Germany's World Cup failure met with schadenfreude from German newspaper

Germany's World Cup failure met with schadenfreude from German newspaper

Germany's World Cup failure met with schadenfreude from German newspaper

Russia had pledged to host a safe and secure World Cup in 11 cities which would be inclusive and diverse, but racist incidents at matches between Russian Premier League clubs and at an worldwide friendly earlier this year fuelled concerns that players and fans could be subjected to abuse.

They could however be exempted from service should South Korea win the Asian Games later this summer.

Christian Eriksen's wonderful goal set them on the path to a crucial draw against Australia which ultimately secured their passage through to the knockout stages.

Croatia is coming off a stunning 3-0-0 run through the group stage, but own a middling 2-1-2 record in five all-time meetings with Denmark, who trail as distant +400 underdogs in Sunday's matchup.

There is a general feeling Brazil are yet to get out of first gear despite the fact they topped their group with seven points.

Next up is Denmark, who benefited from playing out a forgettable 0-0 draw with France, albeit it means Kasper Schmeichel (two) has now kept more clean sheets in the tournament than his father, Peter (one), managed.

The FIFA World Cup is the one tournament that is watched by millions if not billions throughout the month of arguably the biggest sporting event of the calendar. There were also rumours of rift within the team between the Confederations Cup winners and the World Cup winners, while the mini-scandal involving Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan and their decision to pose for a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also did not help the team's preparations.

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

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Regardless of previous performance, it's a fresh slate for the remaining nations, but now it's win or go home.

"Spain have some great players, they might even be the best team in the world, or certainly close, but any team can hurt another", he said. Monday's later match pits Neymar and a Brazil lineup that seems to be finding its form against a mercurial Mexico squad that knocked off Germany and South Korea but got hammered by Sweden.

The Mexicans have conceded two or more goals in each of their last five knockout games at the World Cup, and it wouldn't surprise anyone to see Brazil find the net at least twice.

Kane has the more hard task of facing Colombia, so Lukaku is likely to have caught his Golden Boot rival by the time the quarter-finals come around, should they both progress.

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.

Top stat: Sweden's game against South Korea saw the most fouls (43) of any game at Russian Federation 2018 so far.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Germany were defeated by South Korea in their last group game. Poland were eliminated after defeats to Senegal and Colombia, who consequently had a chance of qualifying following an opening-day defeat to Japan.

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