# ⚽️ World Cup Riddle

To complete my first half you need my final second half.

Hint:

I rhyme with the product of shearing sheep in the rain.

• Yay Croatia won! Going up against France! HRVATSKA!!!! Jul 12, 2018 at 0:29
• This riddle came to me while watching the Croatia-England game. At the time, England was winning. Jul 12, 2018 at 11:21
• This is soo hard... Jul 12, 2018 at 13:51
• Note the "wordplay" tag. What do I mean by "first half" and "second half"? Jul 12, 2018 at 14:48
• My first half can take a long time if you’re a South African tennis player. Jul 14, 2018 at 14:29

Taking a free kick:

SET PIECE

To complete my first half you need my final second half.

If you have a missing piece, you wouldn't have the set.

Better chance of scoring a goal if you're well practised with set pieces.

I rhyme with the product of shearing sheep in the rain.

Set piece and wet fleece.

⚽️⚽️⚽️ ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ + 'My first half can take a long time if you’re a South African tennis player'

Enumeration (3,5) + Kevin Anderson won the 2018 Wimbledon Men's SF with a final set 26-24.

Well done France and Croatia.

• Well done indeed! Jul 15, 2018 at 17:13
• I’m curious, do you think you could have solved it with only the first two clues? What subset of clues would you recommend to calibrate the difficulty for this community? Jul 15, 2018 at 17:23
• I only got it when looking at the end and saw the rhyme - was way off the mark with the first clues. Had an early thought it was 'game over' - go|ld & sil|ver with a half-ti|me in the middle. Still it was within range. Now seeing the first clue as the final last one needed to complete the first one it was original and good! (I understand there was time pressure to complete this match.)
– Tom
Jul 15, 2018 at 17:42
• "Taking a free kick" hahah love it, $(+1)$ Jul 16, 2018 at 7:45

It might be

Finals

Because

You need to finish both halves of the bracket (semifinals) to get to the finals.

And

If you win the semis, you go to the finals, and when you win the finals, you achieve your goal (the trophy). The better prepared you are, the better you will be.