The FIFA World Cup is one of the world’s biggest and most popular events, and this year’s edition was no exception. The semifinals kicked off on Thursday with some nail-biting action, and we’ve got all the details on who won and who lost. Here are the winners and losers of the semifinals: Winners Germany: The defending champions became the first team to reach the final stage of a World Cup for the sixth time. They defeated Sweden 2-0 in the semifinals, with both goals coming from Joshua Kimmich. England: Despite being eliminated early in the tournament by Croatia, England reached their first semifinal since 1990 thanks to an impressive display against Belgium. Harry Kane led England to a 2-1 victory with two goals in the first half, but they couldn’t hold onto their lead in the second half and lost 3-2. Losers Croatia: After reaching the World Cup final in 2014, Croatia faced elimination at the hands of England in this year’s semifinals. Luka Modric was instrumental for Croatia throughout the tournament, but it wasn’t enough – Croatia lost 2-
Winners of the Semifinals
The World Cup semifinals have closed, with France and Belgium locking horns in a tense battle for supremacy.
While the French side comfortably progressed to the final, Belgium suffered a narrow defeat against England.
Here is a look at the winners and losers of the semifinals…
France’s impressive run in the World Cup has come to an end with a comprehensive victory over Belgium. The hosts were unyielding in defense, shutting down their opponents repeatedly while creating their chances. Kylian Mbappe was unstoppable, scoring two goals in the process as Les Bleus booked their place in Sunday’s final.
Belgium had performed well up until this point of the tournament, but they could not overcome England on Tuesday night. The Red Devils created more chances than their opponents but could not find a way past Joe Hart and co., who held on for a nervy victory. Irish Goulabia was Belgium’s best player on the night, impressing with his aggressive play off the bench.
Losers of the Semifinals
The World Cup Semi-Finals have come to a close, and, as always, there are winners and losers. Here is a look at who came out on top in the Men’s World Cup semifinals:
Brazil shone throughout the tournament and was dominant against Germany in their semifinal. Neymar was an obvious star of the show, netting two goals in the match. The Selecao’s passionate support made the atmosphere electric at their games, which showed in their performance. They will be looking forward to bringing home the gold medal on Sunday.
France may not have reached the final, but they can be proud of their performances throughout the World Cup. They narrowly beat Croatia 4-3 on penalties after a goalless stalemate in normal time – a result that will be remembered for years. Kylian Mbappe was ever-present for Les Bleus, scoring five goals during their run to the semifinals. They will now face Portugal in Sunday’s final, hoping to lift the trophy for the second time in three tournaments.
1. Germany After finishing atop Group F with six wins from six games, Die Mannschaft were expected to make it far into this year’s World Cup – but Brazil surprisingly knocked them out in the semifinals.
Winners of the Quarter-Finals
The Men’s World Cup quarter-finals are over, and we can enjoy some attractive football.
Spain and Belgium advanced to the semifinals with convincing victories, while Portugal beat hosts Russia.
Here are the winners and losers of the quarter-finals:
Spain: The reigning European champions took care of business against a weak Morocco side, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Isco and David Silva. This sets up a showdown against Holland in Moscow on July 15th.
The Netherlands: After losing their opening game to Spain, The Netherlands cruised past Australia 4-1 thanks to two goals from Memphis Depay and an own goal by Aziz Behich. This sets up a rematch with Spain in the final.
Belgium: Roberto Martinez’s men beat Tunisia 3-1, with strikes from Marouane Fellaini, Christian Benteke, and Nacer Chadli securing a place in the semifinals against England. The Belgians will be looking for revenge after losing 1-0 to England at this stage of last year’s tournament.
Russia: Having started brightly, Russia suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Portugal, going down 4-1 after falling behind early on. With huge pressure now mounting on manager Stanislav Cherchesov, expectations will be high for his team when they face Germany in Sochi on July 7th for a place in the final.
Losers of the Quarter-Finals
The quarter-finals of the Men’s World Cup have ended, and as such, we can now look at who has come out on top and who has fallen by the wayside.
Several big names are always missing from the knockout stages – including Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo – but that doesn’t mean that some lesser lights can’t still put on a show.
Japan’s stunning 3-1 victory over Germany in their quarter-final perfectly illustrates this. While the hosts were expected to breeze through the Group Stage, they met stiff competition in Portugal and Brazil. However, after picking up a point against Japan in their final group game, Die Mannschaft was forced into a semifinal showdown with their rivals from south America. And despite putting in a spirited performance, they eventually fell 3-1 behind.
In contrast, Belgium struggled from the get-go in their quarter-final match against Brazil. The hosts raced into an early lead thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kaka (who was making his debut for Brazil), but Romelu Lukaku’s brace later in the first half made it 2-0 to Belgium inside 30 minutes. However, things went from bad to worse for Roberto Martinez’s side as Neymar leveled things up before Ederson got sent off for protesting what looked like another penalty decision (
Winners of the Round of 16
There are some major winners and losers of the semifinals of the Men’s World Cup. The biggest winners are Germany, who progressed to the final for the first time in 28 years, while France, who were joint hosts with Belgium this year and were widely tipped as favorites, are out. In contrast, Croatia, who made it through as a group winner, are among the major losers – they have now lost in consecutive semifinals. They will have to be careful not to concede early against England in Sunday’s final.
