World Cup 2018: Top 5 Disappointing Teams
The Round of 16 stage of the World has been completed with France, Uruguay, Russia, Croatia, Brazil, Belgium, Sweden and Engalnd making it to the last eight.
They have been strong performances from teams that advanced and teams who didn’t make it past the group stage. However, some teams did not make a great impression in the tournament and left a sour taste. Here are the 5 disappointing teams of the World Cup.
Argentina struggled to make it to the World Cup after a crazy qualifying campaign that saw three coaches in the process. Despite having Lionel Messi, the ‘Albiceleste’ struggled with a 1-1 draw against Iceland, followed by a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Croatia.
Despite getting a frantic 2-1 win against Nigeria to go through, it just papered over the cracks the problems in the camp and were eliminated in the Round of 16 to France 4-3. An end of an era for Lionel Messi and his World Cup career with Argentina.
Spain were one of the favourites to go far in the competition with their talented squad despite the sacking their coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the World Cup started. After a 3-3 draw against Portugal, Spain struggled with a 1-0 win and earned a hard fought 2-2 draw against Morocco.
In the Round of 16 tie against Russia, Spain overplayed with the ball but had no penetration up front to hurt the Russians and were payed the price losing on penalties seeing the likes of Andreas Iniesta for the last time and an underwhelming campaign from the likes Of David De Gea.
The Pharaohs qualified for the first time in almost three decades led by their talisman Mohamed Salah. However, they still have the likes Mohamed Elneny and Ahmed Hegazi so a lot was expected from them. Salah missed their first game due to a shoulder injury and Egypt gave an inspired performance against Uruguay losing 1-0. Their other games against Russia and Saudi Arabia saw no improvements with Salah inclusion, losing both and were eliminated early.
Poland came to this with a level of hype behind them. They have one of the best strikers around in Robert Lewandowski plus other highly rated players like Arkadiusz Milik and Piotr Zielinski. They were favourites to get past their group but finished bottom in their group losing to Senegal and Colombia but earned a meaningless win against Japan with Lewandowski having a terrible tournament scoring no goals.
The World Champions had a campaign that they seriously want to forget quickly. Despite leaving out Leroy Sane, the mixture of experience plus the new talent in Kimmich, Brandt and Werner was enough to compensate that. However, a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico was the writing on the wall.
Despite getting a last gasp win over Sweden, they lost to South Korea finishing bottom of the group. From bad selection, poor tactics, misfiring attack and a slow defence, Germany could be in for another rebuild.