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Future starts now for Germany after shock first-round exit in Russian Federation

Russia 2018 bursting with drama as World Cup records tumble 98j0 Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma celebrates scoring their first goal with
Jennie Wade | 30 June, 2018, 18:29

That leaves Spain and Brazil, with the latter fresh from topping their group at a 10th consecutive World Cup even if they have been slow-burners so far.

He said: "At that time, Spanish teams were favourites but, to use a Russian expression, "anyone can be God if he tries to".

The only issue with VAR is whether the referees use it properly and have the courage to penalise foul play appropriately, a good example being Cristiano Ronaldo's sly elbow against Iran. "We're not going through but we did beat Germany so we see a bit of hope".

There weren't high expectations around Gareth Southgate's team but they are on a high and the fans / banter merchants are loving it.

He said: "It's clear that this is a play-off, a life or death match, only one team can go through. If you lose you're out".

Iran nearly pulled off a major upset when, with a little help from VAR, they held Portugal to a 1-1 draw in their last game, while Spain needed a stoppage-time strike from Iago Aspas to avoid defeat against Morocco and win the group. Uruguay brought them crashing back down to earth with a 3-0 win in the final game to top the group, though. "The players are the same but their play is different. For two days we looked at their strategy, worked out that they would probably play 4-4-2 and then 5-4-1 when crossing the halfway line", Shin explained.

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England dare to dream after record win
Petersburg there were still people closing the roads off for us when we were returning to the training base (in nearby Repino) at 5am after the Tunisia game ".

"The Russia team has [also] changed [since November] because we were forced to make changes".

Saudi Arabia and Egypt made early exits after losing their first two matches, but Juan Antonio Pizzi's side at least secured a consolation 2-1 win over the hapless Pharaohs. He joined the Yellow Submarine on a permanent deal two years ago. Visit SportsLine now to see which teams you should be all over in your World Cup brackets, and which upsets are the key to victory, all from the model that's returned an incredible 1800 percent profit on bookmakers' closing odds.

Top stat: Kane is the top goalscorer at the World Cup, the Three Lions captain scoring five goals to lead the race for the Golden Boot despite sitting out their loss to Belgium.

They did just that by overcoming Senegal 1-0, and the coupling of that result with Poland's 1-0 triumph over Japan meant Aliou Cisse's side were eliminated on fair play rules.

"I think the best competition in the world is not the World Cup, speaking about the quality of the game, the development of the teams, the tactical details", he told RT.

I think everyone has a soft spot for their last 16 opponents Mexico and not just because their fans have brightened up the event.

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