‘The WORST pitch a World Cup final has been played on!’: Fans rate Lusail Stadium pitch as bubbles and re-laid artificial turf cause problems for players during Argentina v France
World Cup fans have calculated the quality of the pitch at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar amid the final of the tournament.
Reigning champions France hosted Argentina on Sunday in the competition’s finale, with the South American side 2-0 up early through a Lionel Messi penalty and an Angel di Maria goal.
The pitch proved boisterous and uneven, with the grass replaced with artificial turf at one end of the pitch in the goal France captain Hugo Lloris protected in the first half.
The fans have criticized the Lusail Stadium pitch in the World Cup final between France and Argentina on Sunday
Lionel Messi scored a penalty in the first half at the artificial grass goalmouth
Emi Martinez’s goal was too cut, but no grass was passed on.
Di Maria fired a good chance over in the opening moments of the game when he went close to a cross on the edge of the box.
However, the ball bobbed up at the wrong moment and he ended up firing his effort high over the bar, spurning a good opportunity.
“This has to be the worse pitch a World Cup final has been played on so badly”, said one Twitter user.
“I’ve eaten flakes that don’t come apart as easily as this brook,” added another.
Angel di Maria fired a good chance over the bar early on after a cross in the bubble
An eagle-eyed fan picked up the bubble on the field, calling it “bobble city” as it continued to disappoint.
Many would expect the surface for the biggest competition on the world’s biggest stage to be perfect, but it was much the opposite as the officials were apparently left scraping the barrel.
The pitch was apparently warned down due to matches throughout the tournament, leaving fans worldwide disappointed.
“The state of the pitch for a world cup final is shocking”, said one user.
“The pitch for a World Cup final is absolutely terrible,” added another.
One set of supporters who weren’t complaining, however, were Argentina fans, who would have been ecstatic with their team’s performance heading into the break.