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Mixed feelings for Galacticos in Russia 2018 quarters – Part 1
- Updated: July 7, 2018
The Russia 2018 World Cup continues to progress and there is still some good news for Real Madrid as one of the club’s players played a significant part in his side’s qualification to the semi-finals of the competition.
Real Madrid French center-back Raphael Varane was one of the key performers for France as he scored the opener against Uruguay that inspired France to a 2 nil win, thus sealing a place in the semis against Belgium.
However. same was not the case for the likes of Marcelo and Casemiro, although the latter was absent from the game due to suspension.
It was obviously a day of mixed feelings for Madridistas and the Galacticos because as one player progressed with his national team, two other players were sent packing from the competition. Belgium proved stubborn on the day for the Brazilians, while a defensively disciplined Uruguay side succumbed to the French team.
Meanwhile, the likes of midfield maestro Luka Modric and reportedly wantaway midfielder Mateo Kovacic will fly the flag of their national teams when they take on hosts Russia in one of today’s quarter-final fixtures. It can be recalled that the Russians bundled out the Spaniards that paraded a good number of Real Madrid players.
Hopefully, Modric and his men can exact revenge on the Russians just as Varane helped to do against the Uruguayans who eliminated Ronaldo’s Portugal from the competition in the previous stage.
However, the Modric led side will surely have their hands full against the hosts who showed defensive discipline against Spain. The Real Madrid midfielder will surely be on the lookout to avoid the ‘from hero to villain’ path he almost treaded for his side against Denmark which saw him miss a decisive penalty in the closing stages of extra-time in that game.
Regardless, we hope that the remaining Real Madrid contingent in Russia have a significant say on where the World Cup trophy ultimately ends up. and hopefully. one of the Galacticos ends up with a Russia 2018 World Cup gold medal whilst hoisting the most coveted silverware in football history.