Yes, the half final wasn’t easy for Iran against Russia. And Argentina had, after a strong first half leading 4-1, enough to consolidate until the end. Surprising? No; every team was very strong and had to fight to come that far. The final could also have been Portugal against Iran.
Place 3/4 was finally decided by penalties. Portugal, who lead 2-0 after half time, wasn’t lucky with taking penalties. Iran could finished it twice but they needed a third one.
Final Russia-Argentina: Russia, playing a very tight system to finally find the dangerous Lima, started very strong. Argentina looked nervous, the 1-0 wasn’t therefore unexpected. But then they showed their power; bit by bit they picked up the game on character and they scored twice before half time. Directly after half time Lima scored the 2-2 and the game was open again.
Now it was Argentina who scored twice and Russia had to give chase. Powerplay had to bring them back in the game but Argentina scored the 5-2. Everybody thought that the game was over, me included. But Russia scored 5-3 with two minutes to go and I saw many times that there were two more goals at the end. Unfortunately for Russia they only scored once but they had certainly two more chances for the equalizer.
A very nice final which offers the possibility for all those countries who think that only Spain or Brazil can be the world champion.