With nail-biting matches - it saw many this season, be it defending champions Germany's shocking exit for the first time in the group stage to Senegal's departure owing to the fair play rule - it has left its audience captivated. It wasn't my impression when I spoke to the team before that they were under pressure before the match because the Sweden game was on at the same time. The 2018 World Cup surely has plenty more exciting and dramatic moments to share with us in the days to come, but here are the most memorable incidents from the group stage. Uruguay brought them crashing back down to earth with a 3-0 win in the final game to top the group, though. Meanwhile, France and Argentina play each other next, so only one will make the quarter-finals.
Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who was a losing World Cup finalist in 2002, said: "The national jersey must feel like it weighs a million tonnes to the players right now". 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. Spain is still in this year's tournament and is a favorite to win the whole thing. Les Bleus did win Group C, yet they managed three goals.
As the squad lined up for a photo call at Incheon International Airport, most of the crowd seemed happy to see them.
The 29-year-old has been regularly criticised for failing to produce consistent displays for the north London side.
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However, some Wilder scholars say the author's work shouldn't be downplayed. Little House on the Prairie was first published in 1932.
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Ingram posted the same scoring average as a 20-year-old, and he might have more upside than anyone on the Lakers' roster. They could include restricted free agent Marcus Smart in a sign-and-trade with Smart's consent, as well.
Palami said he was having mixed emotions seeing South Korea beat Germany since the Azkals will have to face the Koreans in the Asian Cup. 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.
"It's a historic disgrace", Der Spiegel weekly said, decrying Germany's "weak game" against a plucky South Korea.
Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson put his side ahead against Mexico and in return, he sank Germany's hopes of progressing.
If Eriksen finds the net against Croatia, he will become the first Danish player to score in both the group and knockout stages of a World Cup since Jesper Olsen in 1986.