The weekend has left us with half of our World Cup quarter-finalists.
After Saturday’s festival of football, Sunday provided two games much more typical of knockout football before Russia and Croatia prevailed on penalties.
So yesterday, I was really busy trying to learn the Russian national anthem before their inevitable World Cup win. Can you tell me what I missed?
You did indeed miss the host nation’s shock defeat of Spain. Following the eliminations of Germany and Argentina,
we should have known anything could happen but Spain’s early goal assured us things would go as expected. Wrong. The 2010 winners completed over 1000 passes (a new World Cup record) but managed just nine shots on target in 120 minutes.
La Roja were sent packing on penalties, with Igor Akinfeev the hero. Spain 1-1 Russia (3-4 on penalties).
As for Croatia v Denmark, all the drama came in the opening four minutes and the final four minutes. Two of the most calamitous goals of the tournament made it 1-1 before either side could settle into the game.
Things quickly quietened down until Ante Rebić was brought down as he looked to tap into an empty net with moments of extra-time remaining. Luka Modrić had the resulting penalty saved but made up for it in an enthralling shootout win. Croatia 1-1 Denmark (3-2 penalties).
OK. Sounds interesting. If you had to pick a best moment though, what would you go for?
Kasper Schmeichel’s extra-time penalty save. The Danish goalkeeper denied Luka Modrić to keep his country alive in the day’s most dramatic moment.
All worth it for the reaction from his legendary goalkeeper Peter, who was watching his son from the stands.
Did anyone say anything interesting yesterday?
“A marvellous time is over. The endings don’t always come the way you dreamt.”
We will miss Andrés Iniesta. One of the true greats.
This may surprise you but I’m into visual art. Can you show me a picture from yesterday that evokes all the emotion of the World Cup?
You know what? I am sick of football. What else could I be watching today?
Sick of football but not sick of lush green grass, hitting the net, smashing a volley? Wimbledon starts today. Get the strawberries in and enjoy yourself.
We should, though, let you know Andy Murray has pulled out of the competition.
He certainly isn’t sick of football.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 30, 2018