My god was the game between Japan and Belgium something to behold! Japan thought that the game had been pretty much settled in its favour, when in the space of four minutes, the team scored twice, inexorably dashing the hopes of the Belgium fans. And while it all appeared to be a sure deal with surefire placed along the way, nobody could have expected the U-turn that the game took.
It took Belgium 16 minutes, but they managed to fight back. And the final 4 minutes saw the team clinch another goal and calling the game. It was spectacular, unexpected, and deeply moving. Japan has truly established itself as a country that means something on the football charts.
True, their feat was more conventional. They saw a momentary weakness in Belgium’s defences and they exploited it rather adroitly. All of this in 4 minutes, too! Belgium took more time to fight back and it did well. After managing to catch up to the opponents and scoring a draw, the country decided to win at the very end of the game in the 94”, swiftly sending itself to the next stage of the game.
It was a brilliant game that definitely left people amused and satisfied with attending the game. Fans, despite a bitter disappointment perhaps in the Japanese camp, had no reason to be sorry. The country is well back on the football charts and a truly great one indeed.
Meanwhile, Mexico and Brazil did a fair game, but Brazil managed to conclude it on time, without overextending the game. It was a smooth win and Mexico did indeed show much spirit there. However, Brazil was the better prepared to transition to the next round of the race, and it did indeed.
Today’s football seems to be no less promising
Sweden vs Switzerland
Sweden will play Switzerland today at 4 CET. It will be a sight to behold with the two countries giving it an honest shot. Sweden seems to be slightly better-behaved on the field and they tend to be also the underdogs. Switzerland has managed to score multiple times and forecasts today put them at a significant advantage over their opponents. This is just as well – we wouldn’t want things to be too easy either.
The Swedish squad have been particularly united and upbeat all throughout the race. With a remarkably polite game, they still have managed to win to the next stage. The match will be held at the St Petersburg football arena, which is both found in Russia’s most beautiful city and quite capable of welcoming scores of people.
Even then Switzerland and Sweden have an interesting football history. They’ve played 29 against each other, and 11 wins have so far gone in the way of Switzerland. You may say that statistics favour Switzerland, but I think history is about to repeat itself.
If pressed, I must give the edge to Switzerland, but my heart stays with Sweden.
England vs Colombia
Here are two nations that simply won’t mess around. Colombia is the tropical Southerners who definitely know how to foot-the-ball whereas England’s got one of the strongest leagues in the world. Even then, forecasts put England as slightly underperforming albeit a tremendous victory in the previous group stage.
Even then, the team has some issues that it will most certainly have to address. Defences have been known to breach on occasion, which bodes well versus the fast-paced Colombians. We would recommend that England should maintain its record for strong offensive while making sure the backlines are secured.
Who will grasp the last quarter-final spot now and make sure to transition to the next stage of the race? We’re equally excited to check out and we will most certainly want to find out as soon as humanly possible!
One way to do this is to sit down in front of the telly with a good company and see what the latest round of the 2018 World Cup will all bring us. We want to make sure that things will go well for Colombia, but the unstoppable English machine may have been set in motion. A lot is at stake, indeed.