Most Dramatic Moments From The Group Stage

Marcus Newton
June 30, 2018

However, the absence of major racist incidents does not mean that the group stage of the World Cup has been without problems related to discrimination. Uruguay brought them crashing back down to earth with a 3-0 win in the final game to top the group, though.

Alexei Smertin, the Russian Football Union's anti-discrimination inspector, said Russia had received positive feedback from visiting teams, fans and officials.

France may have won the group, but they did so with extremely underwhelming performances.

The FIFA World Cup is the one tournament that is watched by millions if not billions throughout the month of arguably the biggest sporting event of the calendar.

Loew and his men looked down in the dumps as they headed home from Vnukovo airport in Moscow on Thursday morning as Spain were installed as the new favourites for the tournamnet.

Christian Eriksen's wonderful goal set them on the path to a crucial draw against Australia which ultimately secured their passage through to the knockout stages.

The German tactician is being criticised for failing to take Manchester City's in-form winger Leroy Sane to the World Cup.

The Asian side needed to beat Germany by more than two goals to stand a chance of qualifying from Group F as runners up and hope Mexico beat Sweden but their already slim hopes ended when the Scandinavians raced into a 3-0 lead in the second half.

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Ahmed Musa's two-goal show in Nigeria's win over Iceland on Friday earned him a new nickname in Argentina - Lionel Musa. Peru have sparkled occasionally during the 2018 World Cup but are already out of the tournament after two 1-0 defeats.

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The 33-year-old made his only save in the 54th minute, spilling Christian Eriksen's free-kick before pouncing on the loose ball. France , who has been unbeaten till now in the tournament, defeated Australia by 2-1 and Peru by 1-0 earlier.

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Verstappen took a solid second place while the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen jumped Ricciardo late in the race to steal a podium spot. Hamilton, armed with a new Mercedes engine, posted a best lap of one minute and 32.539 seconds to finish clear of the rest.

The Real Madrid star bagged four goals in his first two games, taking his total World Cup tally up to seven. They had a disappointing draw with Iceland (1:1) and a thorough beating from Croatia (0:3). Costa Rica made an early exit but shared the points with Switzerland in their last match, which was enough for the Europeans to qualify for the knockout stage.

The group stage offered great drama and intrigue, both on and off the field.

However, there is still time to look back before the action resumes.

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The Argentines who played in the finals four years ago this time could hardly make it to the knockout stage. It came down to the final game to find the group winners, and Belgium - who made nine changes to their line-up compared to England's eight - edged it with a wonderful goal from Adnan Januzaj. "I told them to fight until the very end".

Group H was easily the closest contest.

Group H: Colombia (6), Japan (4), Senegal (4), Poland (3). We have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round, but we're pleased we're in the next round. The Samurai Blue consequently followed Colombia out of the pool.

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