Mesmerising Messi and the different perspective

Amol Gokhale
Monday, 18 June 2018

And what a day I had on Saturday at Spartak Stadium too, when Argentina clashed with Iceland! I must say, I had one of the best seats in the house, right behind Argentina dugout and I witnessed the emotions of their coach Jorge Sampaoli as Iceland irked out a 1-1 draw. 

I wrote this postcard on Sunday night, after Germany’s shocking 1-0 defeat by Mexico. As they say, the celebrations in Mexico City were so wild that they experienced a small earthquake as a result of that. But at the end of the day, they were the worthy winners.

And what a day I had on Saturday at Spartak Stadium too, when Argentina clashed with Iceland! I must say, I had one of the best seats in the house, right behind Argentina dugout and I witnessed the emotions of their coach Jorge Sampaoli as Iceland irked out a 1-1 draw. 

But, more than anything, I was really close to observe none other than Lionel Messi. With his green boots, he stood out from the rest, as he glided on the outfield of the stadium. He didn’t have the best of the games that day — he missed a golden opportunity to win it for his side as he missed a  penalty. I managed to record that on my phone. 

But, it was simply mesmerising to watch the living legend in action. It’s not every day that you get to watch him, unless you play for Barcelona or are a season pass holder for the club.

If I was right next to the field of play for that match, I was almost in the last row for Germany vs Mexico game as the Media Tribune in Luzhniki Stadium is situated on the sixth floor. It was a bird’s eye view with Mexico fans right next to Media Tribune.

What will stay with me forever is the atmosphere at both the stadiums as fans had their moments to cheer their team and I witnessed the action from two different perspectives.

The game you see from the touchline is completely different from what you see from top and I enjoyed both the angles thoroughly; certainly looking forward to the next game at both the stadiums.

(The writer shares his travel and tour experiences, and also catches the fun and revelry during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.)

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