On the eve of the start of the quarterfinal matches, one could remember the words of one of the guests of the FIFA Fan Festival™, the captain of the game “What? Where? When?” - a two-time winner of the "Crystal Owl" Alexei Blinov. Speaking of whom he wanted to see in the finals, a famous Petersburg fan said:
- I would like the European and Latin American teams to converge in the finals. And I want Latin Americans win. They are magicians of the ball historically; they probably even sleep with the ball. It seemed to me that they would show a sparkling game in this tournament, some kind of magic. However, there is no magic, now the order wins. Which beats class as you know. Now a properly organized position game and a balanced selection of players determines football. Therefore, it is difficult to guess whether this miracle will happen.
Today, on July 6, the very day when the miracle, about which Alexey Blinov spoke, had the last chance to happen - the two remaining teams from South America - Uruguay and Brazil – met in the struggle for the semi-final.
The Uruguayans who played with the French came to the football field first. The Konyushennaya Square, just having survived the celebration of the million and the million first guests, divided into two camps as usual. However, Uruguay was supported not only by those, who like the performance of this team, but also those who managed to get to know this team. The French did not behave so brightly, but they also had a local support group.
In the middle of the first half, the Konyushennaya Square was poured with rain. Umbrellas appeared. Perhaps even the Cherbourg umbrellas. Nevertheless, the miracle, about which Alexey Blinov had spoken, did not happen - the French team went to the semifinals.
At the World Cup there was only one team from Latin America. The match began at 21.00. And the chances of the teams to win were estimated by another player of the club "What? Where? When?", also twice the owner of "The Crystal Owl" Mikhail Skipsky.
- I think Brazil has a chance to reach even the finals. Neimar is fine, the team is balanced, playing hard, European football. At the group stage, they did not have enchanting victories with a large score, they smoothly rolled into the championship. Unlike the Spaniards and the Portuguese, who played fantastic football in the first match, but did not show anything else, - said Mikhail.
However, Mikhail did believe Belgium also can go through. In the opinion of Mikhail Skipsky, if the tournament grid did not bring Brazil and Belgium together at the stage of the quaterfinals, the teams could well have met in the World Cup finals.
- Belgium is one of the favorites of the tournament. A match with the Japanese showed that the Belgians can just pass the ball as long as necessary, but at the right time they could gather and run. Spain couldn’t do this in a match with Russia. Of course, we played more closed football, unlike the Japanese, but the Spaniards still could not turn on the speed, - Skipsky said.
To the beginning of the match Brazil - Belgium the Konyushennaya Square is already habitually filled with yellow-green Brazilian flags. From the scene, sparkling Brazilian songs sound. On the square - no less incendiary dances. However, with the beginning of the match the mood changes. At the scene, the fans of the Brazilian national team stand still. Their faces are bewildered and hopeful. And behind them – a sea of emotions is raging - those who cheer this day for the Belgians are happy. The hidden finale, about which Mikhail Skipsky had spoken, ended with the victory of the national team of Belgium. South American teams are leaving the World Cup in unison.