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World Cup: Always look on the light side – Part 3

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In the Cyprus Mail’s third series about the funny side of the World Cup, we take a look at the 8 round 16 games where we had more surprises with one of the tournaments early favourites Spain, getting kicked out by the hosts Russia.

World Cup: Always look on the light side – Part 1
World Cup: Always look on the light side – Part 2

However, the biggest surprise of all took place in the last game of the round where England defeated Colombia…on penalties prompting the usual slothful Homer to take to the streets

More on England though later as we take the games in chronological order.

WARNING – If you are politically correct, then please do not read further

France 4 Argentina 3

Diego, Argentina’s star in the previous games, went missing during the 90 minutes perhaps after instructions by FIFA towards the cameramen not to cover his every move as football viewing is considered G rated spectacle.

Bilkisu Dan Waziri, probably a Nigerian football fan tweeted, ‘Can the camera focus on Maradona every time France scores?? I just want to see some action’

However, the cameramen were also guilty of not showing Argentina’s equalizer late on in the game and the incident is currently being investigated by FIFA’s eye specialists.

The new darling of French football is Kylian Mbappe after his superb performance against the Messier team. People are already likening him to Ronaldo (the Phenomenon) but Arsene Wenger begs to differ:

For the record: Takuma Asano is a 24-year-old Japanese professional footballer who plays for German side Hannover 96, on loan from English club Arsenal. He did not make the Japanese squad for the World Cup.

Uruguay 2 Portugal 1

A few hours after one superstar (Messi) began packing his bags a second (Ronaldo) followed suit.
Much as Ronaldo tried he was unable to lift the Portugal team. The only thing that he did manage to pull and to considerable effect were his shorts looking a bit like the meth-crazed chef in Breaking Bad, Walter White.

When you watch Uruguay play it’s as if you are watching the international version of Atletico Madrid. A very well drilled unit that is set out to defend but at the same time possess world class players that can win games.

and with players like Suarez (who incidentally sent a message to Messi via Ronaldo) you will always score

And let’s not forget Cavani, who starred in the kiddies film ‘The Man with the Longest Chin’

Spain 1 Russia 1

Who could have thought that the hosts could knock out Spain albeit in the Russian Roulette (no pun intended).
However few knew of the dark forces that helped Russia

It was obvious that Vlad left nothing to chance!

However others did play their part not least David De Gea

and Shakira’s hubby who tried to replicate the Statue of Liberty just to annoy Vlad. He even managed to get the arm wrong!

Croatia 1 Denmark 1

This game just proved that Croatia are definitely no Brazil or France or Spain at their peak.

The best tweet came from Paddy Power who tweeted:

Croatia don’t look so good when they aren’t playing against minnows like Argentina.

Brazil 2 Mexico 0

A very comfortable win for the Brazilians but Neymar has managed to draw all the attention and unfortunately, it’s not down to his football wizardry.

According to unofficial stats Neymar has till now spent alomst 15 minutes rolling on the ground during the World Cup.

Enjoy the best Neymar moments
Oscar nominating film

If Neymar was a Bollywood actor

Ramesh Srivats tweeted: I expect Neymar to be the first human being to achieve the incredible double of winning a World Cup trophy as well as an Oscar.

It seems that if Brazil does win the World Cup then Neymar will have achieved this feat

A special mention for this Mexican supporter who put the stadium’s security team on full alert without doing anything wrong..

Belgium 3 Japan 2

The saddest moment of the tournament so far for me.

Japan proved that they weren’t in Russia just to show us how keen they are with cleanliness even if their team suffered a heart wrenching exit

Japan was the ONLY team whose players did not feign injury, did not resort to any delaying tactics even if they were ahead in the score and befittingly they were welcomed back home as heroes

The Belgians rode their luck and were fortunate to get back into the game through Verthongen but their star was Marouane Messailini

who brought to the world a new kind of celebration routine

Colombia 1 It’s Coming Home 1

An alternative commentary (foul language)

Del Boy is convinced that the World Cup is coming home

Thomas Shelby had his say as well

There is always the downside of things

Spare a thought though for the poor Colombian fans

who feel so hard done by the American ref, Mr Geiger they are petitioning for the game to be replayed.

Even their coach and star players were rightly furious

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