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Olivia Thompson's World Cup Round Up


After a night of unforgettable World Cup action, The Liberty Guild's CFO braces for the next round of football drama

Olivia Thompson's World Cup Round Up

Potential upsets, actual upsets, one of the titans of world football crashing out AGAIN, parallaxes, spheres and circumference lines - an utterly bananas night of unforgettable world cup football. Did it cross the line??????

Morocco edged past Canada to top Group F and reach the World Cup knockout stage for the first time in 36 years. Morocco went ahead after just four minutes courtesy of a goalkeeping howler from Milan Borjan. The north African side doubled their advantage, but sloppy defending gave Canada a route back into the game. Knowing if they avoided defeat they would go through, Morocco were happy to sit back and soak up pressure in the second period as Canada's campaign ended without a point.

Meanwhile, Belgium were knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage as Croatia progressed at their expense with a goalless draw in Qatar. Belgium produced another lacklustre display against Croatia despite knowing victory was necessary to progress to the last 16. Substitute Romelu Lukaku had numerous chances in the second half but his failure to convert any sealed his country's fate.

Group E - All four teams had started the evening with a chance of progressing but with Spain needing only a draw to qualify, they were not expected to need any favours from elsewhere. The Spanish opposition of Japan scored a controversial winner as they staged another extraordinary World Cup comeback to top Group E ahead of Spain and reach the last 16. Did the whole of the ball cross the line? Even after half an hour of debating, the ITV pundits still couldn't agree. In a tournament that has been full of shocks, this was perhaps the most dramatic night so far, with Spain left relying on the result of Germany's game with Costa Rica for them to progress.

So over to Germany vs. Costa Rica… Germany crashed out of the Fifa World Cup (yes, you heard that right!) on a remarkable night of drama despite victory over Costa Rica. This was also a match that made history as an all-female officiating team took charge of a men's World Cup game for the first time. Germany were in complete control and in front through Serge Gnabry's 10th-minute header, only for Costa Rica to turn the match on its head to raise the remarkable possibility of Spain also going out. It would have capped one of the most astonishing nights in World Cup history, but Germany substitute Kai Havertz restored a measure of normality with two clinical finishes to extinguish Costa Rica's hopes of springing a major shock.


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The Liberty Guild, Fri, 02 Dec 2022 12:40:20 GMT