The excitement has peaked, and the quadrennial FIFA World Cup is drawing to a close. The quarter-finals took place last weekend, followed by the semi-finals this week. France and Croatia will now compete in the final, while Belgium and England will meet in the third place play-off.
Among the three soccer superstars for this World Cup, both Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo failed to advance to the quarter-finals, while Brazil’s Neymar has been ribbed for rolling on the field dramatically in several games after contact with opponents: Fans even dubbed his alleged theatrics “Neymar rolling.”
Meanwhile, Japan won applause for beating Colombia in its first game, becoming the first Asian team to beat a South American squad in 88 years of World Cup history. The final is scheduled in Moscow, Russia for 11pm Taiwan Time on Sunday.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. quadrennial adj.
四年一度的 (si4 nian2 yi2 du4 de5)
2. World Cup phr.
世界盃 (shi4 jie4 bei1)
3. quarter-final phr.
(ba1 qiang2 sai4, ban4 zhuan3 jue2 sai4)
4. semi-final phr.
四強賽、準決賽 (si4 qiang2 sai4, zhuan3 jue2 sai4)
5. roll v.
滾動 (guan3 dong4)
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