of the 2018 World Cup were Russia making it to the quarterfinals. Russia defeated Spain 4-3 in a PK shootout. Spain crashed and burned out of the 2018 World Cup.
The other huge surprise was Croatia making to the finals against France.
The Croatians claimed Denmark, Russia and England on the way to the finals before losing to a superior French side 4-2.
Thus, in the end this 2018 World Cup was full of surprises however the quality of play was below par compared to other World Cups.
The cool thing about this World Cup the favorites wore the choke collar.
The Dogs won.