We’re not even through the group stages yet, and there’s already an argument to suggest that this World Cup might just be the best ever.
If you need proof: day 14 in Russia. Yesterday, the reigning champions, many peoples pre-tournament favorites and the indestructible Death Star of international football went home in disgrace – see you next time Germany.
Here’s what you may have missed from a wonderful Wednesday.
So yesterday, I was really busy watching all seven series of Game of Thrones. Can you tell me what I missed?
You may have been immersed in the goings on in King’s Landing, but there was a bloodbath in Kazan as well. Germany – yes, the actual Germany – lost 2-0 to South Korea to finish bottom of their group and fall at the first hurdle for only the second time in their history.
Elsewhere in that group, Sweden’s 3-0 win over Mexico meant that both of those sides made it into the last 16, and the atmosphere was quite something in Ekaterinburg.
Altogether now… “Bye bye Germany” as a joint Mexico-Sweden chorus. pic.twitter.com/mSV3ctpUdK
— Amy Lawrence (@amylawrence71) June 27, 2018
In Group E, Brazil looked dangerously close to their usual selves with an unremarkable yet also slightly ominous 2-0 victory over Serbia. It meant they finished top and Switzerland, who drew 2-2 with Costa Rica, qualified in second.
OK. Sounds interesting. If you had to pick the best moment though, what would you go for?
If you can’t laugh at the Germans going out in the group stages, then there’s absolutely no hope for you whatsoever.
— Mrlopera (@mrlopera) June 27, 2018
Did anyone say anything interesting yesterday?
“The last convincing game we played was in 2017 – that’s far too long.”
Mats Hummels’ explanation of why his side looked more like little boys than Die Mannschaft.
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) June 27, 2018
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?
How about a trip to the cinema? Sicario: Day of the Soldado is released today, and if it’s half as good as the last one, then we’re all in for a treat.