One thing that always seems to happen during the World Cup, or any given international tournament for that matter, is a country that nobody expects to go far somehow manages to end up in the semi-finals.
The group stages of the World Cup have given us some memories that we will never forget. As ever with a World Cup, we see videos and pictures of incredible things happening in the stadiums and all over the world. This memories are what makes the tournament special to so many people, so here is a look at the five best moment of the World Cup so far.
#6 Michy Batshuayi kicks ball into post… only to bounce back off his HEAD
It was all going well for Belgium and Batshuayi,
After a thrilling round of group games, we are down to the World Cup last 16 stage. We have 16 teams, who will all believe they can lift the trophy, and in just over two weeks we will find out who will be crowned champions of the world.
The biggest omission from the last 16 round is certainly Germany, who struggled in their three group games and left with just three points and a bottom placed finish,
Last night England and Belgium played to see who would top Group G at the World cup. Going into the game, both teams had already qualified for the knockout round, and they both decided to rest numerous players because of that. To add further confusion to the situation, whoever wont he game put themselves on the tough side of the draw, while the team finishing second in the group had a far easier path to the final.
The World Cup has reached the knockout round and the first game of the last 16 stage looks sure to be a classic. France take on Argentina on Saturday afternoon, and one of the main talking points so far at this World Cup has been how disappointing Argentina have been. France have not done as well and looks as assured as they should have, but the knockout round is always a time when the big teams come to life,
England fans have followed their football team all over the world. We have seen thousands of them descend on tournaments to offer support to their team, and we are seeing this again in Russia this summer.
Going into the 2018 World Cup, Germany and Brazil dominated the betting markets but the Germans will not be defending their 2014 crown after they were dumped out of the World Cup yesterday. After what has been a very disappointing tournament, they are on their way home with a record of just one win and two losses from their three group games. The Germans have failed to strike this summer, and questions will be asked of the players and coaching team.
One World Cup group where things have gone to plan for the big teams so far has been Group G. England and Belgium have won their opening two games to bag six points and qualify for the knockout stage with a game to spare.
Group H is looking like the closest of the World Cup groups so far, and with the right results Colombia can take top spot from what was an unlikely position. The Colombians are the best team in this group, but got off to the worst possible start in their opening game of the tournament.
Diego Maradona has divided opinions both on and off the field for a number of years. On the field he was a talented player, even if he didn’t always play the game in the right spirit.
The race for top spot and qualification from Group E at the World Cup is on. Brazil are top of the group on goal difference going into the final games, but tied on points with Switzerland.
It was nearly a dream come true for the Iran players and fans last night, as they came inches away from booking their place in the knockout round of the World Cup.