Published on July 13th, 2018 | by Jasmine Evans
5 Best Moments of World Cup 2018 So Far
The realisation has finally set in that football won’t be coming home this time. After England were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup after losing 2-1 to Croatia in extra time on Wednesday’s match, fans were left devastated. But, it was brilliant while it lasted.
Despite our journey coming to an end, the boys have done us proud. For the first time in 28 years, England fought their way into the World Cup semi-finals – a fantastic outcome, nevertheless.
This #FeelGoodFriday, we thought we’d lighten the mood by picking out some of the best and funniest moments of the World Cup so far.
England win World Cup penalty shootout for first time
England won a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time ever in their match against Colombia, securing their place in the quarter final against Sweden.
Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat
Gareth Southgate’s choice of attire has been a hot topic this World Cup, so much that his waistcoat generated its own Twitter hashtag.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 11, 2018
Southgate’s £65 M&S waistcoat flew off the shelves in anticipation for Wednesday’s semi-final match against Croatia. Marking England’s historic semi-final World Cup match since 1990, the #WaistcoatWednesday trend began a frenzy on social media, as thousands of fans shared pictures of themselves replicating the waistcoat look.
It seems that Gareth Southgate has become a national treasure as he dominates yet another hashtag. Knowing only too well the pain of being on the bad end of a penalty shootout, the kind-natured England manager rushed to console Colombian midfielder Mateus Uribe after his team lost on penalties at the knockout stage.
Gareth Southgate praised for consoling Colombian player after missed penalty. He knows exactly how it feels. What a class act the England manager is ????????http://t.co/YuUzlULRnS pic.twitter.com/G7KysSEQuH
— LADbible (@ladbible) July 4, 2018
The national fell for Gareth Southgate, sparking an outpour of love and humour from fans on social media under the hashtag #GarethSouthgateWould.
#GarethSouthgateWould know what day to put the bins out after a Bank Holiday. And would let all his neighbours know just in case.
— IronLion (@scott161) July 4, 2018
Ross Kemp’s reaction to England beating Colombia
Ross Kemp became a viral sensation during England’s victory against Colombia after he posted his hilarious reaction online. The actor turned journalist took to social media to express his joy in a 39 second video that quite frankly, had the nation in stitches.
— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) July 3, 2018
Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi hits himself in the face with his own kick
What better way to celebrate a goal than by kicking the ball into your own face? Well, that’s what Michy Batshuayi did during England’s 1-0 defeat against Belgium. The Belgian striker decided to celebrate Belgium’s winning goal by attempting to kick the ball into the net for a second time. Unfortunately, the ball bounced back off the post and hit him straight in the face.
Japan clean dressing room and leave ‘thank you’ note after loss against Belgium
Although their journey in the World Cup has sadly come to an end, the Japan team have been labelled as the “true champions of the World Cup” after they left their changing room spotless and with a ‘Thank You’ note.
Japan left their changing room spotless after they lost 3-2 to Belgium last night.
They then left a note in Russian saying ‘Thank you’
Pure class. pic.twitter.com/7baTFgDfRO
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) July 3, 2018
The politeness and respect of the team extends to the fans too, and their considerate actions didn’t go unnoticed.
World Cup Fans of the tournament award goes to Japan ????????
— Sports Freakshow (@aussiebeastmode) July 2, 2018