The World Cup of Russia without mercy: the figures that failed to reach the semifinals
There are only 6 teams left in the most coveted tournament on the planet. Many international stars had to make the suitcases
The World Cup in Russia will be remembered as the tournament of surprises. The absences of Gianluigi Buffon with Italy , Arturo Vidal with Chile , Arjen Robben with Holland or even those of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Karim Benzema , who were not considered by the Swedesand French , augured the complex fate that would be presented to the figures of the planet .
During the first phase Mohamed Salah could not get even one victory for Egypt . A situation similar to that which Keylor Navas went through with Costa Rica .
The eliminations of Poland and Germany also meant the goodbye of stars such as Robert Lewandowski , Toni Kroos , Mesut Ozil or Manuel Neuer .
Sadio Mané was accompanied by the feeling of Paolo Guerrero , who fought until the last circumstances to have a place in the World Cup and was another of those who said goodbye fast. While the start of the round of 16 left the two greatest exponents of world football on their knees.
Between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo they won the last 10 Gold Balls (5 each) and consolidated an individual bid to know who is the king of football. But in Russia , Argentinaand Portugal fell in the phase of the 16 best by the hierarchy of France and Uruguay .
In this instance, Andrés Iniesta had his farewell in Spain . The surprise elimination against Russia sealed the story of the Brain with La Roja. A situation similar to that experienced by James Rodriguez in Colombia , although the injury that left him in the stands could fuel his desire for revenge in the next Copa América to be played in Brazil .
Xherdan Shaqiri was another of the victims of the World Cup in Russia , given that the defeat of Switzerland by the slightest difference against Sweden forced him to seal his passport. ChicharitoHernandez , meanwhile, could not fulfill the objective of the fifth matchat the head of Mexico , since the painful fall with Brazil meant the farewell to the Aztecs .
On the first day of the quarterfinals, Neymar and Luis Suárez suffered from the harshness of Russia. The fall of Uruguay against France and the surprising blow that gave Belgium to Brazil made the PSG star retire with the Barcelona striker. Kylian Mbappé, Luka Modric, Eden Hazard and Harry Kane are the survivors seeking consecration in Russia . Glory has a vacancy for only one.