Germany v Argentina is billed as one of the most eagerly awaited matches in recent memory. This is no coincidence – these two teams met at the 2014 World Cup semifinal stage, and Argentina emerged victorious. Things couldn’t be more different this time; both teams started slowly but came into their own in the knockout stages. With both sides boasting formidable attacking options – including Messi and Ronaldo – there are plenty of excitement levels high ahead of what should be an excellent match.
In contrast, England v Croatia is likely to be a much more cagey affair. It may not be as exciting, but if either side can get hold of the ball, they can produce some wonderful footballing moments. Croatia had been convincing going forward until this point. Still, England could provide a sterner test, especially given that Costa Rica pulled off one of the shocking results by beating Uruguay 2-1 in their last group game.
Winners of the Round of 16
The first semifinal of the Men’s World Cup was a fantastic match that went to extra time. France was leading 1-0 with just minutes left, but Uruguay managed to equalize. The game went to penalties, and, unfortunately for France, they lost all their shootouts. This leaves them as the losers of this semifinal.
Meanwhile, in the other semifinal, Croatia won 3-1 against England. This means they will go through to the final, while England is the loser. Croatia had some good chances in the first half, and it was only thanks to an amazing save from Jordan Pickford that England avoided conceding any goals. In the second half, however, Croatia took control and scored two very impressive goals. They will be looking to win their first World Cup trophy!
Winners of the Group Stage
The World Cup has ended, with the final set to be played on Sunday. Who can come out on top?
In the men’s semifinals, France again proved their dominance by overpowering Croatia in a barely believable 5-1 scoreline. This sets up an exciting showdown between Les Bleus and Germany, who both came into the tournament as heavy favorites.
Spain was the other semi-finalist, beating Netherlands 2-1 in a match that went down to the wire. These two teams have been dueling it out throughout this World Cup, and it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top in Sunday’s final. Here are all of the winners and losers from this year’s Men’s World Cup:
France: After dominating Croatia in their semifinal, France will now look to take home their fourth World Cup title. They have been one of the most consistent teams throughout this tournament, and their firepower will be difficult for anyone to handle. Croatia: It was an incredible surprise for Croatia to make it this far, but they showed great resilience by pulling off some big wins along the way. This includes their victory over Spain in their semifinal match. Netherlands: Despite coming up short against Spain, the Netherlands still achieved some memorable milestones during this World Cup, such as becoming the first team to knock reigning champions France out of a World Cup tournament. Losers
Losers of the Group Stage
As the men’s World Cup semifinals played out, there were some big winners and losers. The biggest winners were Germany, who topped their group and made it to the semifinals for the first time since 2002. They beat Argentina 4-1 in the final match of the group stage, with Miroslav Klose scoring a hat-trick.
The biggest losers were Brazil, who finished second in their group and had to face Germany in the semifinals. Brazil lost 2-0, with both goals coming from Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Another loser was Italy, who finished third in their group and had to play Sweden in the last 16. Italy lost 3-0, with two goals coming from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and one from John Terry.
So who are the other winners and losers of this year’s Men’s World Cup? Read on to find out…
Winners of the Knockout Stage
The World Cup is ending, and with it, the Knockout Stage. Here are the winners and losers of this stage:
Germany: The defending champions were impressive in their semifinal against Argentina, winning 2-1. This was their third consecutive victory in the knockout stage, and they will be looking to defend their title in Russia next year.
Australia: The Matildas made it to their first-ever World Cup final after defeating Sweden 2-0. They played excellent football throughout the tournament and hoped to continue that when they took on France in the final.
Argentina: Despite being unbeaten in the knockout stage, Argentina was knocked out by Germany. This was their second successive defeat at this stage of a World Cup, and they will need to improve if they want to compete for titles in future tournaments.
Brazil: Brazil’s favorites going into the semifinals were disappointing as they lost 1-0 to Germany. This meant they finished fourth in Group C and would not participate in the next World Cup.
Losers of the Knockout Stage
The semifinals of the Men’s World Cup were held over the weekend; as expected, there were a lot of winners and losers.
1. Belgium – After reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in their history, Belgium beat Japan 5-2 on aggregate to reach the semifinals. This victory means they will face England in Sunday’s final.
2. France – The defending champions reached the semifinals after they overcame Peru 2-1 on aggregate. This win means they will play Argentina in Sunday’s final.
3. Brazil – After losing in the quarter-finals to Germany, Brazil made it back to the semifinals by defeating Uruguay 1-0 on away goals thanks to an assist from Neymar Jr… They now face the Netherlands in Sunday’s final.
1. Sweden – The Swedes had high hopes going into this tournament but could not make it past Denmark in the round of 16, meaning they will exit early without a medal.
2. Colombia – After making it through to their first World Cup semifinal since 2002, Colombia was defeated by France 3-1 on penalties after a 0-0 draw during normal time. This loss leaves them with much disappointment heading into Sunday’s final against France. 3 Croatia – Croatia has had an impressive journey throughout this World Cup and reached their first