We have entered into the final round of the group stage and 8 teams have already booked their flight tickets back to their homeland. World Cup is a stage where all the teams give their best in order to achieve international glory and bring happiness to their fans. Their efforts might not lead to victories often but that hasn’t stopped them from winning billions of hearts around the world. More 8 teams will be on their way home in this final round of group stage but the names wouldn’t be the same as we expected.
Poland’s poor performance
They are the biggest surprise on the list of early exits. No one had imagined that a team of such quality will be knocked out in the group stage. Poland won 8 out of 10 matches they played in the qualifiers, losing one and drawing the other. But in their campaign of finals, they are yet to earn a point. The world no. 8 lost their first match against 27th ranked Senegal. Their hopes were shattered into pieces by Colombia with a 0-3 defeat. They are yet to play a match against the group leaders’, Japan and will certainly want to end the world cup campaign on a happy note.
Is Ramos the main culprit?
The Liverpool talisman Mohammed Salah had a perfect season with the club, scoring 43 goals and providing 14 assists for the Reds. People have hoped for the similar performance for his country in the World Cup. But the injury on his left shoulder during the Champions League final against Real Madrid kept him out of the first game while he seems to struggle with the injury in the second match. Egypt lost to Uruguay and Russia in its first two matches. Their only game left against Saudi Arabia can be the historic moment if they win their first match in the World Cup history.
Big Stage, Small Team, Small Performance
Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Peru, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and Panama are the other six teams who have been knocked out of the competition. The surprising element is that none of them has earned a single point so far.
A bit was expected from the 8 before the commencement of the world cup but nothing was delivered by them. It is going to be interesting to see these teams perform in their final match as their match result will be the decisive factor for some big team’s qualification to the next round. With nothing to lose, they can be a decisive factor in others’ fate.