The World Cup has come and gone but the memories of some of the great games can not be easily forgotten; there were matches that took the world by storm in the tournament which will forever remain in the archives of the World Cup.
Now that the competition has come and gone, NAIJ.com and Emirates, the sponsor of the World Cup section, have selected three matches that will linger in the memory of football lovers for a very long time.
1. Belgium vs Japan
The Japan team players were purely underdogs going into the match as all odds were against them in their round of 16 match against the Red Devils.
But at the end, it was Japan that got jaws dropping as they took the lead with two goals in just eight minutes into the second half.
It took Belgium 20 minutes to cancel out Genki Haraguchi and Takashi's strike to end the possibility of an upset from the Asians.
Two headers from Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini evened the scores before a swift attack move from Nacer Chadli sealed a 3-2 victory for Roberto Martinez's side.
2. France vs Argentina
As at the time of this game, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe was becoming a contender for the tournament's most valuable player.
Expectedly, Mbappe won a penalty for France after darting past Marcos Rojo as Antoine Griezmann converted the spot kick.
Angel Di Maria leveled the scores with a bullet of a shot from 25-yards and Gabriel Mercado made it 2-1 to the Argentine's before half time.
Benjamin Pavard scored a stunner to level matters from a brilliant technique as Mbappe bagged his second goal of the match and scored another to put Lews Bleus 4-2 up.
Sergio Aguero had a late shot for an equalizer but the match produced no more goals as it ended 4-3 to France.
3. Croatia vs France
The grande finale of the World Cup is arguably the best in the history of the competition as the entertaining fixture produced six goals.
An own goal from Mario Mandzukic set the ball rolling for France as Ivan Perisic belted in a leveler 10 minutes later.
Antoine Griezmann put France back in front from a penalty as Paul Pogba stretched the lead to 3-1 with a well placed strike.
Kylian Mbappe came to the party late as he made a shot into the right-hand corner of Croatian goalkeeper, Subasic. A hauler from Hugo Lloris gave Croatia a consolation goal from the boots of Mandzukic.
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