There have been some predictable results; others have been some rather significant upsets at the FIFA World Cup 2018 currently ongoing in Russia. Where some results caused a deluge of despair others made people so deliriously happy that their joy resulted in seismic shifts thousands of miles away! Here are some of the tweets and memes to put you into the picture of what has gone on at FIFA so far:
Hosts Russia took on Saudi Arabia in the opening match and home fans had a dream match with the hosts crushing the visitors 5-0. This was the second biggest victory margin by a host nation in the opening match, the biggest being Italy v USA in 1934. Tweets also pointed out that the team almost drew a match against champions Germany a week back.
….Or the Saudi king come to that!
Defending champions Germany lost their first match of the tournament. The fact that they lost to Mexico resulted in a wave of joy so intense that the people of Mexico swear that they physically experienced earth quakes.
German fans appeared to be in shock. The expressions of disbelief and despair tell their own story.
In previous FIFA editions, defending champions haven’t necessarily fared well, as this tweet pointed out.
More than the 1-1 draw result, it was the way that the Swiss players concentrated their energies on thwarting Neymar that people were speaking about.
The match triggered major memes; with many coming out in sympathy for Neymar and the way the Swiss seemed to consistently corral him specifically. Others thought that it was all par for the course and Neymar ought not to have made such a song and dance about the whole thing.
The Swedes beat the Koreans 1-0 but the Korean goalkeeper’s save is what everyone was talking about.
Apparently the Swedes’ reactions to being tackled were meme-worthy enough for many tweets about “Every Sweden player when a Korean gets within inches of them #SWEKOR”
Iceland drew their match against the fancied Argentineans. Belgium winning 3-0 against Panama was a result that was much more in accordance with general expectations
Doctors populate the Icelandic team, says this tweet. The implication of course is this: , it was Argentina's best against a bunch of doctors and they still could not do it!
When Messi missed the penalty shot, people were quite unforgiving on Twitter.
England’s win over Tunisia was expected; however even after playing extremely well throughout the game the English may have had to be satisfied with the scoreboard still at 1-1 close to the end of the game. Harry Kane (who had earlier scored his team’s solitary goal as well) did this during injury time however. The delirium that followed was simply par for the course.
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