After watching their bitter rival Brazil crash out of the Olympics, Argentina’s fans are jubilant and celebrating. World Cup on penalties to Croatia… supporters now seeing the opportunity for their side to win in Qatar ahead their clash with Holland
Argentina fans enjoyed Brazil’s shocking exit from the Olympics with great enthusiasm World Cup after Croatia’s loss on penalties.
Brazil was expected to reach the semi-finals after it beat South Korea in the last-16.
Bruno Petkovic cancelled Neymar’s extra-time strike. Croatia held their nerve in penalty shootout and scored all four of its spot-kicks for a 4-2 win.
Brazil was knocked out by Argentina. Argentina fans celebrated in a wild way World Cup by Croatia
Neymar was in tears after his side’s loss and had to have his team-mates comfort him.
Argentina fans were watching the penalties at the Lusail stadium ahead of their quarter-final against the Netherlands. When Marquinhos’s penalty was returned to the post, they couldn’t contain their excitement. Fans were waving scarves high in the air and jumping up and down.
After watching the celebrations, Gary Lineker of BBC sent out a tongue-in cheek tweet. He wrote: ‘Think Argentina’s fans enjoyed Brazil’s loss’.
The Argentina fans’ reaction was quite different from that of Brazil players. Neymar was left in tears after his side lost.
Brazil and Argentina are the most successful South American countries, having won seven of their seven titles. World Cups could be shared between them and a mouthwatering battle between the pair was possible if both had won their matches on Friday.
If Argentina beats Holland on Friday night, they will face Croatia in semi-finals.
After Brazil’s exit, Lionel Messi and his team may now be optimistic about their chances of reaching the final in Qatar.
Brazil’s defeat means that the two teams will not face each other now and they have never faced each other at football’s largest tournament in the 21st Century.
Argentina fans may have been happy that Brazil is out and that the route to the final seems to be open.
If they defeat the Netherlands on Friday they will be facing a Croatian team that has been to penalties in both of its last two matches.
Argentina may be optimistic about their chances of winning the final against Croatia.
Argentina was one of the most supported countries at this tournament. Fans flocked to Qatar to see Lionel Messi’s last match. World Cup.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or champion has delivered so far. He scored three times in four matches and more magic on Friday night could help his side move closer to being crowned world champs for the third consecutive year.