Top 10 Moments from the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is here and well underway!
It’s personally one of my favorite events in sports because everyone from all over the globe gets to display their national pride and it’s just beautiful!
Even though the matches are creeping out of the group stages, it has already been filled with an insane amount of highlights!
While some of you have been unable to watch some of the matches because (like most) refuse to wake up at 5 AM to watch a football (yes, I said football — we show respect during the World Cup) match, I have ZERO problem being posted in front of my television yelling in profanities in Spanish. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
SO in case you missed them, here are the top 10 moments of the World Cup so far:
Mexico winning their first match in the group
- Thousands of exuberant Mexican soccer fans took to the streets after their national team’s long-shot win against Germany in Mexico’s first match of the tournament.
- The 1-0 stunner, with Hirving Lozano scoring the winning goal, gave Mexicans hope that their team might win the tournament for the first time ever.
- Lozano’s goal set off such a commotion that seismic detectors in Mexico City registered a false earthquake, which the geological institute said may have been generated by “massive jumps” across the city.
- If that isn’t patriotism, I honestly don’t know what is.
2. Argentina disappointing beginning against Croatia
Leonel Messi is arguably the best football player in the world, but it definitely didn’t seem like it in their first match of Group D.
Getting SMOKED 0-3 made a lot of Argentinian fans nervous and running for cover.
Granted, Croatia has proved they are no joke.
3. Germany being eliminated
Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage.
The four-time champions lost to South Korea 2-0 Wednesday, allowing a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match.
Sucks to suck, Germany — sucks to suck. #seeyain4years
4. Mexico cheering for Korea
With Korea beating Germany, guess who made it past the group stage?
They are the little engine that could and because they owe their advancement in the tournament to Korea, they celebrated the only way Mexican fans know how: jubilant celebrations (and probably a lot of drinking).
5. Iranian women attending the World Cup matches
Iranian women were allowed inside a football stadium to watch a World Cup game alongside men.
Although the national team lost against Spain, it was an amazing victory for Iranian women.
They haven’t been allowed into stadiums since the 1979 revolution.
6. Harry Kane hat trick against Panama
Panama FINALLY made to the World Cup!
As a woman of both Panamanian and Puerto Rican decent, I was just happy to see my team there but my joy quickly turned to sorrow at the hands of one man: Englishman, Harry Kane.
The entire match (actually our whole WC appearance) was painful to watch but (I GUESS) you got to give props where props are due — just watch his final goal (or dagger to my heart) against Panama.
7. Granit Khaka goal
Sometimes, an insane goal is all you need to get some serious praise in the World Cup like Switzerland’s Granit Khaka’s goal at the 52 minute against Serbia.
8. Cristiano Ronaldo
Honestly he can do anything and it’s a highlight, BUT his goal against Spain was just — just watch…
9. The return of the biting bandit… I mean, Luis Suarez
For those of you who don’t know, Luis is an amazing football player from Uruguay.
But, the last time he made an appearance in the World Cup, he ended up blowing it for his team because he bit a defender on the Italian team. He was not only red carded but banned from nine international matches.
He was also ruled out of the 2015 Copa America making it the longest ban in World Cup history.
Here’s to hoping Jaws keeps his teeth to himself this year.
10. Argentina fighting for their chance to move on to the elimination stage
Seemingly on their way out of the tournament, losing their match against Nigeria, Marcus Rojo came to their rescue.
As you can see in the video, he legit put the team on his BACK and did the damn thing.
It’s going to be lit, so stay tuned for more beautiful goals (and men)! 😉