Friday/ the agony and the ecstasy 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

‘This is one nutty World Cup, people’
– Commentator Alexi Lalas

I watched most of the two World Cup matches today. Both ended in penalty shoot-outs, so thrilling finishes to both. It must be painful to lose with penalty kicks, though (as Brazil and The Netherlands did).

So Tuesday it’s Argentina 🇦🇷 vs. Croatia 🇭🇷 for the first semi-final.
On Wednesday it will be
( France 🇫🇷 or England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 ) vs. ( Portugal 🇵🇹 or Morocco  🇲🇦 ) for the second semi-final.

The France-England and Portugal-Morocco quarterfinal matches are played tomorrow.

Sad news is that sportswriter Grant Wahl (48, USA) died today in Doha, while covering the Argentina-Netherlands World Cup quarterfinal. He was reportedly working very hard and not sleeping well, and fell ill with a respiratory illness (not Covid).  

England flags everywhere, here at the Kirby Estate in London. ‘We know there are more than 400 flags up’, says one resident. Hmm .. I do spy a flag for Spain and one for Brazil there on the right, and that’s OK. And if I may say so, I love France, but I hope England will come out on top 🙂
[Still from a video clip posted by Reuters @Reuters on Twitter]

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