As we go into the quarter-finals, there is no better time to reflect on the biggest shockers in the Round of 16:
3. Argentina and Portugal same day K.O
Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal were knocked out of the Round of 16, on the same day. Their legion of fans was saddened and shocked. It seems the Round of 16 would be a round of upsets, as arguably the two best players of this age, were not going to make into the semi-finals or finals. Who would have guessed it?!
2.The Underdog Strikes
In a fast-paced match against crowd favorites Spain, host nation Russia won the hotly contested match on penalties. The stadium was full, and it was as if the will of the Russian people willed the team to victory. For the underdogs, it is an unprecedented victory that will see them make it to the quarter finals for the first time since the end of the Soviet Union.
1.The Belgian Clincher
The Belgium team made it into the quarter-finals with a last-minute win. With Japan scoring twice within minutes of each other in the second half, it was clear that the Belgian team was under immense pressure. It was do or die. Jan Vertonghen scored with an effortless header and Manchester United’s defender Marouane Fellaini leveled the score. In the last minutes of injury time, the Belgians went on to give a magical performance. As the Belgian team made their way from post to post, a Japanese corner supplied them with the ball that would be the goal that made it in just in time, seconds before the final whistle.