Let’s bid a fond farewell to Peru before we watch some more World Cup.
Ramble of the Day
Once again, Thursday saw one of the likable sides that was officially eliminated from the World Cup in Peru. Another side making a long-awaited return to the World Cup, they Peruvians grabbed attention with their excitement, but really won the audience over with their play on the field. Against Denmark, they were ambitious and exciting, leaving us all to feel small bits of their sorrow as they managed not to put one shot past the ‘keeper. It was enough to keep many rooting for Peru against France, despite suffering from Playing Against N’Golo Kanté Syndrome.
You will be missed, Peru, and now have a world’s worth of people hoping that your team will be back soon.
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Links of the Day
FIFA is denying accusations that referee Mark Geiger asked for Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt at halftime of Portugal-Morocco on Wednesday.
Colombian journalist Julieth Gonzalez Theran was groped while working for Deutsche Welle in Moscow.
Police in Colombia are investigating death threats received by Carlos Sanchez after he conceded a penalty and was sent off against Japan on Tuesday.
Transfer roundup: Juventus have confirmed the signing of Emre Can after his Liverpool contract expired; Thomas Lemar is officially an Atlético Madrid player (and has been for a few days); Brighton have signed goalkeeper Jason Steele from Sunderland
Today’s longer read: The New York Times’ Rory Smith went to the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude to see how a city in the host nation five time zones away from the action enjoys the World Cup