And then there were still four (but only two are playing a game that really matters)….
The bad news is that yet another so-called Zionist fave went down in defeat, as has every other Zionist fave in this World Cup.
The good news is that I spotted not one, but two, Israeli flags waved by fans in the stands. Yay, us.
The only other sliver of the good news is that readers of this blog will be spared references to The Hundred Year’s War and/or quotes from Henry V in the absence of an England-France final.
Full credit to the Croatians, who have truly earned their place in the finals after three hard-fought knockout round games. For their part, the English made it further than most observers ever expected. The Croatians would not be denied, and they willed their way to victory. Le Bleu may have their hands full on Sunday.
On Thursday, June 28, Belgium and England played a largely meaningless game in the last round of the group stage. (Belgium prevailed, 1-0.) On Saturday, they will repeat that exercise as they compete in a marginally more meaningful contest for third place. Expect a good game in any event, as each team will be looking to preface their lonely flight home with one more victory.
As for the France versus Croatia final, we subtitled this World Cup “Fear and Loathing in Russia” for very good reason.