England's route to glory at the 2018 World Cup

These will be to-the-death matches, so these are extreme situations, [you have] to play a great game from the beginning. Japan had acquired four, Senegal six, which elevated Japan to second place in Group H and eliminated Senegal from the tournament.

Some felt that poor refereeing decisions had cost the teams, although they ultimately reflected on the lack of talent in the African ranks.

Tunisia came from behind to beat Panama 2-1 in the game between the two eliminated sides in Group G.

They said what? James McOnie, "The Crowd Goes Wild" host: "As predicted, England and Belgium both trying to throw this game".

Both Japan and Senegal finished the group phase with four points, had the same goal difference and the same amount of goals scored.

For the first time in the history of the World Cup, a team has advanced on the fair play tiebreaker, and for the first time since 1982, No African team would be in the last 16.

Mohamed Salah had a breakout year with Liverpool and his heroics to being Egypt to the World Cup resulted in many looking at him to carry the team. Belgium hopes to make the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

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"There are no easy games ahead of us".

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The manager changed six players from the team that started both previous games against Colombia and Senegal - including all front four attackers - and the decision nearly backfired spectacularly.

Nishino's tactics were a gamble, but then he had already shown his willingness to take risks with his starting lineup.

The first tiebreakers, goal differential and goals scored, couldn't determine a victor - the teams both had a goal differential of 0 and had scored four goals each.

A low-quality game was largely devoid of incident, although Japan goalkeeper pulled off a superb save from Kamil Grosicki.

But with minutes remaining, any kind of urgency went from the game.

A team with talent especially in the attacking half, the Polish squad were ranked eighth in the world and were placed against Senegal, Colombia and Japan who were all ranked lower - with the Colombians being the closest at 16th.

"But when it comes to cards I guess players will have to start thinking about how important a card can be and as a coach we should also start thinking about this".

"Dear fans, we're just as disappointed as you", the tweet read.

  • Lawrence Cooper