2018 World Cup
The opening match saw hosts Russia beat South Korea 7-3. Despite this, both these teams were eliminated by Mexico and Switzerland.
Portugal and Chile progressed from Group B unbeaten at the expense of Honduras and Czech Republic.
France and Germany got through Group C as expected with Mali third and USA pointless.
Belgium topped Group D. Croatia got through with 4 points with Australia and debutants Guinea going home.
Uruguay and Wales qualified with 6 points each ahead of Romania and the winless Japan.
Colombia and Spain progressed through a comfortable group containing Algeria and whipping boys Iran who lost 8-1 to Spain, 3-1 to Colombia and a shocking 9-2 defeat to Algeria.
Cape Verde had a group of dreams in a group the others dreaded. They went home pointless and goalless, but emerged with far more credit than Iran did as Netherlands and Brazil put three past them and England four. Not too bad all things considered. The other three teams all finished on 5 points with all other matches drawn. The 2-2 draw between Brazil and England saw both teams through on goals scored with the two Netherlands games finishing 1-1. England topped the group courtesy of scoring one more goal against Cape Verde.
The final group saw the only real shock as Argentina went home early behind Italy and Costa Rica. Egypt were pointless.
Not one team won all three games. A first?
Belgium, Italy and Spain all eliminated, while the real life final was played out in this round...
Chile 0 Mexico 1e
Switzerland 0 Portugal 1
France 2 Croatia 0
Belgium 1 Germany 4
Uruguay 2 Spain 0
Colombia 1 Wales 0
England 1 Costa Rica 0
Brazil 2 Italy 0
None of the really big boys got knocked out, despite having some scares while England got hammered...
Mexico 2 Germany 3
Portugal 1 France 1p
Uruguay 0 Brazil 1
Colombia 5 England 2
A big surprise here...
Germany 2 Colombia 3
France 2e Brazil 1
THIRD PLACE PLAYOFF
Germany 4e Brazil 2
At Luzhniki in Moscow, we weren't treated to a footballing spectacle, more like a bit of a grind. A France win mirrors real life.
Colombia 0 France 1