The group stage of the World Cup in Qatar is over: the final matches of the group stage have been played. This crazy tournament could not but surprise in the last matches of the third round.
Ghana - Uruguay - 0:2
Experienced fans, of course, did not forget how these teams met in 2010 in the quarter-finals of the championship, when Asamoah Gyan did not score a penalty at the end of extra time, and after that the Africans lost in the 11-meter series. Those who forgot probably remembered in the 21st minute of the current match, when goalkeeper Sergio Rochet parried Andre Ay from the “point” from the Ghana.
The match turned out to be very tense, because both teams had chances for the playoffs. In the first half, shortly after Ayew's miss, Uruguayan Georgian de Arrascaeta scored a double. This result suited the Celestinho, but in the last minutes the team's mood collapsed as the South Koreans took the lead in the match with Portugal. As a result, the two teams had four points, equally scored and conceded goals. But if the Uruguayans scored only two goals, the Koreans - four. Why Celestin's attack was silent in previous fights is a question for her. Alas, the last tour of the star veterans of the Uruguay national team, led by Godin, Suarez and Cavani, failed.
South Korea - Portugal - 2:1
The Portuguese, of course, were relaxed: the ticket was in their pocket, and they lost the first place in the group only if Ghana defeated Uruguay indecently. And then, in the fifth minute, Ricardo Horta brought the red-greens forward...
The Koreans took full advantage of this unmotivated opponent. At the 27th minute, Kim Yong Gwon retaliated the goal, and already at the 91st minute, Hwang Hee Chan brought South Korea a ticket to the playoffs, simultaneously plunging the Uruguayans into mourning, who had reached the 1/8 finals until that minute. The order at the tournament in Qatar definitely beats the class. And if the Koreans advance to the playoffs, they can become idols for their country worse than the guys from BTS.
Serbia - Switzerland - 2:3
No, nothing happened in this championship for the Serbs - not a single solid match, not a single vivid victorious memory. Although it's hard not to expect anything from a team with Milinkovic-Savic, Vlahovic, Mitrovic...
And now the first half seemed to be a success for the Serbian national team: let Xherdan Shaqiri opened the scoring, but quickly Mitrovic and Vlahovic turned the game upside down. However, even before the break, Brel Embolo restored the balance, and in the 48th minute, Remo Freuler again brought the Swiss ahead. And the Serbs went out sharply. Well, the Swiss team showed good football and proceeded to the 1/8 finals from the second place.
Cameroon - Brazil - 1:0
The Brazilians, who already qualified for the playoffs after the second round, left many leaders on the bench. Another thing is that the reservists of the pentacampeons are so good that they had a significant advantage over the Africans - both in territory, in possession of balls, and in shots on goal.
But, apparently, the understanding of the unimportance of the result was still in the minds of the Brazilians, and the Cameroonians were brought out in the 1/8 finals by the victory of the Serbs over the Swiss. It did not take place, well, at least Vincent Abubakar scored the decisive goal in the 92nd minute, tore off his shirt, received a red card and left the field. African reckless and bright - for this we love teams from the hottest continent.