With that, the World Cup 2018 is now officially over. It has been nothing but shocking. I wanted to blog sooner about this during the elimination round but I have been so busy with other projects. My sleeping pattern is also screwed up when most of the matches were at 2am Malaysian time. I don’t have a TV so I’m very glad I could still watch the World Cup 2018 via TvPlayer.com and a VPN by ExpressVPN.
First thing first.
All the big players were eliminated! What? The 2014 world cup champion, Germany, didn’t even get to the round of 16. What a mess. And all the big players like Spain, Portugal and Argentina didn’t get to the quarter-finals and were eliminated. We said goodbye to the key players like Messi and Christiano Ronaldo.
But Brazil did get through. I had high hope.
I’ve been a Brazil supporter since forever. Since I was very young. I could still remember the time when Brazil was the champion in 2002. It was glorious. After the extremely humiliating performance in the last world cup 2014, I had high hope that with Neymar Jr (and with his oscar-worthy performance) in the team this time, Brazil would go on to win the cup.
Not even with Neymar Jr. around. They lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals. At least it wasn’t an embarassing lost. It was just 2-1 with Belgium compared to 7-1 with Germany. I still can’t get over that.
It’s really surprising that the underdogs, the teams that didn’t get much spotlight nor hype would actually advance to the semi-finals (except England). And I never imagined that Croatia would go against France in the final! I was actually rooting for Croatia because they’ve never won the world cup and I wanted them to make a new history as France already won once exactly 20 years ago. It’ll also be a perfect chance for Croatia to take revenge against France who beat them in 1998 semi-final, sending them to win 3rd place instead.
Ah well, they did a great job but not great enough to beat France so congratulations to France for being the champion!
Now I can go back to sleeping during normal hours and hopefully I’ll get the chance to watch the next World Cup in 4 years!