And Then There Were Four

And then there were four. We know the names of the four semi-finalists of the 6-a-side World Cup after a pivotal penultimate day in Essen. Last year’s runners-up, Kazakhstan, will take on Mexico, and it’s an all Eastern Europe affair in the other half of the draw as Ukraine faces Croatia.


Mexico started the day with a thrilling encounter against France in the last 16. It was a back-and-forth affair, but the Central Americans emerged victorious, securing their spot in the quarter-finals. On the other hand, Kazakhstan had to come from behind to beat Cyprus in a hard-fought match to make it to the quarters. However, they faced a Greek team that proved to be no match for them, as Mexico triumphed with a comfortable 4-1 victory.


In the late game, penalties were needed to determine the winner between Kazakhstan and the United States after a tightly contested 1-1 draw. Kazakhstan held their nerve and emerged victorious from the drama, securing their place in the semi-finals.


Meanwhile, in the other half of the draw, the competition was just as intense. Croatia faced Slovenia in their last 16 game, and it was Ljuba’s goal that made the difference, propelling Croatia into the quarter-finals. On the other hand, Ukraine had a monumental challenge ahead of them as they clashed with the reigning world champions, Brazil. The match was fiercely fought, but neither team managed to break the deadlock in regular time. Ultimately, Ukraine prevailed in the Socca Penalties, edging out Brazil and advancing to the semi-finals.


Now, all eyes are on the final day at Kennedyplatz, where the anticipation is palpable. The action is set to kick off at 11 am (CET) with Ukraine going head-to-head against Croatia. It promises to be an enthralling encounter, as both teams have demonstrated their mettle throughout the tournament. Soccer fans around the world can catch all the action here, eagerly awaiting to witness who will secure their spot in the highly coveted World Cup final.