Earlier on the same day, and also in the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, the two beaten semi-finalists – Nigeria and Germany – played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in the battle for third place. It was a battle Nigeria eventually won, following a 3-2 victory on penalties. Having never gone further than the quarter-final stage before, it was a record-breaking finish for Bankole Olowookere’s side.
Three countries made their debuts in the competition: hosts India, Morocco and Tanzania. India had the most experience of the three but came up short against the USA, Morocco and Brazil. Despite Morocco’s handsome win against India, they too fell at the first hurdle.
Bucking the trend were Tanzania, who sprang a major surprise in the country’s very first FIFA World Cup appearance. They beat France 2-1 and drew 1-1 with Canada to qualify for the knockout phase. Even though defeated 3-0 by Colombia in the quarter-finals, the Tanzanians had an unforgettable experience on their debut on the global stage.