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Spain looked suspect defensively last time out against Morocco, but Russian Federation haven't scored a World Cup goal against European opposition on European soil since 1982 against Belgium.

Russian Federation 2018 represented the first time in the history of Germany's participation in the World Cup that it failed to advance out of its group. Keep watching, not only to see whether your team goes on to win, but also to focus on the intensity of effort, dedication and commitment each team will display in an attempt to celebrate with the Cup at the end. Aside from Kroos' flash of brilliance, Loew's players lacked team spirit and intensity.

While Belgium will undoubtedly enjoy heading into the knockout stage having won every match they've played thus far, the team now finds itself with a much more hard path to the final.

The standout last-16 tie on paper pits France against Lionel Messi and Argentina, two teams who laboured through the group stage - in Argentina's case they were lucky to advance at all. "In the second round everybody would have liked to play against us". We gave a bad picture in the three games.

"I like the concept of VAR, the concept that if something wrong happens, if a big mistake happens, the VAR is there to bring the truth to the game".

"Yesterday we said there was only one per cent chance, so I told my players it was a last-ditch effort for them".

We have continuously enjoyed the brilliance of countries like Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Portugal and more recently Colombia, but unfortunately, we viewed the performances of these teams as if they were in a movie due to their top quality play which is very entertaining.


Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil reportedly had a verbal spat with angry Germany fans after Die Mannschaft's humiliating exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup. "Jogi Loew made a great job but this tournament we will forget". They were not playing with body language.

Despite the technology dividing opinion - with detractors saying it slows the speed of the game and leaves certain decisions still open to debate - Mourinho says he backs VAR in principle.

"Far-reaching measures and clear changes are needed, and we must talk about how we do that".

The country now joins a small but unlucky club of title defenders who crashed out of the first round at their next World Cup, a feat last achieved by Spain at the last World Cup in 2014.

European champions Portugal are there too, and if Cristiano Ronaldo's side beat Uruguay in what could be a real battle of attrition in Sochi, he might find himself up against Messi's Argentina in the last eight.

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

Neymar has not yet captured his best form, but the five-time champions have other match-winners, not least Philippe Coutinho, and have looked strong at the back.


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