Despite a few blips in the group-stage, the World Cup title contenders have found their stride at the business end of the tournament. Netherlands, England, France, Brazil, Argentina- all these sides have played some scintillating football. But Luis Enrique's Spain have come up short as they failed to convert all their penalties in the shootout against Morocco in their last 16 clash even after practising a thousand penalties in training. How much did you enjoy the last 16?
It’s a do-or-die dilemma for two-time champions Argentina as they take on Poland at 01:00 am on Thursday. On the following day, Germany will face Costa Rica with the same equation. Five-time champions Brazil already bagged qualification to the last 16 courtesy of consecutive victories against Serbia and Switzerland.
Messi's magic helps Argentina rise from the ashes, Morocco puts down Belgium, defending champions France brush aside the champion’s curse, and the Spain-Germany encounter delivers an end-to-end thriller; All in all the group-stage of the World Cup has satiated the thirsts of all football fans. To discuss all the latest updates of the World Cup, The Daily Star brings you its special segment, Qatar Chronicles.
After much discussion and speculation, for the first time in history, the football World Cup is going to be held in November-December. In the first of four parts of 'Road to QATAR', The Daily Star discussed about the strength and potential of the Group 'A' and 'B' teams.
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