Messi and Ronaldo teams, Argentina and Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup 2018 in Russia. These players are referred as the Greatest of all times (G.O.A.T) by many and were seen to take their team far but this is how their games went below;
The knockout stages of the Russia 2018 FIFA world cup began with France (Group C winners) taking on Argentina (Group D runners up).
With the winner assured of a quarter-final spot, the game started on a cautious note as both teams tried to cancel each other. Mbappe latching unto a loose ball in the French half paced all the way to the Argentine box where he was brought down by Marcos Rojo earning a penalty for Les Blues. Greizmann scored the spot kick giving the lead to France who sat back allowing Argentina to dictate the pace of the game. Parity was restored on 41 minutes as Di Maria hit a shot past Lloris in the french goal taking the scores into half-time at 1-1. Argentina were out of the blocks early in the second half as a Messi shot was deflected pff Mercado to give Argentina the lead. France were soon back on level terms with a Pavard volley beating Armani before nesting in the top corner. Poor defending from Argentina saw Mbappe hit a low drive to give France the lead before doubling it after being let on to a Giroud pass. Aguero hit one in hope for a comeback in the 93rd minute but France held on to book a place in the quarter finals.
Match 2 in the knockout stages pitched Uruguay against Portugal. Uruguay came into the game without conceding a goal in the group stages as Portugal boasted in Ronaldo one of the highest goal scorers in the tournament so far.
Portugal tried to take control of the game in the early stages when a Ronaldo shot was gathered well by Muslera in the Uruguayan goal. Uruguay soon took the lead after a superb Suarez cross found Cavani’s head and into the net. Portugal toiled to find an equalizer before the break but were denied by dogged defending marshalled by Diego Godin.
Uruguay took the lead into halftime as they hoped to book a spot in the quarter final for the first time since 2010 n South Africa. The second period started as the first had ended with Uruguay sitting back and allowing Portugal to do the playing.
The Portuguese pressure eventually paid off as unmarked Pepe headed past Muslera to restore parity. Pepe turned fron hero to villian at the other end as he gave away a header which allowed Suarez to release Cavani who curled a wonder past Rui Patricio to put Uruguay back into the lead and a step closer to the quarter finals. Uruguay showed excellent defending to deny Portugal time and time again as they reached the quarter final where they will take on France.