Most Dramatic Moments From The Group Stage

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Piara Powar, the head of the FARE network, reported the good news ahead of the knockout stages of the tournament.

Russian Federation made a dream start with a thumping 5-0 victory in their opening game against Saudi Arabia and then defeated Egypt (3:1). Uruguay brought them crashing back down to earth with a 3-0 win in the final game to top the group, though.

Asked whether his priority is finishing first or second, he replied: "We think that we need to keep winning football matches". They finished bottom of the group.

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.

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

The prize for consistency goes to Uruguay who scored three wins out of three and most be feeling very confident about taking on Portugal, who haven't overly impressed me.

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. In a tight final outing, goals from the captain and Marcos Rojo - the latter coming in the 86th minute - secured the win they needed to advance against a gusty young Nigeria team.

Recent World Cups have tended to be won by the side with the best defence, with Spain letting in just two in their victorious 2010 campaign.

But with Harry Kane on the field, who has scored five goals at this tournament in two games, England always has a chance.

Group E: Brazil (7 points), Switzerland (5), Serbia (3), Costa Rica (1).

"That was one of Spain's biggest weaknesses in the group stage, Morocco and Iran used that strategy and we will try to do it too".

England has looked decent, and certainly clinical at times, though a reserve England lineup couldn't stand up to a changed Belgium squad last time around.

A rich seam of talent all appearing to peak at the same time makes Belgium genuine contenders, although the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard were knocked out of the European Championships by Wales two years ago. We gave a bad picture in the three games.

Just like Group B, there were no shocks here.

It remains to be seen who England will play in the knockout stages, where the result against Belgium will determine who they play from either Japan or Colombia.

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