It’s 11th July 2018, 11.30 pm, England vs Croatia
I am comfortable in the sofa watching TV, ready for the game, nervous that the giant will crush Croatia. Five minutes in, Trippier nudged England ahead with his free kick. Yeah, it was impressive. Like, I can’t imagine the amount of talent required to curve the ball over the players ahead and then make it go into the goal. Impressive!
But, as I was supporting Croatia, it just got me down, and I decided to skip the game and just go to sleep.
And yes obviously I regretted it the next morning at 3 am, when I checked the score and it was Croatia 2-1 !!!! I actually screamed out with joy in the eerie quiet; Croatia was going ahead to the Finals !!!!
A friend teased me later that I don’t have trust on the team I support. What could I do? I was supporting the so-called ‘Dark Horse’ of the tournament!
It’s 14th July 2018, 7.30 pm, England vs Belgium
What a game! What a game! What A Game!
The Golden Boot winner, Harry Kane was nowhere to be seen or heard of during the match; while most of the Belgian team made an amazing effort during the whole of the game. Lukaku, De Bruyne, HAZARD! Courtois!
Belgium defeated England the second time this World Cup. 😛
It’s 15th July 2018, 8.30 pm, Croatia vs France
I am comfortable in the sofa watching TV, ready for the game, nervous that the giant will crush Croatia. Croatia are really giving France a hard time and it really amps up my enthusiasm. This is the kind of team you support for a World Cup Final. The team with the do or die attitude, with the resilience of a racing horse.
The team played an awesome game, and the mishaps giving France the first 2 goals were just that, mishaps. It was almost like they were handed on a silver platter 2 free goals. The next 2 goals by France – they were pure talent. Amazing goals. But the first two ? Nah, that was chance, luck, error of judgement.
The equalizing goal by Perisic was… wow! I need to learn more adjectives.
I am not proud to say that I gave up watching the game after France’s fourth goal at the 65th minute. I couldn’t bear watching after that goal. So, I missed the 69th minute goal by Mandzukic. slapping forehead
A newspaper headline read ‘Our head was won over by France, but our heart by Croatia’. That is perfect! ❤
To summarize, this World Cup though not one of my favorite ones as compared to the others that I remember watching, was pretty entertaining. The first World Cup that I remember watching was with my family and it was the 2006 one. The one which ended with Zidane’s head butt! There is not much that my Dad and I bond over, but that year we spent nights in front of the TV watching games between countries we didn’t support. The same was for the 2010 World Cup, with our family divided against each other. The 2014 World Cup (Germany!! woohoo) and this one, I was not with my family and I silently enjoyed it at home. But, who knows where I will be for the next World Cup.
2020! In Qatar!! Not that I will be in Qatar 😉 The World Cup will be held there.
P.S. I did watch more games, but that would make this post so, so, so long.