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France came to the World Cup in Japan and South Korea with a wonderful side that had won the trophy on home soil in 1998 and then won the European Championship in 2000.

"We really had the feeling that our team wanted to move ahead and qualify for the knockout stages". If you're looking for a breakdown of the bracket, we've got you covered.

There is a huge amount of education and information embedded in the performances of every team in the 2018 World Cup, simply because the general standard of play all across the board has risen.

But a 2-0 defeat to South Korea in the third group game sealed their fate and sees them heading home early.

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And Merson insists that they provide very little threat to England's dreams of winning the tournament in Russian Federation . Amid suggestions Belgium did not want to win, Adnan Januzaj's second-half strike sealed victory and left England second.

This half of the bracket features big names in two high-powered matches right out of the gate: A loaded France squad plays Lionel Messi and Argentina in Saturday's early game, followed by Uruguay and Luis Suarez against Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the winners meeting July 6. As a result of the group stage of the World Cup, the Russian team reached the 1/8 finals for the first time in history.

Uruguay, though, are the only team not to have conceded a goal.

They were beaten by Sweden in their opening game and also lost to Mexico in their second group game.

Kane has the more hard task of facing Colombia, so Lukaku is likely to have caught his Golden Boot rival by the time the quarter-finals come around, should they both progress.

'Dark day for German football' after World Cup elimination
After the draw for the 2018 World Cup was announced, no one would have foreseen that South Korea would oust Germany . Mexico fans celebrated in the stands when hearing that South Korea had scored against Germany .

But the 20-year-old student was determined to look on the bright side. "We made our way to the top over a period of 14 years - we were the most consistent team in the world for the past 10 years and became world champions". England now top the group and need only a draw to make it to the next round as group toppers.

"It's a historic disgrace", Der Spiegel weekly said, decrying Germany's "weak game" against a plucky South Korea.

Key battle: Xherdan Shaqiri hit a late victor against Serbia and he is his team's biggest attacking threat, with Sweden's left-back Ludwig Augustinsson - who scored their opening goal in a 3-0 win against Mexico - likely to be tested defensively. "How can this group of players struggle with all these basics of football?"

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